Monday, September 1, 2014

September goals

September usually brings a more reasonable work schedule, but this year I'll be on the road quite a bit for training for new projects.  And I'll be babysitting 3 of my grandchildren for 3 days while their parent go to a wedding.  So I need to keep my goals modest and realistic.

  • 3 orange RSC14 blocks
  • 5 Heartstrings blocks
  • complete Sept. Saturday Sampler tasks
  • 2 pillowcases from stash fabrics
  • complete 1/4 of the hand quilting on the Cats wall hanging

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I survived August

August is always our crazy month at work with schools all gearing up for a new year.  Our staff is run ragged some weeks with in-services.  I'm usually in survival mode most of the month. So I'm not surprised that I never get much accomplished in my sewing room in August.  All of my goals were small things that don't take long . . . no big finishes.

  • 3 bright green RSC14 blocks - DONE
  • mail Halloween swap blocks Done & ready to mail on Sept 15 as directed
  • put borders on Halloween table topper & sandwich for quilting Nope!
  • 5 string blocks with red centers - 10 DONE
  • finish hand quilting on Cats For All Seasons wall hanging - Not even close!
  • 3 Traveling Stars blocks DONE

I also made 5 pillowcases during August. And I got a lot of organization done on my scrap bins. 

The end result really was that I'm on track for making individual blocks for new projects and I used up 5 yards of stash on pillowcases.  And my scraps are much more under control.  But I did NOT make any progress on any UFO projects which is disappointing.  I vow to do better this fall in finishing up some of those UFOs (unfinished objects), WIPs (works in progress), and PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) that are cluttering up my creative space. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hand quilting

Hand quilting is something I enjoy doing on small projects.  This wall hanging, Cats For All Seasons, is my latest hand quilting project. I'm just doing a simple crosshatch.  And I use tape to mark my lines.  I really like the blue painter's tape, but this is masking tape.

Sometimes I use a small quilting frame to hold the piece taut, but in this case I'm quilting without any kind of frame. And it's turning out fine, especially since the quilt has a kind of "artsy" look.  I haven't made any progress on this in 3 weeks but pulled this out now while I'm on my lunch break at home and decided this will be one of the things I work on more deliberately.  I need a finish to kick start my mojo again.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Adding a little green to the mix

I think I've found just the right green to round out the 6 fabrics needed for the Saturday Sampler mystery quilt starting in September.  There is now a brown, gold, orange-red, dark red, and the green to blend with that fall print.  I'm feeling pretty good about my selections.

5 yards used today

Sunday morning sewing . . . 5 pillowcases.  The 2 Halloween ones were on my UFO list because I planned to make them for the youngest 2 grandkids.  The other 3 are from stash fabric.

I love that cute snowman fabric and those will probably go to those younger grandkids too since the older 2 already have snowman pillowcases.  And the cute farm themed one was added to my donation collection of pillowcases which is beginning to add up nicely.

After yesterday's big organization push I now have the pillowcase fabrics all stacked together and it looks like I can make about 10 more donation ones with just the fabric in the stack.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Taming the beast

Sometimes the mess in my sewing room just gets to be too much and I can't stand it any longer.  Guess I've reached that stage again with the scrap bins.  My scraps have begun to over flow the 2 canvas cubes and into one shopping bag.  These cubes are 12" square and hold a lot of scraps.

So I spent part of my morning and turned the shopping bag full of scraps into these . . . strips for my string blocks, 5" charms, 3.5" and 2.5" squares, and finally some 1.5" postage stamps.  Next step after lunch was to empty the canvas cubes and sort things into strips and chunks.  The large chunks went back into my stash. The small ones all went back into the cube to cut into squares - some other day.  And all of the strips went into the other cube to use for string blocks.  Much better organized so that when I work on string blocks those strips are all in one place and ready to use.

Once I had that taken care of I made 5 more string blocks with red centers.  I believe that makes 36 of them, so only 12 more to go.  And I cut and pinned together a new pillowcase from that stash fabric.  I'm determined to tame that out of control sewing room.

Friday, August 22, 2014

One more color needed

I need one more color for my mystery quilt Saturday Sampler and I believe it needs to be a green.  What do you think?

I had that beautiful fall print in my stash - 2 yards of it.  Wonder what I originally had in mind for that fabric?

If I can't find a suitable green, I'm leaning toward a very dark brown like the background in the print.