Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Goals for the week ending March 18, 2017

So, I've been trying to post this since Saturday. Better late than never, I guess.

Goals for the week ending March 18, 2017

1. Redwork - No progress 

- quilt row one 


2. Sheep

- continue stitching - Block finished

- start sewing strips together - no progress


3. Welcome

- draw off design - Not done, but significant progress made, I just have the branches on the tree to finish (right side of photo).



- mount on scroll frame - nope, not done


4. Easter

- draw off designs - Done

- begin stitching - Yes, I started :)



5. "He is Risen"

- finish as a wall hanging - not done, but progress made.




Quite a few years ago, my Aunt Rose promised me her sewing machine after she passed away. Promise was kept and it came in a really nice cabinet. I hadn't realized that the machine was portable, a Singer or so very heavy !!!

My hope is that it will be heavy enough to handle machine quilting. I took it to a local quilt shop that has a service center. They are going to clean and oil it and then we'll see what I can do with it. I don't know how long it sat for my Aunt. She ended up being blind toward the end, so I know she wasn't using it. Her younger brother handled her estate and when my mom could claim it, she did and brought it to me. It will be a couple of weeks before I get it back from the shop. I'll keep you posted.

On to this week's goals:

1. Growing Up QAL
- make block
- email completion

2. Easter stitchery
- finish stitching first block (of three)

3. Welcome
- finish tracing design
mount on frame

4. Redwork
- quilt row one

5. He is Risen
- finish wall hanging

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a week filled with creativity and productivity.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mid-Week Progress Report



We dodged the bullet on the last snow storm to come running through on it's way to the east coast. We were forecast for up to a foot on Tuesday, this photo is from Wednesday morning. A lot of snow had blown and drifted away. The worst part is how cold it has gotten, but then this is a noreaster - north winds blowing hard and very cold. 

I had the day off on Wednesday and did my best to take full advantage of it. With working so much lately, it's been hard keeping up on everything - especially household chores, but one must prioritize :)

So here is where I am:

I continue to work on another sheep block. If they take me two weeks to complete, I'm ok with that because there are other projects I want to work on as well.

"WELCOME"


I finally chose my fabric and laid out the pattern.


This took almost all morning to draw off. It's going to be a long slow process. But I LOVE it already.


I received the ribbon in the mail, so I'm even more excited to get started on the stitching. Not to mention I finished this week's goal of the "Sheep" block.


 I also managed to get the Valentine's bears put away and some Easter bunnies out.

Makes me happy.

Looks like Thursday will be a day off too, so I'll get my corned beef and cabbage supplies together so it can go in the crockpot Friday morning, I want to dig out my aunt's sewing machine and see if it needs to go in for service. It's been packed away for a number of years and it's time to start using it. It's a much heavier machine and should be able to handle the quilting that my little Brother can't . . . or won't.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with creativity and productivity.
 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Goal Report - Week ending 3/11/17

Goals for the week ending 3/11/17

1. Redwork - UFO 2015

- put first row together - Done


Not only did I get one row assembled - I got all three of them done !! And I'm fairly certain what I'm going to do next :)


2. Sheep - New 10/2016

- start next block (#4 I think of 9) - Done

- cut strips for the first alternate block - Done


Next block is started . . . 

These blocks are big - 18 inches square !! I decided on an alternate block pattern. They finish at only 12 inches square, so after some arithmetic, I cut the strips for those blocks.


These are just some of them. 


I'll use the leftovers from the Redwork quilt so I don't have to purchase more and I know there will be leftovers.

3. "He is Risen" - UFO

- finish stitching - Done

This is a Jenny of Elefantz design. It's free if you are interested.



4. Needlebook - New 3/2017

- sew on binding - Done





This is another Jenny design. It was free too when I downloaded it. Follow the link above to track it down.
I sewed the binding on by hand in front of the TV on Friday evening.
I can never have enough needlebooks and with the sentiment on this one, the fabric was perfect. I have leftovers that I'm gifting to BF so she can have one too. I just haven't decided if I'm going to make it for her or let you make her own. I think she already has the pattern :)



5. Easter bin - UFO

- modify/finalize layout of design - Done?


I decided I didn't really need to change my design layout that I made a few years ago when I found these. The bin is dated 2000 !!!



My floss colors are going to come from my border fabric - isn't it fun? It's so bright and happy :)
I've got my designs, fabric and stabilizer - they are all cut to size and ready. I just have to draw off the designs.



6. "Welcome" - New 2/2017

- shop for "ribbon" - Done

I got on line and found 4mm ribbon for this project. It's ordered and should arrive in about a week. It sure took a chunk out of the crafting budget. BF sends me photos of her progress every few days. If mine turns out half as beautiful as hers, it will be amazing.
Sunday I got a confirmation email for my order and was enticed to purchase a beginner's ribbon embroidery book - can't wait for that either.

- draw off design - no progress, adding it to next week's goals.

Goals for the week ending March 18, 2017

1. Redwork

- quilt row one


2. Sheep

- continue stitching

- start sewing strips together


3. Welcome

- draw off design

- mount on scroll frame


4. Easter

- draw off designs

- begin stitching

5. "He is Risen"

- finish as a wall hanging


Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a week filled with creativity and productivity.










Sunday, March 5, 2017

Goal report March 4, 2017 and spring is just around the corner . . . ???

Spring is just around the corner ????


Not what it looked like on Friday !!
We ended up with about 5 inches between midnight and 10 a.m.
This was the visibility all morning . . . pretty much non-existent.


Goals for the week ending March 4, 2017

1. Redwork (UFO - 2015)

- sash last two blocks - Done


- figure out next step - Done

 

I chose my fabric and started sewing the final border together.



2. Sheep

- work on next block - Done

- plan alternate blocks - Done

 

Since there are hearts throughout the blocks, I found this pattern for patchwork hearts to use for the alternates. I just have to increase the size a bit to bring them up to the "sheep" blocks. I've already done that and I'll use what Valentine's fabrics I have and round out with the leftovers from the "Redwork".


I found this print on the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby. It has a pretty nice hand and will help to break up the rows.


3. Easter Bin (UFO - unknown date)
- see what's in it - Done, I've gone through it.

- pick something to make Sort of done - I have some drawings and a rough sketch of a design. I'll try to do more with it this week. 

No pictures :(

4. "He is Risen" (UFO)

- pull bin, get started - I started . . . pictures later.

5. "Welcome"
- choose fabric


I chose this linen. It's in the "tan" family. So I guess you would say "natural", since it's linen.

- draw off pattern - I didn't get this done . . . 


but I did start to pull some of the floss. This is going to be a really big project.

Goals for the week ending 3/11/17

1. Redwork - UFO 2015

- put first row together


2. Sheep - New 10/2016

- start next block (#4 I think of 9)

- cut strips for the first alternate block


3. "He is Risen" - UFO

- finish stitching


4. Needlebook - New 3/2017

- sew on binding


5. Easter bin - UFO

- modify/finalize layout of design


6. "Welcome" - New 2/2017

- shop for "ribbon"

- draw off design


I'm stream-lining my goals, hopefully I'll start feeling some progress.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a "week" filled with creativity and productivity.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Goal Report w/e 2/25/17

What started out as sketchy has now turned into a very productive week :)

1. Seasons Redwork (UFO)


- cut framing (sashing) strips Done, and most of them sewn
- finish stitching blocks Done


2. Magic Apron (UFO)

 

- finish assembling Done (Thanks, Jenny)


3. Wendy's Christmas (UFO)


- assemble Done  (Finally, Thanks Wendy :)


4. Sheep quilt block


- stitch one block Done

5. "He is Risen" (UFO) No progress, I forgot to write this one down in my book.

- draw off,start stitching


Goals for the week ending March 4, 2017

1. Redwork (UFO - 2015)
- sash last two blocks
- figure out next step
- design layout

2. Sheep
- work on next block
- plan alternate blocks

3. Easter Bin (UFO - unknown date)
- see what's in it
- pick something to make

4. "He is Risen" (UFO)
- pull bin, get started

5. "Welcome"
- choose fabric
- draw off pattern

Seems like a lot, but I don't really think it is.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with creativity and productivity.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Playing Hookey :)

I played hookey !!!!

I did what I talked about doing - planning and prepping ahead so when I got home from work I could cook dinner. That's how I started my day. It was decided Thursday morning that I didn't need to go in to work :) :) :)

So on to Plan B . . . 

I called BF and we scheduled an impromptu play date :)


We had such a god time, just being together . . . being friends - comfortable, talking about everything and anything, changing subjects in an instance.

We did our "show and tell".


 

I shared the redwork blocks that I sashed Wednesday evening. She's still working on lace cabin and began a new embroidery project called "Welcome". I have the pattern, but haven't done much with it. With her encouragement - that maybe on the list next week.

After we finished, we moved on to Hobby Lobby. It was fun walking around and shopping all the new spring decor. BF needed floss for "Welcome" and I needed additional red prints for the redwork.


Some bonuses . . . 


Valentine's was clearanced. I'll use this in the sheep quilt to compliment the cross stitched hearts.


 

"Buttercup" quilt squares

These were on the clearance wall. Two packages were marked down to $2.58 from $19.99 !!!!
I was very excited - 12 blocks for less than $6.00 !!!
I think it will be beautiful. I love the color choices - yellows, orange, greens and a teal blue. I can't wait to start stitching.

Next step, shopping my stash for coordinating fabrics.


 

Easter is just around the corner. We found these adorable little "chatkies". It seems that bumble bees are my new "thing" according to BF. And the little chick was just too cute.


Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with creativity and productivity.








Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Did someone say Spring?


A week ago I was looking at bird tracks in the snow under the feeder.

Monday and Tuesday, I was raking leaves - it was 65 degrees !!!! Friday we are looking at almost 80 !!

Wednesday morning began with light rain


and "monster" cookies. 
M&Ms are over $4.00 !!!! a bag - I was horrified.
However, the smell of fresh baked cookies made it all worth it.

I got as many of my chores done as possible first thing in the morning because I already knew I was working the rest of the week.
I'm challenged to get chores in, meals planned and prepped as much as possible because there is so little time after I return home, Newton comes home from school and Honey Do from work. I need to be more organized, but I'm a work in progress.

My evenings are spent stitching. Blocks 11 and 12 of the Seasons Redwork are finished.


I managed to get the strips cut for the sashing. I've increased the size from 1.5 to 2.5 inches. I want a quilt and not a wall hanging.
The plan is to quilt as I go so I have a finished quilt and not another UFO, or continuing UFO in this case.

I also managed to squeeze in some sewing machine time, so the sashing has begun.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wishing you a day filled with creativity and productivity.