Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Granted, nothing says I need to do all of this in 3 months time but in order to really give this a shot, I need goals. I work better with goals. I need lists. Lists where I can cross things off.
Will I deviate from my lists? Probably.
Will I get everything done? No, but I'm ok with that. Ill be happy as long as I accomplish SOMETHING....and not acquire new UFO's. I'd like to finish what I do start this summer.
I'm going to put my UFO list in my Side bar and tick things off as I go. I will also break them out by the months in which I hope to accomplish them. In addition, I will add in other projects that I already know I want or need to work on. If it's time sensitive, I will put that under the "goal" month as well.
In addition to all this crazy UFO stuff, I recently became aware of just how much scrap fabric I have.
I went to cut out 9-1/2" squares for two twin sized quilt backings out of my scraps in red, white and blues. I still have tons of red, white and blue scraps that I could cut more things out of. The rest of the colored bins are just as full. I'd like this to become "One Scrappy Summer.". I'm going to track my square yardage used.
To do this, its a simple math equation in Excel. When I went to write it up for this post it I noticed that it looks positively painful but I promise you it's not!!
For example, I cut 9.5" squares.
Each square is 90.25 square inches (Multiplying 9.5 X 9.5).
I cut 132 squares. 90.25 square inches multiplied by 132 squares equals 11,913 square inches.
A yard of fabric is 36" long by 42 inches wide. This equals 1512 square inches.
If I divide 11,913 by 1512 this equals 7.88 square yards. That's almost 8 yards of fabric folks and I've barely scratched the surface. I'm going to make scrappy quilt backings or use scraps where ever I possibly can. For me, this will be a difficult challenge because I never think my scraps could possibly play well together. I don't enjoy scrap quilting either.
Anyone want to join me for my 'One Scrappy Summer' challenge?
It's going to be one productive Summer! While the rest of you fools are outside playing in your gardens that I'm highly allergic to, I will be inside where it's nice and cool and allergy free playing in my sewing room!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
- Love Blooms Block of the month quilt. Find remaining pieces for final 4 blocks. Assemble last row, border, quilt and bind.
- Wrapped clothes line bowl. Finish off last strip and end it.
- Wrapped clothes line rug. Finish off outside edge. Put non skid stuff on backing.
- Kaffe Mini Miranda
- Binding on Project Linus Quilt #1
- Binding on Project Linus Quilt #2
- Quilt of Valor #1
- Quilt of Valor #2
- Sublime wall hanging - assemble top, quilt and bind
- Quilting with Laura Wall hanging - piece top, quilt, bind.
- Ocean Waves - Piece, Quilt, Bind
- Bistro In And Out - finish cutting, piece, quilt and bind.
- Diamond Log Cabin - quilt and bind
- Pampered Pooch #1
- Pampered Pooch #2
- Kashmere - piece, quilt and bind
- Egg Money - Piece blocks, quilt and bind
- Gingerbread Lane wall hanging
- Messenger Bag
- Moon and Stars Baby Quilt
- Golfing Irish Chain
- Witch Wall hanging
- Quilt studio valance
- Applique Bats
- Bottle sleeves
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I was downtown to get my haircut tonight and on a whim I decided to drive past the art museum. Next thing I knew I was parking my car and wandering over to it. I think it’s time to start traveling with my tripod in my trunk because I would have LOVED to have pulled it out. I sent Mike a text saying where I was stopping and he told me I was turning into Holte. I can only hope to get that good. I did snap a few cool pictures though.
For those of you who aren’t local, this is is what the Calatrava looks like when the wings are closed. The above link will tell you some more details about the cool architecture.
I’m glad I stopped to snap a few pictures. I really got out of that habit over the past few years.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Seriously though, why does Webshots feel the need to fade in and out through a slideshow to have the pictures coming from all angles? Do they not know that 90% of peoples pictures just don't work with that format? Just give me straight on pictures for cryin out loud!!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
I thought it would be fun to put a pocket on the outside for drink packets. Well...the pocket should be both taller and it will need gathers because it is just too dang tight. Maybe the drink packet pocket just won't make the final cut.
I would also like to applique an Initial Letter. I didn't take the time and do it on the proto type.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
They are FREAKING adorable and that says a lot because I'm soooo NOT a cat person.
Here's a very unhappy looking mama:
And her adorable babies:
It's a little difficult to get good pictures of them through the window, especially with how dirty the outside of the window is. We put water out for them and today we will pick up some food for them to keep them sustained unti we find where to take them. It's like having our own zoo exhibit!!
Enjoy the adorable slide show.
Friday, May 22, 2009
I only took one project with me...scraps. We all know I hate dealing with scraps but I have a red, white & blue project that I'm working on and I decided to make backings ala Sherry. Sherry takes 10" squares and sews them all together for a scrappy backing. I needed 45 each of red, white and blue. I thought it would take all night to cut out of my crap...opps I mean scraps. Well, after about 2 hours I was done and looking for a new project.
I decided to buy a book and some fabric and make Mike a quilt. Clothworks just put out this really cool golf fabric so that's what I'm using.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We ended up at a place called Maggie Moo's. It's like Cold Stone Creamery where you pick your ice cream flavor and then you mix stuff in.
I thought their mascot was hilarious!! Wouldn't it make a cute applique for a baby quilt?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Then I sat around looking at some fabric. I’ve been trying to decide between two patterns for making Mike’s football quilt out of. As I was counting the folds to get an idea of how much fabric I had on the ones from my stash, I decided to take a look at the color dots on the selvedge because the smaller football print just seemed to stick out like a sore thumb. That’s when I noticed that the fabric I was intending to use for accent, border and binding is actually from Joann’s, not the quilt shop like the rest of it. Now, if it was just going to be used in small bits, I wouldn’t worry about it so much but I know if I use it in the quantity that I was planning on, after the first washing it’s really going to stick out like a sore thumb because it’s going to wear differently than the rest. What a disappointment! It’s a little dotted print that looks like the surface of a football. I guess it’s back to square one. =( It seems I’d be starting out now with 2 fabrics instead of 3 or 4. That’s a big difference so I think I’ll be waiting to start this project and instead work on something I already have.
A few people have asked about the patterns I bought on Saturday. They were the above Strip Twist and the below Japanese Jigsaw.
My daily Photography shot was another drive by my Grandma’s old house on my way home from work. I got a very nicely framed shot. I LOVE it. I may have to work on antiquing this one and then throwing it in a frame.
The house and the lilacs were both shot from the street. I’m surprised at how well the lilacs turned out from that far away. They’re not fully in bloom yet either while all the rest in the area seemed to go into bloom between this weekend and last weekend.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
We stopped first at Bits & Pieces because we were looking for fabric to use with our $2 a block BOM that we’re doing through Best Friends in Ohio. I picked up some yardage that I can possibly use for Sashing and corner stones.
Our next stop was the Quilted Basket. I picked up a pattern that I hadn’t seen before. It’s a pretty slick pattern for 2-1/2” strips and I’m really looking forward to making it.
Then on a lark we decided to drive to Cedarburg to go to Material Matters. Above all, I was shocked at how empty their shelves seemed to be. Lots of open spaces. I picked up a pattern that I had seen once online. It’s actually cut out with a larger diamond template but then put back together in a different format. It should be interesting.
Later in the evening we went to Linda’s house for a Bead Retreat party. We all made the same bracelet just in different colors and joked that it looks like we’ve got friendship bracelets.
We headed downstairs after the party to see Linda's quilt studio. She's got a really nice set up.
All in all, it turned out to be a really nice day.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Mike is headed up to Green Bay with a buddy of his so I went to Jen’s for movie night. We watched PS I Love You and Casino Royale. While we watched we both worked on binding quilts.
I finished sewing down the hanging sleeve on my Fresh Emma wall hanging. I can't wait to get it hung up in my kitchen.
Then I moved to working on Rosie's binding. I got about half way done I think.
Jen and I got into the discussion of how far apart binding should be sewn. I don't know the right answer. I know that my stitches are much closer than Moneik's and that Jen falls somewhere in the middle of mine and Moneik's. Here's a picture of mine. This example is much further apart than I normally do because I am starting to think that what I do is quite overkill.
So, how far apart are your stitches? What is the proper width?-Jen
Thursday, May 14, 2009
With her We Can Quilt It attitude gave me just what I needed to try out a different quilting pattern that I’ve been doodling for the last few months.
I used a Robinson Anton Variegated pink & white thread that was left over from a few other projects. I thought there would be enough. When I got down to the last row of signature blocks I ran out. Oh well, it’s just a wall hanging for my sewing room, it’s not something other people would notice if I don’t point it out. I just switched to another light pink thread and finished it up. Of course, everything was nice and evenly spaced until I switched threads…then it seems I freaked and quilted much more closely together. Oh well…it was time to try something new, and I did. It’s something I will try again. Now I just need to get the binding and hanging sleeves sewn down.-Jen