Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Excuse me…

Could some one please help me? I think I have lost a month somewhere? It starts with A, has 30 days and has totally slipped away on me. Thanks.
Yes, April slipped by me and I did no machine sewing at all, let alone UFO finishing. What was I doing? Well, the first 10 days were part of our vacation on the west coast. I did take along some hand work and sew a few pieces on my long, long time Double Wedding Ring project but nothing significant. Most of the time it was simpler to knit.
And I did give away two quilts that were finished in March.
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The Bricks and Stepping Stones ( a free pattern on Bonnie’s blog).





Quilting the Streak of Sunshine (transportation)
Last post I had been dithering about the quilting on this one. I opted to quilt a quarter inch on both sides of the seam. Something I had seen on other quilts and it worked very well.
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When we returned from vacation I did start cutting a new quilt for my niece’s wedding present. This one is going to be from Jo’s book, her Bohemian Rhapsody. And since I am trying to get all the pieces cut  before I sew, it is still on the cutting table. Which has been changed out twice in the past three weeks. This has resulted in a lot of moving around and reorganizing but has resulted in more floor space and a higher cutting surface.
The rest of the month had been occupied in yard work as the weather permitted. We have lots to do and needed to be out doing it when it ever possible.
I do hope to have more UFOs completed this month. In the moving of boxes to accommodate the table shuffle  a few almost complete tops surfaced and I am trying to finish them off.  Got one to a  finished top stage .
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This is the “Big Block” quilt made with Kaffe Fasset fabrics, I was working on before we moved.  It just needed the top and bottom borders, which I put together yesterday. Part of the urge to finish it off was to free up fabrics for cutting the the Bohemian Rhapsody.
And now to link up with Jo at Jo's Country Junction.com and see what she’s been working on.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

UFO link up

Whoop, whoop. I have an almost finish. Maybe that was too exuberant as it is still to be quilted.  I found out about a co-worker expecting while at work Friday ( I think I had known and forgotten). So Saturday I looked through my partially completed tops to find something that would finish up fast.  And there it was, one of Bonnie’s Streak of Sunshine free pattern tops I had done in a transportation theme. All it was missing were the borders. Surprisingly, given my previously slow border making, these went together quickly. Of course it is only a baby quilt and only needs one WOF for each side. Plus it had a theme  which simplified picking fabrics. And while checking it over, I realized it was missing boats so that make the final border choice simple. The darker blue interior border is a space-themed fabric which echoed the colours of the interior well.

The rest of the weekend was spent working on the En Provence mystery, so I didn't get back to this until yesterday.
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This is me trying out the basement stairwell as a basting wall. It might work but I was leery of the pins I use scratching up the drywall. For the tryout I only used painters tape.
Fortunately, we are having incredibly mild weather this week, so I opened up my shed and used the basting wall I set up in there.  I was even able to work out there with no heater on and the doors open it is so mild.  Now I just have to get it quilted.
The hold up is an internal debate over the quilting pattern. I have used a diagonal line through the blocks on this pattern in the past and not been thrilled with it. Right now I'm thinking of  either doing an edge to edge squiggle or quilting a quarter inch away from the seams but can’t seem to make a choice. 
So while I’m thinking it over, I’ll link up with Jo over at the Country Junction and see what everyone else is doing.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Final Monday Link up

Oh my, I had such good intentions last weekend for my final link up. I spent all Sunday during Quiltcam getting my blocks finished. All 16 completed, ta da. That was such a great feeling.  I only had three incomplete and three partially incomplete to finish off. Then it was the last set of tri-recs to tidy up, done.  Now, if I could only get the sashing strips together.
And that’s were it still sits. Almost a whole week and no further forward. But it is the last night to link up so I must take a picture of what I have and be content with that. Although I am not content. But a hectic week and a possible case of food poisoning have hampered my efforts at getting more done.  So “no whinning”. It is what it is and possibly further along than last mystery, without further nattering here is is.
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And now off to link up with Bonnie at Quiltville before it closes.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A few finishes


Most of my finishes lately have not been of quilts but I have been sewing and getting stuff done. Done is good. Quilts done would be better but there are other things that quilts to make.
First was a teapot cosy. This was a project from the group I joined at the village seniors centre. It is listed as a quilting group but so far the three days that I have attended (only meets monthly, the first Tuesday) the projects have been a wreath; a Santa pillow; and now the tea cozy. They did have a small bit of quilting on the last two. Here’s the cozy. teapotcozy

Another finish was a pair of placemats, using a novelty panoramic fabric that I had bought some time ago.

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Then some new covers for the couch cushions. My sister sent me a book on ideas for making things out of shirts and also sent a Facebook link to making these covers. The book and link used both the front and back of the shirts but I had a bunch of fronts that I had saved to make aprons. So I pulled them out and paired them with some of my big novelty nautical fabrics.  pillowbackspillowfront
The credit for my increased productivity would be the new sewing area in the basement.  I’ve gotten two of my machines set up down there. I was just focusing on getting the Janome in place but then while doing the tea cozy, I realized that I need another machine often if I have the Janome set up for quilting, or binding. So I rearranged things so I could set up my Featherweight in her card table.
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 The ironing board is behind me which means getting up to go iron but that can be a good thing.
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Still some work to do on making it an efficient sewing room but it already is proving it's worth it. Most important now  is getting my design wall back up. It is scheduled for a repair as  the grommets on each end tore out while it was hanging in my bedroom. 
Now off to see if I can get some actual UFOs done. There being no shortage of UFOs in stock down there. And to link up with Jo over at the Country Junction

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Back at the UFO pile

A brief hiatus from much was necessitated by a nasty virus picked up shortly after New Years. Thankfully Hubby is quite good at chicken noodle soup and nursed me through it.
We got a lot more done on rearranging my sewing room than I did on sewing, mostly before I became sick. Our son moving out freed up a the basement for new purposes.

So right off the mark I staked my claim for his bedroom as a sewing area.  While I do have my outside shed, it has yet to be winterized or even properly ventilated. Still  remains the basic container that it started off as. So until it is refurbed, not much use this time of the year. So, once the room was emptied I stated setting up my stuff.
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( well Hubby helped, especially with this table)
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With the goal being to have all my quilting activities, cutting, ironing, sewing, etc, down there and out of the dining area.


And where is any UFO update in all this?
Well, that stack of boxes under the table is a whole bunch of UFOs. At least 12 of them and one or two that are just fabric and a pattern.

 Now that they are out where I can see them, I pulled one out and started to check what still needs to be done .

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This is “Swing Your Partner” from Scraps and Shirttails , done in juvenile prints.  And I needed to do some un-sewing first as I found two blocks that had HST going the wrong way. Then it needs two more blocks, which now that I see them all spread out, I realize need to be something other than blue.

 When I started this I actually pre-cut all the strips so I just need to pick a couple and jump in. They are all there in the project box, ready to go. 2017-01-18 15.41.10
Now to link up with Jo and see what she has been doing with her UFOs.
Jo's link

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A non-progress progress report

No progress this week at all. All sewing ground to a halt as we cleaned up for company. That has been an issue with the sewing set up at this new place. My sewing has been spread over several locations, cutting one room, ironing another and sewing machines in a couple other places. Then when we are having some one over, it all has to get cleared out of the living/dining room.

That creative mess I showed you a couple posts ago has turned into this: 2016-12-23 13.14.02
(The artfully draped quilt top is covering the Janome that I left set up) .
All ready to light the Hannukah candles.
And no prospect of a speedy return to sewing chaos until after  New Years. 
But then it will be a whole different chaos as we turn into true empty nesters. Our son is moving out to share an apartment with out daughter. They picked up the keys today and started the move. Most of the big bulky stuff went today ( beds, bureau, bookcases), another load tomorrow.  This is an exciting step for them and for us. Our son has been quite the homebody so seeing him step up and make the big decision to move out is monumental.
Meanwhile, I am claiming the room he moves out of to set up everything all together, sewing, ironing, cutting , just like I used to have. Then I can settle down and do some sewing.
I did have some progress to report last week but never got the post written. Got the borders on this top.

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Linking up with Jo at the Country Junction

Monday, 19 December 2016

Monday Link UP

Friday was the perfect day to snuggle up with a sewing machine and make some tri-rec’s. Not only because it was clue day, it was also a snow day. And I had a head start with a stack of neutral wedges leftover from the previous clue.
More cutting was required for the sides of course. And a trip out to the fabric shed for more purples. Fortunately my hubby had shoveled out in front of the door so I could get it open.

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Here’s my shed, it’s the one on the right, the left is my hubby’s woodworking stuff. On the side facing away from this picture we have giant quilt blocks my hubby made.
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And here’s a picture of my block back when he was painting it. I thought I had one of it up on the shed but can’t find it right now.

I don’t have much out there because it isn’t finished but I did use the table there for some cutting back in September and a lot of the fabric stayed.  Things are still in transition around here and haven’t settled down with a defined sewing area, pretty much spread out all over.
but, I did find the purple I wanted, got the side wedges cut and started sewing.  Now to link up with the Quiltvillians
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