Friday, April 29, 2016

More blocks & a flimsy

Since I've been on a block binge this month I looked in my sewing room closet to see if there were any sets of blocks hanging in there that were nearly complete. I want to keep working on the UFOs that I've been collecting.

And hello! There were 8 elephant blocks (12") just waiting for the last 4 to be made so it could become a quilt. The white background fabric was even hanging there with the blocks.

So I got busy and made those last blocks - the brown ones and the pink ones. And that makes 110 blocks for this month . . . as long as I'm still counting.

I stopped at my LQS this week and purchased a yard of a brighter purple 30s print to use as an outer border. From my stash I found an aqua/green to use as cornerstones. And there was more than enough white background left for sashing. One step closer to being a finished UFO.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

105 and 106 . . . and counting

Here is April block number 105 - a green Crown of Thorns.

That number is so deceptive since most of those blocks were 2", 3" and 6" blocks. But these Crown of Thorns blocks are 15" and now there are 8 of them.

Also last night I made one more block for my Allietare (Bonnie Hunter mystery) that keeps plugging along slowly.  That was 106 and there are LOTS more of those ready to sew.  No photo of that one, sorry.  Maybe I'm aiming for some kind of record in the number of blocks made in a month - at least a personal record.

On a side note we had just under 3" of rain yesterday and it's still raining today. I had an in-service planned at a high school today postponed because of rain. This is a "small school" thing - when the track team is gone it takes most of the kids in the high school so the district had just planned for no students there today and having a teacher in-service at the high school. But because of the weather today that track meet was postponed to next Thursday, along with the in-service. Luckily I had the date open so I could reschedule too. The very organized superintendent is also the track coach and he had emailed me already at 6:30 am about the changes.  So . . . I have an unexpected office day today.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blocks, blocks and more blocks

April has turned out to be the month of "blocks".  I got to thinking about this last night and decided to try and figure out just how many individual blocks I've made this past month.  And I came up with about 104 individual blocks made this month - so far. That is just crazy! And I can't even count any of that yardage as "used" yet in my stash reports. 

I know that I've made 8 Farm Girl Vintage blocks this month. Half of those were 12" blocks and the other half were the 6" mini version of those same blocks.  This one is Kitchen Window.  And I'm planning to get the Baking Day block done this week if possible.

I've made 7 Crown of Thorns blocks and these are 15" blocks. This grey one was made with leftovers from the yellow/white/grey baby chevron quilt I finish this week.  I still have to sew the green one that is cut and waiting on my sewing table. I'm making these blocks as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 (RSC16) and also our guild scrap challenge. Each month I'll plan to at least add the RSC16 color block, and maybe the guild color too if it's different.

I made 2 Saturday Sampler blocks early in April - one with the sampler fabrics and one bonus block using my stash fabrics. These are 12" blocks. I almost don't want to give this one away, but I'll try to be optimistic that maybe I will win all of those bonus blocks. 

And I've made LOTS of tiny (3") blocks for the Temecula Circa 2016 online project.  In fact, I've made 62 of the Circa 2016 blocks so far, not counting the 2" HST extras. I can add another 25 to the total with those teeny tiny HSTs.  And I still have to make this past Friday's 2 new blocks. 

I feel really good about the amount of sewing I accomplished in April. All of these blocks will go together eventually and become something pretty. These 4 projects (Saturday Sampler, Farm Girl Vintage, Circa 2016) will be my focus again in May I think. The best thing about working on individual blocks is that they are perfect for those times when I only have an hour to sew. I can finish something in that hour when my goal is just individual blocks. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sunflower and Crops

I broke down and made the Crops block from Farm Girl Vintage to go with the sunflower block.  And of course after I finished them both then I saw my mistake in the bigger block. The darker colors of the leaves were supposed to be on the bottom. Oops! My orange leaf is upside down. I may just leave it alone - unless that OCD part of me decides I MUST fix it.  And now that I look at the photo I see more clearly how crooked that bottom section is. So I might be picking this one apart after all. 

This week I want to catch up with the Facebook group and get the Kitchen Window and Baking Day blocks done too. But who knows what the week with actually bring in terms of sewing. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Baby chevron

It's always exciting to me to finish a quilt, even when it's a small one. This baby quilt is done except for the label. And it will be headed to Australia for baby Emmaline, the new daughter of a cousin of my girls. The backing of this grey, white and yellow quilt is a soft, velvety fabric with grey drawings of Nursery Rhymes. I just think it's perfect.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Status of the Stash

Again I'm posting a 2 week report because I forgot all about it last week. And I'm guilty of having added some yardage to my stash in the past 2 weeks. I've done a lot of sewing this week but it's mostly been individual blocks so I won't be counting much. I did make 1 new pillowcase and I finished the binding on a baby quilt so I can count the yardage for that quilt. I'll get a photo of it to post tomorrow.

This is the Sunny Sunflower block from Farm Girl Vintage and is this month's challenge for our Sew Vintage group. The small version is cut out and ready to go.  There is another block called Crops that is a stem and leaves that pairs up nicely with this one, but I haven't decided yet if I'm going to make that. Maybe.  And the last couple of blocks from the Facebook group I'm following are not done yet either.

So here is the stash report for the past 2 weeks.

In this week: 10.75 yds
In this year: 50 yds
Out this week: 7.5 yds
Out this year: 48 yds

Oops!  I've allowed the stash to get into the lead. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Catching up

Except for today's block I am caught up with the Temecula Circa 2016 blocks. I won't have a chance to even look at this week's post until after work today, but I'm excited to catch up. And I've reorganized the fabrics I have been using into a project box so that I can find them all easily again.

These 3" blocks include Birds in the Air, Flying Geese, and 2 four-patch variations.

Looking back at the original posts for Circa 2016 I see that the finished quilt will be a large wall hanging size - about 48" x 55". That means there must be LOTS more blocks to make yet.