Thursday, September 30, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 30

Day 30~Part 1:

I had participated in my Day Guild Ugly Fabric Challenge last year. My friend that selected my Ugly donation asked if I would quilt it if she pieced it. I said, "Okay. No Problem." The Challenge pieces were due back to guild Show and Tell in June 2010 but no prizes were awarded then so~we were requested to bring our Challenge pieces to Show and Tell in October 2010.

This is what I received in June 2010. My Ugly donation is now the center of the log cabin blocks.

I added the inner black border from stash and used a print my friend had about 33 inches leftover. It finishes at about 62 x 62. Rarely do I make square quilts~so that was a challenge, too for me! I was going to quilt it with the baptist fans but I'm thinking maybe something a *little more forgiving* is needed~like popcorn. :)

Day 30~Part 2:

I quilted my Admirals' quilt! Now onto the binding. I had hoped to have this to the hand sewing of the binding today so that I could go to the rink and watch practice but~it just didn't happen. The players have a pre-game skate tomorrow morning, but it only lasts an hour as they need to travel to Rockford, Illinois for their first pre-season game.

A close up of Roscoe the mascot in t*shirt form.

Milwaukee Admirals

pattern: LindaJ's *Sorta* T*Shirt Tutorial

panto: Inkblot from Willow Leaf Studio

Woohoo! I sewed everyday in September 2010 and posted about it! Thanks for sticking with me on this personal challenge~I *know* some days the sewing was BORING but hey~it's my sewing life! It is what it is! And I didn't even need to use my *filler* sewing. :)

(you know~for days when I didn't sew by wanted to post something sewing related!)

ps. blogger isn't playing *nice* :( will try later to upload my pix.

edit: blogger posted the pix at 7:50 pm. cross your fingers that they stay up!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 28

A much more productive day around the sewing room!

I quilted.

I made binding.

I sewed binding to the front of the table runners.


Log Cabin pattern: Eleanor Burns Quilt in A Day

Bow tie blocks: Quilters' Cache

Panto: continuous Baptist Fans from Willow Leaf Studio
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Monday, September 27, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 27

Day 27: a 'yawn'-er type of day.


I did manage to sew a seam for the backing for the *table runners* top and load it onto the frame. I also zig zag-ed a batt to make it long enough. The phone rang just as I basted down the batt and was getting ready to start the was DD with a SOS.

'Would I PLEASE bring her Ipod to school so she and her classmate could practise their dance?!' By the time I returned from the Ipod drop off, return trip 30 minutes later for DD, then to DD's piano lesson~well~dinner and the Packer game.

Thus ends Day 27 of National Sewing Month. sorry~no pictures today. :(

Sunday, September 26, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 26

I managed a little bit of time in the sewing room today between our errands and supper.

First: I pieced the 4 bow tie blocks that I cut out yesterday.

Second: I pieced the bow tie table runner together.

Third: I sewed coping strips in between the runners so that I could load/quilt it as a single unit. Trick by: Lori. Thanks for sharing your tip!

Fourth: I loaded the *table runner top* onto the frame.

Stash Report Week #39

Seems like I sewed and sewed this week, but little to show for my time in the sewing room. :(

Fabric added this week: +12 yards
Fabric added this year: +254.6 yards

Fabric used this week: -5.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -320.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -66 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • continue work on table runners (piece, load, quilt, bind~maybe!)
  • figure out back for Ads' quilt then load, quilt, bind~maybe!
  • work on KW's Christmas Ugly Fabric Challenge~maybe!

Looks like another busy week in the sewing room but I also have a dentist appointment and the Milwaukee Admirals start training camp this week! The skates are open to the public and FREE!

Maybe I can hand sew the bindings on some *things* while I sit in the stands and watch.

Okay~MAYBE.TOO.WEIRD.~maybe! Truth be told~Being Weird has NEVER stopped me BEFORE! :)

at least I would be warm at the rink with a quilt draped over me! :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 25

Yesterday, I sewed the top two table runners.

Well~the log cabin blocks were leftovers. They didn't make the grade into the quilt so I merely sewed three together and instant dresser scarf for DH. Instant if you don't count that the blocks have been in a pizza box for almost 3 years now! :)

The middle runner is for the basement coffee table. I had made a quilt using the focus fabric and I unearth a bit of it earlier in the month. A quick border treatment and it's ready for quilting.

Lastly, I sewed four more bow tie blocks today to go with the eight from yesterday afternoon. The actual sewing part! I've been wanting to make something from bow tie blocks so I pulled out my sparse collection of 30's reproductions and used the white I had ordered. I cut for 4 more bow tie blocks~not sure if they will make the table runner or maybe hot pads for the spring.

That's it. That's my sewing for yesterday afternoon and today!

Thanks for stopping by and checking in on another day of my National Sewing Month. :)
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Friday, September 24, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 24

Today I completed the sashings and borders on my Milwaukee Admirals T*shirt quilt top. WooHoo!

Now the dilemma is the backing~I used just enough of the backing that it doesn't work for this quilt.

Should I: 1. buy all new backing? (that would be 4 yards), 2. buy 1/2 the amount for backing with the same pirate theme and piece it?, or 3. go on a treasure hunt in my fabric closets ('s plural!) and see what I can find....I'll have to sleep on that and make a decision. :)

pattern: LindaJ's *Sorta* T*shirt Tutorial
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 23

Today I finished sewing the *shadows* on my t*shirt quilt. Notice the blank white block~bottom, middle row~DS suggested a blank block so that I could have Milwaukee Admiral players sign in that spot! What a great idea! The players are REALLY gonna be excited when they see me in the Autograph Corner after a game! :)

Next I will be working on the sashings and borders~always a tricky part for me.

pattern: LindaJ's *Sorta* T*shirt Tutorial
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fall 2010 *To Sew* List

I did pretty good on my Summer 2010 *To Sew* List.

Only two items are carry~overs this time. My Milwaukee Admirals t*shirt quilt~which I am currently working on~ and the FAB Fall Challenge. Our mail date for the FAB Challenge has been moved to October I better get to that sooner rather than later. :)

In no particular order but separated into personal and donation...

Fall 2010 *To Sew* List

  • Milwaukee Admirals T*shirt quilt
  • FAB Fall Challenge~mail date October 25, 2010
  • Allison T*Shirt quilt
  • Cousin G~Packer quilt
  • Cousin L~undecided quilt
  • me~grocery bags (10)
  • floral rag quilt
  • Ugly fabric challenge~Christmas quilt
  • Table runners~bad, basement, paint chip challenge due December 9th
  • Assorted Christmas gift items


  • Margaret's Hope Chest~A
  • MHC~B
  • QOV~A
  • QOV~B

National Sewing Month~Day 22

Day 22 is label day!
I had one label and made three more. Sewed them onto the back of the quilts.

Ready to be mailed to Margaret's Hope Chest. I'm hoping these kid friendly quilts arrive in time for the Prison Outreach Deployment in a few days.

I also received a request for a Green Bay Packer quilt from my cousin.

Of course, this meant a shopping trip for Packer material, gold and a few greens added into the mix.

Can you believe the QOV print was clearance at $1.00/yard? Backing doesn't get more reasonable than that! So it followed me home, too.

Damage report: +12 yards
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 21

Day 21 brings us another finish. Sewed the binding back on this donation quilt. All it needs is a label and it will go to Margaret's Hope Chest for their Prison Outreach Program.

pattern based on Mary's Happy Blocks

panto: Happy Times by Willow Leaf Studio

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Monday, September 20, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 20

Day 20 report: Quilting the Happy Blocks.

pattern based on Mary's Happy Blocks

panto: happy times by Willow Leaf Studio
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Design Wall Monday

I've done the rough cut and fusing of the interfacing for my next t*shirt quilt. I better hurry as the home opener for the Milwaukee Admirals is October 9th! GO ADS!

Hop on over to JudyL's Patchwork Times to *see* what other bloggers' have on their design walls.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 19

I'm still at it!

Here is Happy Blocks completed to a flimsy.

pattern based on Happy Blocks by Mary

Binding for Happy Blocks made as well.
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Stash Report Week #38

This week I went fabric shopping on the web. I also finished two bindings to help offset the additions. :)

Fabric added this week: +28 yards
Fabric added this year: +242.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -13 yards
Fabric used this year: -315 yards

Net fabric for the year: -72.5 yards (used)

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • quilt and bind Happy Blocks
  • continue work on next quilt
  • prepare a Fall 2010 *To Sew* List

The summer season is drawing to a close, so it's my time to evaluate sewing projects for the next few months. I also like to see how I've done crossing items off of the current season's list!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Two Finishes and More Stash

Day 17: I sewed back the binding last night after my post.

panto: Stars and Loops from LEQuilters

Day 18: I sewed back the binding today on the next Animal 4 Patch.

pattern based on Bonnie's ISPY A 4Patch

panto: ebb and flow from Willow Leaf Studio

Why, you ask? Two bindings in two days?

More stash added this week. Such a nice mail person I have...delivering such yummy fabrics! white, black, blues, browns, and tans~oh my! I'm ready to sew more :)

+28 yards
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Friday, September 17, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 17

Day 17 sewing is brought to you by:

1. scrappy backing. I mixed it up a little this time and made the back before I finished the top!

2. finished sewing the framing strips onto the novelty squares. I used 6.5 inch novelties (since I have a bin!) and 2.0 inch cut framing strips. The block finishes at 9.0 inches.

pattern based on Happy Blocks by Mary
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Oh Yeah Baby! Part 2

Last night at guild, the ladies were scheduled to exchange 6 inch novelty squares. I thought I'd take along my box of 6.5 inch squares and offer to anyone who was interested. While the ladies postponed their exchange, I did have a couple *takers* on my offer!

Yeah baby! maybe 1.5 to 2 yards gone! and ready to be added to other's ISPY quilts! I just LOVE sharing fabric! Don't you?!

The best news?

The lid NOW CLOSES on my box of novelties!

Yeah Baby! :)
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 16

Day 16 sewing is brought to you by:

1. Scrappy binding

2. Quilting on the Animal 4 Patch

pattern based on Bonnie's ISPY A 4 Patch

panto: ebb and flow from Willow Leaf Studio
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 15

WIP Wednesday, too! I was really, really tempted to run to the store and BUY a backing but I took the challenge and rounded up all the paw print fabric I could find hiding in the stash.

The result: a scrappy back for the Animal 4 Patch. I think it is mostly dog paw print, but hey, I think it will pass muster. I have quite a few odd ball sizes leftover so I cut those into 2.25 inch strips...binding is on the sewing agenda soon!

That's it! The sewing for today!
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

National Sewing Month~Day 14

Primary Election Day here at Bell Creek Quilts. I voted!

Today's sewing is brought to you by the Animal 4 Patch, completed to a flimsy!

pattern based on Bonnie's ISPY a 4 Patch
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