Monday, February 16, 2015

Midmonth Check In

When I set my goal for this month.... little did I know I'd hardly be home all month!  2 weekends running we've spent 4 hours down the freeway so between 8 hours of driving and a couple of days doing things with my sister I haven't had much weekend sewing time, plus I've been fighting a double ear infection, supposedly brought on by being subjected to an overwhelming amount of fragrance at work, even though we are a fragrance free work zone.  Amazing how many people think they are not meant to follow the easiest of requests. 

Oh well.  The meds help when it gets really bad and hopefully in the near future I'll get more work from home days which will help immensely.

All of that aside, and the fact that we are heading down the freeway again next weekend to visit my Mom (6 hours each way for this trip) I might actually get my goal of a Wedding quilt flimsy done.  I get to sew for a few hours for the rest of today (don't you love paid holidays off?) and then I'm committing to sewing for an hour or more each evening for the rest of the week, except for Thursday which is Bible Study night.

Next week my daughter and I will be starting to the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays after I'm off work because while I am chubby and out of shape, she is skinny and out of shape so hopefully after a few months of religious gym use we will both be skinny and IN shape. So here is my progress so far, not much and the picture is a phone picture but you can get the idea I think.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Goal Setting

Yes!  I finished my January goal!

I chose more than one thing last month, but actually only finished the one thing that I said I was definitely going to finish so YAY! 

For February I am going to turn this pile of Kaffe Fassett and white on white paisley print fabric.....

.... into a queen sized flimsy.  Lots of cutting and piecing to make what I want to make.  This will be a Wedding Quilt for one of my favorite people.  I figure flimsy in February and then quilting and finishing in March, I hope.

So there it is, my February goal!  Click on the Lovely Year Of Finishes link in my sidebar to see the other fabulous things that people are going to be making this month!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Finish!

I squeaked it in just under the wire!  Finished 1/30/2015 at around 9 PM.

But before we get to that, here is my "other" finish.  This one is a new utility or modern kilt that I finshed on the 31st for hubby.  This one is made from Duck Cloth and is super heavy duty.  He loves it! :)  I don't think he was really into the picture taking business based on the expression on his face. LOL!

Jacob's Ladder.  Approx. 69 inches square.  This one has been sitting around more than 5 years.  Yay ME!!  I put it on my bed and went... "huh, that isn't ugly at all!"  Yeah, it was sitting on the shelf because I didn't like it. At. All.  Now I am done with it I actually like it a lot!!

Pictures are front and back.  Made from a couple of prints that reminded me of civil war era looking prints, quilters muslin for the ivory fabric and the gold solid is a cotton/poly mix that I thought was cotton, until I started ironing it.  Straight line quilted and I still have to trim the thread ends but it is bound and on my bed so that's all that really matters!

Linking up with Shanna and Melissa for the Lovely Year of Finishes over in my sidebar!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Goal Setting A.L.Y.O.F.

Good morning!  I'm going to try this again this year and see if I can manage to do any better at it...

My goal quilt for January is a UFO that has been sitting around for years.  It will be a utility quilt made for my family to use.  It is a Jacob's ladder quilt that I started years ago then decided that I didn't like it so I moved on and threw it up on the shelf and there it has sat until now.

The orangey/yellow fabric is a cotton blend, the prints are (I think) civil war repros or if not then they sure look like them to me, and the white fabric is a natural muslin.  The back is pieced out of bits and bobs that I had laying around.  I have to finish piecing one of the large white backgrounded blocks then sew it to the two that go on either side of it, attach that all to the quilt, add batting, do the straight line quilting on the whole quilt, bind and done!

Working full time is robbing me of my sewing time and even though I don't do the whole "resolution" thing one of the goals I have for this year is finishing things I have already started.  This quilt will be the first one.

We also spent the whole month of December remodeling our main bathroom.  It is not done, done but it is useable now while we do the finishing work on it.  Today I have to reclaim my dining room which was used as our staging area and is full of tools, junk, things we didn't use and general mess since we had to move a wall to accommodate a larger shower fixture.  Pictures when it is completely done.  I love it and am very proud of all of the hard work the hubster and I did on it, mostly him, but I make a good apprentice!

Other January goals:  Get daily exercise.  I have been very bad at this but since hubby got a new job where he works we will now be on the same early to bed, early to rise schedule (4:00 AM is early yes?) so that will help. 

Get Bek's wedding quilt cut out.  I am making a queen sized Tennessee Waltz quilt out of Kaffe Fassett and a white on white.  I have the prints bought since I loved them and bought them even though I didn't know what I would do with them, and then I just ordered some complimentary prints to go with what I had already.

Work on the quilting on my Churn Dash quilt.  I have two blocks quilted and another one marked and ready.  Here's a reminder of what that one looks like.  It will also live at our house probably.  I think I like it to well to give it away, plus our quilt stack is not that high anymore and I have a couple that are falling to pieces that need to be retired.  I am quilting it quite extensively so I don't think it will get done this month or even for a few months but I can work on a block when I get bored with other things.

My daughter started her first quilt!  She designed it, got the fabric a couple of years ago and has finally started piecing it.  She has about 1/2 of the center section done so far.  I have been helping her by pressing and handing her the pieces to sew.  We will work on this project together at some point this month also but I promised her I would not put any pictures up until she gets it done.  It will be at least queen sized by the time she's finished.

I guess that is all for now.  I hope everyone celebrated safely and is staying warm or cool, depending on where you live, and is having a great January first!