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.   

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stash Report - Week 46 of 2014

It's going to be a good Sunday to just stay home and putter in the sewing room.  

This is what the radar looked like a few minutes ago.  The snow is not here yet, but it will be soon.  The forecast is for 1 to 3 inches. Drama Teen is hoping it will be enough so that there's no school tomorrow.  Since the snow is coming early, unless we get more than 3 inches, she'll probably have school. 

On the stash front it was a pretty good week.  I decided a few months ago to focus only on what went out, not on what came in as my lack of will power to resist sales was making me cringe when I wrote my weekly reports.  However, the incoming this week was really gorgeous.  

I was lucky enough to win a package of Vicki Welsh's hand died fabrics last month from Soscrappy (hostess of the addictive Rainbow Scrap Challenge).  I'm not sure where these pretties are going to end up, but I definitely need to come up with something very special for these fat eighths.  Thank you Angela.  

How much left the stash this week?  

Used last week:  2.46 yards
Used in November:  2.98 yards
Used year to date:  31.52 yards

Last week was really good.  I'm hoping to use at least 40 yards by the end of the year, 50 yards is my stretch target.  I doubt I make the 50 yard goal, but I think the 40 yard mark is pretty achievable.  

That's it for my stash report.  Check out all the others posted over at Patchwork Times.  

Mid-Month Report: Finding Time to Stitch - November 2014

Back in September I was bemoaning my lack of quilty mojo this year.  There's not been very many finishes.  Not a lot of fabric usage.  Only three new projects started.  My biggest impediment is the gravitational pull of my recliner.  Escape velocity has been just about impossible to reach this year.  Once I make it to the sewing room, stuff gets done.  It's the getting there that needed to be addressed.  So in an effort to shame myself into putting forth the effort to climb the stairs to the sewing room after a long work day, I'm back to reporting on my efforts to stitch just 15 minutes a day.  

Fifteen minutes doesn't sound like a lot of time, but if you do it every day, the progress you make in a week is pretty significant.  At least it's more progress than would have been made if you don't make the attempt.  Once I'm freed from the gravity well of the recliner and  make it to the sewing room, I spend way more than 15 minutes there. 

So how is November going?   Obviously the recliner's pull reached black hole intensity as escape velocity was apparently beyond me the first week of the month.  

All of us were really tired that first week.  It's possible that the time change was dragging me down.  This last week has been much more productive.  Hopefully I can keep that trend up for the rest of the month.  

So how are you doing on finding some time to stitch each day?  Write a post about your efforts in the sewing room and link up below.