Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Enjoy some down time.

I hope to figure out all this stupid technology to be able to do what I want to do.

Time to change out that new computer with a screen that was supposed to be there, but isn't touch screen.  Time to figure out how to fix the problem with me not being the owner for my blog.
too many issues to be happy with this mess.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Stash Report

So, I made some teacher gifts this week and used a whole 2 yards.  LOL  That's better than I've been doing, so I feel good about it.  I only have a little over 2 yards to use to make my 100 yards net used this year.  With me not sewing for 2 months, that isn't so bad.

Used this Week: 2.09 yards 

Used year to Date: 148.67 yards

Added this Week: 0.00 yards 

Added Year to Date: 47.00 yards

Monthly usage: 6.17 yards

Net Used for 2013: 97.92 yards

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Teacher gifts

My standby gift -- coasters.  I've been making these for many years!  I love how they go together, are quick and functional.
I tried a quick place mat.  I would have done more detail on it, but I just ran out of time.  They are functional and match 
the bowl potholders were done before.  The photos are different because I had to use my phone.  The phone made them yellow instead of the truer color in the bowl place mats.
so, I found some clear bowls, plates and glass that I am including in the package.  They have a teacher lunch emergency kit.
 I can now say I've used some fabric this week.  I really have less than 2 yards to use to net 100 yards used this year.  Not bad considering I've not really sewn much in the last 6 months.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Busy Busy

What a week.  DD had a bandcoming dance because of missing homecoming.  There were almost 150 kids there and we had a blast.  We cut out snowflakes and then hung them from helium balloons and made the band hall into a wonderland.  It was so much fun.

Saturday was spent recovering and decorating for the Christmas party today for girl scouts.  That was a fun day too.  Tiring, but fun.

I did wrap some presents, and need to finish the place mats and coasters to be done with the 5 other gifts.  Other than that, I'm not making anything else this season.  I might do some fun things, but those were my only needed gifts.

Stash report is no change this week.  Nothing finished.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Design Wall

Well, let's see....nothing is on the wall because I just took it all down to go quilting yesterday.  So, we will use this photo for the design floor.  LOL
I have 8 more of the QST to finish, then I have the flying gees and black strips to finish the center.
Next will be the border and I'm not sure about that one yet.  
We will see what happens.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Update on Get It Done List

STARTED 1.  Teacher gifts -- 11 in total  (3 completed, 8 started)
DONE 2.  Sew the bonus HST quilt on my curtain together
3.  Finish QST for the batik quilt on my design wall ( 8 to go)
4.  Finish testing quilt (I can't show this photo)

Small quilt group day

Today was quilting with my small group.  This was on my design wall for ages, and I am still working on the QST.  I need 8 more to start putting this together.  Today we talked about the border and I think I will finish off the square so they look finished.  That will add a special touch.  I don't know yet what I'm going to do with the rest, but it is closer to being done.
I started putting this bonus HST block together.  This is what was on my design curtains.  I have other sizes of HST to put together into the blocks to finish this off.  It is a very long term project.
My next project was to make bowl microwave pot holders for gifts.  I needed 5, but the 6 were cut, so I have an extra for one of those quick gifts that come up over the holiday time.
 A friend was making purses and this is her first attempt at putting one together.  I think she called this a sugar skull purse.  Not sure I understand, but she finished it today.
It was a good day.  I was worn out when I got home, but cooked dinner and then watched a couple of Christmas movies with DH.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Baby quilt done

This is a favorite quilt.  I love the way we used the panel.  Friends helped me figure out how to use it.  Love the mismatched piano key border.
It feels good to have finished the quilt, including the binding.  I had something to work on in the car today, and that was a good feeling.

Tomorrow I will quilt with friends.

Get It Done December

Judy L has us listing what we want to do for the month and then reporting on how we did.
I've not done this in awhile, but wanted to see if I can get my list going.
1.  Teacher gifts -- 11 in total
2.  Sew the bonus HST quilt on my curtain together

3.  Finish QST for the batik quilt on my design wall

4.  Finish testing quilt (I can't show this photo)

UFO updates

OK, so the last 6 months have been limited to what I've accomplished.  I was thinking about my UFOs for next year and decided to look at my progress.

If I were to start today for next year's UFOs, I would have 122 UFOs still on my listing.  As always, that could mean many more projects completed because each of my UFOs seem to create more than one quilt/item.  I have 3 that are ready to quilt.  2 of them are wanting hand quilting and I don't know how to do that.  I have a Craftsy class I could take and learn, but I find I learn better in person.  So, I have 125 UFOs on my main list for 2014.  I could get a couple done this month, but I'm not going to stress myself out for that one.

I completed 34 UFOs during 2013 (really only 6 months of 2013).  A number of those were orphan blocks that because pillows for teachers.  They are in a good place now and out of my house.  :)  I have some quilts sitting around waiting for those in need.  I don't normally have any laying around, so this is a first for me.

Before the end of the year I will put my UFO listing on my blog so I can see how it decreases during 2014.

Now, off to quilt the quilt I already quilted and unstitched.  Baptist Fans are not the pattern to unstitch!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stash Report

Even though I've not used any fabrics since September, I'm going to start reporting again.  Maybe that will help me get back in the swing of things.  I've not touched that machine since September, no wonder I've been feeling out of sorts.
Mom is still in the hospital, but she seems to be doing much better.  Hopefully she will be able to be back to normal and can be home again.  Time will tell.  Every time she talks about Dad's death, she breaks down again.

Used this Week: 0.00 yards 

Used year to Date: 142.50 yards

Added this Week: 0.0 yards 

Added Year to Date: 51.75 yards (mostly backings)

Monthly usage: 0.00 yards

Net Used for 2013: 91.75 yards