Sunday, January 27, 2013
Before I could do anything, though, I had to clean up the pile of miscellaneous junk that had accumulated by my sewing area (right by the front door, unfortunately):
I didn't get an "after" photo, so you'll just have to trust that it was improved enough for me to actually work there.
First up was a partially done Farmer's Wife block, #50 Honey's Choice. I'd gotten the sub-units done (with some wrassling), but hadn't put them all together yet. This was also the first 5-patch block that I made using my new Marti Michell templates, which worked pretty well.
I'm not entirely crazy about the block--not enough contrast, and the colors aren't my favorites, but hey, it's done!
Next up: Disappearing 16 Patch in pink. This month's challenge had suggested sticking to hot pinks, but I didn't have that much selection, so I went with the pinks I had.
First I laid them out:
Then I moved them around:
Then I told my inner perfectionist that it's a scrap block, so quit fussing & start sewing! First rows of 4, then all together into a 16-patch, and then cut on the diagonal.
Walla! Tucked them into the folder with the previously made orange, purple, and blue triangles and patted myself on the back.
I then spent about 15 minutes practicing free-motion quilting--just parallel-ish straight lines, noodled around with an idea for an AAQI quilt, and called it a night.
So that's my first sewing of 2013, and I say yay! In celebration, allow me to share the "Think Pink!" number from Funny Face:
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I haven't been doing much sewing lately, so my UFO Brain Dump is pretty much unchanged. In an effort to continue making progress on this, I'm eschewing all swaps, bees, and lottos for the time being, but I am joining Quilting Hottie Haven's Drop and Give Me Twenty! challenge.
No, I will NOT be doing any pushups! Rather, for the month of February, I'm committing to quilt at least 20 minutes a day, every day. This is organized by Beth, on her "fun" blog, and there are link-ups and prizes and a flickr group and whatnot and it's open to all, so join in!
Herein is my DaGMT1 Commitment:
This may (or may not) also mean that I'll be posting more on this here blog. I also may be doing a 2012 wrap-up post and some more detailed descriptions of the UFOs, but we'll have to see.
1 Is anyone else hearing "Dang Gummit" when they read the acronym, like we've fallen into a Li'l Abner comic strip?
2 Rest her furry little soul!
3 I have enough of those at work.
Monday, September 24, 2012
What's especially pleasing to me is what's NOT on my design wall anymore, which is my CMYKitty quilt, which is ready to be quilted (i.e., folded up & stored in a box).
Anyway, this is my Grandma's Flower Trellis quilt, which needs another 10 blocks and can then be assembled! I already have the White/Green HSTs, so I just need to pick & cut some more pinks.
Check out what other folks are doing this week at Judy Laquidera's Patchwork Times.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I haven't figured out how I'm going to tackle these. There's a method for paying off debts called The Snowball, which basically says you should pick the loan with the smallest balance or the highest interest rate, pay the minimum on all the other loans, and put as much as you can to this one. Once it's paid off, move on to the next larger/lower rate and continue.
As I look over my list, there are some that are pretty close to being done, there are some that would benefit from a concerted effort, but then there are some that I kind of like doing a block or two at a time. I don't know, I'm pretty exhausted just looking at this (and I haven't found the courage to count, BTW).
Anyway, here's what I believe to be a complete list of my UFO's. They're in approximate order from oldest to newest. I'll try to flesh them out / sort them in some meaningful order / annotate in the days & weeks to come.
- CompuServe Mystery Quilt
- Blue/White Log Cabin
- Teal/Burgundy Dragonfly
- CompuServe Geography Swap
- CompuServe Cat Block Swap (1994)
- Curved Log Cabin for Mom & Dad
- Veggie Slide Show
- Hand-Me-Down Rust/Green
- Tessellating Fish
- Veggie Disappearing 9-patch
- Muted Slack & Slash Pillow
- Blue Yellow Brick Road
- Blue Yellow Brick Road Pillow
- Orange Twinkling Star
- 12 Months Sampler
- (x+1)(x-1) = x²-1 (Solids)
- Checked Columns (Solids)
- P2 Modern Solids Quilt Along
- Modern Solids Mini
- Grape Tessellating Spirals
- Bali Pops Trip Around The World
- Storm At Sea
- Batik Repaired Rainbows
- Morris Blooming 9-Patch
- Jelly Rolls
- Connecting Threads
- Cool Batiks
- Farmer's Wife
- Teal & White Wonky Checkerboards
- Ugly Lotto Triangles
- Log Cabin Star of David
- Mini Ocean Trip Around The World
- Paper-Pieced Autumn Triptych
- Green Stained Glass Mini
- 3x6 Swap Blocks
- Curved Block Lotto blocks
- Tessellating Leaves Mini
- Orange Big Block
- Solid Mini Broken Rainbow
- CompuServe Christmas Swap
- Brown Mini
- Purple Tessellating "Crosses"
- Mini 4-Patch
- Sherry's Roman Stripe
- Miscellaneous Blocks
- Mini Tokyo Subway
- Scrap Quilts
- Chimney & Cornerstones
- Disappearing 16-Patch
- 4-Patch/Double 4-Patch
- Ticker tape
- Self-Mitered Strips
- Sock It to Me!
- CMY Pillow / Wall Hanging
- Grandma's Trellis
- Grandma's Jelly Roll 1600
- 6" Blue & White Stars
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
- Nutritious dinner of Triscuits & x-tra sharp cheddar cheese: consumed
- Hair: pulled back
- Hands: washed
- Refreshing beverage: 1/2 drunk, remaining available as needed
- Cat: heading to kitchen to get herself some dinner
- Headphones: Missing. Dang. OK, scratch podcast plan
- Castle rerun for background noise: queued up on TiVo
I'm going in! Cover me!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
(1st picture shows colors better; 2nd shows quilting better).
So, I actually started this last Saturday, continued to work on it through the week, and finished it up Thursday, but my camera had gone on walkabout, so the pictures, at least, are from today.
I didn't think I had too many yellow scraps, which was accurate (the finished size of this is only 15"x15"; each log is 1/2" wide), but I did have a pretty good variety, since I'd bought a couple of charm packs to round out my yellows for the Tokyo Subway Quilt (alas, still a UFO). Background fabic is just unbleached muslin -- I'm a little sorry I didn't use white, since yellow and white quilts really sparkle, but I've been using white as a background a lot lately, and I just felt the need for something different.
Everything was sewn/quilted by machine, and the circles for the quilting were taken from my cappucino cup.
Check out what other folks have been doing at soscrappy: ScrappyHappy Yellow Day.