Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Slow Going

I'm definitely not ready for Monday morning.  It was a nice three day weekend with lots of stitching time.  So it's hard to head back to the office this morning.  It will busy at work this week, but I'm off all next week.  I just have to make it to Friday.  

The focus in the sewing room has been En Provence.  I'd like to get that project to at least the finished flimsy stage before this year's mystery starts up next week. 

En Provence,  Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

The first round of pieced borders is done and one of the second round of borders has been attached.  Another border strip is almost assembled and I've got a good start on sewing the 4-patches for the top border.  I'll probably add one more final solid border after this second pieced border, most likely in a dark blue to finish this one off.  Hopefully one more weekend of stitching and it will be a finished flimsy.  

I've also been working on November's clue for the Magnolia Mystery from Meadow Mist Designs.  I've got the half blocks completed and made a start on the full flower blocks yesterday. 

Magnolia Mystery by Cheryl Brickey of
Meadow Mist Designs

I like my fabric choices so far.  I'm still not sure the print in the background was the best idea, but we'll see how it all goes together.  So three down and three in progress.  I'm not sure how many of these are supposed to be made, I should probably check the instructions.  

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 45

The cooler, windy, overcast weather was very conductive to spending time in the sewing room yesterday afternoon. Add in the Friday afternoon of my day off, I've already gotten in a solid 8 hours of stitching this weekend.  Though looking at the stash report, you'd never guess that. 

Used last week:  0.71 yards
Used year to date:  51.95 yards

I suppose the slow pace of fabric is out due to all the small blocks needed for the projects in rotation right now.  It takes a lot of 3.5" 4 patches to add up to much in the way of fabric used.  

Finding time to sew has been on track.  I managed 7 out of 7 days last week to actually get in the sewing room for at least 15 minutes.  All those 4 patches for En Provence have been slow going.  Even with chain piecing, that's still a lot of stitching to get the 27 needed for just one border.  

The cooler weather has forced My Guy to abandon his weekend walks with his camera. So he's been playing around in the kitchen instead.  Yesterday he made Apple Cider Donuts (a King Arthur recipe you can find here).

And yes, they are as yummy as they look.  I'm going to have to start increasing my gym time if he keeps this up.  Yummy though they are, this kind of treat plays havoc with my diet!  

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for the weekly stash report.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Slow Finishing Mode?

Yesterday was supposed to have been a vacation day.  I didn't have to go into work, but unfortunately end of the year budget stuff plus a new special project necessitated a few hours on the work computer.  I didn't get as much sewing time as planned, but I managed to get in a good solid afternoon of stitching.  

I was checking out blogs this morning while enjoying my second cup of coffee and read Kathy's Quilts RSC post this morning.  She was commenting on the number of RSC projects she had that hadn't yet made it to the finished stage.  That got me thinking, how many RSC projects did I have finished and unfinished?  I starting playing along with Angela's monthly challenges back in 2012.  In the five years since, I've started seven RSC quilts.  Only two are finished (The 2014 RSC sampler (Flame Test) and my first RSC project, But First Coffee).  So there are five left unfinished.  Angela designated November as either dark or finish it up month.  I've been working on finishing off this year's project with the scrappy Fan blocks.  The last five orange blocks are in over at the sewing machine in various stages of completion.

The orange blocks will get finished this weekend.  The last color is magenta.  The pattern calls for 16 blocks with dark center and lighter sides.  After a bit of trial and error, the pairs came together this morning. 

The darks are the two middle rows, with the lights being the two outside rows.  I'm hoping to get going on these blocks this weekend.  

Since I was cutting orange fabrics for the Fan blocks, I took a bit more time to start cutting the for the Sawtooth Stars that will be the border for 2014's Inverted Star RSC project.  The flying geese are done for the first block. 

This block will finish at 4" x 5".  It's been a while since I've made a block that small.  The border needs 60 something stars.  This quilt won't get done this year, but at least it's back on the "in progress list". 

The current leaders and enders project is last year's RSC project, Vintage Dresses.  

  Vintage Dresses
Charise Randell

The plan is to add coping strips to get the blocks to a consistent 9.5" x 12.5" before starting on the sashing.  I doubt this quilt gets finished either.  But I have high hopes that these three projects will get finished sometime next year.  

You can see more dark scrappy fun and finishes in progress over at Soscrappy.  Also will be linking up with Oh Scrap on Sunday.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Weekend Stitching: Something Else Besides En Provence

We had a nice visit with the Scientist in Training over the weekend.  I spent Sunday afternoon in the sewing room after she headed back to college, it was a good distraction.  These weekend visits seem so short, but I'm glad she's close enough to be able to drive home when she wants/needs to.  

So what got done over the weekend?  I'm still working on the borders for En Provence.  Not much has changed, so I'm not going to post another picture.  Clue two of the Magnolia Mystery quilt is done.  

Clue three came out on Thursday, so I'm just a bit behind.  That clue has been started, but I haven't gotten very far. 

The other project that has seen some progress, is the Vintage Dresses.  

 Vintage Dresses
Charise Randell

These blocks are my current leader and ender project.  I'm adding coping strips so all the blocks will come out at 9.5" X 12.5" unfinished.  Twelve down, thirteen to go.  So I'm almost half way.  

The last bit of progress was on this month's UFO, Inverted Star.  Using EQ, I mapped out the cutting instructions for the border sawtooth stars, sashing, and other borders.  

 I used up almost all of the white on white background fabric for the Inverted Star blocks, so another white will be needed for the sashing, borders and the sawtooth stars.  EQ was quite helpful in determining the yardage required to to finish the quilt.  Thankfully I found a compatible white on white in the stash.  Hopefully I can get going on the border stars sometime this week.  This quilt isn't likely to make it to the finished flimsy stage, but I'm hoping to make some good progress on the border stars this month. 

Linking up with 
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Monday Design Wall  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stash Stuff for Week 44

It's been a slow and relaxing weekend. The Scientist in Training is home this weekend.  The Oklahoma bedlam game (OU versus OSU) was yesterday and the SIT decided to get out of Dodge to avoid the absolute madness that descends on the town during these games.  I didn't expect to get much stitching done this weekend, but the SIT decided to go watch the game on TV with a friend who was also home for the weekend.  So I got in pretty solid afternoon/evening of stitching time yesterday.  She has to head back to school right after lunch, so I'll head back to the sewing room this afternoon to keep from being too sad she had to go.  

It's slow going on En Provence, lots and lots of pinning to match those seams in the pieced borders.  I'm counting all those 4 patches used in the EP borders once I have a strip assembled and ready to attach to the quilt.  Those 4 patches are most of what's showing up in the numbers for this week.  

Used last week:  0.66 yards
Used year to date:  51.24 yards

Finding time to sew hasn't been too hard the last week, in spite of some late evenings at work.  I managed to find at least 15 minutes seven out of the last seven days.  I'm at 90.6% success rate in terms of finding time to stitch.  Considering my best leading up to this year was 73.7%, this has been a really good year.  I was hoping for more fabric usage. But I'm really happy with the number of finishes this year.  You just can't have everything.  

We had a couple of gorgeous days this week.  One afternoon was so nice, I stopped at one of the local parks to get in a much needed walk. Of course the camera had to come along.  I love the saturated colors.   

Linking up with Quiltpaintcreate for this week's stash report