Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stash Report: Week 35 of 2016

I'm not sure where this week went.  We've had a lot going on in the evenings.  Parent night was Monday.  It's a bit of a jolt to think that was our last one for Drama Teen.  I worked late one night and then had a girls night out with DT another evening.  That didn't leave much time for stitching this week.  Most of what's going out of the stash this week happened last Sunday. 

Used last week:  1.33 yards
Used year to date:  38.63 yards
Added year to date:  32.75 yards
Net used in 2016:  5.88 yards

For me that's a pretty good week.  I should get to the backing for the Zombie quilt this week.  That will bump up those outgoing numbers nicely.  There wasn't much time spent in the sewing room, but there's been some time spent in EQ working out the piecing for the Zombie back and playing with the fabric placement in the next graduation quilt.  That counts towards my 15 minutes of stitching time this week.  Good thing or else this week's report would be pretty minimal. 

Days with 15 minutes of stitching time this week:  6 out of 7 days
Days in August:  22 out of 27 days
Days in 2016:  189 out of 240 days

Unfortunately there has not been an opportunity to sew this weekend.  We've been in Kansas City attending a funeral for one of My Guy's brother-in-laws.  If you've been watching the weather, KC received about 5 inches of rain Friday night, that made driving difficult to say the least.  The storms rolling in over the plains were pretty impressive to watch, not so fun to be driving in. 


There were tornado watches all around Friday night, but we didn't have any tornadoes.  It hit a lot worse north of here.  

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: From Being in the Pink to Seeing Gray

The first full week of school is over. So far Drama Teen is surviving.  I'm sure the work loads will pick up, but I've been advised that senior year goes much more smoothly than junior year does.  So far, so good.  

It's been a hectic week, so there wasn't as much time for sewing as I would have liked.  But I did find enough time to finish up the second pink Vintage Dress in time for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge post.  


 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

I like this one.  It looks like a dress my sister had when we were in high school.  Here are both pink dresses.  



I finished the first pink dress last week.  It looks like it's almost red when photographed next to the second dress, but it really is pink.  These are going to fit in nicely with the rest of the dresses.  

I've got the patterns and fabrics picked out for the August blocks.  



The really light gray on the right may have to be replaced.  I haven't checked to see how well it shows up against the white background. These two will take longer than the pink dresses did, both patterns have more parts.  So I doubt I get caught up in September.  But at least I'm just one month behind, it could be worse.  

That's it for my rainbow scrap adventures for this week.  You can find more rainbow blocks and at Soscrappy.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August One Monthly Goal: Back on Track

One more week in August.  That's hard to believe. Not sure where the summer went.  The beginning of the month was a bit busy, but it's slowed down a bit.  Last weekend was really nice as I got to spend a lot of time in the sewing room.  There was lots of progress on numerous fronts, including getting Zombies in Paris to the point of being a finished flimsy. 


Zombies in Paris by Kate

The border is a really dark purple not black.  Even Photo Shop can't seem to bring out the true color.  This is the first of 4 graduation quilts that Drama Teen has commissioned for next May.  She wanted each person's quilt to be something that they could wrap them selves up in next year at college when they feel they need a hug.  I think this quilt will do that.  I've got some left over fabrics and some that we bought, but didn't use in the front that we want to work into the backing.  I've been playing with layouts.  Hopefully, I can get the back made soon so it can go out for quilting.  

August's One Monthly Goal was to reach the finished flimsy stage.  That's done, earlier than I expected.  That's 7 out of 8 months where I've reached my monthly goal.  These monthly goals have helped keep the focus on moving one project ahead each month.  The progress hasn't hit my finished quilt list as much as I would like, but if I keep it up, there be a few more finishes to add before the end of the year.  

 I'm linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday and with Red Letter Quilts when she posts the end of August One Monthly Goal link up.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Stitching: Potting Poinsettias

Do you ever have those conversations with your family that start out perfectly logical and then degenerate into the unlikely and silly?   That's where this week's blog title came from.  I made some comment about getting close to being finished with Poinsettias to My Guy and it went from there.  Somehow finishing this quilt ended up being equated with the potting of plants.  I was there and I'm still not sure how we ended up in the potting shed. 

At any rate, Poinsettias has two of the borders added, with a good start on the addition of the third.

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

Poinsettias has become one of my favorite quilts.  I've loved the pattern ever since I saw it in the magazine.  It's far from perfect, there are a few mismatched seams in there. Thankfully, it's a pattern where the eye tends to auto-correct and they aren't as noticeable. This quilt really stretched my piecing skills, but was still fun and not too frustrating.    

Adding borders always takes longer than I expect.  Even so, hopefully Poinsettias will be a finished flimsy by the end of the month.  I've got the fabric picked out for the backing.  It will just have to be cut and sewn together, but that probably won't happen this month.  The Zombies quilt needs to come first.  That one has a deadline, so I want to get it done first.  

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

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stash Report: Week 34 of 2016

It's been a busy few weeks and my sanity needed a marathon sewing fix.  Thankfully, that need was met yesterday.  I got a whole day to do nothing but stitch.  I'm feeling much better, well at least I was until the first load of laundry this morning.  There are plans to stitch this afternoon, so I should get my good mood back before the day is done.

Both Poinsettias and the Zombie quilt are at the add borders stage.  Next to backings, that's one of the fastest ways to use yardage. The two narrow borders have been added to Poinsettias, that's most of what went out this week.  

Used last week:  0.51 yards
Used year to date:  37.30 yards
Added year to date:  32.75 yards
Net used in 2016:  4.55 yards

The widest borders will probably get added this week to both Poinsettias and Zombies, so that should make for a good week next week.  Then come the backings for both.  That will really help with the stash numbers.  You can see more stash reports over at Patchwork Times.  

I've also been keeping up with how many days at least 15 minutes of sewing happens. The more of those 15 minute session, the more likely it will end up being a hour session, so the more that gets done each week.  

Days with 15 minutes of stitching time this week:  5 out of 7 days
Days in August:  16 out of 20 days
Days in 2016:  183 out of 233

I've been told it's easier to focus on a goal if you have a good measure of your progress.  This one works for me.  

We've had gorgeous weather in Oklahoma the last week, much color temps than typical.  I took advantage of the lovely weather and wandered out with my camera.  I'll close today with some end of summer images.

The Zinnias are at their peak


The bees are gathering the last of  their summer harvest



The Monarch Butterflies means that autumn is not far off

Have a great week!