Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, March 2, 2015
No piecing done this week, but I finished quilting Summer Nites at the Lake--

Summer Nites at the Lake
Navy thread front and back.  The quilting is hidden on the front, but on the medium blue back it shows--
Back of Summer Nites at the Lake
Its a simple large panto called "Hibiscus".  The ruler is to show the size of the quilting, not too dense, but not more than 2" until another stitching line.  This will hold any batting in place for the life of the quilt.  Its also super easy and fast to do!  I'm not a heirloom quilter.  My style is "hold the backing to the front with batting for heavy use and washing"!  The backing is one I dyed.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--

Load/quilt another top
Binding for Lake quilt
Binding for Cheddar Delight
Cut squares for baby quilts

I am concentrating on quilting with the baby arrival date moved up.  A stack of binding will be my stress relief project.  Easy to pick up and put down with NO BRAIN needed!

I have been punching buttons too.  Used books, more colors of dye, and some 118" wide white backing to dye.  I thought I had WIDE backing but its only 90" and two tops are bigger than that.  30% off at JoAnns and free shipping.  When I figure gas and time it was a bargain.  

I thought I might need some needles for the Princess.  Have you ever done this?

Seriously?  Was I crazy?  There are 60 new needles!  A new one every other quilt or at the most every quilt.  So--am I going to quilt 120 quilts in the next couple of weeks?  

Plans are to lock the doors and sew/quilt like mad!  9 days until baby arrival and counting!  



Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, March 1, 2015
New numbers--

Stash in this week--11 yds
Stash in YTD--75 yds
Stash out this week--0 yds
Stash out YTD--44.5 yds

Stash is ahead 30.5 yds

I bought 11 yards of wide white fabric to dye for backing.  The Birds in Air quilt is on the hand sewing pile and I loaded another top--


Summer Nites at the Lake is being quilted.  I hope by Sunday night it will be done.  Please see everyone's stash report at Patchwork Times.

And in all the chaos I have planned two new starts.  A niece is having a baby and Ken suggested I make TWO baby blankets and have one on hand, just in case.  Good idea!  But, no Mojo (as he's a Snowbird in Houston) and I just didn't have any idea what to make.  I was reading Alycia's Wednesday QOV post and saw a quilt made by Linda--Quiltin' Library Lady.  I KNOW Linda so fired off an email inquiring about the pattern.  WOOHOO!!  She used the Missouri Star disappearing hourglass block.  I will use my 30's fabrics.  Rats.  No solid background except for PINK or BLUE.  Grumble Grumble Whine.  Liz suggested "dye some white fabric YELLOW"!!  The background is ready, all I have to do it cut my fabrics.  This project can travel with me to work on during "grandma duty".  My selection of 30's is slim--all the smaller pieces are gone but Liz is sending me some squares for my project.   Thank you Liz!!  

Rainbow Scrappy Saturday and Motivation Friday a Day Late

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Last of the pinks for Rainbow Scrappy--

Album blocks with pinks
 My friend Liz doesn't have a blog but loves the RSC and she made this--

Pink Baby Blanket
Liz makes many baby blankets to donate.  She is harboring my Mojo, she lives in Houston and Mojo hates cold winters as much as I do!  Please see everyone's RSC posts at soscrappy.

Time to check my goals--

Quilt Birds in Air top--DONE
5" challenge project
Binding for Cheddar Delight
Binding for Summer Nites at the Lake
Liz's Squared Project
Backing for Cheddar Delight--DONE
Load another top on the Princess--DONE

The binding is on the Birds in Air quilt and its on the hand sewing pile!

My timetable has been moved up.  Grandson #3 will arrive March 11th instead of the 18th.  Unless it gets moved up even more.  PANIC!!!  I am not packed.  Laura Beth is not packed!  The stress has caused me to break out the peanut butter M&M's. 

Wedge Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wedge Wednesday--time to dust off your ruler, dig in your stash and have some fun!  Over the weekend I cut out my Christmas Tree skirt using the 10 degree ruler--

Read your directions carefully and mark the ruler with tape per the directions.  I found it easiest if I left my ruler where I made the last cut, remove the cut wedge to another table, and then flip my ruler for the next cut.   My strips were pressed using lots of starch to control the bias edges.  

This project has me looking more closely at patterns.  Dresden plates--wedges.  Grandmother's Fan--wedges.  New York Beauty--more wedges!  

Have you started your project?  See how many projects using wedges you see this week!


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday I worked on my "Two Lips" blocks.  Parts of the sashing and blocks are sewn into rows.

Feels good to get this project moving again.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--

Quilt Birds in Air top
5" challenge project
Binding for Cheddar Delight
Binding for Summer Nites at the Lake
Liz's Squared Project
Backing for Cheddar Delight
Load another top on the Princess

Lots of sewing over the weekend.  The columns are all pieced for the 30's projects and the pieced border is started.  Sewed on the 5" challenge project and cut my Wedge Christmas Tree skirt.   Lorri2Rs and I found a pattern suitable for my guild small quilt challenge.  I played with the "squedge" ruler but will have to study the directions a bit more. 

Its still very cold and staying in and sewing sounds like a plan.  Some peasant soup is planned.  How are you bearing the cold weather?  


Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, February 22, 2015
New numbers this week--

Stash in this week--2.5 yds
Stash in YTD--64 yds
Stash out this week--16 yds
Stash out YTD--44.5 yds

Stash is ahead 19.5 yds

But I'm gaining!  There are four tops on the binding pile.  I did buy 2.5 yards of two different stripes to try a wedge ruler.  

Please see everyone's posts at Patchwork Times.


Motivation Friday

Friday, February 20, 2015
Time to check my progress--

Load another top to quilt--DONE
Sew binding on Album Quilt--DONE
Binding for Island Chain--DONE
Binding for Summer Nites at the Lake
Binding for Cheddar Delight
Backing for Summer Nites at the Lake--DONE
Backing for Cheddar Delight
5" challenge project--Taking to Iowa
Liz's Squared project--Taking to Iowa
Finish 30's challenge columns--Taking to Iowa

A good week so far.  Another top is loaded on the Princess and bobbins are wound.  I've been counting tops that are ready to quilt--eight!  I was brave and checked the closets--only 3 sets of blocks in rows on hangers.  PROGRESS!!

Tops to quilt

Blocks in rows
Don't worry, there are plenty of UFO's packed in EZStor bags.  The closet projects are ones I've targeted to finish.  They are well aged!

Binding Pile
I'm trying to have a large stack of tops to hand sew binding.  By this time next month I plan to be on "grandma duty".    My sewing machine etc will go along but I'm not sure how much time I'll have to sew.  ;-)

This weekend is sewing with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies.  I'm packing lots of projects.  

Have you sewn with friends lately?  Is it a regularly scheduled thing?  Do you meet at a shop or at some one's house??  Social sewing is so much fun and you just feel GOOD.