Thursday, May 25, 2017

Adding borders to Farm Girl Vintage

 
Forgive the quality of this photo. With 30 mph winds blowing today, this was the only spot outside where I could lay the quilt out so it wouldn't blow away. 
 
The rows are all done and the first outer border has been added.  Unfortunately I didn't read the directions carefully enough. That white border was supposed to be cut 2" wide and I only cut it 1.5" wide.  Since the next border is pieced I'm afraid I'll have to do some math to make it come out correctly.  But it won't be the first time I've had to "fudge" a bit, and won't be the last time either.
 
Yesterday I stopped into my local quilt shop and found a 30s print that will become the final wide outer border.  I knew I wanted my pieced border to be red and white - to compliment that big red barn in the middle - so I picked a pretty blue that also had some red and white in it. The pieced border is made of tiny (1.5 x 2.5") flying geese, so it will take me awhile to get to the final border stage.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May UFO is done

 
I did some switching again on my UFO Challenge list, replacing a project I knew I couldn't finish with one that had a chance of getting finished.  And here is the finished UFO. This one was a lost and found item that is at least 12 years old because I made it in our previous house.
 
Bonnie (The Pin Cushion) quilted it with a cute cherry cluster design to match the outer border. I got the binding sewn on this weekend. And after some experimenting, I've decided to leave off the big yo-yos that were originally in the white squares.  It just felt too busy with those on there.

 
Finishing this UFO means I've completed at least 1 each month so far.  Too bad there are still so many more to go!

Monday, May 22, 2017

5 good reasons for not sewing

 
No sewing happened (except a little binding in the car) in the last few days. We left home early Thursday afternoon for Dave to attend a short work meeting and then we headed to granddaughter Sophia's pre-school graduation.  After the graduation ceremony we all went out for ice cream to celebrate and then checked into a motel for the night.  Friday morning we left for Omaha for the weekend.
 
My niece's husband retired from the army on Friday, and they had a reception for him at their home. It was so fun to visit with family we don't see often enough. 
 
On Saturday our kids and grandkids joined us at the zoo - where lots of fun was had in spite of the rain.  One would think that 6 adults could keep track of 5 kids, but it was a challenge with all of us counting heads continuously. We kept to the indoor exhibits in the morning and when the rain let up about noon we worked our way through most of the outdoor areas. Jonah's favorite thing was the rattlesnake, Olivia loved the train ride, and we could hardly get Mason out of the aquarium, especially the penguins. 
 
 
 
Sunday morning I had coffee with an old friend that I hadn't seen since our freshman year in college. That was 45 years ago! We met as exchange students in Hamburg Germany in 1971.
 
All said, it was a fun weekend but I was ready to get home and sleep in my own bed again too.

Friday, May 19, 2017

It's a start


The messy sewing room has been breached!  At least one spot has been.  I have a huge antique dresser with the 2 little drawers on top and in our previous house it lived in our guest bedroom with 2 antique crystal lamps sitting on the little drawer sections. 
 
In this house the dresser has always lived in my basement sewing room but I had never unpacked those lamps. After 11 years it was time, right?  Interesting find in the box with the lamps - 2 old wooden clocks, one made by my father in a shop class in high school in the 1930s.  More about the clocks another time.
 
This the BEFORE view of the top of the dresser. It had become a landing zone for junk things I was too lazy to put away or to use.  I had almost covered up my thread basket. Yikes!!
 
 
I also hung up a wall hanging quilt that I made about 20 years ago. It hung in our living room in the other house but has been folded up in a drawer since moving here. The patriotic fabrics were some of my favorites, but the navy blue had faded after several years of hanging. I decided I don't care that it's faded because I really love it.  Notice the prairie points?  Guess I loved them back then too.

 
The thread basket was sitting alone on the top of the dresser once I got it cleaned off, but I have put back my small Ott light and another small project basket.  Let's hope I can stop myself from piling stuff up around this again.

 
And you can't see it but the lid is back on the grey tub of stuff, with the scrap bins on top.  So some of the mess has been sorted, used or disposed of, and contained for now.  Better yet - there is 1 less box of "stuff" in my storage area.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Looking for my mojo

 
This should be my new mantra. Just sayin . . .
 
I stole this picture from 24 Blocks on Facebook and need to print it to hang everywhere in my house where I'll see it.  I have few excuses for feeling low, but I am struggling with my creative happy side right now.  My mojo will return - maybe with some sunshine after so many rainy days.
 
I started to clean out that "big grey bin" over a week ago. But I got distracted interrupted, and then I spent a few days away from home - and now it's just increasing the mess in my creative space.  I did rescue one long-forgotten quilt top from the bin and it's now quilted.  My plan today is to make and sew on the binding so I'll have some hand stitching to do on a little road trip we're going to take for an upcoming retirement party. 
 
And my other plan for today is to repack the remaining contents, put the top back on the bin, and leave the rest for another day.  It is just contributing to the chaos in the room and that makes it less enjoyable to be in there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage update

 
I spent only about an hour sewing on this darky and rainy day.  My basement sewing room was so dreary!  And chilly!  It just doesn't get enough natural light and I'm tired of trying to make floor lamps and Ott lights create enough good light. Sigh!!!
 
But one more row was added to the bottom of my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I have 3 more rows of blocks to put together, along with the sashing and cornerstones between rows and at the top and bottom.  The blocks themselves are finished and the rows laid out.  Once those are done the plan is to add another 1.5" white border around the whole outside.  These are my small blocks - finishing at 6", and the finished quilt will be a generous lap size.
 
Then I'll decide if I'm going to do the prairie points when I add the wide outer border.  Of course I still haven't picked out a border fabric or even know what color I want to look for. I'm going to need to lay this out and stare at it for awhile before deciding on those last colors.  Design as I go . . .

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Saturday Sampler is a mystery

 
The new Saturday Sampler that began last month is a mystery quilt. I did all of the cutting last month but since it was all squares and rectangles, the design was definitely still a mystery.  This month we are using the rectangles and some of the squares to make these diamond units. It's still a mystery to me!
 
So far I've only made 5 of each, so I have quite a few left to make: 15 more of unit 1, 15 of unit 2, and 11 of unit 3.  But at least I did a little sewing today. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

AWOL from quilting


I've been AWOL (absent with out leave) and am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things around here.  I spent 4 days in Virginia visiting a cousin and his family. It was delightful even with 2 rainy days there. The rain didn't stop us from stopping at the Blenheim winery for a tasting or keep us from doing the tour of President James Monroe's Highland property.  We celebrated my cousin's birthday at Mission BBQ one evening, and enjoyed Duck Donuts for breakfast the morning I headed to the airport to come home.

My cousin's wife even took me to the only quilt shop in Charlottesville- Cottonwood Quilts. It was a charming shop with very helpful ladies.  They had an impressive collection of Civil War reproductions.  I'm proud to say that I was pretty conservative with my purchases.  I did buy 3 patterns that I just haven't seen anywhere else. It's always fun to see how unique each shop features their samples and workshops. 

And finally - the airport in Charlottesville is small and friendly, and makes it easy to wait for your flight by providing a row of rocking chairs in the waiting area.  Very comfortable!  

So now I'm home - but haven't spent any time at all in my sewing room yet.  Need to get my mojo back!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Family fun

 
My oldest grandson Mason graduated pre-school on Saturday morning. It just doesn't seem possible that he will be headed to kindergarten in the fall. My oldest granddaughter Sophia is also headed to kindergarten in the fall and will have a preschool graduation later in May. Both of them in Sioux Falls, but they will be in different elementary schools on opposite sides of the city.
 
It was a short trip and we didn't get to spend much time with the family after this little event. But it was nice to be around them, even for just an hour. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Another interesting find & more pillowcases

 
This book was in the big grey tub and I remember falling in love with the 3D flowers on the cover. There are quite a few other interesting ideas in the book but the cover still is something I want to make. So this book is now on my "current" book shelf.  And the funny thing is that tucked in the pages were 4 batik squares I had obviously cut just for those flowers.
 
I finished 4 more pillowcases on Thursday evening.  The yellow "get well" ones are from the newly discovered stash in the grey tub. The "alley cat" ones were from fabric recently purchased by my cousin and they will be gifted to her sister-in-law. I love these with the fun cat batik on top and the grey brick pattern on the bottom. Thus my name for them of "alley cats".
 
 
We're off this morning to our oldest grandson's pre-school graduation. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pillowcases from stash

Added to the finished pillowcase pile - 1 Spider-Man pillowcase from the stash in the tub and 1 City Dog pillowcase left over from a recent purchase.  The Spider-Man one may have to be set aside for grandson Mason's June birthday. 
 
 
Another find in the big grey tub - more fabric that will make pillowcases.  This cute yellow print was something I originally bought to make some scrub tops for my daughter.  Notice the 1997 date on that selvage in the last photo below. If memory serves me correctly, I bought 3 yards of this fabric on a sale table someplace.  It should be well aged by now.
 
 
There are 2 pillowcase "kits" now cut from this, pinned, and ready to sew.  That still leaves a little more than 1 yard remaining for 1 more.  

 
 
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Beginning the exploration

 
I feel like I've opened up Pandora's Box, but it's just a big grey tub full of odds and ends of sewing "stuff" in my sewing room.  Late Tuesday evening I got up the courage to move the scrap bins which I'll deal with later, and lifted the lid on that tub.  It was full and I must admit it's a bit overwhelming.  This finished quilt top was one of the first things I pulled out, and I know I made this in our previous house, so it's at least 12 years old.  I remember making this but had no idea it was never quilted. 

 
It's a simple 9-patch, but with large yo-yos pinned into the white squares.  I unpinned the yo-yos, and pressed the top.  And on Wednesday I went to The Pin Cushion . . . backing is now purchased and I've left it for quilting.  There was even enough of the yellow border print in the bag to use for binding. I'm not sure if those yo-yos will end up back on it or not.  We'll see.  They might be cute anchored with a big white button sewn into the middle of each. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Optimism vs realism

Thinking of all of the things I could be working on . . . and trying to be realistic at the same time.  I think my goals for the month of May are a mixture of realism and optimism. 

 

One of the things in my sewing room right now that is driving me crazy is this big grey plastic tub - which is full of "stuff".  I have no idea what all might still be in there. The good news is that there used to be 2 of these and I did clean out 1 of them and consolidated everything left into just the one. The bad news is that I have no idea what's in it and my scrap bins sit on top of it and they are overflowing. The whole thing needs to be cleaned out and organized. Scraps need to be tamed, and that tub needs to be explored and organized. 

So here are my goals for May . . .
  • Clean out and organize 1 grey tub (includes the scrap bins)
  • Saturday Sampler monthly task
  • UFO Challenge - finish quilting 4 Season Cats wall hanging
  • 4 new donation pillowcases
  • 2 pillowcases (from my cousin's fabric)
  • finish top for small Farm Girl Vintage blocks

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

APQ UFO Challenge

American Patchwork & Quilting has chosen #2 for the May UFO number.  This is an old, old UFO.  I worked on the hand applique for the 4 Season Cats wall hanging in 2000 on a road trip from South Dakota, to Atlanta, to North Carolina, up through Chicago, then Green Bay, and back to South Dakota. My youngest child had just finished her sophomore year in high school. She is now 33.
 
The hand applique was done years ago and now I'm hand quilting it. The quilting is just a simple diagonal grid plus outlining the cats, and it's nearly half done already.  I bought this as a kit, along with the book, but I have no idea where.  This was a lost item for several years and when I found it again the binding and pattern book were with it. Now I can't find that pattern book - and I'm assuming the binding is still folded up in it. So I can't even tell you who designed this. Maybe if I finally finish the quilting this month it will prod me into cleaning up the sewing room more deeply to find that binding and the book.
 
 
 
As you can see I did finish 4 UFOs - one for each month so far. However, I've cheated a little because I switched up 2 of those projects. As long as I finish at least 1 UFO each month I'm not going to punish myself for switching some of them.
 
UFO/WIP Project
Status Before
Status After
1
Valentine Bench Pillow
Needs blanket stitching around applique, then sandwich, quilt, and add envelope backing
 
2
4 Seasons Cats
Finish hand quilting, bind
 
3
ABC kid quilt
Machine quilt, bind
 
4
House Warming Party
Finish blocks
 
5
Circa 2016
Finish making blocks
 
6
Easter Sunrise runners (2)
Applique, quilt, bind
DONE in January!
7
Batik Stars Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks
 
8
2016 2015 Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks, need to cut out setting pieces Quilt and bind
DONE in February!
9
Reindeer 60-degree runner
Quilt and bind
 
10
2015 Friendship Exchange
Blocks are made, need to determine a layout
 
11
Beach cross-stitch piece
Harvest Bounty 60-degree runner
About half stitched only
Re-do quilting
DONE in April!
12
RSC16 Crown of Thorns
12+ blocks finished, need to determine layout
DONE in March!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Farm Girl Vintage


My photos are a bit blurry and the light sure reflects the grey, damp day. But I've been playing with the arrangement for my FGV blocks. The blocks will be separated by white sashing and colorful cornerstones.  Since my husband has already left for the airport and a business trip, no one will mind if I leave these blocks laying on the family room floor while I decide if the colors are evenly distributed. My "design floor". 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Assembling Farm Girl Vintage

 
This barn and silo block is going to be the centerpiece of my Farm Girl Vintage. The pattern was for a 14.5" block (unfinished) but I need it to be 13.5" square instead because it will be framed on each side by 2 of the 6.5" blocks plus sashing with cornerstones. I had to do a little redesign to make this block work.
 
There are 52 of the little blocks, including the one I put in this barn block. So my next step is to lay them out and see just how many I want to use. Who knows - maybe I'll have to make additional ones. The sashing is white and I'm using up scraps from my 30s prints to make the cornerstones. Once I get this center section all assembled, then I'll decide if I want to do the prairie points and wide outer border like the book shows.
 
And I'll still have 52 of the big blocks to use for something else. Probably 2 something elses.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cranberry Chutney is done!

 
I'm not totally happy with the quilting I did on this, but it's done.  Each of the white squares got 4 loops, kind of like a flower. Then I just did some straight line quilting through the red triangles, and stitch-in-the-ditch on both side of the narrow red inner border. I struggle a bit with stitching in the ditch, especially when any errant stitch shows up on a dark fabric like this red.
 
So I have finished 4 of the Kim Diehl projects from this sessions classes and have 2 left to do.  The new session starts in June. Will I be caught up by then? Your guess is as good as mine.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ready for quilting

 
Cranberry Chutney (by Kim Diehl) is all pieced, and sandwiched for quilting.  I love this top but have no ideas yet for HOW I want to quilt this. I think those 4 small cream squares in the center need something special.  So for now it's laid out over my coffee table and I'm "living" with it for a day or so while I play with ideas in my head.
 
Any ideas for me?  I'm open to suggestions.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Two borders left

 
I had this morning off so I worked on Cranberry Chutney (a Kim Diehl pattern) and managed to finish the center, add the solid inner borders, and add the top and bottom pieced borders. So I have just the 2 side pieced borders left to make. There are still 2 strip sets to sew together, and then the 14 blocks to make.
 
Check Design Wall Monday to see what others are working on today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Harvest Bounty 60 degree runner


This is the 60 degree table runner on which I picked out all of the original attempt at quilting. My attempt at stippling was pitiful - jagged with a variety ot stitch lengths. So I had set it aside and it became a UFO.  Fast forward to this week - and I ended up putting a simple diagonal straight line quilting on this, and then bound it. So it is finished and I'm counting this as my #12 UFO for the All People Quilt UFO Challenge. The item that was originally my #12 is off the list and this is replacing it.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spotlight is finished


I finally have an April finish, and it's this panel with some pieced borders added.  I used a pattern called Spotlight II, and I like the multi-colored squares in the border. I may try a similar one but use pinwheels in the border. I have more panels to play with. 

This is a nice size for using on the sofa, or it would be a good size for a child. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

One row at a time

 
This is turning into a slow project, which is silly considering how small it is. The center section of this little quilt is only about 18" square.  I got another row on it yesterday, plus I added the top border strip on and it seemed to help the rows lay flat.  So now I have 1 more row and the other 3 side borders to put on.  Then there is an outer pieced border.  Maybe this afternoon I'll get some more done on this.
 
I worked most of the day yesterday at my 2 part time jobs, but then spent more time picking out quilting stitches on that table runner I showed. I can only do that in daylight - sitting by the window due to my poor eyesight close up. The good news is that my appointment for new glasses is May 8.
 
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UFO - lost and found

 
While cleaning up a shelf in my sewing room yesterday, I discovered this UFO table runner that I had forgotten about. The reason this one is a UFO is because I tried to quilt this myself a couple of years ago using a meander or stipple. I stopped after finishing about 1/3 of it and set it aside - because it looked terrible.  The stitches very in length, there are skipped stitches, and jagged lines where there should be smooth curves. It's awful and it would never satisfy me.
 
It may take me a few days of picking, but this quilting is being removed. Once removed I will do something much more simple and take my time so that the quality of my stitching is better. Since I didn't work at all on the UFO originally selected for April, this one is going take it's place.  And whatever I do with it will be an improvement.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Not much to report

 
I just haven't spent much time in my sewing room lately. I did get 1 more center block and 3 border blocks made for Cranberry Chutney by Kim Diehl. And I've been working a little on a quilt binding. But it's a cool, rainy day today - just perfect for some sewing time. And I will have most of the afternoon free to sew. 
 
We really need the rain, so no complaints on the weather. It's been raining, not drizzling, for most of the morning, so hopefully we'll see at least a half inch or more. That will keep those leaves popping out. Maybe this weekend I'll make a visit to the local greenhouse and do a bit of browsing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Simple Whatknots - Cranberry Chutney

 


The cutting is all done for a new Kim Diehl Simple Whatknots project.  This one is called Cranberry Chutney and is done with just 2 fabrics/colors. I really love a red and white quilt so I'm excited to get this one done.  I made one of the center blocks. These finish at 6.5" square and the other 8 are ready to sew, hopefully later today.
 
Our group met for lunch last Saturday and several of the gals talked about the outer border blocks not fitting properly on this one. Most ended up adjusting the width of the border separating the border blocks from the center blocks so they would fit, which turned out OK.  They mostly used the template in the pattern and complained that their blocks finished 1/4" too small.  So I decided to try using my Companion Angle ruler instead and tested it on some scraps.  With the ruler my test block came out to a perfect 4.5" square.  So I know that's the technique I'll use for making the real blocks.  



 
The Companion Angle ruler is perfect for cutting hourglass block pieces from strip sets, and the Easy Angle ruler that goes with it is perfect for cutting HST from strip sets. Notice the flat spot at the tip? That lines up with the edge of the fabric.  I use them quite often. There are a couple of different "brands" of these rulers made by different designers.
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saturday Sampler Mystery


The new Saturday Sampler is a mystery quilt and only the yardage and numbers of fabrics were provided, so everyone will choose their own fabrics.  We did learn which of the 6 fabrics will touch or are in all blocks, and which is the background.  

The first clue gave us cutting instructions for all 6 fabrics and it was suggested that we put them into marked sandwich bags to keep them organized. My cutting is done and everything is in its little bag.  

The cutting went pretty well now that I have 2 "new eyes".  My second cataract surgery was yesterday morning, and it all went very well,  Can't wait to get new glasses for close work sometime in mid May.  Until then my old glasses work for short periods of time.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday stash report

I've only done a couple of stash reports this year but I have been keeping track in a spreadsheet just like I've done the past couple of years.  I just don't remember to post it. And since my blog is really here as my journal, I want to keep track of this.  Then looking back at my earlier posts I realized that I had my numbers reversed anyway. 

So as of this Sunday, April 9, I'm correcting those numbers.  I've made some purchases this month but I've also had quite a few finishes, so it's looking good so far.  I made 9 pillowcases this week, so that almost erases the 11.5 yards I've purchased so far this month. 

     In this month:  11.5 yards
     In this year:  30 yards

     Out this month: 16.5 yards
     Out this year:  57 yards - which puts me way ahead of my stash so far!

So - I've been doing a pretty good job of holding my purchases to MOSTLY things needed to finish a project. I promised myself that I would try really hard to stick to "practical" purchases. So far that has included backings for several finished tops, and backgrounds or other fabrics needed to finish a top.

Besides - in August our guild bus trip is headed to Missouri Star Quilt Company, and the whole idea behind these trips is to buy fabric, right?  And like most of my guild friends, I still have purchases from previous trips sitting in my stash . . . waiting.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Guild activities to support the community

The Heartland Quilt Guild recently hosted a table at the Mitchell Area Safe House salad luncheon fundraiser.  And we donated a quilt for the silent auction.  This is an annual event and the ladies in the community go all out to decorate the tables with various themes. There were loads of flowers and spring themes this year, and the tables were gorgeous as always. And the salads were delicious, as always. The guild table was decorated by a couple of the gals, using some cute mini quilts, tiny lights, fat quarters folded for placemats, lace, and a lovely set of dishes.


The main fund raising parts of this event are the prizes. Attendees buy lots of raffle tickets to win some pretty amazing prize baskets donated mostly by local businesses. And they usually have a couple of larger silent auction items as well.  This year there was a gorgeous set of dishes, along with a table cloth, etc on the silent auction.  And there was the quilt our guild donated which I've been told raised over $400. 



It's a fun event with an important purpose in helping make life safer for women and children in abusive situations.  Our guild members are proud to be a part of this activity.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday thoughts


We all most likely have various spots in our home where we display items that are special to us.  Some of us have quite a few such locations. There is a wrought iron baker's rack in my kitchen where I keep lots of kitchen items. On the bottom is a wine rack, with a shelf above that holding cookbooks.

Then there are the 3 shelves where I display some favorite things. There is a china pitcher that I believe is an antique. It belonged to my mother and always sat in her kitchen. Right now my grandmother's recipe box sits next to it. And they both sit on a small runner that I change out seasonally - and that I made.  

Above that is a basket full of cookbooks and recipes. The white embroidered napkin was a gift from my favorite cousin. And sitting on that is a birthday gift from my friend Marilyn. It's a spool of garden twine, with a big twine cutting scissors and she added the daisies and butterfly. It's so springy and cheerful looking sitting there. On top is a small print of a painting done by my cousin's husband, an artist.  

These are all things that make me happy when I walk into my kitchen every day. 

5 more pillowcases

 
The top 2 pillowcases are already tucked into the gift bags for the birthday kiddos for Monday. My twin grandchildren will be 4 that day and we'll stop in to celebrate briefly - after my second cataract surgery.  I love, love, love the Hello World fabric on the left one. It has these adorable animals sitting on and near the continents where they live.  And the Spider-Man one speaks for itself for a little boy who loves superheroes.
 
The bottom 3 pillowcases are gifts for some other kiddos.  I switched up the cuffs and accent strips on these, using a black cuff for a boy on the map version with the purple just as an accent. And with the other Hello World fabric (grey with zoo animals) I did orange and black - also switched.  The 2 darker cuffed pillowcases will go to Virginia with me in May hopefully, when I visit some family. The orange one is destined for my other granddaughter as a belated birthday pillowcase since I didn't get one made for her in March. She loves animals so I think she'll like the one with the orange cuff.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Odds 'n Ends

 
Have you noticed lately how cute some of the selvages are?  I save them and use them periodically in projects, and I have some really fun ones from fabrics I've purchased in the last year.  This was the selvage from the 2 new Moda fabrics I bought in Minneapolis last week to use for pillowcases. Hello World - such a cute name for the fabric line, and just look at those cute little Africa shapes lined up in the selvage.  Love them!

 
Before starting these pillowcases I decided I needed to clean under and around the bobbin case in my machine.  I try to do this at least once a month.  A little brush came with my machine, but I've been using the miniature "toilet brush" that I made in my Sew Vintage group.  This was a fun project one month - using simple drinking straws and pipe cleaners. We had the narrow straws like you might get with an adult beverage, and bright colored pipe cleaners.  Simply cut the straw in half, and tuck the ends of pipe cleaner into one end. We had short lengths of pipe cleaners too, maybe 4".  These work like a charm to pull out the dust bunnies from those tight spaces.  I have 6 of them in my drawer.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lots more pillowcases



This week I've made 4 pillowcases from stash for donations.  (bottom photo)  And I've prepped 5 more pillowcases from newly purchased fabrics as gifts for some kiddos in the family.  While in Minneapolis last week I bought fabric for 4 of these new pillowcases that came from a line of fabric with zoo animals and a world atlas.  And I had picked up a Spider-Man print last spring, so that will be the 5th one, which isn't in the picture. 

I'm hoping that I'll get these sewn tomorrow because I'll need a couple of these by Monday to include in some birthday gifts.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UFO Challenge & April goals

The UFO number drawn (All People Quilt UFO Challenge) was #11. And my #11 is counted cross stitch.  I'm not very confident this one will even be worked on this month due to my eye situation.

My first cataract was removed on March 30 and the second one will be done April 10. And I must admit that I'm still struggling with seeing well enough for close up work. I expected that however so it's OK because I know it's temporary.  I've tried 2 different pair of drugstore "reading" glasses, and have finally gone back to using my old glasses just when I need to see something close up - like the spreadsheets I use for work. Officially - I've become the goofy old lady with her glasses on a chain around her neck. But it works for now.

 
UFO/WIP Project
Status Before
Status After
1
Valentine Bench Pillow
Needs blanket stitching around applique, then sandwich, quilt, and add envelope backing
 
2
4 Seasons Cats
Finish hand quilting, bind
 
3
ABC kid quilt
Machine quilt, bind
 
4
House Warming Party
Finish blocks
 
5
Circa 2016
Finish making blocks
 
6
Easter Sunrise runners (2)
Applique, quilt, bind
DONE in January!
7
Batik Stars Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks
 
8
2016 2015 Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks, need to cut out setting pieces Quilt and bind
DONE in February!
9
Reindeer 60-degree runner
Quilt and bind
 
10
2015 Friendship Exchange
Blocks are made, need to determine a layout
 
11
Beach cross-stitch piece
About half stitched only
 
12
RSC16 Crown of Thorns
12+ blocks finished, need to determine layout
DONE in March!


Since I'm not likely to be doing any counted cross stitch or any tiny blocks, I've set some very modest goals for April.
  • Bind the Spotlight II panel quilt  (a UFO not on my original list)
  • complete 1st step for new Saturday Sampler
  • put together my 6" Farm Girl Vintage quilt top