Sunday, April 28, 2013

Friendship Star Quild Guild show

Our guild show was this weekend. I volunteered for most of the show time, and am tired to the bone - The Lovely Daughter's musical was this weekend, so I picked her up at 1 am from IHOP Friday night and at 2 am from the cast party last night. This mama doesn't do well on little sleep, and the big dog doesn't believe in sleeping in.

But lots of lovely quilts were on display.

The Lovely Daughter's quilt was finally done:
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I had a quilt entered in the Ultimate Guild Challenge, and one in our local guild's "challenging fabric" challenge:
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This quilt won first place in that challenge:
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And this is the one I liked the best - the quilter "hid" the hideous fabrics in a bunch of others that played well together:
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The show is always good for inspiration. This is a great scrap quilt I plan to make pretty soon:
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And I always love me a scrappy sampler:
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More later - need to take some boys to bed.

2013 Stash Report Week 17

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 6.9
Cumulative yards in: 2
Cumulative yards out: 27
Net gain/loss: 25 USED

I made 12 more pincushion blanks for the show, about 5 x  5 each. My math works out to 0.2 yards!

AND I finished a UFO, my Lovely Daughter's quilt - to the tune of 6.7 yards.

The most amazing part - I bought NO fabric at the show! I bought a ball of perle cotton and some 12-wt. Sulky blendables (a package of 5) AND four of these really cool Clover kanzashi flower makers. They're a really fun tool!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

A lovely day

I had such a wonderful day today, I wanted to share.
The day started with the critters letting us sleep in, until some time after 7! For breakfast, I had leftover biscuits, toasted with butter (one of my very favorite things in the entire world). Then I sat down to watch Sunday Morning, and finished sewing the binding on a challenge quilt while I watched.
A little bit of cleaning later, I went out to the shop to ask TMOTH if he wanted pizza for lunch, since I was heating some up for me and the kids. Yes, he did, but more importantly - it was absolutely fabulously gorgeous outside. WARM and SUNNY.
So we ate our pizza outside :) I'd started pruning our boxwoods once I put the pizza in the oven, and after lunch, I pruned them so we could walk through, and scraped/swept the pavers. (As an aside, if the morons who owned our house before us had spend just 5 minutes figuring out how big the plants were going to get, we would not have the Boxwood Problem.) Then spent some time working on the patio, just to keep outside. This is the after picture:

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I put a lot of our seashells into a planter on the patio where I can enjoy them.
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Cookie did not want his picture taken. At all.

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Toffee was just sad he had to stay in the house.
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The Small Man wants to be "an artist" for his career day at school next week. TMOTH is making him a palette, and I made him a red beret.

Dinnertime - I managed to pull dinner together with pasta, vegetables, sausage, and stale hamburger buns!

The Lovely Daughter and her boyfriend made brownies, so we're just waiting for them to cool enough to eat!!

And now I'm sitting watching the country music awards, working on her quilt.

Nothing big today, just a day full of simple pleasures. I hope that you all had a lovely Sunday.

2013 Stash Report Week 14

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 2.8
Cumulative yards in: 2
Cumulative yards out: 20.1
Net gain/loss: 18.1 USED

I finished another small challenge quilt; I'm calling this one 2.5 yards as well.
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I also made  the Small Man a beret today :) Best estimate is 0.3 yards, I think. I used the tutorial here. It was easy-peasy and looks awesome.
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Monday, April 01, 2013

March progress report

Well, March was depressing. It seems as if winter will never end - although today there were reports of sunlight, and it was not as cold as it's been. Nature knows that spring is imminent - we have daffodils blooming away in the yard, and the spring peepers are out at night. Hopefully our wood frogs will return to the "pond" this year as well.

Keeping up with the housework was a dismal flop last month, although I did manage to get rid of 133 items. But this is a new month - one that will hopefully be much warmer and I won't feel the need to hibernate!

1. finish 13 projects - ONE completely done in March; the guild challenge quilt that HAD to be done for turn-in today. That brings my total to five. I should have at least two more finished this month for the show turn-in.
2. Spend 13 minutes a day sewing - I missed a few days here and there, but mostly accomplished this again.
3. 2013 in 2013:  In February, 122 pieces of "stuff" left the house. That brings my total to 554. So I need to pick up the pace a little bit, but I'm not behind - yet.
4. Keep track of what I'm doing by starting blogging again - I feel much more productive when I have a record of what I've done. Posts fell off even more, although this was partly due to more quilting!.

2013 Stash Report Week 13

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 2.5
Cumulative yards in: 2
Cumulative yards out: 17.3
Net gain/loss: 15.3 USED

I finished a small quilt for our guild challenge this weekend - actually this entire past week was spent mostly quilting. 

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It took me FOREVER to think of a design that would fit with the theme - Tutti Frutti - and then of course I was time crunched to get it done for turn-in tonight! The bottom line is that I'm very happy with it - and will even hang it up in my house!