Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday 04/13/15

I did some power sewing this weekend!  The blocks on the design wall above are all separate in the picture, but are one complete quilt top right now.  I moved around a couple of blocks after the picture was taken.  I did manage to turn one block in the bottom row on Saturday night, which got sewn into the quilt top.  I had to un-sew three sides to get it turned the right way again.  Urgh!  This quilt it a departure for me.  I usually work on a much smaller scale and prefer to work on smaller pieces.  The colors are not my norm either.  I thought I'd try something new and not be so predictable.  I will be teaching this one in my quilting class that starts tonight!

Above is what I had to pull off my design wall in order to work on the quilt at the top of the blog.  I got the last of the blocks of the runner sewn together and the border sewn on.  Eventually there will be brown binding on the runner to frame it.  I may also trim down the border a little bit before I bind it.  I'll see how it looks on the table after quilting and make my decision then.  I will also be teaching this project in tonight's class.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!  I'm off for Easter dinner with family.  I'll try to get something up on my Design Wall tomorrow.  Still scrambling to get my March block finished for Pat Sloan's mystery block of the month.  We'll see tomorrow how I did!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/30/15

I did some sewing last week and got a great start on the table runner shown above.  We had house guests this weekend, so I did not get to do any sewing, but the runner is still on my design wall.  Other than that, just a few old (but not forgotten) projects so the wall doesn't look too neglected!  Tonight is the final quilt class of the winter session, which is always a fun night!  We have a pot luck, door prizes, and block lottery drawing.  The class is small this session, but still a lot of fun.  I get a break next Monday, then the class starts up again in April with the spring session.  That will take us into June.  I just need to finish up a couple of projects and write the patterns and I'll be set until fall.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/16/15 and Stash Report

Above is my Design Wall for this week.  The three blocks on the right belong to my sister.  She is also doing Pat Sloan's mystery quilt along, and she is ahead of me!  I still need to make March's block (the one in the middle above).  I love her fabrics and can't wait to see how it turns out.  The blocks on the left are still where I left them a few weeks ago!  These are from the Mystery Monday project.  I'm a bit behind on everything, but at least I have my sister's project to show -- it's on my design wall so I can show it! :)

I also need to report a stash enhancement.  I was out of town and was lucky enough to have time to stop by one of my favorite quilt shops, Quilter's Paradise in Clovis, CA.  I only had a few minutes to stop in to buy a background fabric for a table runner I am making, but I got mesmerized by the display right at the front door.  I couldn't stop looking at the leafy print on top.  It has a wonderful peach background color (it is a little washed out in this picture).  I love it!  Had to buy a piece.  Then I couldn't decide on the shade of the actual piece I went in for, so I bought two that I thought would work.  I ended up using the lighter one.  I'll probably use the darker one on the back of the runner.  So hopefully those two will be out of the stash soon!
Fabric added this week:  3.00 yards
Fabric added this year:  7.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  0.00 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  4.75 yards added

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Monday, March 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/09/15

Life has put a serious crunch on my sewing time lately!  Lots of things going on that are taking up all my spare time.  I did get a few things sewn recently.  The brown/green/gold stars are for the Mystery Mondays project.  I'm woefully behind on those.  My friend Lori has hers all up to date and sewn together.  I'll get there eventually.  The giant half-square triangles are for a new project I'm working on.  I'm kind of designing as I go, and right now I think those blocks are way too big and chunky for what I have in mind.  I may trim those down to a smaller size later, but for now I'm just getting them made.  I need a lot for  what I want to make.  The colors are off in that picture.  The blues are a little darker and not so neon looking in real life.  I'm using a Moda layer cake that I got for Christmas.

I didn't get around to posting my latest purchases.  Last week my sister and I checked out a new fabric shop in Tracy, CA, near her home.  It's very small, but had some nice fabrics.  I managed to add 2 yards of fabric to my stash!  The fabric at the top is actually shades of grey, even though it looks tan in the picture.  I have some pink projects in the pipeline, so I picked up a pink I thought would work nicely.  And a wonderful teal print that I can definitely use.  We have a couple of teal walls in our home and I've been trying to design around them.

Fabric added this week:  2.00 yards
Fabric added this year:  4.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  0.00 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  1.75 yards added

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/09/15

I finished February's block for Pat Sloan's mystery BOM project.  It is a very unusual block.  I struggled with the colors, but I think I like how it turned out.  I really need to pull some other colors into these blocks.  My inspiration fabric also has two shades of blue, and some dark brown accents in it.  I just couldn't figure out how to get those colors in this block and have it still look good.  And speaking of struggling - Saturday was just not my day to sew.  I cut the pieces wrong, I marked the pieces wrong, and then I sewed the wrong pieces together.  It was all salvageable, but by the time I sewed the wrong colors together, I just had to call it a day and fix and sew the block on Sunday.  I hate days like that.  Below are the January and February blocks together.

Today I'll work on the Mystery Mondays project from This & That.  I'm behind because I couldn't decide on a color palette.  I pulled some fabrics out of my stash and I'll give it a go tonight in class.  Of course I've already changed my mind again, but I didn't pack up any other fabrics, so I'll move ahead with what I have.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what people have on their design walls today!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/02/15

I'm back!  I've been down with another cold.  This is the second one since Christmas.  I don't know if it is a particularly bad strain, or if I'm just getting old, but I am having a heck of a time recovering.  As they say, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!  But I seem to be mostly mended now.  I did have to take a nap yesterday, which I never do.  I'm looking forward to a more productive week this week.  The last two weeks have been mostly a loss.

On a "brighter" note, my husband replaced the lights in my sewing room with "true light" LED bulbs.  Oh man what a difference!  It is like noon on a summer day in there no matter what time it is.  My picture above isn't yellow like the previous pics.  I couldn't be happier.

The top block above is the one I showed in my last post.  It is the January mystery block from Pat Sloan.  February's pattern should be released today.  The lower block is the Block Lottery block for my class tonight.  I hand out the pattern and each student can make one or more if they wish.  For every block they make, their name will be thrown in a hat and I will draw on the last class.  The winner gets all of the blocks.  I flipped through some books and found the one above, called Amish Square.  I like it!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's Design Walls today.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/19/15

I chose some more fabrics to go with my Mystery Block of the Month project over at Pat Sloan's blog.  I love all of the colors in the inspiration print, but I'm not sure if I like the colors together away from the print.  I will press on and see what becomes of it.  All fabric has come from my stash so far.  I thought I might have to buy some background fabric, but I finally found a piece of white-on-white in my stash bins that was big enough for the entire project.

Above is the finished block for January.  I took the picture at night again, and it looks very yellow.  I'll try to grab another picture when there is daylight outside.  I may also look into getting true-light light bulbs for my sewing room.  I had a heck of a time trying to see if my white fabrics were all the same white when pulling fabric for this project.  I had to keep stepping outside the front door into natural light to see that some fabric was actually off white.  Oh well - that's a minor problem!  Also, I had to take the picture on my (scorched) ironing board.  My design wall is white and the design would have appeared to be floating on the board!

I  simplified some of the piecing in the block.  The unit that makes the star points can be made as one unit, rather than four half-square triangles or two flying geese units.  I like to have as little bulk as possible, and the result really worked out for me.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/12/15

Well I didn't get any sewing done this past week.  I have a few projects that are ready for me to work on, but I just couldn't get to them.  One of the projects that I am planning on is a free Mystery Block of the Month with Pat Sloan.  I've always liked her patterns and she designs some great fabric, too!  My sister and I wanted a project to work on at the same time - to keep us motivated.  I found this one that just started in January and I think it will be a fun one.  Over the weekend I finally pulled some fabrics.  I got the butterfly print over the holidays using a gift certificate that I got for my birthday.  I loved it, but didn't have a project in mind, so I bought a couple of yards figuring I might use it as a border for something.  I think it will be great for this project.  I decided that most of the quilt will be somewhat scrappy, so I can use my stash.  I pulled a few fat quarters that I can start with.  I'll add some blues as well.  I'm getting excited about this one!!

Also starting back up this week is Mystery Mondays over at the This & That blog.  This one has a clue every week on Mondays.  Last week had the supply list and this week is the first clue.  I need to pull fabric for that one as well.  I'll go scrappy on that one too - just need to decide on a color scheme first.

I'm looking forward to a year of new projects!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/05/15


I was finally able to sew a little on Sunday.  I've had a terrible head cold that I can't seem to shake, so I wasn't able to sew over the holiday break as much as I wanted.  In fact, I'm terribly behind for my quilting class, which starts very soon.  I'll need to get creative in order to have projects to present.  I did manage to get out of the house over the weekend.  I needed to get outside, so I decided to go to a quilt shop!  Which brings me to the stash report...  2014 was a crazy year for me - lots going on, including moving to a new city.  All of my fabric got packed up, and I ended up giving away quite a bit that I knew I would never use.  I never tallied up how much I got rid of, and so my stash busting reports went by the wayside.  Of course, that also meant that I did not tally up how much got added!  Now it's a new year and I'm back on the stash busting bandwagon.  I bought two one-yard cuts of blue fabrics and one half-yard piece of the print shown below. 

So that means I've added 2.50 yards of fabric, but I am also calculating about 2.75 yards used in the quilt top above.  I'll be reporting this weekly, if there is any activity.  If I haven't used or added any fabric in a given week, I won't bother to post a report.

Fabric added this week:  2.50 yards
Fabric added this year:  2.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  2.75 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  0.25 yards used!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone enjoys a happy and safe Christmas Day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12/15/14

I was able to do a good bit of sewing yesterday.  This one is coming along nicely - just need to add a couple of borders and the top will be done.  It was very easy and so far, all from stash.  I'll have to audition some outer borders (after another red border).  I already have fabrics pulled for another one in florals.  It will look very different, hopefully more feminine.  However, I'm not sure if I'll get to that one any time soon.

It's finally been raining here in the bay area.  It's a nice relief from the drought we've had all year, but the timing is not great!  I'm expecting packages to be delivered for Christmas presents and they'll get soaked outside our door.  I'll try running home at lunchtime and hopefully rescue them if they are delivered already.  Oh why didn't I have them delivered to my work address???

Be sure to check out what everyone else has on their Design Walls today on Judy L's blog!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-08-14

Not a lot of time for sewing these days.  I was able to find some time on Saturday to start on a quick project for class.  The strip set squares on the right are for the new project, but that is not how they are going to go together.  I just put them up there so I could track how many I had made.  Hopefully it will be another project created completely from my fabric stash.  Not sure if I have fabric for a border that I will like, so I may have to buy a piece for that.  I always forget that it takes much longer to work from scraps.  Most of my time was spent pulling pieces, ironing, and cutting.  But now I can go to town on sewing it together.

I've stalled on my wreath.  I already did the hard part, which was making all of those half-square triangles.  I just need to sew them together with the background.  I don't think I'll have it ready to hang this year.  I need to focus on getting my class projects finished first.  January is right around the corner!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Design Wall Monday 11/03/14

I did a little sewing over the weekend.  I have the beginnings of a wreath on my design board today.  I recently bought a Bloc Loc ruler after watching a demo at the recent PIQF quilt festival.  I had heard of them before but never had seen the demo.  I used it for the first time this weekend and I am really impressed.  It is for squaring up half-square triangle (HST) units, and there is a groove in the under-side of the ruler that fits right over the sewn seam.  It locks onto the block perfectly on the diagonal and you can trim without it shifting.  They have other shapes as well, but I only got the HST one.  It works even better than I thought it would! For the record, I am not getting paid to say that I like it - just a satisfied customer.  It's a little pricey, but I think I will definitely get my money's worth out of it.  Now I just need to sew those buggers together!  The whole block has 60 HST's in it.  My smaller board only fits about half of the wreath.  I'm thinking of throwing some red HST's in there to liven it up a little.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone else is working on today!