Monday, September 1, 2014

September Goal Setting

I'm going to go back to goal setting at the beginning of each month and see if that helps me start to get more accomplished in the sewing room.

As I've documented, I've been making steady progress on the first memory quilt.  I hope to have a queen sized quilt finished by the end of this month.   That will be my Lovely Year of Finishes Goal for September.

This quilt is made from my son's Grandmother-in-law's clothing.  The front is Crazy Quilt style with the Flying Geese being made from the last outfit she wore.  I was asked especially to make sure that was in the quilt so I decided to make them fly up the quilt.  I still have either 4 or 8 blocks to make.  This is a quilt as you go project so once the center is done I'll be adding borders to incorporate much more of the fabric from her clothes.

The back of this quilt is made from her tee shirts.  When she passed away Patty (my son's mom in law) Gave me a blue roll away case full of her Mom's crafting supplies.  The sashing that you see on the back of the quilt is made from a 2 yard piece of fabric that was in that case.  I think since it is something she chose and liked that it would be nice to include it in the quilt as well.  It is a home deco weight fabric but since there are so many different types and weights of fabric in the quilt already I wasn't concerned about using it also.

I also hope to have my Churn Dash sandwiched and the quilting started. (remember this?)

We are going to need more quilts in our quilt pile before the really cold weather gets here so I'm hoping to get 2 or 3 things that are almost done, DONE! so we can use them. We'll see.  I think the goal of the memory quilt will probably be more than enough for September though.  Did I mention how much this overtime at work is cutting into my sewing time?  It is my major whine. LOL!!

Of course the other thing I have to get done is Stash Bee blocks also.

AND... remember how I said when I'm sick and can't do anything I spend money on fabric I don't need?  Well, along with 2 yards of Kona Pepper (which I seem to use an awful lot of) I went on a Paisley spree.  I got 2 yards of each of these.  The top two are Kaffe Fassett Paisley, a huge print and so gorgeous.  I know just what I'm going to do with them.  The bottom two are Field Day Paisley and I have a pretty good idea of what they will be turned into also.  First though the top two projects and other things I have laying around waiting to be finished!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How do I.........

..... seem to always spend money while I'm sick?

Yep, 3 days now I've been down with a cold.  Literally down yesterday.  Didn't want to do anything so I just fiddled on my laptop while lounging like a queen in my bed. A very grumpy, sick queen.

I am going to run out of Kona Pepper so I figured I'd get an order in at  They won't have any Pepper until October sometime.  So I said to myself, "self... who else has Kona Cotton at reasonable prices?"

I answered myself "Well I think Julie at Intrepid Thread carries it..."  so I hopped on over to and ordered my Kona Pepper.. but I couldn't only spend $13!  So I went to the Clearance section and found more than I bargained for, but I only got 2, two yard pieces of Field Day.  I made myself a promise that I would use what I have and not buy any fabric but I had been coveting the Field Day Paisley and I already have a plan for it so I don't feel so bad.  Plus it made my sick self feel a little better about life.

I have a wedding quilt to make before April also.  It's for a friend from work who's getting married and she likes Purple.  I have found a pattern that I like and I'm thinking Fairy Frost fabrics for that one.  I might get the top started and done after the Memory quilt, which I WILL FINISH by the end of September! 

Hopefully I can get some sewing done this afternoon on a couple more Stash Bee blocks.  I woke up with no voice so I won't be going anywhere since I have to be well enough to work tomorrow.  DayQuil will be my best friend for a while I'm pretty sure.

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.