Thursday, September 29, 2016

September Accomplishments

I keep thinking I didn't do much because I don't have many finishes, but I did quite a bit of sewing.
I finished the Good Night Irene top II as a baby quilt. I plan to get it quilted this weekend.
Goodnight Irene baby quilt made with 2 charm packs.
I finished the Dangerous BOM Block 5. I've loved this BOM so much that I love to do the block right away each month.
Dangerous BOM block 5.
I started working on my FGV blocks and screwed up the kettle block, trying to rush to get it sewn one morning before work.
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I ripped and finished it that evening.
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I have the first five blocks of the Dangerous BOM - all scraps, except for the white.
The first 5 Dangerous blocks for GE Designs BOM on her Facebook page. Lots of fun using up tiny scrap pieces.
I was getting antsy for a finish, so I made this Riviera bag. It was super easy and I was disappointed I had waited so long to make it. I love the purse!
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I'm taking a Gudrun Erla class next month, so I wanted to take a quilt to show her. I took out the extra blocks I had left and made a throw quilt with them. It's beautiful! I can't wait to quilt it this weekend.
The 2nd Strip Lash quilt top is done, unless I decide to make it a bit bigger.
I had a lot of white/light blue blocks left, so I whipped up a table runner as well. I might get it quilted this weekend too.
Strip Lash III, the last of the white hexies in a table runner.
I bought this fabric to make a raglan shirt to wear to the retreat. I love how it turned out.
Tonight I made myself a shirt to wear for retreat next week!  I love this fabric!
My college friend Angie wanted a drawstring backpack, so I found a pattern and this fun Wizard of Oz fabric, which is one of her favorites.
Backpack
This week I finished up the Autumn Star block. I love the FGV blocks.
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The best part of the month was meeting my blogging friend Rhoda Mejeur from Michigan. She was visiting the area and we were able to meet up and say hi in person.
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Mikaela is loving Kindergarten and we had a great trip to Spearfish Canyon last weekend.
We took lots of pictures today. She was having so much fun.

August Stash Report
Fabric bought this month: 8.75 yards
Fabric bought this year: 76.5 yards
Fabric used this month: 5.5 yards
Fabric used this year: 189.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 113 yards!

Darn! my numbers are going backward! I hope to have at least 3 big finishes in October, so I think my numbers will go back up.
Funny story... I had 16 green HST's that were 9.5" and I needed just a few more yellow ones to make the pattern again. I bought 1.5 yards of fabric to make more HST's to use up those blocks... Only I miscalculated and made 8 extra HST's! So now I have extras after trying to use up extras! I hope to finish that quilt top up next month as well. It's all laid out and ready to be sewn.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Accomplishments

August was another successful month for me. I didn't get a goal set for OMG, so I worked on things for the fair. 
I made a wool bag for the SD Sheepgrowers Association meeting contest and then they will auction it off for scholarship money. 
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I also finished my sample for my piecing basics and machine quilting class at The Sewing Center. It's part of a series of beginner classes we're doing. 
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We had an UpCraft event at the Sewing Center in August, so I made this Supply Case 
Finished my #creativemakersupplycase
It's made to hold my smaller rulers when I travel. 
The inside of my #creativemakersupplycase to hold small rulers.
I also made a couple Sweetpea Pods for the girls at work as Birthday presents. 
Jackie's birthday gift. A sweetpea pod in BHSU colors.
I'm staying caught up with the GE Designs Dangerous Block of the month. This is block 4. 
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I also finished the camper quilts from the panel I had. I'm hanging these in our camper. 
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I started and finished a star quilt for my co-worker for Christmas. He loves star quilts and wanted a neutral/brown one. This is a wall hanging. 
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These are the more true to life colors of it. 
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I finished four of the blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. 
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As I was cleaning/taking everything off the walls in my sewing studio, I found a few more pieces I had sewn as leaders and enders for the Buckeye Beauty quilt. I ended up with 8 more blocks. Only 19 more to go and I have the HST's done for 16 of them! 
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Last night I finished the two Farm Girl Vintage blocks that are "due" on Friday. I'm so glad I am caught up again.  
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I also worked extremely hard piecing Goodnight Irene block pieces. I have those ready to sew into blocks. I am hoping to do it on my day off on Friday, but we'll see how far I get. I need to have the top done by Saturday the 10th. 

August Stash Report
Fabric bought this month: 7.75 yards
Fabric bought this year: 67 yards
Fabric used this month: 12 yards
Fabric used this year: 182.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 115.5 yards!

Monday, August 01, 2016

July 2016 Stash Report

July was a phenomenal month for me! In addition to everything else I've already shared, I'm working on a couple other projects. This is a sample for my piecing and machine quilting basics classes. It's fun to make this from the kit I cut. I couldn't find the perfect border fabric, so I am going to the Sewing Center to get something at lunch today. I need to get it finished up before the 20th.

My piecing/machine quilting basics sample is taking shape, but I don't have the right fabric for the mitered border.
Good night Irene is finished with binding now. I plan to enter it in the fair and then it will be a sample for an event at The Sewing Center on Saturday September 10th.
Goodnight Irene is bound! It'll be a sample after the fair.
UpCraft.club/sewingctr is a new website we are working with at the store, so I thought I would give it a try. I printed out the pattern and taped it together. This weekend I cut out some test material. Of course, I didn't have quite enough, so I had to improvise and have a seam down the back and one through the middle back, but I am making it work.
I'm hoping to start this knit dress this weekend.  The pattern is ready.
This is my Trapeze dress so far! I only have the side seams and hem to do tonight. I am loving it, even though I am not a big fan of bias binding. If all works well, I am hoping to make myself a nightgown out of the pattern as well.
So far, so good. My free trapeze dress is almost done. Just have to finish the sides and hem. It fits too! upcraft.club/sewingctr is the link to the free pattern.

I'm really making some progress on using up my stash with this challenge. I have a few different dresses to finish and then all the new projects, except for samples, are coming from stash. I love using up what I have!

July Stash Report
Fabric bought this month: 3.5 yards
Fabric bought this year: 59.25 yards
Fabric used this month: 29.5 yards

Fabric used this year: 170.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 111.25 yards!

Friday, July 29, 2016

UpCraft.Club/SewingCtr

Have any of you heard of UpCraftClub? 

It's a new website that offers PDF patterns from several designers, but it's reaching out to brick and mortar stores and they work in partnership to help customers buy the fabric/notions etc. for the PDF patterns that are bought on their site.
 The PDF patterns are often cheaper than the paper ones sold in the store. I'm so excited that I bought the Creative Supply Maker case from Sew Sweetness. The site is super easy to use and there are a lot of free patterns as well. 
I'm making the Trapeze Knit Tank Dress, which is free! They have clothing, kids stuff, bags, quilts, and stuffed animals. It's a pretty cool idea and I'm excited to be able to finally buy PDF patterns and support my local store. The website is upcraft.club/sewingctr . All you have to do is set up an account and you can use your FB account if you would like. Then start browsing and let the inspiration begin. I've added a few I like to my wishlist so I can buy them later.
Let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 2016 OMG Goal Met

This month has given me a chance to get a lot more done than I ever anticipated. I was able to sew together the scrappy granny square blocks, quilt them, and get the binding on. I even had 2 weeks to spare! It's now a table topper for my desk at work.

Scrappy granny square table topper.
Paul took the kids to the races two nights this month, so I was able to get 3-4 hours each night of un-interrupted sewing time! I was able to finish this professional tote sample for the store.
An unexpected night to myself means I got to sew and finally finish this professional tote. I'll be teaching this class starting next Wednesday,  so sign up soon if you'd like to make one.
While we were on our staycation I was able to sew the top of the Cowgirl Coins quilt together. We went out to my dad's in the middle of the week and I got to quilt 4 quilts, including this one. I put the binding on this week and this scrap quilt is done!
I waited all day to post this for WIP Wednesday,  only to realize it's Tuesday. The Cowgirl quilt is finished!
I'm teaching a Bendy Bag class in November, so I made up a couple samples from scraps I had left over from other bags.
Tonight's Becca Bags! So fast, fun, and easy.  They are a great stash buster. I'll be teaching a class on them in November if you're interested.
I've been busy keeping up with the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. These are my first 15 blocks, 1 3rd of the way done!
My first 15 FGV blocks. I'm really enjoying this sew along.
While we were camping I attempted to start working on my Twist and Turn quilt. I was so confused! I spread it out on my aunt's island and got the centers for 4 blocks made. Once I realized how to make the blocks, I realized one of the pieces was cut incorrect x80! So I had to improvise. I still don't have the first four blocks made, but I have all 20 blocks made into block kits. Slowly but surely I'll get this quilt done or it will become something totally different.
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At my dad's I quilted the Good Night Irene quilt.  I still need to get the binding on it... maybe tonight. I'd really like to count the finish in my totals for the month.
Quilted Goodnight Irene today at Dad and Ann's.
One night I finished 5 of these sweetpea pods. They are leftovers from bendy bags I made last year.
Five sweet pea pods finished tonight. Assembly line sewing. Only 15 or so more to go.
On Tuesday night while we were at Hart Ranch, we went and sewed with the Quilts of Valor quilters. I was able to cut out and get about 1/3 of the blocks made. It felt good to do this charity quilting.
Tonight Jane and I sewed with the Hart Ranch Quilts of Valor ladies.  A fun group and the kids were so good.
We had so much fun during our week at Hart Ranch. We did play mini-golf and swim a lot as well as drive around in the golf cart with my aunt. A very relaxing week of vacation!
Mini golfing with a Jackrabbit! Once a Jackrabbit, always a Jackrabbit.#sdsu #sdstate

Friday, July 08, 2016

Starting Strong in July & June stash report

July is starting strong for me, at least in the block building. I cut out the 4 FGV blocks while we were camping, so when the kids went to bed early on the 4th, I was able to sew them up. I can get so much accomplished when I pre-cut and don't do it at home.
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I was anxious to sew the Dangerous Block 3 Jesse James but didn't have enough time to get it cut out at work, so Wednesday night I cut all the pieces out and started sewing. Last night I finished it up. I'm loving how this fabric is using up my brights and most of the small pieces.
Dangerous Block number 3.
These are my 3 blocks so far. If you're interested in joining the free block of the month, join Gudrun's Crew Facebook page. They are released on the 5th of the month and we're only 3 blocks in, so easy to catch up.
Love my Dangerous blocks so far. These are not quick or easy, but they are precise and use up my small scraps that I normally wouldn't keep.
Back in January, I made these blocks partially to show step by step how to make them. They were returned to me and I've been using them as leader/enders while sewing blocks to put them together. Now they are all done and I'm going to put them into a table topper or runner. I'm not sure which one yet.
Four scrappy granny squares.
I want it for my desk at work, so I'm also considering the table runner that could drape over.
Table runner or table mat?
Last night Paul took the kids to the races for a special event. I was tired from work and didn't really want to go, so I stayed home. Oh boy! I had so much time to sew! I cooked, cleaned, and got the kitchen shaped up, watched the news, and it was only 6PM! So off to the studio I went. I finished up the Dangerous block, two of the granny square blocks, and cut out the interfacing and fused it on the professional tote I am making. The cutting and fusing seemed to take forever, but I did get the front pocket made. It's a start. I feel like I made so much progress last night. This weekend I hope to sew more on the professional tote, but I also have to get the bags packed for a week of camping at Hart Ranch. We'll be staycationing there and doing some fun activities. We'll have electricity, so I plan to do a bit of sewing!
My stash report for June is pathetic! I only finished 2 minkee blankets for the cousins kids and nothing else... I did do a few FGV and Dangerous blocks, but won't count them until I am done. I really hope to get a couple finishes this month, if I schedule a quilting day at dad's, I might get the chance.

Fabric bought this month: 7 yards
Fabric bought this year: 55.75 yards
Fabric used this month: 2.5
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Fabric used this year: 141.5 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 85.75 yards!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

July OMG Goal

Since the last two months have been rather slow in the sewing departments, I wasn't really even sure what I should set as a goal for July. I'm planning to enter a few things in the fair, so I thought I would try to finish up this granny square quilt I started back in February or so. It's blue and yellow scraps that I was going to do a 4 patch with, but I might add some borders and make it a table runner for my office. I had one that got lost, so I am in the process of re-making it. I hope to finish these blocks into something so I can put it in the fairs next month.

Granny square

I'm also hoping to get to do some sewing and quilting next week while I am on vacation. We'll be spending it at a camping resort, but I'll have my sewing machine, so I hope to do some sewing. We might even go to my dad's one day and do some quilting, but we'll see what happens. I need to have a couple things ready to quilt if we're going to do that. Time to start planning and packing. Sunday will be here before I know it.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

June OMG Goal Completed!

I feel like I finished by the skin of my teeth. I knew this month was going to be crazy and it turned out even crazier than I anticipated. We had one weekend at home, then went to my dad's to build a deck, Mikaela and I went with my Aunt Jane to Denver on a shopping trip, came home and repacked and went camping at Center Lake, then last weekend we were at a Pfeifer Family Reunion. This weekend we hoped and prayed to get a same day camping spot and we found one, so we'll be leaving to go camping again tonight.
Tuesday night was my only night home sewing this week, so I finished up the Good Night Irene quilt top. It's going to be a sample, but is made from all of my scraps.
Last night I finished my Goodnight Irene quilt top made from scraps. (Mom's rolling over in her grave I'm sure!)
My co-worker Steve was in Oregon a few weeks ago and bought me this bag at the quilt shop. His niece works there. It's so cool that he knew I would love it.
Only a coworker who knows me really well would buy me this bag on his vacation.  He actually went to the quilt shop to see his niece who works there, but still I'm tickled pink that Steve bought this for me.
I'm working on the Dangerous BOM with Gudrun Erla's facebook group and these are my first two blocks. The next one comes out on Tuesday. I love how these use up so much of my stash/ scraps but are cut small at 1.5" pieces, so I can use some of the smaller scraps.
My Dangerous Block of the month blocks so far. Next block comes out 7/5/16.
Last week in the hustle to get ready for the family reunion, I realized I hadn't made the baby blankets for the two new cousins. Louella and Sloane both got new baby minkee blankets.
Two super soft minkee blankets finally finished.
The decking is slowly progressing, but at least we can walk on it and run/play.
We got the top of the decking done this weekend. Mikaela did a happy dance.
On our trip to CO, I got to have supper with my good friend/former co-worker Pat in Loveland. We had such a nice quick visit, but it was oh so good to see her.
So excited that I got to see Pat Fox at her home in Loveland CO. We had a delicious supper and quick visit before going to Denver. We're back on the road to Loveland for more shopping today.
We've had so many fun adventures this month and they will continue next month, so not much sewing will be happening; however, camping vacation is coming and I plan to sew at least a little bit each day. Mikaela even got a couple of pieces to sew while we are on vacation too.