Sunday, January 21, 2018

15 Minutes to Stitch: Week 3 of 2018

It's been a week for snow storms and bone chilling cold.  I'm pretty sure my cold was kicked off after standing outside in below freezing temps during a fire alarm earlier this week.  I wasn't in my office when the alarm sounded so had to evacuate without my coat.  After that, I could never get warmed up, so I'm sure my resistance to the prevalent germs was lower than it normally is.  

We did get snow this week, about an inch.  My Guy bought me a fisheye lens for Christmas, so I had to try it out.



Looks kinda like a snow globe doesn't it?  Not the most photogenic scene, but it was just too cold to be out and about.  (Yes, I'm an absolute wimp when it's cold).   

I slept a lot yesterday, but still managed to get in a few hours of stitching in between the napping.   The final borders are going on Geek Chic, so the yardage going out added up quickly this week:

Fabric used this week:  1.11 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  3.07 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  0 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  3.07 yards

The fabric shop adds are being deleted from my email without being read and it's been too cold to visit the quilt shop, so it's been easy to maintain the nothing in so far for 2018.  I'm linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report.   

The other weekly goal is to find 15 minutes to stitch each day. 



It's not always easy to find the time to stitch, but it wasn't too hard to get to the sewing room this week.

Days with stitching this week:  7 out of 7
Days with stitching this month:  20 out of 20
Days with stitching this year:  20 out of 20
Success rate:  100% 

This year is starting off much like last year.  I managed to maintain my 100% through March last year.  That's not likely to happen this year as I'll have business trip in March.  

Now it's your turn.  How did you do at finding time to stitch this week: 


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Making a Start

It's been one of those weeks.  Work has been manic and then I got sick.  Thankfully it's not the flu, but I still feel pretty crappy, just not "hit by a truck" yucky.  Today's plan is a little laundry, hopefully a little sewing and a lot of rest.

For me, this year is the year of the UFO and the year of the scrap.  Not much has happened on either front, but it's early yet.  I did tackle cutting up a few scraps for the first of three light blue Squared Away blocks made using the Red Cross block.


Red Cross Block, Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter)

I'm happy with the first block.  The tulip fabric in the center was used in a quilt for my mother-in-law.  She's no longer with us, but pulling out that fabric for the center made me smile thinking of her humor and the love for her family.  That's one of the joys of sewing with scraps, remembering the people who got the original quilt. 

The second Squared Away block is under construction and I've got the fabrics picked for the third block.  I'm hoping to get both done this weekend.  For now, I'm off in search of a cup of hot tea and breakfast.  Happy stitching this weekend. 

Linking up with Soscrappy and with Oh Scrap.   

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Bordering

We had a pretty slow, hang out kind of weekend.  It's been cold and windy.  Not as bone chilling as it is up north, but it's just not fun getting out of the house to go anywhere.  Thankfully Sunday was warmer than it has been, so it wasn't so bad when the Scientist in Training had to load up for drive back to college yesterday afternoon.  The house certainly was quiet last night.

Once the SIT was on the road, I distracted myself with what was in the sewing room.  The room is a bit of a wreck, so I spent some time putting away a few things before sitting down to stitch.  I'm making some progress on my On Ringo Lake blocks.

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt
These blocks have grown on me as I've worked with them.  Due to the lack of contrast between the black and gray, my version will look a bit different, but I think it's going to look pretty cool with the sashing.  For now, I've bumped the ORL blocks to leaders and enders status.  

The priority project this month is to get Geek Chic out the door for quilting before the end of the month.  The blocks got sewn together last weekend just in time for the SITs birthday.  She helped decided on the border fabrics.

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

We had to raid the stash for the aqua fabric for the first narrow border. None of the other fabrics worked very well with what she choose for the outer border.  The last inner border strip is all ready to go, I just didn't get that far last night.  This should make it to finished flimsy stage by the weekend.  I'll have to piece the back, but that should be fun as I'm using the left overs for that.  

Linking up with:

Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
BOMs Away

Sunday, January 14, 2018

15 Minutes to Stitch: Week 2 of 2018

Tomorrow marks the midpoint of January.  Usually this first month of the year seems to pass so slowly. Not this year.  The Scientist in Training is heading back to college today right after lunch.  It's been so nice having her home for the last four weeks. I'm planning to sew all afternoon, hopefully that will keep me distracted till she's back at the dorm.  It's going to take longer to get used to the empty house.

Since it's Sunday, it's time to look back at how last week went on the quilting front.  I try to find at least 15 minutes to stitch each day.  It's amazing how quickly those 15 minutes add up to some significant sewing time.


Here's week #2 metrics:

Days with stitching this week:  7 out of 7
Days with stitching this month:  13 out of 13
Days with stitching this year:  13 out of 13
Success rate:  100% 

My week runs from Sunday to Saturday, so though today is the 14th, week 2 ended for me yesterday.  My quilting weeks have been set up this way since I've been tracking stitching time and yardage out.  It works for me, but feel free to set your week up so it works for you and link up below with how you did on finding some time to stitch this week. 

There's a bit of stash going out this week. 

Fabric used this week:  0.30 yards
Fabric purchased this week:  0 yards 
Net fabric out for 2018:  1.10 yards

Not as good of week as I had hoped for stash usage, but at least there is nothing coming in.  I'll definitely take that. 

You can see more stash reports over at Quiltpaintcreate.  If you are tracking how much time you can find to stitch, you can link up right here. 



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2. Melissa G
3. maggie f
4. Sharon
5. Mary-Kay
6. Val:)
7. Meloney
8. Shasta
9. MartiDIY
10. diane
11. Christina's Handicrafts

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Finish Along - First Quarter Projects

This year has been dubbed the year of the UFO in my sewing room.  There are 18 quilting projects on my list that were started more than a year ago.  My goal for 2018 is to get the number of UFOs below 10.  So that means at least 9 finishes for 2018.  The most I've ever managed to finish is 7 quilts in one year, so completing 9 is definitely a stretch goal.  I'm using every source of motivation available to help keep me on track.  That includes participating in the 2018 Finish Along.  


It's time to select the projects for the first quarter of the challenge.  For this quarter I'm going to stick pretty close to the quilt plan I drew up at the end of December.  

Project 1:  Geek Chic (Chemistry Geek)

Chemistry Geek
Pattern is Under Construction by the Missouri Star Quilt Company
found in Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Idea Book (Summer Vol 4 Issue 3)
Started: September 5, 2017

Chemistry Geek was one of those squirrel moments.  I used to work with the lady who owns the local quilt shop and she knew that I'd love this chemistry themed fabric.  The Scientist in Training is studying chemistry and the fabric couldn't be more perfect.  This was supposed to get done for either Christmas or her birthday, but that didn't happen.  I'm hoping to get it finished in the next few weeks so she can have it for most of this semester.  This one isn't technically a UFO, but getting it finished will keep it off the list. 

Project 2.  Magnolia Mystery Quilt

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs

This is the fourth mystery quilt from Cheryl Brickey who blogs over at Meadow Mist Designs.  I've participated in all but her first mystery.  This is another project that isn't technically a UFO on my list because it's not more than a year old. Getting it finished keeps it off the list.  Cheryl is having a parade of Magnolia quilts in March 2018 from last year's mystery, so this has to be at least a finished flimsy by February 15th.  

Project 3:  Vintage Dresses

 Vintage Dresses blocks by Charise Randell, Setting by Kate

Vintage Dresses was my 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge project.  My first effort to work with a complicated paper piecing project.  In 2017 the focus was on getting coping strips adding to all the blocks so they were the same size.  This year I'm hoping to get the blocks into a flimsy and then finished before May.  This quilt is intended as a graduation present. 

Project 4.  En Provence

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

The 2016 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt made it all the way to finished flimsy stage just before the end of 2017.  It needs a backing before it can go out for quilting.  This project is listed as my April UFO, but I'd be happy to get it finished before then.  I really doubt that happens, but I'll be hopeful and include it on the first quarter list. 

That's my list for the first quarter of 2018.  I did really well the with the challenge the first three quarters of 2017, finishing 3 quilts a quarter till the last one.  Can I do as well this year?  I hope so.  

Linking up with the 2018 Finish Along Q1 over at She Can Quilt.