Design Wall and Weekly Goals

Monday, October 29, 2012
A new project has been started.   Can you guess what it is??

Yes, that's the start of a Double Wedding Ring.   I've admired and *gasp* LUSTED for one!   But all those little pieces!   Then I decided to bite the bullet and utilize paper piecing.  

After a bit of experimentation with different paper--tracing paper seems to be the answer.  Its lightweight and transparent, and with careful handling it feeds through my printer.  Its also easy to remove after sewing.  I found a free pattern at Free Spirit.  And the melons and arcs?   A window place near me will cut nice plexi-glas templates fairly cheap--I will take the pattern there and have a set made.  This is a long term project--after all--I've wanted one for a long time!   Please check everyone's Design Walls at Patchwork Times.

More yo-yos are being set in blocks of 36.  This vintage quilt came from Quilt Index--I like how it doesn't use one color/fabric as sashing.  So far the plan is to use this setting for my yo-yo quilt. 

Picture from Quilt Index
One color sashing is nice--but that would require 1,120 (as near as I can figure) yo-yos all the same (how boring to make!)--and use 19.44 YARDS of fabric!  This setting would use my stash--much more to my taste and pocketbook.

The camper hasn't moved--the weather wasn't the best--windy, a bit of rain and some of this---

Outside my camper door
Yes--that's SNOW outside my camper door!  It quickly melted and the weather will be mild and NOT WINDY--I hope to have the camper home on Tuesday. 

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
All the Square in a Square blocks are done---

Square in a Square blocks
They need to "age"--I'll check them in a few days and see if any need moving.  Check out everyone's Design Walls at Patchwork Times

Sunday afternoon I felt like baking.  Five kuchen and two pans of pecan caramels rolls.

They didn't last long!

Weekly Goals--

None this week.  We're planning to pack the camper and take it home.  I will play with my yoyos if I have time.  


Rainbow Scrap Challenge and Checking On Weekly Goals

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Brown is one of my favorite colors, so making some brown blocks was easy.  I had to stop myself or I would have made so many blocks I could have done an all brown quilt!

36 Patches

Spinner Blocks

4 Patches
 Check everyone's progress at soscrappy!

My weekly goals??
  1. sew two yo-yo blocks--sort of
  2. lay out Square in a Square blocks--I think I need more
Today I'm going to play in the sewing room.  Its been a while since I made some blocks "just because".  Several quilting programs playing on PBS channels.  Maybe I better not watch--I might be tempted to start a new project!


Weekly Goals

Monday, October 15, 2012
Its Monday again--beautiful day--77F this afternoon.   But it won't last, fall is here and winter can't be far behind.  

75 Square in a Square blocks are sewn and trimmed---I will lay them out and see how they look.  

Goals for the week--
  1. sew two yo-yo blocks
  2. lay out Square in a Square blocks
Those will be my goals.  I may need a few more Square in a Square blocks. 

Karla took this picture---I laugh at the contradiction in it--the soft pudgy body and the stiff upright tail!

Prairie Dog taking a Nap
He looks ready for winter.  Black Tailed Prairie Dogs usually do not hibernate--but may spend several weeks below ground

Motivation Friday and Sad

Friday, October 12, 2012
Its a beautiful morning, a bit of frost on my car earlier but its warming up.  Weather for the next few days--highs of 71F.   But its time to check on my goals---
  1. Trim square in a square blocks--yes
  2. make 5 more square in a square blocks--yes
  3. Sew on a UFO--not yet
The maple tree by my camper has lovely color right now--

Then I drove over to where Toni and Eddie live---

That picture didn't last long--Toni and Eddie finished packing and pulled out heading south this morning.  They stopped at the Visitor Center before they left--

Drive careful and see you in the spring!  Oh--and Toni--work on those yoyos!!  Toni and Eddie are heading for Donna TX.  

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, October 8, 2012
Last week these were my goals--
  1. Complete two yo-yo blocks--kind of
  2. Sew 10 square in a square blocks--yes
  3. 40 more yo-yos--no 
These were the two yo-yo blocks I completed--

Whoops--sewed an extra row on one block--now I will have to frog stitch!

I'm going to sew more yo-yo's together into blocks before I make more.  All the square in a square blocks I had prepped are ready for trimming/squaring--there are 51 done.  I will make 5 more to total 56. 

Weekly Goals--
  1. Trim square in a square blocks
  2. make 5 more square in a square blocks
  3. Sew on a UFO

Sunday the "summer people" met for breakfast.  In a few weeks they'll be scattered--Texas, Arizona, Nevada.  Next year they'll all be back.  We promised we'd do more "socializing" next year! 

Check out more Design Wall Mondays at Patchwork Times!

Motivation Friday

Friday, October 5, 2012
Checking my goals--I've done a little sewing but mostly resting my arms/hands/shoulders.  I love sewing on the yo-yos--but all that hand work....!  Driving, computer work, and holding a book is limited.

Since I haven't much to report--I begged David for some pictures!!  David is a Park Ranger.  He had a tag to "snag" a paddlefish and spent Wednesday with his uncle on the river.

Wait--that's NOT A PADDLEFISH!!   It's a Flathead Catfish!  David "snagged" this fish and his uncle quickly snapped a picture.   That was a "catch and release" fish.   David and his uncle were on the river right below the Visitor Center--I watched him pull this fish in through the telescope.  (I feel like a stalker--I would check out the telescope every time I went past the window)

David did snag a Paddlefish later that morning--congratulations David!!  The weather was great on Wednesday--80F and it was t-shirt weather on the water. 

An arctic blast has hit us--today's high was 51F and tonight will drop below 30F.  UGH  I'm nice and toasty in my camper--later on I'll crank up my electric blanket and practice human toasting!

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, October 1, 2012
Today I used the grass in front of the Visitor Center for my design wall.  8 yo-yo blocks completed so far.   Its a totally random process--if I pull out two yo-yos that are identical--I do draw again--but that's only happened once!

Design Wall Monday on the Grass
Last week my goals were--

Complete two yo-yo blocks--Yes
Sew 10 square in a square blocks--Yes
40 more yoyos--Yes

My goals this week will  be the same--
  1. Complete two yo-yo blocks
  2. Sew 10 square in a square blocks
  3. 40 more yo-yos 
Its been perfect camping weather, warm days and cool nights.  The days are becoming shorter and I miss sitting outside reading in the late evening.

Along with cooler weather the leaves are changing color.  

By Picnic Shelter
Along the Road
Although I'm only 60 miles from home--there is a much larger variety of trees.  I especially love the Bur Oaks.