Update Before Football Sewing – and a Craftsy Sale

First, I’ll update you on my quilting progress. Then I’ll tell you about the Craftsy sale, which makes the last part of this post and advertisement. Now you’ve been warned.

I did get the wedding quilt top finished in time to get it to the quilt shop by Tuesday when the longarmers pick up the quilts for quilting. Of course, I had to stay up until about 2:00 AM to accomplish that. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture because I couldn’t find a spot to lay it out (all 90″ of it!) and get a picture. Imagine the image below with lots more white space.

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Needless to say, after that late night I was not good for much for the next couple of days. Well, I did finish the book that I needed to return to the library. Other than that, only the hand quilting on the church quilt as far as sewing and fabric. (Unless you count doing laundry as dealing with fabric, that is!)

Last night I made a secret project block. Today I made another. No pictures because….SECRET.

During football sewing today I plan to finish the block I’ve been working on for the last two weeks. Once that is done, I’ll start block 10 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM.

Future machine sewing plans include catching up with the Jinny Beyer BOM and finishing the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. I only have three blocks of the 2014 to cut and sew. I already cut the finishing kit for that one. The Jinny Beyer, AKA 2015 Craftsy BOM, looks intimidating but only because of the appliqué. I’ll get over it.

I also need to finish Scrap in a Box. I think I’m two borders away from completing that top.

I also want to start working my way through the lessons in the Anita Goodesign book to learn more about machine embroidery. I am determined to learn to use my machine for that.

Okay, I do remember that I haven’t shown all the goodies that Katie sent me. I will, I promise. I just need to do some major cleaning in my sewing area. (AKA, the entire family room.) Especially since I have somehow misplaced one of the 2011 Designer Mystery BOM. I haven’t actually figured out which one yet, but whenever I count, I’m one short. I assume it is somewhere in the family room so it’s not a crisis, but it does require family room cleaning and organization. Sigh.

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Now a reminder (because I am assuming you may have heard about it elsewhere) that Craftsy is having a ‘Pre-Holiday Stock Up Sale‘ with up to 70% off all supplies! (If you use the link, my Craftsy Affiliate account will get the credit for the sale and you will be helping fund this blog. Now you’ve been warned.) This includes project kits, yarn, fabric, art supplies, cake decorating / baking supplies and paper craft supplies. The sale runs from now through 10/13 @11:59pm MT. I’m still fighting the urge. I have my eye on the Christmas Checkers quilt kit using the Winter’s Grandeur fabric line. I shouldn’t but I do.

As for you,

Quilt on!

 

Sunday Stuff & Marching Along (Not!)

My original plan for the next few Sundays was to post my March-along progress – what I did with my 15 minutes a day of quilting, but this week already doesn’t look so good.

  • Sunday, March 1 – completed the last February block for the Craftsy 2015 BOM.
  • Monday, March 2 – read new quilty book & wrote & scheduled review post + tomorrow’s book review post.
  • Tuesday, March 3 – I thought about quilting. And I did lots of laundry.
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Nada
  • Thursday, March 5 – went to Barnes & Noble & perused quilt magazines while drinking tea (one magazine did come home with me) and visiting with good friends. Careful Carolyn brought this knitted doll to show us:IMG_2573
  • Friday, March 6 – Believe it or not, I did some free motion quilting practice or attempts, depending on how you look at it. I obviously need a lot of work!IMG_2574
  • Saturday, March 7 – I made the templates for & cut out the pieces for the second February block of the 2015 Craftsy BOM. I also pieced the bottom part of the basket. I ran out of template plastic so I used freezer paper.  IMG_2575

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This brings us to today, which I technically don’t count in last week’s March-along report, but I did want to show you what I finished. First, I had to do some hand appliqué of the basket handle.

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Then I got to finish the rest of the block by joining the handle to the basket.

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Yes, it measures very close to 9 1/2″ like it is supposed to. And I am now caught on up on that BOM. It’s a good thing, too, because this week block 10 of the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Mystery BOM is due to arrive and the directions for Scrap in a Box should be posted on Tuesday. That plus trying to finish the American Beauty top and quilt and finish a Christmas table runner should more than keep me busy.

Quilt on!

Sunday Stuff – Caught Up Edition

Yes, I do appear to be caught up (sort of) with all the blocks with dates! You may remember from my last couple of update posts that I had completed blocks all the current blocks for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop. And I was caught up with Scrap in a Box. So all that was left to complete were my 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month blocks. There were two. Here is the first one (remembering done is better than perfect) which I completed Friday evening:

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I thought I had plenty of time Saturday to complete the other block and be done before the end of February with no problem, but that block gave me fits. I ripped out more seams than are actually in this block, I think. And it is far from perfect! But done! (If you’re making this block, pay very close attention to the reverse pieces. Please. You may want to even label them when you cut them. And draw in the seam lines on the basket pieces even if you aren’t hand piecing. Your life will be ever so much better.)

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So here are all three of them on the design wall.

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I had originally figured I would get my March block done today, but once I finally completed the second February basket, I came upstairs to write this and then get on my recumbent cycle to work out a bit of frustration. I didn’t even get around to working on cutting sashing for the American Beauty BOM, which I said I was going to do while waiting for my fabric to arrive. (I did, however, watch the video for the March block. It looks so much easier than that second February block!)

What were you up to this weekend?

Quilt on!

A Brief Quilting Update

I did make some progress in the quilting arena this week. First, I am totally caught up on the FQS 2014 Designer Mystery BOM! Here are blocks 8 and 9:

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I am so excited to be caught up! This is a first!

Next up is the Big Monkey! I really am hoping to finish it by the end of March to enter into my LQS’s UFO challenge. I got the basic sashing strips all trimmed up. (Yes, I had to fussy cut them.)

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Then I cut the triangles for the ends and got them sewed on. No, they are not perfect but right now I’m feeling like done is way better than perfect! I don’t even know what I’m planning to do with this quilt.IMG_2566

Once I got those done, it was on to cutting the cornerstones. And here is where the crisis showed up. I needed 3 1/2 inch squares. 20 of them. I got 16 cut. I cut the next strip at 3 inches, and did not have enough fabric to do it over. Sigh. This BOM was started in 2010. How was I supposed to find this fabric? I didn’t totally panic because I reasoned that since that fabric is nowhere else in the quilt, I could find something similar if I needed to, but I really didn’t want to. So I searched online & found it at a quilt shop in Chesterton, Indiana – Sew Fun Fabrics. I ordered it right away, but have no idea when it will actually arrive. I went on overkill and ordered a whole yard, but this way I’m covered if it is not exactly the same colors as the 16 squares I have cut. (I also ordered a Creative Grids 8.5″ X 24.5″ ruler, just for fun.)

I still have the outer sashing to work on (and probably should get to that because that shop has some of that fabric too, in case I mess up. And I could cut the borders (at least an initial cut). And I could make the binding (which is a really cool striped fabric!), but I’ve not done any of that yet.

And today’s and tomorrow’s project will be the 2015 Craftsy BOM blocks. There are two. And I keep wondering why I am doing this since I really am not a fan of basket blocks. Oh, well. If I get those done, I will be caught up on all my current BOMs.

Oh, and while I’m thinking of it, Connecting Threads has a gorgeous new fabric line called Luminescence! I purchased one of the dark fabrics and the set of 2 1/2″ strips ($11.17 for 27 strips) and I’m seriously considering going back for some of the backing and some other fabrics. Obviously this line is all my favorite colors. And obviously, I do not need more fabric. Except maybe another set of the strips. And….

Quilt on!

Just a Few Things

Just in case you’ve been wondering, I have done some quilting but have still not finished my goals from this post. I did a couple updates here and here, but I have done a little bit more. Just not much. Here’s what I’ve been working on.

  • Finishing Clue #2 of Scrap in a Box. Here it is:IMG_2553
  • Cutting and piecing the 3 blocks I currently have from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Here are Blocks 6 & 7: IMG_2556 IMG_2555And in the meantime, Block 9 arrived, so now I have 8 & 9 to complete. I have started cutting 8.
  • Cutting the rest of the sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM. I looked at them. Does that count?
  • Then on to the February 2015 Craftsy BOM. Nothing here either, I’m sorry to say. Soon now.

You may remember that I mentioned the Craftsy class that I was taking, Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting (w/ Debbie Caffrey). Well, I finished that one (which I found very helpful) and have now started her new one,  Clever Cuts for Efficient Quilting (w/Debbie Caffrey). This one also is very good and I highly recommend it.
Craftsy also has some new eGuides on various topics. For a limited time, some of them are free – from now until Saturday, February 21 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.

Photography
eGuide: Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners

Now that I’ve shown you a sampling of the non-quilting eGuides, here are links to some of the quilting eGuides. These are also free for a limited time, but I’m not sure how long.

eGuide: Save Those Scraps! A Scrap Quilting Handbook

eGuide: Pre-Cuts: Everything You Need To Know For Successful Quilting

eGuide: A Metric Conversion Guide for Quilting & Sewing

eGuide: Genius Hacks Every Quilter Should Know

And in the spirit of full disclosure, yes, I am a Craftsy affiliate and following these links will help support this blog.

Quilt on!

Small Wednesday Update

Just a brief update here. Nothing exciting. Really.

I finished cutting all of the fabrics for Scrap in a Box on Monday, just in time since Clue #2 came out Tuesday evening. I didn’t get downstairs quickly enough to complete the whole clue, but I got 1/3 of it done!

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I must admit that the Craftsy class I am currently watching, Cut to It: Strategies for Smarter Quilting (w/ Debbie Caffrey), was a great deal of help in speeding up my cutting process. So much so that I also purchased her newer class (but I haven’t watched it yet, so I can’t tell you how I feel about that). I think my cutting is also more accurate, which is always a good thing.

Up next, finishing Clue #2, cutting and piecing the 3 blocks I currently have from the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, and cutting the rest of the sashing pieces for the American Beauty BOM. Then on to the February 2015 Craftsy BOM. And, of course, there is another block on the way from the Fat Quarter Shop. AAAAARGH!

Quilt on!

Weekend Update

Yeah, I’m about 45 minutes away from Saturday Night LIve (and bedtime), but I thought I’d just mention a little bit that got done this weekend and last.

First, last weekend. The Tumbler Quilt for my son-in-law’s birthday gift got finished. Yay! I don’t have an excellent picture because it is pretty long (son-in-law is tall) and since it hasn’t yet been delivered, no one here is tall enough to really hold it up well. Here is what I have though:

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Here it is sort of styling on a chair, and below is the quilt being held up by my husband.

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These are masculine looking colors, but my son-in-law’s favorite color is purple. I did a scrappy binding from batik jelly roll strips and snuck in a couple with purple along with the greens and browns.

I just machine quilted around the tumblers so it is nice and puffy. I also took it to my most LQS to enter it in the UFO finishing contest. Now I just need to deliver it to my son-in-law.

I sort of avoided the sewing room for lots of this week. Next up for every project I’m working on was cutting, and we all know how I hate cutting. But today I got down there and worked on Jinny Beyer’s Craftsy BOM. Not only did I have fabric to cut, but I had to make templates and use them. Here they are:

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Once I cut all the reserve fabrics and the first block I decided that (unlike Jinny Beyer) I would piece this one on my machine. I already have two quilts I’m working on hand piecing, so I didn’t think I needed to add another one. So I’m all caught up on this BOM, and here is the finished block:IMG_2526

So, that is all I got done today. I’m hoping to work on cutting Scrap in a Box, a mystery quilt, and piecing the first step. I’m also 3 blocks behind on the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Mystery BOM, so I’d like to get those all pieced by the time the next one comes in February. Sigh.

And I’d like to get back to some hand quilting. I guess I’d better

Quilt on!

Some catching up on a Friday Night

Last weekend, Nonnie introduced me to 2015 Craftsy Block of the Month (w/ Jinny Beyer). Now the coolest thing about this is that this is free – unless, of course, you buy the fabric kit. Did I need the fabric kit for this? Umm, have you seen my basement? But it was on sale & I really like the pictured version of the quilt so:

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And here are the beautiful Jinny Beyer fabrics that were in that package:

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If you are interested in joining those of us who are doing this BOM, chat with us on Twitter or join the Flickr Group for the BOM.

Now on to other things that are happening around this frozen part of the world.

Today I finally got myself in hand and basted and started quilting this quilt for my son-in-law’s birthday (which is today, so, yes, it will be late).

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Last week when I was sewing the last of the rows onto the quilt, I had an epiphany. I have been incredibly stupid for something like seven years now! Really! I kid you not. Here’s why (don’t look at the dirt under the desk, that’s not it!):

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Have you figured it out yet? When I purchased this desk at Target around seven or eight years ago (but we’ll say seven so I don’t feel quite as stupid), I put my sewing machine on the left end of the desk. Why did I do that? I HAVE NO IDEA! It is probably something so simple as the fact that every other desk in this house has a set of drawers down the right side. Anyway, in this case, it has made my life (or at least my sewing life) much more difficult for the last few years. I could have had lots more space to the left of my machine if I’d only done this in the first place:

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Yep, there’s now some room on the desk for the quilt to rest as I quilt it. Or for most of the top to rest as I piece. And did I mention how stupid I feel for not having thought of this before?

My other big excitement of the week is the arrival of this:

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I so appreciate the fact that I could purchase this whole book from The Fat Quarter Shop without having to buy the fabric too. I’m pretty sure I can do most of this from batiks I have in my stash. The background maybe not so much but most of the rest of the quilt. I need to finish some things so I can start some new ones!!!!

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!