Saturday, August 25, 2012

When ya just gotta have it....

So my digital edition of Quilters World came this week, there was a give thanks panel and wall hanging pattern..decided I had to have it and went to my favorite sewing haunt Sierra Sewing. Well we all know what happens when quilters go somewhere there is fabric...The panel I went after:

And below is the rest of the very familiar to most of you story

But do you think I really left it there? I found one more gotta have--really cute, non Santa Advent Calendars are hard to find...soooo

And remember that Windham Fabrics Wine and Cheese fabric I won and made the wine bag from. Well, below is the Table runner/wall hanging I made from it.
 I don't have to decide until I quilt it, hanging sleeve or no--I will be bound in black as well.

And I have also been working on projects that can't be shown-I am working on Christmas. But I did also get the next row of the row-row quilt done

And now I must go get ready for my Saturday Afternoon class set starts is a quilters choice--so I don't know what we are working on till they get there..Love it!

Oh and I have TOMATOES and Zucchini galore, some gooseneck and pumpkins coming..and I think I need a new camera....


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Not as far as hoped

But, coming along. The Windham Fabrics Wine and Cheese fabric wall hanging/table runner is about half pieced. This is done:

I also finished the 2nd set of rows  for the online row-by-row:

and the block for my Saturday Batik Block of the Month:

now back to sewing....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Last nights cutting frenzy

So, as some of you know, I am not a fan of the cutting process. So I tend to cut in bunches, last night was one of those bunches

So in this cutting are: 2 blocks for the Online Block of the Week, 1 block for my Saturday block of the month, 72 "piano keys" for the online row by row quilt, and 2 projects from the Windham Fabrics Wine and Cheese winning. You don't get to know what they are till they are done. :-)

There are 2 items on the cutting table that got finished, but no pics yet--maybe tomorrow. We will see how the sewing goes tonight. I only had an hour and a half last night, maybe tonight a bit longer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

And the projects are growing...

Growing and going! June through November is always busy project time. I have actually started next years Christmas buckets (I arrange my projects in fabric buckets. If it won't fit in the bucket, it has a placeholder in the bucket).

I arrange them in the bucket in the order or the amount of time I estimate they will take, and the scheduled time I have to sew. Yes, like almost everything else in my life I schedule my sewing time. I schedule exercise time, studying, quiet time, dishes, shopping...just about everything.I do leave empty time for the inevitable monkey wrenches that come along. I know from many years of previous experience that I will add projects between whatever I calculate as my start date and thanksgiving, and plan accordingly. After Thanksgiving I will start on the next years holidays and birthdays, Valentines Day being first.

So as I told you in the working the list and adding post, I won the Windham Fabrics Wine and Cheese Contest. Now the anxiously awaited fabrics have arrived. They are SO much more beautiful in person!  They will in fact become a kitchen wall hanging. Them deciding what pattern they wanted to be had been running hamster circles in my brain until about 11:30pm last night. They have now decided and they will get cut tonight.

These are the three additional fabrics I picked for the row-by-row quilt:

This is the first set of rows for the online row-by-row quilt:

And not to be left out, this is block four of the online block of the month quilt:

I will also be cutting Saturdays Batik Block of the Month tonight, and maybe a table runner or two. So there will be more pictures to come.

And quilting continues on the Wounded Warriors Project Quilt.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Briliant colors and Christmas

So I have finished a prayers shawl (already given to and posted by the recipient). It is machine quilted, my grandaughter sitting on my lap as we fed it through the machine for some of it.

The rest of the time she was content to play with her stash, her beads and tape measure  :-)

Below-Finished a Take 5 top for my class to see how fast they can go once you are comfortable with cutting

To the right--Cut 352 of my 370 5" squares. need to dig out two more fabrics so I will have enough.

Then on to Blocks 2 & 3 for Penny's online BOM-Left and below. I have decide to put this one in the guest (grandchildren) room. 

And we have more squash and tomatoes. I am hoping the overcast weather with ripen some more of the tomatoes.

It looks like we have about 12 pumpkins growing...two are bigger than basketballs already..and one that is starting to turn color  :-)

I also asked Accuquilt to make multiple same size circle dies for the GO cutter. They have them for the studio, but I have a GO. Noticed I have quite a few holiday patterns that take yo-yos or other needs for circle. The circle cutter doesn't go under 4" I'd really like to feed them through the cutter!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Working the list and adding...

I added more classes. More projects. I am a bit behind, but have allowed some lag time for late  (or not so late) adds, issues, illness--you know all the monkey wrenches that wreck your plan if you haven't allowed for them to happen (yes I am a real project manager..duh)

Besides working on Christmas projects that can't be shared (they have the Internet too); the Wounded Warrior Project Quilt is coming along. I added two new projects-you can see pics at of the one block I have done for one project, and the stack of fabric I picked to whack for one of the others. Actually, it will be strip cut and then sub cut into 370 (or so) 5" squares.

I won the Windham Fabrics Wine and Cheese Contest, anxiously awaiting the fabrics arrival. I believe it will become a kitchen wall hanging; however, sometimes the fabric has a mind of its own after you hold it for a bit...

And while I thought the Crocodile was done, my granddaughter thought otherwise. I was promptly informed that Crocodile did not have a tongue. And yes, we googled it and crocodiles do in fact, have tongues. So a revision has been made:

The other funny part of the story is that she plays in the sewing room often. She has her won bucket with laces, beads and buttons to string, and yes--her very own fabric stash (yep start 'em early) that is mostly novelty fat quarters. In my (unfortunately overflowing) scrap bag (one of the things I am behind on is cutting and sorting scrap), she found the leftovers from the crocodile could see the gears turning. Yes, she will be one of those who has her own sewing machine by 5 (the kiddie kind.)

She did sit in my alp this last week and "help" me feed a prayer shawl through the machine quilting process. We both enjoyed the process, crooked spots and all. The recipient will as well.