Thursday, March 30, 2017

March -- a Month of Red and progress?

APQ put out the number for this month and I was relieved -- it's #12 and my lists don't have anything in these slots so for me this was a month to catch up on other projects and focus on deadlines, and with the stash bash coming up next month there are deadlines looming for sure. 

The month started off with an awesome trip to Georgia to see some of my gal pals and take a few classes. The first day, I took a Tunic class with Chrissy and my gal Ella came too. 
and I made this awesome space kitty Tunic (-3 yards) 
The next day I met up with Kristi for her Betsy Travel Bag and ended up being the only student so it was a great girls day making a challenging bag but I nearly completed it. I finished it after I got home and a few days being sick. (-5 yards) 
And it wouldn't be a trip to Atlanta without a stop at in town quilters where I picked up some bolt ends -- as I look at this picture I now realize that these all could go together (+ 6 yards) 
Once I had my energy back I started on my bee blocks this month and these were pretty fun. (-1 yard) 
Stash Bee random HST for Em. 
Triple Bee Shoo Fly blocks for Nicole 
Bee Hive Ripple Blocks for Jess. 
I also had Jill's traveling quilt -- it's rainbow theme and she loves stars so how could I not add to this fun boarder. 
I might be crazy but I've joined another traveling quilt for this year and this one I started out with a paper pieced star, with the fabrics I included this is about 2 yards to travel around for a while. 
Our guild did a coffee and tea exchange so I made this fun Mug Rug for Liz and included an assortment of treats for her to try. (-1 yard)
Since the scrap color was red that meant I had limited scraps this month -- First was my scrap bin.
Then some color strips -- see not much read in my scrap stash
 I had to get Mallory's elephant put together and off to the quilter so that it will be ready for her by stash Bash. 
With that awesome event (Stash Bash) happening in late April, I really had to get a move on with my secret sister sewing. I had to do some digging but came up with a few things to surprise her with for her first stash bash but I'm still finishing things up on that end so you will all have to wait till after the bash for an update. 

I'm also doing an hour basket swap online and made this lovely basket to send off to my partner in a few days. (-2 yards)

Knocked out a few more things for my Quarterly goals and brought the March total of used fabric to 14 yards, 6 yards purchased and quarterly total of used yards to 34 (not quite the 50 I was looking for but there are several things in the works that would easily push that number up.)  

Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2016 -- the month of teal and #8

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January was a great month for getting things done. I thought February was going to be a slim month for progress, but it turns out February was productive when I look back on it but it sure didn't feel that way as the month was progressing. 

Bee blocks this month were (-1 yard) 
triple bee was a fun modified flag block

stash bee was pussy hat blocks 

bee hive was tic tac toe blocks for both Shannon and Cory 

In the 2017 Round Robin I received Shanna's quilt and added feathers, trim strip and triangles. I always find the first ones the hardest but I'm liking where this one is headed. 

APQ resolution this month was #8 and for me that was my scrappy swoon that I started last month -- this was a good thing because it's also my sew your stash off challenge project using hoarded fabric. The top is complete and the backing is pieced -- ready for quilting. (-5 yards)

The scrappy challenge this month was teal -- here are my kitty faces and scrap bin this month. I don't have a lot of this color because there is another scrappy project I am working on that took a big bite from the teal pile.

I also made a charity quilt in a chunky strips manner. (-2 yards) 

In other quilting 

I started on the quilt swap with Mallory -- I love paper piecing but was starting to think that this elephant might be the death of me. I need to switch out the eye color to the black and work on assembly -- I think the hardest part might be behind me now. 

I completed McKinnley's quilt on her 2nd birthday. (-2 yards)

I'll be taking a few classes this weekend at The Green Apricot and I got started on the prep work for my Betsy Bag Class (-4 yards)
and I'm taking the plunge to see if I am able to make tops with Chrissy so I had to prep some fabric for that as well. I did have to buy 3 yards of a test fabric (since my stash isn't full of large cuts) but these space kitties are awesome. (+3 yards) 

I did manage to score some scrap bags from a friends destash and a layer cake of Happy Go Lucky (+3 yards) 
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So I used a good deal of fabrics 14 yards and only bought 6 yards this month -- this brings my yearly total to 40 yards used and 12 purchased for a stash decrease of 28 yards.  

Cutting through some more quarterly goals this month. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

EEVEE -- 1st finish 2017

Quilters really come together to support each other and that is a reason that I am so happy to be a part of this community. 

Back in early November a friend of mine was out one evening and got maliciously attacked while out playing Pokemon GO and left for dead, the community has rallied around him and his family, even setting up a go fund me to help with his expenses. 

Now I've know Vinnie since I had my very first job back in High School and I wanted to do something special for him that would brighten his day. I knew his favorite Pokemon was Eevee and I set out looking for a pattern or something to make a quilt for him. When this mostly ran into dead ends I put out on Instagram that my quilty wish was for a paper pieced Eevee pattern because I really didn't feel like making a pixelated quilt.
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Now many of us know about Fandom in Stitches and they have awesome patterns but no standard Eevee -- so I sent them an email asking if they could help me out and an awesome lady Angela Gross messaged me back that she had seen my post and had a pattern that she had been working on and wanted to give it to me first so that I would be able to get this project out to my friend -- It's only 10 inches so I opted to make a pillow instead.

I set out working on it and ran into a few snags along the way (mostly because the tiny piecing) but I pushed on and got her all put together with much cheer leading from my IG friends. 

Initially I wanted to add a Pokemon fabric to the front but found that it really served as a distraction from the intricate piecing and opted to make it the backing and insert a zipper. 
I finally was able to deliver it to Vinnie after he got out of the hospital and I think he really likes it and it's a one of a kind -- much like Vinnie. 

This is my first finish in 2017 and an awesome start on my quarterly goals

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 -- Brought to you by #6 and Purple

Let's kick of January with APQ challenge for item #6 and the Scrap Challenge for Purple. 
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Part of the all people Quilt challenge this month was item #6 -- for me this was last year's BOM from Sewingly Yours, it needed quilting and binding. -- I got this one completed by mid month. 

The SoScrappy color this month was Purple, so I made my 1st scrap bin (-1 yard)
Turns out it was the wrong size so I gifted it to a friend and made another one that fits in the space better. (-2 yards)
Thanks to a time off with a stomach virus I fount myself home a few days mid month and I was able to work on some other colored scrap projects to make a dent in the very full purple bin. (-3 yards) 

This year I have decided to make a patchwork chunk each month and once the 6 dominate rainbow colors are made I'll have a good size improv throw -- here's the purple starting point. 
My next choice was inspired by a bee block that I made for Laura this month called Paint Chips but instead of putting in the neutrals I started patching together the strings. strips and smaller chunks of scraps into long rows or varying widths -- based solely on the common size of my scraps (these happen to be 4, 5 and 7.5). I plan to make these in each color through out the year for another rainbow quilt . 
I made some Kitten blocks this month and may add to this throughout the year. 
I also took my long 2.5 inch strips and 2 inch strips and made a jelly roll race style quilt from them -- this will be quilted up and donated to charity, I also pulled out fabric for backing (-5 yards)
There are still a good dose of purple scraps for future projects and bee blocks but I am ready to work on another color next month. 

In other quilting news, on New Years day I managed my first finish of the year -- the EEVEE project I have been working on for a friend. (-1.5 yards)
I signed up for another traveling quilt that started this month so I did a fabric pull for that and made my starting block (-3 yards) 
Stash Bee kicked off the year with these fun paint chip blocks for Laura (-.5 yards) -- I also put together some extra colored patches that she can finish up with some neutrals for her quilt.
I was the queen for the triple block bee so I started with my sample blocks (-.5 yards) and made a few extras (-.5 yards) 
my hive mates came through with these blocks so far -- 12 more yet to come in but I know most of them are in the mail already.
I'm also doing the Bee Hive group again this year and it actually got a late start because of needing more participants so hopefully this one will roll into the rotation next month. 

This month I had Marth's Traveling quilt and added the feather blocks to the bottom. (-1 yard) 
I completed my project for the upcoming Pink Swap and it's ready to ship out early February. (-2 yards)
While I was sick I also found some orphan HST units that needed to be turned into this quick pouch that will be a gift. (-1 yard)
I went to a local shops yard sale and scored a sew steady table for my feather weight, and 6 yards of fabric. 
The last weekend of the month I got started on the last of the traveling quilts from 2016 -- Jana's Traveling Quilt with the Sea theme so I added some Palm blocks (-2 yards)  I actually finished her traveling quilt as well so it looks like only one traveling quilt to work on next month instead of 2.
As a Bonus APQ finish this month was a smaller throw size version of my Jewel Box quilt that will be gifted very soon. (-3 yards)

January was a good month for sewing and I made significant progress on several items and had 7 completions. I only purchased 6 yards of fabric but managed to use 26 yards. I also took a class and got certified to use the long arm at my LQS -- maybe this will mean quicker finishes in the future.

Moving right along with these quarterly goals 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

For the love of scraps

It's not a very well kept secret that I love scraps -- I love my scraps, I love friends scraps and sometimes I even buy scraps but here lately the scrap situation is running over and it's time to regain some control of them. 

Not to long ago I realized that I had stopped processing the scraps into charms and this had overly doubled my overflow box. Previously I had been using the accuquilt each time it got full and reloading the other precut scrap bins. It's still a great method but I was finding that I often went into the scrap chaos for fabrics for bee blocks and in building new projects and if I had cut these down into charms they wouldn't be the right size any more. I even went through the charms stock pile and pulled a few fabrics out that I still wanted to use and sent the rest out to a friend that makes scrappy charity quilts -- it was a 10 inch pile of charms. 

So now I was left with the random sizes and larger pieces but I knew these would be more beneficial to me if I could get them in less of a jumbled mess. To me the most logical method seemed to be sorting them by color because that's usually how I look for fabrics in making projects and if I were going to continue pulling fabrics for bee blocks this is how I'd be looking for pieces to use. (stock photo -- I wish mine were this neat and few) 
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Once I got them all in piles all over my floor I reused 3 of the paper boxes to help contain them in the mean time. My plan was that in the new year I would start the Rainbow Challenge with So Scrappy and month by month start processing the different piles, not yet sure at that time what my color challenge projects would be but this was at least a good start. (Forgetting that I have a separate area for string scraps at the time. -- OOPS) 

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January rolls around and the color is purple -- it's like she knew that was my heaviest color and was testing my commitment to this quest. First off I decided that the paper box method was a no go long term and I wanted pretty cubes to put each color in (knowing that I wasn't done with the acquiring of scraps), first I thought about a store bought method like this one ...

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but my husband reminded me that would mean another piece of furniture coming into the room and our cats are very drawn to these fabric bins for some reason and destroy them quickly -- and this could get expensive (ie. less money for fabric). He suggested that i make bins and we could hang them or use the shelves I already had in the room, and it would use some of the scraps -- it's annoying when he's right. My initial plan was to use this pattern and make the large size. 

Fabric Bins - Free Sewing Pattern
Of which I did make the first one and it turned out so lovely 
but then realized that when I put it in it's new home this was not the right dimensions -- so i gifted it and went back to the one hour basket that I've made numerous times 
I needed it taller and longer so time for quilt math. I finalized the size at 15 x 8 x 6  it was going into my new TV stand that I had brought into the sewing room after an upgrade to the main TV -- now I'm able to watch / listen to TV /Netflix while I quilt. 
Won't it be great to have a scrappy rainbow behind sliding glass once the year is over ... I may have to work ahead on these. 

another quarterly goal complete