Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: More Purple Stuff

It's been a long week.  I was home sick one day, Drama Teen another.  My Guy seems to be the only one immune from whatever respiratory virus that's been going around.  Thankfully it wasn't the flu.  My shoulder is slowly improving, but I'm still limiting computer and sewing room time.  I'm way behind on blog reading and email responses.  

I've had to limit my sewing room time to just 15 minutes a night this week. But it's amazing what you can get done in that time frame.  The second large fan block and the first small fan block are finished. 

The big block is 7.5" square, the little one is 3.5" square.  The mini fans are a bit of a challenge, the pieces are so much smaller.  It's a good thing I've got the graduation quilts to keep me busy,  I'm really wanting to see this quilt come together so it's tempting to "work ahead" on the blocks. 

Today is shopping day.  I've lost 35 lbs since last June and it's finally to the point that the slacks I kept in the back of the closet in hopes of fitting in them again are so big that it's hard to keep them up even with a belt and a few strategically placed safety pins.  It's not been an easy process, but it's definitely been a worth while one. It's been a long while since I've actually looked forward to doing some clothes shopping. 

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at Soscrappy today and with Quilting is More Fun that Housework for Oh Scrap on Sunday.   

Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Bordering Bejeweled

We are very thankful that the weekend ice storm wasn't near as bad as they predicted it would be.  The roads never got real bad, they were slick in places, but not glazed over.  There were a few power outages, but none affected us.  Still it was cold and miserable outside, so it was a pretty good weekend to stay home and sew.  

My January One Monthly Goal is to get Bejeweled sent out for quilting.  I'm halfway there.  The last of the borders went on just before dinner last night. 

 BejeweledFrom the book "All About Strips" by Susan Guzman

It's definitely outgrown the design wall, I'll try to get better pictures of the finished top next weekend.  Hopefully there will be some sunshine around then.  Drama Teen loves it. She's pretty sure her friend is going to love it too.  Now to figure out how to use the left overs to piece a back.  That's the agenda for this week.  

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stash Report - Week 2 of 2017

We got very lucky this weekend.  The projection was for a major ice storm, we didn't get it all that badly.  This was the worst of it. 

This was Saturday morning and it was already starting to melt off.  It's supposed to rain all day today, but the temperatures are supposed to be in the 40's.  

On the sewing front, it wasn't a bad week.  I managed at least 15 minutes every day, so I've kept my A in finding time to sew.  On the stash front, I had a close call with Connecting Threads.  They put out a new catalog and oh it was tempting.  But the catalog is safely stashed away, out of sight out of mind.  So there's a bit out this week with nothing coming in.  

Used year to date:  1.62 yards
Added year to date:  0 yards
Stash reduction 1.62 yards 

The final borders are going on Bejeweled, so that will show up in next week's report.  I'm hopeful of getting the back pieced too, that should make for a nice dent in the stash next week.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Enough Dithering

I've seen the posts referring to a quarterly finish along for at least a couple of years.  With my ever changing schedule, I'm just happy if I make progress on a project, I don't worry as much about finishes.  However, this year, there are 4 quilts that need to be finished by May.  They were commissioned by Drama Teen and it's very important to her that I finish them on time.  So I'm pulling all the stops out this year to find ways to stay on track and finish the remaining 3 quilts.  I've been dithering about committing to a finishing challenge.  Which is really a bit silly considering, I've committed to Drama Teen that all 4 will be done by graduation.  So why not use very bit of leverage and hopefully engage a whole group of cheerleaders by joining in the 2017 Finish Along.  

I'm not going to get all 3 finished during the first quarter of the challenge, but I'm pretty sure if I stick with it I can finish two.  The farthest along by far is Bejeweled.  

 BejeweledFrom the book "All About Strips" by Susan Guzman

The final border needs to be sewn on and this project will be a finished flimsy.  It will still need the backing made and to be prepped for quilting so it can be sent out for quilting.  This one will definitely be a finish by the end of March.  

I've got a start on the third graduation quilt, Geometry. 

Geometry, self designed

But I need the design wall free so I can make sure my focus fabric ends up facing the the right direction on all the finished blocks.  This quilt will be all large HSTs, so assembly should go pretty fast once I get the blocks made.  This one should also be doable by the end of March.  

I've not even started on the 4th graduation quilt yet.  The design is done, but the fabric hasn't been pulled.  I'll save that project for the second quarter of the challenge.  There is one quilt that just needs to be bound, Poinsettias.  

By Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue
of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

The quilt still needs to be trimmed and the binding made.  But I think this one can be worked in sometime between now and the end of March.  That would give me three finishes for the 1st quarter.  Which is much better than I typically do this early in the year.  

I'm linking up for the 2017 Quilt Along  via Abigail's Cut & Alter blog.  Wish me luck, I'm going to need it!  

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - A Finished Fan

It's cold and raining, which means we've got ice all over everything.  The ground was warm before it all started, so the roads never got really bad yesterday.   Drama Teen was grateful there was no school.  We still had to work, but they did let us leave a bit early so we could all get home before the sun went down and it got really cold.  It was really fun getting all the ice off the car so we could drive home.

I'm a bit behind on emails, blog reading and stitching.  So my apologies for just getting to last week's blog posts and email responses last night.   My shoulder problems reappeared this week.  Probably too much computer stuff between work and home.  The only fix is to take the anti-inflammatory medicine and let the shoulder rest.  So, I've limited my home computer time and my sewing room time.  Still, I did manage to finish the first fan block for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge project. 

I love how the black really makes those colors pop.  This is a 7.5" block, one of the 3.5" blocks is in progress.  I've got a start on cutting the scraps for the next large block, but there's not much to show at this point.  

Linking up with Soscrappy for this week's scrappy block showcase.