Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year WIP

I took almost two weeks off for Christmas.  I honestly can't remember the last time I was off that long, and it was blissful.  Crazy busy, but blissful!

The biggest task accomplished was the migration of my sewing room.  It's been in a basement bedroom since we built the house.  Marc has always wanted that space for the guest bedroom.  So when we built a new shop this fall, we put in a 12x30 foot loft room in one end.  That's where my long-arm will eventually go, but for now most of my quilting stuff moved there.  My garment sewing/cross-stitch/craft stuff moved to the old (much smaller) guest room, and the guest room moved into the downstairs room.  Which, by the way, looks at least three feet wider than it did when all my sewing supplies were in there.  I'm honestly not sure how it all fit.

I did throw away about five garbage bags full of stuff.  Projects that I don't have any interest in completing, mystery synthetic fabric that will never find a use, that sort of thing.  I also boxed up four or five boxes of stuff to send to IG friends.  It felt good to purge!

I did a much more careful job of sorting and organizing my fabric when I put it away in the new quilting room.  I finally sorted my yardage by color, rather than collection.  Apparently I like blue a lot, and orange not so much!

I did get some sewing in, thankfully.  I finished my black and white quilt swap mini, and am delighted with the results.  I finished a knit top that's been cut out for ages last night, and started in on my next Moda Bakeshop project.  I started and finished a baby quilt for my cousin's baby.  I finished a long-standing WIP that will go to my grandmother's new assisted living facility room. 

I broke out a layer cake and jelly roll to get another leader/ender project going, and it should be a quick one.  I'm going to take part in the APQ UFO challenge, to see if I can get a few of these long-term UFO's knocked off.  I'm only including items that have lingered in my UFO/Planning category for far too long, so hopefully that will provide some impetus to get those moving. 

Recent Completions:

Kaylee's baby blanket
Secret Garden
Black and White swap mini  

WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square
MSQC stars (Leader/Ender)
Secret Project
Pink Swap
Charley Harper Swap

Needs Binding


Landscape


Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway (basted)
KerBloom
Stars (basted)
Every Which Way

Planning 


Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I've finally been making some progress, although I'm not sure my list shows it!  I've completed section A of the Moda Building Blocks, and got five or six quilts basted.  I finished the quilting on two of them - my FMQ is certainly not great but I feel like it's coming along!  I didn't actually finish my last Moda project, I ended up taking pictures of it unquilted.  So it's gone into the tops pile for now. 

I found out my in-laws are coming for Christmas.  We don't see them often, so it was a bit of a surprise, but I'm happy they'll be here and that my kids will get to spend some more time with them.  They shortened their projected stay to only three or four days, so I don't think I'll have to empty my craft room, which is good! 

Recent Completions:



WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square (Leader/Ender project)

Needs Binding


Landscape
Secret Garden

Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway (basted)
KerBloom
Stars (basted)
Every Which Way

Planning 

Black and White swap mini  
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms

Thursday, November 10, 2016

WIP Thursday

Does anyone else feel like they can spend just as much time organizing and planning projects as they actually do DOING projects?  Maybe it's just the effort that's going into planning my new sewing room, but I am itching to do more hands-on sewing.

I did break out the scrappy Vintage Modern blocks, and realized I'd made a lot more of them than I'd thought.  So I may start working on that in spurts again.  The QAYG blocks may find themselves turned into minis for my new sewing space, as well.  

I'm enjoying working on the Moda Building Blocks quilt.  I love the Downtown Abbey fabrics, so it's nice to finally be using them! 

Recent Completions:

Final Frontier
Geometric sewing machine mini (swap project)

WIPS


Secret Project #4
Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square (Leader/Ender project)

Needs Binding


Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Black and White swap mini  
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Time for a much, much overdue WIP Wednesday...

This week I had to entirely empty out my huge fabric cabinets.  We are building a shop on our acreage, and we designed a loft room to go into the top of one end.  It's going to be 12x30, so a good sized space. The idea is that someday I will own a long-arm quilting machine, and that will be its home.  In the meantime, it will still be my primary sewing room.  The current sewing room will covert to the guest room, and the current smaller guest room will be my 'satellite' sewing room.  So I get a ton of room, but that does mean a LOT of thinking and organizing about what will go where. 

The loft room is open right now, and I put the cabinets on pallets so the construction company can lift them up with forklifts and get them put into place.  The things are well over six feet tall, and weigh a TON, so this is by far the best way to move them!  It involved 5 adults just to move them the 15 feet to the pallets (although that did include putting them through a window!)

It also made me think about future projects, since I'm not entirely sure when I'll get to open the four large boxes of fabric again.  So I pulled out a couple that have been on this planning list for a while.  I'm sure that will keep me busy!  

Recent Completions:
Thicket of Stars, aka Secret Project #3
Control Panel (still need pictures)
Mondo Bag

WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square (Leader/Ender project)

Needs Binding



Final Frontier (fall dinner quilt)

Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Secret Project #4
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Thicket of Stars

This was a fun one!  I'd sketched out the design a while ago, and when picking fabric options for the Moda Bakeshop, the center of my 'octagons' seemed to call out for the animals in this line, rather than the pinwheel shapes I'd originally planned.  I love how it turned out!

Key to the success of actually constructing the quilt top was to find away to make the half rectangle triangle with the right dimensions, so that it was 2 inches wide and 4 inches tall.  The provided template will work, as well as several rulers. 


 This one goes together very quickly.  I did simple straight-line quilting, which was both easy to do and emphasizes the outlines of the stretched stars.

 Windy day!  I finished this up and had to get the pictures taken. Unfortunately, the wind wasn't really cooperating, but I did like this location. 


I'd have a hard time saying which little animal is my favorite, but this guy probably wins. :)


Another fun project finished!  This one will be auctioned off to benefit Feed the Kids, a local charity that gives food to school kids every Friday, to make sure they have something to eat over the weekend.  I have enough left-over HRTs to make at a matching pillow case or two, hopefully I'll manage to get them finished before the auction. 


Friday, August 26, 2016

Sending them off!


A finish!  It's been done for a while, but since it was finally sent off to its home with my sister, I managed to get a couple of pictures of it.  It's king-sized, so not actually easy to photograph.  Luckily it was a sunny day, so over mom's porch worked well. 


The design is my own.  It was inspired by a Pinterest quilt, but heavily modified to suit the size and shape she wanted.  I had originally planned to make this as a duvet cover, so the size was dictated by that.  In retrospect I wish I'd widened those two side columns, but overall I do like it!

The quilting is an all-over spiral design; I'm really pleased with how it turned out. 


One more to check off the list!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Progress here and there!  We had a sew-in for my quilt guild this week, and I pulled out a couple of things that have been languishing, and a new project.  I turned Stars into a simple patchwork, and finished that.  The guild is doing charity quilts for foster kids, and this should work nicely for that - simple and colorful, and should be more good FMQ practice.

I also started a bag.  I've had the pattern forever, and had the leftover charm squares of Wordsmith, which I just love, so it seemed like a good retreat project.

Recent Completions:
Kelley's Quilt (still need pictures)
Control Panel (still need pictures)

WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Final Frontier (fall dinner quilt)
Mondo Bag

Needs Binding


Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Secret Project #3
Secret Project #4
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Moda Building Blocks?
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms