Sunday, July 22, 2012

Making Up Lost Time

I feel like I've made more progress in my quilting in the last three days that in the last six months. Today I went to Jodie's house to spend the afternoon quilting.

Whenever I go to a free-quilt event where I get to do what I want to, I always take more projects than I can possibly complete in the time so that I have options. Some days I like to work on my hand projects and other days I like to use my machine. Today I decided that I just had too many quilt tops that weren't finished, so I packed them up with my box of batting, along with three other projects to work on and headed out.

I spent the afternoon sorting through my batting scraps, piecing some of the bigger pieces together, and sandwiching four projects: two table runners, a small wall hanging, and a possibly baby quilt. I was very excited that I was able to piece my batting from my scraps. So much gets wasted from bigger projects and I didn't want to go buy batting from the store,

After I prepped those pieces, I worked on my tie Zakka projects. It didn't look the way I wanted so I've definitely decided on how I'm going to "present" the piece and a change to the structure. Although it's not working out exactly to plan, I'm making it work.

Tonight I continued my sewing rampage by starting to bind on my signature quilt while watching The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I intend to spend the rest of the week working on this so it can actually go back to the quilter for a quilt show in September.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Queen of Binding!

Well, that's how I feel about myself right now. In the last two days I've prepped 3 projects for binding, and now there are 4 items ready for turning binding. I started hitting roadblocks tonight when I realized that my backing to one of my table runners was too short, and I'll need to add some fabric to the ends of it.

Tomorrow I have quilt day at Jodie's house (YEA!). I picked up the components of my pot-luck side dish today so all I really need to do tonight is get my stuff ready for tomorrow and choose what I should work on.

I've got three projects that are ready for quilting that I can do on my machine and tomorrow I'd like to get them sandwiched and pinned together. I also have two Zakka projects to complete, one is a table runner and one a Christmas gift. Plus I have two other bigger projects that I'll take with me. I like to take advantage of time at Jodie's where there are long stretches of working time, large layout areas and no pets to distract me.

As I was working today I was thinking that I'm finishing all my UFOs! Why is this a problem, you ask? Because the quilt retreat theme this year is UFOs. But I then realized that I should never worry about not having enough projects to work on, because there are tons of patterns in my room and on pinterest and in my head, and I have lots of fabric for them. Plus I have my Cinco quilt, which is a fun but time-intensive quilt that I'm sure I will be working on for a long time.

Tomorrow after the quilt day I intend to spend the evening working on binding.

Friday, July 20, 2012


I feel like I've made up so much time in the past week! Really it's not much but I'm getting stuff done. This week I made a baby quilt for a shower tomorrow. I need to get a picture and post it here. I really liked the pattern, but I experimented with the binding and shouldn't have. Good thing babies don't care.

Then also tonight, I finished quilting a fall table runner that I started last fall and picked out fabric for it's binding. And then I took my 30th birthday quilt and prepped it for binding.

Next up I think I have three more things to quilt and prep for binding: my Christmas table runner, my old Fons and Porter quilt top, and my twister quilt. Then I will have 6 different items to bind, plus my hand quilting and hand piecing. I will have PLENTY of TV time sewing!

Tomorrow I think I'm going to focus on getting my space clean and my scraps and fabric sorted into the color bin. Part of my trouble is that sometimes my space is so dirty it,s not fun to sew in.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Back in the Swing

Today I took my CSQA exam and I can now get back to normal life. I have really not done much sewing, scrapbooking or pleasure reading since the beginning of the year. The only exception is sewing classes or socials. So tonight, even though it was 10pm, I decided to spend my 15 minutes doing something. Because I've not been sewing so much my sewing room was a mess. But I also have a shower on Saturday that I needed to whip up a gift for, so I was torn. My ultimate plan (I should learn not to make plans) was to finish the exam this afternoon and start the project, but I needed to run a couple of errands and decompress so that didn't happen.  

So I decided that I can still stay on schedule if I cut the fabric tonight, put the top together on Tuesday and sandwich, quilt it on Wednesday, prepare and sew on binding on Thursday, and then do binding during a very long movie marathon on Friday. Of course getting ahead would be nice. I've already decided that the quilting will be large stipple. My big concern is hand-turning the binding, since I'm not known for my speed.  

Tonight I cut out all the fabric (I LOVE precuts!) and then spent 10 minutes straightening up my quilt area. I'm realizing the number of UFOs that I have. Good thing that's the theme of the quilt retreat this year! I will certainly have many projects to choose from, including the Zakka class projects, which I have gained quite a few that I've yet to complete.