Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Playing in Orange

Sewing time has been at a premium this week, I've gotten to the point where work's been coming home more evenings than not.  So there's not been a lot of stitching time.  That makes it hard to make much progress on this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  I'm still working on the blue blocks from July.  But I did find time one night this week to pull out all the oranges and decide on the pairings for the 16 small fan blocks. 


These are going to be bright blocks.  Not sure when I'll be able to make a start on them, it may not be till October at the rate I'm moving.  The Scientist in Training decided to come home for the a bit.  She has to head back before lunch on Sunday, but we'll get to hang out for a bit today.  My Guy is going riding, but I think the plan is for the SIT and I to go get breakfast at the local coffee shop, hang out there for a while this morning and study/work.  The annual company picnic is this afternoon, so I doubt much stitching happens in my sewing room today.   

Happy stitching this weekend.  There's more bright and fun stuff over at Soscrappy.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Not Much To Show

It was a busy weekend, with not as much stitching as normal.  Saturday was just busy with a bit of work stuff that had to get done.  Sunday, My Guy and I made the trek east to see our Scientist in Training.  She's doing great with the college transition, but didn't think she'd get home for a few weeks due to her test and work schedule.  We had a fun Sunday, even met up with an unexpected play mate from the SITs youth. 


Finding Optimus Prime on one edge of town was a bit of a surprise, but the girls had fun with it.  SIT's two roommates went out to lunch and then on a tour of the town with us as none of them had been off campus much during the month since school started.  

So it was a nice, but busy weekend.  There was some sewing time, but there's not much to show as most of the progress has been on the SIT's new dorm room quilt (which is under wraps till Christmas). Other than that,  I've made a start on the HSTs for this year's Meadow Mist Design mystery


There's 20 of the seventy something HSTs needed for this project.  So far, I'm really liking my fabric choices.  So lots of stitching and trimming without much to show at this point. 

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 37 of 2017

It's been a slow weekend in the sewing room.  More fabric cutting than fabric sewing.  Though a bit of that has happened this week.  I did my part to support the local quilt shop.  These fun fabrics somehow jumped on the cutting table and came home with me. 


These are just half yard cuts for my rainbow scrap stash.  I don't have much pink, plus I'll need red violet fabrics for my last round of fan blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  The yardage has dutifully been added to my spreadsheet.  Wish I could have made as much go out of the stash, but this week's outgoing numbers are a little anemic. 

Fabric used this week:  0.45 yards
Fabric used year to date:  47.17 yards

Actually, this is more than went out last week.  So it's not been a bad week for stitching.  I found sewing room time 7 out of the last 7 days.  My average for the year is a 89.6%.  I'm hoping to get back to the 90's before the end of the year.  Even if I don't get my average up, this is still way better than I did last year.  

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: No Orange Yet

It's been an incredibly long week on the work front.  I think it's the time of year, just lots of stuff to get a handle on going into fourth quarter.  Unfortunately it will get worse before it gets better, lots of stuff to do in October/November to wrap up projects before the holiday vacations start.  

I've been getting in about 45 minutes each evening in the sewing room.  It's been a great stress reliever.  Wish I had more time to play, but I'll take what I can get.  This year's RSC project is still in catch up phase.  One more large blue fan block is finished. 



The fourth large fan block has been started. Then there are 4 small blue fan blocks to make before I'm caught up to September.  I did find all my orange fabrics. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I'll at least have the parings all picked out for those blocks.  

There's also been some progress on last year's RSC project.  Vintage Dresses is my September UFO project.  All the blocks are done and the final setting had been worked out.  The challenge came when figuring out the measurements for cutting the setting pieces. The setting adds a colored frame around each block, figuring out the corner sizes wasn't as easy as I'd hoped.   


Vintage Dresses
block pattern by 
Charise Randell

The hang up was figuring out how big the triangles needed to be for the corner stones.  The inner white frame will be 0.5", the colored frame will be the same.  After playing with some trial pieces I've finally got the sizes needed to make the corner blocks. 



Not the best fabric combination, but these were all sitting in my scrap pile, so I considered them fair game for my experiments.  Though my math skills aren't bad, I like to confirm my calculations in a mock up before trying it on the actual blocks.  Less un-sewing that way.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Stitching: A Bit of This and That

Weekends it seem always go so fast and end way to soon.  I certainly ran out of weekend before running out of things I wanted to do.  Though it was nice to be home for a change, we did a lot of running around in July and August. 

Sunday afternoon was spent in the sewing room, but you certainly can't tell that from the design wall.  The big design wall has the Scientist in Training's quilt on it, but to be honest there is not much to see at this point.  The last three blocks needed for En Provence are up on the small design wall.

  En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

En Provence has been my leaders and enders project for most of this year.  Just a few more 4 patches and hour glass blocks left to make and I'll be ready to sew the rows together.  

Most of the time in the sewing room on Sunday was taking up in prepping Scrappy Coffee Cups for quilting. 


Both the back and finished flimsy have been de-threaded, pressed and folded for shipment to Trudy for quilting.  Unfortunately, as I was packing the shipping box I realized that there was no batting in my stash that was the right size for this project.  So I had to order some.  At least the part I tend to stall on is done, it's ready to go once my order comes in.  

That's it for me this week.  Check out all the other project progress over at:

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday