Monday, April 7, 2014

The Weekly List

so, last week was a huge fail, as far as sewing went.  on Monday night, M announced that it was Xfinity's Watchathon week, so we needed to binge-watch Season 4 of Walking Dead while we had access.  of course, I agreed.  that meant a week of zombies, with minimal sewing (I finished a set of two potholders and a trivet for a friend), and then my parents and my niece Emily arrived on Friday for the weekend.
I did get some sewing done Saturday night and Sunday morning, but it was two sets of potholders for my Mom to use as gifts!

This week is a busy week, so I'm not sure how much sewing I'll get done.

goals for this week:

--- I need to gather things together and mail off a swap package
--- quilt and bind Sweet Sunshine wallhanging
--- prep backing and binding for two quilts

What do YOU have planned for this week?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday Stash Status

Liz and I went to the Jo-Ann that's closing on Friday. That was either a really good thing or a really bad thing!  I came home with almost 16 yards of fabric, but it averaged out to $2.65 per yard before taxes.   It was all 75% off, but you had to buy all that was left on the bolt!

Week ending April 5, 2014:

Stash used:

2 yds for eight potholders

Stash acquired:

15.75 yds at Jo-Ann close out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Year in Review - 1st Quarter 2014

small finished objects - 1st Qtr 2014

finished quilts - 1st Qtr 2014

Back in January, I set goals for 2014 in the following categories: financial, health, home and quilting and sewing.

Here's the list of my quilting and sewing goals:

1.  learn to use my serger - for reals this year
2.  complete more of my WIPs, and acknowledge that it's okay to give away or discard projects i'll never finish!
3.  make at least 4 quilts for charity
4.  participate in Feathers QAL and finish quilt promptly
5.  keep using the fabric i have instead of purchasing more, and limit new purchases (basic solids purchases are okay, but try to keep other fabric purchases down to less than 2 yds per month
6.  continue with the garment sewing and use up the garment fabric i've already purchased
7. make a quilt with my hoarded jay mccarroll fabrics

So, how am I doing so far?

#1 - ummm, no serger attempts yet!

#2 - making progress, as I finished two WIPS from 2013 and two from pre-2013, and I even gave away one WIP plus all of the coordinating fabric!

#3 - one done, so i'm on track with this goal

#4 - I got my Feathers quilt top done in time to be entered for prizes in the QAL a few weeks ago.  Now I'm trying to decide how to quilt it!  I'd like to decide and then get the quilt finished by the end of April!

#5 - I've been using stash, but I've also made some purchases.  I got some really good steals at Jo-Ann recently so I bought a lot to use for backings for charity quilts.  That purchase pushed me over my goal of 24 yards total purchases for the year.  I'm realizing that that's just not a reasonable goal, so I'm modifying the goal for acquired fabric to be less than one-fourth of the fabric used during the year.

#6 - haven't made any garments yet this year.  I did see that someone is bringing a serger to Stash Bash at the end of the month, so I think I'll take the pieces for a skirt I've been wanting to make for AGES, but which has ruffles down the front which require a rolled hem!

#7 - I haven't made a whole quilt using my hoarded Jay McCarroll fabrics, but I did use up two large pieces in the backing for my Catvent quilt. 

Overall, I'm pleased with my progress so far this year.  Now let's see what I can accomplish in the 2nd quarter of 2014!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sawtooth Cats

maybe a year and a half ago, two years, i came across a small ziploc baggie containing what appeared to be pieces for a set of quilt blocks.  i vaguely remembered having purchased the embroidered cat squares from a seller on ebay and having cut out pieces to make them into sawtooth star blocks.

a couple of weeks ago i was feeling lazy, wanting to sew, but not wanting to change thread colors to work on a project in process.  instead i pulled out the baggie and finished the sawtooth star blocks.  to make the quilt top larger, i dug into my stash and pulled fabric for sashing and cornerstones.  i also pieced a backing.  then i basted the quilt top, which measures 34" square, and set it aside, knowing i had a FMQ class coming up the next weekend and intending to save it for practicing.

after my class, i got to work quilting and tried out several new-to-me techniques.  for each of the blocks using the cat print fabric in the center, i quilted a tiny stipple in the white parts of the block, which really makes the stars stand out.  of course, i had a heck of a time seeing what i was doing, quilting with white thread on a white-on-white print!  i also stitched in the ditch around the center squares

in each of the four blocks with an embroidered cat, i also quilted with a tiny stipple on the inside of the star, around the embroidery.  in the blue parts, i quilted words.

in the first block, which reminds M and me of Mister Bat, i quilted the names of our current cats, as well as the fairly recently deceased Fat Thom, in addition to "cat words" to fill out the remaining spaces.

in the second block, which reminds us of Ringo, i quilted "The Baby" directly below the embroidered cat, since that's what i call ringo.  the other blue parts contain names of friends' cats, past and present, that we've loved.

the third block reminds M of Bandit.  the quilted words in this block are various words that come to mind when i think of our cats.

the fourth embroidered block reminds both of us of Ozzie, because he's always wanting food!  this block includes the names of all the cats from my childhood.

so, you ask, where's Miss Kitty in this quilt?  well, i did indeed have an embroidered cat that looked like a prissy kitty, complete with a bow, but i was one blue corner square short!!!! plus, the layout didn't work with just one more embroidered block.  i'm planning to make a label for the back using that block, and the quilt will end up in the basket she likes to sleep in!

even though this was really just an old WIP i wanted to cross off my list, i had such fun with the quilting!  there are feathers quilted in some of the sashing, vines in some, and hearts in most of the cornerstones.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Weekly List

despite other things going on this past week, including my sixth wedding anniversary, i managed to get everything on last week's list checked off.

i made a set of potholders for a friend's birthday, using my friend Hilary's tutorial on Moda Bake Shop.


i liked them so much that i made myself a set, too!


i also got the binding put on my FMQ practice quilt, and this will be donated to victims of the mudslides in Washinton state.

My creation

i got the binding put on my Sawtooth Cats quilt, and i'll have pics of that later this week.

i also got my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt washed, dried and photographed.  This will be gifted to a dear friend for her nursery.

Grandmother's Flower Garden

goals for this week:

--- make backing and binding for Ghastlies quilt
--- cut out and sew another Super Tote
--- locate 3 x 6 bee blocks and assemble into a quilt top

what are YOU doing this week?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday Stash Status - The Anniversary Edition

today M and I have been married for SIX WHOLE YEARS!   happy anniversary, sweetheart!

that's my excuse for buying fabric this week.  yeah, right.

week ending march 29, 2014:

stash used:

1/4 yd binding for FMQ practice quilt
3/4 yd for 4 potholders
1/2 yd backing and lining for Habitat pillow cover

TOTAL: 1 1/2 yds used

stash acquired:


2 yds Juliana Horner prints
1 yd DS Quilts bias plaid
2 yds black dots on ivory
1 1/4 yd various prints

TOTAL: 6 1/4 yds acquired

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Weekly List

i had a productive week!  i got the binding on the grandmother's flower garden quilt, so i just need to launder it and take some photos!  i changed my mind and went with some Habitat scraps for the pillow cover i'm making for a swap in April, and got it all pieced and i've even started the quilting.

i attended a Free Motion on the Fly! class taught by Nichole Rivera yesterday, and today i finished quilting my practice quilt and cut strips for a binding.  no pictures of this yet, but it will be a cute charity quilt for a child.

i started some placemats for another swap i'm in, and all i need to finish those is the binding!

goals for this week:

--- finish up some birthday gifts
--- bind the FMQ practice quilt
--- bind sawtooth cats quilt
--- bind and label placemats

good thing M and i have some shows recorded to catch up on since i'll have all that binding to handstitch!