Friday, June 03, 2016

June OMG Goal

June is going to go by so quickly. I think my sewing machine is starting to feel lonely! My goal is to finish my Good Night Irene quilt top.
While I was traveling in May for work I took along Mikaela's machine and pieced 16 patches and X blocks. I think I've got all the X blocks done and just a few of the 16 patches ready to sew together. They are currently in 4 patches. I started this quilt as a leader/ender project using the Briar Rose pattern, just making 4 patches of 2.5" squares.
Then we were challenged at work to create scrap quilts and pre-cut quilts using the same pattern from a book, so I started looking and there are a lot of versions of this quilt.
I decided to do the Missouri Star Quilt Co. pattern Good Night Irene. These three photos show my blocks so far. This month my goal is to get these into a quilt top.
Here's a picture from our recent family trip to MO. We had lots of fun!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Stash Report May 2016

This month got away from me and I knew it would! I traveled to Omaha, NE for a Regional NACADA conference for work. I was so lucky that Colleen could meet me for supper and visiting one night while I was there. We had an awesome time catching up and it was like spending time with an old friend, although it was the first time we met in person. We've been blogging friends for over 10 years.

Colleen and I met for the first time tonight in Omaha. Blog friends for 10 years. Spending time together has been awesome!

I put the blocks together for my mini granny square quilt and was able to get it quilted and bound and ready to go into the quilt show this weekend.
Mathew and I went to the quilt shop one day and he "needed" this fabric, so I made him a small bag to take to grandpa and grandma's house. I used the Buzz & Woody fabric on the inside, so it is reversible.
While I was traveling I was able to sew a few more blocks for my Goodnight Irene quilt (which started out as Briar Rose). It's been a leader/ender quilt for years, but I've started working on it while I travel so I can get it closer to completion.
These are the blocks I made when I was in Brookings later in the month for a work retreat.
I'm slowly, but surely getting closer to having enough blocks. I've been making a few at a time, so it's moving forward.
I was able to finish up my gingham block for the FGV quilt along I am doing, but I got 2 blocks behind at the end of the month. Time to get caught back up.
We spent Memorial Day weekend in MO visiting my husband's family and went to Bass Pro Shops.


Needless to say... I didn't get much sewing done and only 2 finishes, so not much to show for it. I did get to a few quilt shops, but kept my fabric purchases at bay, so I did pretty good.

Fabric bought this month: 5.75 yards
Fabric bought this year: 48.75 yards
Fabric used this month: 3.75
Fabric used this year: 139 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 90.25 yards!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 2016 OMG Goal Finished!

My May OMG goal was a big challenge for me. I just didn't have much sewing time to work on it and I really felt rushed to complete it. I decided to forego the sashing and just sew the blocks together. I'm glad I did because I would have run out of room for the backing piece I had left. This was made entirely of my Frolic scraps. It turned out super cute and now I want to make an even tinier one with the rest of my scraps.



Monday, May 02, 2016

Stash Report April 2016

Is it May already? It's going to fly by. Last night I had an hour to finish up this mini sew together bag for a store sample. It turned out super cute and I think it will be great to show at the class I am teaching on Wednesday night. I love the Sew Together bag and I've gotten pretty quick at making them. I don't even have to read the directions anymore.

Mini Sew together bag.  I'll be teaching the Sew Together bag on Wed. May 4th if you're interested in making it.
Just two pockets and a narrower bag makes the mini unique and a great portable size. I have mine ready for my hand sewing.

Mini Sew Together bag inside.

My stash report is looking pretty good so far. I really didn't finish a whole lot, mostly bags, but they were all ones on my to do list. I also finished the minkee jelly roll quilt. I'm hopeful to get a few tops pieced in May, so not a lot of yardage used, but at least the tops will be done.

Fabric bought this month: 3.5 yards
Fabric bought this year: 43 yards
Fabric used this month: 13.25 yards
Fabric used this year: 135.25 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 92.25 yards!

OMG: May 2016 Goal

May is going to be a super crazy busy month for me! I'm traveling to Sioux Falls, Omaha NE, Brookings, Fort Scott KS & Kansas City & Springfield MO areas. It's going to be crazy busy with two work trips and a family vacation to see family. I'm planning to take my machine for one of the trips, but the others I won't have time or space to sew. I've entered my mini scrappy granny square quilt in the quilt show in June, so I need to finish it up. I'm hoping to decide on a layout soon and get it sewn together. I'm still debating whether I want to use a sashing or not. It's going to be my goal for May for OMG.

All 16 scrappy granny square blocks. Now how do I set them?

Design Wall Monday

This week has been busy to say the least. There were lots of things going on, including teaching a class on Tuesday night. I did squeeze in some sewing time to make the block of every other week from the Farm Girl Vintage quilt along I am participating in with a group of friends. This is the Baking Day block. 

I'm in the final stages of making a mini scrappy granny square quilt. The blocks are 4". I just need to decide if I am doing sashing or not and if so how wide to do it. I need to get on this one as I plan to have it in the quilt show in June. It's made with Frolic scraps and a cream background.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

OMG April Goal - Success!

My OMG goal for April popped up in an odd way. I was in the store, looking for something else on Tuesday, when my boss asked if I'd make a store sample Sew Together bag, before Saturday. I said sure and got to work. I cut it out on my afternoon break, started sewing that night and by the next morning was putting it together. I had a little boy with an earache, so I stayed home from work with him and it was done by early afternoon.  It turned out pretty cool and I have enough to make a mini one as well, which is cut out already.
New Sew Together bag sample for TSC. Just a few hours to get it made.
Inside of the bag.
The inside of my most recent sew together bag.
I also made myself a mini of the Sew Together bag. I just need to shorten the handles because they are a bit too long.
My new mini Sew Together bag.  I knew I'd find a way to use the hexie fabric I bought.
In other sewing this month, I have been very successful... Maybe not a lot of stash usage, but I've gotten a lot accomplished. I am traveling a lot for work next month and wanted a new bag, so I made an SDSU bag. It's a bit bigger than the Fuji Tote - 2" bigger each way, so my computer will fit and yet it still small enough to be a bag.
Last night I finished a new work bag/purse. It turned out pretty awesome and will get a workout next month.
I've been using already and I love it.
One of the former students in our program had twin girls, so I whipped up these minkee tag blankets before graduation to give them to her. They are made of 2 fat quarters. Super cute and super quick and fun to make.
Needed a quick gift for twin girls when I only had one blanket,  not the two I thought I had. I hope the mom will love them.
I also finished up this minkee/jelly roll quilt for the store. It's a sample and turned out super cute and so snuggly.
I made Mikaela a Dr. jacket and scrub pants to go with it. She's convinced she's going to be a Dr.
My biggest achievement was making my duffle bag from a ByAnnie pattern. I love the look, but not the way they are put together. Too much soft and stable to make it easy to sew. It turned out really well and I know I'll love travelling with it next month. I hope to teach a class on this bag in the fall.
I had lots of the accent fabric, so I bought other fabric to use with it.
Yesterday I finally got 1/4 of my table runner hexie project sewn together. It's turning out cool, but boy it takes a lot of work. I'm hoping this will keep my motivated to work on it. Don't you love the carpet at work... not.
In my quest to make a miniature for the quilt show, I decided to make a scrappy granny square project. It's made from 1.5" squares and the blocks are 4" finished. I have 16 finished and now I am trying to decide to sash or not to sash them.
Mikaela is getting so big and is at such a fun age. Kindergarten screening coming up next week.
Mathew just isn't in to having his picture taken on this morning.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

OMG April Goal 2016

April is going to go by so quickly! I've got lots of goals, but nothing that was really pressing... until today. I need to get this Sew Together Bag sample done for the store ASAP as in, possibly by Saturday, so I am making it may April goal for OMG. It's not my style or fabric choices, but with a goal and a plan, I think I can get it done quickly!

New Sew Together bag in the making.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Stash Report March 2016

This month was kind of crazy in my sewing room. While March was a good month for finishes, it was also a month where I bought quite a bit! In my defense I bought backing/borders/binding for my SDSU Trip Around the World quilt at 50% off, so I just bought the rest of the bolt ... 11 yards. I also picked up a pretty pink/grey hexie fabric I had been eyeing on clearance for 60% off, 3 yards of that. Mikaela and I picked up a bunch of fat quarters at the Wall Quilt Guild Show. Mine were yellow/blues for my TATW and hers were pretty orange/teal/yellow/pinks with a flower print. I also picked up a purple and pink batik to make a bag. I cut three bags out for us, but didn't get them made because I was working on my scrappy TATW blocks.
I hope to have the top done before our preview party on Saturday. This weekend I worked on a minkee/jellyroll quilt. It's turning out awesome and should be my first finish of April.
My finishes included both mom and grandma's friendship quilts, a Loralie quilt, and Mikaela's Doc jacket and scrub pants.
Saturday we went to SDSM&T for their Dinosaur Extravaganza and the kids loved it! It was a beautiful day, so we walked around campus. My MIL works there now YAH!!, so she showed us around. The kids wanted their pictures taken. If they don't become Jackrabbits, Hardrockers would be a good school mascot for them to have as well!
If they aren't future Jackrabbits, they could be future Hardrockers.

Fabric bought this month: 25 yards
Fabric bought this year: 39.5 yards
Fabric used this month: 35 yards
Fabric used this year: 122 yards
Net Fabric used this year: 82.5 yards!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Oh Scrap & I May have a Scrap Problem

So... when I started quilting I was NOT going to have a stash and I was NOT going to have scraps... I was firm in my believe that I would make a project, then throw away the scraps. I would not buy more than I needed and I was NOT  going to become my mother. She had two sewing rooms, floor to ceiling full of fabric drawers. It took totes upon totes to get rid of it.
Then I started working at a quilt shop and then another and I started teaching classes and I started accumulating a stash and scraps. I'm still not a big fan of scraps, but I have found a few patterns that make them easier to deal with. I cut my scraps (smaller than a fat quarter) into these sizes - 2.5" x WOF strips, 5" squares, 2.5"x 5" bricks, 2.5" squares and 2" strips if that's all that is left. If I have 2.5"x 1/2 WOF I use those for Trip Around the World, so those are not cut up either.
So here's the pile I have been working from this month. I have a bunch of 2.5"x 18.5" strips that I am using to make a scrappy trip around the world. This one does not have a control fabric, which makes it very scrappy. I'm loving it so far and it's a great use of scraps. It's also super accurate to piece. The seams are nested so they take no pinning and are fast and easy. I sew a bunch of sets of 2 together, then I sew them into sets of 4 and then sets of six, then press and sew into a circle. I take them to work and cut them into 2.5" circles at lunch and then start taking them apart in the order they will go. They are then clipped together with mini binder clips and are brought home to sew together. I usually do about 15 blocks at a time (that's about all the patience I have for strata sets).
I'm playing with my scraps,  making trip around the world blocks.  Letting go of control is a challenge,  bug putting ugly together with pretty helps.
My first two blocks
My first two blocks of the scrappy trip around the world are done. I also sewed up 8 more strata sets, worked on pink/brown cowgirl blocks,  and made two bindings.  It was a productive night!
Then i added 3 more. The little one is for a different scrap project.
Extremely productive night at club sew. Three Trip Around the World blocks,  the start of Farm Girl Vintage block, 80 or so starts to X blocks, and 6 strips of cowgirl coin.
Then another 4
More Trip around the world blocks.  Seven more in the last week.
and another 4... plus I have 15 more setting ready to sew together. It's a slow process, but they go quickly when I work on them. I've made all of these this month.
Four more trip around the world blocks done last night, bring my total to 19 so far.
I started working on mini granny square blocks using up my Frolic strips, but have been side tracked by the TATW blocks. I've made six quilts from this line and this is the last little bit of scraps from it.

Last night's accomplishments included two more mini granny square blocks for a total of 6,  6 trip around the world strip sets, & 6 pink/brown cowgirl blocks. Working on three projects at once helps me feel like I'm not missing out on any of my current pr
I also worked on this pink cowgirl coin quilt that I am using up the last of those scraps. I usually like to keep my fabric lines together until there isn't enough for another quilt. In this case I've made 4 quilts from this line and this is the last one.

Pink and brown cowgirl coin rows done.
I'm also working on another quilt from MO Quilt Company using X & O blocks. It's using up my 2.5" squares and I sew them together at home or at my sewing night with friends and then I take them to work to trim off the corners and press. Then they are ready for me to sew when I get home. This is my leader/ender project, so it's taking quite a while to complete.
Trimmed up blocks before work today.  Love that I have all my small rulers and mat and small rotary cutters together to quickly take with me. Using my time wisely.

I'm linking up with I May have a Scrap Problem and Oh Scrap!

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

OMG: March Goal Completed!

My March OMG was to finish my mom and grandma's Wall Quilt Guild Friendship quilts and donate them back to the guild at their Quilting Weekend. I was successful! It came down to the wire, but I got them both done. I think my mom would be happy they are both made into quilts.
Mom's friendship quilt is done! Two finishes this week and lots of blocks.
After quilting at dad's I got this picture. I spent one afternoon out there quilting them both up.
Quilted Grandma's friendship quilt today. March goals are staying on track.
Mikaela and I went to the Bed Turning with my Aunt Jane and my dad's wife Ann. Mikaela took her own quilts to show and talk about. She was so adorable.
Talking about our quilts at the Wall Quilt Guild Snibbles and Nibbles.
Grandma's finished quilt
Mom's finished quilt.
I've been participating in a bi-weekly Farm Girl Vintage BOW and this is the first block, Simple Star
My first block for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt is done. I used my SDSU Jacks colors since they are playing in the Summit League finals tonight.
Two weeks ago was Milking Pail. I like the pace of this and so far have been keeping up.
Farm Girl Vintage Milking pail block done for week 2 of our quilt along.
I made this Loralie Quilts quilt to use up mom's stash. I think it will go to my friend who's had a lot of health issues in the past year. She was also a friend of my moms.
I've been busily making scrappy trip around the world blocks. I'm planning to teach a class in June. I just love making these. The technique is so awesome and they use up a lot of stash scraps.
My first two blocks of the scrappy trip around the world are done. I also sewed up 8 more strata sets, worked on pink/brown cowgirl blocks,  and made two bindings.  It was a productive night!
Extremely productive night at club sew. Three Trip Around the World blocks,  the start of Farm Girl Vintage block, 80 or so starts to X blocks, and 6 strips of cowgirl coin.
More Trip around the world blocks.  Seven more in the last week.Four more trip around the world blocks done last night, bring my total to 19 so far.

Our Family at Easter. We're celebrating the life of my husband's grandpa this week, so a new suit was in order and the kids got new outfits as well, so we were really dressed up for mass on Easter Sunday morning. I got a new dress for our graduation next month, but it will work for all three events.