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Maker Monday! 1/23/2017

Celtic Solstice – I finished the inner top last week and I’m working on the borders.

Celtic Solstice Inner Top completed 1/22/2017

Celtic Solstice
Inner Top completed
1/22/2017

I’m just working on Celtic Solstice right now and I’ve got one of the steps for Scrapitude 2016 as my leaders/enders.  That’s it and it’s slow because I do not have time during the week to work on borders.  I generally only do them on the weekend.  It’s kind of why I’ve gotten so much done on my knitting.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

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Have a great week!

~Melanie

Maker Monday! 1/16/2017

happy-mlk-day

In terms of crafting and making, Dr. King’s words ring true too!  Every step is another step to the finish!  I’m not going to make a to do list for this week.  Here are the projects I want to work on this 1st quarter:

Missing Ivy – needs to be quilted but I am holding off as I don’t want to spend the $80 it will be to rent the long arm.  I hope that this will change in February.

Celtic Solstice – the inner top is almost done.  Then I’ve got the borders to do.

Celtic Solstice The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down. 11/28/2016

Celtic Solstice
The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down.
11/28/2016

Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! – The top is almost done too.  I just have the border to do.

Raining Cats and Dogs – I’m hand quilting this and I haven’t touched it in a long time.  I want to start working on this again so.

Provence – All the blocks are done so I just need to start putting the top together.  I’m pretty sure there are borders but I can’t remember if that is truly the case.

I do want to focus on getting some of my UFOs and WIPs done this year but I’m not going to have my goals listed out each month like I did last year.  I am keeping it simple in that I’m going to work on one project at a time.  Right now I’m working on Celtic Solstice.  I think I could get this top finished in January.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Celtic Solstice chunking in process 12/5/2016

Celtic Solstice
chunking in process
12/5/2016

Check out more at  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and  Monday Making and  Ems-scrapbag

Have a great week!

~Melanie

En Provence, Clue #3

 

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Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence Clue #2 12/12/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #2
12/12/2016

I am very close to finishing up clue #2.  I’ve only got a handful left to do and these will be done.

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence Clue #3 12/12/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #3
12/12/2016

 

For Clue #3, I got started and have a good bit done but I did a similar process that I did with the first clue and I haven’t gotten a lot done.  Life is crazy this week so I will probably not get any more done before Clue #4 is released.

Linky on Bonnie’s page.

Happy quilting!

~Melanie

En Provence, Clue #2

 

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Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence 12/5/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
12/5/2016

I finished clue #1 and I’m working on clue #2.  Either the clues are easier this year, I’m more focused, or my new way of getting through each step is working.  I think it’s a bit of all three.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy it’s going so well so early in the mystery.  I hope it continues.  I went through all my eligible neutral scraps and even dug into yardage to get through clue #1.  I love doing Bonnie’s mysteries each year because it helps use up my scraps and fabric!

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence Clue #1 - done 12/5/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #1 – done
12/5/2016

 

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence Clue #2 - in progress 12/5/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #2 – in progress
12/5/2016

I’m about a third of the way done with clue #2 but I’ve got a third half done and another third cut and ready to go. Once that last third is done, I’ll have to do a final count because I think that will put me at finished or very close to finished.  I hope to get these completed by Friday for our next clue.

Linky on Bonnie’s page.

Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Maker Monday!

Celtic Solstice chunking in process 12/5/2016

Celtic Solstice
chunking in process
12/5/2016

Last week’s to do list:

  • Celtic Solstice – attach pairs of the 4-blocks together. There will be 12 of them.
    • done
  • Scrapitude 2016 – continue working on these as my leaders/enders between other projects.
    • done
  • Provence – piece pairs together.
    • done
  • Area One 2012 Mystery Quilt – now that Bonnie’s mystery started for the season, I’m putting this project on the back burner.  I probably will not get started on this again until after Bonnie’s reveal in January.
  • En Provence –  Bonnie’s 2016 Mystery – work on the first clue and play!
    • done!!!
  • Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! – work on the borders.  I picked up the kit when I came back from Colorado but haven’t gotten around to actually doing anything with it.
    • not done!
  • Missing Ivy – I still need to do this but I have to call and schedule time on the long arm.  So that’s the next step.
    • not done

So this week, here’s my target:

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Check out more at  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and  Monday Making and  Ems-scrapbag

Have a great week!

~Melanie

En Provence, Clue #1

 

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Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt En Provence 1 of many 11/27/2016

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
1 of many
11/27/2016

I actually am halfway through the number we need to do for the first clue and I’m hoping to get the rest of them completed before the next clue is released on Friday.  I’m enjoying the neutral on neutral and the bits of color that come through.  I’ve also got a good groove for this first clue.  In the past, I’d try to go through each step in full before moving to the next step.  Meaning, I would cut all the 2″ strips I’d need for all the 4 patches.  Then I’d piece all the strips together, press, then cut all the 2″ strips, piece, and press.  I would get bored and tired.  This time I did things differently.  As I posted yesterday, I went through my smaller scrap bin and pulled the colors I needed.  I used those neutrals first and pressed and cut 2″ strips of anything that would fit 2″.  Then I pieced them together.  Then I went through my larger scrap bin and pulled those neutrals.  I pressed them, cut 2″ strips of the set I pieced together previously, and cut 2″ strips of the smaller scraps (generally under a 12″) that I pulled from the larger scrap bin.  And then pieced all the things I could piece together.  So I had some 4 patches, some pairs of 2″ strips pieced together, and my leaders and enders for scrapitude and a block I pieced together for Provence.  I tend to do a bit at a time so I don’t get bored and I work on multiple projects at the same time.  Then when I’ve pieced everything I could piece, I snip and take everything to my pressing table aka the ironing board.   I think for the first run through I only had 7 – 4 patches.  But then I went through the larger scraps and fat quarters, and ended up with half of what I needed.  Now I need to press some of my quarter yards of neutrals and start working on those.

I know it sounds confusing because words are hard but know that I’m no longer trying to do each step at a time.  I simply do as much as I’m mentally capable of doing (before getting bored or tired) then move to the next step of the process.

I hope to get these completed by Friday for our next clue.

Linky on Bonnie’s page.

Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Maker Monday!

Celtic Solstice The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down. 11/28/2016

Celtic Solstice
The sides and bottoms are all done and here it is with all the blocks laid down.
11/28/2016

As I get going on this year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery, I’m also finishing up the top from her 2013 mystery quilt.  This still has a few ways to go since I’ve still got the borders to do.  But I’m going to try to make this my first finish of 2017.  Of course, that means I have to do what I plan to do in December. ;0

Last week’s to do list:

  • Celtic Solstice – attach the right sides (5) and the bottoms (4) and the odd one in the corner (1)
    • done!  woohoo… I can feel the finish coming… 🙂
  • Scrapitude 2016 – Okay so I’ve been very good at getting the first step done as my leaders/enders for Celtic Solstice but since I’ve been back I’m slowly running out of one of the needed pieces for the first step.  I’m not sure if I put away the baggie with these pieces (and I’ll need to look around for them) or if I just didn’t cut enough originally (totally possible) or if Charlotte didn’t tell us to cut enough (I don’t think so because she did make updates throughout the progress and I don’t remember seeing her say anything about this particular piece.  So I need to do some research on this one.
    • Okay so I found the little baggy with the missing pieces.  They fell off the side of my sewing table!  I continued to piece these on as my leaders/enders while I worked on other things.
  • Provence – I need to figure out what the next step is.
    • done!  I laid out my blocks and was wondering how I was to cut my side and corner triangles.  I didn’t see the instructions.  I found them with the cutting instructions (so obvious, right?)!  Anyway I posted about my progress and issues here and now I need to piece the rows together and buy another yard of fabric for the side triangles.
  • Area One 2012 Mystery Quilt – do one of the kits
    • done!  I’ll post an update with pics tomorrow.
  • En Provence –  Bonnie’s 2016 Mystery – Retrieve the first clue on Friday and hopefully have time to get started on it!
    • done!  Well, I haven’t finished the clue but I retrieved it and I got started on it! 🙂

So this week, here’s my target:

  • Celtic Solstice – attach pairs of the 4-blocks together. There will be 12 of them.
  • Scrapitude 2016 – continue working on these as my leaders/enders between other projects.
  • Provence – piece pairs together.
  • Area One 2012 Mystery Quilt – now that Bonnie’s mystery started for the season, I’m putting this project on the back burner.  I probably will not get started on this again until after Bonnie’s reveal in January.
  • En Provence –  Bonnie’s 2016 Mystery – work on the first clue and play!
  • Have yourself a quilty little Christmas! – work on the borders.  I picked up the kit when I came back from Colorado but haven’t gotten around to actually doing anything with it.
  • Missing Ivy – I still need to do this but I have to call and schedule time on the long arm.  So that’s the next step.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Check out more at  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and  Monday Making and  Ems-scrapbag

Have a great week!

~Melanie

#BFSI and #TGIF

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Ours was small but we had Turkey, family, and friends so it was nothing to complain about! 🙂

Today I am not braving the malls.  I am trying to get myself motivated to go to yoga in a bit.  I’m still in a food coma from all the goodies I ate yesterday so it’s REALLY hard for me.  I also really don’t want to drive in any traffic!  … can you sense that I’m trying to talk myself into not going! ;0  I really need to go… My goal this year is to go 3x a week.

And in addition to yoga, I want to get a couple of hours of study time.  I need to set a goal for this too.  I noticed that if I try to do the whole year, it’s too much and overwhelming.  So I need to think and decide what my next step is and the timeframe I want to complete that next step.

Then it’s all play time.  I’ve still got Tell It To The Stars on the frame and I’m about half way through quilting the background.  I need to get through this quickly if I want to have it bound and washed to give away for Christmas.  And I have a feeling I may need it done sooner to give it to the person before hand.  If it isn’t done, I’ll just have to set it aside for another time.  I hate rushing and my quilting needs a lot of work.

The other thing I want to do today is check out the first step for Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt.  I’ll play along but I’m not going to spend too much time on it.  Like I said in past posts, I like the community and I want to play but not enough to actually put all the fabric I will need into it.  I’ll just cut a few strips to do the first step and that’s it.

The next thing on my list is to cut more fabric for Scrapitude 2016.  I pulled the lights out of my stash and now I’ve got to go through and separate them by light and very light and start cutting. 🙂  I truly do not want to do this but I’m forcing myself to.  I ENJOYED Scrapitude last year and the best part was sewing all the pre-cut pieces together.  I want to recreate the experience for this quilt-a-long.  It means I’ll have to work more now and I’m okay with that.

Next is Raining Cats and Dogs and I don’t know what else.  I will be knitting later during the game.  I finished step #7 of Missing Ivy yesterday and I don’t want to go to the next step right now.  I can also cross stitch if I’ve got the urge.  I think that’s enough for today.  If I still want to do more, I’ll have to figure it out if I’ve got time. 🙂

I’m so thankful for having the next few days to just do what I want to do – play with fabric!

Happy quilting friends… time to go to yoga! ;0

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WIPs Be Gone

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Happy Quilting Friends!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 41, 2014

 

Moon Glow Block 11 - Sea of Knowledge October 12, 2014

Moon Glow
Block 11 – Sea of Knowledge
October 12, 2014

Here’s where I’m at with Moon Glow for the moment.  I was able to get all the foundation piecing done yesterday and now all I’ve got to do is piece all of these together along with the corners to make it a square.  Then applique on the center.  I’m not sure I’ll have the wherewithal to do hand applique after everything else so my goal today is to get every done up until that point. I’ll leave the hand applique for next weekend.

For my stash report: Nothing Used, Nothing Added….

It seems like its the same mantra every weekend but my office is a few blocks away from my LQS and on the days I go in to the office, I have to talk myself out of going to the LQS.  EVERY TIME!  This is the time of year when I’m really busy with work or family or life and I do not get the quilt as much as I’d like so at times like these, I generally turn to buying fabric.  As one of my old guildmates up north would say, “It’s okay! It’s my retirement savings plan!”  lol.  It’s the space really.  I’ve used up all my storage space.  ;0

Used this week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 21.5 yards
Added this week: 7 yards
Added Year to Date: 81.4 yards
Net Added for 2014: 59.9 yards

 

Grand Illusion

And if you haven’t heard already, I jumped on Bonnie Hunter’s page yesterday and saw that she gave the fabric instructions for this year’s mystery quilt!  Woohoo!  Time to go to Lowes for those painting cards and then I can go through my scraps and my fabric bins.  This year the colors are yellow, pink, turquoise, and green along with Black and White.  I can probably find pink and turquoise in my stash but I’ll probably need to purchase more yellow, green, black and white.  I’m so excited!  I love this time of year.  I’m no where close to finishing up Celtic Solstice.  I left it at step 5.  As my BOMs taper off my monthly goal list, that will find itself back onto the priority list at some point.

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~gone quilting!

Melanie

Black Friday Sew In – #BFSI

It’s time!  The first clue to Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt is up!  I am sew excited! 🙂

But first on the docket – I really need to get going on the hand quilt.  and I need to get a bit of work done on Raining Cats and Dogs.  And Finally, I need to get Block 4 done for Hampton Ridge.  I got the November kit on Wednesday so all I need to do is get Block 4 done and then I will still be caught up.  And then, and only then, will I let myself start on step 1 of Celtic Solstice.

Sprinkle in a yoga class in a few hours, some time to eat, check emails and maybe get a couple of hours work in AND a bit of online Christmas shopping and we’re gold for the day.

I’m hanging out with Pam and Daisy who are both hosting Black Friday Sew In (#BFSI) on Twitter.  If you’re sewing or quilting, check it out!

~Playing with fabric today!

Melanie