Thursday, July 21, 2016

Uh-Oh Stash Enhancement

After I saw how many boxes it took to pack up my craft (mostly quilting) supplies I thought I wouldn't succumb to any additional fabrics unless absolutely necessary, at least for a while.  But what's a deprived quilter suppose to do when all the fabrics are boxed and there are no shelves yet to unpack them onto?   SHOP!  Ok, there was a big sale involved and some emails reminding me of the big sale.  Connecting Threads had been lowering some prices on fabrics.  So, I decided to see if anything struck my fancy.  

UH OH!  There were some good sales on their basic collections.  I use a lot of fabric that looks like solid.  I carefully went over everything and finally decided on 2 fat quarters.  One had 16 fat quarters.  It worked out to $2.82 a yard.  The other had 20 and was $2.78 a yard. I took out 3 different grey and then didn't put them back for the pictures. 

I also picked up a charm pack for $1.06.  Well, I picked up 6 of the same charm packs because I want to make a "Plus" quilt. I figured 5 packs would make one plus so I purchased an extra one just in case.  If I don't add anything to these that is a quilt top for $6.36.  I can't remember how many pieces were in each pack but I figure it is a good start on the "Plus" quilt.  The colors will be great for fall. 

So, why am I adding to my stash when I haven't been able to finish much of anything recently?  I was in the mood, what can I say? I've been able to do a little sewing recently. 

It's time to go do some sewing rather than writing about it!  I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and on Friday I'll try to remember to link up with Can I have a Whoop, Whoop? 

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Meandering 7- 18 - 2016

What a great weekend I just had!  I sewed quite a bit.  I made some progress on my red, white and blue quilt.  And I went to a terrific class by Vicki Pignatelli. I don't usually try to go for a more arty feel to my work -- I like traditional piecing.  Once my moving plans were settled I decided that a weekend away and taking a class on curves would be wonderful break from the work.  That it was 2 weeks after the move-in date didn't really hit me until I tried to gather supplies for the class after the move.  I found a box of hand dyes -- some I had done and some I had purchased and I found most of my batiks.  I don't have big collections of either styles but that's what I decided to work with. I still haven't found my good fabric scissors so I made do with a small pair I use for snipping threads.  It was all fine and great fun. Vicki is a great teacher and very encouraging.    

Here's my attempt at a water lily done with Vicki's pattern.  
I was totally thrilled with my background fabric and how I was able to manipulate the dots to advantage.  I wasn't thrilled with the lily pad fabric I used in the next picture. 

I changed one of the pieces for a darker and more yellow green piece of hand dyed to have more contrast.  I don't remember changing the other lily pad but it sure looks lighter in the picture below than in the picture above. Sunday morning I left Sharon's  around 10:30, after I got all the pieces sewn down. I will be working on the border next. 

Sharon continued to work on hers. The pattern was the flame shape in the middle.  She added the two circular shapes on top left and mid-right.  
By 7:30 pm or so she had her whole piece finished.  (On the other hand, I got to celebrate Natalie's BD.  And, then had the great joy of driving home down I 95 with a ridiculous amount of traffic!) Here's Sharon's finished piece. Hopefully her finish will motivate me to finish mine this month -- especially since I have finishing this piece as my OMG this month! 

Since life is mostly back to normal it is time to come up with goals again.

July 18, 2016

Put borders on my lily piece from class
Get top of cutting table set up with rulers, trash baskets, scissors and cutters. (Where are all of my cutters???)
Continue piecing R, W & Blue quilt.

Yep, I can't find but one of my rotary cutters.  Nor can I find most of my scissors.  That's a problem that I'm not really happy with waiting to discover once my shelving arrives.  So I may be doing some more box diving this week. 

I'm linking up with Monday Makings and Main Crush Monday.  Take some time to visit blogs around the world using either (or both) of these linky parties as your starting point.  It's lots of fun to be inspired by viewing these blogs. I'm happy to be back to a more normal life although there is a lot still to do.  I plan to putter in the studio this afternoon.

Happy Quilting All! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monday Meandering on Tuesday

It's been nearly 3 weeks since we moved in to our new house.  The great room, dining room and Pat's office are pretty unpacked and set up sans anything on the walls.  The kitchen, not so much.  The new kitchen is definitely smaller than our old one.  We've annexed a linen closet into a pantry so we can store all of our kitchen items.  No doubt we'll make a shelf in the basement into a storage for extra can goods.  We're now waiting for a spice rack to put on the back of the pantry door because we have way too many spices! 

The big news is we've made a lot of progress in my basement studio.  Here's looking from the doorway outside into room. (I've taken must of my pictures from that door because the light plays havoc with the pictures.) 
Here's looking to the left from the same doors.  
Here's what the same space looks like now. This is the table for Ruthie.  That dresser is moving but we're not sure where at this point.  My desk for the long arm stuff is in place as is my couch. 
My cutting table is back together and ready for use.  Today I found my rotary mats, rulers and ruler holders. After looking in nearly every box (probably 50 or so...) I hadn't found a cutter.  I finally looked in one of my machine carts and there was a cutter.  I wanted to cut some squares for my red, white and blue quilt so I can start putting it together.  I also found my white fabric pile so I could use some of it along with the white piece I had in the project box.  Who knows where the other three rotary cutters are! 
I'm using my old sewing cabinet for my Bernina.  It's ready for some sewing...except plugging it in. Later, if I decide a new cabinet is needed I'll look at what's available. Considering how much stuff I have I doubt I'll look for a new cabinet.  The other side of this is my other sewing desk: an old coffee table sans legs put on two filing cabinets.  I've used that as a sewing station for a long time.  
The big box on the right is Ruthie's sewing machine. We got the sewing head out of our storage unit yesterday. We didn't trust putting it in with the majority of our household goods so we drove it up and stashed it in a rented storage unit with air conditioning!  Here it is ready to be re-set up.  We're holding off for a bit so I can get more of the room set up.  I'm not ready to start quilting quite yet although I have several tops I could do. 
Thursday I'll be going to the quilter's group that meets in our new neighborhood.  I'm ready for some time sewing rather than unpacking.  I haven't decided whether I will work on my red, white and blue project or the spring flying geese and appliqué project.  I'll make my mind up tomorrow. 

Friday I'm driving up to Maryland to visit with Sharon and take a class with Vikki Pignatelli on curves. I'm hoping to get the whole project done by the end of the month as my One Monthly Goal.  

I'm linking up with Monday Making and Main Crush Tuesday -- yep Beth is also running a day behind!  Spend some time cruising to the different blog posts. I know I plan to spend time this week cruising through the various blog posts.  It's been a long time since I've been able to do that. 

Happy Quilting All!