Wednesday, May 11, 2022

A Day of Sewing

I haven't had a good day of sewing in a while.
Between medical and life, I just barely get to sew.

I took a class to make a cover for my long arm. 
I bought pre-quilted fabric because I was not sure I'd get it quilted, but they didn't have enough of one color.
So, I bought two colors and I'm glad I did.
I ended up getting the long arm cover out of the 3.36 yards of fabric.
  
Here it is over two chairs in class and then on my machine.
I completed it before noon and the class went to 3:00, so I decided to make one for the embroidery machine.
I used the other 2.5 yards of fabric for my embroidery cover.
I did have to piece the back, but it is still great.
This is my embroidery cover.
I might need to adjust the bottom in the front of the machine because it is shorter.

Today I had nothing planned.
DD needs a baby quilt for a co-worker and I had this panel and the stars from another Eric Carle quilt.
So, off I went to put this together with what I had on hand.
I have it trimmed and ready to be bound.
We have doctor's appointments tomorrow, so who knows, maybe I'll even finish the binding.

It felt good to sew.

 

Monday, May 9, 2022

2022 Monthly Challenges

   2021 Challenges

I just want everyone to know that it has been a difficult year.

I have not done well in many of the challenge areas, and hope to get back to sewing soon.

All People Quilt 2021 Challenge

January 12. Betsy's Garden
February 7. Iron Caddy Tote
 1. Car Organizer
2. Lillian's Baby Clothing Quilt
March 3. Christmas Stocking
4. Foxy Faces
5. Foxy Pincushion
6. Hologram
8. King Placemats
April 9. Masks (this might go away because of less use of masks)
10. Noel Wall Hanging
May 11. Oasis Cover

Stashbuster
January #8 Bench Pillows
There are 12 of these, so I doubt it gets finished this month
January #62 Future Heirlooms Star Shadow
February #5 Ashley's T-shirt quilt
I doubt this is going to be finished this month.
I have two other quilts in front of hers. 😕
February #34 Continental
This one might be a quick one to finish.
March #12 Blue & White HST
March #58 Floral & Blue Square in a Square
April #10 Birthday FQ swap
April #28 Christmas Panel
May #3 Arrowheads
May #49 Fall Embroidery

Stashbuster UAB
This is a new one to find a book and make a quilt out of it.
If you don't like any of the quilts, donate the book.
January/February Betsy's Quilt on page 8.
I finished cutting it out, so it is ready to sew.

 January/February - Log Cabin from Biloxi Retreat
the quilt still needs to be put together, but all the pieces are done.
March/April -Quilt 1
May - Breast Cancer quilt
April 1. Arrowheads
2. Ashley T-shirt Quilt
3. Celtic Embroidery Quilt
4. Double Wedding Ring Quilt
5. Double Wedding Ring Quilt
6. Gold Cross Applique Wall-hanging
March 7. Jacob's Ladder Quilt
January 8. Karen's hexagon wall hanging
9. Driesbach T-shirt Quilt
February 10. Leach T-shirt Quilt
11. Monthly Fly Swatters
May 12. Progressive (Biloxi Retreat)

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Cibolo Senior Beginner Quilting Class

I forgot to post this information.

The Cibolo Senior Center asked me to teach a class for beginning quilters and sewers.

Some of these ladies have never used a sewing machine before.

It is such a joyful group and I love how enthusiastic they are.

Since I've not done much of anything lately, it is fun to be around them.

 


We are now working on a snowball and 9-patch quilt.
I'm so proud of them all.


 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Updates

 I've not been doing much of anything lately.

Life has thrown a curve ball at me and I'm dealing with all that.

It's sad, but I will get through this too.

So, I can't say I've done much.

I'm still doing something daily, but with the motivation low, it makes it difficult to complete anything.

 
Front and back of a mug rug.

Coasters
I used up all this material, which is good.
It is a birthday gift long overdue.
My friend's husband has been having medical issues.

I also worked on postcards so I would have them ready to mail when the matches were made.

 

  

 


All of them were made from the scrap drawer.
I'll try and get on to show what I'm doing more often.


Sunday, March 27, 2022

2022 Stash Report #9 - 13

   quilt paint create links to all our stash reports.

From My Carolina Home is doing a challenge on how much we use each month


Used this Week:
4.83 yards

Used year to Date:
138.67 yards
Net Stash used in March
6.72 yards

Added this Week:
0.00 yards

Added Year to Date:
1.75 yards

New Goal:
200.00 yards

Yards to the goal:
61.33 yards

Net Used in 2022:
138.67 yards
 
It's been a month of working on things but not finishing much.
I have two more quilts ready to quilt and bind.
Maybe I'll get that done this month, but only time will tell.
My Hungry Little Caterpillar baby quilt is finished.
It was partially from stash, but I had to buy a yard of fabric for it.
I might need to buy more for the next quilt, but I will try and use what I have.
I'll update with a photo.

A couple of other fun facts are:
Prairie Moon is doing a 350 block challenge:
The challenge hasn't officially started, but I like to keep track

Total Number of equivalent blocks:
146
Perimeter in inches:
14223
Numer of UFOs completed
UFO Yardage Used
4
13.16
Percentage of yardage used in UFOs:
57%

Number of Bobbins Used this week:
3
Number of Bobbins Used this year:
33
Number of Spools Used this week:
Number of Spools Used this year:
0
6


           
Kate at Life in Pieces is doing the challenge of 15 minutes of sewing.


Days of Stitching                                     100%
Number of Days this week                           7/7
Number of Days this year                         86/86

Days Organizing                                      100%
Number of Days this week                            7/7
Number of Days this year                          86/86

Quilting is more fun than Housework has us working on scraps.

I just finished a test quilt that I can't show until October.
It had a variety of stars in it and they were all from the scrap drawers.
The rest of the quilt was from my stash, so nothing was bought.
I need to quilt it and I'll use one of my wide backs to do that.

It feels good to work from the stash.
 

Sunday, March 6, 2022

2022 Stash Report #8

  quilt paint create links to all our stash reports.

From My Carolina Home is doing a challenge on how much we use each month


Used this Week:
0.54 yards

Used year to Date:
132.49 yards
Net Stash used in February
Net Stash used in March
126.42 yards


Added this Week:
0.00 yards

Added Year to Date:
0.75 yards

New Goal:
200.00 yards

Yards to the goal:
67.51 yards

Net Used in 2022:
132.49 yards
 

I have been using the long arm for others.
Then, I've been embroidering pincushions for the retreat.
So much work for a little over half a yard of fabric this month.

A couple of other fun facts are:
Prairie Moon is doing a 350 block challenge:
The challenge hasn't officially started, but I like to keep track

Total Number of equivalent blocks:
118
Perimeter in inches:
7991
Numer of UFOs completed
UFO Yardage Used
4
13.16
Percentage of yardage used in UFOs:
78%

Number of Bobbins Used this week:
5
Number of Bobbins Used this year:
26
Number of Spools Used this week:
Number of Spools Used this year:
1
5


           
Kate at Life in Pieces is doing the challenge of 15 minutes of sewing.


Days of Stitching                                     100%
Number of Days this week                           7/7
Number of Days this year                         58/58

Days Organizing                                      100%
Number of Days this week                            7/7
Number of Days this year                          58/58

Quilting is more fun than Housework has us working on scraps.

All of the pincushions were made from scraps.
All the of stuffing was from the little cut-offs from all my scraps
 

Friday, February 25, 2022

I'm back

 I'm so busy and focused on other things that I've not been quilting much.

I didn't even have a finish last week.

It's sad.

I'm preparing for a retreat at Summers Mill in Belton, TX the second weekend in March.

Since I'm in charge, there are lots of emails and conversations.

That takes up lots of time.

Then, DD had a school project requiring a genogram.

So, off we went to figure out her family tree.

That got me to thinking that I don't know much about our family.

You know where that leads a person.

Contact family and get all the information you can and input it into ancestry.com.

That takes time and makes the brain hurt because it is not all that user-friendly.

I'd like to be able to print out stuff, but it doesn't let you see the entire record.

Then, I am teaching a beginning quilting class twice a month at the new Cibolo Senior Center.

I had to plan for the extra time when I was not there on March 11th. 

Then, I got a very bad winter cold and had to pass on my responsibilities to others.

The good news is I had it planned out.

I had to change the plan, but they will sew today.

We were going to finish the heart pillows, but no one else can do applique, so that is on hold until March 25th.

So, we were going to start on a 9-patch/snowball joint quilt on March 11th.

So, they will work on that today while I recover.

I have to replan the March 11th class because I gave it to them to do today.

but, no one wants to teach snowballs on the 11th, so I'll do a small project that they can take home.

I'm thinking about a coaster or kleenex Cover.

Coasters might be more fun, but they need to be able to press everything before sewing.

I'm thinking out loud here.

So, I'm still alive and just a cold going on.

I'm working to get everything together for all my projects.

Have a blessed day.