Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Back on Track

Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  We spent time with family and really enjoyed it.  We got a walk in Saturday morning before the rain hit.  It was nice to be out and about. 

Consequently, there wasn't much time in the sewing room over the weekend.  I did manage to get the cornerstone blocks remade, correctly this time. 

The top border is even attached.  I hope to get the bottom border sewn on and the last border added today.  Then it will time to piece the back and get this one prepped for quilting.  

I had meant to add this to last week's post, but forgot in the rush to get the post out before leaving for work.  I was lucky enough to win 2 quilt patterns from Quilting JetGirl as part of the Meadow Mist Mystery Parade of Quilts.  

I had a hard time picking just two, but these are now in my pattern library waiting for me to finish off the graduation quilts so I can play with something else.  Thank you to Cheryl for a fun mystery and to Yvonne for being a sponsor.   Cheryl's next mystery starts in July.  You should definitely check it out.  

Linking up with:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday on Tuesday at Cooking up Quilts

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Slow Stitching and Stash Stuff

We are waking up to storms this Easter Morning.  We attended services last night, so won't have to venture out in this mess until the worst of it is past.  

Thank you for all the prayers and good wishes for My Guy's niece.  She's doing much better, but it will be a bit before she can be released from the hospital.  We spent most of the afternoon with her and her family.  It's nice to see everyone, but we all agreed this is isn't our preferred venue for a family reunion.  

I did get in some slow stitching while we were hanging out elsewhere.  

There hasn't been a lot of time just hanging, so I'm still working on getting the binding sewn down the first side.  I'm off tomorrow, so I'm hoping to make lots of progress on this quilt then. 

In stash news, there's another addition:

Some very pretty Artisan Batiks.  My Guy has agreed it's time for a new quilt on our bed.  I've not picked a new pattern yet, but we agreed on batiks and bright.  So once the graduation quilts are all done, hopefully I'll have a pattern picked out for this quilt.  

Here's the damage for the week:

Used this week: 1.51 yards
Used year to date: 24 yards
Added year to date:  110.3 yards
Net added:  86.3 yards

My fabric diet has gone out the window this year, but I'm OK with that for now.  Some stash enhancement isn't a bad thing since I've been mainly adding blenders.  I've also been doing really well with finding time to sew each day, 105 out of 105 days for 2017.  That's definitely a record. 

Enjoy your family this Sunday.  We definitely have plans for that the rest of today.  

Linking up with:
Kathy Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday
Patchwork Times for The Stash Report  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Done with the Really Reds

We took advantage of our day off to just spend some time hanging out as a family.  Plans for hanging out with the extended family got delayed for a day.  One of My Guy's nieces was involved in a head-on collision Thursday evening.  She survived the accident, but has some significant injuries that required surgery.  Thankfully, it looks like she'll make a full recovery, but she'll have some significant time in physical therapy.  We'll be spending some time with her today.  She needed some time to rest after surgery, so they asked that we wait a day to come see her.  Your prayers for her and her family would be appreciated.  Her son is just a year younger than Drama Teen.  

I decided not to pull out any of my multi-color scraps for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge as the graduation quilts really need to get done first.  But I was able to finish off the red fan blocks from last month by assembling them as my leaders and enders.  Lots of different reds, though many of them look pretty similar when photographed all together.  

So now I'm all caught up for next month's color.  By then all I'll have left is the binding for The First Amendment quilt. Some fun with scraps will be much appreciated then.  

That's it for me today. Linking up with:

Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIPS: Uh Oh, A Whoops

The weather here has been beautiful the last couple of days. Warm, sunny and not too windy.  It's hard to stay in and sew when it's that nice, so I took a walk last night and was rewarded with this beauty as company. 

A Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

Even with the walk there was some time to make a bit more  progress on The First Amendment Quilt.  

The side borders are sewn on.  The top and bottom borders are ready to sew to the stars.  It wasn't till I was editing this photo that my "whoops" became clear.  The corner squares of the stars were supposed to be red, not the newsprint fabric.  

So I'll have to remake the 4 corner square blocks.  The "whoops" stars will probably get used on the back.  At least I caught it before the stars were attached to the top and bottom borders.  It won't take long to get back on track.  

Linking up with:
Lets Bee Social hosted by Sew Fresh Quilts
Sew, Stitch, Snap, Share hosted by Kokaquilts
Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation

Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The sewing room was pretty busy this weekend.  I took Friday off as a much needed sanity day, so managed three pretty solid days in the sewing room.  By yesterday evening, I will admit to being just about sewn out.  But it was a very productive weekend.  The binding got sewn to the front of Geometry.

A few stitches got taken on the back side as well.  So this graduation quilt is just about done.  There was lots of progress on the last graduation quilt as well. 

The next to last set of borders are ready to go on.  The strips for the top and bottom borders are cut, but not sewn together yet.  So the First Amendment Quilt is getting close to being a finished flimsy. I always forget how long it takes to add on borders.  All the measuring and cutting involved takes up a lot of time.  Hopefully this one will be a finished top sometime this week.  

I will be glad to see the last of the graduation quilts go off to Trudy for quilting.  Thankfully the end is in sight. 

Linking up with:
Monday Making over at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday on Tuesday over at Cooking Up Quilts