Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Stitching: More 4-Patches

It was a very nice weekend. Even better because I don't have to head in to work today.  Today is date day, My Guy and I will be hanging out together and having fun.  I'll get some time to stitch this evening, he's planning on playing in the kitchen a bit then.  

The saga of the never ending 4 patches for En Provence is almost complete.  

En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

Not the best photo, but the flimsy has gotten too long to photograph well in the sewing room.  The last eight 4 patches for the bottom border are pinned together at the sewing machine.  I will be so glad to get this last pieced border done.  Addition of a dark blue border will finish off this flimsy.  Hopefully that gets added before the new mystery starts on Friday.  

Progress has been ongoing with a few other projects as well.  Three sawtooth stars for the pieced border for the Inverted Star project are done. 

The border will need sixty something of these 4.5" x 5.5" blocks, which means I'll need about 5 to 6 blocks of each color. The pieces for these blocks have been cut as I cut the pieces for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge fan blocks.  There are already three magenta stars in the works over at the sewing machine. 

Lastly, there's been bit more progress on the current leader and ender project.  

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

Fifteen of the twenty five Vintage Dress blocks have the coping strips added.  That leaves ten left over at the sewing machine.  I know this won't be a finish this year, but it's getting much closer.  

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 46

Yesterday was cold and windy.  Overnight we went from colorful vistas to views of barren branches.  It's like that in Oklahoma.  It was a perfect day to stay in and sew.  Which I did in the afternoon.  Though you can't really tell it from the stash numbers. 

Used last week:  0.46 yards
Used year to date:  53.07 yards

It's been slow going on the stash busting lately.  I've mainly been working on those 4 patches for the En Provence borders.  It takes a lot of 4 patches to add up to much in the outgoing column.  

I did mange to find 15 minutes to sew every day last week. That puts my success percentage at 90.99%.  It will be challenge to stitch over the Thanksgiving holiday as we'll have family around.  I should locate my embroidery stuff and have it ready to work on when everyone sits down to just talk.  

I'm a bit late posting this morning, mainly because I got caught up in working on something for next year.  It's not a quilt project, but it's related.  I used a purchased project planner this year and really liked it, but only part of the planner saw heavy use.  A lot of the planner is empty.  So spending another $40 for a new one just doesn't appeal.  But I really want one for next year.  After checking out a number of free printable planner documents from Pinterest, nothing struck my fancy.  My skill with Microsoft Publisher is pretty minimal, but at worst trying to create my own would result in a bit of wasted time.  Here's what I have after a couple of hours of playing around with the software. 

Weekly calendar pages (The heavily used portion of my current planner)

I don't see any changes on these pages, unless they don't print right  as double sided sheets.  

Project Summary/2018 Quilt Plan
I like the 2018 Quilt Plan, but not sure I'm thrilled with the My Projects summary page.  I've seen some bullet journals on Pinterest where the status or stage of the project is tracked. That would be cool to do, but would require a different orientation on the page.  Something to consider.  

Project Planning/Documentation
Status/stage of the project would be good to add here too.  Something else would have to go though.  

These pages were all created in Publisher using the tables function.  I could probably do the same thing in Excel.  But since Publisher is meant for creating documents, it seemed like the best way to approach making my own planner.  None of these pages have been printed yet, so I'm not sure how well they work.  I'm going to try that before I do much more fiddling with the layouts.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.   

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Still Catching Up

Friday finally came.  It was one of those weeks where each day seemed to just stretch on and on.  But now I can look forward to no drives to the office for the next 10 days, though I will have to drag out the work computer at some point to finish up some reports that are due on Monday.  

There hasn't been a lot of stitching this week. Between trying to deal with the time change and the hectic work week, I pretty much fell right into bed after dinner a couple of nights last week. There was enough energy left after work yesterday to finish off the last of the orange fan blocks. 

The layout of the blocks in the final quilt is based on this arrangement, kinda sorta.  Just 16 magenta blocks left to make before I can start sewing all the blocks together in rows.  With some time off this week, I'm hoping to knock out those last fan blocks this week.  

Linking up with Socrappy for the weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge report and on Sunday with Oh Scrap.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Slow Going

I'm definitely not ready for Monday morning.  It was a nice three day weekend with lots of stitching time.  So it's hard to head back to the office this morning.  It will busy at work this week, but I'm off all next week.  I just have to make it to Friday.  

The focus in the sewing room has been En Provence.  I'd like to get that project to at least the finished flimsy stage before this year's mystery starts up next week. 

En Provence,  Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

The first round of pieced borders is done and one of the second round of borders has been attached.  Another border strip is almost assembled and I've got a good start on sewing the 4-patches for the top border.  I'll probably add one more final solid border after this second pieced border, most likely in a dark blue to finish this one off.  Hopefully one more weekend of stitching and it will be a finished flimsy.  

I've also been working on November's clue for the Magnolia Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs.  I've got the half blocks completed and made a start on the full flower blocks yesterday. 

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs

I like my fabric choices so far.  I'm still not sure the print in the background was the best idea, but we'll see how it all goes together.  So three down and three in progress.  I'm not sure how many of these are supposed to be made, I should probably check the instructions.  

Linking up this week with:
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 45

The cooler, windy, overcast weather was very conductive to spending time in the sewing room yesterday afternoon. Add in the Friday afternoon of my day off, I've already gotten in a solid 8 hours of stitching this weekend.  Though looking at the stash report, you'd never guess that. 

Used last week:  0.71 yards
Used year to date:  51.95 yards

I suppose the slow pace of fabric is out due to all the small blocks needed for the projects in rotation right now.  It takes a lot of 3.5" 4 patches to add up to much in the way of fabric used.  

Finding time to sew has been on track.  I managed 7 out of 7 days last week to actually get in the sewing room for at least 15 minutes.  All those 4 patches for En Provence have been slow going.  Even with chain piecing, that's still a lot of stitching to get the 27 needed for just one border.  

The cooler weather has forced My Guy to abandon his weekend walks with his camera. So he's been playing around in the kitchen instead.  Yesterday he made Apple Cider Donuts (a King Arthur recipe you can find here).

And yes, they are as yummy as they look.  I'm going to have to start increasing my gym time if he keeps this up.  Yummy though they are, this kind of treat plays havoc with my diet!  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.