Monday, September 17, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Last week was productive!  I did not get everything done for Breakfast club, but that is okay, as they are only looking for progress on my quilt.  I did learn, of course the hard way, that I did not buy enough of the background fabric for L and B's wedding quilt, and since I bought the fabric several years ago, it is no longer in print/not the correct colors.  I have to laugh at myself, as now I do buy extra yardage for that fact.  I found a new background fabric and I have already started to starch it so I can get cutting.

While on travel last week I was able to make progress on my One Monthly Goal. I just received the last of the iSpy fabrics, so I'll be starching those next weekend.


My goals for this week are simple, as I'm traveling for work again.  My first goal is to keep working on moving towards accomplishing my September's One Monthly Goal.  This will include starching fabric, marking 1/4" on papers, trimming papers and cutting out fabric.

My second goal for the week is to work on my Breakfast Club project.  I want to finish starching my new background, finish getting fabrics ironed, and cut out all of the pieces so I can just sit down and sew in the future.


My third goal for the week is to work on the bindings of two smaller quilts.  I have had the binding sewn on for some time now, I just have not had time to hand sew it down.  It is the perfect thing to bring on travel this week, as I will sit in front of the TV and stitch some binding down each night.  I also have to finish the final juncture on one, as I sewed it together twisted.  It should not take too long to fix (famous last words right?).


I hope everyone has an awesome and productive week!

Linking up with:
Design Wall
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

Sunday, September 16, 2018

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 37

Let us see how this last week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in September: 16 out of 16
Days spent stitching in 2018: 231 out of 259
Rate of Success: 89.2%

I found time each day this past week to do 15 minutes of stitching.  It has been a very busy summer, and the end is in sight, with at least some down time coming soon.  With said down time I'm hoping to get some serious time to sit down and sew, of course between some household chores I've been putting off for some time.  We are almost to the last quarter of the year, and I'm becoming stronger in getting my 15 minutes or more of stitching in each day, which I am loving.  I hope to finish the year off strong.

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-Christina

Monday, September 10, 2018

Design Wall Monday

The last two weeks have been busy with sewing time limited, however it has been very nice to have that get away to my machine.  I have not accomplished a lot, but I have made progress on prep for various quilts, thought about how I am going to accomplish 5-6 quilts before the end of the year, and set my September One Monthly Goal, which is to do a lot of prep work on my niece's ISpy quilt for Christmas.


My goals for this week are simple, as I'm traveling for work, but also Breakfast Club at my LQS is on Saturday, and I have yet to make any progress on my independent study project for the semester.  My first goal is to keep working on moving towards accomplishing my September's One Monthly Goal.  This will include starching fabric, ordering some fabric, marking 1/4", trimming papers and cutting out fabric.

My second goal for the week is to work on my Breakfast Club homework.  I am not going to fully achieve what I planned for my homework for the months of July and August, but I hope to get July's fully finished, and complete steps two of five for August's homework before Saturday.  I will report back next week to let you know what I was able to accomplish.  The quilt is going to be beautiful when it is done in purple, teal and dark blue!


Linking up with:
Design Wall
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

-Christina

Sunday, September 9, 2018

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 36

Let us see how this last week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in September: 9 out of 9
Days spent stitching in 2018: 224 out of 252
Rate of Success: 88.9%

I was able to find time each day this week, which is awesome!  I am trying to not miss a day for the rest of the year.  I am nine days in and succeeding pretty well so far.  Small things like going through my fat quarters to pick out fabrics for this quilt or that quilt, or refolding them because I want to put them in plastic bins.  I also was able to work on cutting out my Breakfast Club quilt, but I still have a good portion to cut.  One day at a time, and I will be done soon.  I hope everyone is able to find time in the upcoming week for their daily stitching.

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-Christina

Friday, September 7, 2018

September 2018 OMG


I was unable to successfully complete my August goal as the month got away from me, but also because I made two unexpected trips back east, the first to say goodbye to my Grandma as she was asking for all of her grandkids, and then back for the funeral.  It was not easy and still is not, but life continues on, and it is September already!  How did that happen?  So, it is time to come up with my One Monthly Goal.

With the passing of my Grandma, two quilts have moved to the top of my list for Christmas, in addition to the one I was planning to make for my niece, plus the quilt top I need to get done so I can start hand quilting it before the new year for a quilt show.  As a result, I have been redoing my plan for the end of the year so I can get it all done.  This month's goal is to do several things that are all prep work for one of the quilts to be done before Christmas.


The prep work includes; prepping the papers for the square in a square block (marking the quarter inch line for stitching, and cutting them papers down), finding the center squares and starching them, cutting the first set of triangles (yellow), plan out the backing as it will be pieced, and starting to cut the pink and purple fabrics for the second set of triangles and backing pieces.  Wow that is a lot, but that is okay.  I'm traveling for work a lot this month and some of these tasks are perfect to be done in a hotel room.

I hope everyone is able to complete their one monthly goals this month!

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Elm Street Quilts

-Christina



Thursday, September 6, 2018

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 35

Let us see how this last week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 7 out of 7
Days spent stitching in August: 30 out of 31
Days spent stitching in September: 2 out of 2
Days spent stitching in 2018: 217 out of 245
Rate of Success: 88.6%

I'm a little late in getting this out this week, but we were traveling over the long weekend and then some to say goodbye to my Grandma.  It is never easy to say good-bye, but I know she is in a better place, and watching over everyone in her family.  I have my moments, as I'm sure I will for a very long time, slowly healing the hole she has left behind.  I was able to find 15 minutes to stitch everyday last week, as it helped centered me, and gave me comfort.  I made some progress on a few things that were easy to travel with, which is nice.  I have a few quilts to get done before the end of the year.  I'm hoping to stitch every day for the rest of the year, as I do not foresee anything that will stop me.

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-Christina

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Change of Plans

It is amazing how quickly your priorities can change, with just one thing. This weekend, I have added two additional quilts that I need to get done before Christmas. I was going to make quilts that used the same fabric but different designs for my Grandparents to represent their alma mater which they loved. With the loss of my Grandmother, I feel like it is extremely important to make the quilt sooner than I was planning for my Grandfather. I hope to get it done for Christmas. I’m also going to make the one intended for my Grandmother, but gift it to my Mom (her daughter and an alumni of the same school). With the quilt I was planning to make for my niece that makes the total of quilts to finish by Christmas three. I was looking at my plan for my niece’s quilt and learned that it is wayyy too small for her now, and I have added 88 more blocks than I originally planned, and the back will be pieced. Did I mention none of these quilts are started yet? Opps…

This last week I did not follow my schedule, which is okay. I’m occasionally floating through grief as this loss is still very new to me. I did finish drawing out another quilt I need to get started on as it is for a quilt show in March 2019, and I want to hand quilt it with pearle cotton. It is a variation on Drunkard’s Path. Full name to come.


I attended a paper piecing retreat for any Judy Niemeyer pattern. I pulled out my two started patterns, and was able to make good progress on both. This class came at the perfect time for a good distraction. I have my “homework” for the next class cut out for me. I understand it, so I need to dedicate a good chunk of time to make great progress on other sections so I can use my next retreat time to my advantage.


This upcoming week and a half does not have any deadlines, as simple touching fabric or planning will be therapeutic and good for me. I plan to do a mix of things including tearing out papers from the units I have finished, drawing out quilts/doing calculations, ripping seams, and maybe cutting out additional papers. I am going to try to get my August One Monthly Goal finished before the end of the month, however I am not going to push myself or cry over not getting it done. There is always next month and my priorities have significantly changed.

Next week I should have a great plan in place to get all of the quilts done before the end of the year, and I’ll share it and what I was able to accomplish this week.

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Monday Making

-Christina

15 Minutes of Stitching - Week 34

Let us see how this last week went on the 15 minutes of stitching front.

Days spent stitching this week: 6 out of 7
Days spent stitching in August: 25 out of 26
Days spent stitching in 2018: 210 out of 238
Rate of Success: 88.2%

This week had two nights I was crashing hard when I got home, so with that being said, one night I just could not muster the energy to get up and do a simple 15 minutes. I choose to sleep, which is what my body was telling me to do. A few nights I did not do what I had planned just because I was not feeling it, so instead I did what my mind wanted to do. One night was to finish drawing out a quilt and do the calculations that came along with it. Another night was just pulling some seams apart. Even though I did not follow my “schedule” I was able to be productive on other things that need to get done too. My priorities for quilts have shifted this past weekend, and I need to make a new game plan for the rest of the year. I need to get three quilts done for Christmas, when it was just one before. One small goal at a time.

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-Christina