Monday, April 29, 2013

Get It Done & UFO Challenge

Where did April go so fast.  It seems like just a short time ago I was planning my Get It Done goals for the month.  What did I get done during the month, you ask?  Take a look-see, if you haven't been keeping up with my progress.
April Goals
1. Assemble Easy Street into a flimsy - Nope.  Still waiting patiently on the design wall.
2. Make 10 string blocks - yes - here
3. Quilt 1 QOV - yesquilted 2 in April. picture here and here  
4. Quilt one of my UFOs -  yes - Winter Friendship Stars quilted and bound- picture
5. Make 4 pillowcases - yes
6. Finish prep on applique block - nada.  Can't get my mojo moving on this one.

I've changed a few priorities for next month and tried to be more realistic about some of my older goals.  With the warmer weather and the outside calling, it will be tougher to get sewing done. 

May Goals
1. Cut, piece & quilt a wedding quilt - This will also be a NewFO for May.
2. Make 10 more string blocks - only need 20 more then I can start designing a quilt layout.
3. Quilt another QOV or two
4. Finish knitting scarf
5. Make some progress on putting rows together on Easy Street.  You notice I am breaking this down into smaller steps to see if it helps at all.

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times and Carrie at A Passion for Applique..   Spend some time and check them out.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stash Report #17 & A UFO Finish

I have returned from the AQS Festival in Paducah and so my stash report took a hit again. It was impossible to pass up the perfect fabric I was looking for to make a wedding quilt in "their colors" with  a pattern to boot.  And it should be a fast project too. There were great prices on name brand fabrics, lots of interesting tools and gadgets that asked to come home and play in my sewing room and of course many, amazing, unbelievable quilts. I was on stimulation overload by the 4th day and could not take in any more.  Everything started to blue together and I just wanted to get home and start sewing and playing with the things I bought.

I did manage to finish he hand stitching on my Winter Friendship Star quilt that I took to do in Paducah  (if I wasn't too pooped in the evenings).  Got it done!!  My first UFO for 2013.

Winter Friendship Star

E2E - Agave
Here the week's numbers.
Fabric Used this week:  0
Fabric Used YTD -  40.45 yds
Fabric Added this week:  12.5 yds
Fabric Added YTD -  71.95 yds
Net Added for 2013 -  +31.59 yds

To check out other stash reports, go to Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stash Report - Week 16

Even though I missed two weeks of reporting my stash, the numbers have not changed much, unless you count an additional 10 yards added!  I went to a Shop Hop you know and helped stimulate the economy.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Here are my totals since the first of the month.
Fabric Added in April - 9.75 yds
Fabric Added YTD -  59.45 yds

Fabric Used in April -  .625 yds
Fabric Used YTD -   40.46 yds

Net added for 2013 - 18.99 yds

My only sewing this month has been to make and sew a binding on my Winter Friendship Stars quilt.  This was a UFO started last year and I finally got it quilted. I'm taking it along to Paducah to finish the hand stitching in the evenings so I'll have my first finished UFO.

If you have time, drop on by Judy's Patchwork TImes and see what others have done this week.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm still alive and kicking.

I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I've posted.  It doesn't seem like it's been that long, really.  First I went on our annual Greater St. Louis Shop Hop. It is held over a 4 day period because the shops are in Missouri and Illinois. I think we drove about 350 total to do them all.  I took 2 days to complete all the shops.  It was lots of fun, but  I didn't win any of the prizes. Some fabric came home with me though.
Then I attended an all day long arm meeting with award winning quilter Linda Mae Diny of Calico Kitten.  She taught from her book "Circular Quilting" which shows ways to use circle templates. It is amazing how many different designs can be made from the simple circle template. The afternoon class covered many different rulers and border treatments.  I learned a lot, now to find time to practice what I learned.
From Linda H

The other activity that has kept my nose to the grindstone is our Quilts of Valor goal of 100 quilts by the end of June.   As I mentioned in an earlier, we are still working on getting 100 quilts ready by the end of June or early July for some returning Missouri troops.  I've been doing a lot of quilting plus making and sewing on bindings.   In addition to the pictures on the earlier post, here are a few more quilt tops that came in.
from Debbie S.

From Linda H.
Now that I can see we are doing great in the quilt drive -- we have 70 ready to go, and two months left to get to 100, I'm heading to Paducah next week.  I'll be there for 4 days this year.  Anyone else going?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

March Get It Done w/Pictures

Here as I promised are pictures of my completed goals *and those not done) on the Get It Done for March.

1. Assemble Easy Street - not done.  They are still in blocks sitting on my design wall waiting to be put into rows.
2. Cut sashing and cornerstones for Joan's Stars -  not done.  They are still in blocks on another design wall.
Joan's Stars

3.Quilt 1 or 2 Quilts of Valor -  YES 1 done -  This was donated for our QOV drive to reach 100 by mid-June.  I quilted an E2E stars and loops.  There are still more to be quilted (April's list).
Top by Nancy P. 
4. Make 4 pillow cases. - YES - made 8 in the month - another NewFO

5. Make 10 string blocks - Actually made 20 - so April is done too.
6. Finish prepping applique block - Edyta Sitar's Botanical Bounty - not done. only have stems and 1  leaf done. 

7. Put together Disappearing 9-patch blocks into a top. - Done
Disappearing 9-Patch
The disappearing 9-patch was to be my NewFO for January, but I didn't get my blocks from our exchange group until Feb.  Then I actually didn't get started on this until March at my retreat, so I'm going to link up with Cat Patches March NewFO linky for March.  

This brings me up-to-date on my GID, I hope.  I plan to be busy quilting a few other tops that were donated to help the hand quilters get them all finished by our deadline.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Get It Done

March has come and gone.  Boy, where did the month go?  It's time again to see what was accomplished on my Get It Done list for Judy's Challenge.

1.       Assemble Easy Street into a top with borders - not done.  These are still on my design wall waiting to be put into rows.
2.       Cut sashing & cornerstones for Joan’s stars - nope. I had good intentions, but still haven't got all the pieces cut yet.
3.       Quilt 1 or 2 QOV - finished one 
4.      Make 4 pillowcases - done.  Actually made 8 in March. 
5.     Make 10 string blocks - did 20 (so Apr. is covered too)  
6.    Finish prep on applique block - not quite done
7.    Put together D9P blocks into a top - done 
Four out of 7 isn't stellar, but it is some progress at least.  Maybe I should limit my list to fewer things so I could get them all done!  But that would not be as challenging nor as much fun.    Pictures later today.
So here's what I hope to get done in April in the sewing arena 
1. Finish Easy Street top
2. Finish Joan's Stars top
3. Quilt the D9P quilt
4. Bind the D9P
5. Make 4 pillowcases for the St.LCH kids
6. Make 10 string blocks -oh yeah, I already did April's back in March!!  yipee - Done

Stop by Judy's at Patchwork Times to see how others made out on their Get It Done goals.