Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I realized I had forgotten to identify my UFO projects for each month. So in retrospective, The Quilt That Never Ends was my November project. As for December, I probably would have said that my Christmas quilt binding would have been that, but I actually finished it before December even started! So I think I'm going to pronounce that my December project will be my Big Block Throw quilt from the retreat this year. The top was sent to my friend Linda for quilting and I was happily surprised with a call yesterday that it was ready. The plan is to pick it up this weekend and get the binding made and put on before we go to Houston for Christmas. It would be nice to have this to work on in the car, but I also have a dog agility trial before then, and it's likely a large dent will be made in binding while sitting and waiting to run.
Another project I want to have ready for the trip is some hand applique and hand quilting. I have my 2008 Block of the month quilt that I want to try hand applique on. I like machine applique but I don't want the heavy lines on this quilt. I already have the back pieced together I just need to create the bias binding for the vines and some flowers. I'm not so sure that this will get accomplished before the trip because of the scrapbooking projects I want to give as gifts.
The other project is a panel I got at the retreat this year. It's a Japanese Koi panel that would be so pretty to quilt in fancy thread. So I'm going to make the attempt. Tomorrow Tina and I will be going to Jo-Anns over lunch and I am going to buy the fabric for the back then.
Monday, December 6, 2010
I also went through a bag of clothes marked for repair, only to find that most of them were too big and will be freecycled. Yea for Kyle!
Tonight I started to sew the rest of he tissue box covers but my head is just killing me. I think a shower is in order and maybe some offline scrapbook planning and online Christmas shopping.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
For my current scrap project I decided on all the paper colors and identified some pictures I still need to print. If I can get one page done a night I should be able to finish the projects right after Thanksgiving, sooner if I can devote a few hours this weekend.
Tomorrow I want to continue cleaning my area (it's a huge mess) and scrapping.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I'm super excited because I've never done one and it seems like a great way to use up my scraps. So one task for this weekend would be to try and get my fabric together and sorted, but I'll need some bins and bags...
But for now I must sleep.
On Monday night I picked out fabric for a Christmas gift project. I won't put much more info here to keep it a surprise but can you guess by the picture?
The other nights I've spent working on the Quilt that Never Ends. I finished the blocks and sewed them into rows. My extra fabric arrived so if everything goes well I can sew the rows together and add the border on tomorrow. Then Sunday I might be able to take it and another quilt to the long-arm quilter.
From then on it's all about the Christmas presents followed by a desperately-needed machine servicing.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tomorrow I will hopefully get back to working on The Quilt That Never Ends and the upcoming holiday gifts.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Now I am alone for the evening since Kyle has to work the time change. What's a girl to do? I am torn between setting up my machine and sewing some more, laundry and general pickup or working on a scrapbook design.
Anyways, we went out for birthday dinners tonight so I didn't have a ton of time. But squares are easy so I decided to cut the 120 4.5 inch squares needed for the final nest and then the border from the same fabric. Of course I didn't know when I bought this fabric that the pattern maker didn't figure her yardage correctly so of course I am short about 10 inches.
Tomorrow before the quilt time I will go on a quest for this fabric in the local quilt shops. I might end up ordering it online though. I don't think the quilt will be the same if the border isn't the same as these squares. The other option is no border. I don't think I'll like that so much though.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tonight was the first night since Sunday where I had 15 minutes to spare for quilting. Since I had no hand projects to work on I thought it might be good to start working on the binding for my last big quilt to finish in 2009. I started by just cutting the excess fabric from the quilt. Then I moved to searching my stash for just the right fabric (Kyle assisted) and just went for it by making the binding and attaching it to the quilt. So now I have a very large quilt that I can bind while watching tv, talking or waiting my turn at the dog agility trials.