Falling Off the Wagon & a Finish

It’s been a kind of busy week around here, but I do have few things to share.

First, after a couple of months of successfully avoiding falling victim to the Daily Deal emails from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, I caved a couple of times recently and ordered a few things. This was the first one:

IMG_1951This is Aqua Ink Blossoms. As soon as it arrived, it answered one of my most pressing questions: “Which jelly roll was I using in my Kimberly Einmo class at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids?” Yep, it will be this one. I purchased some Kona white to go with it and now I can’t wait!

We won’t discuss any of the other purchases. It just doesn’t seem to be necessary – they were mostly basics. Maybe I’ll post some pictures later.

I also had a finish this week. I completed the binding on Falling Charms, with some help from Amazing Amy. Here’s the front:

IMG_1955We all know I don’t usually piece my backs, but I wanted to use up the rest of the Cold Spring Dreams layer cake that I had and some of the extra pieces from the front side so…

IMG_1954Another part of the busyness this week was driving with my husband various places. While he was rehearsing with some of his singers for this Sunday’s service, I completed block 4 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM.

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On Friday, I enjoyed the decor at his dentist’s office while he had a fun (NOT) procedure done:

IMG_1952Here’s a closer look:

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Quilt on!

Saturday Stitiching

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It’s Saturday for another hour or so, and I thought I’d just update you on today’s Saturday stitching.

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I really enjoy hand sewing something during football games. I can get quite a bit accomplished between plays. This week I got to do some quilting on the infamous wedding quilt. Unfortunately, I noticed this horrible version of piecing:

IMG_1519I’m sorry about the shadow, but the left side of the bottom of the star doesn’t line up and it drove me nuts for awhile. (It is much easier to see the mismatch if you are quilting that line, trust me!) I’m over it now, but it did bug me for awhile.

Last week I finished block 3 of the 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM.

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I didn’t get a chance to cut any more of the blocks for my two BOMs which is why I used the football game to hand quilt a bit. Maybe next week…

And now you are updated!

Quilt on!

Saturday Stuff

Warning, no pictures of anything good included. Sorry!

Today was a day I had hoped to be in California – not that I had really warned my sister of that, but there is a quilt show in her neck of the woods and I thought I could visit her and drag her with me to the show (and get to meet Jaye and Diane in the bargain). That, of course, was before this:

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(I told you there were no good pictures. Just a repeat.)

So what did I do today instead? Well, I cut Block Three of the 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM so that I could work on sewing it during the Michigan/Indiana game. Then I cut the fabrics for the first bag units for the Judy Niemeyer Celebration Christmas tree skirt. Of course there is still much cutting for that. (Six more bags. ;-), to be exact.) I considered sewing those units before cutting anything else, but then I looked at the directions for piecing and decided that wasn’t a good idea.

Cutting was made much less standing intensive by the use of the bar stool that I had my DH carry downstairs from the kitchen the other day. I only had to stand to cut the width of fabric strips. Very nice.

Then there was much hand piecing during the football game. I actually enjoy the piecing during the game because I can stop and look at the plays and then take a few more stitches. I have about 8 more seams to finish this block, so there are no pictures of it yet. Soon now though. Maybe even tomorrow. But for today my eyes and hands are done.

So that was my Saturday! How was yours?

Quilt on!

Friday Fun

Last Saturday during the Saturday football marathon, I finished piecing the Block Three of the 2011 Designer Mystery BOM (yes, I’m behind). I do like the look of this one.

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In case you don’t remember, my original plan (last fall, maybe) was to hand piece the 2011 and 2012 BOMs together while watching television, at least as far as the blocks go. Then I got distracted with this wedding quilt and all that fell by the wayside. I’ve gotten a little back to it, but it is slow going. I still have to cut Block Three for the 2012, but my husband did take one of the bar stools from the kitchen downstairs to my cutting table, so maybe that will work.

In the meantime, there is still the wedding quilt. And the church quilt. And the quilt on the design wall. And two Christmas tree skirts.

Quilt on!

A Little Progress on Something

I am such a slacker lately! Grr! I need to get back to some productivity here! And some blogging! So to start with here is a short post.
Remember back a ways when I changed my rules about completing the 2011 Designer Mystery BOM before even starting the 2012 because I was seduced by fabric? (That post is here if you are interested or have forgotten.) Well, I haven’t made much progress for more reasons than you can shake a stick at (what does that even mean?). Anyway, I got the first block of each cut and did assemble block one of the 2011. And I cut out the blocks number 2 before I went to the Grand Rapids show, thinking that I would feel inspired to piece in the evenings. (Didn’t happen. Too exhausted by evening!)¬†
But I have finally pieced block one of the 2012! Here it is!
And here it is on my new design wall. (Yeah, somehow I managed to put a couple of the hooks for the design wall too close together, but they are fairly easily movable once I have time. But for now:

A New Plan

A week or so ago, my first block of the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month arrived. One look at it and I got so excited about putting it together that I began to resent my original plan to make myself finish all previous blocks of the month (American Beauty and the 2011 Designer Mystery Block of the Month) before starting the new one. Actually, it made me angry.

Then I remembered it was my plan and I could change it any time I wanted. Yay!

So, I did.

The new plan is to finish the American Beauty BOM as one of my goals in this quarter’s Finish-A-Long. That will keep me working on that. As far as the other two BOMs, I will assemble the 2011 and 2012 blocks as the 2012 blocks come in. So, currently the first of block of each of the Designer Mysteries are sitting on my cutting table waiting to be cut out and marked for hand piecing. (I decided to hand piece because with my other goals, I will be doing plenty of machine work!)

So keep your eyes open for updates on this new plan.

And Quilt on!

Yes, It Has Been Awhile

Yes, blogging was interrupted by the whole quilt sweatshop thing I had going on here for a while. Yep, 8-10 hours a day paper piecing, stopping only to eat. But I did finish the top, got it to the longarmer, and got it back in plenty of time to bind it and wrap it up for this coming Friday’s wedding. I’ll post a picture once the gift has been given. Later this week, I hope.

But I can do a little bit of ruminating on a few aspects of the experience. First, the paper piecing. I don’t ever plan to paper piece a quilt this big again. 256 sections to piece was a little bit of overkill for me. And I’m not sure what I am going to do with all the scraps from this quilt. Maybe more paper piecing.

Another problem was my math error. The original pattern was for a quilt measuring 40″ X 40″. I doubled that (and was going to add borders but it looked so perfect without!) and, instead of figuring on quadrupling the fabric amounts, I doubled them. Yep, forgot I was dealing with area. This meant several fabric store trips and building up my batik stash a bit. (Some of the fabrics I brought home didn’t really work so into the batik stash they went!) But I like the scrappiness of it for a wedding quilt.

My daughter asked me yesterday what is next since I finished my other daughter’s quilt and now my niece’s wedding quilt. I think she thought I didn’t have any plans. Ha! First there is the finishing organizing the former family room into a studio. Then there is the other quilt for the guest room to finish. Then there is the American Beauty BOM to finish. And the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM 2011. And soon I will be getting blocks for the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. And I plan to hand quilt the 2009 FQS Designer Mystery BOM.

And let’s not forget assembling the top for the church quilt for this year.

I think I have plenty to do! I’ll bet you do too!

Quilt on!

A Little Progress

Yes, today was a work day. Yes, I would have expected that I could finish up Block 12 of the American Beauty BOM, but that did not happen! I had a bit of work to do. (Fancy that! At work of all places!) The work day always goes faster when there is real work to do!

So here are the pictures of the progress.

First I finished these sections:

Then these:

Then these:

And that is as far as I got. Well, not exactly, but I’ll wait to take pictures of the next sections until both are completed tomorrow.
Also, the Fat Quarter Shop is starting to take orders for their Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2012. I keep telling myself that I really prefer to pick my own fabrics. I tell myself that I haven’t completed the American Beauty Block of the Month so I haven’t allowed myself to start the Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2011. Therefore, I have no business signing up for this one! But the fabrics are gorgeous and I’ll bet I do!
What I like about BOMs is that you only cut one block at a time. I hate long cutting sessions. They drive me nuts. Even with my new cutting table my back gets tired. Grrr!
What I especially like about the Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery BOMs is that the blocks are always gorgeous, the fabrics are gorgeous and you get plenty of fabric in case of mistakes (or hoarding desires).
And no one has paid me anything for this advertisement.