Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's Been Awhile

I will just say, "Sorry," and move on. Life really gets in the way A LOT for me. It's been a hot summer and the pool has been very inviting. Too hot to sew outside, so "swimming" it is!!! The tree over our pool has shed its leaves directly into the pool. They are still falling, it's a bunch of work to keep them gathered up and off the bottom. Since my husband is unable to tend to the outside work (or inside), I've taken on this task. I've only sucked up so many leaves one time and had to call the pool company to blow the lines. Got one of those leaf catchers, pronto!!! 

Enough said, here's what I've been up to:

I decided that I couldn't pass up the Sew Sampler subscription box from the Fat Quarter Shop. This was the pattern called Moonshine and they included the fabrics so I was able to whip this up pretty quickly.  I'm really happy with my points on this one. I've added the outer borders and will update the pic soon. I'm actually loving the surprise of the whole subscription box thing!!! I really need to iron the flannel and work on my portable design wall.  I'm definitely not a photographer. LOL

Also, I decided to buy the kit for the Gravity Quilt from Jaybird Quilts. Here's Block 1.  I did buy the kit, just made sense.  I'll get a better pic, but didn't want to forget to share what I'm working on. 

I'm also working on a bunch of other projects and I will share soon.  I think I might have 20 projects in the works that I've been trying to spend a few minutes on once a week, at least, so they don't drop off my radar. Soon, thanks for reading. 

I'm thinking about doing Instagram for my progress steps so I can just take a pic and post. Write about them after they are finished, although, that might mean I never post on the blog. HeeHee  Do you Instagram?  I'd love to follow you. Please share if you use it to post your quilt project steps/progress. Thanks. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On the Go - More Help Needed

So, here's the quilt:

It's pretty much directional, so do I quilt my motif (taken from the appliqued elements and quilt designed in AnS) in the outside border going all around or do I do the top/bottom the same as well as the sides or do I just quilt the motif around the quilt?  Better stated, do I treat it as a wall hanging and that I want to see the cars going across the quilt at both the top and the bottom? Or not? This is why I never get anything done.  

Here's a pic of the motif (may be hard to see):

I'm using the blue thread, just have to decide, help!!!!  I know, I know, it's my quilt, but I'd love some input. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Advice Needed - What would you do?

I'm struggling here.  I've never done anything black before (well, finished anything) and now it's loaded and ready to quilt. I'm going to mark the appliques and fill in the background with some sort of fill pattern.

I now have a new machine AND Decision Paralysis.

What do I do in the four-patches in between the applique?  

I was going to use the truck, airplane, car from the pattern "On the Go" by Kariepatch Designs to make a quilting design for the black borders. Do I use black thread for just the borders or the white I plan to use in the center? 

Help! Please comment if you've tried white thread on black and if it was something you'd do again. I'm so anxious to get started. It's basted and everything, just can't decide...

New Machine - So Excited

Here's my new HandiQuilter Infinity!!! It's ginormous.  I'm so excited and can't wait to do all my tops that have been hanging around. 

I finally traded my old HQ16 in because I just couldn't sell it for what people wanted to pay for it. Nothing wrong with it and it had everything, just time to step up a bit. Loving it. 

Here is the first quilt that I did on it last week. It's called "Snack Time" by Julie Herman. This is a close up of what I designed in Art and Stitch for the center hexagon. I did elongated loops in the triangles and fatter ones in the print hexagons. I also did the binding with the faux piping so it was all done by machine. It's the way to go, for sure. Even gifted already. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Getting Back to Sewing

Sorry, I've been trying to re-arrange my studio and just didn't seem to get back to sewing/quilting, but I'm forging ahead because I missed all of January's blocks of the 365 Challenge! These are really tiny and I can see I need to be much more accurate with my cutting/sewing. LOL I'm using all stash fabrics, so my dark may not be dark enough and my lights might not be light enough, but my record for finishing projects prohibited me from spending money on this one!! 

Here's February 12, 2016 block: 

Now, here's the beginning of the blue and white quilt that I'm making. I designed it in EQ7 and the rows of the top left corner have been sewn together, so we'll see how accurate EQ7 is when I go to sew the diagonal rows together.  I am using it as leaders/enders for the 365 Challenge because they took a bunch of seams so more rows are finished without realizing it. A good thing.

Just want to mention that my design wall is four 2' pieces of that foam board that you can get at Home Depot (they usually come in 4'x8' sheets, but these can be dovetailed together so less cutting for what they were designed to be used for!) and are covered with flannel. My studio has slanted ceilings so I don't really have a good place to put a design wall. These work better if I need to move the wall to another room for a really good pic of a completed top.  Also, I have a back stairway and the steps are in front of it and they blow in my "wind" as I scurry down the steps.  I'll take a better pic when I get further along, but just wanted to share that I'm actually making some headway. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Splendid Sampler Sew-Along

Okay, I wasn't going to do any sew alongs or online commitments because I just never keep up and/or I just simply forget or lose interest or whatever the day's excuse was.

I'm going to sign up for this one, they are 6' blocks and some variety, so I sent in my email address and, the good thing is, it doesn't start until February. Phew!!!

If you'd like to join me and probably lots of others, here's the information you'll need from Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

Feel like joining, please do. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tidying Up

I must have crawled under a rock somewhere in 2015 because I just now heard about this book and it's everywhere and has been for a year!! I got my copy yesterday and read through most of it and am ready to begin tidying up...however, I really want to start with my sewing studio. 

So, has anyone done the KonMari method for their sewing room?  I think everything gives me joy, so now what?  Marie Kondo says to put like categories in one place, but I need pins at every sewing machine, design board and my hand applique station. Same with scissors, seam rippers, pin cushions, oh, so many things.  

Should I go around and touch everything? There's nothing I think I can discard everything gives me joy, so I'm back to organizing. I will turn some of my piles into vertical piles which is something I can do easily. 

I've moved my "stuff" around again because it just wasn't working where it was. My HQ16 can't be moved, a good thing. I moved my Ruby Deluxe so that the bulk wouldn't fall off the table edge (what was I thinking the first go round?). Ditto for my ironing station, totally the wrong way.  My cutting table isn't large enough for both my Accuquilt Big Go and my huge cutting mat, so I moved my Go to another table that is sort of away from everything and I'm worried I'll just use the rotary cutter. Sigh.

Anyway, before I started reading the book, I was going to take photos of my top 10 want/need/should to-finish as a journal and reminder of what I wanted to focus on this first month of 2016. Tomorrow, maybe? 

Have you done the KonMari method in your sewing area yet? Help!!! 

I've ordered her second book, Spark Joy, which I should get on Saturday. I think she gets down to the nitty gritty with specific rooms, maybe that will help me get going.  

I will start my clothes after the weekend. Check it out if you've been living under a rock!


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