Sunday, March 30, 2008
This past week was Easter break and the kids were home from school. Lots of quality time spent with the kids and a few stolen moments in the sewing room. My report for this past week is as follows:
- fabric received in: one fat quarter (gifted)
- fabric used: - 6.25 yards
- net fabric for this week: - 6 yards
Net fabric year to date: -28.5 yards (used)
What I accomplished this week:
- finished piecing kitty strippie
- quilted kitty strippie
- sewed binding back on cowboy strippie
- sewed binding back on dogs strippie
- sewed 8 maverick stars
- sewed borders on 3 Tiny Teddy panels
- labeled and mailed Leaves, Florida and Putzy to 'forever' owners
My goals for this week:
- piece Green/ white Pineapple Blossom to a flimsy
- sew binding on kitty strippie
- make quilt backs for Tiny Teddy panel quilts
- practice quilting on Tiny Teddy panel quilts
All in all, my week was alot more productive than I would have thought. Amazing how stolen moments here and there really add up. I went to a quilt show today and saw some inspiring quilts and manage not to have anything follow me home...not even lunch! Although, I saw some really, really cute panels there and I walked away from the novelty fabric booth :).
No pictures as my computer and blogger seem to be talking a different language :(. Hopefully soon they will start playing 'nice' again.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thanks! It is beautiful and will be a great addition to my floral stash and I want to make a floral quilt. Is that great timing or what?
ps...picture to follow when blogger will load for me :)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
I wrapped the quilts in washed new pillowcases and packaged them up.
One box is 'trucking' to Colorado and the other to Michigan. All three quilts will soon be with their 'Forever' owners. I hope these quilts will bring comfort and warmth to everyone who receives their *hugs*.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
- Fabric received in: 3 yards
- Fabric used: 6 yards
- Net fabric for this week: -9 yards (used)
Net total fabric for the year: -22.5 yards
It seems the fabric I'm buying is to use with projects that I have in mind, which is good thing! I just need to 'stay away' from the novelty sections of the fabric stores as this is where I tend to do my 'impulse' shopping :)
Not sure that there will be much time in the sewing room as the kids are off school for Easter Break this week. So if I'm not checking in and posting, it is because I'm having fun with the kids while they are home :)
No goals this week...all time spent in sewing room will be a bonus!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I machine sewed the binding onto Putzy using this tip (scroll down to bottom of post) and it worked like a charm! Best of all, it kept the binding off the sewing room floor and I didn't roll over it once with my chair!
I was also able to cut and sew one of the Quick Strippies.
I choose to use the cowboy fabric first.
5:00 pm update:
I was able to sew another of Mary J's Quick Strippie quilt tops after lunch. This time I choose the dog and bones fabrics.
All in all, a very productive day for me in the sewing room! Thank you JudyL for hosting Quilt-a-thon #2!
The pattern: Quick Strippie by Mary J.
The fabric:The objective: to make as many donation flimsies as possible
Before I start on the 'Quick Strippies', I want to machine sew the binding to the front of 'Putzy'. The next step will then be to hand sew the binding to the back and label. It would be kinda cool to get 'Putzy' almost finished at Quilt-a-thon #2 because I made most of her blocks during Quilt-a-thon #1 :)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
first is the 'Michigan Fall' or 'Leaves' Quilt...
next is the 'Florida' Quilt (both quilts only need labels)...
last but not least... a peek at the green and white pineapple blossom blocks for the next graduation quilt (a Michigan State University grad).
- fabric received in: 13.5 yards
- fabric used: 8.0 yards
- net for week: +5.5 yards
Net total for year to date: -13.5 yards (used)
What I accomplished this week:
- made 40 postcards for day guild give-away
- sewed bindings onto 'Leaves' and 'Florida' quilts (pictures of finishes to follow once I can get my quilt holder to hold :))
- pieced 20/24 green/white pineapple blossom blocks
- dropped and picked up 'Putzy' from Juli (my LA-er)
Goals for next week:
- sew binding (front and back) to Putzy
- piece green/white top to a flimsy
- piece charity quilt
I'm counting the 'Leaves' quilt in with the stash used as it is a UFO from last year but I've already counted in the yardage from 'Florida' . I hope to do better this week and need to stay away from the fabric stores!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The day guild ladies liked the goody bags and I received 30 completed surveys! WooHoo! I think just about everyone filled one out to get the 'goody bag'! Now onto read the surveys and make sense of it all :)
Here is a picture of the stack of completed surveys and the almost empty basket of 'goody bags'. I had one 'Friendship' and two 'St. Patrick's Day' goody bags leftover.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
...she helped me by stamping the 'postcards' and
here she is posing with two of the completed 'goody bags' and Paprika, her Bitty Baby. She stayed in her pj's until noon when DH called and invited 'his girls' to lunch at McDonald's.
This is a close-up of the two types of 'postcards' I made, being a Libra I couldn't decide on one motif over the other so I did half of each :) Hope the quilting ladies like them!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
I suppose I need to pick a 'method' then stick to it, eh? I think once I've cut for a top, the fabric is pretty much committed to being in that top. I don't usually cut fabric then put it back on the self...well...maybe...but not too often. I think once I have the top pieced, I'll count the fabric as out of my stash :)
My report for this week:
- fabric received in: 5 yards
- fabric used: 16.5 yards
- total fabric year to date: -19 yards (used)
What I accomplished this week:
- finished Putzy to a flimsy
- pieced Putzy's back
- pieced Putzy's binding
- pieced a spring-y tote
Goals for next week:
- finish cutting and start sewing Rachel's MSU quilt top
- make 40 day guild participation prizes
Wow! Putzy (the black and gold quilt) was a real stash eater. I had to add up the yardages called for in the pattern twice to believe it...she was 15 yards worth!
I decided to treat myself to a 'me' sewing project since I finished Putzy and her back and made this spring-y type tote that I will use as a purse. I'm hoping to leave the snowflakes behind and see some flowers popping up soon...very soon *s* DD had brought home some of her art work so I decided to include it in the photo op. The tote pattern is from Atkinson Design's Happy Hour Booklet. I've made this pattern twice and each tote turned out a little different :) must be my sewing...
I'm conducting a survey for my day guild and want to make a little something to give out. I've already brought some seeds and was thinking about a fabric postcard. Would you like to receive a fabric postcard as a give-away? and would you want it to be 'a St. Patrick's Day' theme or a 'Friendship' theme? I'm going simple and fuse fabric on the front and back then zig-zag around the edges...
EDIT: I forgot about the 5 yards Mamaspark sent me of Sparty fabric...yikes...How could I? (12:52 pm)
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Yesterday, I pieced Putzy's back and even included a Western Michigan University logo from an old t-shirt from DS. I've never incorporated a t-shirt into a quilt before so I'm anxious to 'see' how it works out.
Linda, from my night guild, shared a tip she had read somewhere (maybe Fon's and Porter---I guess I wasn't really paying attention :)), that as you are making your binding you put it into a baggie. She had said that she did this and it worked well without any wrinkles and the binding comes out of the baggie pretty good when attaching to the quilt. Since I was on a roll, I decided to make Putzy's binding, place it in a baggie and test this tip myself.