Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bunkhouse retreat

 Hampton Square

 Went on a retreat recently in TX.  I brought my on going project Hampton Square block of the month I got in 2014.  I worked on all the blocks , 41 of them and got sashing put on two sides of each block at the other retreats .  Any how this time I started putting the rows together and added sashing where needed.  Took three days to do so.  This is it before any of the borders are put on.  I fixed a problem someone saw for me and now will keep working.  I think I want it custom quilted. 
  As far as the retreat center, we all liked it and booked for next year.   

January Small Quilt Challenge With Kathleen Tracy

Coin quilt  15 3/4 by 18 3/4
The Challenge this month was to use strips in any way you chose.  Kathleen showed a coin quilt and I went through my log cabin box and looked for 1800's. I always have a lot of the 1.5 by 2.5 size from little left overs.  Finally got to use them   I'm going to try quilting this one and I think a dark binding will add another touch.  

Countraband Quilters host Debbie Maddy

What a great class day.  This is the group shot at the end of the day.  A good group came,
She was a great teacher and I learned a lot.  One of the biggest things was how to press, yes press half square triangles.  It will really change my accuracy in the future.  

We used 8 fat quarters to make the quilt she's showing called a carpenter's star.  I am making the wall size.  The picture shows how you can place your fabric in the most pleasing way.  Works really good.
There were plenty of tips all day long and lots of demonstrations.  I really enjoyed the day, enough though I had just returned from a 4 day retreat and was tired.  My quilt is pinned into rows and only waits for me to finish putting it together.  Other things in the way now.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting in the Sewing Room

So far this week I be able to get into the sewing room a fair amount.  Every day I tidy on my sewing table and a little on my cutting table, I cans some progress.  For instance, now I don't have to clear a space to sew or cut, got that much done.

My planner is helping so far.  I've been writing down two or three things a day and have followed through.  If I can't get to my list, I just move it to the next day.  

I got started on the 365 Challenge and have 7 blocks done.  I got a picture of the first 6 blocks.  It doesn't look like much yet.  

3" Blocks 1-6 365 Challenge
This picture is from my iPhone and is very long.  I'm having camera problems now.  

One of the things I decided to focus on was an UFO I started several years ago.  

Don't you love the portable design wall.  I keep this one behind my door for little long term stuff.  The little basket in the left corner for some reason is cut too small.  I'm keeping it for a label. These little applique baskets are fun.  I decided to start doing 2 a week.  The doesn't sound like a lot, but if I keep it up I should make a huge dent in finishing the quilt.  I been a while since I've done applique since I've been doing EEP and embroidery.  But it's so relaxing I want to keep it up.  I'll be working on this for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Daily Planning

My new planner
Been using this for daily planning in my sewing room.  It's helping to focus me.  Often the same thing gets out on the plans every day, one being cleaning my sewing table.  As Ive worked on it, Ive tried to reorganize every basket or container on the table.  I will do this this until I have a well organized table.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Now Im ready to start the new year

I spent the last 2-3 weeks going to visit my children and grandchildren in Texas and North Carolina.  It was wonderful to be with them, however, there was no sewing during this time.  I did do some knitting and a little applique.  Mostly I spent time reading blogs about setting goals for the new year and making plans.  
Instead of resolutions, which generally get broken, the idea is to set goals which is more relaxed.  

I made a purchase of a quilting planner and it was home when I got back.  I want to utilize it and generally find if I write it down on paper I tend to 
internalize it more and really work on it. 

 I also joined a goal a month here  OMG one monthly goal and will plan to work on a project or even get it to quilting stage for my quilter.  

This first month John's quilt is front and center.  I want that ready to quilt by the end of the month if at all possible.  Here's where I am thus far.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Another UFO finish

Table runner from 2008
Fons and Porter pattern for Pineapple log cabin

It occurred to me that this year is coming to a close and I have 3 projects that just need binding.  This runner of course is the easiest of the bunch  Although it did take a U tube  video on how to apply inside miters to help me apply this binding.  Then I got to work binding, but was seriously interrupted by the new Magic Loop method of knitting a sock.  U tube again came to the rescue.  LOL 

It feels good to have at one one UFO done.  Now to apply the binding on another quilt to get to working on another UFO.