Thursday, April 28, 2016

To-Do Tuesday (on Thursday) 04.28.16

Last week completely got away from me thanks to an incorrectly cut jelly roll.

When I made those lattice blocks last week, I used part of a factory cut jelly roll along with strips from my stash. Assuming that the jelly roll strips had been correctly cut to 2.5”, I cut the additional strips to 2.5” and then proceeded to piece my blocks...  Those factory cut strips? Not all cut to 2.5".  There were widths varying from 2.25” – 2.75”; and some were cut crookedly. I seem to always get the pre-cuts that are cut incorrectly…yet I continue to buy them. Guess I can't blame anyone but myself.

So, as I was saying, last week completely got away from me. I scrapped the lattice quilt and shelved those blocks – hopefully I can figure out a way to make something with them in the future. Since this quilt is for a sick friend, I went back to the drawing board and opted to make a Layers of Charm quilt because it looks good and comes together quickly.

Well, I should say "the top comes together quickly". The quilting? Not so much. I had planned on stippling the quilt so I could get that part done in an afternoon or two. However, once I got it basted, I decided that wasn't what I wanted to do.  Instead, I decided to do something that would require burying 8,000,000 threads. 

I hate burying threads.

The quilting (and thread burying) took me 4 days! I was finally able to finish the quilting last night and got the remaining threads buried today. I just finished attaching the binding to the front of the quilt before coming downstairs to post this and have some supper.

Since I can't share the quilt until it's received, here is a pretty pic of binding
strips. The few strips that were cut to 2.5" made it into my binding along
with some solids.

If I don't get the binding attached to the back this evening, it will be done first thing in the morning. Then I can toss the quilt  in the wash, snap some pics and get it shipped out.

On to the list for the rest of the week:
·                     Finish & ship Layers of Charm quilt 
·                     Bind Grunge quilt, add sleeve & deliver it
·                     Finish binding Tango quilt

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 04.19.16

I completely skipped posting last week!

Midweek, we discovered leaks in BOTH upstairs bathrooms! Since I had to mop the bathrooms anyway, I decided I might as well get the spring cleaning out of the way. So I spent a solid three days in full-on deep cleaning mode: I washed the baseboards, cleaned the oven, defrosted the fridge and scrubbed it, steam cleaned the carpets and couches... you know, all the stuff that doesn't get done every week... in addition to all the stuff that does. I hate cleaning, but I grudgingly keep on top of it because it's so rewarding once everything is clean, fresh and smelling of lemon & rosemary.

Now, onto the quilty stuff...

Last week, I managed to finish quilting the Grunge and Tango quilts. I also got the binding sewn down to the front of Tango. I'm machine binding both of these, so I plan to have them finished this week. All I need to do to the Grunge quilt is trim it, bind it, and add a sleeve to the back because it will be hanging in the KMQG show at Striped Light next month.

The Tango quilt in the middle of the binding process. Does everyone else love their
Wonder Clips as much as I do?

The Grunge quilt...more straight lines. I keep saying I'm done with them...and then
I keep going back to them. I love the texture!

In addition, I made two more blocks for yet another secret project. I don't think I ever shared the other four I made, so here are all six:

Blocks from The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book
Blocks from Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 
 Naturally, because I have 5 projects to finish before June, I've added one more quilt to the mix. Why allow myself to quilt with no pressure, right? I mean, what fun is that? (Where's a sarcasm font when you need one?) I found out earlier this week that someone very dear to me has cancer so I'm whipping up a quilt for her. I've selected a palette, got all the cutting done and am in the midst of piecing blocks now. This project has taken priority and I hope to have it finished and shipped off by midweek. (Fingers crossed!)

Lattice blocks, ready and waiting to be come a quilt top.

This week's list:
  • Finish & ship Lattice quilt
  • Finish binding Tango
  • Bind Grunge & addd sleeve
  • Work on #TNQuiltSwap mini
  • Finish top for the black,white & grey baby quilt (if I have time) Not gonna happen this week!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 04.05.16

It's been a busy couple of days, so just a quick post today. Lots to do and not a lot of time in which to do it!

As for last week's list... I totally overreached my capabilities for gettin' sh-  er, stuff- done. Part of that was because my husband took three days off and I cannot get much done when he's here because of all the "Hey Baby, why don't we..." or the "Hey Baby, do you know where the (insert any random word of your choosing) is?" or the "Hey Baby, what are you doing?"  Sigh..

The quilting on the blog hop quilt. Lots and lots of straight lines (and some
lint!) Solids are Bella Soft Finish Black, Bella Fog, and Designer Solid Wisteria
and all the thread is Aurifil 50 wt.

I did not finish the blog hop (aka Tango) quilt or the top of the grunge quilt. I'm going to blame that on the fact that the fabric did not arrive until Thursday afternoon. I did manage to get all the 4-patches pieced for the baby quilt and I finally finalized a design for the #TNQuiltSwap. I'm thinking Dresdens of some sort. More on that after I catch up on the blog hop quilt and the grunge quilt.

This week's list:
  • Finish Tango quilt
  • Piece top for Grunge quilt
  • Guild Meeting
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

To-Do Tuesday : 03.29.16

So it's Spring in the Southeast US. I have a love/hate relationship with this season. I love it because of the cool breezes and pretty flowers popping up everywhere. I hate it because of my allergies and those God awful, disgusting smelling Bradford pear trees.

Can we all agree that those trees are an awful idea? Maybe I should start a petition and we can all sign it, vowing to never, ever plant another one of those things again.

Alright. On to quilts.

I feel as if I ironed every single piece of fabric on the planet last week. I say "ironed" because that's what I do. I don't press. I just can't seem to get down with the pressing. I'm definitely an ironer. I ironed and starched fabric for four different projects. When I'm dealing with multiple projects I like to iron in bulk and then hang everything over the shower rod in the guest bathroom, aka the sewing room, so it's ready when to go when I need it. 

I also had to order more fabric for two projects. I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I need to order the Moda Match Maker for Grunge Basics because trying to color match those online is next to impossible. They never, ever look like their color swatches on any of the screens in my house. Now would be the time to get it because it's 20% off at Fat Quarter Shop; but I've already blown my monthly fabric buying allowance out of the water and I think my husband will file for divorce if one more package shows up in the mailbox.  OK, maybe not really; but, well, I've bought a lot of fabric this month.

I was sort of successful last week. I narrowed my design options down to 3 for the #TNQuiltSwap. I'm calling that a win because I think I had at least 15 inspiration pics pinned for this. I posted a pic of the palette last week which, of course, has since changed. Not the colors so much, but I decided to add in some blenders after stalking my partner.

I managed to get the center of the Blog Hop quilt pieced; but then had to stop as I needed to order even more fabric. I haven't received a shipping notice yet, but I'm hoping to have it Thursday or Friday. No pics of this one until I post during the hop. (Alida hasn't updated the list yet, but I'll be sharing my quilt Wednesday 5/11). 

So while I'm waiting on fabric for the Grunge and blog hop projects, I pressed and trimmed a stack of HSTs.

This very neutral stack is going to become a quilt for a very special baby to be born this summer. I was very much inspired by this awesome quilt by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. I sent my aunt and cousin a pic of her quilt and they love the idea of a similar quilt in black, white & grey as his nursery is going to be mostly black and white with pops of grey and citron. I think it's going to be a wonderful room. I'm so excited to meet this little guy later this summer!

This week's list:
  • Finish the Blog Hop quilt (if fabric arrives in time)
  • Get the top pieced for the Grunge project (if fabric arrives in time)
  • Keep working on Baby quilt while waiting on fabric order
  • Finalize (for real this time) the design for the TN swap

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 03.22.16

Last week was not as productive as I would have liked.

I managed to settle on fabric for the #TNQuiltSwap (all from my stash - yay!); but I'm still playing around with my design. I have a few ideas, just can't decide on one. I'm struggling a bit because my partner is not very active on social media, so I can't do any stalking. That't OK though - I think I have enough to go on based on her swap info. I also managed to finalize a design for an upcoming blog hop and get the additional fabric ordered. I scrapped my initial design because it just wasn't coming together like I'd hoped.

My fabric pull for the #TNQuiltSwap. I think 2016 is turning into
"The Year of the Solids" for me!
 Other than that, I'm not getting anywhere. I ordered four Grunge Basics for another project only find that two of them looked nothing like the online swatches. Guess I need to break down and buy the color card book for these since I seem to be using them more and more. Hopefully this week will be more productive than last.

These 2 Grunge Basics look pretty similar, right? That's Grey Couture
on the left and Grey on the right. If your monitor is showing them like
I am seeing them in person, they're practical identical, Their swatches
on FQS's site  looked nothing alike!

This week's list:
  • #TNQuiltSwap
    • Pick a design and stick with it.
  • Blog Hop Quilt
    • Once fabric arrives get it pressed, starched and cut
    • Maybe even get top pieced
  • Grunge Project
    • Order replacements 

Before I go, I want to mention that I signed up for Ello over the weekend and added their social media button to the others at the top right of this blog. If you've signed up as well, follow me there so I can follow you too!

I'm not jumping off the Instagram ship yet, and maybe not ever. However, if they switch from chronological feeds to using those awful algorithms, I will not be pleased. Anyway, Ello isn't perfect; but it's still in beta, so I'm hoping things start moving more quickly and they work out some other kinks soon. Also, they're only available on IOS right now. An Android app is coming though. There is a lot of helpful info in their WTF (help) section which is filled with all sorts of things that make me happy; specifically their About page, more specifically this paragraph:

"As a Benefit Corporation, Ello has a legal mandate to never sell ads or personal data to third parties. All streams are chronological. There are no boosted posts, and no manipulative algorithms."

And that wraps things up for this week. Linking up with Christine @ Stitch ALL The Things

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 03.15.16

So last week was sort of successful, if you consider a week long pinning binge a success. Honestly, I think I've spent more time on Pinterest in last week than I have in the past six months! I love my Pinterest boards, but they are a time suck in to the depths of the deepest black holes of lost time.

I do have an excuse for my raging pinning fix though. I currently have several secret projects in various stages of development. I won't go in to much detail since I can't share any pics yet.

I have receive my fabric for one of these projects - let's call this one #1 - but decided that one of the solids was too blue and another too orange when I needed purple and red. So I've had to order a few more 1/2 yard cuts and am waiting for them to arrive. That's OK though; there is a bit of math involved in this project, so waiting has given me time to make sure I've got that right.

This could be fabulous...or it could be really bad in a Summer of Love
 bad acid trippy way. Bella Solids in Acid Green, Boysenberry,
Bright Sky, Emerald, Mango, Geranium. Royal. Soft Finish Black
and Parfait Pink. I' think I'm replacing the Royal and Geranium.

This week's list:
  • #TNQuiltSwap
    • Finalize fabric pull
    • Order any additional fabric needed (I'm really going to try to use my stash here, but we'll see....)
  • #1
    • Confirm I got all the math right
    • Start cutting the fabric that I have
    • Press, starch * cut new fabric once it arrives
    • Piece top
  • Other sort of secret projects
    • Finally pick designs (and stick with them)
    • Order additional fabric, if needed (again, I'm going to attempt to use my stash here; but we'll see...)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To-Do Tuesday | 03.08.2016

I was semi-successful with last week's to-do list. I finished the friendship star quilt and got it sent off to North Carolina where, I was thrilled to learn, it was warmly received. Other than that, I managed to get to Atlanta; and that's where I ran into trouble regarding the rest of the list. 

While I did manage to get in some good quality time with friends and family, I failed on all other aspects. I did not play any golf, nor did I make it to the driving range. There was no knitting either. I also failed in regards to not making any more fabric purchases. I blew that one with reckless abandon. It's like all my will power flew out the window the moment we hit the city limits and I turned to Hubs and said innocently, "Sine we're headed downtown anyway, why don't we just make a quick stop at IKEA?" 

I'm fairly certain we are all in agreement that there is no such thing as a "quick stop at IKEA". Am I right? 

I humored my husband by pricing out some furniture before casually guiding him toward the textiles. He played right into my devious plan by announcing that we were right across the aisle from the fabric and did I want to have a look? I admit it, I can be quite conniving when I want to be. "Oh, well, since we're right here I guess it can't hurt to have a look..."

Fast forward to an hour later...

Actually, I was pretty disappointed in their fabric selection this time. I was done with that in about five minutes. However, I spent the next fifty-five minutes looking at every single duvet cover they had in stock. I could have bought at least ten. I am proud to state that I only bought three and that two of them were on sale. 

My duvet covers from IKEA

I also ordered a bundle of black/white/grey solids for an upcoming baby quilt and a super cool Star Wars print that I plan to incorporate into the back of an upcoming quilt. 

Oh there's more; but since it hasn't arrived yet, I can still pretend that it doesn't exist. In addition, I took on another commission and ordered some fabric for that- but I hardly think that should count since it's being paid for by someone else. Right? Right.

This week's list:
  • Thoroughly Modern Mini Swap - #TNQuiltSwap on Instagram (Our guild is participating in a swap with the other Tennessee MQGs- it's going to be fun!)
    • Finalize design
    • Fabric pull
  • Make blocks for a secret project
  • Finalize designs for 2 other projects
  • Bonus Points: quilt the chubby hashtag quilt

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