Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tula Pink City Sampler -- The completion

Last month I had all my blocks completed and the sashing ready for assembly and I took this project with me to Stash Bash, where I completed the top

and then I had a great win fall and won quilting services from my amazing friend Kira and was then gifted batting by another of my awesome friends.

This quilt has been a lot of work and I will admit that I was anxious to have it so far away being quilted but I knew that Kira would do something awesome with this opportunity because she's an awesome lady. 

She sent me a few sneak peaks and posted a few teasers on instagram. 

Then it was time to wait for my quilt to come back home to me so that I could get an idea of how great it really was, I even made binding in preparation (and you all know that is not my favorite part of quilting). 
The quilt arrived on Thursday and it was late by the time I got home so good pictures would have to wait till the weekend when I had extra hands to help me and plenty of daylight. 
The cats have already laid claim to this one. 
Here she is out in the sun. 
Here's a better picture of the quilting -- I can't wait till I was h it and get to see all the crinkles. (Haven't washed it yet because of the ongoing problem I have been hearing about the freefall backing fadeing -- better safe than sorry right) 
And one more of the little prince in his quilt fortress 

This is my 11th finish of the 2nd quarter

Thursday, May 5, 2016

When your to do list gets a little crazy.

As I venture into May I 'm starting to think of all the things that I want to accomplish this month and in subsequent months. Once I started listing them, I took pause because I couldn't decide if the list was impossible or I would need to be awesome / crazy to complete these lofty goals. 
You see the list starts innocently enough with finishing a few blocks and sending a top to the long armer and my bee blocks. I also wanted to get a jump start on binding for the 2 quilts once they return from the quilters. I toss in my OMG goal for the month with my Tessellation project blocks.

After that the list gets lofty and adventurous. 
-- Quilt 3 projects -- yeah, they are basted or ready for basting and 2 of them are small, so that could be doable. 

-- Work on MMBB (Moda Modern Building Blocks) -- this is the WIP I sometimes forget. This sits untouched after several months and maybe it needs a bit of revitalization to regain my interest. Who knows it could lead to assembly, especially since I know I'm not making the whole thing because it's huge. 
-- Laying out and assembling Tessellation will not be an easy feet but I'm really doubting my ability to make it this far this month. 

-- most of the rest of the list involves binding -- and we all know my feelings about that, who knows maybe June will be a month of binding
Liberty print bias binding on wooden spools - great way to store bias binding - you can get new wooden spools at craft stores:

-- my other WIP currently is Lucky 21. It mostly makes the list as a fall back project for when I am avoiding other things, the main components were finished at Stash Bash and the HST have been trimmed so things should go together easily on it. 
So 19 goals / accomplishments for the month set forth -- let's see what I can accomplish in that time and how many will be reemerging in June. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

April Stashing and Sewing

April will be a month of recovery from all the stash additions from last month and hopefully I can get this stash game back on track. I have many goals that I set for the quarter and it looks like I have most of the things on hand to make most of them happen. 

Since the month started on a Friday that gave me a jump start on getting the bee blocks taken care of and on their way to new homes. Helen wanted red cross blocks and my stash really paid off this time because  I was sure that I would need to buy red fabric to make these happen but I found enough in the charm box to send these 3 lovelies to her. (-.5 yd) 
In the Bee Hive Swarm, Cindy wanted these fun checker blocks that are super simple and come together really quick but have a great impact -- Four blocks heading her way. (-.5 yard) 

I did manage my first finish for the quarter with my huge and awesome tote that was my Stash Bash Revamp project. This was mostly scraps from the retreats but I did pull the lining and the linen from my stash to pull it all together (-2.5 yards) 

My 2nd finish for the month was getting my Spellbound quilt finished (-10 yards) 

April also brought the deadline for the Kitten Mini Swap -- I had finished the mini last month but this was a 2 item swap so I put together a mini sew together bag for my partner and got it all shipped off. (-2 yards) 

I'm really loving to hive jump and I made a few more this month -- and apparently I forgot to photograph them all. (-1 yard) 

My niece is a dog groomer and needed some fabric for bandannas and bow ties that she makes for extras for her clients and to sell on the side. I really wanted some of that destashable fabric to go to a good cause so I sent her a huge bundle of assorted fabrics to help her have a better variety. (-12 yards) 

There was a call for some blocks for a special project for a fellow quilter that has cancer and I pitched in some fabric for backing (-5 yards) since I wasn't sure I'd have enough time to make the blocks. 
After a weekend of catching up on projects and all that cutting for my City sampler project I decided it was time to start planning for some new projects. 
because in the 11th hour I had made up my mind that I would be attending Stash Bash for my own mental health -- medical bills and dwelling work leave be damned. 

I made a few gift items for ladies at the bash (-6 yards) 

One of the awesome ladies at Stash Bash was collecting donation fabric for impoverished women and refugees to be able to make clothing and gain skills to be more self sustaining -- so I also took her a bundle of fabrics (-10 yards)

While at the retreat I worked on several projects but I also indulged a little at a few local shops. (+ 20 yards -- see that Kate Spain Christmas fabric, it's going to be the backing on my epic KS Christmas quilt) 

Received the rest of my Wana Fanta blocks and put mine with it to have 35 blocks completed. I needed 56 for the queen size quilt that I wanted to make so that meant lots of extra blocks needed to be made and I set out on this and I made the other 21 over once i got to stash bash. (only to realize when I got home that I need 8 more to make the quilt square so it will really fit the bed well)

I made a few hour baskets (-3 yards) 

completed the top of my Tula Pink quilt and won long arming while at retreat so I went ahead and sent her off to Florida for some time in the spa with Kira (http://kirabell.blogspot.com/)
 After the retreat I was left with one more week in the month and most of this was sent recuperating and unpacking. I got back into the sewing room a little on Saturday but mostly to organize and start on those other 8 Wanta Fanta blocks. 

April seemed like a very productive month overall to me and I am feeling pretty good about the numbers. I started the month with a YTD fabric decrease of -48.5 yards, I used/ gifted 52.5 yards this month and brought in 20 yards -- bringing the YTD total to 81 yards decreased from my stash, and I'm pretty happy about that. 

Secret Retreat

With my 11th hour planning and working some magic to pull it all together, I was so ready to get this bash under way --- it's really hard keeping a secret like this for 10 days, especially when everyone is talking about it on social media.

I was very careful about what I put online in preparation for leaving and even considered throwing in a few decoy posts on instagram to throw people off that might suspect it was a ruse. 

I got everything all packed up and ready to go.
In the house vs in the trunk 
It was very fun to suprise some of my very good friends by showing up at the retreat unexpected -- but the real surprise was running into Mallory while in a quilt shop on my way there.

While at the retreat I worked on my Wanta Fanta Quilt and assembled the top. (I have since decided that I need another 8 blocks to complete the top and make it square.) 

I completed the top of my City Sampler 

I made a Moda Love Star mini quilt 

I completed 3 hour baskets -- one of which I kept for myself. The other 2 went to our awesome cooks this weekend.

I got started on my Lucky 21 quilt. This one has been to all the stash bashes that I have so far and apparently #3 was finally time to get her started. 

One of the awesome things about stash bash is the giveaways and I won some really awesome stuff this time. first I won a folding olfa mat provided by Angela of The Green Apricot 
Olfa Folded Cutting Mat 17"X24"

then in the big lottery drawing I won custom long arm quilting by my awesome friends Kira -- oh the noise that I made when they called my number was pretty remarkable and more than slightly embarrassing. 

Angela is so awesome and gifted me the batting that she had previously won. So the Tula sampler was sent with Kira off to Florida for some very special love and I can't wait to see how awesome she makes it, I almost sent Mr. Pink home with her to supervise. 

We always have remarkable sponsors and goodie bags and here is just a bit of the awesome swag that I got. 

I was lucky enough to take part in the secret sister swap through an angel package I made, and two awesome ladies put together some goodies for me as well -- so a big shout out to Nisha and Karie for surprising me with these goodies. 

There is always lots of laughter, some tears and a room full of love at this retreat and I am forever grateful for the friendships that this has brought into my life.

And one thing I learned this time is there are never enough Rice Crispy treats -- cause 4 batches only got us through 24 hours.

The hour baskets are finishes 8, 9 & 10 for the 2nd quarter