Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, February 8, 2016
The Star Struck blocks are now a flimsy--

A narrow border in blue will finish it.  I'll search the stash for some this week.  Please see everyone's design walls at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--

Quilt a top
Reassess Alletaire
Border on Star Struck and Binding
Mindless Piecing Project
Top from guild kit
Look in closet for blocks in rows
Pick projects to take to Sew In on Saturday  

Lorri2Rs and I are going to a Sew In on Saturday.  We went last year, it was a lot of fun.  I'll take easy projects, there are lots of people and small workshops so nothing too challenging.  For me its the socializing.

Ken is recovering from his shoulder surgery.  A tear, a spur and something else, I forgot what the surgeon said.

The wind is howling here.  High winds with icy roads and blowing snow in parts of the state have cars being blown off the road.  A good reason to stay in and sew.  
We watched the Super Bowl but didn't see any spectacular commercials.  I watched for the half time entertainment--I'm a fan of Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars.  Lady Gaga is a favorite too.  

February has me longing for spring.  Time to check seed catalogs, there are a few specialty seeds I want to order. 


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--BROWN!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hooray!!!  Brown!!  Its one of my favorite colors.  I'll have no problems making brown blocks.  Here is the first one I made for browns--

This is a Missouri Star 4 Patch Star.  Its easy and I am using repurposed 4 patches in the center.  Please see what everyone is doing with brown at SoScrappy.  Did I remember to tell you how much I LOVE brown??

A variety of scraps/colors are needed for the planned boy quilt using the b/w 4patches I found.  A wonderful friend sent me TWO boxes of scraps and fabrics.  

Here are some of them I pulled out to use.  Its so much fun to have a variety of fabrics to use.  So many quilts--so little time!  Thank you my friend!

This week a blizzard hit parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.  Not usually a problem except Ken was scheduled for shoulder surgery on Wednesday.  The storm was coming Monday night through Tuesday for sure.  We threw our suitcases together and headed to Laura Beth and Nick's--they live in a suburb of Sioux Falls where the surgery was to take place.  I'm glad to we did--it was a nasty storm!  

Looking out Laura Beth and Nick's garage door
Lorri2Rs got 15", Mary in Vermillion got 17".  High winds and no visibility.  All roads were closed.  Luckily the storm was over by Tuesday night and plows began to clear the roads at 4am.  Ken didn't need to check into the hospital until Noon so it worked out.  The surgery went well and he was able to leave Wednesday evening.  We stayed with the kids Wednesday night so we didn't have to travel the snow and ice packed roads in the dark.  We're home now, we had very little snow from the storm here.  Whew! 

So there hasn't been a lot of sewing.  I've been christened "Nurse Ratched".  Ken delights in being waited on.  I know he's feeling better, he asked for a Coke and Oreos!  Although we're not football fans he's asked for me to make "football dip" for the game.  I'm waiting for the commercials and the halftime performance of Coldplay.  Did you know the big screens used in the stadium are made by the South Dakota company Daktronics?  

Which team are you rooting for?  Are you attending a Superbowl Party?  Watching at home?  Or maybe not watching and sewing??  (that's me).


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, February 1, 2016
These blocks are on the ironing board-

The start of Simply Woven by Moda Bakeshop.  Its a free pattern, check it out!  I'm using two jelly rolls and whatever else appeals to me.  Please see everyone's Design Wall Posts at Patchwork Times.

The quilting is done on Raggy Flowers--

Its been trimmed, the binding stitched on and now on the Happy Binding Pile.  It is #9 in the Gauntlet Toss.  

Weekly Goals--

Finish last seven seams on Star Struck
Quilt another top
Find backings for two tops
Search closet for blocks in rows
Pull 112 Bricks for swap with a friend
Simply Woven-next strip
Binding beside recliner

Looks like lots of projects?  I don't intend to do them all, but do need to list them to focus my attention.  Last night after I was in bed I had a 
and had to go search for an old project in my sewing room.  Immediately.  Yes, an OCD moment.  I have another "guild quilt kit" and I remembered some black/white 4 patches from a long forgotten UFO.  Drat, they are not the same size as the kit's squares.  Do I cut the squares smaller?  I'm thinking I will.  From 6.5" to 5.5 inches.  They are a good color--wine reds to purple reds.  I can add another color from my stash.  There are at least 50 B/W 4 patches already made. This year I'm working on "boy" quilts to donate.  My search was prompted by seeing this photo I had saved--

I can't remember where it came from--but loved how the 4 patches are not all B/W but you only see the dark/light diagonals.  I think this will be a good pattern to use some of my unloved 5" charms. I have more new starts floating in my head, but I need to get cracking on a few older projects first.  Still need to quilt 3 tops for my personal Gauntlet Toss.

There's a blizzard watch, I'm hoping we are on the edge and most of it goes southeast.  Lorri2Rs better stay home, she's right in the heavy snow zone.  

I'm ready for April, tired of winter.  Sigh  


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--more blue

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Four more blue Jacob's Ladder blocks--

The four patches are re purposed leftovers from a previous project.  These blocks are going to be addictive!  Please see everyone's blue projects at SoScrappy.

Time to check on my goals--

Quilt Easy Street (Lorri2Rs)--DONE
Star Struck to Flimsey stage--NO
Simply Woven--1st step--YES
Alletaire--reassess what I need to do--NO
Mindless piecing (there is one of those on the fringe of the design wall)--YES
Keep working on binding beside recliner--YES
Another top is loaded on the Princess.  Its an OLD project, I think close to 10 years old.  Its aged long enough.  
The week has been quiet.  One day for errands/groceries.  I'm whittling away at my goal list.  The weather has warmed up enough to melt some of the snow.  We may get another winter storm on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday.  I hope it goes to the south of us.  

Have you kept busy sewing?  Have you finished any projects?  



Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 25, 2016
The design wall is full--

There are 90 Star Struck blocks made.  Its taking a little longer because I am "twirling" some intersections--

Every blue/blue, neutral/neutral, and red/white intersection has to be opened and twirled.  Not hard, just takes extra time, but it helps the blocks lay flatter.  

Notice I said "flatter"--my blocks are not completely flat and there will be some missing points!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

My favorite machine is home from the spa--

Becca the 201 is my favorite piecing machine.  Chuckie the 15-91, Irene the 401a and Evelyn the 301 all pitched in but I am used to Becca.  I like where her light is positioned (in front) and I prefer her drop in bobbin.  She has a slightly bigger throat space and feeding through chain piecing is so easy with her.  She is fast and quiet and we are happy together.  

Its cold here, not frigid cold, just cold enough for this--

Ice cold beer in the snow on the deck.  Ahhh!  I am enjoying it as I type.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt Easy Street (Lorri2Rs)
Star Struck to Flimsey stage
Simply Woven--1st step
Alletaire--reassess what I need to do
Mindless piecing (there is one of those on the fringe of the design wall)
Keep working on binding beside recliner

Perfect--an assortment of projects for the week.

Yesterday had a few interruptions.  Ken and a coworker were working on bathroom plumbing in spare bathroom.  They needed to use the access door which is in a closet where I store batting.  Egads--I practiced Superman moves--leaping rolls of batting in a single bound!  Since sewing was impossible while they were working I replaced the florescent light above my cutting table.  I think age had finally caught up with it (at least 50 years old) and I replaced it with an LED fixture.  Today we tackled the many sewing machines sitting around--4 went back into storage in the basement and two cabinets into storage.  The batting was sorted out and put back in closet.  I'll need to pull it all out again when they install the new bathtub fixtures.  Still 3 rolls of batting and an ironing board set up but I can live with that.

Stash Report--

Stash In--12.5 yards yds
Stash out--00.00 yds
Stash in YTD--15.25 yds
Stash out YTD--6.00 yds
Stash is ahead 9.25 yds!
2 one yard pieces of black prints (I'm low on blacks) and 4 yards of a focus print for a boy quilt. 6.5 yards of wide backing.  This week I also finished quilting the RWB Monkey Wrench/9 Patch and added it to the Happy Binding pile.  I only count stash out when its completely done but I'm happy with my numbers.  I save my binding for summer unless I am on a deadline.  I want to finish assemblying the Star Struck blocks so album blocks can go on the design wall. I NEED more finished tops to quilt, the Gauntlet Toss is always on my mind.  

I don't think I have lots of errands this week.  Bathtub fixtures and groceries but that's it.  

I watched a lot of Weather Channel this weekend.  The weather here was normal, no big storms.  Were you where there was lots of snow?  Did anyone lose power?  Did you do lots of sewing if you were housebound?  How about internet purchases??!!


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--More Blue

Saturday, January 23, 2016
More blue blocks--

I have lots of blue to use!  Please see everyone's blue projects at SoScrappy.

Last weekend I sewed with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies.  A few pics--

Donna was binding her beautiful Labyrinth quilt.

 Kathleen was meticulously piecing and appliqueing new placemats.  

 Lorri2Rs was working on this Dragonfly quilt.  

This beauty is an original design by Sharon's son, embroidered, pieced, and COLORED by Sharon, with help from her DIL Rhonda.  Doesn't it remind you of a Spirograph?  Do you remember them?  The center design is embroidered and then colored with the wax ironed off.  

I mitered the borders on this top.  The blocks are from RSC 2015.  Bias binding from the border stripe is made, now I have to find a backing.   

Meet Aiobhael the Goth Fairy!  Its a paper pieced design by Janeen Van Niekerk.  Lorri2Rs made it for me out of satins, embellished with netting, crystals feathers silver cordings.  The eyelets on the boot are hooks from hook and eye sets.  She even has red fingernails.  Don't you love the feather halo??  Lorri2Rs is a talented doll maker and enjoyed this challenge.  Aiobhael is ME on Stashbusters.  I always wanted green eyes!!  Thank you Lorri!!

The weekend is going to be devoted to sewing.  I'm watching the weather on the East coast and hoping no ones loses power.  Yesterday we did errands, bought groceries and there is no reason to leave the house.  The weather is clear and cold but nothing extreme.  

How is your weather?  Are in the path of Jonas?  Will you spend time sewing?  


Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, January 17, 2016
This week I had a finish--

A quilt I made using a kit from my guild.  Kit is not a very good description--there were 70 precut squares--6 to 6.5" squares.  I used about half of them, and added my own fabrics for the rest.  Its a simple Disappearing 9 Patch.  61 x 78".  I'll estimate 6 yds from my stash.  I forgot to take a picture of the backing, I used two pieces of pink/white flannel--a plaid and a polka dot.  Maybe not the prettiest quilt (I might be biased as I'm not fond of purple) but the flannel backing made it cuddly and the pink and purple pansies in the border were cheerful.  On Stashbusters a topic has been how there is a need for more "boy" quilts versus "girl" quilts for donation.  Last year I tried to choose fabrics for QOV that were more masculine--its hard!  This month at guild I picked up another "kit" that has a lot of deep wine reds--it WILL be a boy quilt.  

New Numbers are--

Stash In--0.0 yds
Stash out--6.00 yds
Stash in YTD--2.75 yds
Stash out YTD--6.00 yds
I'm ahead 3.25 yds! 

Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.