Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Stitching: Potting Poinsettias

Do you ever have those conversations with your family that start out perfectly logical and then degenerate into the unlikely and silly?   That's where this week's blog title came from.  I made some comment about getting close to being finished with Poinsettias to My Guy and it went from there.  Somehow finishing this quilt ended up being equated with the potting of plants.  I was there and I'm still not sure how we ended up in the potting shed. 

At any rate, Poinsettias has two of the borders added, with a good start on the addition of the third.

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

Poinsettias has become one of my favorite quilts.  I've loved the pattern ever since I saw it in the magazine.  It's far from perfect, there are a few mismatched seams in there. Thankfully, it's a pattern where the eye tends to auto-correct and they aren't as noticeable. This quilt really stretched my piecing skills, but was still fun and not too frustrating.    

Adding borders always takes longer than I expect.  Even so, hopefully Poinsettias will be a finished flimsy by the end of the month.  I've got the fabric picked out for the backing.  It will just have to be cut and sewn together, but that probably won't happen this month.  The Zombies quilt needs to come first.  That one has a deadline, so I want to get it done first.  

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stash Report: Week 34 of 2016

It's been a busy few weeks and my sanity needed a marathon sewing fix.  Thankfully, that need was met yesterday.  I got a whole day to do nothing but stitch.  I'm feeling much better, well at least I was until the first load of laundry this morning.  There are plans to stitch this afternoon, so I should get my good mood back before the day is done.

Both Poinsettias and the Zombie quilt are at the add borders stage.  Next to backings, that's one of the fastest ways to use yardage. The two narrow borders have been added to Poinsettias, that's most of what went out this week.  

Used last week:  0.51 yards
Used year to date:  37.30 yards
Added year to date:  32.75 yards
Net used in 2016:  4.55 yards

The widest borders will probably get added this week to both Poinsettias and Zombies, so that should make for a good week next week.  Then come the backings for both.  That will really help with the stash numbers.  You can see more stash reports over at Patchwork Times.  

I've also been keeping up with how many days at least 15 minutes of sewing happens. The more of those 15 minute session, the more likely it will end up being a hour session, so the more that gets done each week.  

Days with 15 minutes of stitching time this week:  5 out of 7 days
Days in August:  16 out of 20 days
Days in 2016:  183 out of 233

I've been told it's easier to focus on a goal if you have a good measure of your progress.  This one works for me.  

We've had gorgeous weather in Oklahoma the last week, much color temps than typical.  I took advantage of the lovely weather and wandered out with my camera.  I'll close today with some end of summer images.

The Zinnias are at their peak


The bees are gathering the last of  their summer harvest



The Monarch Butterflies means that autumn is not far off

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: Still Pink in the Middle

Life should start settling back into our typical routine.  School started on Thursday.  Drama Teen is a senior in high school. How does that happen?  It seems like just yesterday we were sending her off to her first day of kindergarten.    The big project at work is winding down finally.  It will be another month or so before it finally wraps up, but the time devoted to it will start to taper off.  We should be back to our typical routine this next week, which I'm hoping means more sewing time.  

I got behind on my Rainbow Scrap Project back in March when I had a lot of business travel. This last month, another work project and the family vacation meant there wasn't much time to stitch.  So I'm still about a month behind on this year's Vintage Dress project. The first of the two blocks for July's color of pink was finally finished up earlier this week.  



 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

I like how the dress seems lighter at the top and gets darker as you move down it.  That was completely unintentional on my part, but it definitely works.   All but the white pieces have been cut for the second pink dress.  



I'm hoping to make some progress on this one today.  Since life has been so hectic, the plan is to spend the day in my sewing room.  Well, other than a trip to Staples to get the last of DT's school supplies.  When they get to high school it seems the teachers all want a special binder, notebook or graph paper, etc. for their class.  

You can see more rainbow projects over at Soscrappy.  Also linking up Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back Porch Blooms Sew Along: July Progress

The plan for the year was to start only three quilts other than my must finish graduation quilts.  But when Lea Brummett who blogs at Podunk Pretties posted her idea for a sew along using her Back Porch Bloom block, it was just impossible to not want to make a quilt using her block.  



Actually, I resisted pretty well, until she started adding butterfly blocks to her projects.  At that point resistance was futile.  Besides, there's plenty of left over 1930 reproduction fabrics in my stash that would be better enjoyed if they were in a quilt.  So with stash reduction as my excuse justification, off I went.  A little playing in EQ yielded a workable design. 


 Blooms and Butterflies, Back Porch Bloom block by Lea Brummett, setting by Kate

Unfortunately, July was not a good month for sewing room progress.  Work and vacation meant there wasn't much time to stitch.  But there's been some progress since the July linky party. 




There's a new bloom and a few butterflies have been added since the last linky.  Things should be calmer this month, so I'm hoping to at least get the center flowers all finished before September gets here.  

Linking up with Lea's August Back Porch Blooms August update.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Weekend Stitching: A Drained Brain Finish

It's the middle of August.  Already?  The last half of the year always seems to go faster than the first half of the year.  Wasn't it just June?  Life certainly seems to move at the speed of light sometimes. The last two weeks have been busy, work has been insane.  It's been hard to find time to sew.  I don't have to sew when my schedule gets amped, but finding some quiet time in the sewing room usually helps with the stress levels.  But I've also learned that sewing when my brain is really ready for idle mode isn't usually a good idea.  That tends to result in a later session with a seam ripper.  Thankfully I was able to set the brain to idle  and watch the Olympics while hand stitching the binding to the Midnight Mystery Quilt (Midnight Tulips). 

Midnight Mystery Quilt (Midnight Tulips)  From Meadow Mist Designs

This project was started last July as part of the Midnight Mystery Quilt Along sponsored by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs.  I wanted to get this quilt finished because Cheryl has a new quilt along this year.  There's just less guilt about starting the next mystery if you finished the last one.  Especially when your UFO count is 17.  I'm really happy with the finished project.  It has a bit more modern vibe than what I typically make, but it's good to branch out sometimes.   This quilt is going to be a Christmas gift for Drama Teen's confirmation sponsor.  She's a long time friend of the family and remains one of DT's favorite teachers.  

This quilt has been a bear to photograph. For some reason the red ends up as a ghastly shade of orange if I don't color correct in Photoshop Elements.  It was also really hard to get a decent photo of Trudy's wonderful quilting. 


I really like the red petals she quilted in the center of each star, they are still hard to see in this photo. The quilting in the black background is a simple meander.  Showing the back won't help, it' a pretty busy print.  My justification for starting this mystery was that I'd use up some of my older stash.  So the back was something I had on hand. 



I'd show you the whole back, but those little white flowers are a bit overwhelming in large quantities.  

Midnight Tulips is just my second finish for 2016.  The plan for the year is to finish 8 projects.  It's August, so finishing that many isn't likely.  But Allietare just needs binding, Poinsettias is almost a finished flimsy and Zombies in Paris is close behind.  So it's likely I'll get halfway to my goal this year.  

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