Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Still Here....

I think this is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting!  My job changed at the beginning of the year and new responsibilities leave no time for posting during the day and  cut into my free time at night, so the blog has fallen to the bottom of the “to do” list.  I have been getting a little sewing and rug hooking done in the time I have, nothing totally complete but several things close to the finish line.  I’m hoping to start pushing a few across that line soon.

When I last posted I was working on assembling my 2018 mystery quilt.  That top is now assembled and waiting to go on the long arm (you can see it actually laying on the machine below - too bad it won't auto-load!).  After that I got back to work on my scrappy log cabin.  Here are all the blocks ready for assembly:

The top is completely together now and is awaiting the back to be pieced and then it will be ready to quilt. Shortly after getting that top together the summer blocks of the week hit the mailbox.  I’m collecting the pieced one and two color ways of the wool appliqué project (I was indecisive).  I invested in a laundry rack to have more space for starching.  Here’s week three drying.

My goal is to keep up with the prep (prepping and steaming the wool blocks, starching the fabric strips for the pieced version) throughout the summer.  So far so good - and I’ve even started stitching on a few of the wool blocks (mainly the freebies).  I also finished week one of the piecing.  These blocks are so cute!  They are 3” unfinished.

And those freebies...they are so stinking cute!

I’m looking forward to the extra day off this week to get a little sewing done.  Maybe I will even get a quilt loaded!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Williamsburg, Wool Club, and FNSI

I am slow to get my post completed for FNSI, but for good reason - I was actually sewing!  Well, sewing, preparing for and attending a TAS meeting and Wool Club but I did spend the vast majority of the weekend on fun stuff.  There’s still a lot more cleaning out and moving around to do to finish the sewing room, but I decided I would rather play this weekend.

I attended the Williamsburg Applique Academy the week before last and did a workshop with Missie Carpenter.  I really enjoyed it!  We were working on her Gardens of a King pattern, which involves some very complicated piecing.  We learned her technique for starch-prepped EPP.  I can’t say that I was completely in love with this technique for those particular blocks - my method of choice would be traditional had piecing.

While I was not thrilled with using the starch prep EPP method for piecing the tiny points, I am completely in love with it for prepping hexies. Missie shared some of her prepared hexies with us and they stitched together so easily - it was SO much better than with the papers inside, and there’s no paper to remove at the end.  I practiced preparing some so I could demo the technique at TAS.

They were so much fun that I almost want to start a new hexie project (or perhaps I should get back the the PG summer BOW from a couple of years ago).

I worked on binding Floral No. 5 at Wool Club.  I’m only about half way around so no picture this time. My reason for mentioning it us actually because I’m all excited about starting a new rug next month.  Our topic next month is “hit or miss” and after recently organizing all of my leftover worms I have been wanting to do a hit or miss rug.  I remembered one I loved at Warsaw a couple of years ago - I’m thinking of drawing up a similar pattern.

I mainly forced myself to get back to my mystery quilt this weekend.  I made good progress, finishing the alternate blocks and starting to piece the rows.  There’s still a long way to go, but I am motivated to keep pushing now.  I really like how it is coming together.

I will be finishing up the weekend working on my Schoolhouse Sampler rug.  I’m almost down to the grass now so the end is in sight.  I need to have it ready to start binding when I’m finished with the other one - and I can’t wait to get back to the rug I started in Eureka Springs!

Linking up with Sugarlane Designs for FNSI this weekend...

Thursday, February 7, 2019

One Monthly Goal - Feb 2019

I have so many new projects and sew-alongs that I want to jump in on but just can't seem to get off the starting block this year!  I still haven't started my Circa 1880 blocks or my String-Along project, I'm rethinking my first Crazy Seasons block (I think I want to go more neutral) and I had planned to jump in on the Temecula Quilt One Block Wednesday but haven't gotten to that, either. I'm still working to get my new sewing space organized and that is taking precedence over working on projects. I am purging loads of fabric and projects (thank goodness my local guild's annual yard sale is coming soon!) but am still completely overwhelmed by just how much stuff I have!

I did manage to finish piecing the four patch/string blocks from my Good Fortune quilt, and pieced a few more of the star blocks, so I was able to get a better idea of what the finished quilt will look like.

I love it!  I need to power through and get this one finished, so I am sticking with it as my OMG project for February also.  It would be great to get the top together this month. Maybe then I will be ready to jump in on one of the many other new projects on my list...

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal for February.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Progress Report

This post might be better titled “Lack of Progress Report”...  I’ve spent nearly all of my spare time at home working on my sewing room move.  I’m amazed at how efficiently I had stuff packed into my old room - there seems to be no end to it!  I don’t function well when things aren’t organized so it’s been tough to get any sewing done at all.  I did manage to get a few more of my Good Fortune blocks pieced:

And I couldn't resist getting a start on the first block in the Crazy Seasons Mystery.  I am using Japanese fabrics and am planning to keep the applique somewhat muted. I may have gone a little too muted with the little bunny in the center.

I also spent some time starting a new rug for the new year. Yet another floral with a number in the name (Fraktur Floral 2). I am using taupes for my background - you can see some of it around the center flower - and have had to make a few adjustments along the way to make sure my design shows up. I'm not really a pink person but I am loving these colors!

I did achieve my goal of getting the alphabet hooked on my Schoolhouse Sampler before starting the new rug. My next step on this one will be to get the background in around the tree on the right and figure out what if any adjustments are needed to make it show up against the background.

So overall the month wasn't a complete fail.  I am looking forward to a weekend at home to continue organizing the sewing room. I don't have any hope of finishing (will that day ever come???) but am really hoping I can get to a point where the chaos isn't so distracting!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

One Monthly Goal - January 2019

I am trying very hard to avoid being sucked in to all the various sew-alongs, mysteries and other wonderful initiatives I keep seeing online - that all-too-familiar syndrome Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts describes as a "New Year Flare up of Startitis".  I decided to do away with the list of 12 UFOs this year and focus instead on just sticking with One Monthly Goal. It's so much easier to make these decisions one month at a time!  I'm not promising that I won't fall victim to a sew-along or two (I've already caved on the Moda String-Along), but at least I won't disappoint myself by not working on the "assigned" UFO!

My OMG project for January is Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune mystery quilt. As I looked through my past UFO lists updating my blog it was interesting to find that I have consistently finished the mystery quilts within a fairly reasonable timeframe. Good Fortune is my 7th Quiltville Mystery.  I am not 100% caught up but fairly close - a little over half way finished with the step released at midnight New Year's Eve.

I am also working on my Schoolhouse Sampler rug, hoping to have at least the sampler portion completed by the time I head to a rug hooking retreat mid-month.

I'm dividing my free time between projects and a massive sewing-room clean-out/move. I started moving everything from my current sewing room to my basement over the holidays and must say that I'm a bit overwhelmed...the amount of stuff I have borders on ridiculous...but I am determined to get it all organized!

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal link-up for January.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Goodbye, 2018!

I have done a terrible job of posting progress this mystery season!  Thankfully I have been better at keeping up with the sewing - I am finished with all but one of the steps.

I have no idea how all of these pieces are going together but I am liking my colors a lot.  I opted to strip piece rather than string for those steps.

I am running dangerously low on my neutrals - hopefully we won’t need them in any further steps.  

And while I elected not to sting piece for the mystery quilt, I quite possibly have been sucked into the Moda String-a-Long vortex.  I stumbled across the blog post about the String-a-Long that included links to strip quilt inspiration on Pinterest.  It was there I saw this quilt:

I couldn’t resist giving it a try.  I found an ancient (2003) phone book and cut a page into a foundation for an 8” finished block.  I folded the square in half to try out the split light/dark block.  I struggled a bit with getting the split down the middle - I’m thinking that it would be better to sew those two strips together and align and pin the foundation paper to that to start.  I also found that I really struggled to sew a straight line when adding strips - I definitely need to do a better job of that!  This block will likely end up in the trash, but I do think I’m going to have to add this project to my “to do” list!

I am joining in on the Monday Mystery Link-up on Bonnie’s blog this week and will be spending New Year’s Eve finishing up the half square triangle step so I am ready for whatever comes next!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Good Fortune Week #2

A bit of a slow start for week #2...  I had a couple of other commitments this weekend so I didn't get as far as I would have liked on this step.  I did manage to complete the first step - I was so close that I figured it made sense to do so before moving on - and then got a start on the HSTs. I am using dark blue for Bonnie's blue so this step looks pretty much the same as her colors.  

Sadly I didn't get much else completed this week.  I still need to steam Floral #5 so I can get started on the binding. And while I have nearly finished my wooly tree (that thing took the better part of a day to do!) I still need to get all the branches attached to the trunk before I can share that one.  My "to do" list this week is getting longer by the minute!

Linking up with Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link-up to share my somewhat limited progress. I am amazed by the number of posts already - and how creative some of the folks are at arranging their pieces for their photos!