Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekend Stitching - Not Hitting On All Cylinders

It wasn't a horrible weekend, unless you were Drama Teen.  It became apparent Saturday afternoon that the poor girl has a cold.  Miserable is an understatement, she looked really pitiful on Sunday. She's not making it to school today. 

Thankfully, I've missed out on the cold (fingers crossed), but I'm feeling the effects of the fall pollen.  There was no stitching on Saturday, but I did manage some time in the sewing room Sunday afternoon.  Three sides of Back to Square One have the last border attached. 

Back to Square One by Judy Laquidara (pattern available here)

The quilt is too big to show on the design wall.  Here's one of the completed corners.  Just one more border strip and this project will be a finished flimsy.  

I finished the first Wonky Star for Alycia Quilts block drive for Quilts of Valor.  

Wonky Star Block:  QOV Block Drive sponsored by Alycia Quilts (tutorial is here

I have a bunch of 3.5" squares left over from a previous project. This is the perfect way to get them into blocks and out of the stash without creating another UFO. Not sure how many blocks will get  made, whatever I can get done by the end of October.  

Hopefully I'll get in more stitching time this week.  It would feel really good to get one more UFO to the finished flimsy stage.  

Linking up with Design Wall Monday, Design Board Monday, and Making Monday.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stash Report - Week 40 of 2015

It's been a long week without a lot time for stitching.  We went to Tulsa yesterday to celebrate My Guy's birthday.  By the time we got home both Drama Teen and I weren't feeling well.  I'm pretty sure it's sinuses for both of us, but she's in a lot worse shape than I am.  I spent the evening asleep in the recliner, DT was pretty much passed out on the couch.  My Guy was keeping his distance from both of us.  I'm feeling better this morning, DT doesn't sound like she's any better. I do like fall, but the first two weeks of October are usually pretty miserable, there's something blooming that just closes up my sinuses.  

Thankfully there was some stitching early in the week. That's all I have to report as outgoing today.  

Used last week: 0.52 yards
Used in September:  1.71 yards
Used in October:  0 yards
Used year to date:  29.98 yards
Purchased year to date:  10.25 yards
Net used for 2015:  19.73 yards

Not a bad week.  It's actually been a better year than last year, which is good because last year was my worst year ever for fabric usage.  Just 4 more yards out and I'll exceed what I used last year.  So far I've been holding steady on not adding to the stash.  I'm committed to ending the year in the black.  

Though the change in seasons is playing havoc with my sinuses, the cooler temps have brought back the clouds which always go missing over the hot summer.  They make for some very dramatic sunrises and sunsets.  

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times' weekly stash report. Check out how everyone else is doing with their stash management.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Just a Little More Orange

How did it get to be October already?  Despite the grand plans of last weekend, this week turned out to be a real bust in the sewing department.  Drama Teen needed lots of help with Chemistry homework this week and had requested a girls night out last night.  One night was My Guy's birthday celebration, which was a lot of fun.  So with all the extra activity going on the week got away from me with very little stitching getting done.  

The only sewing related goal where there was any progress was coming up with design concept for the quilt for Drama Teen's journalism teacher.  DT was assistant editor of the Mid-High School's newspaper last year and is the editor for the creative arts magazine for the high school this year.  This quilt is one of four she's asked me to complete before graduation next year.  The three others are for her best buds.  We've got the pattern picked out for first and the concept, Zombies In Paris, (don't ask) picked out for the second. We've hit a wall on any ideas for the third friend,

The only Rainbow Scrap Challenge progress was to finish a second orange Twinkle Star block. 

Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

That black and orange block is perfect for Halloween.  I'm almost done with orange block number three.  Then there are three more left to cut and stitch.  I did start thinking about this month's brown blocks.  I found set of brown squares that were part of a layer cake that I bought last year.  Those fabrics will greatly extend my range of brown fabrics to use in this year's blocks.  I just don't have much brown in the stash.  

That's all from me this week.  There are more rainbow brights posted over at Soscrappy. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WIPS - It's a Mystery

It's been a bit busy this week.  I got tapped to provide dessert for this week's volleyball lunch for the juniors and seniors.  The request was for Rice Krispy treats and chocolate covered strawberries.  I wasn't too sure that the Rice Krispy treats were going to go over well with older girls.  The lunch was yesterday.  Drama Teen said both went fast and were much appreciated by the team.  

There has been a little bit of stitching since the weekend, but not a lot.  I finished off the 34 square in a square blocks that were this month's clue for the Midnight Mystery.  

Midnight Mystery Quilt From Meadow Mist Designs

That red really makes for bright blocks.  But these blocks will get paired with the flying geese that were last month's clue.

These should help tone down all that red.  Looking forward to getting starting on October's clue when it comes out next week.  

Linking up with WIP Wednesday, WIPS on Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday