Monday, July 22, 2019

fabric storage

I am home again from surgery. I had a spinal fusion from the lumbar 2 - Lumbar 5. I think I am getting better every day. There have been a few steps back as well, but forward is the best. My mind still thinks I am normal. But, My body laughs. I sure appreciate all the good wishes and prayers. I took a picture of my new shelves just before I had to stop working on it, as a place holder in time. And to keep a positive thought. I feel very blessed.

I also really worked hard to get this quilt to the hand binding stage for after surgery. We are still at the crossed eye stage of pain management. We can only watch those shows that I don't want to remember.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

allietare 2015

I am scheduling this post ahead, and hoping I am recovering well from surgery. I am really excited to have finished this quilt.This is the 2015 quiltville mystery quilt allietare. I had the top together before it was set aside. I did add borders. This is Bonnie Hunter's 14th mystery and my 15th finished. I have 3 more to go to have all the mystery quilts done. I really hope that I have them done before the next mystery is released in November.

I really like the colors.

This is part of my finish a long goals and my one monthly goal for July

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

tiny tuesday

I needed to get back to making my tiny Tuesday blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a "tiny"  bit behind. haha I have finished May and orange. I have 3 for June and blue yet to do.

I have a snowman finished for my rug hooking. I don't know why I am dragging my feet on this rug. The snowmen are adorable and they are easy to hook.

I am getting very close to having all the garden party blocks sewn. I will need to cut 1 1/2 inch strips for the chain blocks.

Tomorrow is surgery.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

wiggle finish

I have a finish for the rainbow scrap challenge this week. I found the pattern in a magazine, and it was called rainbow baby, but, I recognized the name of the designer of one of my favorite bloggers, Cynthia Brunz. She has the pattern called wiggle time, and can be found here at quilting is more fun than housework. I really like it in rainbow colors. This was my first machine only binding. I could use more practice, but it will be fine for a baby. This is my 9th finish for the year.

I started it here and here.
I did dig into the pink scrap bucket for the color of July and the rainbow scrap challenge.

I found some pieces that were too big to be scraps, so, they are folded and put away. I did some cutting, but need more time for sewing.

This finish is part of the 2019 finish along.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

finish along goals

I finished 4 quilts for the 2019 finish along in the second quarter. I have plenty of goals leftover for the third quarter.  I will be having back surgery in the next week, so I don't know how much that will effect my sewing and blogging or for how long.
I am working on the binding for allietare, and, I have sugar mountain ready to put on the long arm.

I have a few more garden party blocks, and

another batch of 50 -4 patches for sand castles.

My list for the 3rd quarter:
1.wiggle time
2. allietare
4. sweet land of liberty
5. unicorn
6. faux hexagon table runner
7. crazy 6
8. countryside cottage
9. sister's 9 patch
10. jelly mystery
11. melba applique
12. Epp diamonds
13. scrappy twirl
14. soul searching

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

how I kit projects

I had a comment from rebecca grace

Those little blocks are darling! How do you prep those garden blocks to make them portable? Do you have all the fabrics selected and cut out for each block in a baggie, or an assortment of cut strips that you work from, selecting what works together as you go? I would like to do better with portable sewing but I struggle with having something ready to go as I walk out the door. 

I really liked this question. It might be a very long answer. It all begins with a mess of scraps or a quilt I want to make someday. I keep a list of quilts I really like and maybe make someday. These are mostly quilts I am not stressed about making. I have over 200 on the list. If I ever get to them great, if not.. oh well. Quilts on this list can change their status randomly. If I decide it is the perfect project for me at the moment, I move it to the planning list. For example, all of Bonnie Hunter's patterns are on the maybe someday list, except the ones I have already started. This year I picked 2 of them to work on for the year, garden party and sand castles. Both of them went from maybe someday to plan, to cut, and then sew.

 In the planning stage, I checked to see how work can be batched. Sand castles needed string pieces which I can do during tv time, so I cut the foundation papers and put them on the treadle in the living room where I do the string piecing. I didn't worry about cutting the rest until strings were done.

Garden party needed cutting, and all of it was from 1 1/2 inch strips, and no specialty cuts. I chose it for that reason. So for several nights I had a bucket of  1 1/2 inch strips by my chair in the living room, a tray, cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler, and I started cutting. Each block needed a 16 1/2 in long piece to cut 4 matching pieces 2 1/2 inches and a 6 1/2 inch piece. I also needed a coordinating fabric that was at least 10 inches long to cut into 2 1/2 inches rectangles. I needed 100 sets. I would pull one strip and see if it was at least 16 1/2 inches, if not, 10 inches. Here is where I can get into trouble, but, at this point, I throw anything not big enough into the string bucket, as I sort through the bucket and try to empty it. I didn't think to cut the single 1 1/2 inch square at this time, but, that would have helped.

I start matching fabrics and folding them together, as I go along. It is random and once the decision is made, I don't change the combo. I put 10 sets into each bag.

I cut a gaggle of the black on white 1 1/2 inch strips and throw them in the box. And at this point, the project goes into time out and waits for me to need an away from home project. In this case, it was almost a year.

If it wasn't a scrap quilt, I would still cut all the pieces ahead of time and put them in the project box with the instructions, but, I would cut all at once instead of over time. And if I am using "real" fabric, I am more likely to start working on it right away. I can't cut very well away from home. I am too distracted to cut accurately. I have plenty of quilts I am working on at any given time, so I have the luxury of being patient.

I have been very fortunate to have 2 consistent times each week that I sew from home, so it is easier to plan ahead. I hope this helps.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

mess of sewing

I have 3 projects going to the left of my sewing machine- liberty ( actual project), 4 patches for sand castles, and blossom time. I use the 4 patches as leader/ enders, but, sometimes, I just want to stick a tulip in while I am working on the liberty quilt. If I keep it nearby, It is easy to feed it through in between other projects.

I have more garden party blocks from my Friday sew group. Rebecca asked how I kitted these blocks as an away project. I will probably explain that tomorrow or Wednesday.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

stash report July 7, 2019

I haven't done a stash report in a while. I have been moving and sorting and folding fabric in an attempt to organize my space. I have come to realize I have been blessed with really great fabric. I have received some great scraps from other quilters. However, if I don't stay on top of it, I will be overrun with chaos. But, what a wonderful chaos it is.

These pieces were gifted to me when the quilter was done with her quilt. I think they are lovely together.

I think this vintage doily that I found in the box would make a great label for the back of a quilt.

Stash report 

Fabric Used this Week 26 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 162.25 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 117.25 yards
net fabric: 45 yards used more than bought

I have been at the sewing machine at least 15 minutes each day. The day is not complete without it.

I have moved most of my quilting books to the new cabinets. And I am slowly filling the cabinets with fabric.

Today I have a binding to do for slow Sunday stitching.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

wiggle time

I have not really had much quilting time. I am preparing for a lumbar fusion surgery, and trying to spend time with my Grandchildren. I am not sure how long I will have to spend recovering, so there are some things I want to be sure get finished. I haven't done any pink sewing at all for the rainbow scrap challenge. I haven't even peeked into the pink scrap bin. I thought blue was going to be June and July, but I reread the post and see where I might have been confused.

I have put wiggle time together.

And my Grandson modeling the back I plan to use.

I have really enjoyed this pattern. It was easy to make and the results look great.
I had a stack of 5 inch squares of snoopy, so I am making another set to make this quilt again. The pattern can be found here from quilting is more fun than housework.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019


Happy Independence day! What honor to be an American citizen.  As is fitting for the day, I am working on a patriotic quilt. I am starting to put sections together. Red, white, and blue feels right today.

otherwise, we will be climbing trees, playing with marbles, swimming, watching baseball, and watching fireworks.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

4 patches

I've made another 50 four patches -only 212 to go. These are for sand castles quilt in Bonnie Hunters book. I have the string piecing done, and I am slowly building four patches as leader/ enders.

I have been moving my batik fabrics to the new bookcases. I had more than I thought. I suspected that about all my fabric, which is why I needed more/better storage.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

fabric storage

I am very excited about a big change in my fabric storage. My Hubby, son and Grandson turned this

into this

Oh, what fun it will be to fill those shelves. I used Ikea billy bookcases, and I splurged on the glass doors. What I have been using, is a hodge podge of goodwill bookcases. I have lost a lot of room with shorter bookcases. I liked these because they almost go to the ceiling. They are really lovely to behold. I almost don't want to mess them up with fabric.

It's the first of July already and time to reassess my goals for the month.
1. I want to finish allietare. It is on the long arm and ready to quilt.

2. I want to finish en provence in reproduction fabrics. It is a top and ready to make a back and quilt.

3. I want to make my swap blocks
4. I want to keep current on my rainbow scrap challenge projects.

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