Monday, September 28, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
I suppose I could publish this blog Tuesday morning but I like the extra day for getting things done. Today we did some shopping and a post office run. So I only had half a day to stitch. And I frittered away part of it reading blogs.
Let's start with last week's goals:
Prep pieces for Embroidety Garden Class.✔️
Attend Embroidery Garden Class Thursday. ✔️ see the result here.
Finish quilting customer quilt.✔️ (must ask her if I can share a pic.)
Keep trimming log cabin blocks.✔️ Finished! The trimmings were from 60 blocks. I made 2 more and trimmed the one I didn't include with the groups of 10. I've got 4 of the 9 rows stitched with one mistake I need to fix.
Finish binding one of my quilts.✔️ Finished need to take some photos.
Make 1 scrap basket in red Ugh didn’t do much but look at the pattern!
Not bad really. And here's what I'm working on this week.
Finish sewing log cabin blocks together.
Work on city landscape quilt. Figure out more size appropriate rocks for where the water meets the land. (No, there aren't rocks there now but I may be placing some there.)
|This was from an October 2017 class with Karen Eckmeier. I need to finish the design, layer tulle over it and then quilt all the little houses, steps, roofs, etc. Currently things are glued on and are starting to fall off.|
Bind my churn dash quilt.
Make more Snowball Blocks.
Make the red scrap basket. (If I don't get this done this week it comes off the list!)
That's the plan for this coming week. I really hope I can get the red basket done and make some progress on the landscape quilt.
Happy Quilting! Bonnie
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Fun and productive week here! On Thursday I took an online Embroidery Garden class to make a small Sewing Organizer. It probably took me longer to pick and cut the fabrics than to make it. Embroidery Garden is an online source of digital embroidery files. They are well known for their wonderful In The Hoop designs.
I spent part of Wednesday and Thursday preparing for the class. The directions specified having all pieces cut and marked with letters before the beginning of class. So, I got the fabric ironed, cut, and labeled and put them in order of use. And then turned on the computer and Zoomed into class. I was doing great until I had a nest from the bobbin at step 7 or so.
I hadn't been particularly pleased with the bobbin but I thought it was because of the slippery thread I used in it. But just to make sure I pulled out my machine instruction book: I was winding the bobbin incorrectly! (I've had the machine for almost 2 years! Who knew?)
This design is only available if you take the class at Embroidery Garden. They also have great designs you might like to try on your own.
That's it for today. I've had a great week and will be sharing more project statuses either Tuesday or probably, Wednesday. For now, I'm linking up with my Monday regulars: Oh Scrap, Monday Making and Design Wall Monday. I hope you take some time to visit these three blogs and then see where they will lead you.
By the way, whenever I mention a product, it is because I've bought it and used it. (For instance, the cute Sewing Organizer from EG.) I do not monetize my blog -- it really is just a record of what I've been doing recently and a way to stay motivated to start and finish projects.
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
You might have noted I now have a floating Goals list -- sometimes I post on Tuesday and sometimes on Wednesday. Yet, I always use Tuesday at the end of the day as my cut off for getting things done even if the blog post itself doesn't get done until sometime Wednesday. I'll confess right now I actually got less done this past week than I expected to. I got immersed in a book and had a fight with Ruthie the long arm. Sometimes she won, and sometimes I did.
Here's how I did last week:
Trim log cabin blocks ✔️started
Start quilting customer quilt ✔️just 4 more rows out of 14 total
Make 1 scrap basket in red — made fabric but didn’t start sewing the basket yet
Bind one of my quilts — started
Put borders on baby quilt. ✔️ Isn't this a cute little (40" sq or so) quilt? (I had to hang this on the ironing board because the design wall is full of log cabin blocks!)
Hum, some of the pinwheel blocks don't look very even. Oh well, I still like it, especially the little bunnies with hats carrying candy canes.
Here's what is on the list for this week.
Finish quilting customer quilt
Prep pieces for Embroidety Garden Class
Attend Embroidery Garden Class Thursday
Keep trimming log cabin blocks
Finish binding one of my quilts
Make 1 scrap basket in red
I'm really looking forward to the Embroidery Garden class. It is a Sewing Stand that is made in a hoop then put over a horizontal plastic frame to hold it up. (I pulled the one pictured below off MollyMadeEmb on Etsy as she was selling kits for the class.) I notice the design is not available on EG's web site as it is only sold through a class. I've picked my fabrics, I just need to cut and mark them before the class tomorrow afternoon. Click this link to go to Embroidery Garden's web page to see other designs. If you want to take a class be sure you to join their Facebook page to find out about classes. There a several classes for some very cute projects and they fill up quickly!
I hope I can get most of these goals done this week. I was doing pretty well with trimming the blocks until I ran into several blocks that wouldn't trim to 10.5" at all. Back to the start as I had to retrim to 10.25" instead. Sigh. I will eventually finish trimming all these blocks.
Just a small note of frustration with Blogger... it seems every time I write a blog something about Blogger has changed. Today my space bar seemed to put 4 spaces in. I closed out of Blogger and Safari and did something else for a few minutes before I went back. Thank goodness that cleared the issue. I'm not that upset with change but, honestly, to keep making little changes is driving me crazy!
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Last month I did a good job of stash busting ... or maybe I did a good job of not buying much fabric! Either way my stash busting statistics look good. I hope I can keep it up for September.
Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year
And here's one of it hanging in the front hall way. I swap out quilts every couple of months. Pretty soon it is time for my autumn leaves quilt.
So far I haven't finished any quilts for September but I have two ready to bind. But, sorry to admit, I did buy 4+ yards of a white on white to have on hand. Let's hope I keep using stash rather than buying stash!
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Here's last week's to do list.
Quilt one of my quilts✔️ ready for binding
Begin customer’s quilt nope, nothing done except think about it!
Finish baby quilt top✔️ at least the center is done, still needs borders
Finish wonky Family Portrait✔️ basically done although I may add some more quilting.
Pick a new UFO and start working on it ✔️ Yep, check here to see the next UFO I'm hoping to finish.
It was a fairly successful week. I also spent some time baking and reading.
And, here's what I've got planned for this week. (I'm late getting this posted so we are already a day into this week! Eek!)
Trim log cabin blocks.
Load and start quilting customer quilt
Make 1 scrap basket in red
Bind one of my quilts
Put borders on baby quilt.
I've already started trimming the log cabin blocks but it'll take a long time to trim 60+ blocks. I probably need to make one or two more to have the correct amount.
The red scrap basket is in progress. I watched a Craftsy class called Home Organizers by Annie Unrein. She had an interesting project called a Catch-All-Caddy. I like the size but I don't need a bunch of pouches and pockets. So I'm planning to strip it down to the bare bones and see if I want one for every color of scraps I keep. I'm making slab block type fabric to make the sides of basket. I'm pretty sure I'll line it with yardage and then use a contrasting strip as the binding. Here's one of the slab fabrics -- just needs a few more inches on the sides.
Happy Quilting All! Bonnie
Sunday, September 6, 2020
At least, I hope I'm not too late for OMG for September. I haven't participated in OMG since last year, probably July. I'm ready to make the plunge. And, boy howdy, do I have a big project to get working on again.
My Goal for September, 2020 is
to trim all the rebuilt log cabin blocks
to sew them into a top.