Tuesday, December 10, 2019

To Do Tuesday: Start of the Holiday Vacation

Just three more days that I have to get up, get dressed and drive to work for 2020.  I was going to say just three more days of work for the year, but that's not quite true. I'm going to have to work a bit while I'm off. But if I spend an hour a day on the work computer most days of vacation, the reward is I should be able to check off a few big things on my work "to do" list and I'll start the new work year on better footing.  That's worth the hour a day out of my fun time.  

The stitching "to do" list from last week has more check marks than I expected to have. 

Weekly To Do List for 12/2/2019
1.  Twinkle Stars - Add last two borders - progress
2.  Frolic- Start Clue 2, make progress on clue 1 
3.  Mosaic Mystery - finish November's clue 
4. Winter Quilt Along - finish clue 2 and clue 3 - progress

Last week was pretty brutal in terms of overtime worked.  So the   two check marks is two more than I thought I'd get.  Add in there was a bit of progress with the Winter Quilt Along  and Twinkle Stars too, it was a more reasonable week then I expected.  Most evenings I barely got in 15 minutes of stitching time. 

My holiday vacation kinda starts on Thursday.  I have to work next Tuesday because there are some key meetings my supervisor asked me not to miss.  But there is Christmas to get ready for.  The tree's not up yet and there are gifts to wrap. So I'm not going to get too ambitious with the list for this week as much as I'm tempted to start adding more than four items.  

Weekly To Do List for 12/10/2019
1. Twinkle Stars - Add the rainbow border. 

I've gotten started cutting and stitching the different fabrics together.  The plan for this week is to get this border stitched together and then stitched on.  

2.  Frolic - Make progress on clues 1 and 2, plus get started on clue 3 when it comes out on Friday. 

3.  Winter Quilt Along - Finish Hour 3 and Hour 4 clues, plus make a start on the clue for hour 5.  

Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

I finally finished the Hour 2 clue.  Hour 3 was all up on the design wall yesterday, but last night I was able to get row 1 and 2 pinned together so it can be stitched.  I should have time tonight to make more progress on this section so I can move on to the Hour 4 clue before Alycia releases Hour 5 tomorrow. 

4.  Mosaic Mystery - Finish the December Clue

That's my list for this week.  Work is finally started to slow down a bit, so the working overtime should be finished for the year.  I should be able to check off all four from my list next week.  That will feel really good. 

Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.  

Monday, December 9, 2019

Weekend Mental Health Stitching

Once I finish the reports that are due tomorrow, things at work should slow down a bit. Fingers crossed that's the case anyway.  I made headway today, but took a break after six hours of report writing to do some mental health stitching. All work and no play makes for a stressed out and not happy quilter.  

I only managed about three hours of stitching time, but it felt so nice to play with fabric and thread.  I got started on clue 2 for Frolic, this year's Bonnie Hunter mystery.

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 
The pattern calls for a lot more pieces than that, but at least it's a start. I was also able to finish off Hour 2 of the Winter Quilt Along.

That's the last of the blue HSTs.  Hour 3 is a bit farther along then it was. 

Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

If I get some stitching time tomorrow evening, I might just get Hour 3 finished. We'll see, I'm betting I end up staying late at work to finish those last few reports and don't get much stitching time tomorrow. 

I'm now sane enough to make a go of it tomorrow.  It may be a long day, but hopefully that's the last of the long days till we get back from holiday vacation. Linking up with the usual Monday show and tell over at Monday Making.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week 49: Stitching Stuff

It's week 49, so just 3 weeks and 2 days left in 2019.  I'm so not ready to change calendars.  How about you?  Let's just ignore that for now and focus on how last week went. Did you get in your 15 minutes of stitching time most days?  

Work has been brutally busy, but I still managed to get in a bit of stitching related activity every day last week, though it pretty much was just 15 minutes a day during the business week.  

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/December 7/7 days
15 minute days/2019 = 309/341 days
Success rate = 90.62%

I'm on track to end 2019 having stitched 15 minutes more than 90% of the time.  Last year my success rate was 92.9%.  Doubtful I'll reach that mark this year.  After the work mania of the last few weeks, I'm more than happy with my current success rate. It could be so much worse. 

How did you do this week at getting in some stitching time each day? 

Friday, December 6, 2019

December One Monthly Goal

I was so glad to make it to Friday, only to discover that I'd missed the deadline on some important reports. So the first 6 hours of my day off were spent not in the sewing room, but on my work computer finishing up what was supposed have been turned in Thursday.  We get up at 4:30 AM (yes even on our day off) so I was done by 10:30, but it made for a lousy start to the day.  That's the kind of week it's been. I'm hoping that it will be calmer the rest of the month.  Assuming that's the case, what should I pick as the December One Monthly Goal?

There's lots going on in the sewing room. Four mystery quilt alongs in progress:

Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

 2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 

Of those four only the 2019 Christmas Mystery is far enough along that it could be a finished flimsy by the end of the month. 

Or I could focus on the new borders I decided that Twinkle Stars needed. 

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

There's no chance of getting in another finish before the end of the year. But it would be nice to get one off the UFO list in January. Since Twinkle Stars is the closest to finished flimsy, it just makes sense to put in the effort on that project. So that's the plan, get Twinkle Stars to finished flimsy.  Fingers crossed that I can make that happen before the calendar turns over to the new year.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

To Do Tuesday - The Last Challenging Work Week of 2019

One work day done, three work days left in this week. And all three are jam packed, including a working dinner on Wednesday evening.  Hopefully life will slow down a bit next week.  No work days last week, but with family in town and prep for the holiday, sewing room time was minimal. Even so there are two check marks and progress on the last two items on last week's list.  

Weekly To Do List for 11/26/2019
1. Medallion Butterfly Panel - Stitch Butterfly names in upper left corner of panel
2. Frolic - Get started on clue 1
3. Mosaic Mystery quilt - finish November's clue - progress
4. Winter quilt along - Finish clue 2 and clue 3 - progress

This seems to be my "to do" list pattern, a couple of check marks and progress on the other items.  If I can keep that up, I'll be happy.   So what goes on this list's week?  

Weekly To Do List for 12/2/2019

1. Twinkle Stars - Add last two borders.  

2. Frolic - Start clue 2, make progress on clue 1

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 

3. Mosaic Mystery - Finish November's clue

  Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

4. Winter Quilt Along - Finish Clues 2, 3 and 4. 

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

That's a pretty aggressive list. I'm hoping there's one day of nothing but sewing this weekend.  If I can make progress on each one even with no check marks, I'll be happy.

Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To Do Tuesday.   

Monday, December 2, 2019

Bits and Pieces Part 2

After having a fun week off to spend with family, I'm not ready to head back to work this morning.  But once I get through this week, things should calm down for the rest of the year (fingers crossed that's actually true).  Though I expect this week to be pretty rough with a number of long days.  

There wasn't a lot of sewing room time even though I was off work. There was lots of prep work that went along with all the family time.  But I did get in some time with the embroidery project. 

The wording around the right corner of the project is now done. I'll start working on the diagonal moving to the left.  The next bit in the hoop will be the leaves there in the corner.  

I wasn't able to get back into the sewing room till after dinner on Saturday. Making a start on the first clue from Bonnie Hunter's Frolic was the goal.  I wasn't completely happy with my "raspberry" fabric. After taking another look through the stash, I found a substitute, but it needed to be washed, dried and pressed first.  That out of the way, I was able to get in a few 4-patches Sunday afternoon.

Bonnie Hunter 2019 Mystery Quilt 

I should have some time to catch up next weekend. I decided to half the number of blocks to start.  I'm hoping that means it will be easier to keep up with the clues this year. 

Lastly, there was some progress on clue 3 for the Winter Quilt Along.  

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

Not all the blocks in each row are sewn together, but at least I got a good start on assembly.  Clue 2 hasn't been finished yet, but I reached the halfway point with that clue. 

Not bad for a week away from the sewing machine.  Linking up with the Monday Design Wall.  

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Week 48: Stitching Stuff

We've eaten and shopped pretty much the whole weekend.  Family is gone, so it's back to just us.  It was a very nice Thanksgiving, but now I'm just tired.  The SIT goes back to college this afternoon, but she'll be home for winter break in just two weeks.  Stitching happened this week, mainly just the hand type, but that still counts. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/November = 29/30 days
15 minute days/2019 = 302/334 days
Success rate = 90.42%

It was a good week. Hopefully you found a bit of quiet time this week to stitch a bit each day.  You can link up at the bottom of the post to share your success and/or regrets for this week.

On the stash front, November was better than October. 

Fabric out for November = 3.11 yards
Fabric out for 2019 = 41.03 yards  

I was hoping for 60 yards out.  Not likely I'll make that goal this year.  But as I start assembling some of the blocks for the mystery quilts, there should be a bit more out in December.  Linking up with QuiltPaintCreate for the weekly stash report. 

Before I close out with the linkly, here's a few shots of the pretty Christmas lights we braved the cold and rain to check out last night. 

So how did your stitchy week work out?  

1. karen
2. Chrisknits
3. Julie in GA
4. Meloney
5. Quilting Gail
6. Mary-Kay
7. Amanda
8. Christina's Handicrafts

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Wrapping up November

Hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had 22 here for dinner. We split the cooking duties with My Guy's youngest sister, she does the turkey, the Scientist in Training does the ham.  Allows us to have two ovens going all morning, which makes a huge dent in how much has to get done in one kitchen.  It was nice to catch up with everybody, see how big all the little ones are getting. 

Thanksgiving was about as late as it can be this year.  So with just a couple of days left in the month, it's time to post about the November One Monthly Goal

The plan was to finish the pieced border and add a plain white border to Twinkle Stars. 

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

Both borders were on with time to spare this month for a change. First time since July that I've met my OMG. So it was a good month, in spite of all the madness going on at work. The only problem is that I don't think Twinkle Stars looks finished.  I waited till the SIT got home for the holiday to see if she agrees.  She did.  She also agreed it needed to be a bit longer as the intended recipient is very tall. The only problem is that this was supposed to be a Christmas gift.  If I add more borders it won't get done in time.  So the SIT and I are still talking about the path forward. Hopefully, we'll have one by the time she heads back to school on Sunday. 

The other progress for the month has been on clue 3 for the Mosaic Mystery quilt

Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

I switched a couple of fabrics once the mystery got started and now I'm thinking that probably wasn't a good idea.  We'll see how it looks at the reveal.  Clue 4 is due out next Thursday. Clue 1 for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery, Frolic, came out today.  I'll have lots to keep me busy in December.  Lots of options for the December One Monthly Goal.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

To Do Tuesday - Thanksgiving Edition

There wasn't much stitching time last week, but I made up for that on Sunday.  Pretty much nothing but stitching all day.  Which is good cause much of Monday was spent recovering from a stomach bug.  After a day of crackers and toast, I'm feeling just about normal this morning.  So how did the To Do list fare with all of that interferance?   

Weekly To Do List for 11/19/2019
1. Twinkle Stars - add pieced border, final white border
2. 2019 Christmas Mystery - make clue 6 blocks, sash, add borders - progress
3. Winter Quilt Along - finish clue 2 - progress
4. Mosaic Mystery - make a start on clue 3 blocks

I was able to check off two of the four.  Even though the other two don't have check marks, there was good progress on both. So another successful week. Writing out a To Do list forces me to think about how much time I'll have that week and decide which projects I want to focus that time on.  

So what's on the list of this week?  With Thanksgiving in the mix, we'll be hanging out with family a lot so hand work will have to feature on this week's list. 

Weekly To Do List for 11/26/2019

1. Medallion butterfly embroidered panel - Stitch the butterfly names in the upper left corner of the panel. 

This is the last photo I can find of this hand work project.  It's my go to project when we are doing a lot of hanging out with the family.  

2.  Frolic - The 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Get started on clue one.  I'm going to make half the blocks as a first pass, then decide after the reveal if I want to make the full sized quilt.  

I'm going with black as my neutral. The blue bonnet print will either be a border or the backing. Depends on how big I decide to go. 

3.  Mosaic Mystery Quilt - Finish November's clue.

 Mosaic Mystery Quilt
from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

I need 16 of these blocks, but only have about 5 finished.  Hopefully I can finish 11 more before Sunday.  

4. Winter Quilt Along - Finish clue 2 and clue 3 (assuming Alycia posts a clue this Wednesday).  

 Quiltgirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

I made good progress on this clue last week, but didn't quite finish making all those HSTs.  

That's a pretty ambitious list considering we have a holiday this week and we'll have lots of family to hang out with.  I expect to make progress on every item, but I doubt I get to check any off next Tuesday. 

So that's my list for this holiday week.  Have a very happy Thanksgiving if you live in the US, have a great week if you don't.  You can see all the other To Do lists posted over at Home Sewn By Us.  

Monday, November 25, 2019

An Almost Nothing But Stitching Day

After all the mania and stress of last week, My Guy and I took the opportunity to have a much lower key weekend.  Last week was his first full week back at work after surgery, he was pretty tired by Friday.  He's still not quite 100%, but is slowly working his way back to normal.  We spent Saturday in Tulsa with the Scientist in Training doing our Thanksgiving meal shopping.  The SIT has classes today, but all her classes for tomorrow were canceled, so she'll be home around dinner time tonight.  

Other than a few loads of laundry, yesterday was a nothing but sewing day.  It was nice to spend most of the day stitching, I really needed the de-stress time.  Twinkle Stars is now bordered. 

 Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

This was all the borders I had planned to add.  But I'm not sure it's big enough.  After playing around in EQ, I'm considering adding a narrow scrappy rainbow border followed by one more white border.  That would make it a good couch sized quilt.  Since this quilt is intended for one of the SITs friends, I'll see what she thinks about those additions when she gets home tonight.  

I didn't get my Christmas Mystery blocks done in time for class on Saturday.  But they are finished now. 

2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

Completion of the bow and candy piece tie up this mystery project.  Now to sash the blocks and add the borders.  That probably won't happen till next week since Thanksgiving is this week and we have plans with family.  

I'm off work today, but we have errands to run and I've got to get some laundry done.  I do hope to get some time to play in the sewing room before the SIT makes it home.  That's the plan anyway. 

Linking up with Monday Making and Monday Design Wall.   

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Week 47 of Stitching Stuff

What a week!  I didn't leave the office till after 9:30 PM on Friday. That's not normal for me, but it's just been that nuts at work.  It makes it hard to find time to stitch, even just 15 minutes, when days start looking like that.

My late evening ended my long running streak of 15 minute evenings in November.  

15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
15 minute days/November = 22/23 days
15 minute days/2019 = 295/327
Success rate = 90.21%

Still my success rate for fitting in 15 minutes of stitching time is over 90%, which was the goal for the year. So long as I don't have any more really long days, I should be able to meet that goal.  Thankfully I'm off this week, but the first week in December will be more madness.  Things should calm down once we get to the second week.  

Since getting to the sewing machine has been difficult, a couple of evenings this week, I worked on quilt labels for the Christmas Mystery quilt 

and for Twinkle Stars

The backgrounds of the labels may change a bit depending on what ends up being the backing for each quilt, but otherwise I think these are close to the final designs.  

So how did you do this week at fitting in some stitching time? 

1. Julie in GA
2. Chrisknits
3. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
4. MaryR @UrbanQuilter
5. Meloney
6. DawnyK
7. Amanda
8. Quilting Gail

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

To Do Tuesday: Seems to Be Working

It's been 4 weeks since my first link up with "To Do Tuesday".  I've yet to check everything off my list, but there has been good progress on the projects that are on each week's list.  So the making a list approach has been working, so I'll stick with it for now.  We'll see how well it works once the holiday rush gets going.  

Last week was pretty good, two check marks and good progress on the other project isn't shabby at all.  

Weekly to Do List for 11/12/19

1. Twinkle Stars - Finish and attach pieced borders - progress
2. 2019 Christmas Mystery - Finish Clue 5
3. Winter Quilt Along - Pick out fabrics and finish Clue 1

There will be Thanksgiving prep going on towards the end of this next week, I need to remember that when deciding what's doable for this week's list.  

Weekly to Do List for 11/19/2019

1.  Twinkle Stars - Add bottom pieced border and the final white border (finished flimsy)

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

I had to take the left border off and resew all the seams slightly smaller to make it bigger in places.  It really was too short for the side and there were a couple of pleats in the top.  But that's fixed and all the other borders are sewn together.  I just didn't have time to sew on the bottom border last week. There's just one white border left to add. Then I'll have a finished flimsy just in time for the One Monthly Goal link up.   

2.  2019 Christmas Mystery.  Make Clue 6 blocks, sash and add borders. 

2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The fabrics for the last two blocks are selected and the fabric for the bow is already cut. It's ready to assemble.  I'm  sure I can get the blocks done. Maybe I can get them sashed. but I doubt both borders get added.  We're supposed to bring the completed flimsy to class on Saturday.  We'll see how that works out.  

3. Winter Quilt Along - Finish Clue 2

Quiltygirl Winter Quilt Along
Alycia Quilts

Clue 1 wasn't bad. Alycia promised that each clue would only take an hour.  Cutting all the fabric was the time consuming part of that step. The HSTs stitched up pretty fast as leader and enders while I was working on theTwinkle Stars borders. This is definitely my kind of mystery.   

4.  Mosiac Mystery - Get started on clue 3 blocks

 I don't expect to finish the clue this week.  Hopefully if I start on it this week, I'll be able to finish off the clue next week since there won't be any more clues for the Christmas Mystery quilt. That will keep me on track with this mystery.   

That's my list for this week.  Linking up with Home Sewn by Us for To-Do Tuesday #15.  Good luck with your to-do's for the week.  

Monday, November 18, 2019

A Bit of Progress

Thankfully it was a slow down, relaxing at home weekend.  Work has been nuts and will likely continue that way till the end of the first week in December.  So I took the opportunity this weekend to not only catch up on laundry, but on a couple of design wall projects as well. 

Getting the pieced borders on Twinkle Stars has proved more difficult than I anticipated. The left border had to be taken off and the sections re-stitched with narrower seams to match the seams in the top.  There were a few places where there were obvious pleats in the top. Letting out the seams eliminated the pleats.  I started with narrower seams on the right and top borders, adjusting them as necessary when pinning the borders on.  It was a slow process, but the borders will lay flat.  

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy
The bottom border isn't completely sewn together yet, but it's close.  Getting this quilt to the finished flimsy stage is the one monthly goal for November.  Hopefully the final, plain white border won't take as long as the pieced border did to finish off. 

The 2019 Christmas Mystery Quilt is up on the small design wall. 

2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

The mittens block was finished about 30 minutes before class on Saturday.  The last clue, along with the final layout, was given at the class on Saturday.  I've picked out the sashing fabric, and the two border fabrics. 

The dark green with the gold stars is the sashing fabric, the white with the red and green stars is the small inner border and the red and gold stars is the outer border.  The finished flimsy is due at class next Saturday.  Not sure I'll get that far, but I'll try.  

So that covers what's up on both design walls.  You can see what else in the works by checking out the Monday Making and Monday Design Wall linky parties.  

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Week 46 of 2019: Stitching Stuff

The heavy winter coat came out of the hallway closet for the first time this year.  The cold and windy most days this week made it a nice week to stay in and stitch.  Unfortunately, the end of year stuff at work hasn't slowed down yet, so there were a few nights where it was just eat, get in my 15 minutes of stitching time and go to bed.  Hopefully fitting in at least 15 minutes of stitching time was a breeze for you this week. 

Having a wide variety of things going on in the sewing room makes it a lot easier to find something that you can work on for 15 minutes. Shopping the stash for a new project was my chosen as my "only have 15 minutes activity" a couple of nights last week.  With that I was able to maintain a perfect week on finding the time to play with fabric. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/November = 16/16 days
15 minute days/2019 = 289/320 days
Success rate = 90.31%

So it was a good week on that front.  My stash usage is dismal at the moment, so I'm only writing a stash report once a month.  I've got a few mystery projects in the works and that fabric doesn't get counted out till I start assembling the quilt, so at some point, my numbers will look much better.  

So how did you do at fitting in stitching time this week?   

1. Chrisknits
2. karen
3. Julie in GA
4. Meloney
5. Nanette
6. Shasta @ High Road Quilter
7. DawnyK
8. Amanda
9. Quilting Gail

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

To Do Tuesday - Not a Total Loss

Work is in overdrive, so there have been a few long days the last couple of weeks.  Add in a trip to see the Scientist in Training over the weekend and the end result was not a lot of sewing room time. Consequently,  the To Do list from last week is a bit sad. 

Weekly To Do List for the Week of 11/5/2019

1. Twinkle Stars - Piece left side border - progress
2. Finish Clue 4 of the 2019 Christmas Mystery  
3. Storm at Sea - Cut border strips and assemble - no progress

One check mark out of three isn't so bad. And there was progress on the Twinkle Stars border.  This week is proving to be even more nuts than last, but at least we'll be home over the weekend.  So here's the list for this week. 

Weekly To Do List for Week of 11/12/19

1. Twinkle Stars pieced border - Finish the pieced borders and get them attached. 

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

This may not be doable, so we'll call this the stretch goal for the week. 

2.  Finish Clue 5 of the 2019 Christmas Mystery

2019 Christmas Mystery
designed by Carrie Randall (Quilter's Hideaway)

Clues one through four are all finished.  Just one block this week, so that should be doable. 

3.  Pick out fabrics for Alycia Quilts - Quiltygirl Winter Quilt a Long and finish clue one which should be released tomorrow. She promises that it will take only one hour a week and can be done as a leader and ender project.  Not that I need another project, but Alycia's quilt a longs have produced some really cool quilts and I never play along.  I definitely have the stash for it, so might as well get the fabric out of the closet and into another UFO. At least it will have a purpose.  

That's my list for this next week.  Linking up with Home Sewn By Us To Do Tuesday Linky #14. Fingers crossed there are more check list on my to do list this week. Good luck with your weekly to do list.