Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-15-2014

Busy week but not much to show for it.  I quilted several tops on Ruthie for other folks and didn't take pictures.  But here are a few things I have been working on. 
The grands are getting new shirts for Christmas.  This cute penguin is for Natalie. Sophia gets the polar bear.  I haven't started Ellie's yet.  That will be done today. 

I've also been slowly getting the binding done on my Carolina Christmas.  I'm about a third of the way done.  But probably won't get back to it for a few more days. 

Did you hear about the kerfuffle with Clover Wonder Clips?  Evidently someone is actually making counterfeit clips and selling them as the real thing. Check out this link for more information http://www.clover-usa.com. The information is in a box about half way down.  Or save time and just click on this one: http://clovercatalog.com/wc/wc.pdf  It shows the real packaging and the counterfeit packaging along with what is different between the two, especially how to tell if the clips are real.  Why would someone counterfeit sewing supplies?  Why not just make your own version with some changes.  The reports I've read have said the fake clips catch on fabric, break easily and don't hold as well.  Amazon sells the real ones but some of their vendors have the counterfeit ones.  I use my clips all the time for lots of different things. I'm glad I've had mine for over a year before all of this started.  

Enough of that unpleasantness.  Here's how I did on my goals last week. 
Week of December 8, 2014
Make binding for Carolina Christmas and bind it√ It’s well on the way
Finish quilting table runner for Jane
Finish baby charity quilt top, quilt and bind it
Quilt 2 or more charity quilts √ one done
Socialize like crazy over the weekend when every single party we’ve been invited to is being held!√ one was postponed until later.  Thank heavens.  
Try to get blocks in the mail√ Pat got 2 sets to the post office for me.
Decide and write up pattern for BOM
Make mug rug for swap

And this week-----
Week of December 15, 2014
Embroider stuff! Shirts, towels etc.
Get Christmas cards written and out in the mail
Order new glasses
Appts., Woman’s Club and Tea Group Lunch out
Make aprons for the grands
Wrap presents
Work on ornaments for the grands
Finish snowball blocks for FCQEquilter

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Happy Quilting All!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-8-2014

I've been quilting like a fiend.  After I finished a quilt for Kay, I threw my Carolina Christmas quilt on Ruthie.  It is so discouraging to have several really smooth passes and then start having bobbin thread breaking.  UGH.  After several rows with a couple of breaks on each row, I decided I would try an old Bobbin Genie that I had hanging around.  WOW!  What a difference that made.  I finished all the rows with no more breaks.  Amazing.  Of course, I ran out of bobbin thread once or twice! It was a dark day when I took this but you get the idea. When the binding is on I'll take "official" photos of it. 

Next up on Ruthie was a little table runner a friend wanted quilted.  I hemmed and hawed over it for a while as I wasn't sure what to do with it.  But, I really want to get it back to her by this coming Saturday so I threw it on Ruthie. (Well, ok, that makes it sound weird.  I carefully placed it on Ruthie.  But using the Red Snappers makes it really fast and easy especially for such a small piece.) I am using Quiltmagine software for the Nolting and the more I learn, the more impressed I am with it.  I wasn't sure how I could do a side triangle but it was as simple as pulling up the pattern, clicking three times on the corners of the "block" and stitching it out.  I am so happy with my computerization!  
Since I've been spending so much time on the quilting side of things not much piecing has been getting done.  The quilt from this post is 2 seams away from being finished.  It should be going on Ruthie next.  I'm just doing an edge to edge design on it so hopefully that will be done today.  After that I have 2 more charity quilts.  Then I'm taking a break until next week!  I'd love to get a few more of my quilts done as I have been buying fabric like crazy.  I chose to buy backings for several quilts on Wednesday last.  I wonder if I can use as much fabric as I purchased this month? 

On to the goals.  Not everything was accomplished but I did succeed getting several important things done. 
Week of December 1, 2014
Start and finish Hokie quilt for Kay
Finish up blocks that need to be mailed out more were done but nothing is in the mail
Mail out blocks for various recipients nope!
Continue knitting on turquoise blue sock nothing
Order Christmas Cards
Get one of my quilts quilted

Clean quilt studio; put new fabrics away√ well some got put away…
Week of December 8, 2014
Make binding for Carolina Christmas and bind it
Finish quilting table runner for Jane
Finish baby charity quilt top, quilt and bind it
Quilt 2 or more charity quilts
Socialize like crazy over the weekend when every single party we’ve been invited to is being held!
Try to get blocks in the mail
Decide and write up pattern for BOM
Make mug rug for swap

Hum, that list doesn't say anything about Christmas presents.  I need to get going on that.  Yikes. 

I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times.  Come take a look! 

Happy Quilting All!  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Stashbusting Report November 2014

HA!
NOPE, no stashbusting went on during November. None, zilch, zippo.  But a lot of stash building was done. Here are the sad details. 

2014
Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year
Nov
15
99.750
-0-
64.750
35.00


HERE'S some of the fabric that led me down the primrose path, so to speak.
Fat quarters... 

These will become 3 quilts of the 3 yards/3 quilt variety with backing.

Penguins will be either pillowcases or baby quilts along with the baby strollers.  The green hasn't been assigned anywhere. Maybe a backing fabric for something. 
Ruthie is working away on the other side of the studio.  She is helping me get at least one finish this month.  Hopefully several smaller quilts will also be finished.  Time will tell.  But, I will admit I bought several backings so I could finish some of these quilts including the one currently being finished up on Ruthie.  

Happy quilting all!