Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekend Stitching: Minimal Mystery Stitching

I love the holidays, but the associated extras do cut into my sewing time.  This weekend there was shopping, figuring out this year's Christmas card and getting a start on the photos for the family calendar.  I did manage a bit of time here and there to stitch a few triangle in a square blocks for En Provence.  

There a few more blocks over at the sewing machine with one half of the square added.  I did finish another 10 of the 4-patches

So I'm up to 20 of those after the weekend.  I would like to say there will be more time for stitching this week, but probably not.  Holiday prep is in full swing here.  I braved the attic (found a dead bird, which wasn't at all fun) to get the tree and lights.  So that much got done.

Drama Teen usually has a friend over to help her put the ornaments on the tree.  That will probably happen one night this next week. I'll add a few of my favorites, but I just didn't get that far yesterday.  Thankfully the ornaments are in my closet not the attic.  

Linking up with:

Bonnie Hunter for Mystery Monday
Main Crush Monday with Cooking up Quilts
Monday Making with Love Laugh Quilt
Monday Design Wall with Patchwork Times

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stash Report: Week 49 of 2016

Yesterday went so fast. Weekends always do, but with the extra holiday stuff it seems time moves even faster.  I'll have a couple of days off later this week, hopefully that will help me feel a little more caught up.  

Finding a few minutes here and there to sew hasn't been too much of a problem.  Though Drama Teen and I did wander down to the big city for some shopping one night last week and we got home a bit late for any stitching.  So I managed to find some time 6 out of the last 7 days to spend in my sewing room.  I have a finish to show off later this week if the weather cooperates and allows me to get some decent photos.  

There was a little headway on getting back to black on my stash usage. 

Used last week:  0.37 yards
Used year to date:  58.35 yards
Added year to date:  69.02 yards
Net added year to date:  10.67 yards

It's very rare that I'll use more than 10 yards in a month.  I'll get closer to break even this year, but probably won't end in the net used column come January 1st.  But you never know, maybe I'll get lots done the last week of the year.    

The tree's not up yet, but some of the other decorations have slowly made their way out of storage.  Drama Teen always gets her Dad a nutcracker for Christmas.  

Now he has enough for a band of sorts.  Need to find him a drummer this year.  

Linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's stash report.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rainbow Scrap Challenge: One Down, Two to Go

It certainly felt like a long week, I'm so glad to see the weekend roll around.  Though, it's not going to slow down much for the weekend.  Drama Teen needs a formal for the Snow Ball dance to be held in a couple of weeks, the Christmas tree needs to find it's way out of the attic and I need to make room in my sewing space for all the wrapping paper, bows, and name tags.  So it will be a busy weekend, but there will be some stitching time, my sanity definitely needs it.  

Before finishing off the binding for the Zombie quilt, I did take some time to finish the first of two black dress blocks.  

 Vintage Dresses by Charise Randell

It's definitely a bright dress, more fun then elegant I think.  The pieces for the second black dress are being cut out. Hopefully I'll have some time to work on it this week in between the graduation quilts and Bonnie Hunter's mystery.  

Just two more dresses left.  Once I finish off the Blooms and Butterflies quilt, my plan is to add the frames each block needs as my next leader and ender project.  The blocks are all slightly different sizes, so the frames are needed to get the blocks to a consistent size for sashing.  I'm looking forward to getting all of these up on the design wall and playing with the layout.  That's not happening till next year, but at least I have a plan. 

Linking up with:
Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Quilting is More Fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  

Friday, December 2, 2016

December One Monthly Goal: A Start or a Finish?

Thankfully it's Friday.  I'm ready for the weekend, even though the mountain of laundry is going to need some serious scaling. We'll put the tree up this weekend and I need to find all the wrapping stuff so we can start moving all the boxes out of the master bedroom to under the tree.  Hopefully there will be time to fit some sewing in as well.  I'm behind on both the Meadow Mist and Bonnie Hunter Mysteries.  

Realizing how much I've got going on outside the sewing room is making it a bit hard to decide on a One Monthly Goal for December. 

Elm Street Quilts

Poinsettias should be back from the quilter next week, so one option is to get it bound before the end of the year. The other option is to get started on the third graduation quilt.  This quilt is one where we found the fabric first and then came up with the pattern. 

This quilt is going to one of DT's friends who is planning on being a math teacher.  So in keeping with the math theme we decided on this pattern.  

My working name for this quilt is Geometry, but that may change before it's finished.  I'm not sold on the border treatment, there are some other ideas I want to play with.  But I can certainly get started on the center piecing.  HSTs are easy to do as leaders and enders, so I can start this one out that way.  But while the featured fabric is ready to go, we haven't picked out the different brights to use with it.

May will be here really quickly.  As much as I'd like to finish Poinsettias, it would probably be wise to get Geometry kicked off.  So the goal for December is to decide on the tone on tone solids (hopefully all from the stash) and get started on the HST blocks.  That should be doable this month.    

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Last Let's Book It Challenge Post

Sharon over at Vrooman's Quilts has been running the Let's Book it Challenge for at least the last 2 years.  

The last link up was posted on Monday as Sharon is discontinuing the official challenge.  Though my collection of quilting books is legion, I only had three projects that made appearances on Sharon's linky parties.  

The most recent is Bejeweled, which is still in pieces on the design wall.

From the book "All About Strips" by Susan Guzman

From the book "All About Strips" by Susan Guzman.

Flame Test had a solo post on Let's Book It.  

Flame Test
Blocks from the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler
tutorials by Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

The idea for the border came from Sunny Steinkuhler's book, "Blocks, Borders, Quilts!"

My longest running project for Let's Book It was from the 2013 December issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.  

I found out last night that Trudy is done with the quilting and Poinsettias will soon be on it's way back for it's finishing binding.

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

Thanks Sharon for all the fun and the motivation to use at least a few of my books and printed patterns.  Linking up with Vrooman's Quilts for the last Let's Book It linky party.