Monday, November 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Back off the Wall

The rain held off till almost dark last night.  It was a wet weekend, though it wasn't as cold as last weekend was.  It's still drier than normal so the wet weekend was welcome, well My Guy would have been more welcoming if he hadn't been on his way home from a bike ride.  Thankfully he got home before the sky really let loose. 

So what do I have to show for my weekend?  Just the back of Scrappy Stars.  It's too big to put it up on the design wall, so it's draped over the cutting table. 

I used up a lot of the left over fabric in the back, including a few fabrics that were bought for the project but ended up not being used.  This quilt is all pressed and packaged to ship to Trudy for quilting.  It always amazes me how long it takes to press everything and get all the loose threads off.  That took most of the afternoon, so not a lot of stitching this weekend.  But I'm off all week, so I should get a bit more done than normal.  

Check out all the other design walls over at Patchwork Times.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stash Report - Week 47 of 2014

It's that time of year where holiday activities are starting to compete with my sewing time.  I spent most of my evenings this week working on the photos for our annual calendar.  Between the three of us, we came up with 79 photos we thought were calendar worthy.  It was hard to whittle that down to just 13 shots.  I try to do it so that we each get at least 4 pages, then we all pick what goes on the cover.  Needless to say, I left out a lot of really nice shots.  Like this one from last Christmas. 

I'd forgotten there had been a major ice event here just before Christmas last year.  

Needless to say since I've spent my week playing with photos, I didn't do much playing with fabric and it certainly shows in this week's stash report.

Used last week:  0.05 yards
Used in November:  3.03 yards
Used year to date:  31.25 yards

I'm off all of next week, so hopefully I can spend some significant time in the sewing room this next week.  Bonnie Hunter's 2014 mystery quilt starts on Friday.  I participated for the first time last year and am looking forward to playing along this year.  Rather than scraps, I'm using yardage again like I did last year.  

I'm sticking with Bonnie's colors.  All but the teal/blue fabric came from my stash.  I don't have much teal, so I ordered that yardage.  It looks more blue than teal, but I think it works just fine. 

Now I'm off to do laundry, but I'll have this afternoon to spend some productive time in my sewing room.  There will more stash reports over at Judy's Patchwork Times once she gets her post up.   

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Sampler Progress

Not much stitching this week, but I did get a lot done on some family gifts for Christmas.  The last couple of years, we've made a calender for the family that has all the birthdays and wedding anniversaries on it.  That means going back through all the photographs we've taken during year and finding 13 to go in the calender.  Then there's a bit of cropping and other Photoshop enhancing that goes into polishing off that set.  That's pretty much what I worked on in the evenings this week. I was reminded during that whole process what talented photographers My Guy and Drama Teen are.  That makes it really hard to choose just 13 pictures for the calendar.  I've rarely shared any of their photographs, but here are two of my favorites that made the calendar cut.  

Taken by Drama Teen during our Utah vacation

Taken by My Guy on one of his walks

I hope you'll tolerate the bit of bragging and enjoy these reminders of spring since many of us have been in the deep freeze this week. 

Moving on to the progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler quilt.  To be honest there is not a lot of progress.  But I have decided on a final layout and on black for the sashing. 

 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler
By Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

One last pink block is under construction to finish out the layout.  I split the brown blocks, putting the lighter ones next to the yellow and the darker ones in the opposite corner next to the reds.  I'm off work this next week, hopefully I can make some significant progress on getting this made into a finished top.  

There's more scrappy stuff over at Soscrappy.