Sunday, April 22, 2018

Little bits of this and that...

I've been doing a little bit of sewing here and there, but don't have a lot of progress to share. On Tuesday evening, I had my second class of my monthly Scrap Happy Sampler.  We made this 'maze' block.  It was a good opportunity to test out how accurate our 1/4" seams were.  Each log was a chance to validate how well you did! I loved it, because it keeps you honest!! =O

During the day on Tuesday, I attended the Lutherdale Gala Luncheon.  Once again (4th year!), I presented a block to the group.  They will make them and return them for us to assemble this spring.

The speaker for the day was Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams.  I know her from the Mad Mod Quilt Guild.  Everyone LOVED her! She has a contagious energy.

For a few months now, I've been using up scraps to make wonky log cabins as leader/enders.  I decided to throw a few up on the design wall and take a look at them.  There are about 10 in progress right now.  I plan to make each block about 12" square and I've settled on using about 1.5" strips(ish).  The goal is to make this at least twin sized and use a neutral sashing between the blocks.  It is so much fun!

And the last thing I have to share is pretty exciting--- I've hired a professional organizer to help me improve my sewing room.  It sure needs it! I can't wait to have my closet be more functional and to have fewer piles of stuff lying around.  We get started next Friday. Woot! Here are my "before" pictures.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Finish-A-Long Q2 2018 - My Goals

I had a little wrinkle in time at the end of Q1-2018.  I had a lot going on and wasn't able to link up my finishes for the Finish-A-Long.  Oops! Overall, it wasn't the best quarter in terms of finishing projects.  Apart from Elephant Parade, I didn't meet any of my goals!! =O

That doesn't mean I wasn't sewing, because I've actually been sewing up a storm.  And now I will have a very ambitious Q2 goal list!

Let me start with projects that were Q1 Goals:

1- Hekla
This was sooooo close to being finished for Q1, but see above statement--> lots going on!  And if you look closely, there is just a weeee bit of binding left to do! =O

2- Midnight Star
I did manage to get the top fully pieced this last quarter.  Now it needs some quilting!

3- On Ringo Lake
I worked soooooooooooooo hard on this quilt all winter and I'm thrilled to have the pattern complete.  I've decided that I'm going to add a border of oranges/corals/pinks to extend it a bit more.  I would LOVE to have this finished up by May, because I've used a challenge fabric in it for the Mad City Quilt Guild.  I'm really hoping to make this happen!

4- Finding Nemo
Not difficult, just need time with a longarm

5- St Nick
I managed to put borders on this at January Retreat

6- Legendary
No progress on this and it's ambitous to think I can finish it this quarter

7- Charity Rail Fence
The quiting doesn't need to be fancy, but everything takes time!

8- Bonus Baby Quilt
Isn't this fun?! I made this up out of leftovers from a baby quilt several years ago.  This will go to Project Linus

9- Grey Plus Baby Quilt
I think this baby is due in May, so it would be fantastic if I had it done by then!

10- Rainbow Plus Baby Quilt
I have a bit more time with this one, but it would be great to finish it along with the grey version.

11- Featherweight Tote Bag - Purple 
Getting there!  Not many steps left...

12- Featherweight Tote Bag - Orange
Still a fair amount of work to do on this one...

Twelve projects!! I know I won't be able to complete all of these things-- but it doesn't hurt to dream! Wish me luck!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Rainbow Plus Top - Complete!

It is always nice to advance a project to a milestone, even when the top is as simple as this one.

Next up for me-- find some time for quilting. I'm starting to accumulate quite a few tops: this one, the grey plus version, the pink/brown log cabin for Project Linus, my On Ringo Lake, Legendary-- and I'm sure there are more waiting to quilt!  I hope to accomplish some of this in the next few months.

I did some other sewing yesterday-- making progress on the different parts of my two Sew Portable Travel Sets.  I started these at the Super Most Awesome Retreat, but  had gotten stuck with assembling the bags.  The bulk was too much for my Featherweight.  I had to wait and borrow a friend's machine and even then, it was still difficult.  I broke one needle and bent another! =O

Here is the foot pedal bag:

The extension plate cover, with Finn modeling (it was Caturday, after all!)

And I made big progress on the totes.  This one is now looking like a bag!  Sewing those straps was a challenge.  I'm hoping I learned some lessons that can make the next one a bit easier. I quilted the panels on the orange one, but don't have a picture.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Red Ribbon News! (and other goings on)

It always seems the busier my sewing life gets, the harder it is to keep up with posting.  Lots of fun and fabulous things have been happening.  Let's start with the most exciting part...


It was for my Elephant Parade quilt.  I was so surprised and happy!

After the dust settled from the Sun Prairie Show, I had a few days to pack up and head to my "Super Most Awesome Retreat".  Last year at Quilt Expo, I won a drawing for a weekend at Dragonfly Retreat Center in Bangor, WI (not far outside of LaCrosse).  It was every kind of fantastic! I invited all kinds of friends and it was a rather eclectic mix (12 of us total).  I planned out our meals and did the shopping and some cooking in advance.  We had soup/sandwich lunches, chicken tacos on Friday, lasagna on Saturday and yummy eggs and bacon breakfasts.

If you are in the upper midwest and are looking for a weekend getaway spot, I can't say enough wonderful things about Dragonfly.  The owners have thought of everything!  And the craft room...WOW!!! Big, well lit, comfy, basically perfect. Go to their website, look around.  I intended to take pictures of the place, but time flew too quickly. =(

What did I work on?  My main goal was to complete tote bag/travel sets for both of my featherweights.  I bought Jeni Baker's pattern and made progress.  When I got to the point where I needed to sew the straps onto the tote panels, my little featherweight was struggling.  I decided to put this aside and finish it with a friend's machine on another day. I did get the foot pedal bag completed!

My friend made the cutest troll hair headbands for her daughter's birthday party.  Behind me, you can see part of the finished grey plus top for my friends' soon to be baby.  I don't have a great picture of the completed top, but once it is quilted, I'll do a proper photo shoot.

I brought the second/rainbow plus top with me, but I'm short just a few fabrics and I'll hold off on starting the rows until I have that figured out.

 While packing, as an afterthought, I threw in 3 yards of fabric that I bought about 8 years ago.  I pulled this out of my stash to donate to Project Linus, because it wasn't something that inspired me any longer.  After letting it sit on my step for a bit, my mind started wandering to think-- you could do a simple rail fence with it and *then* donate it to Linus!  I'm very happy I ended up bringing this, because I was stalled on my other projects and it was a great, simple thing to make while chatting with friends and I was able to whip up an entire top in less than one day.

I'll share one last picture of our weekend-- a fun selfie!


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Sunday, March 11, 2018

On Ringo Lake - Top complete!

Great news-- I sewed the final seam on my On Ringo Lake last week! Wooot! Do I call the top done? I'm not sure-- it's mostly queen sized, but if I were to use it on a queen bed, I would like it to be just a smidge bigger.  So I might add about a 3" border of orange/coral 'bricks'.  We will see.  It can age while I think about it. 😊

Now that I'm done with that monumentous project, I can try and tidy up my sewing room.  It has been a bit out of control.  In January, the Mad Mod guild had a speaker that talked about how to go about organizing your sewing space.  She has a business where she will help you bring your space to its fullest potential.  I contacted her to help me and we have a date!  April 27th! I can't wait to improve how I work and to make my closet more than a "throw stuff in and shut the door" place. =O

Yesterday, to celebrate Caturday, Finn assisted me in my sewing room.  He is such a 'helper'! =/  Ay carumba! I love him and that he spends time with me while I sew, but he can be relentless about where he thinks he needs to be!! Apparently it is not enough that I've gifted him the office chair I used to sit in...

I worked a little bit on the first of 2 plus quilts and have all of the blocks sewn into rows.  It won't take much to call this top complete!  I have been curating and cutting brights for a second version of this, but I still haven't snapped a picture.  Maybe next week?  I have some fun quilty things on deck-- Tuesday is the Sun Prairie Quilt Show and Friday I leave for a retreat weekend near LaCrosse.


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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Scrap Happy Sampler + New Baby Quilts

Do I need another new project? No.  Does that matter? No!!
I'm starting a few more quilts! Woooooot!

One of my local quilt shops (Blue Bar Quilts) is offering a block of the month series of classes/get togethers to make this quilt: Scrap Happy Sampler

Normally wouldn't say I'm a big fan of samplers, but this looks like a lot of fun and a great way to use my bright scraps-- of which I always seem to have oodles of.  Here are a portion of what I've cut into for the first block.

I bought several yards of this Wilmington Criss Cross to use as my background.

In addition to starting the sampler, I'm starting two new baby quilts. I've wanted to do a plus quilt for ages and it seems like a great way to make something quick, but still graphic and interesting.  This is for some local friends that are expecting their first baby.  They are letting the gender be a surprise and are decorating the baby room in grey and white.  I have been making a ton of quilts with these colors and have a lot of left over hunks and chunks, so this is a great way to use up those bits.  After the black/white/grey quilt, I'm going to do another plus, but with rainbow/bright fabrics.  There are babies everywhere!


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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Midnight Star - Top finished!

I started this quilt in late October, but had pulled the fabrics for it 10 months earlier! It was going together quickly, but I got stuck with some of the smaller stars. I wasn't thrilled with the fabrics and wanted to replace them.  While pondering replacements, the Quiltville Mystery started up and this project got put on the back burner.  I brought it to my January Retreat and with help from my friends, picked replacement fabrics and sewed all but 2 seams together.  I just needed about 1 more hour and I could have had the top done!  Oh well-- I brought it to Late Night Sew Night at Blue Bar Quilts this weekend and --TaDaaaa!  I have no idea how to quilt this or what to do with it when it is complete.  But for now, I'm just happy that the top is done.

Speaking of On Ringo Lake... One.More.Seam!!!!!  I cannot wait to also call this top complete.  It has consumed much of my winter sewing this year and I'm most definitely ready for a change of pace.

I've already got a start on my next quilt.  It is going to be simple and quick and rewarding! Friends are expecting their first child.  They don't know the gender and are decorating the baby room in grey and white.  I have a lot of black/white prints and oodles of greys.  It's time to make a quilt that I've wanted to do for aaaaages-- a plus quilt! I did a fabric pull, but didn't snap a picture.  Next time I will have something to share. Who knows... maybe the completed top??!?


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