Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekend Stitching - The Other Stuff

It was a quite weekend.  Drama Teen has fully recovered from last week's stomach bug and spent yesterday studying for a physics test she missed on Friday.  My Guy and I are looking at this as weekend as the calm before the storm.  The next few weeks will be really busy with interview candidates, science fair judging, retirement dinners (between the two of us there are 5 retirement receptions to attend), and then there's the three day workshop on energy that My Guy organizes.  Oh, plus there is a wedding in there somewhere.  We are both looking forward to spring break when things will slow down again.   

Geometry is still in three large pieces which hopefully will become one finished flimsy sometime this week.  The binding did get attached to the front of Poinsettias, so I'll have some slow stitching to work on.  There's not much to show on those two projects, but there has been some progress over on the small design wall.  I finished the first three blocks for En Provence. 

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

I'd like to make 12 blocks, but I'm not sure there is enough of the two blues to make that many.  There is definitely enough to make 9 blocks.  So I'm either a third or a fourth of the way done with the blocks.  

Also up on the smaller design wall is the fourth block two from the Meadow Mist Mystery.

  Meadow Mist Designs Mystery
By Cheryl Brickey of the Meadow Mist Designs Blog


There are eight more blocks left to make before assembly can start on this one.  I'm not sure that using the two blacks with the orange was the best choice of fabrics.  Once I get Geometry off the big design wall, I'll lay out the center blocks for this project and see how this project is shaping up. 

I'm still contemplating labels for Bejeweled.


Still not there yet.  The background is too dark, though I really like the teal bow and flower.  I still think it needs jewels somewhere, so back to the drawing board.  

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stash Report - Week 7 of 2017

Thankfully it's been a slow and relaxing weekend. Drama Teen is just about back to normal after having a very nasty stomach bug last week.  We spent part of yesterday disinfecting the doorknobs and other surfaces that DT might have contacted, changed out all the towels and asked her to wash her own bedding (I'm pretty sure that's how I caught the last round, by handling all the contaminated laundry).  Neither My Guy or I can afford to get that sick. We both have lots of stuff going on next week, followed by a family wedding over the weekend.  

In spite of my nursing duties the latter part of the week, I did well on meeting my commitment to stitch for at least 15 minutes each day.  So for the year, I have a 100% success rate on that.  Which is better than I've done with the stash report this year.  At least there's nothing coming in this week and a little bit out.  

Used this week: 0.59 yards
Used year to date: 13.21 yards
Added year to date: 59.05 yards
Net stashed: 45.74 yards

The main focus has been on getting Geometry into a finished flimsy and since I counted the fabric in the blocks as I made them, there's just not much else going out.  

Trudy sent Bejeweled back beautifully quilted.  So now it's time to get it bound, but it first needs a label.  I've been struggling a bit with coming up with a theme for this one.  This is what I've gotten so far.


It's a pretty label, but I'm not sure it goes with the quilt and it's not at all right for the intended recipient. I'm thinking it needs jewels of some type.  Hmm, definitely need to go back to the drawing board on this one.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Swimming Along with Aqua

We were all ready for an early weekend.  Drama Teen missed school Monday, a respiratory virus according to the doctor.  DT felt well enough to go to school on Tuesday.  By Tuesday night she's got muscle aches, a headache, and a very upset stomach.  The stomach bug was bad, she wasn't able to keep even water down on Wednesday and much of Thursday.  Thankfully she was able to manage jello and a bit of Sprite by Friday morning and actually ate a light dinner Friday night.  My hands are raw from all the hand washing the last few days, I definitely do not want to catch that bug.  I'm hoping this is it for illnesses this winter. 

In spite of my nursing duties this week, I did get some Rainbow Scrap Challenge sewing accomplished.  I finally got smart and cut a bunch of the black strips for the fan blocks, so all I have to cut to start a new block is the colored strips. That helped move two of the large aqua blocks to the finished list. 



The large purple fans from last month also got finished up.  




I like the starburst effect when the blocks are laid out this way.  The dark center with the two lighter strips on the sides was a deliberate choice.  Unfortunately, with the limited palette for the aqua fabrics, it's not going to be as obvious.  

Linking up with Angela over at Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and with Oh Scrap over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Weekend Stitching - Gaining on Geometry

It was a nice weekend for just hanging out around the house and getting some sewing done.  Drama Teen went to bed early last night with a sore throat, but no fever.  We're hoping it's not strep throat, one of her classmates she has a couple of classes with had it last week.  It's just that time of year. 

Other than being on illness alert, it was a really nice weekend.  I did get to spend most of Sunday in the sewing room.  Not all of the time was spent at the sewing machine.  I finally got tired of moving Poinsettias from point to point in the sewing room.  It's been quilted for a couple of months, but needs to be trimmed and bound.  



So I cleared off the cutting table and got it trimmed up.  I really like the holly leaf quilting motif.  It shows up nicely in that black border.  The binding strips were also cut and are sitting over the sewing machine for stitching.  While cutting the binding strips I realized that Poinsettias needed a label too.  So I took some time out to design one.  




The other focus in the sewing room this weekend was on getting Geometry into a finished flimsy. 



Progress was made, but it's not a finished flimsy yet.  The top 4 rows are sewn together and the bottom two are as well.  It always takes longer to sew all the rows together than I think it should.  But this one should be a finished flimsy by next weekend.  

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stash Report - Week 6 of 2017

Yesterday was beautiful and warm, in the 80s.  Today's highs are supposed to be in the 50's, definitely a good day for a sewing room retreat. I was contemplating staying in my pjs for the day, but I think not.  Jeans and an old sweatshirt would be warmer.  My sewing room is pretty chilly on these kind of days, at least till the sun gets into the western sky.  

I'm not doing so hot on the fabric diet this year.  I bought fabric yesterday.  There are plans for most of it.  


The blue yardage is for the last graduation quilt. The reds are for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt, as is the green.  The blue polka dot is likely to end up in the last graduation quilt.  These all came from a new quilt shop that opened in town last weekend.  They are just getting started, so they don't have a big selection of fabrics, but they've got some fun classes scheduled over the next few months.  It would be nice to have a shop in town, rather than having to run to the big city. But they'll only be able stay if they do well, so I'm trying to do my part in helping them get off on the right foot.  (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)

Here's the damage:

Used year to date:  12.72 yards
Added year to date:  59.05 yards
Net stashed:  46.33 yards

I still have all year to overcome this early purchases, so I'm hopeful of reaching the black before the end of the year. 

This week was also pretty good in terms of finding time to sew.  I managed 7 out of 7 days again this week.  So I've not missed a day yet this year.  Those 15 minute to hour long sessions each evening really do help move the projects along.  All the blocks for Geometry are made, so I was able to start sewing the top together last night.  Fingers crossed that it's a finished flimsy by the end of the day.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's stash report.