Sunday, October 22, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 42

We've had a slightly different pace this weekend with the Scientist in Training home.  While she was doing homework, I got caught up on my blog reading, email, uploading photos, etc.  We also did a little shopping, for shoes this time.  I really needed new shoes for work.  Since I work in a lab, my shoes have to meet safety criteria, but still meet the "professional" dress code. I pretty much hate shopping for work shoes and put it off till my current pair look so bad even My Guy notices.  

It hasn't been the best week for stitching.  As expected, work stuff took over a few evenings, so there wasn't a lot of time spent in the sewing room.  I did manage to get in my 15 minutes each night, but that was about it.  So stitching happened for 7 out of 7 days this week.  But it really was just 15 minutes each night, so no much got done.  The stash report pretty much shows that. 

Used last week:  0.37 yards
Used year to date:  50.14 yards

I've broken the 50 yards out milestone.  I'm hoping to reach 60 yards out for the year.  My goal was 75 yards, but at this point, that's probably not happening.  Though the stash goal isn't going so well, finding time to stitch has gone well in 2017.  I'm really happy with finishing six projects so far this year. 

While hanging out with the SIT as she did homework, I used part of my time to start getting a label ready for En Provence.  I'm still sewing blocks together into rows but I'm hopeful it will be ready for quilting next month.  Here's two options for that label:




I like both labels.  A lot will depend on what I choose for the backing fabric.  Do you always keep the name of a pattern or mystery quilt along as the name of your quilt?  I'm struggling a bit with these labels as the fabrics I used for En Provence are Asian themed.  The backing fabric I have in mind is left over from a previous project that used some of the fabrics that show up in the En Provence blocks.  Here's the proposed backing fabric:


This is just one repeat.  If I remember correctly the repeat is about 26" x 20".  I've got about 3 yards of this left as I only used one repeat. I'll supplement with any left over yardage from the front to piece a back if needed.  So do you see my dilemma?  I've been playing around with a name that still uses En Provence, but with an Oriental slant.  At this point they all sound pretty lame, so I'm not sharing.  Maybe my subconscious will help me out if I let it stew for a bit.  I'd certainly welcome any suggestions in the meantime.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Still Playing With Orange

My weekend started yesterday.  Since the Scientist in Training is on Fall Break, I took Friday off so we could have a girl's day out in Tulsa.  We had a great time, though the tiramisu from the Cheesecake Factory really did a number on the calorie count for the day.  Well, we all have to live a little right?  

I didn't get a ton of stitching done yesterday, but I got to play for a bit while the SIT slept in.  I'm still playing catch up with my orange fan blocks. 



I need 16 of this color.  One is done, so these three will finish out the first set of four.  I've got all of my magenta fabrics washed, but not paired up for block sets yet.  I doubt I get to those this month, those will probably be next month.  But at least I can claim progress.  

Linking up with Soscrappy where you can check out all those pretty in pink blocks for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  And linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Lots of Pinning

Monday always comes before I'm ready for it.  This will be both a long week and a short week.  Long in that my work calendar is seriously full this week. Short in that Friday is a day off.  The Scientist in Training will be home on Thursday for fall break.  The plan is for a major day of shopping sometime during the long weekend.  But getting to the weekend will be a bit of a slog,  it's that time of year where there is lots going on at work.  There will be homework each night this week.  So stitching time will be at a premium.

Thankfully, this weekend was relatively quiet and my sewing room was a nice place to hang out.  There was progress on a lot of fronts, but most of it's not picture worthy.  Geek Chic is moving right along.  The last set of blocks are ready for stitching, but that project had to come off the design wall so En Provence could go back up.  

  En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)
  
For some reason, I started with the bottom rows.  One row of sashing and one row of blocks are now assembled, with one row of sashing partially assembled.  There are lots of seams to match on these blocks.  Took forever to pin the rows together!  Getting this to finished flimsy stage is going to take some time.  

That was my progress for the weekend.  Linking up with:

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 41

We woke to temps in the 50s this morning after high of almost 90 yesterday.  It may barely get out of the 60s by this afternoon.  I'm definitely looking forward to a little fall weather.  Maybe this will get the leaves moving on their color change, so far there has not been much of that going on.  

It's been a busy week, but I managed to find at least 15 minutes to stitch each day this week. That brings my total for the year to 259 out of 287 days so far for 2017.  That translates to there being a bit of stash going out for the week.  

Used last week:  1.13 yards
Used year to date:  49.77 yards.

So I'm close to getting at least 50 yards out for the year.  Not sure  my goal of 70 yards out for the year is realistic based on where things are now.  The year is not over yet, but it certainly is winding down quickly.    

I did reach a different stash milestone this week.  All the fabric on the second shelf of the fabric closet has now been pressed, folded and sorted.  


So all that's left is that mess on the very top shelf.  

Scrappy Coffee Cups (aka But First Coffee) in the process of being bound. 


The hand stitching didn't start till Friday night, but stitching down that first corner should happen today.  Maybe there will be a finish to show off next week.  

Linking up with:
Quiltpaintcreate for the Weekly Stash Report and with 
Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekend Stitching: A Little of This and That

It was a nice quiet weekend.  So there was time for some fun in the sewing room for a change.  But not all of it was photo worthy.  The last block for En Provence is finished (yeah!).  The last two sashing strips are under construction.  By next weekend, En Provence should be back up on the big design wall ready for final assembly.  I'll definitely get photos of that. 

Scrappy Coffee Cups (AKA But First Coffee) has the binding started. 


I got two sides sewn down before dinner last night.  I'll have to finish the next two sides this week.  This project looks to be on schedule to be on the finished list by the end of the month. 

Two more Vintage Dress blocks have the coping strips added.  

  Vintage Dresses
by 
Charise Randell

Six blocks finished, just 19 blocks left.  Since En Provence has moved up to "finish it up status", adding the coping strips the dress blocks has become my current leaders and enders project.  It's not the fastest way of finishing something, but at least I see steady progress.

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 40 of 2017

It was a long week, but it was a productive one.  The last report for the year was filed on Friday.  Hopefully, there won't be too much home work from here on out.  Unfortunately, there was enough homework this week that stitching time was at a premium.  Though I did manage to find 15 minutes to stitch for 7 out of 7 days for the last week.  However, it'd hard to use a lot of fabric in that time frame, so this week's stash report looks a little anemic. 

Used last week:  0.20 yards
Used year to date:  48.64 yards

At least I was too busy to push any buttons on the computer this week, so no stash additions.  

There was one night that wasn't spent on homework.  One of My Guy's coworkers is moving on to a new job.  So they threw her a going away party.  I've never been to a going away party like this one.  We have a place in town that offers group painting lessons.  For her going away party, we would all be participating in a two hour painting lesson.  The connections between translating what my brain sees and what my hand draws have always been faulty.  So drawing, painting, free hand quilting just don't turn out well.  It's a good thing I really liked My Guy's coworker, I don't subject myself to that kind of torture for just anyone.   After two hours, I walked out with a painting. 


At least it looks like a pumpkin.  Here's My Guy's version.


We had a good time with several people from work.  A couple of them signed up for another session.  I'll stick to playing with fabric.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the Weekly Stash Report.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Just Feeling Behinder

We are off to a rainy start with this weekend.  Which is fine with me.  Though I'm not going to get in much stitching today.  There's lots of housework and homework this morning.  But I'll get to have a bit of fun this afternoon before we head off to the Casa Hispana dinner tonight. That will be a lot of good food and fun with some of our co-workers.  

Scrappy Coffee Cups (my first ever Rainbow Scrap Challenge project from 2012) came back from being quilted early this week.  I'm working on getting the binding sewn together.  The quilt top has been trimmed.  The last thing it needs is a label. Which means the quilt needs a name.  After a bit of poking around on Pinterest and a few texts back and forth with the Scientist in Training, we finally agreed on one.  And then the theme for the label fell into place. Here's the first draft, minus my special message for My Guy. 


My Guy has degrees in physics and mathematics, but his job requires him to be a chemist.  So this is perfect.  Just to be clear, coffee is never allowed in the labs, but this was just too fun to pass up for the label. One of the things we are both known for at work is our love of coffee after lunch, it's the only way we both get through the afternoon.

I'm still working on my blue blocks from August.  But I'm at least on the last one.  I've got all the orange fabrics matched up for last months blocks.  I did take some time to look ahead to see if I had enough fabrics to make 16 small fan blocks of my color for October.  Rather than pink, I'm going to use red-voilet, with my lightest fabrics there tending towards pink. 



I need 32 fabrics for each block to be unique.  Hmmm, there are only 19. I may have a few more tucked away with the batiks.  There's time to do some looking in the scraps and stash as I haven't even started with the orange blocks yet. 

Happy stitching this weekend.  I'm going to get a second cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal, then settle in to see all the pretty pinks  posted over at Soscrappy.  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Finish Along 2017: Ending on a High Note?

Hard to believe we've just got three months left in 2017. They'll go fast.  It's amazing how time just seems to fly this time of year.  That's a factor in deciding what to tackle for the fourth quarter version of the 2017 Finish Along.


At the beginning of the year,  my thought was to use all the incentive available to get some projects moved to the finish line.  There are six quilts on the completed list; two from first quarter, two from second quarter and two from third quarter 2017 Quilt-A-Long lists.  (Hmm, seems there is a pattern there.) If I can finish two during fourth quarter I'll have finished more quilts in a year than ever before.  So I'm definitely in for the last round this year.  

What to put on the list?  That's always the struggle.  Even though history says I'll finish just two, I'll put four on the list anyway. 

The first is Scrappy Coffee Cups.

Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
publised in Block Magic and Block Magic Too by
Nancy Johnson-Srebro

It's on it's way back from the quilter.  All it needs is the label and the binding.  That's definitely doable at this point.  Should be a shoe in finish. 

The second is the Geek Chic quilt for the Scientist in Training.  No pictures as she follows my blog now that she's off at college.  This will either be a Christmas or birthday present.  I'll have two weeks off at Christmas, so if it doesn't make it under the tree, it should be done for her birthday in January. 

The third on the list is En Provence.  

En Provence
Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

There's one more block in the fourth row and two sashing strips to finish piecing.  Then it will be time to sew the rows together and add the pieced border.  This one will definitely get to the finished flimsy stage by the end of the year and a 50/50 chance it will get completely finished.  If I get this far, that will be 9 quilts finished for the year. That would be awesome. 

The fourth project probably won't get done this year, but I'll add it to the list just in case it comes together faster than I think it will.  The last project for 2017 is Vintage Dresses.

  Vintage Dresses
by 
Charise Randell

The blocks all need coping strips added to bring them all up to the same size. Since En Provence has moved up to be my OMG for October, adding the coping strips has become my new leaders and enders project.  Depending on how much sewing I actually get to do, this could go pretty fast or pretty slow.  I doubt this one gets all the way to finished, but it will definitely get moved along.  

If my trend holds, I'll manage to get two of the four done.  I'd be happy with that.  Good luck on your picks for the Fourth Quarter 2017 Finish-A-Long

Monday, October 2, 2017

October One Monthly Goal and Some Weekend Stitching

Hard to believe we've just got three months left in 2017 and those three months will go really, really fast.  I spent some of my stitching time yesterday contemplating which projects to focus on these next three months.  First decision, what's going to be the October One Monthly Goal?  


There's definitely not a lack of subject material for that decision.  I took a peak at what number Patchwork Times picked for this month's UFO-2017 project. It was number 6, which is En Provence on my 2017 Quilt Plan.  Hopefully Bonnie Hunter is planning a new mystery for next month, which means I should really finish up last year's version.  As of yesterday afternoon I had all the pieces finished to make the last block.

  En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)
  
I still need to make the hourglass blocks for the last sashing piece, but those are all ready under construction.  All that will be left at that point is assembling the blocks and sashing strips together.  That should be doable in a month.  So the OMG for October is to get En Provence to the finished flimsy stage.  

There's another mystery quilt along going on over at Meadow Mist Designs.  I finished clue one yesterday. 

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs

All 72 HSTs for the Magnolia Mystery are finished.  So I'm ready for clue 2 when it comes out on Thursday.  I'm really liking my fabric choices at this point.  

Now to figure out what projects are most likely to get finished before the end of the year so I can link up with the last quarter of the 2017 Finish Along.  The OMG and the Finish Along have been great motivators this years. 

Linking up with:
October One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Design Wall at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 39 and 2017 Ambitions Update

October marks the beginning of fourth quarter. The count down to the end of the year begins in earnest now, or at least it seems that way to me.  Back in December of last year, I posted a list of quilting ambitions to Jetgirl's 2017 Planning Party.  With the count down to the end of the year kicking into high gear it's time to check on where I'm at on those ambitions for this year.  Since this is normally just the weekly stash report, I'll start with that so you can stop reading if you've hopped over here from Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report

Quilt Ambition #3 Manage the Stash/Organize the Sewing Room

Used last week: 0.94 yards
Used year to date: 48.44 yards
Added year to date: 335 yards
Net added year to date: 287 yards

Stitching time was at a premium during third quarter.  I switched positions at work to one with more responsibility, which means a lot more working from home in the evening.  That's really cut into my stitching time. Add in vacation and getting the Scientist in Training ready for college, it was a really busy quarter.  The goal is to use at least 70 yards for the year.  That means using 21 yards between now and the end of the year.  Probably not happening based on what my fourth quarter typically looks like.  On other end of the stash management plan, I pretty much shattered any possibility of using more than I buy this year.  After two years of very limited buying, I had no will power for another year like that.  A fabric diet is definitely in the cards for fourth quarter.  That's it for the stash report, the rest of the post covers all my other stitching ambitions for 2017.  

The big organization project for this year has been to whip the stash closet into shape.  This is what it looked like back in July:


This is what it looks like now:


I'm almost finished with the second shelf.  All that will be left after that is to tackle that top shelf.  So I've made good progress on that front this year.  

Quilting Ambition #1:  Finish a Few Quilts  

While the stash management hasn't been the greatest, I have done really well on this ambition.  There have been six finishes so far. 


Poinsettias, Bejeweled, Geometry, The First Amendment Quilt, Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt plus Blooms and Butterflies are all finished.  When I was putting this together last year, there were three quilts I had to finish for graduation in May.  That was pretty much my goal, finish those three.  To have six finished is a smash success in my book.  My record is seven in one year.  I should at least tie that this year.  There are three quilts I'd like to finish before Christmas, that would put me at 9 for the year.  Check back in January to see how well that went.  

Quilting Ambition #3:  Participate in Challenges and Quilt Alongs

Quilt alongs and challenges are such fun.  Since I don't belong to a guild (the one here only meets during the week while I'm at work), these projects keep me engaged with the blogging community of quilters.  The Rainbow Scrap Challenge has been a long running favorite.  I've been working on those blocks since January.  

The Magnolia Mystery kicked off last month over at Meadow Mist Designs.  I've kept up, so far anyway.  I'm hoping to finish September's clue before Cheryl posts the next clue on Thursday. 


I've got 50 of the HSTs finished.  Just 22 left and I'll be caught up. 

The other planned quilt along is Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery.  If she's doing one this year, the fabric planning posts should be going up sometime this month.  I need to finish off last year's mystery quilt before then. 

Quilting Ambition #4:  Make Time to Sew

I've been doing really well on that front this year.  I've managed to stitch for 15 minutes 245 out of the the last 273 days.  So 89.7% of the time, I meet my goal.  That's an "A" if you round up.  Definitely the best year I've ever had on finding time to stitch.  Lately it really has been only 15 minutes a day, but that is better than nothing.  

Quilting Ambition #5:  Work on My Blogging Skills

There were several parts to this goal.  The first was to blog at least three times per week.  On average, I managed three posts per week this last quarter.  Most weeks I get in three, but there are few with just two. So I'm doing OK on this goal.  

Another goal was to write four tutorials this year.  I've managed two.  So to meet this goal, I'll have to come up with two for this quarter.  I'll have to put some thought into that.  

Another goal was to improve my photography.  I didn't put any metrics with that goal, so I'm not sure what I was thinking.  I've been trying to pay more attention to the lighting when I take photos. I've been less than happy with some of my finished quilt shots, so that's definitely an area I need to make more improvements in.  

The final part of the fifth ambition was to write a post each quarter summarizing where I was.  First quarter's post is here, second quarter's is here. And this concludes the third quarter post. 

It's been a pretty good year on a lot of fronts.  I know some think it's a bit extreme to have goals for your hobby.  It's so easy for me to get caught up in the "I've worked all day, I'm too tired to go sew."  I usually perk up once I get to my sewing room.  These ambitions have helped me get up those stairs most days. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: So Blue There Is No Orange

Work held some surprises this week. Nothing bad, but stuff that's going to add to the work load over the next few months.  Life is definitely interesting these days.  Unfortunately interesting means more home work in the evenings and less stitching time.  

I'm still playing with my blue scraps this week.  That bright pile of orange fabrics just sat by the sewing machine.  The last large blue fan block did get finished.  So that set of four is done. 



These are the last of the big fan blocks.  The rest of the blocks for this project will be the 3.5" squares.  I've gotten a start on the small blue squares, but it's hard to make a lot of progress in just 15 minutes a night.  Weekend's have been busy too, so things are probably going to stall a bit.  It's just one of those phases, it too will pass at some point.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge today and with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Friday, September 29, 2017

September One Monthly Goal Wrap Up/2017 Finish Along Progress

Just two days left in September!  How does that happen?  Well now that it has, it's time to check in with the One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts


The goal for September was to get a start on a new quilt for the Scientist in Training's dorm room.  My start date for any quilt is when I start cutting the fabrics.  And that has happened, there are even a few blocks up on the design wall.  But I can't show any of these as the SIT follows my blog.  So you'll have to just take my word for it that there's been a start. 

There is one more day in the quarter, but not enough time to get another finish in for the 2017 Finish Along.  


I didn't do too badly for the quarter.  There were 4 quilts on the list to be finished. I managed to finish two. 

 It's a Mystery (Meadow Mist Designs Mystery)
By Cheryl Brickey of the Meadow Mist Designs Blog

It's a Mystery was last year's Meadow Mist Designs Mystery.  The first clue in this year's mystery came out in September.  So for once last year's mystery was finished before starting this year's.  

The second finish for the quarter was Blooms and Butterflies.

Blooms and Butterflies
 Back Porch Bloom block by Lea Anne Brummett
Another quilt along from Lea Anne Burmmett who blogs over at Podunk Pretties.  This one wasn't a mystery, but a challenge to come up with your own pattern using her Back Porch Bloom block.  This is my new snuggle quilt.  
  
The other two quilts on the list for third quarter didn't make it to the finish line.  But there was good progress on both.  Scrappy  Coffee Cups made it to finished flimsy stage and has been sent out for quilting.

Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic and Block Magic Too by
Nancy Johnson-Srebro

Actually, I heard from Trudy last night and the quilting is done.  So these coffee cups will definitely be on my list to finish before the end of the year.  

The last quilt on the "to be finished" list for third quarter was Christmas Angels.  Though it didn't get close to being finished it went from just block units to finished blocks.  

 Christmas Angels
Pattern by Kate
Actually all the blocks are finished, but I don't seem to have a photo of all of them up on the design wall.  So even though I didn't get this one all the way to the finished stage, it's ready to have the blocks sewn into rows.  That's pretty good progress.  

It's been a good year for finishes, there have been six.  My record is seven finishes in one year.  I'm likely to tie that for sure.  As far as working down the UFO list, I'm pretty much where I was when the year started.  But at least it's not getting any bigger.  I'm finishing up my new starts, just not getting to the older projects on my list.  but I've moved a few along this year.  That should make it easier to get a few off the list next year. 

Now to start thinking about what will be the October One Monthly Goal and what's going on the list for the fourth quarter of the 2017 Finish Along.   

Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekend Stitching - Vintage Dresses Back on the Design Wall

We had a nice visit with the Scientist in Training this weekend.  We spent yesterday morning drinking coffee and hanging out.  She probably won't be home again till fall break later in October.  

After the SIT left, I headed to the sewing room for a bit.  On the agenda was to get started on setting the Vintage Dress blocks together. There are three different dress blocks in the set.  I'd forgotten that one of the dress blocks is wider than the other two. That became obvious when I started pulling the blocks out of the project box.  


The only way to get all of the blocks the same size is to add coping strips.  So my original plan for how to assemble the sashing wasn't going to work.  But after a few minutes in EQ, a new assembly plan was worked out and I started adding coping strips to the blocks.  

Vintage Dresses
by 
Charise Randell

I didn't get very far, but two blocks are completely done and cut to a consistent 9.5" x 12.5".  I made a start on the next two.  There will be some other changes to the sashing pieces to accommodate the larger size of the blocks, but that will actually simplify both the pieces and the overall assembly process.  But since the "framing" of the blocks is added with the sashing, the final placement of all the blocks will need to be worked out before the sashing strips can be made. It's doubtful that this UFO will get finished this month, but at least all the assembly problems are worked out.  The plan for this year was to move each UFO forward.  Finishes would be great, but I'm grateful for any progress on these projects.  

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 38 of 2017

The Scientist in Training has been home this weekend, which has been fun.  This weekend was our company picnic and she's always enjoyed going to that.  She got to hang out with some high school friends who were also home from college and see some of the scientists that have been mentors to her when she was in high school.  It was a nice afternoon. 

With the SIT home, there was no sewing time yesterday unless you count the time I spent in EQ working out how to assemble the sashing for the Vintage Dress blocks.  The only thing of note I did was spend some time coloring while the visiting with the SIT in the kitchen.



I don't color very often, preferring to sew instead.  But I finally finished these two pages.  It was fun to just hang for a bit.   

I've had to bring work home with me several times the last week and that really cut into my sewing time.  I did manage to find 15 minutes to stitch every day but one.  For 2017, I've managed to find at least 15 minutes to stitch 89.5% of the time.  My goal is to get this above 90% for the year.  It's going to be a struggle the next month with all the work stuff going on.  

The lack of stitching time didn't help with the stash usage this week.  

Fabric used this week:  0.33 yards
Fabric used year to date:  47.50 yards

At least being busy means that I don't have time to hit any buttons on those sale adds.  No fabric in always makes for a good week.   

We'll hang out with the SIT for a while this morning.  She's got to be back at the dorm by noon today, she has to cover an event for the school newspaper this evening, plus she needs to study this afternoon.  She gets paid for each article they publish, so it's how she's making a some spending money this semester.  I'll get in some stitching time after she leaves.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Playing in Orange

Sewing time has been at a premium this week, I've gotten to the point where work's been coming home more evenings than not.  So there's not been a lot of stitching time.  That makes it hard to make much progress on this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  I'm still working on the blue blocks from July.  But I did find time one night this week to pull out all the oranges and decide on the pairings for the 16 small fan blocks. 



These are going to be bright blocks.  Not sure when I'll be able to make a start on them, it may not be till October at the rate I'm moving.  The Scientist in Training decided to come home for the a bit.  She has to head back before lunch on Sunday, but we'll get to hang out for a bit today.  My Guy is going riding, but I think the plan is for the SIT and I to go get breakfast at the local coffee shop, hang out there for a while this morning and study/work.  The annual company picnic is this afternoon, so I doubt much stitching happens in my sewing room today.   

Happy stitching this weekend.  There's more bright and fun stuff over at Soscrappy.  And linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Not Much To Show

It was a busy weekend, with not as much stitching as normal.  Saturday was just busy with a bit of work stuff that had to get done.  Sunday, My Guy and I made the trek east to see our Scientist in Training.  She's doing great with the college transition, but didn't think she'd get home for a few weeks due to her test and work schedule.  We had a fun Sunday, even met up with an unexpected play mate from the SITs youth. 


Finding Optimus Prime on one edge of town was a bit of a surprise, but the girls had fun with it.  SIT's two roommates went out to lunch and then on a tour of the town with us as none of them had been off campus much during the month since school started.  

So it was a nice, but busy weekend.  There was some sewing time, but there's not much to show as most of the progress has been on the SIT's new dorm room quilt (which is under wraps till Christmas). Other than that,  I've made a start on the HSTs for this year's Meadow Mist Design mystery


There's 20 of the seventy something HSTs needed for this project.  So far, I'm really liking my fabric choices.  So lots of stitching and trimming without much to show at this point. 

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 37 of 2017

It's been a slow weekend in the sewing room.  More fabric cutting than fabric sewing.  Though a bit of that has happened this week.  I did my part to support the local quilt shop.  These fun fabrics somehow jumped on the cutting table and came home with me. 


These are just half yard cuts for my rainbow scrap stash.  I don't have much pink, plus I'll need red violet fabrics for my last round of fan blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  The yardage has dutifully been added to my spreadsheet.  Wish I could have made as much go out of the stash, but this week's outgoing numbers are a little anemic. 

Fabric used this week:  0.45 yards
Fabric used year to date:  47.17 yards

Actually, this is more than went out last week.  So it's not been a bad week for stitching.  I found sewing room time 7 out of the last 7 days.  My average for the year is a 89.6%.  I'm hoping to get back to the 90's before the end of the year.  Even if I don't get my average up, this is still way better than I did last year.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.    

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: No Orange Yet

It's been an incredibly long week on the work front.  I think it's the time of year, just lots of stuff to get a handle on going into fourth quarter.  Unfortunately it will get worse before it gets better, lots of stuff to do in October/November to wrap up projects before the holiday vacations start.  

I've been getting in about 45 minutes each evening in the sewing room.  It's been a great stress reliever.  Wish I had more time to play, but I'll take what I can get.  This year's RSC project is still in catch up phase.  One more large blue fan block is finished. 



The fourth large fan block has been started. Then there are 4 small blue fan blocks to make before I'm caught up to September.  I did find all my orange fabrics. Hopefully by the end of the weekend, I'll at least have the parings all picked out for those blocks.  

There's also been some progress on last year's RSC project.  Vintage Dresses is my September UFO project.  All the blocks are done and the final setting had been worked out.  The challenge came when figuring out the measurements for cutting the setting pieces. The setting adds a colored frame around each block, figuring out the corner sizes wasn't as easy as I'd hoped.   


Vintage Dresses
block pattern by 
Charise Randell

The hang up was figuring out how big the triangles needed to be for the corner stones.  The inner white frame will be 0.5", the colored frame will be the same.  After playing with some trial pieces I've finally got the sizes needed to make the corner blocks. 



Not the best fabric combination, but these were all sitting in my scrap pile, so I considered them fair game for my experiments.  Though my math skills aren't bad, I like to confirm my calculations in a mock up before trying it on the actual blocks.  Less un-sewing that way.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Stitching: A Bit of This and That

Weekends it seem always go so fast and end way to soon.  I certainly ran out of weekend before running out of things I wanted to do.  Though it was nice to be home for a change, we did a lot of running around in July and August. 

Sunday afternoon was spent in the sewing room, but you certainly can't tell that from the design wall.  The big design wall has the Scientist in Training's quilt on it, but to be honest there is not much to see at this point.  The last three blocks needed for En Provence are up on the small design wall.

  En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

En Provence has been my leaders and enders project for most of this year.  Just a few more 4 patches and hour glass blocks left to make and I'll be ready to sew the rows together.  

Most of the time in the sewing room on Sunday was taking up in prepping Scrappy Coffee Cups for quilting. 


Both the back and finished flimsy have been de-threaded, pressed and folded for shipment to Trudy for quilting.  Unfortunately, as I was packing the shipping box I realized that there was no batting in my stash that was the right size for this project.  So I had to order some.  At least the part I tend to stall on is done, it's ready to go once my order comes in.  

That's it for me this week.  Check out all the other project progress over at:

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 36 of 2017

My good intentions backfired yesterday.  I did get to some of the yard work, but paid for it the rest of the day.  After about 3 hours of cleaning up the front flower beds, I just couldn't take it anymore.  Spent the rest of the day in bed with a sinus headache.  There's still a bit left to do outside, but I'll wait till next weekend (and defintely pre-dose with some Benadryl before beginning work).

I did get some stitching done late in the evening, which was good as that produced the only fabric going out this week. 

Fabric used this week: 0.18 yards
Fabric used year to date: 46.72 yards

You'd think there would be more going out as I managed at least 15 minutes of stitching every day this week for a yearly total of 225 out of 252 days (89.3% success rate).  But most of the time was spent prepping and cutting pieces for the Scientist in Training's Geek Chic quilt and making a start on the piecing for the Magnolia Mystery.  I won't be showing any progress on Geek Chic, I found out over the weekend that the SIT was planning to follow my blog so she could keep up with what was going on at home while she was off at college.  She promised not to look at last week's post, but now she knows she's getting a quilt for Christmas.  

It was fun having the SIT around last weekend.  This is my favorite photo from the weekend. 


I love the geeky T-shirt with the butterfly wings.  Quite the fashion statement as always.  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Still Playing Catch Up

Wow, this week went fast!  How is it you can be so busy and yet get nothing done?  Thinking about it, that may be the wrong question.  Maybe it's more, how/why do others think of so many things that need to be added to my to do list?  

Since August's Rainbow Scrap Challenge was all about using up neutrals and neutrals don't fit in my project for this year, I was hoping to do a bit of catching up.  There definitely was progress, all the yellow blocks from June were completed.



The blue blocks from July are at least started. 



Two of the four large blocks are finished.  The quilt plan needs two more of these large blocks, plus 4 small blocks.  I'm hoping for a stitching only day tomorrow.  We'll see if that works out.  There was a lot of going here and there last month, we weren't home much.  The yard needs attention and so does parts of the house.  I'm hoping to make major progress on the yard today.  The house can wait another weekend right?  

Praying for those in Florida, this storm looks so bad.  Wishing our hostess for the weekly Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Angela, a very safe weekend.  Linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 35 of 2017

It's been a busy weekend so far.  The Scientist in Training is home for the weekend, she's finishing off her diving certificate.  So we've been hanging out at the pool for that. Today it will be the lake so she can finish her open water dives.  So not much machine sewing going on, but I did get to spend some time with my long term embroidery project.  The second butterfly is almost finished.


I hope to finish off the rest of the wing while the SIT is diving this morning. 

We did a little shopping yesterday while we were out and about.  I wrangled a visit to the quilt shop as my stash of grays didn't yield anything that could be used as the background for Geek Chic.  I found that and a couple of fun patterns too. 


I'd have been in good shape except for ambling into the mark down room.  Since I had just decided to use a white with red print for alternate star blocks for the Red, White, and Blue Star quilt, I couldn't pass up these red and white goodies that will help finish off that project. 




Since I've decided to concentrate on the positive part of this year's stash management goal, we'll just look at what went out.  

Fabric used this week: 3.96 yards
Fabric used year to date:  46.54 yards

The backing for the Scrappy Coffee Cup quilt helped a lot with the stash numbers this week. In terms of finding time to stitch, this week there were 6 out of 7 days with stitching going on.  That brings it to 214 out of 245 days for 2017. That's a 87% success rate. I'm hoping to get back to the low 90s by the end of the year.  This summer has been insanely busy.  I'm hoping that autumn will proceed with a much more mellow pace.  

Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.