Monday, February 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/09/15

I finished February's block for Pat Sloan's mystery BOM project.  It is a very unusual block.  I struggled with the colors, but I think I like how it turned out.  I really need to pull some other colors into these blocks.  My inspiration fabric also has two shades of blue, and some dark brown accents in it.  I just couldn't figure out how to get those colors in this block and have it still look good.  And speaking of struggling - Saturday was just not my day to sew.  I cut the pieces wrong, I marked the pieces wrong, and then I sewed the wrong pieces together.  It was all salvageable, but by the time I sewed the wrong colors together, I just had to call it a day and fix and sew the block on Sunday.  I hate days like that.  Below are the January and February blocks together.

Today I'll work on the Mystery Mondays project from This & That.  I'm behind because I couldn't decide on a color palette.  I pulled some fabrics out of my stash and I'll give it a go tonight in class.  Of course I've already changed my mind again, but I didn't pack up any other fabrics, so I'll move ahead with what I have.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what people have on their design walls today!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/02/15

I'm back!  I've been down with another cold.  This is the second one since Christmas.  I don't know if it is a particularly bad strain, or if I'm just getting old, but I am having a heck of a time recovering.  As they say, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!  But I seem to be mostly mended now.  I did have to take a nap yesterday, which I never do.  I'm looking forward to a more productive week this week.  The last two weeks have been mostly a loss.

On a "brighter" note, my husband replaced the lights in my sewing room with "true light" LED bulbs.  Oh man what a difference!  It is like noon on a summer day in there no matter what time it is.  My picture above isn't yellow like the previous pics.  I couldn't be happier.

The top block above is the one I showed in my last post.  It is the January mystery block from Pat Sloan.  February's pattern should be released today.  The lower block is the Block Lottery block for my class tonight.  I hand out the pattern and each student can make one or more if they wish.  For every block they make, their name will be thrown in a hat and I will draw on the last class.  The winner gets all of the blocks.  I flipped through some books and found the one above, called Amish Square.  I like it!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's Design Walls today.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/19/15

I chose some more fabrics to go with my Mystery Block of the Month project over at Pat Sloan's blog.  I love all of the colors in the inspiration print, but I'm not sure if I like the colors together away from the print.  I will press on and see what becomes of it.  All fabric has come from my stash so far.  I thought I might have to buy some background fabric, but I finally found a piece of white-on-white in my stash bins that was big enough for the entire project.

Above is the finished block for January.  I took the picture at night again, and it looks very yellow.  I'll try to grab another picture when there is daylight outside.  I may also look into getting true-light light bulbs for my sewing room.  I had a heck of a time trying to see if my white fabrics were all the same white when pulling fabric for this project.  I had to keep stepping outside the front door into natural light to see that some fabric was actually off white.  Oh well - that's a minor problem!  Also, I had to take the picture on my (scorched) ironing board.  My design wall is white and the design would have appeared to be floating on the board!

I  simplified some of the piecing in the block.  The unit that makes the star points can be made as one unit, rather than four half-square triangles or two flying geese units.  I like to have as little bulk as possible, and the result really worked out for me.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/12/15

Well I didn't get any sewing done this past week.  I have a few projects that are ready for me to work on, but I just couldn't get to them.  One of the projects that I am planning on is a free Mystery Block of the Month with Pat Sloan.  I've always liked her patterns and she designs some great fabric, too!  My sister and I wanted a project to work on at the same time - to keep us motivated.  I found this one that just started in January and I think it will be a fun one.  Over the weekend I finally pulled some fabrics.  I got the butterfly print over the holidays using a gift certificate that I got for my birthday.  I loved it, but didn't have a project in mind, so I bought a couple of yards figuring I might use it as a border for something.  I think it will be great for this project.  I decided that most of the quilt will be somewhat scrappy, so I can use my stash.  I pulled a few fat quarters that I can start with.  I'll add some blues as well.  I'm getting excited about this one!!

Also starting back up this week is Mystery Mondays over at the This & That blog.  This one has a clue every week on Mondays.  Last week had the supply list and this week is the first clue.  I need to pull fabric for that one as well.  I'll go scrappy on that one too - just need to decide on a color scheme first.

I'm looking forward to a year of new projects!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/05/15


I was finally able to sew a little on Sunday.  I've had a terrible head cold that I can't seem to shake, so I wasn't able to sew over the holiday break as much as I wanted.  In fact, I'm terribly behind for my quilting class, which starts very soon.  I'll need to get creative in order to have projects to present.  I did manage to get out of the house over the weekend.  I needed to get outside, so I decided to go to a quilt shop!  Which brings me to the stash report...  2014 was a crazy year for me - lots going on, including moving to a new city.  All of my fabric got packed up, and I ended up giving away quite a bit that I knew I would never use.  I never tallied up how much I got rid of, and so my stash busting reports went by the wayside.  Of course, that also meant that I did not tally up how much got added!  Now it's a new year and I'm back on the stash busting bandwagon.  I bought two one-yard cuts of blue fabrics and one half-yard piece of the print shown below. 

So that means I've added 2.50 yards of fabric, but I am also calculating about 2.75 yards used in the quilt top above.  I'll be reporting this weekly, if there is any activity.  If I haven't used or added any fabric in a given week, I won't bother to post a report.

Fabric added this week:  2.50 yards
Fabric added this year:  2.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  2.75 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  0.25 yards used!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe Christmas Day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12/15/14

I was able to do a good bit of sewing yesterday.  This one is coming along nicely - just need to add a couple of borders and the top will be done.  It was very easy and so far, all from stash.  I'll have to audition some outer borders (after another red border).  I already have fabrics pulled for another one in florals.  It will look very different, hopefully more feminine.  However, I'm not sure if I'll get to that one any time soon.

It's finally been raining here in the bay area.  It's a nice relief from the drought we've had all year, but the timing is not great!  I'm expecting packages to be delivered for Christmas presents and they'll get soaked outside our door.  I'll try running home at lunchtime and hopefully rescue them if they are delivered already.  Oh why didn't I have them delivered to my work address???

Be sure to check out what everyone else has on their Design Walls today on Judy L's blog!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-08-14

Not a lot of time for sewing these days.  I was able to find some time on Saturday to start on a quick project for class.  The strip set squares on the right are for the new project, but that is not how they are going to go together.  I just put them up there so I could track how many I had made.  Hopefully it will be another project created completely from my fabric stash.  Not sure if I have fabric for a border that I will like, so I may have to buy a piece for that.  I always forget that it takes much longer to work from scraps.  Most of my time was spent pulling pieces, ironing, and cutting.  But now I can go to town on sewing it together.

I've stalled on my wreath.  I already did the hard part, which was making all of those half-square triangles.  I just need to sew them together with the background.  I don't think I'll have it ready to hang this year.  I need to focus on getting my class projects finished first.  January is right around the corner!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Design Wall Monday 11/03/14

I did a little sewing over the weekend.  I have the beginnings of a wreath on my design board today.  I recently bought a Bloc Loc ruler after watching a demo at the recent PIQF quilt festival.  I had heard of them before but never had seen the demo.  I used it for the first time this weekend and I am really impressed.  It is for squaring up half-square triangle (HST) units, and there is a groove in the under-side of the ruler that fits right over the sewn seam.  It locks onto the block perfectly on the diagonal and you can trim without it shifting.  They have other shapes as well, but I only got the HST one.  It works even better than I thought it would! For the record, I am not getting paid to say that I like it - just a satisfied customer.  It's a little pricey, but I think I will definitely get my money's worth out of it.  Now I just need to sew those buggers together!  The whole block has 60 HST's in it.  My smaller board only fits about half of the wreath.  I'm thinking of throwing some red HST's in there to liven it up a little.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/27/14

Not much sewing going on lately...  I tried my hand at making fabric boxes, but I'm not all that  thrilled with the outcome.  I think I made them just fine, but the nature of the pattern causes excess bulk on the inside of the box that needs to be hand sewn down.  They are fine, but I don't think I'll be making any more.  Other than that, I've just been working a lot of overtime and fighting off a cold.  I'm always bummed when the weekend is over and I haven't really sewn anything to show.  Hopefully I'll have some good sewing days soon.  I'll be getting together with my mother and sister in a couple of weeks for a UFO day.  Maybe I'll finally get some of my Unfinished projects done!  I have several that are very close to completion.

Check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/13/14

I had a bit of a fright on Sunday morning when I tried to get to my blog and it had disappeared!  I'm not sure what was going on, but after trying multiple things, I changed my Google password and my blog magically reappeared.  So glad I hadn't lost 8 years of posts!  But apparently it wasn't just me - I tried to go to someone else's blog who uses Blogger and I got the same message that it was gone.  It was kind of ironic that I hadn't posted in many months, and then when I get back into blogging it disappears.  Oh well, I'm back now.

This weekend I worked on several things.  My current favorite is the pumpkin block shown above.  Again I took the picture late in the day, so the lighting is off, but not a bad picture for using my phone.  I made it from this tutorial over at Diary of a Quilter.  Great for scraps.  I have a lot of oranges because it is one of the colors in my Dear Jane quilt, which has been a bit neglected lately.  I plan to make this into a pillow, but she also has variations for a table runner in the same tutorial.

Be sure to hop over to Judy L's blog to see what is one everyone's Design Walls today!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10/06/14

I'm in between projects right now, so I just have random things on my Design Wall today.  It came out a little dark because I took the picture last night with my phone.  There are a couple of pumpkins, and a basket block that I've been wanting to make, but after making one, decided I didn't want to make any more.  The red and black Weathervane block is for the Block Lottery that I hold in the quilting class I teach.  I hand out a pattern for a block, and students can make one or more and turn them in.  At the end of the session, I pull names from people who made them and one of those students wins all of them.  It's fun and a great way to try out new blocks and/or color combinations.

My favorite thing up there is the Preppy the Whale block.  The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman who blogs over at Oh Fransson!  I fell in love with the pattern as soon as I saw it on her blog and bought it immediately (along with a pattern for a fox and one for a hedgehog).  She has some wonderful patterns on her website, and the great thing is that they are available as PDF downloads so that you can get the pattern virtually instantly.

I also love the pumpkin with the dark background because my husband made it!  He said he wanted to make it "caveman style" (I think he's been overhearing my episodes of The Quilt Show).  He free-pieced the center and I put the borders on it. We'll see where it goes from there.  But for now it makes me smile to see it on my Design Wall.

Check out everyone's Design Walls today on Judy L's blog!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm Back!

I've been gone for a while, as you may have noticed.  A lot of things happened while I was away.  First and foremost, my husband and I moved to a new city.  This is the first time we've owned a house and we're very excited about it.  It was a lot of work all around, from searching for houses, to putting offers on many homes, to finally moving out of our rented townhouse of 11 years and into our new home.  All of this happened in the first half of the year, but at the same time I travelled for work, sprained my ankle, and was the sole project manager for my company's software conversion.  Of course there were a lot of others things going on as well, but this is what I've been doing in a nutshell.  Sewing went by the wayside for a good period of time. The nice thing is that I now have a dedicated sewing room/area.  One thing about moving is that you get to see just how MUCH fabric you have.  I didn't count, but I gave away at least 10 yards of fabric (probably a lot more than that), and generally got it all in one place.  I started sewing again about a month ago and I'm getting acquainted with my new sewing environment.  I may still change some things around, but for now I'm pretty pleased with the layout.

I'll try to get back to a regular blog posting schedule.  Blogger stopped working with my old computer, and it has been a struggle to get going again.  But things are looking up.  Work is starting to even out and some days I even get to go home on time!  Which is also a joy because we moved much closer to my work - so no more commute!

I'll be back soon with some quilty posts!