Sunday, November 30, 2014

My November NewFO and Other Finishes

For my NewFO for November, I started on this Sampling of Santas wall hanging…

I’ve only gotten the backgrounds of the blocks cut out and the applique shapes for four of the blocks traced onto fusible web. I hope to work on this throughout December…maybe it will keep me in the Christmas spirit. I don’t think it will be hanging up until next Christmas, though. I will be linking up over at Cat Patches for the November NewFO linky party.

There have been a few other things going on this month as well. I finally got a longarm quilting machine earlier this month…

It’s a Juki 2200 QVP. I’m learning to love it ;). It’s a completely different method of quilting from FMQ on my domestic machine, but I’m adjusting to it and liking it. I can wind a bobbin on it (yay!) and I am trying really hard to get used to the stitch regulator. I really want to get used to the stitch regulator, but it’s a bit jerky. As long as I move the machine slowly, it’s not bad at all, but as I speed up it gets a little rougher. I have switched over to manual mode (rather than stitch regulated) and it is smooth as can be…and I’ve been doing OK with it there as well. I found that I have to turn the speed down a bit from the default, but it’s working out nicely. At the moment we have it on the 5 foot frame (which is how it was set up in the store…we bought the floor model from our LQS which is moving and they didn’t want to move it), but I’m hoping that while my hubby is on vacation over Christmas we can set it up on the 10 foot frame. I have several large quilts that need to be quilted, so I’d like to get them done.

I also completed my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for November. I finished my Log Cabin Leaves top. You can read about that here.

I went through my light blue scraps this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy, and was able to finish squares for my house blocks and some hexie flowers. I have three more hexie flowers cut out and ready to stitch. I hope to get to them in December.

I also started Bonnie Hunter’s new mystery quilt, Grand Illusion. I have some of Part 1 completed, and I’ll talk more about that tomorrow.

That’s about all that was completed as far as sewing goes. I worked this month on some knitting, cross stitch, and embroidery projects. I have also been scrapping up my backing and scrapping pile of fabrics, cutting them into hexies, 2-1/2 inch strips, 1-1/2 inch squares, and 2-1/2 inch squares and HSTs. I’m hoping to work on some projects in 2015 using those scraps.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the house is looking a lot like Christmas. I was able to mail off all the Christmas gifts going out of state while I was out last week, plus I picked up the wreaths for the front of the house last week. So I don’t have anywhere I have to go this weekend…though we did end up at WalMart Saturday morning to scope out gifts for my mother-in-law to buy, and pick up a few groceries (and it wasn’t even busy!). I think I even have most of my gift shopping done for the family. Now I can sit back and enjoy the holiday season J

I will also be linking this post back to Lily's Quilts for my first Small Blog Meet. Head over to see what everyone is up to.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes – November Finish

And it’s a finish! Yay! I completed the top for the Log Cabin Leaves quilt…

I only have one small border on the top at the moment. I may decide to add another border; I’m thinking maybe something like a piano key border with the various left over fabrics from the quilt. I just can’t decide if it would be too busy with everything that is going on in the quilt, or if it would blend right in with it. Right now I’ve put it on the shelf and I’m going to let it sit until 2015.

I actually completed this the first week of November. It was originally my October ALYOF goal, but didn’t get done. So I moved it to November (#26 at the November Goal Setting Party) and I was determined to complete it. So, I spent every day that first week working on it and got ‘er done! I am so pleased with how it turned out.

I will be linking up at SewBitter Sweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts for the November Finishes Party. Stop by and see what everyone is doing in their part of the world…and have a great holiday!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stash Report Week 47 of 2014

I did have some fabric come in this week, but that is for the quilt guild meeting for December, so I’m not keeping it and I won’t count it. I did a bit in the sewing room this week (you can read about it here), but I had no fabric going out. So, my numbers stay the same.

Since next week is a holiday week and my hubby will be off all week, I probably won’t get much accomplished in the sewing room. I will try to work on a knitted hat I started last night, and I will also try to finish up the last three hexie flowers I have cut out. Otherwise, I’ll grab time in the sewing room as (if) I can.

I hope all of you in the U.S. have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Used year to date:    46.25 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  77.50 yards
Added this week:       0.0 yards
Total net used 2014: 31.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This Week…

I didn’t accomplish much in the sewing room this week…at least as far as using the sewing machine goes. Let’s see what I did…

I did hand stitching on my hexies. I have seven blue hexie flowers done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I’ll be linking up with the RSC party here.

I have also been working on clearing out my scraps…very slowly! I’m trying to take at least one of my fabrics from my pile of backing and scrapping fabrics each day and scrap it up. I’m cutting off some to make a hexie flower, some 1-1/2 inch squares, and then the remainder of the fabric I am cutting into 2-1/2 inch strips, and 2-1/2 inch squares and half-square triangles. I hope to use the 1-1/2 inch squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2015, and the other squares and HSTs for my Split 9-Patch that I am (slowly) working on.

I have spent some time with my longarm every day. It is quite a change from FMQ on my home machine to using the longarm to quilt. I’ve been trying to get adjusted to the stitch regulator, which has been a little easier than I thought it would be. It is a bit jerky, but as long as I reduce the speed of the machine and don’t move it too fast, it runs quite smoothly and is easier to do than at its regular speed. After using the stitch regulator most of the week, I switched over to manual mode and it was really nice and smooth. The quilting actually looked pretty good! I’m still determined to become proficient with the stitch regulator on, but it’s nice to switch it off and just free motion quilt on my own. I really do like the longarm and I know it’s going to cut the time it takes me to do the quilting on a quilt. Oh, and I also wound my first bobbin! I’m amazed at how quickly it goes through a bobbin, though.

That’s about all the sewing I’ve done this week. I have been working on a knitting project and a cross stitch project; I got most of my Christmas shopping done; I’ve been cleaning up and picking up around the house; and I’ve been working on trying to organize myself for the upcoming year…a job that will never be done!

For next week, my hubby will be home all week so we’ll probably take a day or two to run around…either errands or fun, I don’t know which. I also need to get the house cleaned up for Thanksgiving and the impending decorating for Christmas; I tell you it’s a regular extravaganza around here for the holidays! We’ll be cooking the turkey on Wednesday then eating it and all the fixin’s on Thursday. Then next weekend will be Christmas decorations and the Iron Bowl on Saturday (that’s the Alabama-Auburn football game for those of you not in the Southeast) War Eagle! I have to say that because my daughter graduated from Auburn! One thing I will NOT be doing is Black Friday shopping. Ugh…I hate going out that day. It is not for me.

Anyway, I probably won’t get much of my own stuff done next week. I know Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt “goes live” on Friday, so I’ll look at that. I may or may not start working on it (I have my fabrics picked out). Otherwise, we’re just gonna light a fire in the wood stove, stick in some holiday movies, and enjoy each other. I hope you all stay safe and warm and for those of you in the US, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stash Report Week 46 of 2014

Well, I brought home another 3 yards of fabric. The fabric I got last week for my hexies really didn’t float my boat when I got it home, so I’ve picked up some different fabric for that project. I’m happy now J. And the fabric I got last week is a good neutral so it will work with other projects, so it’s all good. I haven’t worked on much this week, so I haven’t finished any projects, so no fabric has gone out this week.

Now for next week…I’ve spent a good part of this past week planning and organizing around the house. I think I’ve made progress with that. I’ve found some forgotten UFOs in my sewing room that I really need to work on, as well as some old patterns that I have always wanted to do. So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to schedule those into my life and I will work on that schedule this coming week. I also hope to load a baby quilt onto the longarm and work on that. I’ve only been practicing on old pieces of fabric, so this will be my first “real” quilt on it. I have all my Christmas gifts made that I’m going to make, so I guess I could go ship them out this week. Otherwise, I’ll probably mostly work on quilting the baby quilt and stitching more hexies.

Used year to date:    46.25 yards
Used this week:         0 yards
Added year to date:  74.50 yards
Added this week:       3.0 yards
Total net used 2014: 31.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

RSC – Light Blue November

I really haven’t gotten a lot done this week in the sewing room, but I was able to work on my light blues.

I made the squares for my light blue house blocks…

And I was able to put together one more hexie, for a total of two …

I also scrapped up some of my light blue fabrics for later use J.

That’s all that got done in the sewing room. I was able to practice a bit on the new longarm. I think I’ll put a “real” quilt on it this next week and start on it. Hopefully it will turn out OK. Other than that, I had a very sick kid at home (even when they’re grown up it’s hard when your kid is so sick!), and I spent most of the week reading, planning, and organizing things around the house. I hope to spend more time actually in the sewing room this upcoming week. The hubby will be home all Thanksgiving week and I don’t tend to head down to the sewing room when he’s around. And with holiday activities that week, I don’t know if I’ll get any more sewing done in November after this next week.

I’ll be linking up at So Scrappy for the super fun Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Stash Report Week 45 of 2014

I had fabric come in and go out this week. I picked up 3 yards of a Kona solid for a (long term) hexie project. I have a couple of dozen flowers made and I want to start putting the solid color around them now. I also had a total of 5.5 yards go out. Some was for a cover for my dehydrator (exciting, huh?), but the rest was for practice quilting on my new longarm…yay! I’m so excited! Here it is…

At the moment we only have it set up on the five foot frame. I have some smaller quilts that need to be finished, so I’ll get those out of the way before we set up the other half of the frame and I can get to the larger quilt tops waiting to be done. This week I was able to clear out some space in the sunroom, so now there is space for the new machine, my hand quilting frame, some exercise equipment, plus a couple of six foot tables for other projects. Good thing it’s a big room!

I was able to meet my (modest) goals for last week of finishing up Log Cabin Leaves top and cutting up some scraps for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. This coming week I should have much more time home alone, so I’m hoping to get LOTS done (aside from practicing on the Juki). I would like to get my squares pieced and fabrics scrapped for the RSC and I need to finish up some Christmas gifts. I don’t have much further to go on them, so I hope to finish them quickly.

Used year to date:    40.75 yards
Used this week:         5.5 yards
Added year to date:  71.50 yards
Added this week:       3.0 yards
Total net used 2014: 28.25 yards
(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge – Light Blues

I got a little bit done on my light blues this week. I was able to cut up some pieces from my fabrics, so they are ready to sew into scrappy squares for house blocks…

I was also able to cut enough hexagons for 10 hexie flowers…

…and I put one of the flowers together…

That’s as far as I’ve gotten this week, but the month is only beginning J  I’ve been a bit busy with “life” things this week, including our wedding anniversary on Tuesday. My hubby took the day off and we voted, went out to lunch, and bought this…

Woo hoo! I’m so excited! One of the local quilt shops is moving its location and it was in the same shopping center as where we had lunch. We stopped in and they had this floor model that they offered a great deal on so they didn’t have to move it to the new store space. We have been looking at buying this model since early in 2014, and we were just looking for the right time and price. We were able to get a good deal on it and we were also able to shop local instead of buying on line. We really do like to keep our money in the local economy if possible, but with such a big purchase we apparently needed to be VERY patient before it came along ;) Needless to say, I’ll be spending some quality time with the new Juki this month, but this coming week I will work on scrapping up my fabrics and getting the scrapped pieces sewn into squares. Maybe I’ll spend some time hand stitching and get some more hexie flowers done as well.

I will be linking up with the party over at So Scrappy for the 2014 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some nice eye candy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Log Cabin Leaves

This was a busy week, but I was able to finish the top with a narrow border for Log Cabin Leaves.

I still think I will add another pieced border from all the batik scraps I still have, but that will need to wait for another time. This was my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes, so YAY! It’s done early in the month!

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes – November Goals

I didn’t finish my October goal for ALYOF, so I’m moving that to my November goal. I did make some progress on it, so I’m hoping I can get it finished up early in the month. All I need to do is to sew the rows together and put a border on. Then I’ll call it done for right now. I may or may not add another border…later. Here is where the top stands now…

I will be linking up at Fiber of All Sorts and Sew BitterSweet Designs for the ALYOF goal setting party.

I also plan on participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. The color for the month of November is light blue, so I’ve pulled out some fabric from my shelves and I’ll get them ready to make squares for my house blocks. Here are the fabrics I have…

I also will be starting a new project for the NewFO Challenge at Cat Patches. This month I plan on starting this project:

This is “A Sampling of Santas” by Piece o’ Cake. This is a small-ish (35x43) fusible applique pattern. I’m hoping to get it started and finished this month, so I can put it up for Christmas. If not, there’s always next year.

I also have a few small Christmas gifts I need to finish. I’m hoping to get those completed in the first couple of weeks of November. I think I can, I think I can…

Finally, I have some odds and ends that I will work on. I really would like to get Easy Street done. Like, done done, including quilting and binding. I have to add one border to it, then I can quilt and bind it. We’ll see if I can complete that before Bonnie Hunter starts her next mystery after Thanksgiving. I also need to finish up some potholders and a wall hanging for Christmas. I only need to bind those, so I think I can complete those. And lastly, I have some flannel that I really want to put into a quilt. I have found several patterns that I really like and will work well with the large prints on the fabric, so I guess I really need to select one pattern and get on with it.

That’s about it for November, I think. The weather is colder now, and the garden is all but gone, so I should be able to spend some quality time in the sewing room. I hope you have some fun plans for November!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stash Report Week 44 of 2014

I had fabric coming in and going out this week. First, I had to pick up some batting this week, so of course I wandered over by the fat quarters and picked out a handful ;). I also finished up a small project and used up a quarter yard of fabric. So my numbers didn’t change a whole lot.

This coming week I will be pretty busy and hubby will be off a couple of days – our anniversary is Tuesday so he’ll be home…and we can go vote…and maybe out to lunch. I also have a doctor appointment later in the week, and who knows what else may pop up. But I would like to finish up the top of Log Cabin Leaves. I just have to get the rows put together and a border put on. Seems simple enough. I also need to get some light blue fabrics scrapped up for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I think I should be able to fit those two items on my To Do list for the week.

I’ll be linking up with the Stash Report over at Patchwork Times. Head on over to see how everyone is using up their stash.

Used year to date:    40.50 yards
Used this week:         0.25 yards
Added year to date:  69.75 yards
Added this week:       1.75 yards
Total net used 2014: 30.75 yards

(green means I’ve bought more than I’ve used)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge for November

Welcome November! It’s starting off very cold and blustery here. I hope it’s warmer where you are!

The color for November for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is light blue. I’ve gone through my stash and my scraps, and I cannot find any small scraps that are light blue. However, I have a few larger pieces in my stash, so here they are:

The five floral prints on the left have been in a stack of fabrics I pulled off my shelves earlier this year. These fabrics have been gifted to me or have been on my shelves for YEARS and are now in my backing and scrapping piles. Maybe while they’re off the shelf I’ll get out the AccuQuilt and get these fabrics cut into strips, squares, and triangles. In the meantime, I’ll take some pieces from each of the fabrics and work on squares to make house blocks. I’m hoping to spend some of December getting the house blocks built. Hopefully the holidays won’t get too hectic.

I’ll be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.