Monday, May 2, 2016

Weekend Stitching - Allietare Progress

Weekends are never long enough it seems. I didn't do much sewing on Saturday as Drama Teen needed some help getting ready for prom and then we spent the early evening taking prom pictures of all her friends and their dates.  Everybody looked so cute, and so grown up, including Drama Teen.  I posted a picture of her dress yesterday, but this is a much better picture of her.  

So Saturday was a bit of a bust for sewing room time, but there was significant sewing time on Sunday.  Allietare is well on it's way to being a finished flimsy.

 Allietare,  Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Mystery Quilt

Blocks in the first 4 rows have been sewn together.  The blocks kept falling off the design wall, so all that's up there now is the blocks that are sewn together. I'm pretty happy with how this project is turning out.  It's my favorite Bonnie Hunter Mystery to date, well at least of the ones I've made.   

The other thing I did on Sunday was finalize the layout for the Zombies in Paris project.  

Zombies in Paris

Starting on this project is my One Monthly Goal for May.  It needs to be done by next May and since there are three other graduation quilts to make, I'd best get busy.  I just need to wash and press the pink Zombie Love fabric, then I'll be all ready to start cutting and sewing.  

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May One Monthly Goal

Hard to believe it's already May.  Just a few short weeks and Drama Teen is done with her junior year of high school.  Hard to believe we've only got one more year before she heads off to college.  There will be a lot of college planning to do this summer.  Thankfully, all I have to decide on at the moment is what will be my May goal for the One Monthly Goal Challenge.  Heidi at Red Letter Quilts is hosting this very helpful challenge to pick one goal each month and see it through.  

So far I'm three for three.  I'm not sure what May is going to look like.  There may be a couple of weekend trips in there. Since weekends are my prime sewing time, I don't want to be too ambitious.  Looking at what's on my quilting plan, I really need to start stitching on next year's graduation quilts.  I've got all the fabric for the planned Zombies in Paris quilt, but it's not all washed and pressed.  Plus I'm still dithering about the pattern. This month's goal will be to decide on the pattern and start making the blocks.  I should be able to handle just getting started even if I'm out of the sewing room a lot this month.  

This was the original plan.

Adapted from the pattern Bird's-Eye View, designed by Jackie Robinson of
Published in the December 2015 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting

But I'm not loving that plain center block. It needs something.  After playing around in EQ, this is what the project has morphed into. 

Drama Teen likes this layout.  I'm still not sure about all the fabrics and the block placement, but I think we are using this pattern as the base for the final quilt.  DT has some very unique and one of a kind friends.  She assures me that this pattern is absolutely perfect for the intended recipient.  Though we may have to change the name of the quilt to Zombie Love.

Stash Management Week 18 of 2016

I'm a bit groggy this morning having stayed up a later than normal last night waiting for Drama Teen to get home from the prom.  She certainly looked pretty last night.  

I finally went to bed after she came home to change for the after prom party.  I'm not sure what time she finally got in for the night, I do know it was pretty late. She has her first advanced placement test tomorrow morning, so prom was the last bit of fun before she has to buckle down and study for exams and finals. 

There was some late night sewing  last night while I was waiting for DT to get home.  It boosted the outgoing numbers for the week just a bit. 

Used last week: 0.95 yards
Used in April:  7.67 yards
Used year to date:  24.85 yards
Purchased year to date:  17.75 yards
Net used for 2016:  7.10 yards 

Not a stellar week for stash busting, but most of what I'm sewing are small blocks.  I'm in the process of assembling Allietare.  The borders and backing for that project should help boost the yardage going out in the coming weeks. 

I've also been keeping track of how many days each week I make it to the sewing room for at least 15 minutes.  The more of that I do, the more stitching that gets done.  Last week was a good one on that front. 

Days with 15 minutes of stitching time this week:  7 days
Days in April:  24 days out of 30
Days this year:  99 out of 121

I didn't spend much time stitching yesterday, most of the afternoon was spent working on the design for one of the graduation quilts.  The fabric placement just needs some tweaking before I can start drafting the instructions for the blocks.  That's the plan for this afternoon. 

You can find more stash management posts over at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Orange You Glad I'm Done with Purple?

I was so ready for the weekend and some much needed down time.  Though this afternoon will be a bit busy.  It's prom weekend and Drama Teen has a date.  So the afternoon will be spent doing girly things like painting toes and doing hair.  They will be going out for dinner in Tulsa, they need to leave early so they can get back for the dance and after party.  I promise pictures tomorrow.  

It was a fairly good week for stitching.  I've been trying to get caught up on my RSC blocks for March.  I finally finished the second purple Vintage Dress.

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

I really like this one.  I'm pretty sure I've said the same thing about all the previous dresses that I've finished. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite from the six finished to date.   The dark trim is really a deep purple, even though it looks black in the photo.  

So that's both purple dresses done in time for the end of April and the last orange weekend.  I do have the first orange dress cut out.


Now I just have to get it and the other orange dress assembled, so I can move on to the color for May.  These dresses are a bit more work than my past RSC projects, so I may not keep up each month, but I am enjoying the process, even if it's not fast.  

You can find more bright and happy orange blocks over at Soscrappy.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Let's Book it Progress for April 2016

Just two more days in April.  How did that happen?  It seems the month just flew by.   Even though life has been occurring in a time warp, I do have progress on my long term Let's Book It Project.  

By Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue
of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

Two more Poinsettia blocks were stitched together this month, just one more block left to make and then it will be time to start on the pieced sashing.  I really like how this quilt is coming together.  It may actually make it to the finished flimsy stage sometime this year.  

You can see more Let's Book It projects over at Vrooman's Quilts.