Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was spent with the Iowa Sweat Shop Ladies.  As always, we had a good time!  Lots of pictures in this post--

Donna finished putting together a fussy cut wildlife themed quilt.

Lorri2Rs finished her Cozy Cabins from a strip swap we did with Teresa in Texas.  

Lorri2Rs set together blocks she made as a New Year's Mystery.  She and I walked over to the InWeave (Fabric store in Hawarden a block from where we sew) and she bought the border fabrics.  That fabric didn't sit in her stash AT ALL!!

Lorri2Rs used the big tables to lay out En Provence.  She did this late Saturday night.  She said she was NOT taking it home without it being sewn together.  Her knee was giving her lots of pain, so she moved her sewing machine next to the laid out blocks, and I handed her the blocks--she finger pressed and sewed them.  in 2.5 hours we had it all together except for two border rows.  WOOHOO!!!

Here it is all together!!

And Gina's is together and quilted--

Aren't they lovely?  Where is mine?  Ummm, I'm to step 4.  

I did lots of sewing--118 - 9 Patches for Chocolates on my Pillow.  I did the 5th cut on Simply Woven.  Decided to add the strips at home where there are less distractions.  Over a year ago I had sewn 20 Missouri Star Disappearing Pinwheels.  For some reason they weren't all the same size. 😉 I had used all the pink so for six months a piece of the pink traveled in my wallet.  It was a Kona pink and I finally found it!  I used Dashing Stars from Moda Bake Shop for an idea-- 

I added wide sashings to two sides so I could make all the blocks the same size.  See what everyone else has on their design wall at Patchwork Times.
I'm not a morning person.  NEVER EVER!!  So when I wore this shirt everyone laughed--

My father bought this for me several years ago during a Christmas TShirt exchange.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt two tops
Fall in the City
Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks
Pink Missouri Star Disappearing Pinwheel blocks

This is enough to keep me busy.  The weather is going to be nice until Friday.  Wishing you all a great week!


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday

Saturday, February 11, 2017
January was very busy for me.  Thursday I found time to make a few purple blocks--

The Marti Mitchell Drunkard's Path templates arrived and I was able to make a "Curvy Girl" block the RIGHT way!  You can find the Tutorial at Red Pepper Quilts.  The Cracker blocks are from Moda Bake Shop Ritzy Crackers.  I like this pattern because it uses two 5" charms for the colors bits.  

Next I made a few more blocks using Sea Green/Teal Green--

My stash had one FQ of this color.  Liz from Houston send me a "care package" (an envelope with strips in it) and I used all of them in these blocks--Picnic by Kim Brackett or I think "Pentland Cracker" blocks.  The upper right block was made from two 5" charms found in my 5" charm box.  I have the fabrics Lorri2Rs shared and I can make more blocks next week. Please see everyone's RSC projects at SoScrappy.

This week I had a serious case of ennui--

a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom:
I wandered the house, read, my mind flitted from project to project.  I finished quilting a top.  Loaded the next one.  Measured a top.  Pulled a backing and washed it.  Prepped a top and pressed its backing.  All the while I was thinking about a machine I had stored in the basement.  Ken and I carried it upstairs--I wanted to fiddle with it.  For years I swore it was a Singer 319WI went from cabinet to cabinet downstairs searching for one.  I never found a 319w but I did find a 306w!!
Meet Clara the 306w!  I worked on her off and on.  Lots of oil, internet searching, reading.  A new bobbin tire/adjusting and she winds bobbins.  Removed and adjusted the motor to take up the slack in the belt.  The zigzag/cam mechanism was new to me and that took some research.  She zigzags like the Pro she is!  I found where the 1/4" seam is.  And her stitches are pretty near perfect!
Research says that she's not well liked because of her noisy motor.  After some oil and I can't say she's THAT noisy.  She takes an odd sized needle.  I can live with that.  She needs a light bulb (that's an easy fix) and she's ready to sew.  She was bought several years ago on the auction of a lady in the nursing home.  She came with all her attachments, book, cabinet and sewing stool.  Her previous owner did LOTS of sewing so I know Clara is experienced.  She has no plastic parts (at least none I can see or were pictured in the service manual) and I'm sure she will outlive me.  She does several decorative stitches, her needle can be adjusted side-to-side.  

There's still time for plenty of sewing this weekend.  Ahhh! I can smell spring!  (I might also be delusional!)  


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Fall in the City is still on the design wall--

I'm sewing the sashings strips to the rows of blocks.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Saturday Lorri2Rs, Pam, and I went to a sew in at Moville IA.

Over 100 quilters!  We sewed from 9am - 8pm.  There were demos, silent auction, raffle blocks.  Plenty of food and goodies.  I sewed on Chocolates on My Pillow.  Lorri2Rs, well she is good at socializing!  Here was her machine--

Okay, I'm kidding--she sewed until she ran out of "parts" for her project!  2Rs knew I didn't have the RSC color for this month--sea green/teal green.  She shared her stash--

I will have plenty to sew with this month.  I've been doing lots of quilting and I'm always looking for a bargain on batting.  Last week I found 6yd x90" Pellon 80/20 for $18 at Walmart.  The 100% Pellon Poly was $13 for 6yd x 90" rolls.  And I spent enough for free delivery!  The delivery guy did exactly what the sign on the box said "please place deliveries in box"--

The rolls were a little big for the box but he tried!  (I need to paint my box when it warms up).

Today I finished quilting this top--

This top was donated by Mary in South Dakota, she even made the binding.  Its quilted, trimmed, binding on and stacked on the hand sewing pile!  Thank you Mary!  It will be donated through my guild.  

Weekly Goals--

Quilt another top
Sew Fall in the City together
Prepare a backing
Dye a backing

Thanks enough for this week. I'm won't get to it all but that's ok!



Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 30, 2017
Yesterday I had planned to play.  I had seen this quilt and I really liked it!

I don't have the name of the pattern or the block yet.  But its made using the "train wreck" rulers (Tri Recs) and a drunkard's path block.  So I made one--

Oops!  My drunkard's path block has the wrong size inner piece!  My block looks just like a giant spider!  I'll play with this again later. 

I'm sewing the Fall in the City blocks to the sashing strips.  Not much to look at.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

We had a big storm last week, lots of snow and ice.  Ken waited until the city plows went and did the sidewalks.  Today he moved the big drifts into a pile so we could park in front of our house on the street.

I quilted the R/W/B Album quilt this week--

 I dyed a blue backing and quilted it with my favorite pantograph Fantasia--

I did a little online shopping this week.  Missouri Star had free shipping and I ordered two cones of thread--

Yesterday I put borders on the brown album top--

A light inner border, and then brown on the long sides and the sky blue on the top and bottom.  The inner border fabric was scraps and there wasn't enough of the either the brown or sky blue to all four borders, so I used both.   

Weekly Goals--

Load another top
En Provence

I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done this week.  Saturday is a Sew In with Lorri2Rs.  

Winter is definitely the time to sew.  Its so much easier to stay inside when its cold and nasty!



Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 23, 2017
Last week I quilted the Apple Crisp top--

I dyed a wide green backing for it and quilted it using "Come Dance with Me" panto.

The photo editing program I use has added "text" to their options and I'm playing with them to find one I like.

My design wall has Fall in the City on it yet--

I've been sewing the blocks into rows.  Its the "eating an elephant" method--one bite at a time!  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Last week my father in law fell on the ice.  An ambulance ride and overnight in the hospital but thankfully no broken bones, but a dislocated shoulder.  My father in law is a special person, so today I made kuchen for him.  Ken is going to visit his parents and it was hot out of the oven--

He loves kuchen!  

Weekly Goals-- 

Quilt a Top
Dye another Backing
Fall in the City
En Provence
Make a binding

Snow is forecast for this week, good weather to stay home and sew.  I haven't pieced in FOREVER!!  This week I will play a little.  

January is almost over, I'm so glad!  Spring is coming!  


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 16, 2017
These blocks are on my wall--

Fall in the City blocks.  I have lots more to put up yet.  Please see everyone's posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals--

Quilt a top
Dye a backing
Work on Fall in the City

That's enough for this week.  I was gone four days last week so I didn't get as much done as I wanted.  I'm tired of winter.  Can it be April now??


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, January 9, 2017
This week I finished putting the Double Square Star blocks together--

Now I have to find borders for it.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Last week I was Queen of the UFOs on Stashbusters.   I had lots of fun!  Wore the Royal furs, the jewels, and had the palace staff to do my bidding.  I picked the "theme" for the year.  I chose women's sports--and picked a roller derby name--Skye the Bloodthirsty!  We each an elf to help us, I have Goron the Werefolf elf.  And our own personal flying dragon--mine is Brynioth the Brave.  Although I had a week to complete a UFO, I did not!  I would have to give up the furs--it was nasty cold in South Dakota!  I love wearing the jewels, the crown, the scepter.  And the palace staff--scullery maids, house maids, footmen!  It was heaven!  But now the crown has been passed and I'm back to myself.  The penalty is a FQ paid to the Royal Treasurer--a small price for a week of fun!  Also on Stashbusters there is the WITB challenge--"Whats in the Box, or Bag.  Pictures have been posted, Stephanie so far has the most boxes to open--222!  Some are small, but some are stuffed full!  I haven't found any boxes here I haven't already opened.  So I did WOTT--What's on the Table.  The table under the Princess collects things.  

Did I find anything unusual?  11 Flashlights.  13 post it pads.  3 Staplers.  The only item I found that I had been looking for was a charging pad for my tablet.  There's not a lot of difference between "before" and "after" but its been sorted.  Only four flashlights now--if you have a long arm you probably know what they are used for.  To check your bottom tension you have to get underneath your quilt, and its dark under there!  Can't see the stitching in the dark. 

Weekly Goals--

Quilt one top
Sew binding on a top
Dye or piece a backing
Sew on Fall in the City
En Provence

Its going to be a busy week.  Not sure how much I will get done.  But last night I did finish quilting this top--

Pieces of Eight by Victoria Eapen.