Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekend Stitching - Finally, A Finish

Most of the time spent in the sewing room this weekend has been focused on getting En Provence ready to send out for quilting.  The back is ready, but there is still one row of blocks that need to have the loose threads removed from the back.  There's a reason I kept putting off this prep step, it takes forever!   

I did take a break from those prep steps Saturday night (my back could only take so much of being bent over the cutting table) to finish hand stitching the binding down on the Scientist in Training's quilt.  

Here's the "art shot"  of the finished quilt.  I forgot we have a test tube rack left over from one of the SITs science fair projects, that would have made a nice prop if I'd remembered.  Here's the whole quilt.  

Geek Chic
Pattern is Under Construction by the Missouri Star Quilt Company
found in Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Idea Book (Summer Vol 4 Issue 3)

I like it, the SIT likes it, My Guy doesn't. But since this is for the SIT and she likes it, that's all that matters.  I had a lot of fun with these fabrics. 

My two favorites are the colored squares periodic table and the fabric in the block next to it that has the word "chemistry" in it.  Not sure if the SIT has picked a favorite or if she just likes the whole quilt.  Trudy kept the quilting very simple, which lets the fabrics really shine.  

The back is made up of left overs from the front. 

Some of what's left may end up as cuffs on pillow cases if the SIT wants me to make her a couple.  Unfortunately, it's a bit late in the semester for the SIT to get much use out of it, but she'll have it for next school year.  

I'm glad to be able to claim at least one finish for this year.  Hopefully I've got the pump primed and the finishes will become a bit more frequent this quarter.  I'll be linking up with the 2018 Finish Along when the quarter ends.  Linking up with my typical parties today (Main Crush Monday won't go live till Tuesday this week).  

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week 15: Stitching and De-Stashing (Happy Tax Day, US)

Is it really April 15th?  The weather here sure isn't spring-like.  We woke up to sub-freezing temperatures, strong winds and dreary skies.  The strong winds and dreary skies aren't atypical of the season, but the low temp isn't typical.  Though I'm sure this weather reflects the moods of those in the United States who don't have their taxes done.  My Guy has reviewed ours, so all that's left is to write the checks and address the envelopes for mailing. That will take all of 5 minutes. Otherwise my plan for today is to play in the sewing room.  It's too cold to do much else.

It's the fifteenth week of 2018.  A third of the year is almost over!  Wow, how did that happen?  But I'm getting off topic, it's end of the 15th week so it's time to stop and take stock of how much sewing room time we were able to fit in this week. 

I did well this week at finding time to stitch for at least 15 minutes each day.  Here's how the all the stats look as of this week:

Days with stitching time this week:  7 out of 7 days
Days with stitching time this month:  14 out of 14 days
Days with stitching time this year:  96 out of 104 days
Success rate: 92.3%

Having time to stitch has been nice.  The backing for En Provence has been prepped for quilting. The plan is to do the same for the flimsy today.  Since bending over the cutting table takes a toll on my back, I took a break last night from all the prepping and finished the binding in Geek Chic.  I hope to get pictures for tomorrow's post this afternoon if the sun comes out.  You can link up your stitching report at the bottom of the post. 

It was a successful week on the de-stashing front as well. 

Fabric used this week:  5.19 yards  
Fabric used in 2018: 5.58 yards
Fabric purchased this week: 2 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  6 yards
Net Fabric out for 2018:  15.77 yards

The incoming fabric is intended to be the border for Vintage Dresses.  Nothing in the stash worked well and I didn't want to just settle.  I did allow myself an incoming stash budget of 20 yards for the year, so I'm still on track with my stash busting goals even with the addition.  Hopefully most of it will be going right back out. Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.  

I'll close with a sign of spring in Oklahoma that's typical; the brilliant sunsets we get due to the smoke from all the farmers burning off their fields. 

At least there is something colorful to look at since the flowers haven't really been doing much as yet.  Hopefully we will start to see more signs of spring in the US this week.   

Here's the weekly link up for those tracking their stitching time: 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Greened Up but no Sunshine Yet

Greened up but no sunshine yet describes both my Rainbow Scrap Challenge efforts and our weather.  It's been dreary, cold, and often wet.  Things are greening up, but there sure hasn't been a lot of sunshine.  On the stitching front, green blocks are slowly making way for yellow ones.  I finally finished up the last of the green blocks for Squared Away.  Here's all the blocks through March. 

  Squared Away Sampler designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter)

I haven't started on April's yellow blocks yet, but that's on tap for today. 

The other RSC project for 2018 is to make sawtooth stars for the border of the 2014 RSC project, Inverted Stars. I need 60 plus blocks for that, so I've been making five blocks a month.  Only three of the green blocks are finished. 

 Just for fun, I put all the sawtooth stars up on the design wall.  

I didn't distribute all the dark stars well, but this was just to see how the colors and light versus dark balanced out.  The really dark stars are either dark, dark blue or dark magenta.  The last two green stars are still under construction, but should get finished this weekend.  Then I can make a start on the yellow stars.  

Linking up with Angela over at Soscrappy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018 Finish Along - Second Quarter Projects

This year is supposed to be all about finishing up a few UFOs.  My plan was drafted back in December, twelve finishes for 2018.  I was so optimistic linking up with the first quarter of the 2018 Finish-A-Long, there were 4 quilts on my list.  

But here it is the second week of the second quarter and there are no finishes from my list.  😢   It's not that nothing happened, all the projects have been moved along, just not to the finish line. So looking at what's on the list and what's doable this quarter based on what I know is scheduled at work and home, here's the list for this quarter.  

1.  Geek Chic (Chain Reaction), from the first quarter list. 

This quilt is partially bound and will definitely be finished before the end of April. So unlike last quarter, there will be at least one finish this quarter. 

2.  Magnolia Mystery, from the first quarter list

  Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

The backing is made, the quilt just needs to be prepped for quilting, packed up and sent out for quilting.  I need a weekend for that and March was very shy on free weekends for quilting.  Hopefully April will be better on that front.  This one should get done this quarter.

3.  EnProvence (French Cherry Blossums), from the first quarter list

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

This is my April UFO.  It was on last quarter's list as all that was needed was the backing and I had hoped to fit that in somewhere. Didn't happen.  But now the backing is made and plans are to prep it for quilting this weekend, package it up and send it out for quilting next week.  This one should also get finished this quarter.  

4.  Vintage Dresses, from the first quarter list

 Vintage Dresses blocks by Charise Randell, Setting by Kate

This project was my March UFO.  Due to business travel, spring break and several nights where I had homework, this just didn't make it to finished top. The plan was to give this as a graduation quilt. Not sure I can finish it by May, but hopefully I can finish it off this quarter. 

5.  Christmas Angels

 Christmas Angels  Pattern by Kate

This is the last picture of it's status, but I'm pretty sure all the blocks are made, the quilt just needs to be set together, backing made and then sent out for quilting.  Hopefully all that happens in time for me to get it bound before the quarter ends.  

6.  Red, White and Blue Stars

  Red, White and Blue Stars, Setting by Kate

This is my oldest UFO, from 2005.  I still need to make a few more star blocks, plus the alternating blocks.  I doubt this one gets done, but I'll add it on as my stretch goal for the quarter.  

There are some easy finishes on my list and some I'll be really challenged to get finished this quarter.  But even if I don't get things finished progress will be made and that counts for a lot.    

Good luck with your finishing plans for second quarter.  I'm linking up with the 2018 Finish-A-Long over at She Can Quilt.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekend Stitching: A Bit of This and a Bit of That

Snow on Saturday and light sleet Sunday made for a miserably cold and nasty weekend.  A perfect weekend to spend stitching.  It was nice to spend some quiet time in the sewing room after all the hustle and bustle of March.  

First priority was to get the backing made for En Provence.  

Done.  This is one side of the backing, the other side has the same pink/magenta strips.  The backing used up all of the Geisha yardage and I have about a quarter yard left of the other two.  It feels good to get some of these older stash fabrics into a project.  My stash report will look really good this week.  Next on the agenda is to get this back and En Provence pressed, prepped for quilting and packaged to send out.  I'll probably wait till next weekend to tackle that.  

A bit of hand stitching on the binding for Geek Chic also got done. 

Chemistry Geek: Pattern is Under Construction by the Missouri Star Quilt Company

Two corners done, so just passed halfway with stitching down the binding.  Hopefully this will be a finish by next weekend.  

A bit of progress was also made on Vintage Dresses. 

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell
The third row is assembled and has been sewn to the bottom two rows. Just two rows left to assemble.  I'm really liking how the sashing is working out.  I'll need to make a finial decision on the borders soon.  

So it was a good week in the sewing room.  There was also progress on a couple of Rainbow Scrap Projects, but didn't get any photos of that progress.  It was so nice to have the time to putter in the sewing room.  Now I'm good to go on the sanity front, at least till tonight when I'm sure I'll need another dose of stitching to be prepared for what's looking like a really busy Tuesday. 

Linking up with:

Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 14 of 2018: Stitching and De-stashing

Other than the stress that comes with doing the taxes, it's been a very nice weekend.  It's also been a very cold weekend. We woke up to snow yesterday morning.  That's pretty unusual for our neck of the woods.  But it was really nice not to have to go anywhere in that cold.  There's nothing on the agenda for today, well except to finish the taxes.  But before I get back to that, it's more fun to look back at how things went in the sewing room this week.  

Finding time to stitch was on track since there were no pesky business trips to tire me out.

Days with stitching this week:  7 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this month:  7 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this year:  89 out of 97 days
Success rate:  91.8%

Mr Linky is all set up below for you share how well you did at finding time to stitch this week. 

De-stashing is going slowly at the moment, but there is a bit out with nothing in for the week. 

Fabric used this week:  0.39 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  16.58 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  4 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  12.58 yards

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the stash report this week.  

Since I'm on a fabric diet, it seems I've switched my focus to patterns.  When we were in Texas last month, I picked up a few for my collection. 

I'm playing with ideas for a new quilt for my bed. Urban Cabin is in contention for that project.  The Tulip Fields jumped in my basket I think because we'd seen the tulip farm the day before.  It would be a fun scrappy project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I haven't started many new quilts the last few years as the UFO list really needs to be a bit shorter, but I'm hoping that happens this year and I can play with several new projects next year.  Keeping up with my daily stitching time will help get me there.   How successful were you at finding time to stitch this week?  

1. maggie f
2. Julie in GA
3. Melissa G
4. Sharon
5. Meloney
6. MartiDIY
7. Aileen K
8. Shasta
9. dreamworthy quilts
10. Christina's Handicrafts

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April One Monthly Goal: Backing Up

Hard to believe it's a new month and that it's already April.  Since it is a new month, it's time to decide on this month's One Monthly Goal

For April the plan is to move En Provence off the UFO list.  

En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)
En Provence has been a finished flimsy since December 2017.  It needs a backing so it can be sent out for quilting.  The goal for April is to piece a backing using fabric from the top and this focus fabric left over from another project. 

There are 3 to 4 yards left of this geisha fabric sitting in the stash.  It will make a pretty back for En Provence, with the added bonus of moving it out of the stash. Now to figure out a name for this quilt. The Asian themed fabrics don't match Bonnie's French inspired moniker.  

Along with the one monthly goal, I've been setting a priority list each month. Having a ranked list helps me use my sometimes limited quilting time more effectively.  So here's the April priority list:

1.  En Provence - make back, prep for quilting, send out for quilting, bind. 
2.  Geek Chic - finish binding
3.  Magnolia Mystery - prep for quilting, send out for quilting
4.  Vintage Dresses - Finish sashing
5.  Squared Away - finish green blocks, make yellow blocks
6.  Inverted Star - finish green stars, make 5 yellow stars
7.  On Ringo Lake - leaders and enders project

That's quite a list isn't it?  I won't get to all of it.  That's OK, I'm grateful for whatever progress I can make each month.  Though it would really be nice to get some finishes this quarter.  I'm still at zero on that front for 2018.  

Linking up with Patty over at Elm Street Quilts.  Good luck with your OMG and priorities for this month.  

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Ambitions: Successes and Failures

You had to wonder if Mother Nature decided to play along with April Fool's Day this year.  We had freezing rain most of the way home yesterday.  It wasn't heavy enough to make the roads bad, but it certainly was nerve racking wondering if conditions would get any worse.  We got home without incident and thankfully the Scientist in Training only hit one minor patch on her way back to school last night.  We are under a winter weather watch this morning for more freezing rain.   The calendar may say spring, but winter hasn't left yet. 

Speaking of things that are still hanging around, Vintage Dresses is still up on the design wall. 

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

The third row of dresses is ready to be sewn together.  That leaves two rows of dresses and three more rows of sashing to finish.  The One Monthly Goal for March was to get all the sashing made have all the rows sewn together.  That didn't happen.  This is only the 4th time in the two years I've been playing along with the OMG that I didn't finish a monthly goal.  March was just really busy on both the work and family fronts.  Looking at it that way, I'm just going to be happy that there was good progress in spite of the busy month. That's pretty much it for what's going on in the sewing room for the last week.  I'm linking up with the usual suspects:

Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday

The rest of this post is a review.  Back in December, I developed a list of quilting ambitions as part of Quilting Jet Girls 2018 Planning Party.  It helps me remember to celebrate my successes and stay focused on my goals for the year if I review my progress on that list at the end of each quarter.  So here's the status of those ambitions.  

Ambition #1: Shorten the UFO List
                       No Progress

Ambition #2: Participate in select quilt along/mysteries 
                       Progress:  Squared Away quilt along is started

 Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter)
The 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project

Ambition #3:  Find 15 minutes to stitch each day
                        Success rate = 91%

Ambition #4:   Stash Management
                         Purchase less than 5 yards per quarter (4 yards in)
                         Organize the stash - a little progress
                         Use only stash fabrics for new projects - yes
Ambition #5:  Blog once a week
                        41 blog posts for 13 weeks = 3/week

I'm doing better than I expected on my ambitions for the year.  Finding time to stitch, blog and limit the amount of stash additions is going well.  The biggest disappointment is that the UFO list isn't going down.  There has been progress on several UFOs, they just haven't progressed to the point of being finished. So for second quarter, I need to work a little harder on moving those almost finished UFOs along.  

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Week 13 of 2018: Stitching and De-Stashing

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Sunday.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday.  We'll be hanging out with family today.  We've reached the point all the kids are too old for egg hunts and the new batch of grandkids aren't big enough yet. It's supposed to be cold and wet tomorrow anyway, so I imagine we'll all sit around with coffee and talk.  

Since it's Sunday, it's also time to reflect on how easy/hard it was to find stitching time this week.  

My week wasn't too bad:

Days with stitching this week:  6 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this month:  26 out of 31 days
Days with stitching this year:  82 out of 90 days
Success rate:  91.1%

The business trip to Houston meant there just wasn't time and energy to stitch one day this week.  My success rate is over 90%, which is my goal for the year.   You can share your success at finding some stitching time at the bottom of the post. 

The stash report is a bit mixed this week.    

Fabric used this week:  0.62 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  16.19 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  4 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  12.19 yards

I finally have some fabric in for 2018.  I bought 16 fat quarters, mainly to use as frames for the Vintage Dress quilt or as backgrounds for the Squared Away blocks.  My goal for 2018 was to purchase no more than 5 yards of fabric a quarter.  I'm one yard under my goal for the first quarter, so I'm still on track.  Especially since the stash out is bigger than the stash in.

That's it for me this week.  How did you on finding some time to indulge in some me time in the sewing room this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. MartiDIY
3. Aileen K
4. Jennifer in Indy
5. di
6. Mary-Kay
7. Deana
8. maggie f
9. michele
10. Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
11. Christina's Handicrafts
12. Deana

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Happy Easter

Monday, March 26, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Still Framing

The Scientist in Training is back at college after a week of spring break and we are back to adjusting to the empty nester stage of life.  The house always seems so quiet after she heads back.  So I found something on Netflix to binge watch while trying to get into the stitching groove yesterday afternoon. 

This month's OMG was to get all the Vintage Dress blocks sashed and sewn together.  I've been making steady progress on the sashing strips, but it's a time consuming process.  

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

The bottom two rows are sewn together.  The framing strips for the third row are under construction.  I'll keep plugging away and just see where things are when we reach the end of March.  Even if I don't get it all together, I'm really happy with the progress so far. 

The colored framing strips for the dress blocks are cut at 1".  I've developed quite a pile of residual strips at the cutting table, plus a pile of left over white bits.  I don't usually have a problem throwing away small scraps, but these are such nicely cut strips that it seemed a shame to waste them.  So I stitched up a couple of strips and had a go at making a 4 patch. 

I'm usually not one for stitching mini blocks, but maybe I'll give this a go and just see where it ends up. A 16 patch block would finish at 2", so I'm thinking that may be my final block size.  Then I can either frame them or just stitch them together for a mini postage stamp quilt.

While the SIT was sleeping in on Sunday, I took the opportunity work through my pictures from spring break.  We visited a tulip farm just outside of Dallas and the flowers were just spectacular.  So for those of you who still have snow, just a reminder that spring is coming. 

The SIT picking tulips.  Amazing how her jacket matches the flowers. 
For some reason she's developed a fondness for orange

That's it for me this week on the stitching front.  I've a business trip tomorrow.  Thankfully it's just a down and back to Houston, but it will take all day.  I should be able to make up for that lost stitching time on Friday as we are off for Good Friday.  Hard to believe that Easter is next weekend!  

Linking up with the usual posts:
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall  

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Week 12 of 2018: Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a busy week.  The Scientist in Training has been home on spring break, so we've been able to enjoy her company for the week.  We took a quick trip to Dallas, TX last week to visit with family, take in a few museums and get in a bit of shopping.  She heads back to school today, but will be home next weekend for Easter.  Still I'm a bit sad to see her go, so sewing is definitely on the agenda for this afternoon as I'll need the distraction.  Speaking of stitching time, it's time to assess how the week went on that front. 

This week looks pretty good on the stitching front. 

Days with stitching this week:  7 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this month:  20 out of 24 days
Days with stitching this year:  76 out of 83 days
Success rate:  91.6%

You can link up below to share how you did on finding time to stitch a bit this week.  

I took some hand work with me on our trip to Texas and made it a point to work on that first thing each morning.  So there was a bit of progress on that project, but that didn't help much with the stash report numbers. 

Fabric used this week:  0.40 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  15.57 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  0 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  15.57 yards

I'm doing really well on deleting those fabric shop sale adds, the no fabric in is really helping the stash numbers this year.  Which is good as the fabric out rate is pretty small.  March has just been such a busy month, things should slow down in April. Hopefully that means both the stitching time and the fabric out rate will ramp up a bit.  Linking up with QuiltPaintCreate for the weekly stash report.  

One thing we did during our trip to Texas was visit a tulip farm.  We picked a few, but the real reason we went was for the photography.  

These orange tulips were the SITs favorite.  They definitely glowed in the sunlight, my picture doesn't really do them justice.  

I hope you had a great week of stitching.  You can link up below to share how your week went on that front. 

1. Julie in GA
2. maggie f
3. Meloney
4. Melissa G
5. MartiDIY
6. di
7. Shasta
8. michele
9. Susanne
10. dreamworthy quilts
11. Christina's Handicrafts

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend Stitching - Other Stuff on the Design Wall

The Scientist in Training is home for spring break, so we've been off doing some mom/daughter stuff most of the weekend.  My Guy tagged along a couple of times.  It's been a fun and relaxing weekend, but there hasn't been a lot of sewing room time.  Pretty much just my minimum of 15 minutes. So there is just a bit of progress on getting the Vintage Dress blocks sashed. 

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

All the sashing pieces for the second row are finished.  The next step is to sew that row together. With just one weekend left in the month, it's going to be a challenge to get all the blocks sewn together.  Even if I don't make my March OMG, I'm happy there has been progress.  

There are some other projects up on the other design wall. 

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt  and  Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter) The 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project

My On Ringo Lake blocks are across the top, with a partial there on the left.  Leaders and enders can be a slow way to finish a project, but at least there's been steady project.  The green and white blocks in the middle of the wall is the first Squared Away block for March.  I've been stitching those HSTs in between the Vintage Dress sashing strips.  I haven't even chosen the fabrics for the next two Squared Away blocks, so those are likely to carry over to April.  

That's it for me this week.  Linking up with the usual suspects listed below:

BOMs Away
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Week 11 of 2018: Stitching and De-stashing

Whoever invented weekends was a genius.  Have you ever looked into how weekends came to be?  According to my very quick Google search, Henry Ford (of Ford automobile fame) was an early proponent of 5 day work weeks.  The reason? His workers were his first customer base.  He decided that if his employees had two days off every week, they would have time to drive their cars places, which would result in more car sales.  I'm sure that wasn't the only driver for weekends, but it does make a good story. 

Since it's Sunday, it's time to look at how well the week went in terms of stitching a bit and using up some of that stash. 

I did pretty well on finding time to sew this week. 
Days with stitching this week: 6 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this month: 13 out of 17 days
Days with stitching this year: 69 out of 76 days
Success rate:  90.8%

A stomach bug bit me on Tuesday, so no sewing that day.  But otherwise I found time the rest of the week to get in at least my 15 minutes.  

Using up the stash has been going slow too.  The sashing for Vintage Dresses is slow going and doesn't use a lot of fabric.  But since there is no fabric coming in, the stash report is still looking pretty good. 

Fabric used this week: 0.36 yards
Fabric used in 2018: 15.17 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018: 0 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  15.17 yards

So it's not been a bad week on either front.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report. 

The Scientist in Training is home for spring break.  We've got some mom/daughter stuff planned, so finding time to stitch will be a challenge this week.  But that's for next week's report.  How did you do this week at finding time to stitch? 

1. Julie in GA
2. maggie f
3. di
4. Mary-Kay
5. Aileen K
6. MartiDIY
7. Susanne
8. Shasta
9. Christina's Handicrafts
10. dreamworthy quilts

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Slow Going

Thank goodness for weekends.  It was nice to sit and catch my breath on Saturday.  A little laundry and a lot of sewing room time was a nice break from work.  Sunday was mainly spent setting up for the science demos for the local 5th graders.  My Guy is involved with that all this week.  I'll help out with the demos on Thursday and then help with break down and moving all the demo supplies back to storage.  

There wasn't a lot of sewing room time last week due to the business trip, but I did manage to get one row of sashing and one row of the Vintage Dress blocks all sewn together. 

Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

I've made a start on the sashing for the next row of blocks.  It's slow going, but I like how the frames are working out.  

Not much progress on anything else as there as this project takes a lot of focus to get the right fabric in the right corner for the corner stone blocks.  

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
BOMs Away 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Week 10 of 2018: De-stashing and Stitching

It was a busy week.  My two day business trip ended up being 3 days due to the snow in the northeast. Thankfully corporate travel was able to find me a hotel room at the last minute and I didn't have to spend Wednesday night in the airport.  After spending most of the day in the airport on Thursday, I was very happy to make it home that night.  But unfortunately, the travel and the exhaustion aftermath really impacted my efforts to find 15 minutes to stitch each day. 

I don't even attempt to take stitching with me on my business trips as keeping up with stuff in the office takes priority.  So this week's efforts to find 15 minutes each day to make progress on my quilting projects doesn't look so hot.  

Days with stitching this week:  4 out of 7 days
Days with stitching this month:  7 out of 10 days
Days with stitching this year:  63 out of 69 days
Success rate:  91.3%

My goal is to end up with a success rate of over 90% for the year, so even though the business trip set me back a bit, I'm still on track for the year.  How did you do on finding time to stitch?  You can link up at the bottom of the post. 

The stash report didn't fair so well either this week. 

Fabric used this week:  0.22 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  14.81 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018: 0 y
Net fabric out for 2018:  14.81 yards

Nothing in yet this year, so even with just a bit out, I'm happy on that front.  You can find more de-stashing discussions over at  Quiltpaintcreate.   

How are you doing with finding time to stitch?  Link up below to share your successes from the last week.  

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Fashion Foward

It was a busy weekend.  We visited the Scientist in Training at college.  We had a great time hanging out with her and her friends for a bit.  Unfortunately, work has ramped up again and Sunday was spent on various work assignments.  Things will slow down a bit once I get past this week.  At least I hope so.  

I did take a couple of hours away from the work stuff to let things simmer.  Well only partially, I really wanted to watch the NASCAR race and stitch for just a little bit.  The first order of business was to decide on a final layout for the Vintage Dress blocks.

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

That got done.  Then came the initial cutting and stitching to ensure my directions were correct.  I made one calculation error, but thankfully I cut the strips too big, so a quick trip back to the cutting table and the strips were usable.  Since I'm framing each block with a color strip in addition to adding a piece of white sashing between the blocks, each piece of sashing and each corner stone has to be constructed specifically for the block it's going next too. This is going to be slow going, but I've at least made a start. 

I'll be able to sew the bottom sashing row together as each block is framed.  The sashing row at the top of the blocks will have to wait till I frame the blocks in the row above.  Now that I know how this approach is going to work, I'll pick the framing fabrics for the rest of the blocks in this row and cut them all at once.  Then do the same for the row above.  That should speed up the piecing.  But I didn't want to cut a bunch of strips and find that my math wasn't right.  

I will apologize in advance for my slow blog reading and email replies.  There is a business trip on my calendar this week, as well as reports that are due now.  I've spent what down time I've had with family or in sewing room trying to maintain some degree of sanity.   Hopefully things will line out a bit by next weekend as I do miss seeing what everyone is up too.  

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