Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Goals for the week ending April 18, 2017 and April 25, 2017

It has been a hectic few weeks. Bible Study is in it's final weeks, the weather has been up and down. When the weather's been decent, I've been outside.



These aren't the best photos, but the gardens are all mulched and ready for the growing season. Everything looks nice and clean at the moment. I was blessed with help from Honey Do and Newton last weekend to get them all done. On to the vegetable garden, if the rains would just hold off long enough to let things dry out.

Goals for the week ending April 18, 2017

1. Redwork
- quilt 9-patch rows


I don't get much opportunity to work on this quilt, but every time I do I fall more and more in love with it. There will be two rows like this that will go in between the little redwork stitcheries. Just enough to break up it up. 

I decided I wanted to make the redwork quilt my main goal so I can have it finished by the beginning of May.I'm still on track to finish it - definitely not the first :)


2. Picket Fence
 - continue stitching

Growing Up QAL


Absolutely loved this month's projects. There's one more block, but I'm still working on it. I've got this one sandwiched and machine-quilted (which the photo doesn't reflect).


Goals for the week ending May 5, 2017
1. Redwork quilt

2. Growing Up QAL block

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Goals for the week ending April 11, 2017

So I've been a bit of a slacker the last couple of weeks. I'm blaming it on spring break and the weather . . . that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it :)

We got a visit from April Fool, albeit a week late . . . 

 

We got about four inches, but it's hard to tell with all the water sitting around from all the rain a few days earlier.


This is what I found a couple of days later - after the snow had all melted. It's in the general vicinity of the second photo above. I've never seen it do this before and thought it was really cool :)


Goals for the week ending April 11, 2017

1. Redwork - DONE
- quilt row 2


- quilt row 3 - DONE


- make 9-patches - DONE
- sew 9-patches into rows - DONE 


One of the other reasons why I didn't get more done on other projects - I was having too much fun working on the quilt :)


2. Picket Fence - some progress, but not much worth mentioning
- continue stitching

3. Easter - no progress
- begin stitching block 2





Goals for the week ending April 18, 2017

1. Redwork
- quilt 9-patch rows
2. Picket Fence
- continue stitching

I've decided to keep working on the Redwork quilt. I would really like to have it completely assembled by the first week of May.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Goals for the week ending April 4, 2017

This week's goals:

1. Redwork - DONE
- quilt row one







2. Growing Up QAL
- construct block - DONE
- email link - DONE




3. Picket Fence row - DONE
- complete stitching on first half




Goals for the week ending April 11, 2017

1. Redwork
- quilt row 2

2. Picket Fence
- continue stitching

3. Easter
- begin stitching block 2

I'm working this week, catching up with BF and have a couple of other appointments. I think it best to keep the list short :)


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And the rains just keep coming . . .

 

Friday's forecast:  90% chance of rain


We've had rain off and on all week and for once the weatherman was accurate.


With all this rain, the back yard is virtually useless for the next few weeks. After that I'll be in the garden. I saw my first advertisement for mulch this week. I've been waiting and the purchase will be the next step to spring yard work.

It's been a mostly relaxing week  with not much getting done on the home front. It's spring break, thought I should enjoy it too.

Friday morning was spent catching up emails, a trip to the grocery store for dinner supplies and the library for a couple of movies and a book.



The afternoon was spent quilting the first row of Redwork.




I just did simple quilting inside the block and around the stitching. I'm using a very light-weight machine that really doesn't even fee the blocks well. It does OK on single thickness but if you add any bulk at all, it fights you - so that's what's up with the uneven stitching. It will have to do until I decide on what kind of machine I want, need and have to spend.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Quick week and some sewing time . . .

FINALLY !!!!

I finally got some sewing time in.


It took me three days, but I finally got this month's Growing Up QAL assignment finished.

Something else I got done, although this hasn't really been a priority.



I pulled the ribbons and the other half of the linen from "Welcome".
I want to practice some of the new stitches and what better place than on fabric you are already using. I've also seen "stitch journals" in some of the books I borrowed from the library and thought that would be a fun project for the end result. I still have to decide how I want to section the fabric, but that's for another day. I still have goals to complete.

Thinking about all those who are in the Queensland area as they are dealing with intense weather. It's tornado season here - same thing without the water - but we don't really have much to deal with in my part of the country. We'll get warnings and lots of rain, but fortunately not much else.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Break - off and running

                                          

Monday morning and we were off and running . . .

First up was another trip to mom's. She needed help with an errand and I volunteered us. We had another nice visit, although short. I'm freeing up some of my time to be able to spend more time with her and make myself more available to her. 

We stopped at the library on the way home and picked up some movies. Newton played a video game and I worked on my blog. :)

So I felt like I had a fairly productive week, even though I didn't get all my goals met.



This is a design from Jenny of Elefantz. It was a free design a few years ago and I'm finally getting it done. It's one I considered a UFO . . . another one off the list.


If I were to do it again, in this layout, I would/should have enlarged the design. The white background is white on white with words (hope, He is risen, etc.) and images (crosses). Very fitting.


I found this print and just knew what project it would compliment.


I attached tabs so that it would hang from my quilt rack and chose the rather modern brown/turquoise print for sashing and binding. I wasn't sure, but I really like the contrast. 



I managed to finish the first block of a spring/Easter wall hanging. Another UFO - there are plenty more where these came from.
This took a couple of weeks of evening stitching to accomplish. I like the added dimension of the weaving through the back stitches just to give it something else.



I LOVE the pinks !! Pink gingham ears and flannel nose just add to the cute factor. 


 

 

 

Spring has sprung in our neighborhood. These are from Sunday evening after raining.  Daffodils are blooming, trees across the street are budding and the dragon's tongue is back for another year. That plant must be 10 years old by now !!! And the grass is a beautiful shade of green and looking pretty healthy. 

Not sure I'll get out in the yard to do much work this week, but I do try to do something each time I go out. That will be how I spend my spring and summer. No point in wasting those trips when there is so much to get done.

Time to hit the road again and see what my pups got into and get my chores done. Have a wonderful afternoon.

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Goals for week ending March 25, 2017

It's been one of those weeks - although, lately, they seem to all be "one of those weeks".

How was your week?
Mine . . .

Monday - Bible Study and the dryer broke. That was after using it on Sunday with no issues . . . 

Tuesday, Children's program and errands, including dropping off my Aunt's sewing machine for repair (which was long overdue). . . 

Wednesday, I worked . . . 

Thursday was great :) Mom and BF. I had great visits with both of them and have missed them horribly. I never realize how much until I spend time with them, then I miss all the missed opportunities. However, visiting with both of them led me to some decisions I have been putting off and have now been made.

Friday, you guessed it, work again. 

And here it is the weekend again. 

The positives: the parts for the dryer arrived several days earlier (Saturday) than expected (Tuesday). So I got it cleaned up and Honey Do did the repairs. By the evening I was drying clothes.

I also had some sewing time after my chores were done :)

That takes us to my goals for this week:

1. Growing Up QAL - no progress made
- make block
- email completion

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


3. Welcome
- finish tracing design - DONE


mount on frame

4. Redwork
- quilt row one - no progress

5. He is Risen
- finish wall hanging - DONE :)




Goals for the week ending April 4, 2017

 (WOW !!! It's April already !!!)

It's spring break this week, so Newton is home. I'm minimizing my list because there will be other things we do.

1. Redwork
- quilt row one

2. Growing Up QAL
- construct block
- email link

3. Picket Fence
- complete stitching on first half

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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

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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.

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