Back in the Swing of Things

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001I have not been quilting much this year, but finally did mount my Row by row on my quilting frame.  As of today, I am quilting on the last row.  here is a peak at the Chain of Squares and Delectable Mountains rows.  I surprised myself by doing some ruler work.  And for the most part, I like how it looks.  The final row is a bunch of paper pieced blocks –a barn, a wheelbarrow, a shovel and a pitchfork, which I am having a tougher time with.  however, I am determined to get it quilted this month!  Preferably this weekend!

How about you?  Getting anything done?

De-Stashing: March 2104

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I did some purchasing this month, bought a few yards for borders and won a door prize at the QSC Sprint meeting.  But sewing…Well, I made the backing for the Big T Scrappy Challenge (January’s block) and also pieced a mystery that I’ll be teaching later this fall.  So you don’t get to see a picture right now.    I only purchased five yards this month, but appear to be over because of the door prize–I didn’t factor that into my goals.

My husband is still sick but doing better.  My daughter finally got her first “real” job.  Not full time of course, because the economy still isn’t any better than when I started this blog IMHO.  My son is still searching for his and keeps getting to final interview stage, but no cigar yet!

Almost half way to my destashing goal!

De-Stashed this Month:            15.00
De-Stashed year to Date:          36.00
Stashed this Month:                     6.25
Stashed Year to Date:                 11.25

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  24.75
<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing: February 2014

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001Have continued my piecing efforts,  I made EVEN MORE blocks for the Scrappy Challenge–using January’s block still.  I have a BIG top put together, but need to add a border…..so pictures yet to come!  I did stick with red centers and then light frames, mediums for the HST on the corners, and darks for the little flying geese corners.  It may not be perfect, but it is MINE!  I also did a few more Victory Junction bears…this time in some pastels.

After that, not much has gone on here.  My husband is still sick, and tomorrow we go to the doctor to see the MRI results.  My daughter has gotten her first “big girl” job, but to me, it doesn’t sound like a long-term proposition.  My son has an interview this coming week.

I should have done this post yesterday, but decided instead to go and visit my South Carolina friends at their local quilt show.  I enjoyed seeing so many people I knew and looking at their lovely quilts.  I was saying to a friend though that I always see lovely quilts, and they are all different, but I guess I’m getting older.  You really don’t see much new.    I did buy 3 and 1/2 yards of fabric–but 2 of it was for someone else, so that will not be in my March stash report (I handed it off as I left the show, it never even made it to my car).  You know, it’s almost as much fun to buy it for someone else! For February, the only addition (stashing) is the fat quarter the guild presents to you on your birthday.  Nothing purchased!

A good start to 2014!

De-Stashed this Month:            9.50
De-Stashed year to Date:       21.00
Stashed this Month:                       .25
Stashed Year to Date:                5.00

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  16.00
<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

Sewing Room Havoc

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001One thing my sewing room doesn’t have is a door.  We are going to remedy that next week, so I had to move a bunch of stuff out of my sewing room.  This is my guest room that has a twin size bed.  On it you can see four tubs.  That is my entire stash.  All of it,  every bit, except a small bin of strings.  Anyway, I figure it is still hundreds of yards of fabric (and I hope my husband never sees this post).  Way more than I will ever need, and yet not nearly as much as many of my friends have.

How about you?  Could you fit your entire stash into 4 bins on a twin size bed and have room left over?

Super Sew Sunday

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001This really hasn’t been a great weekend. My husband worked yesterday and again today–some big computer project they are working on.  Yesterday while he was at work, I made a few of the Victory Junction bears.  Yes, you’ve seen bears from me before…they apparently are breeding under my supervision.

Today I decided to make some more of those scrappy blocks.  I had only made 30, and people urged me to make a bigger quilt from them.  So here I go .  I now have all the pieces cut out to make 34 more blocks.  So I can have 8 x 8 rows (or 72 x 72) before sashing and/or borders.  I’m thinking I should make the entire top–and back if I can–from my stash.  That’s roughly about 14  yards from stash, which would make a really good start to this year.

I also have several tops up in my sewing room that need quilting.  I really need to get on that, but I am feeling so uninspired lately.  I am uninspired, out of practice, and I find it so hard to do anything and be happy with it when I see everyone else’s computerized quilting.  Mine seems…..lackluster.  I know, the answer is to computerize the longarm, but I don’t have the money for a hobby, and I don’t have the time for a business.  And so, I am stuck.   But in the meantime, I do have the inspiration to make some blocks, so I will continue with them.

Hope your Super Sew Sunday is going well, too!

De-Stashing: January 2014

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002Well, I started off the year on a good note.  Finished up the Celtic Solstice, made a nifty little top of Leymone stars, and made some blocks for the Scrappy Challenge–THIRTY of them.  Yes, there is a smudgy spot on this picture.  Last thing I had done with my camera was try to take a close up of my dog.  Apparently a little too close….I have cleaned the lens.  Next picture should be better.

I have been trying to decide whether to stop here with a nice sized lap quilt, or to continue one with a larger quilt.  Maybe I should wait until Judy announces her February block–perhaps it will be a good alternate block for a setting?

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, or as we call it in my house–QUILTING TIME!  Hope you all have something great planned.

De-Stashed this Month:         11.50
De-Stashed year to Date:       11.50
Stashed this Month:                 4.75
Stashed Year to Date:              4.75

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  6.75
<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

Life Goes On

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001008Two weeks since I posted…..I am not being a good girl.

But I have been doing a bit of quilting when I can.  It has been tough however.  Once again I took in a foster dog.  But only for a week until his permanent foster home could open up.  I had thought I might be willing to keep him, but the first day he was here my husband’s back started hurting him.  His sciatica acting up….so he could barely walk and was supposed to go on a business trip.  That didn’t happen.  Instead, I had him in the living room propped up with his computer and a heating pad and he did his conferences online.  So he did get some work done this week.  As of now, he is doing a bit better, but still not over it yet.  And the dog…well….with my husband requiring some extra attention, I went ahead and sent him to his new home as scheduled.  But he was a sweetie.

As far as quilting goes, I have been getting a little done.  I quilted a quilt for a friend of mine–I actually started quilting it in December, but had some inspiration problems.  No photograph of that.  It was a personal thing.  I started making some blocks for Judy Laquidara’s Scrappy Challenge.  Here is my first one.  I only have about half a dozen done right this minute.

And I am also putting a top together that has hearts in all colors of the rainbow.  So I decided to make a center block to match.  Actually I made two.  I think I have a plan for the second block, but in the meantime, It helped me use up scraps.

What have you been doing?

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