Monday, August 25, 2014

The Weekly List

so, i was MUCH less productive than anticipated last week, mostly due to work.  and then my sewing machine was screwing up, and i had to take it to the "spa" where it's now spending a few days.

thanks to a good friend who loaned me her machine, which is the same as mine, i was able to finish quilting the churn dash quilt on saturday night, and sew the binding to the front on sunday.

with my machine out of commission for at least most of this week, as well as a ton of stuff piling up on the work front, i've got limited sewing capacity this week.


1. hand stitch binding on churn dash quilt
2. hand stitch binding on feathers quilt
3. photograph both quilts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Saturday Stash Status - Oops I Did It Again

A while back, Massdrop had an Allison Glass Field Day bundle, to which you could add on a bundle of the text prints from Sunprints and/or one of her patterns. Husband got me both bundles as a present, and they finally arrived this week. 

I'd also claimed two yards of the polka dot print when my friend Tammy was destashing on IG a couple weeks ago and she brought it over last night. I'd thought from her pics that it was a white background, but I'll find a use got it anyway. 

Week ending 8/23/2014:

Stash acquired:
5 yds Field Day
2 yds text prints
2 yds dots
Total:  9 yds

Stash used:
3.25 yds backing for churn dash quilt
2.5 yds borders and binding for charity quilt
1.5 yds various small projects
0.25 yds scraps gifted to friend
Total: 7.50

So not a break even week but I know that next week I have two large backing a and bindings to make!

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Weekly List

I managed to accomplish the three items on my list last week, even though it was a sucky week.

Our Miss Kitty passed away last week, so that kind of threw us off kilter, and both M and I have been pretty sad. In addition to that, we also just had a bunch of crap stuff that had to get done, so that kept both of us busy.

I did finish the churn dash top, and got the background of the Baylor quilt pieced as well as got the smaller section for the monogram pieced.  I also got a large pouch made for the birthday club i'm in and got it filled with goodies, packed up and in the mail.

I've got a quilt retreat coming up this weekend, so hopefully I can get a lot accomplished there, even if I don't get much done beforehand.  Also, I just spoke with Pam who is quilting my Feathers quilt and I may be able to pick that up in time to take to the retreat and get the binding on!

Goals for this week:

1. make backing for churn dash quilt and baste
2. quilt churn dash quilt and bind
3. bind feathers quilt and photograph
4. prep monogram for Baylor quilt
5. piece backing and prep binding for Baylor quilt

in retrospect that looks like a HUGE list, but I think I can get it done.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Stash Status - Yes, I Bought More Fabric

Week ending 8/16/2014:

Stash Acquired:
5 yds - Indelible FQ bundle
1.75 yds - Quiltcon Colors FQ bundle
TOTAL:  6.75 yds

Stash Used/Disposed Of:
2.9 yds - Jelly Roll donated to HMQG for raffle
2.5 yds - FQs for Fat Quarter Bingo at HMQG
0.1 yd - Scraps to make bingo cards
TOTAL: 5.50 yds

Not bad, being ALMOST a break even week, especially since after I saw Indelible in person I knew I had to have some!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Weekly List

i changed up my goals from last week.  Here's what i had planned:

goals for the week:

1. make another set of produce bags and coordinating potholders
2. work on green & gold commissioned quilt
3. make backing for Ghastlies quilt

While I did work some more on the commissioned quilt, I volunteered to test some patterns for Karie Jewell of Two Kwik Quilters and ended up working on those projects instead of completing the goals I'd set for myself.

I finished a mini quilt from one of Karie's upcoming patterns, and I'm working on a throw sized quilt from another.  I'll post about those two fun patterns later this week!

Goals for this week:

1. complete background patchwork for commissioned quilt
2. work on Baylor monogram patchwork portion for commissioned quilt
3. finish churn dash quilt top

even if work is busy this week, which I'm unsure of at this point, these seem manageable.  my deadline for the commissioned quilt is coming up in just over a month, so I really need to get a move on with that one!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Stash Status

this week i've been testing a couple of patterns by Karie Jewell of Two Kwik Quilters, which means i've gotten to use stash!  and i haven't bought anything!!!

Week ending 8/9/2014:

Stash acquired: NONE!

Stash used: 7.5 yds min quilt and top of churn dash quilt

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Finish - Seeing Double

Several months ago, my dear friend, Fi, announced she was pregnant . . . with twins . . . and they're both girls!  While I don't have kids, nor do I want any, I certainly enjoy making and buying baby things for friends! I mean, seriously, Target kills me with the baby cuteness!

Anyway,  I knew I wanted to make quilts for the babies.  (Confession:  Before she announced her pregnancy, I'd already made one baby quilt for Fi, though it's not one of these, and planned to finish another i had in the works, which I've since finished and gifted.)

I wanted to make similar, but not identical quilts for the girls, and I knew I wanted to use Anna Maria Horner fabric, which Fi loves.  I picked AMH's newest line, Pretty Potent, which worked out great, since Fi made crib skirts from part of this same line.

The first pattern I picked was Ravel.  I had to resize the blocks to make the size I wanted, and when I got all my blocks made, I realized I'd miscalculated and only had enough for HALF the quilt!  That meant I had to buy more fabric!

I quilted this one, which finished at 48" x 60", with a different design in each section.

For the second quilt, I picked this free pattern from the Art Gallery website:

I really just used the pattern for inspirations, making up my own similar blocks and putting them together with lots of negative space between.

I quilted this one, which finished at 46" x 57", with an all over design shown below.

And here's Fi with both quilts.  Isn't she just adorable?