Monday, December 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Lots of sewing this week.  The 30's top is done and in the TBQ pile.


I added black setting triangles and was worried they would be too dark but I think they frame the top nicely.  Please see everyone's Design Wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--

Borders on Island Chain
Borders on Raggy Flower top
Sashings on Two Lips blocks
Sashings on 30's blocks
Christmas Irish Chain piecing
Borders for Bricks and Stepping Stones

That's enough to choose from this week.  Not much piecing, more finishing tops so they are ready to quilt. 

Its cold outside, makes it easy to stay inside and sew. 



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Stash Report

Last stash report for 2014.  Three finishes this week for 41 yards used.  

In This Week--0
In YTD--96 yds
Out This Week--41 yds
Out YTD--185 yds

I beat stash 89 yds!

During harvest I finished Fall Foliage and promptly forgot about it.  Its over 10 years old.  There are some "where did they come from" fabrics in it.  I added some beautiful batiks and it all worked out.  I made "Magic Binding" and although I like the look I prefer to hand sew my binding.  A little thinking and maybe I can have both.  

Fall Foliage
Next is More Blue Diamonds.  It was originally a king size quilt, but the small squares looked more like blue freckles on a top that large.  It was resized into three smaller quilts, this is the last one.

More Blue Diamonds
Last is Nines Overload.  Swapped 9 patches and some I made in a 9 patch quilt-a-long.  There are some "clunker" blocks in it, maybe they don't quite "go" with the other blocks.  They are as unique as the quilting friends who made them--and I love the variety it adds to the quilt. 


Nines Overload
Not sure what I did to the first two pics, I took them all at the same time.  Two quilts are large queens, I estimated 16 yds in each.  The smaller blue/white quilt 9 yds.  I dyed wide flannel backing for the two larger quilts (a sky blue and a mint green) and pieced two blue fabrics for the Diamond quilt.  

I'm happy with my 2014 stash numbers.  A bit of stash used, several quilts finished and new fabrics for my stash.  100 yds either way is okay with me.  Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.  


Monday, December 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

These 30's blocks are on my design wall--


Puss in Corner blocks or Uneven 9 Patches as fellow blogger and Stashbuster Gayle Bong calls them.  These are some of the blocks found when reorganizing my sewing room.  What plans I had for them I can't remember.  Luckily another Stashbuster and blogger Kat used her EQ program and drew up setting options.  I was so grateful and relieved!  There are enough blocks for a large quilt and a smaller twin size quilt.  Thank you Kat!   Help from others is REALLY important since my Mojo went south on an extended vacation.  My goal is at least 10 tops to quilt starting in January and I'm hoping to have them done by May 1st.  There are some out of town sewing days planned, and I'm hoping Lorri2Rs will be able to visit and sew at my house in January.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Last Week's Goals--
  • Sash 30's blocks--I worked on a different set of 30's blocks--oops!
  • Borders on Trail Mix--two borders on
  • Pick borders for Bricks and SS--no
  • Hand sew one binding--one side left
  • Square up Cheddar Delight, Summers at the Lake, and Twirling Spools--no
  • Christmas Irish Chain--no  
The goals were ambitious and although I didn't get to some of them I have been sewing late into the night.  The album blocks have borders and can now go in the TBQ (to be quilted) pile. 



Night pictures are terrible--the wide border fabric is a dark purple print and the narrow border a coral.  This quilt might live forever at my house.  

Weekly Goals--

Finish piecing 30's top
Finish last side of binding
Last border on Trail Mix

More than enough--Christmas is this week and we hope to spend time with Laura Beth, Nick, Mason and Asher.  A few cookies will be baked to share.  

Are you ready for Christmas??




Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Stash Report

Only one more stash report in 2014!  This week I added 11.5 yds.  Will my stash report change again before the end of the year?

In This Week--11.5yds
In YTD--96yds
Out This Week--0
Out YTD--144 yds.

I'm ahead 48 yds!

I'm happy with my numbers.  I've used more than I bought.  My goal is not to eliminate my stash, but allow me to use some older fabrics and add new ones.  Lots of quilting planned for after the holidays.  Please see everyone's stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

2014 Rainbow Scrappy Saturdays are almost over.  Although I didn't post often, I did make a set of blocks.  If the color was "blue" that block contained at least a little blue.  These blocks are 2.5" scraps from my partial strip box, my scrap box, scraps from friends, or a random 5" square I cut into quarters.


I like this quilt!  There are blocks made from butt ugly fabricsFeel free to enlarge the pics and look at them.  The block pattern is Album blocks or Great Granny blocks.  I have an outer border picked and still auditioning an inner border.  Please see everyone's projects at SoScrappy.

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

My design wall was cleared last week.  It is such a blindingly large white area I swear the reflected light made it hard to sew an accurate 1/4" seam.  So, I pulled out my great granny square blocks--


I am behind on making these, I think at least another row or two.  Then float them with more of the assorted cream backgrounds and possibly small cornerstones.  Please see everyone's Design Wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--
  • Sash 30's blocks
  • Borders on Trail Mix
  • Pick borders for Bricks and SS
  • Hand sew one binding
  • Square up Cheddar Delight, Summers at the Lake, and Twirling Spools
  • Christmas Irish Chain
There, that will give me some variety this week. I know I won't get it all done, but right now I am practising "one step" moments.  Work on any project to move it one step.  Maybe just 15 minutes worth.  Its the "eating an elephant" method.  One bite at a time!

Last week I finally was able to talk myself into cleaning the sewing room.  The old 9 foot table is out and replaced with shelves.  



Less than 10 UFO's were found while doing this, I thought maybe there were more lurking than that.  Some even had the pattern/directions stored with them.  But I found 54 Puss in Corner blocks made from 30's repros and Kona snow, does anyone know what I was making??  And a set of blocks that is in numbered rows, I will have to slap them on the design wall and see what they look like.  

The weather outside is frightful, a winter storm.  Rain/sleet/ice and now high winds and blowing snow.  We are prepared, plenty of propane in case the power goes out.  Parts of northeastern South Dakota are without power but I doubt that will happen here.  Its good weather to stay home and sew.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I've been working on Cheddar Delight--featured in the September 2014 Fons and Porter Love of Quilting.  Its a Lynn Roddy Brown pattern--


Two seams and the corner triangles and it will be a finished top!  

This weekend Ken and I spent the weekend with Laura Beth, Nick, Mason and Asher.  It was Asher's 3rd birthday.  How do they grow so fast??  Also will share a picture of Laura Beth and the boys--


An addition to the family is being grown!

Need my weekly goals although this week I am super busy and they will be small.

Weekly Goals--

Finish Cheddar Delight
Pick borders for Bricks and Stepping Stones

This week is guild Christmas party.  I will be at LB and Nicks and babysit for them one night.  A family Christmas on Sunday.  Not much time for sewing.  Please see everyone's Design Wall posts at Patchwork Times.

 




Monday, December 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is 3 layers deep.  But I have Trail Mix on the hanging rod waiting for borders.


I also had a finish that has already gone to a new home--


 Karla knows whenever she needs a hug to wrap her quilt around her and know I would give her one!  

Summer is over and the camper is home.  I'm sad!!  Harvest is over and its now frigid outside.  I've been folding fabric and sorting closets--all boring.   Still having technical difficulties but I'm hoping to have the blog posting sorted out.  Maybe posting will be more regular.  I've been doing lots of sewing, mostly on UFOs so that's good.  

Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.





 

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