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Saturday Musings

So I’m getting to the end of my quilt list for 2015.  At the beginning of the year that list was:

Flowers and Baskets was completed.  Scrapitude and Tell It To the Stars are in queue to be quilted.  Moon Glow will be joining the queue this weekend.  That leaves

Hampton Ridge is very close to being done and Raining Cats and Dogs is a hand project.  And I’m working on the last block for that so that will soon be in the finishing stages too.  That leaves

I have to be honest and say that I’m not thrilled with the last two.  I enjoyed working on the mysteries while it was going on but after the reveal, I didn’t like them.  Although Celtic Solstice has grown on me.  Maybe it’s because I’ve got a lot of those little pieces done.  I don’t know. Anyway, I went through some of my project bins and in the mind of simplifying my life got rid of some of the miscellaneous projects that have accumulated.  Most of them were small projects that were given to me for free somewhere.  I’m never going to work on them so I got rid of them.  I think Grand Illusions will be going that way as well.  I’ve still kept them all together because I did finish 1 or 2 steps.  But I’m revamping my list and Grand Illusions is moving down.  And since I haven’t loved the last two Bonnie Hunter mysteries, I’m not sure I’ll be playing along this year.  I enjoy playing – it’s just a lot of work for something I may not end up liking.  Here’s the new list:

A lot of these still do not even have their own pages yet.  ;0  They were mentioned in blog posts but I never set up the pages.  My excitement is mounting but I think I’m getting the urge to quilt.  The plan is to get the Moon Glow done.  Spend some time with Raining Cats and Dogs and then… bring in bailey from the garage.  I’ll have to practice some, trim down the batting and backing for Tell It To The Stars and then if I feel good, get that baby on the frame to be quilted.

Happy Quilting friends!

~Melanie

Raining Cats and Dogs, an update and a pen review

The hubby and I are off to LA tomorrow.  I’ll be there for a few days.  He’ll be there through the weekend to catch up with friends and have some time doing what boys do.  I’d like to stay with him and meet up with the wives of the boys but I’ve got to head back to take the girl to her cheer comp on Saturday.  As I usually do when I head to LA, I prepped some hand work to take with me for the trip.  And right now, that hand work is Raining Cats and Dogs.  I considered doing something different like the Hawaiian Quilt from PIQF or getting some hexies together for the Flower Garden.  But I held off, I only have 2 blocks left on this quilt and there is no point in getting me sidetracked with an old UFO.  So I already started on Block 2  with a couple of umbrellas and a dog/cat combo a couple of weeks ago.

Raining Cats and Dogs top of Block 2 as of 12/2/13

Raining Cats and Dogs
top of Block 2
as of 12/2/13

All I have left here is the dog.  Now, I am off to LA with the hubby so I may not even touch this project.  However, there is the chance that I do and if I do – I know that this wouldn’t be enough for me to do in 3 days.  So, I had to prep the next few pieces for me to move on.

I pieced the backing for the main part of the block.  I have to digress and say that this block is huge!  From top to bottom, it’s about 18″ high.  It might be a little smaller as I’m just estimating and I don’t want to go to the other room to retrieve the accurate information from the pattern.  It’s part of the reason why I decided to do the top part separately from the main part.  The edges of the fabric unravels fairly easily so I didn’t want the ends to fray too much by working on it a lot.  This way, I can get parts done with a little less fray.   And even with all that, the backing isn’t really done.  I’ve got another 2.5″ to the left of fabric that I have to piece together.  But since nothing will be appliqued onto it, I’ve left it off for now.  Next, I traced the pattern onto the backing.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 2 as of 12/2/13

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 2
as of 12/2/13

Then I traced the next few parts onto their corresponding fabrics. I use the Frixion pen to trace.  I love this pen.  It puts on a dark clear line and when I want it gone, all I have to do is iron it.  Surprisingly, I heard from a number of people some negative comments about these pens.  I have a couple of issues but they work better for me than other marking tools.  I do not like the pencils because I often cannot see the line.  I do not like the light blue pen because when I want to remove it I have to spend so much time wiping it away.  It’s irritating.  But with the Frixion pens – all I have to do is iron.  The issues I have is that it seems to dry up faster than other marking tools.  The second issue is that after a little bit of using it on a lightbox, it’s harder to mark.  So I usually end up drawing and re-drawing and re-drawing to make sure I can see the line once I remove it from the lightbox.  Anyway, compared to the pencils and the light blue water pen, the Frixion pen is the best for me.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 2 as of 12/2/13

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 2
as of 12/2/13

It’s hard to see as the lighting wasn’t very good and I had to do these pictures in the dark with a flash.  But you can get the idea.  Now I’m ready for the plane trip and a few days without children. 🙂

Linking up with A Quilting Reader’s Garden for Applique Tuesday.

Fabric Stash…Yardage…Guilty Pleasures!

I started listening to quilty podcasts around Fall of 2012.  That was when my mother was diagnosed with Leukemia and I was travelling back and forth between Fremont and Los Angeles.  I was away from my family a lot.  To keep me entertained I found quilty podcasts.  I started listening via Stitcher and there weren’t many podcasts out there.  But I found a few.  As I listened to them they referenced other podcasters that I found on the Podcast app on my iPad and that broadened my quilting station.  They led me to Twitter and Craftsy and to quilting blogs.  Over the last few months, I found myself wanting to share my own stories and my quilting and crafting experiences.  I also thought that it would be a great way to document my progress or lack thereof.   At the very least, it would be one way to motivate me to finish something.  Each blogger and podcaster have given me different ideas.  I’ll try to credit the idea to the appropriate person when I remember and I apologize now if I forget.  Just to start somewhere, I really enjoy Pam’s (http://www.hiptobeasquarepodcast.com/) method of documenting how much fabric she uses and how much she brings into her stash.  Of course, she may have gotten it from somewhere too.  Right now is a great time to start my count.  My stash is currently stashed at my mom’s house so I do not know how much fabric I’ve actually got.  So I’m just going to start with the little bit I have with me right now – with more to follow after the move.

Current Fabric Count: 5 yards

Here’s a pic… mostly fat quarters I purchased for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden I’m doing by hand while I wait to be reunited with my sewing machine.  Sorry for the low quality.  While I do have a decent camera, it’s just easier to use my iPad.  🙂

My current stash in my possession.

My current stash in my possession.