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.