Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Project - Sidelined

It's hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away.  The preparations for the holiday have pulled me away from the sewing room.  Well, that and things like waiting on the dryer repair man, baking cookies, and standing in line at the post office.  What time I've been in the sewing room has been focused on making progress with Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery.  This weekend the focus will be on getting the binding and label on Scrappy Stars.  It's supposed to be a Christmas gift, so it needs to get done before Tuesday.  

I've done some stitching on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler, but not enough for it to look much different than last week.  I'm still working on the gray Inverted Star. 

Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

It needs a few more HSTs and 4 squares before it can be stitched up.  Some of the colors look almost brown in the photo, they look much more gray in real life. 

I've been playing on the computer with the Twinkle Star blocks that are the planned project for next year's challenge.  The aim is to develop a secondary pattern in the quilt.  I wasn't a big fan of all the white space created when the block corners are just white squares, but sashing the blocks and adding corner stones fixes that problem.  

Here are a few other possibilities.  

There is a little bit of time before I have to settle on a final block for next year's challenge.  

That's it for me this week.  Happy Holidays and may all your holiday preparations go smoothly.  You can check out more scrappy projects over at Soscrappy.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mid-Month Report - 15 Minutes to Stitch - December 2014

Back in September I resolved to spend more time stitching.  I was having problems finding the energy to go sew in the evenings, so 2014 hasn't been nearly as successful in terms of quilt finishes as the previous year had been.  So I challenged myself to spend at least 15 minutes in the sewing room each day.  I've found if I can get myself into the sewing room, it typically ends up being more than an hour of stitching time.  

I did really well in October in getting up the stairs and into the sewing room.  November, I didn't do so well.  For December, well lets just say the holiday prep had more of an influence than I expected.  Stitching only happened 7 out of the first 15 days of the month.  That's one day less than I managed during the first 2 weeks of November.

This doesn't bode well for me reaching my goal of 50 yards out by the end of the year.  I'll have to work really hard to find 15 minutes before I start on holiday preparations each night.  Maybe I can finish strong like I did in November.  

How are you doing at finding 15 minutes to stitch this holiday season?  

Wordless Wednesday - The Farm

Monday, December 15, 2014

Grand Illusion - Step III

The holiday madness pretty much dominated the weekend, at least the parts when I wasn't asleep in the recliner.  I'm still feeling a bit under the weather.  Some holiday stuff  got done because it had too.  My Guy's family gifts got wrapped and packaged for shipping.   I signed, addressed and stamped 51 Christmas cards.  That wasn't as bad as it sounds.  Several years ago I set up an Access database with all the addresses.  So each year, all I have to do is update the database, then do a print merge with the Avery address label form set up in Publisher.  So after the cards are signed, I just have to stick the label on the envelope.  So it's better than the days when I hand wrote all the addresses, but it still makes for a lot of peeling and sticking.  Too bad I no longer have a 5 year old who likes to play with stickers.  

Some stitching did get done this weekend in between the holiday prep.  I made some progress with Step 3 of Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery

I have lots of 4-patch strips made, but only managed to get 4 sets sewn together.  Still, that's better than no progress at all.  A few more 4 patches from step 1 and diamond rectangles from step 2 are up on the design wall. 

Drama Teen won't have so much going on this week as after school activities are canceled as it's finals week, so we will not be running as much in the evenings.  But, I need to make a batch of cookies as part of a Christmas present for someone and then wrap a few other gifts.  Hopefully, I'll still be able work in some stitching time here and there during the week.  

I'm linking up with Judy's regular Design Wall Monday post and Bonnie's weekly Grand Illusion post.  One more thing on the to do list is to find some time for a cup of coffee so I can go ooh and aah at what's up on everyone else's design space.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stash Report - Week 50 of 2014

It's been a busy weekend, though today is likely to be slower since I seem to be coming down with some type of respiratory infection.  A scratchy throat and achy limbs have pretty much squashed any plans for shopping or housework.  We'll see if I make it to the sewing room this afternoon.  Right now the recliner seems to be a really good location.  Hopefully taking it easy today will nip this stuff in the bud.  

Holiday activities have taken a toll on my stitching time.  Since I've not been able to make it to the sewing room, I've been using the bits and pieces of the time in-between errands to work on next year's quilting goals.  I'd like to finish up the Inverted Star blocks that were this year's Rainbow Scrap project, but deciding on a setting has been difficult.  I started with black sashing, but all that black seems to over power the blocks.  So what if I stick white and go with a scrappy border?

I like the keyboard border better than the black.  

I'm wondering if gray would be a good choice for setting and bordering these blocks.  Obviously a bit more playing in EQ is in my future.  How do you decide on settings?  

I did find some time to get in the sewing room, though it doesn't look like it amounted to much.

Used last week:  0.11 yards
Used in December:  0.41 yards
Used year to date:  32.83 yards

Most of my sewing time has been spent on Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery.  I'm not counting any of that fabric as out, I usually count fabric out once a block is finished.  Hopefully we'll start assembling the blocks before too long.  That will really help the stash report.  

You can check out other stash management efforts by hopping over to Patchwork Times.