Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Swirls, swirls, swirls

Over my lunch break I picked up 2 quilts that I had quilted at The Pin Cushion. Lovely as always!! This kid quilt has swirls done in a multi-colored thread.

The binding is made and ready to attach for this quilt so maybe this evening I can get that sewn on and start hand stitching it down on the back.  I'll set this as a goal for the week - to finish this little quilt completely.

The second quilt (Trip Around the World) will probably have either a scrappy binding or I'll use the backing fabric. I haven't decided yet which I want to do.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week 30 Status of the Stash

This was not a productive week in terms of finishing any sewing. I did some pillowcase sewing, but haven't finished them. I made one Saturday Sampler block, made several RSC15 blocks, and played with a couple of other little projects. But no finishes.  And I did pick up some background fabric to finish up one project and some other fabrics for cuffs for some more pillowcases. 

It's a hot humid weekend which would be perfect for sewing but I'm spending it with all 5 of my grandchildren, having some adventures.

In this week: 5 yds
In this year: 141.25 yds
Used this week: 9 yds
Used this year: 133 yds

Status of the Stash: Yikes! I'm now 8.25 yards behind my stash

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saturday Sampler

The big version of this new block is done and the pieces for the 6" version are cut and ready to go. And I have started working on the applique block for this month. The applique one is a great little project for the car since I'm doing hand blanket stitching around the pieces. And I'm going on a little road trip with my older daughter (and 3 kiddos) to visit the younger daughter (and 2 kiddos). We're leaving the husbands home to play some golf in the heat and humidity.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pillowcase progress

Yesterday afternoon I got busy on more pillowcases. 2 are pinned into the "tube" and ready to attach the top cuff with seam hidden inside. 4 more have the cuff  sewn on and ready to add bottom and side seams. These will be French seams so there are no exposed raw edges inside the pillowcase. 

Lots of great tutorials are online for this technique for pillowcases and it's a very easy way to make them. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Catching up with RSC15

Sunday was a great relaxing day. Breakfast on the deck with the Sunday paper, and then lots of sewing time with no interruptions, because my husband was playing in a golf tournament.  I put together several of the alternate blocks and sections for more alternate blocks. Then I laid them all out on the floor to get the big picture.  I am loving this sampler quilt.  We have a few more colors to add yet and I think brown or orange are 2 of the ones coming up yet.

Check out what other quilters are working on at Judy's Design Wall Monday: http://www.patchworktimes.com 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Status of the Stash - Weeks 28-29

I missed posting my stash status last week because we were out of town for a wedding and other fun activities. That included some planned stops at Black Hills area quilt shops for the Row By Row Experience kits/patterns/license plates.

I just knew that I would not be able to stop with only picking up those little kits. There is always something else I couldn't resist.  And I'm guilty of adding to the stash: some fat quarters, 2 yards of South Dakota themed fabric (more pillowcases?) and a big kit for a round snowman table topper. The table topper is going to be saved as a reward project that I'm not allowing myself to start until I have 3 more UFO quilts finished.

In my defense I've also removed some yardage from the stash by finishing my Round Robin, and making more pillowcases for donation and a baby burpee for a baby gift.  Last week I finished my round robin so that backing and binding counts too. And I have 2 quilts at the longarm quilter right now being quilted.  One of those is a UFO and one is a new project made completely from stash.  So hopefully there will be some bigger number coming off the total soon.

In this week: 16.25 yds
In this year: 136.25 yds
Used this week: 9 yds
Used this year: 133 yds

Status of the Stash: Yikes! I'm suddenly 3.25 yards behind my stash

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Getting organized

No actual sewing occured this morning but I did spend some time organizing the pieces for some of the alternate blocks that I'll need for the RSC15 sampler quilt.  

The afternoon will be spent celebrating with family as my brother-in-law gets married.  Tomorrow however, I plan to sew some of these sections together.