Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UFO #5 Finished

Although I didn't sign up to participate in JudyL's UFO Challenge 2012~I did make a list of a few of my UFO's.  She drew UFO #5 as the January project and I had a little free sewing time, I decided to work on my #5~The Everglades Sidelights.  Vist JudyL's Patchwork Times to *see* other bloggers' UFO #5 completed!

I wonder what *number* will be next?!  EDIT: The next UFO Number is 1!

I took the final stitches in the binding yesterday.

I quilted it with Trailing Vine from Lorien Quilting.

The palm tree leaves back.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is the same as the end of last week. 

Sashed Animals A is waiting for its inner/outer border.

Visit JudyL's Patchwork Times to *see* other bloggers' Design Walls and be inspired!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stash Update Week #5

I didn''t add any fabric and I had no finishes~so my numbers stay the same!  But I did push some buttons and backing fabric for 5/6 quilts will be arriving at my doorstep!

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:  +18.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
fabric used this year:  -28 yards

net fabric for the year: -9.5 yards~used

What I accomplished this week:

quilted Sidelights (see below)
worked on Sashed Animals A (see below)

Goals for next week:

bind Sidelights
continue Sashed Animals A

The Everglades Sidelight quilt.

I quilted it with Trailing Vine from Lorien Quilting.

I need to add the inner/outer border to my Sashed Animals A quilt top.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I sewed the final border on the Everglade's Sidelight.  I'm thinking about loading this on the longarm next.  After the t*shirt quilts~I want to make sure it is quilting okay before I quilt  a QOV for the guild.  :)

DH requested two animal quilts as baby quilts for his expecting co-workers.  I went to the 6.5 inch square stash and eh gads, it was almost empty!  I only had about 30 total animal squares.  So I went in search of the animal stash and began cutting...

...after two days~ta da!  replenished 6.5 inch animal squares.  I even cut into some fabric that I had been saving (?!)  Better to use it as it is well over 5 years old...

Hilda at the night guild showed a quilt she had started in the 1970's...with scissors!  I didn't take a picture of it but it is a double sashed block.  I wanted to try it with the animal blocks and *see* how I liked it.

One block, of course,

often leads to many more blocks!  So far, I am really groovin' to this set.  I like that the animal novelty blocks are the main focus so far.  We'll see if I'm still groovin' to it after the next round of sashing and final border are on....

Monday, January 23, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I'm linking up today with JudyL as this design wall is inspired by her.  This is my UFO #5.  While I didn't publically declare that I was participating in JudyL's UFO Challenge 2012~I made a list and this month I have the time to work on it.

UFO #5 is the Sidlelights pattern.

Here is as far as I was able to sew today.  One more border to go!  and this Everglade print is a dinosaur of Bell Creek Quilts as it has been hanging around for 5 or 6 years!  :)
Four years ago today~I started my blog.  My BIL, T help me to get started and many blogging friends have helped me along the way.  Thanks to each and every one!  You are my inspiration!

photo google imaged search from here.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Stash Update Week #4

Yay!  I had some finishes!

Boo! I brought fabric!

fabric added this week: +15 yards
fabric added this year:  +18.5 yards

fabric used this week:  -28 yards
fabric used this year: -28 yards

net fabric for the year:  -9.5 yards~used!

What I accomplished this week:

made SV's photo album cover
finished DS's bag
finished Player Quilt and bag
finished Roscoe Quilt and bag

Goals for next week:

work on UFO #5

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Finishes!

I finished sewing the hanging sleeves on both Donation Quilts today!  I was so Happy!  :)

The Milwaukee Admirals Player quilt.

pattern by LindaJ
panto pattern:  inkblot

The Players' Signature square.  I had sent a few Micron markers but when the signatures didn't *show up*~they switched to a sharpie (?!)

The bag to carry it in.  :)

The Roscoe Quilt.

pattern adapted from LindaJ
panto pattern: inkblot

Roscoe's Signature square.  Once again, the sharpie.  :)

The bag to carry it in.  :)

Adding to the Stash

Adding to the stash...

...and sewing on hanging sleeves.

ps:  +15 yards...shhh...in a whisper...

ps2:  I watched this YouTube video for help.  I simply searched on YouTube for *how to sew a hanging sleeve on a quilt*

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday, Son!

About two weeks late as DS's Birthday was January 2nd!  But he has been wanting a bag that he can sling over one shoulder.  We compromised~he wanted silk~I didn't want to make it with silk...I used an old t*shirt of his...lol.  January must be t*shirt month for me.  :)

First~can you spot what is wrong in this picture?!

How about this close-up? 

Right!  The zippers are going opposite ways!

Here the pockets are sewn into the back of the bag.

Second~here is the finished bag! 

Well...I think we are going to need to tweak the string a bit to get it to work!  Right about now~I'm really glad I had sewn in loops on either side as I like the sling over the right shoulder and DS?

Well~he's a left shoulder guy.  :)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I have been quilting a few of the smaller pieces that need to be done.

But really?  running a little short once!

but twice?!  I moved into the sewing room where I have plenty of fabric!  lol   I've been trying to use up my batting bits.

(sorry, Pam~no Wisconsin air~for now)...

Here is the first project:  it will become a bag for transporting the Roscoe Donation Quilt.

panto:  Inkblot

This second project belongs to a friend of mine.  She won it at the guild raffle in November 2011 and I said that I would quilt it for her.  I used the continuous Baptist Fans panto as I need practice with it.  After this little project~I can definitely use more practice....but the price is right for my friend~free~even if the tension is a little wonky on the back....

First Finish of 2012

Scott Valentine's scrapbook cover.  I went again with the home country theme...Scott's a native Canadian.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Mixed Bag of Stuff

Today is a mixed bag of stuff that I am working on.  No design wall this week as I finish up the t*shirt quilts.

I made a label for the Roscoe Quilt.

I also made hanging sleeves for both the Roscoe Quilt and the Milwaukee Admirals Player Quilt.  Now to hand sew both hanging sleeves and the label!

Today is my 26th Anniversary so I made DH a card.  :)  *I STILL stink he's sweet!*

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stash Update Week #3

I added a little bit of fabric but no finished.  Soon, very soon on the finishes!  :)

fabric added this week: +2 yards
fabric added this year:  +3.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
fabric used this year:  0 yards

net fabric for the year: +3.5 yards~added

Goals for next week:

finish Milwaukee Admirals Donation quilt
finish Roscoe Donation quilt
finish DS's bag
work on photo album cover
quilt a quilt for a friend

ummm...this oughta keep me busy!  :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Roscoe Flimsy

My Roscoe t*shirt quilt is now a flimsy!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Little Happiness

Happiness is...

when I empty long forgotten thread from a few bobbins.  These bobbins are ready for a new sewing project!


Sadness is...

when I wind way too many bobbins for the current project...  :( ...guess I will be piecing with light blue thread for a spell...  :) ....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WIP Thursday!

Wow!  Missed the Wednesday post so here is the WIP Thursday edition...

I did another set of rough cut t*shirts.  This time for a Roscoe quilt for the First Annual Casino Night presented by The Admirals Crew, Inc.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is the floor this week.

The Milwaukee Admirals donation quilt is now a flimsy.

pattern by LindaJ at life, quilts and a cat, too

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stash Update Week#2

Another easy week.  I added a little bit of fabric but had no finishes.

fabric added this week:  +1.5 yards
fabric added this year:  1.5 yards

fabric used this week:  0 yards
fabric uses this year:  0 yards

net fabric for the year:  +1.5 yards

Goals for next week:

finish DS bag
finish Milwaukee Admirals Donation quilt

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What I've Got So Far...

I've been working on The Milwaukee Admirals Quilt.  The t-shirts were donated to me and when finished the quilt will be raffled off at the First Annual Casino Night sponsored by the Milwaukee Admirals Booster Club Crew (wow! that is a mouthful!)  I have the frames and shadows added.  Next is to figure out the horizontal sashings!

pattern by LindaJ at life, quilts and a cat, too.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday

More hockey lace bracelets!

Note to self:

lace cut at 6.5 inches
3/8" elastic cut at 2 inches


Monday, January 2, 2012

Design Wall Monday

My design wall is actually the guest room bed.

This is the mock up for the Admirals' auction quilt from donated t*shirts.  I am actually having a bit of a problem figuring out the signature block...hopefully I will get it resolved in few days!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Quilting Codes 2012 Edition

In 2010, I wrote about my Quilting Code that I was going to adopt.

In 2011, I amended my Quilting Code.

As I am thinking about *where* I want my quilting journey to take me this year~I decided I was pretty happy with the 2011 Code.  I actually feel like doing the old copy/past and just change out the year...

A. Promise Quilts and Things. ummm...keeper. Still can't say, 'NO' when relatives/ friends ask for homemade quilts and things. Although this category is dwindling as more of my creations are finding homes other than my own. :)

B. Gift Quilts. ummmm...keeper. This is why I began quilting. To gift to others that touch my life in some manner. Now to figure out *how* to get quilts to my favorite Milwaukee Admirals players without seeming like a crazed quilting stalker...thinking I just might give quilts to charities by proxy...if you know what I mean. I made a baby quilt for my favorite player who had his (well his wife did) first child this fall and I donated that quilt to Margaret's Hope Chest. ps: They named their son, Patrick! In my fantasy world...yep...the kiddo is named after me! I never said I was totally sane, now did I?!

C. Donation Quilts and Things. keeper, keeper, keeper. My day guild donates Cancer Recovery Totes to two local Breast Cancer Centers and the Centers are always in need of the totes. My night guild is trying out a few different activities for donations and I'm *all in* on that. I donated a few QOV's to Alycia and her No Soldier Forgotten Quilt Drive. I love the colors of red, blue and tan. :) I also discovered Carin's Margaret's Hope Chest. A perfect fit for me as I am using my dinosaur fabric and helping to cover the youth who have a parent (or parents) in prison.

D. Dinosaur Projects. keeper. Trying to move the older fabric and projects out of the sewing room and cover others in the process.

E. ME Projects. new category...yea! I'm thinking about making seasonal quilts for my bed. More seasonal quilts for the family room. Birthday gifts for the FAB's. Seasonal backpacks as I really like this option as a purse. These are just a few projects that are for me. :)

I still want to keep track of the fabric in/out. Not so much in the stash busting arena but just to *know*. I must say that come October/November, I really dislike reporting that I have added to the stash. :)

Thanks for sticking with me this long on this boring....zzzz....post but I like to put down my thoughts about my sewing year and think about the next! gosh...2012...already!

see~I did just copy and paste!  and yes~

I did make a whole slew of quilts in the Admirals players' favorite colors.  I donated a few to Alycia and a few to Margaret's Hope Chest and I even kept one!


I did make the FAB's birthday gifts this year!  as a matter of fact~one FAB will be celebrating her 2011 birthday in 2012!

When I post again~here's to hoping it is a quilty project!

Stash Update Week #1

I LOVE this report!  It is my all time favorite of stash reports!

fabric added this week:  0 yards
fabric added this year:    0 yards

fabric used this week:    0 yards
fabric used this year:      0 yards

net fabric for the year:    0 yards

My goal is to use more fabric than I buy!



photo from google image search: happy new year fireworks 2012

Stash Report Week #52

I delayed my final stash report until the final hours of 2011.  I *knew* I would be adding to the stash here at the end of the year in preparation for the new year's projects.

Fabric added this week (and last week, too!):  +20 yards
Fabric added this year:  +263.5 yards

Fabric used this week (and last week!):  -5.5 yards
Fabric used this year:  -273.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -10 yards! used!

Well~I used more that I purchased~barely!  :)

What I accomplished last week (the week before):

the Christmas quilt

Goals for next week:

work on Winter 2012 projects~the Admirals quilt

Here is the sampling for the +20 yards! Look!  It didn't even make it to the sewing room as it is piled on the longarm table... I am looking forward to tomorrow and the first stash report where I will be at zero across the board!