Thursday, March 8, 2018

Week in Review /Weekly Goals

Its been busy this week.  First last weeks goals--

Quilt a Boy Top--Yes
More YoYos--Yes
Sew More Binding--Yes
Sew More 9 Patches Together--No
Sew Green Glass blocks together--A Few

Saturday we visited the grandsons and parents.  I had finished a quilt for Grandson #2--

Its a pattern by Darlene Zimmerman called "Grandma's Strippy Quilt".  75x85"  Its made using 30s reproduction fabrics.  Each Grandson gets a "big boy quilt" when he moves to a "big boy bed".  

Asher loves the flannel backing.  The monsters are so cute and cheerful!  I made a pillowcase from the leftover backing and a blue hand dye, there is none of the blue background fabric left from the quilt.  This quilt used 15.50 yards plus another yard for the pillowcase.  A stash reduction of 16.50 yards. 

Neither Laura Beth or Nick does much sewing.  Nick tore the leg on his old jeans but he fixed them--

Its at the bottom of the leg so no wires digging into sensitive parts!  While we were gone there was a nasty blizzard, not bad in Harrisburg where the kids live, but the entire SD Interstate system was closed.  Any roads we had to take home were closed and no travel advised.   The kids didn't have school so we were able to have an extra day with them.  Much more snow at our house.  We came home to this--
Ken used the snowblower to get his pickup out and clear a path to the house.  Then he used the tractor/loader to move the rest of the snow.  Its wet and doesn't blow very well.  
Lorri2Rs sent me a "treat" in the mail--
Seasoning she used on a roast that was very tasty, some sew on patches about quilting/quilters, a magazine so I'm not bored, (I'm always reading her magazines), and COFFEE NUT M&Ms!  Although the package says "sharing size" I didn't share it with ANYONE!  Thank you 2Rs!

Weekly Goals--
Quilt three tops
Sew more Green Glass blocks together
Work on Binding
Work on YoYo project
That's what I'll be working on this week.  Just plodding along.
~Lori in South Dakota at the Workhouse on the Prairie~  

Monday, February 26, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

These blocks are still on the design wall--

Every day I try to sew a few more blocks together.  But I've been busy doing this--

Quilting!  I'm in a quilting marathon.  This quilt is Double Square Star pattern by Missouri Star (top #4 in the marathon).  There are lots of tops to be quilted before I start volunteering this summer.  If I quilt three per week I will catch up.  Impossible?  Maybe.  But I'll give it my best.  Unfortunately that means piecing time will be scarce.  But piecing keeps me sane so I'll fit some in between quilting.  

Did I tell you I've started a new online club?  You're invited to join!  Its the VAA club!  Velcro Asses Anonymous--its when my butt is stuck to the recliner and I can't get up!  Usually I drink coffee and do handwork.  Here is my current project--

I pin YoYos to my recliner and work on them during VAA meetings.  VAA meetings are any time.  Some days I have lots of VAA meetings.  

 Weekly Goals--

Quilt a Boy Top
More YoYos
Sew More Binding
Sew More 9 Patches Together 
Sew Green Glass blocks together
Same goals as last week.   I'm linking with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts and LoveLaughQuilt.  

~Lori in South Dakota~

Monday, February 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

The weekend was spent with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies.  Here is what I worked on-

9 Patch parts.  Lots of 9 patch parts!  First were 9 patches for Chocolates on my Pillow, that project was worked on until I needed more background.  Next I sewed strips for the Honeycomb quilt.  Stitch, press, repeat.  Over and over.  I used the Stripology ruler and cut them all apart.  

The Iowa ladies are lots of fun.  LaVon the Overseer keeps us all in line--

Here she is supervising Donna's layout.  I was very good this weekend, LaVon only shook her finger at me once! 

Lorri2Rs scored a new machine at the 2nd hand store--

A Singer 404 that is like new!  2Rs used it all weekend.  She's fast and makes a great stitch.  Cost-$20!   

Have I told you how fast 2Rs sews?  She asked me to wind some bobbins for her (her bobbin tire needs replacing).  I had been whining about the dirty cover on my pressing table--

While I wound the bobbins she made me this--

A new removable cover!  And she also made me this--

A Maxine mug rug!   Coffee is essential to the start of my day.  Maybe not 12 cups, but!!! 

Two partial spools of thread were emptied.  I challenged Liz of Houston to use a new cone of thread--

Here's the challenge--Liz will try to use the entire cone by February 2019.  If she does I will send her FQs.  The Guttermann (Spooly Jr Jr) shown above has 547 yards--it takes almost 22 spools like that to equal "Spooly" as Liz has named him.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt a Boy Top
More YoYos
Sew More Binding
Sew More 9 Pathes Together 
Sew Green Glass blocks together
There will be lots of sewing/quilting this week.  Its cold and windy outside, good sewing weather!  I'm linking with Quilting is More Fun than Housework, LiveLaughQuilt, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.
~Lori in South Dakota~

Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Made the first Double Irish Chain block using 30s repros and brown--

The dark solid brown is the background.  All the strip sets are made.  My sewing area is "somewhat messy" so labeling/organization is the key--

The strip sets are pinned together with post it notes attached.  Once blocks are sewn together and ready to quilt they earn a spot on the Organization Wall.  

Notes on the left are tops not quilted, notes on the right are quilted but not finished.  They have the size of the top on it and if a backing is ready.  See the bag hanging on the wall from the shelf hook?  If a binding is made for a top it goes in the bag and write it on the post it note. Its an empty bag, I sewed five bindings on this week building a binding mountain.  Handwork for the Olympics.  Once a top is finished and I've reported it on my blog and Stashbusters--I toss the note!  The Orange 30s Strippy is loaded and ready to quilt.   I'm linking with Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, Love Laugh Quilt, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt the Orange Top
More YoYos
Sew More Binding
Sew Strip Sets Together 

Its going to be a short week, I'm hoping to sew with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies next weekend.  Not sure what I'll take along but I'm sure I have projects!

~Lori in South Dakota~

Monday, February 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday-Stash Report-Weekly Goals

Its been busy.  Friday I drove to 2Rs house and we went to the Iowa Retreat on Saturday.  

We sewed in one large room.  Its was lots of fun!  2Rs was a social butterfly--that's what she enjoys.  She says she can always sew at home, but she comes to visit with all the other quilters!  

She brought handwork and a light.  But most of the time her chair was empty.  Where was she?  Here--

The rummage sale!  She loves a bargain!  After the retreat (its only for one day) we stopped to eat on the way home--

Great food.  And a chance to sit and rest.  We slept in and the next morning we started sewing--

More microwave bowl and plate holders.  We shopped 2Rs stash.  A large bag of fabric came home with me, more angel fabric, some 1930s repros, and a big piece of blue/brown geometric print will become borders on a boy quilt.  I drove home in time to see the last half of the Superbowl.  Congratulations Eagles!  

Added this week--29.50 yds
Add YTD 54.50 yds
Out this week--58.25yds

I'm ahead 3.75 yds!

I bought a bolt of neutral--25 yards.  4.5yds of Brown 1930's repros.  I used 57.75 yds in quilts and .50 yards in the Snowman wall hanging. 

These will become the center chain in a Double Irish Chain using the last of the 1930s repros. The background will be brown, that should make the light 30's pop.  

Weekly Goals--

quilt another top
press the strips sewn at retreat
start the Double Irish chain
sew a binding on a quilted top

These will keep me busy.  I'm linking up with MCM, Love Laugh Quilt, Small Quilts & Doll Quilts, and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.   

~LORI in South Dakota~

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--Blues

I've been working on the blue 30's strippy and its now quilted--

It's a pattern called Granny's Strippy by Darlene Zimmerman.  I used my 30's repro stash and 30's plain blue. 

I quilted Asher's name in the border.  Let's see if I can get the binding done by March 1st.  

The Workhouse on the Prairie opened!  Inmate Lorri2Rs was here Saturday to Thursday.  We had lots of fun, here's our selfie--

We have sequined slippers.  The cheerleading pompons were used A LOT!!  I don't wear my slippers all the time but 2Rs did--she said that's why she got so much done--

2Rs made me microwave bowl & plate holders and a Bionic bag.  Aren't I lucky?  She also made snowmen wall hangings.  She made two and gave one to me.  I had to do the embroidery, buttons, and binding.  Inmate 2Rs insisted I do SOMETHING other than be the Warden. 

Check out the fancy stitch she used to attach the binding--

Snowflakes!  And there's blue snowflake fabric in the border too!  We had quilting supplies--

 Plenty of chocolate.  One day we made body butter--

Its easy to make, 2Rs used geranium scented oil in hers, mine is jasmine.  If you have dry winter skin this is the best!  Shea butter, sweet almond oil and coconut oil.  A tiny tiny bit of beeswax.  The scented oil.  That's all that's in it.  

Remember when I made album blocks for two years each month for RSC?  Here is a finished quilt--

It will be donated to the McCrossan Boy's Ranch (a group home) at my next guild meeting. 

Last week I reported these finishes that also contained Album blocks or were blue--

Blue backing was dyed for all of these.  January had a LOT of blue finishes!  These also were donated to McCrossan Boy's Ranch.  There are only a few album blocks not set into a top yet.  At least one album top waiting to be quilted.  The album blocks were addicting, I could make them for another year or two!  Please see what everyone has done with blue at SoScrappy.

~Lori in South Dakota~

Friday, January 19, 2018

Motivation Friday and some Flings

This week I have some finishes.  First is the Teal project--

Lost the light to the west, Ken is standing on the deck holding it draped over the handrails of the steps facing south.  I estimated 13 yds-78x94".  This will be donated to the boys group home. I made Album blocks for RSC and they are so versatile--I love them!  This is quilt #7?? from Album blocks.

I made another Album block quilt--

This one used a hodgepodge of fabrics.  Dark brown for the background--used it all.  There was the lighter brown and the blue--but not enough for borders all the way around.  The light inner border is browns/blue/white--perfect!  It was strips in a box of scraps from Dee.  Thank you Dee--they were perfect!  Its 81X97" for 14 yds.  I dyed a blue backing for it. 

I had a lot of album blocks and wanted to do "something different" with them.  Kat drew up the pattern for a "streak of lightning" setting and did the math for me.  Thank you so much Kat!!! Kat has a blog Scrapbox Quilts.

Next up is a Scrappy Trips--

It languished in a laundry basket for a couple years, I didn't like it.  I redid it (rip rip rip) using dark blues in the same position in all the blocks and then let them form a diagonal chain.  Better.  A blue border draws the blue out.  Its a free pattern at  Thank you Bonnie--I use this pattern A LOT!!   I also quilted this using Bright variegated thread--

Hard to see on the light blue backing.  88X100" for 15 yds.

This was a favorite of mine to make--

Scrappy 4 patches and squares.  The "chain" squares were made using brighter TOT fabrics and black.  Just assorted scrap 5" charm squares.  81X95" for 15 yds.

Judy in MN made this top--

Forgive me Judy--I didn't notice I had the state wrong until after the quilt was donated and I had deleted the original picture.  But is was made by Judy B in MINNESOTA!  Judy generously sends me tops to quilt and backings--boxes of backings!  Last week I received EIGHT in the mail.  This so helps the boy quilt project as I have tops waiting for backings.  Thank you so much Judy B!!  All I did was quilt this top and make the binding for 3/4yd.  There are different nautical motifs--boats, lighthouses etc.  I think the quilt should be called "Sunny Days on the Water" 75X92".  The last four quilts have already been donated to the boys group home. I hugged them all before they left, so they have built in hugs!

These finishes will have an impact on my stash report--57.75 yds of stash was used! 

Lorri2Rs is coming this week to sew, I have her bed made--

If you'd like to join us there are more beds and LOTS of quilts to snuggle under. 

How are my goals coming??

Last two borders on the Orange project--done
Pick a top to quilt--done
Start sewing on an Irish Chain project-not yet
Cut Shuffle Pieces-not yet
Finish binding the teal quilt--done
Prep a backing--done
Pretty good!  An old project got me a little off track--
My YoYo project!  I needed a "recliner" hand sewing project (usually bindings) but pulled this out.  So far 35 "blocks" are done--that's 2,240 yoyos.  I am setting these on the diagonal and will have to make more yoyos.  First I will finish sewing together what I have.  Its 49 random yoyos framed by 28 all the same fabric.  Who knows, maybe this year it will be finished.  

~Lori in South Dakota~

Week in Review /Weekly Goals

Its been busy this week.  First last weeks goals-- Quilt a Boy Top--Yes More YoYos--Yes Sew More Binding--Yes Sew More 9 Patches ...