Sunday, August 17, 2014

Some Actual Progress

I was in the sewing area all day yesterday.  It's starting to look like a quilt!  You can see that my Geese idea is coming together and I think this is going to be better than I thought!  I think I'll quilt yellow feathers in the black sashing and then my usual geometrics on the Goose blocks.


I'll probably go one block wider, the blocks are 12.5 unfinished and then either 4 blocks or maybe 5 blocks long... I'll have to wait and see how it fits on my Queen bed before I decide where to stop with the crazy blocks and start with borders.  I'm so excited to see it finished now that it's starting to look like a quilt!

Quilt as you go is a bit of a pain now that I've discovered the joys of free motion quilting but there are so many different types of fabrics and so much stabilizer in this that I thought the quilt as you go option was the best for making it retain a nice square/rectangle shape.

Today I wasn't feeling good so we skipped our morning meeting.  So when I finally dragged myself out of bed at around 10 I got a hot drink and came out and started cutting more of these since I will need them for the rest of the center and then for the border I have planned.  Gotta hit the fabric store on my way home tomorrow for more stabilizer since I just used the last of it on that shirt sleeve!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Memory Quilt Crazy Blocks

Today is a day where I just get to sew.  True, I might have to go out later since "there is no food Mom!!" (I always manage to find something to make for them when this comes up) but until then, I get to work on this project that is near and dear to my heart, because it is near and dear to the heart of someone I love.



I'm working on getting these embroidered today.  The backs of the blocks are made from the tee shirts of the lady who's clothes these are made from.  You can see my flying geese beginnings also.  These are made from the last outfit she wore and it was specially requested that I make sure to use that outfit prominently.  I am going to make them "fly" up the quilt.  This will be Queen sized when I'm done.

This is a true labor of love.  I have to stabilize everything before I can cut and start stitching since the clothes are all different types of fabric.  I think that part and the embroidering are taking the longest, even though I am doing the embroidery on my machine.  Joining the blocks is also going to be a bear, with a lot of hand stitching on the back of the quilt, but now that I am starting to see the big picture I think this one is going to be something that the family can treasure.  My goal is the end of August, but I'm thinking with the joining of the blocks and then a special border I have planned it is going to be more like mid to late September.  If I can manage to avoid overtime at work.  If I can manage to get into the sewing room for a couple of hours every evening after I get in from work.

This quilt is making me think a lot about my Grandma that taught me how to sew.  So it has been a memory quilt for me too.

I also finally found the charger for my camera, so after this, no more cell phone pictures!  My son had it on his mess of a desk.  Why?  I don't have any idea. 

Go hug someone you love.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sewing!!

I've been sewing!  YaY!!  Not much will get done today since I have a ton of errands to run and then I go back to work tomorrow but here is what's been happening.

I got my July blocks for Stash Bee done, finally!  The first one was sort of weird on the corners but I'm sending them both anyway.



Then I did some cream, white and beige Flying Geese for August's queen.  I might make more before I send these:



And I finally got the binding on Dana's cube quilt done so I can take that in tomorrow, if I remember....


And I got a lot of cutting of clothing done for more blocks for the memory quilt.  That is what I'm working on this afternoon and evening when I get home from my errands.  I think I might get to go see the adorable grand as well.

He loves cell phones so he was trying to steal mine.... "Grammy!  Can I have it??"


Saturday, July 19, 2014

So this happened....

Well.....

Deep subject, but I digress.  I've always wanted to say that, "I digress..."

I went back to work full time, as I've already shared here.  That means very little sewing time, virtually none lately, really.  I have however put my sewing area in order today, and I have the goal of finishing things.  So many things.  Now that things are neatened up (is neatened a word?) I have promised myself that I am going to come home from work each day and then spend at least an hour sewing.

I have forgotten how it relaxes me and allows me to let my mind rest.  What has prompted this sudden desire to get my hands back to work with needle and thread?

This happened.  A few months ago I got an email asking me if I'd like to contribute to an article in Quilter's Newsletter about pricing quilts.  At that time I was trying very hard to make "a living" making quilts.  It wasn't working out well, hence why I went back to full time working outside the home.  Anyway... the article is in the Quilter's Newsletter now!




Everyone laughs at me when I tell them it was one of my life goals to have my name in a quilting magazine, and it not be a letter to the editor!  Well it was a goal, and  now I've been quoted in a quilting article so that goal is complete, and I am happy!!

For the rest of today, Bee Blocks for Stash Bee and then working on the memory quilt which is the project I've been puttering on little by little.  My goal is to get it done by end of August and I'm sure it is doable as long as I stick to my plan.  For my own mental health I really NEED to sew, as I've learned in this last week.

I have learned that it is hard to make a Bee block when you bought all of the fabric you needed except for the MAIN one, the background!  Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow.. but for today I worked on Dana's cubicle quilt and the memory quilt.  Pictures sometime this next week. :)