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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Goals 4-23-17

First of all where does the time go so fast? These weekly goals post seem to be coming around pretty fast. I know part of the problem has been the beautiful weather we have had lately, it is so hard to work inside when it is so nice outside. We have spent a lot of time outside this past week. We have our tomato plants set out but nothing else. Johnny had to get a tire fixed on the garden mower/tractor and didn't get the rest of the garden plowed until Thursday and then Friday it decided to rain early, wasn't supposed to rain until Saturday. We got enough rain Saturday that it will be several days before we can get back in the garden. In addition to the time spent on gardening and flowers we managed to spend several hours just sitting on the porch watching the world go by. And I really can't promise I will do less of that this week either. Got to enjoy the time out there before it gets too hot.

Here is my list for this week.

1. work on Rick Rack Nines
2. finish binding Wink 2
3. quilt one of the guild quilts
4. bind guild quilt
5. bind at least one of Carol's quilts--- they are small, may can get porch sitting while binding these
6. make 2 more 100 patch blocks --- this will make 12 and may put them together now or see if I really need 20 blocks.
7. work on Garden Party

I got 5 of the 7 items done last week. Hopefully will do better this week and maybe squeeze in a little more time for organizing this sewing room. It is getting so close but not there yet.

Happy stitching.

Teresa  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

How True

In today's paper the horoscope for an Aquarius (me) says --- You'll pinpoint the culprit keeping you from being organized. More than likely, it's a desire to get more things accomplished in a day than is reasonable to expect, thus causing the unfinished activities to pile up. First of all I didn't realize Hubby read my horoscope and second I think they hit the nail on the head today. This being said and trying to learn from it, maybe I won't make my list so unreasonable or so specific. Maybe more general like just to say work on a particular project rather than finish it. Oh well, it is kind of ironic coming after my last post about cleaning.

This is a picture of my first Not a Wink, I did get the second one quilted Thursday plus 2 smaller quilts quilted for Carol. I got the binding sewn on and started the hand work on it last night.

After I got my errands finished yesterday morning I worked on Garden party. I wish I had taken a picture of my cutting table while I had the whole drawer of 1.5 inch strips piled on top. I kept saying to my self  "I am looking for a quilt in here". It is pretty much a messy drawer and probably time for a lot of it to go away. I did find a lot more neutrals than I realized I had in there. I shouldn't have to cut any neutrals but will probably have to cut some dark strips.

Going to be helping Carol cut out a Turning Twenty quilt today. Looking forward to that and I am sure it will bring back lots of good memories from teaching it at Quilters Refuge, miss those days.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday clean up

I have spent most of the morning cleaning in the sewing room. Tomorrow Georgia is coming over to help me with my embroidery machine so I needed to get things in order so that there  would be room for two of us in here. Sometimes this room becomes just a path. I also needed more light at the cutting table and I had a floor lamp in the corner that I was no longer using with my machine. Johnny got me a little clip on LED light that gives me all the additional light I need at the machine.

You can barely see the lamp in the corner in this old picture, but it is easy to see I would have to move all that stuff out to get to it.


Got the top of my machine cabinet cleared off and pulled it out to vacuum behind, unreal amount of dust and lint back there.

The corner now looks like this. Still stacked up but neat and clean.




This is what is in 3 of the boxes in this corner, all new stuff. Brand new not cut, new projects, yet what has my interest captivated right now.



 Garden Party by Bonnie Hunter, using strips from my 1.5 inch drawer. This is old fabrics that have already showed up in several other projects. There is just something not right about scrounging all these scraps when I have perfectly good, new fabric.  When I get a little more caught up I will reward myself and open one of these new items, maybe.

One other thing  I did this morning was pull all the rest of my 12 for 12 projects and put them in this basket. This way I know what has to be finished by the end of the year. Hopefully at the end of the year I will be posting a picture of an empty basket and pictures of 12 finished projects .

Still have one more section of the room to work on so better get back to it.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa



Monday, April 17, 2017

DWM 4-17-17

I really should call this disaster room Monday. These blocks on my design wall shouldn't be there. I am not supposed to start anything new, yea right. I did check off one and part of another item,  from my weekly goals list yesterday afternoon, but after supper I just had to see what it would look like if I used dark blue/navy for the garden chain block in Bonnie Hunter's Garden Party. I have yardage of a floral with a navy background that has been in my stash for years. I am thinking it would be a nice border for this pattern. I am pulling strips from my stash for the garden Posey block .


If I have at least a 16 inch strip I cut the corner section and on 10 inch strips I am cutting the matching sash pieces. I am pinning them in groups so when I go to the machine I can chain piece several blocks at a time. I am not matching sash to corner pieces at this time I will just randomly match them when I assemble the blocks.

I did cut some navy and dark blue and neutral strips to piece the chain blocks. As I come across blue in my strip drawer I will add them to this pile. I will have to find some container big enough to keep these blocks separate but together.

As much as I want to dive right into this project it will have to be squeezed into left over time this week. I have other things that have priority.

I'll try to post my progress on all things this week, but meanwhile Happy Stitching.

Teresa
 


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter to all, hope you have a blessed day. It has been kind of quiet here today but busy. We are enjoying the fresh fruit of the season so I made a fruit salad this morning and then made some banana nut muffins with the bananas that were getting too ripe. Along with the fresh fruit we are also enjoying all the spring flowers although poor Lucy must have allergies because her eyes keep matting up. Who would have thought a dog could have to take more medication than we do.




 A commercial for Post-It notes said that a person is 40% more likely to accomplish their goals if they right it down and I have to agree. So here is this coming weeks goals. I am really going to have to stay focused to get them done. We are going to try to put the garden in plus Georgia is coming Thursday to help me with my embroidery machine so there goes the better part of 2 days.

1. Finish binding of Winnie
2. Add borders on last two sides on Wink Two
3. Piece back and binding  and label for Wink Two
4. Quilt Wink Two
5. Bind Wink Two
6.  Piece at least 2 more rows on Rick Rack Nines
7. Piece two 100 piece blocks

I had thought I might catch up on some quilting this next week but doesn't look likely. Wink Two has to take priority since I am going to demo the block technique at the May guild meeting.


Happy Stitching,

Teresa
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Don't Look Back

I shouldn't have done it but I was trying to remember when I started this blog so I went all the the way back to May 2012 when I started in the blog world. I started it as a way to share our trip with other quilting friends that were not making the trip. Six of us went on a major shop hop, 20 shops in 9 days. It was nice seeing the pictures from the trip and I kept paging forward seeing things I have completed and others that are still in progress. However I came across a disturbing list from Oct. 2015---
WIP

1. Lime Crystals
2. Jamestown Landing in green for Danielle and Thomas 
3. Black and White disappearing nine patch for Tyler and Roberta 
4. Tossed Greens and applique project 
5. Flip Flops for Kelly 
6. Blue Ridge Beauty 
7. Spider Web 
8. Alabama scrappy trip around the world 
9. Searching - RWB flying geese 
10. Blue and Yellow Irish Chain 
11. 2006 civil war BOM 
12. Double Wedding Ring 
13. Blue and Tan table runner 
14. As the Crow Flies, more applique 
15. Blue and White Carpenter Wheel 
16. Stepping Stones 

I had made a list of 16 works in progress, I thought I was doing so good in the finishing up goal. WRONG of this list only number 1 is finished. No 2 is on my 12 for 12 list this year and all the others are in the closed somewhere. I have got to look into these to check status. I know No. 12 the double wedding ring may turn into a table runner. 

Gone to sew, 

happy stitching, 

Teresa

Time Flies

I can't believe it is already Saturday. This has been a busy week. Two guild meetings this week plus other outside chores means I haven't finished my weekly goals. So far I have only gotten 4 of the 7 completed. I should finish binding on the Pooh quilt tonight so that will make 5. I spent a big portion of Wednesday trying to learn to use my Monogram Wizard software for the embroidery machine. So what should have taken a hour to do is taking days. In fact I have asked Georgia to come give me lessons so that I can put this machine to better use.

With Georgia's help I finally got this label done plus I was then able to make the one for the Winnie the Pooh gift.

This was Donna's quilt, I hope she doesn't mind me posting it here. It is a beautiful quilt.


Thursday night the New Beginnings Guild decided to cancel local meeting and instead attend the Cullman guild which was hosting Bonnie Hunter. I am glad I went, was able to get her newest book but of course that means I have started another project. Oh Well!!!!

A friend wanted my Not a Wink, so I have started another one. There is enough of the sashing and backing fabric to make it the same but I think I am going to use some of my 2 inch squares and make  patches for the corner stones on this one.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa