Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1 means my summer "break" is over.  My goals for August will need to be much more conservative than July was because I'm back to work full time with lots of time on the road.  And that means very little time to sew except on weekends.  And one of those weekends will be spent enjoying my grandchildren instead of being a hermit in my sewing room.

  • 3 bright green RSC14 blocks
  • mail Halloween swap blocks
  • put borders on Halloween table topper & sandwich for quilting
  • 5 string blocks with red centers
  • finish hand quilting on Cats For All Seasons wall hanging
  • 3 Traveling Stars blocks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Looking back at July

July was full of a lot of things other than sewing, such as work, babysitting, and a family reunion. Other than that I was a bit of a hermit early in the month as I dealt with a sinus infection and some work deadlines. But I did have a few days off and spent part of each day in my sewing room.

I've accomplished a lot during this busy month:

  • clean my sewing room - NO
  • 2 Saturday Sampler blocks - DONE & top is complete
  • 3 red RSC14 blocks - DONE
  • finish Heart 'n Spool exchange blocks - DONE (all 16)
  • bind a UFO quilt  - DONE (Loralei Golfers)
  • finish quilting a UFO (long Poppy table runner) - DONE (quilted & bound) 
  • 5 string blocks with red centers - DONE
  • make top for Wheels Quick Strippee child's quilt (a UFO) - DONE (ready to quilt)
  • 1 self-binding baby blanket - NO

My other focus in early July was doing something with the approximately 30 yards of forgotten fabric that I found in my storage area.  From that fabric, so far I've made 8 pillowcases.  The small pieces and strips have gone into my string block scrap bin. I gave away a pillow panel.  And the rest is just residing in my stash, waiting for the right project.

I've also made 3 sets of blocks for a Halloween Block Swap.  Each set has 3 blocks, plus I made one of each for myself.

And I finished the top for another old UFO, the flannel Saturday Sampler quilt.  Now I need to decide whether to donate the top as is or get it quilted and use it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Block Swap

 I finished up my final set of blocks for the Halloween Block Swap, so they are ready to mail.  My original set of Jacob's Ladder blocks had some of the same fabric as the Crab Claw blocks, so I decided to make a new set. I've kept the other set for myself and may use them in a wall hanging or tablerunner.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Sampler

Our latest Saturday Sampler is a completed top.  I messed up row 2 and put the blue block right below the other blue block.  But instead of ripping out the seam and moving it, I decided all 4 blue blocks would go down the middle.  And it looks fine.  I used a dark wine red for the inner border and a beautiful grey floral for the wide outer border.  Over all, I'm pleased with the result.

An overdue UFO

I know exactly why this UFO became a neglected project.  This was a flannel Saturday Sampler from about 2001.  I know - shameful, isn't it?  And the reason this one was put aside was because the side strips were 3" too short on each side and I had used up the black flannel that is in the sashing.  So, instead of buying more black I just folded it all up and put it away.  

This week I bought a small piece of black flannel and put the same width sashing strips at the top and bottom of both side borders.  Voila!!!  I made this extra long for some reason, so it looks quite long and narrow.  But it is actually about 65" wide so it might fit a long twin bed.  Or be a lap quilt for someone really tall.  What was I thinking?  Who knows - but the top is done after 13 years.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Finish It Up Friday - Cats, cats, cats

The borders are on my UFO called Cats For All Seasons (see yesterday's post), and this afternoon I hope to get it sandwiched to quilt.  My plan is to do a simple crosshatch - hand quilting - with no stitching actually going through the appliques.

It's exciting to have another UFO moved another step closer to finished.

And I'm linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Check it out to see what other quilters are finishing up this Friday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another UFO project

I pulled out 2 old UFO projects that were in my drawers just waiting for borders.  Both of them begged the question - why did I not just put the borders on and finish them up?  I bought this as a kit and book in summer of 2000 and worked on the hand applique in the car during a long road trip that summer on a genealogy quest.

The book is titled At Home With Patrick Lose, and the fabrics are all hand dyed.  Happily the dark blue border strips were already cut and in the bag with the book and the top.  And there is more of the aqua for binding in the bag as well.  So . . . I wonder why I didn't finish it?  Maybe because I had no idea how to quilt it?  Maybe I was sick of looking at it?  But it WILL be finished in 2014!!!