Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Really Red

It was a long week, especially since I was off so much of the week before.  I'm definitely ready for the weekend, though this weekend will be busy.  I've put off doing the taxes, but they need to get done, so that's on the agenda for part of the weekend.  Doing lots of laundry is also on tap.  They finally got the part in for the washer and it got fixed Thursday evening.  After almost 2 weeks with no washer, the dirty clothes piles are reaching epic proportions.  

I did get in some decent sewing time this week.  Though it was spent un-sewing more than anything else.  Even so, the first set of red blocks for the Starburst quilt did get stitched up.  




Very bright and bold, especially against that black background.  One red set down and three more sets of four left to make.  I'm not sure I'll get them all done this month, my focus in the sewing room is making progress on the graduation quilts.  The binding is sewn to the front of Bejeweled so it's ready for hand stitching to the back.  Geometry came back from the quilter this week. So it needs a label and binding as well.  Both of those projects are on my list of finishes for the first quarter of the 2017 Finish Along.  Bejeweled will get done, but I'm not sure there will be time to finish Geometry.  

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Bits and Pieces

It was a beautiful weekend, highs in the 70s and 80s.  We spent the time in Eureka Springs, Arkansas since Drama Teen was on spring break.  We shopped a lot, ate a lot and walked a lot.  Which made for a tiring but fun weekend.  We had a wonderful rental there, but I was happy to get home yesterday afternoon.  The luggage is unpacked and all the purchases in their new homes. After that was all done, I got to sew just a little bit.  

The first order of business was to finish off the label for Bejeweled.  



This is the label, minus the personal message.  Drama Teen asked me to remove that before posting.  DT also renamed the quilt.  The new moniker is a take off on the recipient's name.  I think it fits the quilt.  The label has been printed, soaked and rinsed.  It will be dry by the time I get home tonight.  The binding is all made, so that should get attached this evening.  Hopefully that means another finish before the end of the month.

Once the label was finished off, I got back to work on the last graduation quilt.  



I've got a good start on the friendship stars that make up the third border.  Only one of the stars is completely sewn together, the remaining four are in various stages of assembly.  I like how it's coming together.  More importantly, so does Drama Teen.  

That's it for this week.  Linking up with:

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stash Report - Week 11 of 2017

Saturday was gorgeous, warm and sunny.  Unfortunately, both Drama Teen and I ended up down for the count yesterday afternoon. Both of us with sinus headaches.  Today won't be as fast paced as yesterday was.  Along with doing a bit more shopping, we hung out for the St. Patrick's parade yesterday.  It was a fun bit of silliness. 

The more shopping included a new to me quilt shop.  With that visit and the shopping expedition on Thursday, I've managed to rack up quite a total of incoming fabric this week.  

Used this week:  0.24 yards
Used year to date:  19.51 yards
Added year to date:  71.8 yards
Net added:  52.29 yards

Most of what's been added has been reds and oranges, colors I don't have much of in the stash I use for my Rainbow Scrap quilts.  I fixed that on Thursday.




It's a good mix of the various shades.  I didn't get a picture of the fabrics purchased yesterday.  That included some orange and red fat quarters, a very pretty green and a very pretty blue, plus 5 yards of flat black to replace the background fabric that's being used in the Cabins and Fans quilt.  The black was on sale, so it just seemed prudent to back fill so I'll have it for the next project. 

On the stitching front, DT and I have been pretty busy running around and such, so I've not spent much time at the sewing machine. But I've been working on some embroidery in the few minutes I've had here and there.  So I've managed to sew a bit each day this week, so I'm still 100% for the year on finding time to stitch each day.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Really Red and Totally (done with) Teal

Drama Teen's been on spring break this week.  I took off the last 3 days of the week to spend some time with her.  Since she decided to take off with friends on Wednesday, I got to sew most of that afternoon.  Thursday we did some prom dress shopping and found her dress. I also managed a quick trip to one of the quilt shops that's off my usual beaten path since we were out that way looking for fancy dresses.  We did some more just fun stuff and necessary stuff shopping on Friday.  Today is supposed to be warm and sunny, so My Guy wants to go hiking.  That's the plan for today. 

The last of the aqua and teal blocks are finished. 




These are the 3.5" fans that go with the 7.5 fans finished earlier.  I only need one set of each in aqua/teal for this quilt.  But I'll need 4 sets of 4, 3.5" fans from the red.




I made a start on the first set of 4.  This set uses what reds I had available in 1.5" and 2" strips.  Cutting from strips was much faster than cutting around the templates. 

That's it for me this week in terms of scrapping sewing.  Linking up with Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and with Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIPS: A New Start

I'm taking a few days off to spend with Drama Teen as she's on spring break this week.  However, since the washer is out of commission (parts are on order) the day isn't going to be what we'd originally planned.  I'm heading off to the laundromat this morning, while DT is going ice skating with friends.  We were going to go prom dress shopping, but DT's friends came up with an alternate plan.  So I'll get to sew this afternoon then DT and I will have a girls night out this evening. At least that was the plan when we went to bed last night. 

Geometry came off the design wall last week and has been sent out for quilting.  That left the big design wall completely empty. Time to pull out the fabrics for the last graduation quilt and get started.  



I've gotten the first two borders on the center panel.  The next set of borders will be friendship star blocks.  The pieces are cut, but none of them are sewn together yet.  I'm hoping this project goes together pretty quickly.  This quilt is for DT's journalism teacher, so the use of the newsprint fabric was deliberate.  I wasn't sure how well that was going to work, but I like the effect.  The center panel was designed using My Memory Suite and printed onto fabric using the tools available in Photoshop Elements. It turned out much better than I thought it would.  DT loves how it's coming together.  

Progress has also been made on getting the Meadow Mist Mystery quilt into a finished flimsy.  The 4 patches needed to assemble the last block are all made. 



I'm hoping to get some of these made into blocks this afternoon.  Slowly but surely these WIPs are moving along.  That should mean some finishes later this year.  

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Christmas in March?

Sunday was another cloudy and cold day, perfect for staying home.  The plan had been to start with laundry, but when I discovered a large puddle of water in front of the washer after the first load it was pretty apparent that laundry was out for the rest of today.  Thankfully that first load was the important stuff we had to have to start the week.  I'm off on Wednesday, so rather than sewing all day, I'll be spending some time with a service guy.  

On a much happier note, there was a finish this week.


Poinsettias
Pattern by Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue
of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Started February 27, 2014, Finished March 8, 2017

Poinsettias is finally finished.  It's far from perfect, but I love it. This was what has recently been called a "squirrel" start.  I found the magazine while cleaning the house, saw this quilt on the cover and decided I had the perfect fabric for it up in the sewing room.  



The fabrics are more than 10 years old, it's Hollywood and Vine from Moda.  I justified starting this quilt since it was using stash fabrics, nothing had to be purchased and I needed a new leaders and enders project.  



Since the center is the focus, I bound the quilt in the same fabric as the border.  The black makes a nice frame for the whole quilt. 



Trudy quilted it with a holly leaf and berry motif, which is best seen from the back.  The extra wide backing is the only purchase I made for this quilt.  I cut it close with the fabrics for the top.  There's not much left of any of them.  

Poinsettias is the first finish for 2017.  It reduces my UFO list from 18 to 17.  The next three finishes will be graduation quilts, which are all WIPs (less than a year old).  Hopefully I'll get some other UFOs finished in the last half of the year.  I'd really like to see that count go down.  On the other hand, I've ended the last two years at 17, so at least the count isn't going up every year.  

Linking up with:
Monday Making
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stash Report for the 10th Week of 2017

From 80 and sunny on Friday to 47 and raining on Saturday.  It's typical spring weather for Oklahoma.  But boy, 47 definitely feels much colder after an 80 degree day then after a 32 degree day.  Saturday was definitely a good day to spend inside.  

It's been a busy week, but I still managed to get in at least 15 minutes of sewing time in each night, so for the year I've managed that 70 days out of 70.  Definitely a record for me.  I put the final stitches into the binding for Poinsettias earlier in the week.  No photos yet.  It was pretty dreary yesterday, but it's supposed to be sunny today.  And I got started on the last graduation quilt yesterday.  So it was a really good week.  

Before I could get started on the First Amendment quilt, I had to wash all the fabric for it.  Since I'm going to haul it down to the washer anyway, I grab any other fabrics in the color range that haven't been washed.  After a load each of red, white and blue, my to be pressed pile is pretty tall.  



Like cutting up scraps, pressing tends to fall to the bottom of my to do list.  The blue was already pressed by the time I took this picture, but the top newsprint fabric has since been pressed and the red will probably get pressed today. I'll have to work my way down from there.  

Since I count my fabric as it get's made into blocks and borders, all the fabric from Poinsettias has already been counted.  But I made some progress on En Provence this week, as well as on the new quilt project.  That's the bulk of what went out this week. 

Used this week:  0.69 yards
Used year to date:  19.27 yards
Added year to date:  59.05 yards
Net added:  39.78 yards

There was nothing in, so I'm slowly chipping away at the hole created at the first of the year.   

I'm hoping for a solid afternoon of stitching today.  The plan is to focus on making good progress on the First Amendment Quilt, plus get the binding on Bejeweled.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Calling All Red Scraps

The science demos are over, thankfully!  I'm still pretty wrung out from 4 hours of assisting with demos and then take down.  We didn't get done till about 7 PM on Thursday.  Yesterday was clean up day at work, so lots of moving stuff and cleaning in the labs.  Let's just say I got more than my minimum of steps in both days.  Unfortunately my plantar fasciitis kicked in big time, so that means staying off my feet for a couple of days till the inflammation goes down.  So no prom dress shopping this weekend.  Drama Teen is OK with that, she's a bit wrung out from mid terms and said she wanted to sleep in today.  

It was another busy week, so not much sewing in the evenings.  I did make some progress on finishing off the 4 smaller aqua fans. 


  
One is done, two more are in various stages of assembly.  I haven't cut the fabrics for the fourth one yet.   On my too tired to stitch evening, I started looking for my red scraps.  I'm become such a fan of the starburst layout that I changed the layout for the quilt these blocks go into.  The new layout needs 16 small red fans.  I always seem to be deficient in red.  But then remembered there are 2" and 1.5" strips in the pre-cut strip drawer and added those to the mix.  



There's a larger variety of reds in the stash than I thought.  Surely I can get 16 blocks out of all of this.  Repeating fabrics is OK as only 4 blocks will be right next to each other.  Next step is to assign a pair of fabrics for each block.  Hopefully I'll have some red blocks to show off next week.  

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Soscrappy on Saturday.  Then for Oh Scrap over at Quilting is More Fun than Housework on Sunday.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Filling an Empty Design Wall

It was a fast weekend, but they all seem to be that way these days.  Saturday was pretty much an all sewing day.  Sunday morning was chores, but there was enough time to get Geometry prepped for quilting before we headed out to set up the 5th grade science demos 




Now that Geometry is all pressed, folded and packaged, the big design wall is empty.  By the time we got home from getting all set up for the 5th grade demos, I was pretty brain dead.  It didn't seem wise to make a start on a new project.  So I finished off the last block #2 block for the Meadow Mist Mystery Quilt.  I've got enough done to be able to lay out the center of the quilt. 


  Meadow Mist Designs Mystery
By Cheryl Brickey of the Meadow Mist Designs Blog

The black prints don't show up so well from a distance.  The orange may have been a mistake.  We'll see.  I still have the last set of 8 blocks to make before this one can be assembled into a flimsy.  Those will have to made catch as catch can, the last graduation quilt needs to be the focus in the sewing room this month.  The plan is to get going on that project tonight after work. 

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stash Report - Week 9 of 2017

March weather around here really does live up to that Oscar Hammerstein line "Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain".  Though it was fairly warm, it was hard to be outside due to the wind. A perfect day to spend in the sewing room, which I took full advantage of.  Though I didn't do as much sewing as I did fabric washing and pressing.  The backing fabric for Geometry and the fabrics for The First Amendment quilt needed to be washed and pressed.  The backing got pressed, but this is what's left in that freshly washed pile. 



Not all of the pile is for the new quilt project, some of it is fat quarters for this month's Rainbow Scrap Project blocks.  I keep saying I have no reds to work with, well there were a bunch in the "to be washed" bin in the fabric closet, so they got added to the load.  

I did eventually get back to the sewing machine yesterday and pieced the backing for Geometry.  That yardage is most of what went out this week.  

Used this week:  4.63 yards
Used year to date:  18.58 yards
Added year to date:  59.05 yards
Net added:  40.47 yards

I'm slowly working my way back to the stash busting side of stash management. 

We were on the go a lot this week, so my evening stitching time was pretty much limited to just 15 minutes.  Thankfully, I'm still hand stitching the binding onto Poinsettias.  That's something easy to pick up and put down as I had the time.  For the year I've managed to sew for 63 of the 63 days in 2017.  That's the best I've ever done on finding time to stitch.  

Today is set up for the 5th graders science demonstration workshops.  I'll be spending my afternoon wrestling room dividers and tables.  I'm hoping to get some stitching time in later this evening.  Linking up with Patchwork Times for this weeks Stash Report.   

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Not Ready for Red Yet

So happy it's the weekend. Today is our down day.  My Guy organizes a three day workshop for the 5th graders in our county and set up for that starts tomorrow afternoon.  He'll be tied up with that all week.  I can't get off work to help with all 4 days, but I'll be doing demos and helping with break down on Thursday.  Life will even out for a few weeks once the workshop is over.  

We were out every evening this week, so my stitching time was pretty limited.  I did manage to finish up the last large aqua fan. 




I really like the star burst effect when the blocks are set together this way.  I still need to finish the small aqua blocks from last month.  Then I need to pull together my reds and see what I've got to work with to make this month's blocks.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

March One Monthly Goal: Trudging Along With the Graduation Quilts

It's been a busy week.  I've not managed much stitching time, pretty much just 15 minutes each evening.  I should have some time to sew this weekend and I'm really looking forward to that. Before I get back to the sewing room a new One Monthly Goal needs to be chosen so I can arrange my priorities.  




There are three graduation quilts that still need to be finished.  Bejeweled needs binding, Geometry needs a backing and to be sent out for quilting, The First Amendment quilt needs to be started.  I don't mind doing the bindings, plus those are good projects to work on when I don't have much time to sew.  So I think that one will get done at some point this month.  Since Geometry has such dark fabrics in it, it shouldn't be too bad to prep for quilting, so that should get done too.  That leaves the First Amendment quilt, which at the moment exists only as a file in my Electric Quilt folder.

The First Amendment Quilt - self designed

The fabrics are all purchased, but none of them are washed and pressed for use. The center panel needs to be printed on fabric.  I've done some dry runs on large sheets of paper to work out the process, but haven't done that final transfer to fabric.  This quilt isn't going to get done this month, I just don't work that fast.  But it has to be started before it can be finished.  So that's the OMG for March, to get the First Amendment Quilt (FAQ) started.  The day I start cutting fabric for a quilt is what I consider the start date for a project.  I've got a bit to do before I get to that point.

The FAQ will also be my UFO-2017 Challenge project for the month.  I know it's not really a UFO, but there's just not enough sewing hours in a month for me to split efforts.

Linking up with the March One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts.