Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekend Stitching - Stars and Webs

The weekend was slow paced and relaxed.  Having an extra day off was nice, though we spent most of the day in Tulsa, so not much stitching happened.  There was plenty of stitching time the rest of the weekend.  Work continues on the block parts for On Ringo Lake.  Those flying geese seem to take for ever to make.  My OMG for September was to finish all the block parts for ORL. I'm pretty sure I bit off more than I can do there.  We'll see where I'm at next weekend, but it's not looking good.  

A few Twinkle Star blocks were finished while working on all those bits and pieces of the ORL project.

Twinkle Star, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy
I really like these three.  Just two more left to make.  Once those are done, this project will have to go back to project box till next year.

Block two in the Halloween Mystery was to make 4 spider web blocks.  I managed to finish two before heading to the quilt shop to pick up clue 3. 

 Halloween Mystery designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

Lots of pieces and cutting, but it's a fun block to make.  Web number 3 just needs the corners added and it will be done.  Web number 4 hasn't even been cut out yet.  Clue 3 has us making 4 applique blocks with a partial Dresden Plate worked in.  Applique is my least favorite quilting technique.  But in the spirit of working outside my comfort zone, I'm trudging along there.  The applique pieces are cut and ready to go, now I'm working on the first partial Dresden Plate.  I'm trying to decide between hand stitching or machine stitching the applique.  For some reason, my machine doesn't like to applique (more likely, it's me who can't figure out how to get the machine to like it).  The plan is to try a couple of practice pieces, if those work, then the blocks will get finished on the machine. If the machine stitching doesn't work out, it will be by hand.  The applique isn't big and it's finished edge, so a simple blanket stitch will work just fine.  The goal is to just get them finished and not let this part hold up the whole quilt.  Wish me luck. 

Linking up with the typical Monday design wall posts:

Making Monday
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall   

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week 38 of Stitching and Stashing

It's been a nice weekend.  We took Friday off, the plan was to go hiking and enjoy the cooler weather.  It rained. So we spent part of the day at the book store, drinking coffee and hanging out. We stopped for a very nice lunch and hit a few other places on our way home.  I did get home in time to get in my 15 minutes of stitching before bedtime. 

It actually was a very good week on the stitching front.  

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Sept = 22/22 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 248/265 days
Success rate = 93.58%

The goal for this year is to stay above 90% on finding time each day to stitch. So far, so good there.

Can't say that for the stash report.  I've been giving into temptation more than I should.  Part of Friday's mess around day was trip to the quilt shop in Tulsa.  I couldn't resist adding a bit to my Halloween stash to supplement the bits and pieces that have been going into the mystery quilt. 

I really liked the ravens, but My Guy was a big fan of the Jack-O-Lanterns.  So there's been more out than in this year, but at least there is a bit going out. 

Fabric used this week:  0.99 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  32.28 yards
More in than out for 2018

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  You can link up below to share how you did at finding time to stitch this week.  (Sorry to be so late posting this morning, the Internet has been intermittent and not at all cooperative!)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekend Stitching - A Bit of This and That

Saturday was busy, Sunday was much more relaxed. The laundry has been tamed, for this week anyway.  And I even did a bit of sewing room clean reorganization.  I opened up two more bins for my scraps, which have been taking over my sewing room.  There's a lot more that needs to be reorganized, but I'm doing it in more manageable chunks.  I'll tackle the fabric closet next weekend, or at least make a start on it.  

My One Monthly Goal for September is to get all the block pieces made for On Ringo Lake. There has been good progress on that front, but nothing photo worthy.  Three more Twinkle Star blocks are up on the design wall. 

 Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

Only 5 blocks left to piece and then all the blocks needed for the quilt expansion will be finished.

Clue two of the Halloween Mystery quilt was released Saturday morning.  We need to make 4 spiderweb blocks.  I've gotten a good start on the first spiderweb, but those blocks have a lot of pieces so it's been slow going.  I want to work out any kinks before I cut the other three blocks, I'm a bit limited on my Halloween prints so I'm working out the process with the fabric I have the most of in case there's a redo needed.  Thankfully I just have to show there has been progress to get the next block for free.  I'm hoping to have the first spiderweb finished by next Saturday morning.  The second block from last week did get finished before the Saturday reveal. 

Halloween Mystery, designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)
I'm pretty happy with how he turned out. After seeing clue two, I'm not sure how all these blocks are going to fit together, but that's part of the fun of a mystery.  

Linking up with the usual Monday show and tell sites.  

Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week 37: Stitching and Stashing (again)

It's been a busy weekend, I'm so ready for a day at home.  There's a bit of laundry that needs to get done, but otherwise hanging out in the sewing room is the plan for most of today.  It needs a good cleaning and reorg, I'm trying to convince myself to get started on that today, along with getting in a few stitches here and there.  How have you been using your 15 minutes to stitch each day? 

It was a good week in my sewing room. We've been able to leave work on time the last week and that's made it a lot easier to fit in about an hour of stitching time each evening. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/Sept. = 15/15 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 241/258 days
Success rate = 93.41%

Having a bit of time to sew means progress on the Halloween Mystery, On Ringo Lake and more finished Twinkle Stars.  So there should be something to show in tomorrow's design wall update. 

Unfortunately, finishing blocks doesn't make a big dent in the stash report. 

Fabric used this week:  0.88 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  31.29 yards
More fabric in than out in 2018

There is a bit out, which is always good.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  

A very fun package (that didn't contain fabric) showed up in the mail last week.  My Guy usually gets the mail and he came in with one envelope addressed to me that was a bit squishy.  Inside was a very pretty little card from Shasta who blogs at High Road Quilter

It's small, but very cute.  One of the reorg tasks on my list today is to find a spot in the sewing room for this pretty.  Thank you Shasta!  

It's been hard watching the coverage on Florence.  Fingers crossed and prayers for everyone in that part of the country that the rain totals will not be as high as forecast.  

Here's Mr. Linky if you want to share how well you did in finding time to stitch this week. 

1. maggie f
2. Julie in GA
3. Meloney
4. di
5. Patricia
6. Christina's Handicrafts
7. Aileen
8. Shasta
9. Deana

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Dark Neutrals and a Switch-Up

We were definitely ready for the weekend.  It was a long work week for both me and My Guy.  No better way to kick off the weekend then a marathon sewing session on Friday night. My main goal was to finish off my Halloween mystery blocks and make some head way on my Squared Away blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler.  It's the middle of the month already and there hasn't been a lot of progress on those blocks yet.

I've really enjoyed working on the Squared Away sampler this year. Mari and Angela provided such fun blocks in the sampler.  But this month's block just wasn't working for me (sorry Mari and Angela).  I played around in EQ trying to work out fabric placement that worked for me.  I finally ended up with this:

Pretty much the same, but some of the HSTs  got moved around the background pieces to changed up some .  I don't have a lot of dark blue, so I had already decided to use some dark neutral scarps for this month's block.

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

Both the gray background and the black floral batik came right out of the scrap basket.  It was fun playing around with this layout. Though I tripped myself up a bit by cutting the double sized gray background pieces.  I had to un-sew a couple of pieces from the rows and then restitch them in columns in order to fit all the pieces back together without using partial seams.  Now that the first block is done, I'll know better with the next two.  

Linking up with Soscrappy on Saturday and with Oh Scrap on Sunday.   

Monday, September 10, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Puzzling Out a New Mystery

We got a nice preview of fall this weekend, with lows in the 50's, highs in the 70's, overcast and rainy. It was a nice weekend to just sit and stitch, so I did a lot of that.  Getting the block parts made for On Ringo Lake is my OMG for September.  All the center patches are made, so I've been concentrating on the flying geese.  There are 8 in each block, so there is a lot of stitching and trimming going on with those.  There's been good progress, but nothing photo worthy.  

The Twinkle Star blocks are still in progress.  I would like to get all the blocks made before that project goes back into the box to finish later.  Another 4 blocks were finished up last week. 

 Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

The teal and orange finish off what's needed for those two colors.  From here on out, the blocks will all be blue to finish the diagonal row that was added to make the quilt bigger.  My favorite in this set is the blue one made from the chemistry fabric left overs from the SITs quilt.  

The plan for 2018 was to focus on cleaning up the UFO lists, so I've tried really hard to not start anything new.  But I can't resist a good mystery and our local quilt shop is offering a Halloween Mystery quilt along over the next four weeks. The only yardage required is the background, the rest can be from scraps. Since I'm not doing the quilt along with Meadow Mist Designs this year, there is an open slot on my new project list for 2018.  So I decided to join in. The first clue came out on Saturday.  There are two blocks in clue one, you make two of one and just one of the second.  Here are my first two. 

Halloween Mystery, designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The two witches hats were made from fat quarters that were already in my stash.  When I went looking for black, orange and gray fat quarters for the project, I found a number of Halloween prints in the black and orange.  The light gray background was used in one of the graduation quilts, so it's one of those left overs in the stash. I've gotten started on the second block in clue one, but nothing photo worthy.  I just have to show progress on my blocks from the previous clue to get the next clue for free, so I'm good on that front for next week.  I do hope to finish the second block before Saturday, but it has quite a few more pieces than these two did. I really do love a good mystery!   

Linking up with the usual suspects for Monday:

Making Monday
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week 36 of Stitching and De-stashing

This week's 15 minutes of stitching post is a bit late to press as the author slept in this morning (Courtesy of a dose of Bendadryl prior to bed time. The bumper crop of rag weed has not been kind to many of us).  

Finding time to stitch was a lot easier this week. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days Sept. = 8/8 days
15 minutes stitching days /2018 = 234/251 days
Success rate =93.23%

Finding time to stitch hasn't done much to help the stash report at the moment, mainly as I'm making block parts not blocks.  It will pay off later when I start assembling the blocks.  For now, the stash is going out pretty slowly.  

Fabric used this week:  0.21 yards
Fabric used this year:  30.41 yards

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  You can link up below to share how did on finding time to stitch this week. 

The rain has been very unkind to my sinuses, but the roses are loving it. 

1. Julie in GA
2. Pack Rat With a Plan
3. maggie f
4. Meloney
5. Aileen
6. Patricia
7. Mary-Kay
8. Christina's Handicrafts

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Magnolia Mystery Solved

It's been a low key and relaxing holiday weekend.  I'm hoping to spend the last day of the holiday in the sewing room.  We spent yesterday in Tulsa hanging out with family.  So not a lot of stitching got done yesterday.  But we were home on Saturday and I finally found time to photograph the quilt that was finished last week.  

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

The Magnolia Mystery quilt from the 2017 mystery program at Meadow Mist Designs is finally all finished.  It's definitely a very bright quilt, but I like it.  Purple and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations.  Though the purple is really closer to red-violet than it is a true purple.  Thankfully you can see the true color in these photos.  The violet always photographed as almost black when this project was on the design wall.  

The background fabric is a Connecting Threads sale acquisition that's been in the stash for a few years. There was enough of it to back the quilt as well. 

The yellow flowers in the backing reminded me of all the bright yellow wild flowers we have in Oklahoma in the summer, hence the slight change in quilt name on the label.  

Other than the background, the rest of the fabrics in this project are left over from other projects.  So the green ended up as the binding because there wasn't enough left of any of the the other fabrics.   

My Magnolia Mystery quilt is lap sized.  I love the bright colors and that floral print background (see that violet photographed as black in this image). Summer Magnolias is finish number three for 2018.  This project wasn't on the UFO list, as it wasn't a year old yet, so my UFO numbers stay unchanged.  That's OK, it's always nice to keep a project off the UFO list.  It is on my list for the third quarter of the 2018 Finish Along, so I'll be linking up there come October.  For now, I'm linking up with the usual Monday linky parties:

Making Monday
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Week 35 of Stitching and Stashing

It's been a pretty quiet weekend so far.  Which is good as I was definitely ready for some down time to spend in the sewing room.  Finding 15 minutes here and there to hide out in the sewing room has been a bit easier this week.

Here's the tally for this week.  

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/August = 24/31 days
15 minutes stitching days/September = 1/1 day
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 227/244 days
Success Rate = 93.03%

I'm managing to find time to stitch more than 90% of the time, so I'm doing well on meeting this goal for the year. 

Wish my stash busting was going better.  I gave into another sale last week, at Craftsy this time.  So I've really, really blown my incoming stash budget.  But I've chosen to focus on the positive so I'm just reporting what went out for the week. 

Fabric used this week:  0.46 yards
Fabric used in 2018: 30.20 yards
More fabric in than out for 2018

I do hope to get at least one quilt to the finished flimsy stage this month, so there should be some backing fabric going out in September.  Fingers crossed that actually happens.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report. 

So how are you doing at finding time to stitch each week? 

1. Julie in GA
2. Pack Rat With a Plan
3. Meloney
4. Shasta
5. Patricia

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September One Monthly Goal and Priority List

It's been a slow paced Saturday. I slept in for a change and lazed my way through three cups of coffee while contemplating what to focus on for my September One Monthly Goal.

According to the 2018 quilt plan, Bonnie Hunter's 2017 mystery, On Ringo Lake is the UFO for September.  I spent some time in EQ this morning working up block settings. If I go with an on point setting I need 32 blocks, a straight setting needs 35.  As of this morning, I had 9 blocks completed and another 29 of the 9 patch centers completed. That would give me enough centers for 38 blocks, more than enough for either the straight or on point setting.  Here's what the 9 finished blocks look like on point without any sashing.

On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter 2017 Mystery Quilt

I'm still playing around with sashing ideas.  If I go with the original pattern, the sashing would be yellow with black.  That makes for a very yellow quilt. I don't have to decide the layout and sashing options right away, though I would really like to have On Ringo Lake made into at least a finished flimsy before the next mystery comes out (assuming Bonnie hosts one this year).  So what's a realistic OMG for the month?

All 9-patch block centers are made, but there are no flying geese or corner HSTs to go with them.  That's a lot of block pieces to make to finish 24 blocks in a month.  With my work schedule, that's not likely. So what's a manageable goal for the month?  Each block needs 4 yellow flying geese, 4 gray flying geese and 4 HST corners. So I need 76 yellow flying geese, 76 grey flying geese and 76 HSTs to go with those centers. My goal for September is to get all those pieces made. I'll worry about block assembly in October.  

My OMG is my number one priority each month, but there are other projects in the works too.  I keep a priority list on the sewing machine with my focus on the top 3.  Once I finish one of those, I'll move on to the next project on the list.  September's priority list looks like this.

Just three more sawtooth star blocks need to be finished before I can start assembling the pieced border for the Inverted Star project.  Hopefully I can get Inverted Star into a finished flimsy while getting all the Ringo Lake pieces made.  I'm probably biting off more than I can stitch, but what's the fun if you don't aim for the improbable?  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for the September One Monthly Goal.  

August Wrap Up (One Monthly Goal Progress)

For those in the United States and Canada (as noted by Sandra of  MMM! Quilts), hope you've gotten a jump on enjoying your holiday weekend.  We don't have any firm plans for the holiday.  The Scientist in Training got home last night and is pretty much wiped out from the first two weeks of the fall semester. She feel asleep mid conversation after dinner.  Her request for the weekend was to be allowed to sleep in.  She has a two plus hour to complete chemistry quiz due tonight (assigned in class yesterday).  I really, really don't miss those parts of my college days.

Hard to believe it's the first of September, August went way to fast. The first week of August was miserable due to work deliverables, but it lined out towards the end of the month.  So it wasn't a bad month in the sewing room.  I didn't make my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for August which was to decide on a final layout and get the sashing at least made for the Twinkle Star quilt. 

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

I managed part of my goal for August, the layout got much better defined.  Both My Guy and the Scientist in Training both nixed the sashing plan.  A similar suggestion was made in many of the comments on the blog and on my Facebook posts, thank you for the feedback.  So no sashing.  Then the SIT asked me to lay out the blocks in a more of a "rainbow" order.  So I gave that a try.

Both the SIT and My Guy liked this layout better, so did I.  But without the sashing, this quilt is going to be a bit small for the intended use.  So how to make it bigger?  Add borders to make it bigger or add more blocks?  I wasn't completely happy with the way the colors merged, what if I added new blocks so there was enough of each color to make at least one diagonal row? 

I liked that thought.  So now the goal for August became to complete 18 more blocks.  By the time I went to bed last night, 6 more blocks had been completed, there are 6 in the works at the machine, and fabric has been selected for the last 6.  

The red and purple sections are both finished, plus one of two teal blocks is done.  Even though I didn't make my OMG for the month, I'm pretty happy with the progress on this quilt.  I didn't link up with the end of August OMG because it didn't feel right, but I did want to document that progress was made.  

There was also a finish this month, but no pictures yet.  I'll post about that on Monday.  So August was a much better month than I expected it to be.  I've already been thinking about what the plan is for September. 

Linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Filling in the Blanks

Monday's always come before I'm ready to let go of the weekend.  It will likely be another crazy week at work.  There was enough stitching time this weekend to level out the insanity from last week, so I'm starting with a clean slate this morning.  I'm sure it will be full by quitting time tonight and I'll need my 15 minutes in the sewing room to start erasing this week's stresses.  

Progress was made on the Twinkle Star quilt, four of the 18 blocks needed to expand the size have been completed.  

 Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

There are 33 pieces in each block.  So it takes a bit of chain piecing to finish a 6.5" block.  There is a whole set at the machine in various states of completion.  These four have already been used to fill in a some of the holes in the new layout. 

The pile at the sewing machine includes the one missing purple, one missing orange, two missing teal and just one of the missing blue stars.  The fabrics for another seven blue stars has been selected, it's just not been cut into pieces yet. I'm not going to get all the missing blocks made before the end of August, but hopefully I can finish them off next weekend. Then they'll go back into the project box and hopefully will get sewn into a finished quilt next year.  As much as I'd like to finish this one this year, there are two projects that need to be done by Christmas.  So this one will go back into the UFO pile for a bit.   

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Week 34 of 2018: Stitching and Destashing

Can you believe it's the last week of August?  Labor Day is just around the corner.  It always feels like time speeds up from this point in the year, before we know it the holidays are here and then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the end of the year.  I'm doing my best to ignore that feeling and just focus on getting in my 15 minutes of stitching each day. 

Work is still a bit crazed, but it was easier to find time to stitch this week. 

15 minutes stitching days/week = 7/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/August = 18/25 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 220/237 days
Success rate = 92.83%

So it was a good week on the stitching front.  Last Sunday, I did manage to fit in a nothing but sewing day and that felt so good.  Too much going on for that today, but I should still get in a good afternoon of stitching.  Hope you were able to meet your weekly goals for stitching time, Mr. Linky is waiting at the end of the post if you want to share your successes. 

On the stash front, no fabric in this week and a little going out. 

Fabric used this week:  0.45 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  29.74 yards
More fabric in than out for 2018

If I can manage to get borders on three quilts in the next couple of months, I'll need backs.  Hopefully when I get to that point, the stash report will see a nice jump in fabric out. Till then, it's just a bit here and there as I finish making blocks.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report

The weather has been rainy and cool the last week, which has made for some nice walking weather.  I'm not sure what this white flower is, but it was all over the local walking paths this week. 

Happy stitching this week.  Link up below to share how you've been doing on finding time to stitch.  

1. Julie in GA
2. Pack Rat With a Plan
3. Meloney
4. Patricia
5. Christina's Handicrafts

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Orange is a Wrap

I am ready for a weekend, it was a really long week.  I need to catch up on a few work things, but I'll wait for tomorrow for that. My brain needs a bit of a rest from budgets and emails. 

I got an early start on my mental health treatments for the weekend by heading to my sewing room right after dinner.  I wanted to finish off the orange Squared Away blocks as this is the last weekend in August. 

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

My paler oranges aren't as bright as I usually go.  I'm hoping these will look OK with all the other blocks.  

Twinkle Stars is up on the design wall at the moment, so there's not really any place to lay out all the Squared Away blocks.  I'll put them all up when Twinkle Stars comes down next month.  I've been wondering about how I'm going to set all these, so I did a bit of mucking about in EQ8.  This is my lead contender at the moment. 

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

I definitely like the on point setting, though it will need two more blocks than the plan, but I'm OK picking a couple of blocks and making two more.  I like the idea of a pastel for the sashing and the setting triangles.  Not sure it will be teal, it depends on what's in the stash.  At least I've got a good starting spot.  I usually end up stalling on finding a setting and my RSC blocks end up hanging about in UFO-land for several years.  I'm trying to not let that happen this year.    
Linking up with Soscrappy for this week's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and on Sunday with Quilting is More Fun than Housework's Oh Scrap.  

Monday, August 20, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Invisible Progress

It was nice to have a weekend at home for a change and even better to have some time to recharge after a busy week.  My plan was to have a nothing but stitching day on Sunday.  Other than the dash to  church in the pouring rain and an afternoon coffee break to hang with My Guy for a bit, it pretty much was a NBS day.  

The rub is that all the sewing hasn't yet made an impact on the state of the design wall, but you can tell there was a lot of progress based on what's pinned and waiting to be stitched at the sewing machine.

That's the beginnings of 6 Twinkle Star blocks, this month's one monthly goal.  After making the decision to not sash the quilt, it needs 18 more blocks to be large enough for the intended recipient. To decide what colors to use in the blocks, I played around with the layout on the design wall. 

Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

The Scientist in Training wanted it laid out with the colors grouped.  So after playing around a bit, this is what I decided on.  So I need 3 more red, 2 purple, 10 more blue, 2 more teal and 1 more orange.  I'll get serious about where each block goes once all the blocks are finished.  I'm hoping to have all new blocks finished this month.  Then this project will probably go back into it's project box till next year.  

There was a bit of progress on the Inverted Star project too.  The first round of white borders are on, but since Twinkle Stars is up on the design wall, I don't have any pictures of that.  The gray sawtooth stars for the next border are all finished. 

All that's left is the 5 brown stars and 3 or 4 more various color stars to have enough for the next border.  My plan is to lay out the blocks for the border and then decide what additional colors are needed to fill in.  I'm really hoping to get this project done by October so it can go to Trudy for quilting as it needs to be finished by Christmas.  

Linking up with the usual Monday linky parties.
Making Monday
Design Wall Monday

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Week 33 of Stitching and Stashing for 2018

It's been a pretty strange August on the weather front.  We've had rain off and on all week, with 100% chance of rain today. Typically the first half of August is 100+ temps and so dry that the landscape is brown.  Not true this year.  Since it's going to be so yucky outside the plan is a NBS day (per Barbara of Cat Patches that's short for a Nothing But Sewing day).  August hasn't been a stellar month for finding stitching time each day, but at least this week was better than last week.  It helped this week that I have some slow stitching to work on. 

After a couple of 15 minute sessions this week, I've only managed to turn one corner of the Magnolia Mystery Quilt.  I'm hoping to get in some more stitches on that today.  You can check out who else is working on hand stitching over at Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts

Between work and sinus headaches, time and energy were in short supply this week.  It's week's like this that finding the motivation is such a challenge, but I'm always glad to see the progress when I succeed in finding my way to the sewing room.   

15 minutes stitching days/week = 6/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/August = 11/18 days
15 minutes stitching days/2018 = 213/230 days
Success rate = 92.61 days

How did your efforts go at finding time to stitch this week?  You can link up and share at the bottom of the post.  

The stash report is a mix of the good and the bad.  My resistance broke this week and I ended up adding quite a bit of fabric.  The local quilt shop had a 35% off end of bolt sale.  Combine that fabric with the Connecting Threads' order that came in this week and I ended up almost doubling the incoming numbers. It's at this point that reporting my failure to maintain a fabric diet demotivates me from tracking the stash, so from here on out, I'm just focusing on what I used.  

Fabric used this week:  0.61 yards
Fabric used in 2018: 29.29
More fabric in than out for 2018 

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Here's Mr. Linky if you want to share how motivated you were on the stitching front this week. 

1. CathieJ
2. maggie f
3. Pack Rat With a Plan
4. Julie in GA
5. Mary-Kay
6. Shasta
7. Aileen
8. Deana
9. Patricia
10. Christina's Handicrafts

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Where Was I?

Last week was busy. Between work stuff and family stuff there just wasn't much time for stitching.  After spending the previous weekend moving the Scientist in Training out of her summer school digs, this weekend was spent moving her into her new digs for this school year. 

This year she opted for an on-campus four bedroom apartment shared with three of her friends.  Her bedroom is a nice size, a great improvement over the closet she lived in over the summer.  They have a nice sized living/dining room, but the kitchen is pretty tiny.  Only two of them have moved in so far (both have on campus jobs, so had to move in early). The last two will not move in till Wednesday.  Moving in early was nice, we missed all the madness of no parking places, crazy busy traffic and packed resturants.  

When we got home late Sunday afternoon, I wandered into the sewing room.  I hadn't really been in there since the previous Sunday.  So where was I?  This is what was laying by the sewing machine. 

The gray pieces are Sawtooth Stars for the Inverted Star border.  The orange strips and HSTs are the beginnings of this month's Squared Away blocks.  The red and black almost 9 patches are the centers for the On Ringo Lake blocks (the current leader and enders project).  The wider white strips are for the first border around the Inverted Star Blocks.  Before I left the sewing room all the various pieces are were pinned and are ready for a good sit down session at the machine.  

Since Twinkle Stars is this month's One Monthly Goal and it's almost the middle of the month, it was time to get those blocks out and back up on the design wall to figure out what's next.  I had planned to sash these blocks, but both My Guy and the SIT liked it better without sashing. Plus the SIT wanted to see how the blocks looked laid out in rainbow order.  So I gave that a try and ended up with this. 

Twinkle Stars, Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

This works out nicely.  The only problem is that without the sashing the quilt is a bit small for the intended purpose.  So the plan is to add another row and column of blocks.  So I need another 17 blocks before setting this one together.  The Twinkle Stars is another college graduation quilt, but I've got a couple of years before it needs to be finished.  Plenty of time (famous last words).  

That's it for me this week.  Linking up with the usual Monday morning linky parties. 

Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Week 32 of Stitching and Destashing

It's been one of those weeks.  It's not all been bad, but there's been a lot going on that's kept me out of the sewing room this week. It wasn't a complete bust on finding 15 minutes to stitch, but it was close.  

Here's how my stitching week went.  

15 minutes stitching days/week = 3/7 days
15 minutes stitching days/August = 5/11 days
15 minutes stitching days 2018 =  207/223 days
Success rate = 92.83%

I've still got an "A" for the year, my goal was to manage 90%, so that's still on track at least.  You can link up at the bottom of the post to share how your stitching week went. I hope yours was better than mine. 

The stash report isn't quite so bad as I did get in quite a bit of sewing time last Sunday.  

Fabric used this week:  0.44 yards
Fabric used in 2018:  28.68 yards
Fabric purchased in 2018:  64.41 yards
Net fabric in for 2018:  35.73 yards  

So at least there wasn't anything new in this week.  Though I need to stay away from Connecting Threads, their Christmas fabric took over my brain one day last week and there's some on order.  There are just some fabrics that are sneaky like that.  Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the stash report. 

Not only was I AWOL from the sewing room, there wasn't much computer time last week, so I'm behind on reading last week's linky party blogs.  I'll get to that this morning (I hope).  Have a great stitchy week!

1. Julie in GA
2. Meloney
3. Shasta
4. Aileen
5. Patricia
6. Deana
7. Christina's Handicrafts

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Weekend Stitching: Best Laid Plans and Such

It was a busy weekend.  The Scientist in Training is home for a week. We moved her out of the dorm on Friday, but she can't move into her new on campus apartment till next Saturday. Thankfully, one of her roommates was allowed to move in two weeks ago because she works on campus (Why the SIT can't move in as well is beyond me).  We were at least able to leave some of the bigger items (like her bookcase) in the common area of the apartment, so we didn't have to drag all of it home and then drag it back. Then Saturday was back to school shopping (and tax free weekend as well).  So I didn't get much stitching time till Sunday afternoon.  

The One Monthly Goal for August was to get the Twinkle Star blocks up on the design wall to establish the final layout and to get all the sashing strips cut. I was showing My Guy and the SIT my plans for the quilt, neither liked the EQ version with the sashing, both liked it much better without. Then, the SIT asked me if the quilt was going to be big enough for her friend's bed (Twinkle Stars is another college graduation gift).  It's not. So could I make more blocks?  Yes. Let's do that.  So now the plan is to put all the blocks up on the design wall and decide what colors to add. I mistakenly thought this quilt was ready for assembly.  Thankfully, this friend isn't graduating for a couple of years.  

So what did get done this weekend?  The binding is sewn on to the front of the Magnolia Mystery quilt.

So I'll have some hand stitching to do the next week or so. That's good as I'll be struggling to find my 15 minutes each night to sew.  Handwork is much easier to squeeze in. 

The Inverted Star blocks are all stitched together. 

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

The strips for the first border have been cut, next step is to get them sewn on.  Inverted Star needs to be finished this year. It's a college graduation gift that needs to be done by December.  

In addition to getting the center all sewn together, the black sawtooth stars for the border are also finished.

The gray stars are in various stages of assembly at the sewing machine and I've just started cutting the pieces for the brown stars.  So this project is still moving right along.  

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