Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bright- Project Quilting Challenge 4

Still haven't fixed the featherweight, and I don't like piecing on the other machines, SO - a small wholecloth quilt using perle cotton for big stitch improv quilting:

It's 12.5 x 14.5 inches overall.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 3

The third challenge done for Project Quilting over at Persimmon Dreams. As usual, I'm queen of the last minute. The theme for this challenge was "texture."

My inspiration was my kitchen floor. It's brick, and despite what an amazing pain it is - it's impossible to keep clean - it has texture out the wazoo.

My original thought was to do a full-size quilt, but the tension on the featherweight went all kablooey. I finally realized I did have another machine I could use. I finished this in basically one day. Finished size is 17 x 32, so a nice tablerunner or wallhanging.

I used some batiks that are AWESOME for texture, but it still needed something. My alumni association president had suggested that I might donate a quilt for our upcoming silent auction, and since one of the University's symbols is the ginkgo, I added the leaves.

 Ginkgo leaves have AMAZING texture - and they're fun to quilt!! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Project QUILTING, Season 8, Challenge 2

Project QUILTING is a fun challenge found over at Persimmon Dreams. This past week's challenge was "Carolina Lily." I went in a different kind of crazy from the first challenge.

One block, miniaturized, all hand-pieced. Stems are embroidered.

Hand quilted and hand  bound. Finished, with binding, it's 4.25 inches square.

No lily fabric on the first dive into the stash, but I found some with nice colors to go with.

I like it, but BOY is hand-piecing hard work!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Last week's WITB

A few more WITB over the past week:

A project bin with a ton of stuff:

 An abandoned project that needs a bit more to at least finish out a square for a pillow:

 In another bin, the backing for a challenge quilt:
 And one box of doom was explored.

Stash Report – January 8, 2017

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 0.2 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 0 yards used

Fabric used is mostly from the little challenge quilt; I also tossed some that was past redemption.

Project QUILTING - Season 8, first challenge

Project QUILTING is a fun challenge found over at Persimmon Dreams.

The first challenge this year, appropriately, is EIGHT.

My first inspiration for eight was eight LEGS - a spider. I know a LOT of people are terrified of spiders, but I am truly fond of them, and appreciate all they do for the world.

My first idea was to have a pieced background with an appliqued spider. While pulling green fabric for the background, I found this small piece of batik that was absolutely perfect - shades of green for leaves, pops of orange and yellow for flowers.

 Next step is to quilt the background with a spider web. Just winging it, like my arachnid friends.

 Once it's done, I scrapped the idea for an applique, once I remembered I had a bag of plastic spiders in the basement.

But that web is so plain...what it needs is some dew, in the form of beads. And boy do I have beads.

I start beading with the intent of adding a few beads. And then realize I won't be happy unless I bead the entire damn web.
 So I do. Web beaded, spider attached.
It's small - about 10 by 10 - but I really like it.

Monday, January 02, 2017

OMG- One Monthly Goal

I tried this a couple of times last year, with not much success. Perhaps this year will be better.

Each month, Elm Street Quilts sponsors a One Monthly Goal blog party. We pick one project to work on during the month, then report progress (and hopefully a finish!!) at the end of the month.

My project for January will be one of my guild challenges. Our theme for the Ultimate Guild Challenge is to make a quilt inspired by Bob Dylan's lyrics. I have a background pieced, and some other bits started, but if I work on it I think I can finish it early.

Stash Report – January 1, 2017

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 0 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 0 yards used

Here's hoping I can keep track this year - I'd like to use up some stash. 

My quilting goals for this week:
~work on Bloomin' challenge
~work on Ultimate guild challenge
~work on Service Projects challenge
~use binding clips on mini leaf table runner
~keep on with stash organization
~decide on setting stones or not for sampler quilt
~look for backing for zig-zag quilt

Sunday, January 01, 2017

WITB January 1 #2

This was a full bag in the living room.

1. Plumbers tape
2. Cosmetic bag with blush and lipstick
3. kitten notepad
4. Gum
5. crossstitch kit
6. five spools of thread
7. assorted bits of fabric
8. yard of Australian fabric
9. unfinished scarf (to be turned into a cowl)
10. Unfinished hat (just needs a band)
11. eyeglass cleaning cloth
12. aspirin and ibuprofen
13. scavenged zipper
14. bag of single earrings
15. pile of safety pins
16. small barn of green yarn
17. "Fun Paperclips"
18. receipt from PT
19. sticky flags
20. wallet
21. two hairties
22. Fitbit band
23. threading gadget
24. lanyard
25. Old phogo of someone I don't know (belongs to TMOTH)
26. Lip balm
27. Flashlight
28. Baggie with the parts to a felt owl ornament

WITB January 1 #1

This is a wicker basket in my living room:

1. A pillow form, still needing a few inches of sewing to cover the foam
2. A package of construction paper
3. Yarn- 1 full skein, 1 mostly-full skein, 1 leftover ball
4. loan paperwork
5. School pictures
6. Project bag with feedsack mini-quilt, scissors, 2 spools of thread, package of needles
7. package of really big needles
8. Ball of perle cotton
9. Roll of painters tape
10. Bag of packages of needles
11. Box of packages of needles
12. Bag of freshwater pearls
13. Bag of tapestry needles
14. BiRangle ruler
15. Micron pen
16. Assorted scraps
17. Five fat quarters
18. Spool of thread
19, One Dr. Scholl insole (the other one is likely close by)
20. Cut-off bottoms from pants hemmed
21. My new AAA card
22. Dinner napkin
23. Microfiber cleaning cloth

Saturday, December 31, 2016

WITB December 31, Basket #6

This was another case of nesting!!

The blue plastic basket is a very handy tote when it's not stuffed with other stuff (gratuitous sleeping dog in the picture).
 On top are the wonder clips TMOTH got me for Christmas, my office-in-a-bag-in-progress, and the first of two backpacks.

On the bottom of the stack were two books, two magazines, and two sheets of wrapping paper.
In the two backpacks (combined) I found:
1. Five crochet hooks
2. Two spools of thread
3. Two tubes of lip balm
4. A tube of mascara (I don't even remember the last time I wore mascara)
5. Tickets to two separate concerts (FarmAid and Idina Menzel)
6. Crocheted moccasin parts, and the pattern
7. Patterns for a shawl and a hat (both completed)
8. An infinity cowl I made at FarmAid, with the little bit of yarn left over
9. 14 pens
10. Assorted professional meeting paraphernalia
11. Assorted affinity cards
12. A nail file and buffer
13. A couple of dollars in change
14. The start to a red hat
15. about 5 bags of stuffed animal eyes
16. Starbucks napkins
17. A couple of zippers
18. A bottle of baby aspirin and a baggie with ibuprofen
19. Two tins of mints, plus a couple of after-dinner mint packages
20. A bag of cough drops
21. A baggie of sparkly embellishments
22.small scrap of fabric
23. pair of compression stockings
24. Flyer from the Peacock Room show we went to about a year ago

Book It!

The latest Stashbuster challenge is called Book It and is being hosted by Meloney over on Mel's quilting blog.

The book I chose was "Big Book of Small Quilts" by Mary Hickey, and I'm going to make the Stellar Jays quilt.

WITB December 31, Box 2, 3, 4, and 5

Box #2 is a fabric bin TMOTH got me last Christmas. They're handy, but hide stuff.

In this box:
1. Another box! (a Krispy Kreme bucket, that will be #4)
2. Various strings and scraps of fabric
3. A large-ish piece of leftover backing that's probably big enough for another small quilt
4. Two magnets with a pin stuck to them
5. A project bag with: a spool of thread and really tiny cheap useless scissors)
6. A bag of embroidery supplies from a friend's downsizing sale
7. A WIP Christmas tree
8. Papers to be filed
9. an all-light 9 patch
10. a ruler
11. A pair of Fiskars
12. A scrap of batting

Box #3 was a project box, but will be repurposed for strips.

In this box:
1. a monogrammed pincushion from a friend in last year's Secret Santa swap (cleverly photographed from the back so you can't see the monogram)
2. A pair of scissors!
3. Two spools of black thread and one empty spool
4. a package of needles
5. One lonely safety pin

Box #4 - Krispy Kreme Bucket.

In this bucket:
1. some disgusting balls of yarn, promptly thrown away
2. A couple of measuring tapes
3. A spool of thread
4. A scissors charm
5. three binder clips
6. a few arts and crafts supplies
7. the BEST lip balm
8. a box of pins
9. school photo of the youngest from a couple of years ago
10. a strip for black-and-white 9-patches
11. tweezers and more safety pins and buttons

Box #5 is an overflowing strip bin; I got enough out of those into the new strip bin to get it closed if I can find that lid. There were also some non-strip scraps and one orphan block hiding in there!

WITB - December 31 Bag 1

This bag was in my dining room - the first phase of the great reorganization project. It's a cool Star Wars bag my brother got me for my birthday- and it's full.

These are the contents all laid out:

1. Four skeins of thread
2. Two pillowcases stamped for embroidery, and embroidery thread
3. Two pairs of scissors - one for kids, one good embroidery scissors
4. A packet of good needles, and one random floating needle
5. A pressed penny from National Geographic
6. Random quilt squares and triangles
7. Flannel squares
8. Four vintage cross stitch mini-kits
9. A bag of pincushions ready to be stuffed\
10. Art supplies - colored pencils, markers, drawing pencils, Zentangle kit
11. A nice journal my ex-boss got me as his retirement gift to me
12. A single large binder clip and a couple of safety pins
13. Six professional meeting pins
14. A broken necklace
15. A pair of socks
16. Black elastic
17. A plastic fork
18. A Knit-Pro ruler
19. A couple of random game pieces