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WIP Wednesday: 11.14.12

There was quite a bit of sewing going on around here last week and unfortunately a bit of sickness too. I didn’t reach all my goals, but am still happy with what I did accomplish.

Edited: I can’t believe I forgot to add my little piece of exciting news. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Kate Spain’s Terrain line. Last week I received my copy of her November newsletter and she included pictures of two of my quilting projects. My favorite ongoing EPP project, Grandmother’s Flower Garden and Terrain Stairway to Heaven made using Geta Grama’s wonderful Stairway to Heaven pattern. As a new quilter, I’m beyond thrilled that she included my pictures. It’s always nice when someone you admire, thinks you’re doing fun things with their designs.

1. Scrappy Stash QAL: Progress made, but not in time to link up. All my blocks are constructed and I finalized my layout yesterday. I don’t have a design wall, so I cleared a large floor space and kept them out all day, tweaking as I walked by. Fellow cat lovers will appreciate that after being upstairs for several hours with my kids, I found my blocks flipped over, in complete disarray, with Sage’s favorite fuzzy mouse laying in the middle of the mess. I think she especially likes the feel of the batting on the back, because I saw her picking one up with her paws last night. Needless to say I made sure they were safely stashed away before going to bed. This morning during breakfast I heard her yammering in the other room. When I walked in, she was sitting in the empty space where the blocks had been with her mouse toy in her mouth. How dare I take HER blocks away. lol. The end of day pictures I took have extremely poor lighting. This one is close, but without my final tweaks of the yellows.

I’ve named this quilt Log Mansion in honor of its size. When finished it will be 88″ X 96″. The Scrappy Stash QAL Link Up has started at Ellison Lane Quilts and you can see more beautiful log cabin quilts there.

2. Tula Pink Sew Along: Quilt top COMPLETED!

I really love this quilt and can’t wait to have it quilted. Due to its size, it will need to be long-armed and I know that won’t be happening until next year. Full pictures and additional details can be found here. I am particularly fond of this picture of my kiddos helping me attempt to get a full picture on a windy Nebraska day.

The rest of my goals for November are coming along too. I will be back later this week with one last project! Have a great week everyone!

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Scrappy Stash QAL Update

I made a lot of progress last week on my quilt for the Scrappy Stash QAL at Ellison Lane Quilts.I pieced 33 more blocks, including three big ones and got all seven of the big ones I’ve made so far quilted. I quilted diagonal lines using my presser foot as a guide, so it took awhile. I had hoped to start on my last groups of blocks this weekend, but I had two days with no sewing. It’s all good though. The hubby and I had our first date night in almost a year and went to see Red Hot Chili Peppers. A few hours of feeling 22 again does a body good!

This morning I used the time my kids were at preschool to lay out the blocks I’ve finished to get an idea how it’s going to look. I had to move furniture and the one place that is big enough in our house has crummy light, but I got a sense for how it’s going to look once it’s all together. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it as much once I threw more colors in, but I shouldn’t have worried. I actually missed those last two colors and can’t wait to have them finished. I have no where I’m going to baste this monster. One of my LQS has open sewing times a couple of nights a month, so maybe I’ll have to check out what kind of space they have.

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Here’s the updated picture…

When Josie and Leo walked in from preschool. Leo stopped, looked at it for a few seconds then matter-of-factly declared, “it needs more blue.” I told him I was going to add blue and purple and he replied that “it would be beautiful.” That kiddo has a good eye. Lol.

More as I finish. Thanks for stopping by!

Scrappy Stash QAL Update

Dear Husband knows I’m obsessed with these improv log cabins. This weekend, he did well more than his fair share of kid duty, giving me lots of time to sew. Weds I had 15 blocks, now I have 40! I finished my reds and did all of yellow and orange. I’m anxious to get started on my cool colors, so this post will be short and sweet. It’s rainy and dreary here, so the pictures aren’t great. Hopefully I’ll get a couple better shots by Weds.

Forty Scrappy Log Cabins, Quilted and Ready to Go!

All Spread Out
I plan to use a completely random layout, but that was hard to do with only four colors

Looking a little Blah you say?
I’m sure the green, blue, purple and gray blocks will help, but so did this…

I may have lost my mind! Now I just need forty-FOUR more blocks. Plus a back and binding. In two and a half weeks?!?! Two hours until I pick the kids up from preschool. Time to get busy!

Edited to add… Greens done, now purple. Can’t type, must sew!

Scrappy Stash QAL Check-In at Ellison Lane Quilts and
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday: 10.17.12

Looking back on the past week, I’m surprised at how much time I had to work on quilty things. Since my work space is right where the kids spend most of their time, I’ve found that if I leave stuff out, I can catch a quick sewing break several times during the day. I got so much prep work out of the way because they are finally old enough to leave everything alone. A generous husband who took the kids out for an afternoon this weekend and a bout of insomnia didn’t hurt either.

I’ve narrowed down my WIP list to the things I hope to work on during the rest of the month.

1. Scrappy Stash QAL at Ellison Lane Quilts: Who knew that scrappy, monochromatic, inprov, quilt-as-you-go log cabin blocks were just the thing I needed to get over my sewing anxiety? Improv doesn’t come easily to me. In this case, it’s only a handful of scraps and an 8″ block, I don’t have to worry about messing something up and ruining a whole project. I’m finding that it’s so much easier experimenting with quilting methods when I have something manageable in front of me. With that in mind, I decided to try a few blocks of spiral quilting. I figured if the first one was awful, I’d leave it out. If it was okay, but I didn’t like doing it, I could leave it in the mix as a singular surprise element. If I really liked it, I could continue and figure out a way to incorporate the randomness in the overall quilt. I ended up quilting three of my pink blocks this way and I love how they turned out.

They certainly aren’t perfect. The centers are pretty rough and I need to figure out how to get my inner circles smoother. If anyone has some tips, I’d love to hear them. I also kept spacing the lines wider as I moved to the outside. I don’t mind that part as much, since I don’t think it will be noticeable with everything else going on with the quilt top. You can see what I’m talking about better on the back.

The top block is the first one I tried. The lower left was the last one. I think I improved a little and hopefully will continue to get better as I try some more. As of this morning I have 15 blocks completely done and have started in on my orange scraps. I’d like to double that by next week.

2. Cate’s Weighted Blanket: I haven’t made any additional progress on this project. I’m still waiting to get the poly pellets I need for the center portion. Will see if I can work them into my budget before the end of the month.

3. Birds and the Bees Dream Weaver: I haven’t had a chance to work on this one either and don’t think I’ll get to it in the coming week. It will only take me a couple of sessions to piece the top, so I hope to get that done before the end of the month.

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