Monday, July 16, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Stars and Stars

Yesterday was yard work morning (it's too hot to work much past 10 AM).  Then we hung out with the Scientist in Training for a bit before she headed back to college. She'll have tests to study for and papers to write next weekend. We probably won't see her until it's time for her move from the dorm to the apartment they've rented for next school year.  

It was late afternoon before I managed to make it to the sewing room.  The last Red, White and Blue Star block made it under the needle and is now finished. Here's all 12 blocks up on the design wall. 

These blocks were last June's One Monthly Goal. For now, these stars will go back into the project box. This is my oldest UFO, so I'd love to finish it, but there are other quilts on my UFO list that need to be finished by the end of the year. This one is probably staying with me, so it doesn't have a deadline.  It's definitely going on the 2019 quilt plan.  

July's One Monthly Goal is to get all the Inverted Star blocks framed so they are ready to set together.  

Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

Each block gets a very narrow white frame, followed by a wider colored frame. Only the last row needs the white frames sewn on and I've got a good start on the colored frames. The colored frames are wider than necessary so the blocks can all be trimmed to a consistent 15.5".  The top row of blocks is all trimmed up and ready for sashing. I'm hopeful that I'll actually meet my OMG this month.  

Linking up with the usual Monday morning crowd.
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Week 28 of Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a busy weekend.  The Scientist in Training is home for the weekend, plus we celebrated our wedding anniversary on Friday.  So it's not been easy to find those 15 minutes of stitching time the last few days. 

But I managed to fit in just enough time to make my goal of 15 minutes each day this week. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/July = 14/14 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 185/195
Success Rate = 94.87%

A lot got done last Sunday, which is good.  That's where most of this week's usage comes from.  In doing my part to support our local quilt shop, I've exceeded my goal to limit stash in.  But the damage isn't too bad. 

Fabric used this week:  0.28 y
Fabric used in 2018:  26.17 y
Fabric added in 2018:  20.41 y
Net fabric out for 2018:  5.76 y

Even though I've exceeded my goal on fabric in, I'm still doing well with an excess on the outgoing side.  So I'm pretty happy with how the stash management is going this year.  

I did get flowers for my anniversary.  

My Guy let me pick them out.  He suggested the yellow roses, which are my favorite, but these were just more fun.  

How are you doing at finding time to stitch and managing the stash?  You can link up below to report on how the stitching time is going and then you can link up over at Quiltpaintcreate to report on your de-stashing (or stash enhancement efforts as the case may be). 

1. maggie f
2. Melissa G
3. Mary-Kay
4. Shasta
5. Christina's Handicrafts

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Finish Along - Third Quarter Projects

Half way through the year and I'm not even close to having six finishes.  Getting the UFO list trimmed down to at least half was the plan for 2018.  So hopefully linking up with the 2018 finish along for the third time this year will be the charm and there will be a flurry of finishes before October. 

So what's on the list for third quarter, pretty much most of the list from first and second quarter, plus a couple of new additions.  Might as well be ambitious right?  

1.  En Provence (from the first quarter list)

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

I was stitching on the binding for En Provence at the end of second quarter and just wasn't able to get it completely finished before June 30th.  So this quilt is a definite finish for third quarter. 

2. Magnolia Mystery (from the first quarter list)

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs

This project is back from being quilted and needs to be trimmed and bound.  So this one is definitely going to be a finish this quarter. 

3.  Vintage Dresses (from the first quarter list)

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

This was supposed to be a high school graduation present for a niece going into fashion design.  The plan now is to finish it in time for Christmas.  It needs borders and a backing before it can go out for quilting.  Adding borders and making a backing always takes longer than I think it will. So we'll see if it actually gets done 3rd quarter.   

4. Christmas Angels (from the second quarter list)

Christmas Angels Pattern by Kate

Another quilt that needs the borders, backing and prepping for quilting.  It's another Christmas present. I'm not sure this one will actually get done, though I'm hoping to at least have it out for quilting by the end of the quarter. 

5.  Inverted Star (new for third quarter)

 Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

This is a college graduation quilt for one of the Scientist in Training's friends.  She graduates in December, so I'm hoping to move it to finished. Being honest, this one will likely make it to the finished flimsy stage by the end of the quarter. I doubt it makes it to finished quilt.  But I'm adding it in so it stays on my priority list for the quarter. 

6. Twinkle Star (new for third quarter)

 Twinkle Stars Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

Another college graduation quilt for one of the SITs friends.  But she doesn't graduate till May. Still it would be nice to have this one finished well in advance for a change.  I'll be happy if it's ready to go out for quilting by the end of the quarter.  Again it's here so it stays on the priority list for the year.  

That's a pretty ambitious list isn't it?  The first two on the list are pretty easy finishes, so that really only leaves 4 quilts that are going to take some effort to move to finished.  If I can finish another 2, to make for a total of 4 for the quarter, I'll be pretty happy.  

Linking up with She Can Quilt for the 2018 Quilt Along Third Quarter Dreaming of Finishes List.  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Finally a Finish!

I'm not looking forward to a full week of work.  It was so nice to have a few days off over the 4th of July holiday.  We visited the family, spent some time with the SIT and I did get in one full day of stitching.  Enough time to finally finish getting the binding on En Provence.  

 En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

I like how this one came together and it may be my favorite Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt so far.  My version is made from yardage, not scraps.  The fabrics used in this quilt are left overs and rejects from the Geisha quilt made for my niece several years ago.  She's been asking me if I have a pastel quilt as she'd like a lighter colored one for the spring and summer, so I think she's getting this one too.  she has a birthday in August, so that works out nicely.  The feature fabric from the Geisha quilt got used up on the back of this one, as did the pink and the burgundy. 

After piecing the back, all that is left of these fabrics is pretty much just scraps.  It's nice to finally find a final home for them and have them out of the stash.  

Trudy used an all over floral motif for the quilting. Very pretty and it gives the quilt a nice drape.  

So that's one off the UFO list for 2018. 

I can't seem to make it below 17 UFOs.  I've done a pretty good job on finishing off most of my newer projects within a year, but I'm struggling to finish off the older ones.  Progress has been made, so at some point I should start seeing lots of finishes.  

Here's one last look at En Provence. 

The next finish will probably be the Magnolia Mystery, the Meadow Mist Designs 2017 mystery quilt.  All it needs is binding.  But since that one isn't a year old yet, it will not lower my UFO numbers (It will keep the number from going back up to 18, so that's good too).  That one should be finished by August.  At the moment, I'm trying to finish off the Red, White and Blue Star blocks that were last month's OMG.  Then those will go back to the project box till probably next year.  

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

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Week 27 of Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a laid back weekend around here with not much happening.  That's in large part to the migraine headache that I woke up with yesterday.  Thankfully, it seems to be gone this morning. 

I'm still a bit messed up on my days after being off for most of last week, but I'm pretty sure today is Sunday.  That means it's time to assess how much stitching and de-stashing happened last week. 

I did manage to get in my 15 minutes yesterday in spite of the headache, so it was a good week on the stitching front. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7days
15 minutes stitching days/July = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 178/188 days
Success Rate = 94.68%

It was an especially good week as I typically managed at least an hour each day in the sewing room.  That is helping to move some projects along and means there has been a bit of the stash moving into finished blocks.

Fabric used this week:  0.92 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  25.89 yards
Fabric added in 2018:  18.91 yards
Net fabric out for 2018:  6.98 yards 

Not a big reduction in the stash this year, but at least there is more going out then coming in.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report. 

It's been hot and humid around here the last week, but that hasn't stopped the bees from visiting our volunteer sunflowers.

I ventured out long enough to snap a few photos, then spent the rest of the day in the air conditioning. It really is too hot to be out for long.  

Here's Mr. Linky if you want to share how well you did at making time to stitch. 

1. Julie in GA
2. Shasta
3. Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
4. Susanne
5. Deana

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler Progress

We took off the first half of last week, which made for a very short work week and really messed up my ability to know which day it was.  Thursday really felt like a Monday, and just a day later it's Saturday.  I could get used to that kind of schedule!

There was one day of stitching in the time off.  I used that opportunity to get caught up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler Blocks.  Since we've just passed the half way mark for the year, I put the finished Squared Away blocks up on the design wall.  

 Squared Away Sampler
designed by Mari (The Academic Quilter) and Angela (Soscrappy)

It's a very diverse set of blocks. I should start playing with setting ideas or this one won't get finished by the end of the year.  

Since putting these blocks up on the wall, I finished the last pink block.

So that caught me up to just needing June's teal blocks, of which just one got finished up. 

I've got a good start on the second teal block, but the third one isn't cut out yet.  Mari (The Academic Quilter) just posted the July block to be made from our scrappy reds.  So I'm slowly catching up, but not quite there yet. 

Linking up with Soscrappy for the weekly sharing of scrappy goodness on Saturday and with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 Ambitions - Checking in for Mid-Year

Hard to believe we've passed the mid-year point for 2018.  I just finished doing mid-year reviews at work. It's a chance to look at the goals from the first of the year, make sure they are still appropriate and that you are on track to complete them.  Back in April I  reviewed how things were going on my quilty ambitions (that post is here) for the same reasons.  Yvonne over at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a mid year review linky party to encourage us to take a look at where we are mid year. 

So here's how I'm doing on my quilty ambitions as of the end of June.  

1.  Shorten the UFO list.  

I started 2018 with 17 quilts on the UFO list. As of the end of June there are 18 quilts on the UFO list.  I consider a quilt a UFO once it's been on the project list for a year.  There's only been one finish this year and it wasn't on the UFO list yet.  So I'm not doing so hot on this ambition. It's not from lack of trying. There has been good progress on the six projects I've worked on this year. It just hasn't been enough to get those quilts to the finish line.  

2. Participate in quilt alongs/mysteries.  Since the goal is to finish up the old stuff, I limited myself to just three this year.

     2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Started
     Meadow Mist Designs Plus Sign Sampler Quilt Along
     Bonnie Hunter Mystery

I've decided not to do Cheryl's Plus Sign Sampler, but may start one of the quilts in her Modern Plus Sign Quilts book.  Or since my goal is to clear off the UFO list, I may skip out on that quilt along completely. 

3. Find 15 minutes to stitch each day. 

I'm doing well with this ambition.  The success rate for the year is 94.54%.  So I'm not sure why I'm not seeing any finishes.  

4.  Stash Management/Stash Organization
       Limit purchases to 5 yards per quarter: at 18.91 yards incoming
       Spend 30 minutes each week on organization:  hit and miss
       Any new projects must use stash fabrics only:  good here
       Pick a RSC project that uses precut strips:  Sampler uses strips

Well 3 out of 4 ambitions on this point is pretty good.  I'm over my goal for incoming fabric as of the mid-year point, but as long as I don't add more than one more yard the next 6 months, I'll be OK on that one for the year.  I'm not doing so hot on organizing the stash.  It's been hard to find time to sew this year, so spending time organizing has just not been as high a priority. 

5.  Blog once a week.  
I've managed at least 2 posts a week since the first of the year. So I'm doing OK on this front too.  

Other than getting quilts to the finish line, the year is going pretty well.  I'm linking up with Yvonne's mid-year review party where you can see how well other's are doing on meeting their quilty ambitions.  

Since finishes don't seem to be happening, I'm going to use the rest of this post to document the progress for the year.  I need the morale boost.  The picture on the left is where the project was as of 12/31/2017. The picture of the right shows the status as of the last time I worked on the project. 

January Project:  Chain Reaction (aka Geek Chic) Done 


February Project:  Magnolia Mystery Quilt (Needs binding)

March Project:  Vintage Dresses (Needs borders)

April Project:  En Provence (Sewing on binding)


May Project:  Christmas Angels (Needs borders)


June Project:  Red, White and Blue Stars (Finish making blocks)

So I'm close to finishes on two quilts.  But only one is on the UFO list.  Magnolia Mystery wasn't started till September last year, so it's still a WIP.  Well I got this far in the last 6 months and there is still 6 more to go.  Time enough to move a couple more off the list you think?  

Monday, July 2, 2018

One Monthly Goal for July

It's a nice Monday, I'm not heading into the office this morning.  Though the car does have to go in for service and I will have to log in the work computer to take care of a few weekly reports.  But the plan is to spend the afternoon stitching on July's One Monthly Goal.  

Sticking with the quilt plan for 2018, July's project is Inverted Star.  I found the project box and put the blocks back up on the design wall yesterday.  Very bright and very colorful, my favorite kind of project. 

 Inverted Star
by Jessica Boschem of Common Threads
available from Craftsy as a free download

Inverted Star is my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project from 2014.  The final quilt is supposed to look like this. 

That setting needs 64 sawtooth star blocks.  When I decided on this setting last year, I started making 5 blocks as part of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge stitching each month.  

As of yesterday, there are 33 stars completed.  About half of what I need to finish the quilt.  I'm almost three months behind on the star blocks.  The last two pink blocks are over at the sewing machine, I've just started cutting the teal blocks.  This month's color RSC color is red, I've not even pulled the fabric for those yet.  

Now to decide what the actual goal is for the month.  I've not done very well with my OMG's this year, I've only finished 3 of the 6 for 2018.  It's been hard to gauge what's achievable in the time I have to stitch.  Assembling the 31 stars needed to finish the quilt isn't likely to happen this month, but maybe I can get the blocks ready to set.  The goal for this month is to get the narrow white frame and the colored frame around each block. So then the blocks will be ready to set together the next time this project comes around.  

Linking up with:

The July One Monthly Goal
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday

Sunday, July 1, 2018

2018 Finish Along Second Quarter - Chain Reaction

The second quarter of 2018 ended yesterday, so it's time to link up with the 2018 Finish Along.

The "to be finished" list for second quarter had six quilts on it.  There were no finishes in first quarter, so all the quilts from first quarter were rolled onto the second quarter list with the three planned finishes for second quarter.  From that list of six, there's just one finish for second quarter, Chain Reaction (aka Geek Chic).  

Chain Reaction  (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)
Started: September 5, 2017, Completed April 14, 2018

This quilt was started in 2017 as a Christmas present for the Scientist in Training who is pursuing a chemistry degree.  Well it didn't get done for Christmas, nor for her birthday in January.  The backing was finished at the end of January so it could be sent out for quilting.

It took me a couple of months to get the label made once it came back from Trudy. 

And then get the binding made and sewn down. 

The quilt was finally finished in April 2018.  The SIT was more than happy to cuddle with it on vacation in May.

Chain Reaction made it's dorm room debut with the start of the summer semester in June. 

It's nice to have a finish that is well loved and in use.  That leaves five quilts from second quarter that didn't get completed.  Some years are just that way.  Hopefully, third quarter will be better.  Maybe I can finish two?  

Week 26 of Stitching and De-Stashing

It's been a nice weekend.  We got to hang out with the Scientist in Training and some of my family. We didn't do much, it was too hot to want to be out and about much. Still we had a great time.  So no sewing room time yet this weekend, but I'll remedy that this afternoon.  But the handwork that got done during all the visiting still counts as 15 minutes of stitching for the day.

It was another good week for finding time to stitch.  Though a couple of nights all I managed was 15 minutes.

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/June = 30/30 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 171/181 days
Success rate = 94.48%

Progress is being made during all the minutes, I'm hoping at some point that starts showing up as finishes.  You can link up below if you'd like to share how well you did at finding time to stitch. 

There's not much to report on the stash management. 

Fabric used this week:  0.51 y
Fabric used in 2018:  24.97 y
Fabric added in 2018:  18.91 y
Net fabric out for 2018:  6.06 y

A little out and nothing in. So that still makes for a good week.  Linking up with QuiltPaintCreate for the weekly stash report.  

There probably will not be any more handwork this weekend, but there was just a little bit of progress on the butterfly panel made yesterday. 

If I'm ever going to finish this panel, I really need to work on it more.  Maybe it will make it to the quilt plan for 2019.  Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.  Wishing Kathy and all the Canadian bloggers a Happy Canada Day!  

That's it for me this week.  I'm hoping for a nice afternoon of stitching in the sewing room.  We're off work till Thursday, so I'm hoping this will result in a couple of finishes early in July.  Now it's time to link up on how's it going on your end with finding those precious minutes to stitch. 

1. Julie in GA
2. Melissa G
3. maggie f
4. Mary-Kay
5. Meloney
6. Aileen K

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