Tag Archives: month by month

WIP Wednesday – 3/4/2015

Month by Month on the mid arm 2/28/2015

Month by Month on the mid arm
2/28/2015

For WIP Wednesday, I’ve got Month by Month still on the quilt frame.  I haven’t had a chance to do anything.  Well, I could have done it on Sunday but as I said previously I didn’t do it.  So now its Wednesday and no progress on that front.  I did go to the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild meeting Monday night and I won a super door prize!  Here’s what I got:

QuiltCon 2015 goodie bag

QuiltCon 2015
goodie bag

And all this loot!

And all this loot!

I love all my goodies!  I don’t know what I’m going to do with everything but I’ll figure it out.  What’s nice is that but I’m not even a member yet.  I was just checking it out.  The drive wasn’t too bad but the parking was horrible!  I almost parked in a no parking spot because it was just too confusing and I wasn’t sure whether I could park there or not.  I’m still not sure but I went somewhere else just to be on the safe side.  There also wasn’t enough places to sit so I had to stand for almost 3 hours.  Despite all of that I think I’ll join and really give it a try for a year.  ;0

 

See more WIPs at … WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

 

Manic Monday – 3/2/2015

I must have done too much on Saturday because I woke up Sunday morning with the worse back pain.  It was cold (for LA at least) and overcast.  Later in the afternoon it started raining.  I whine because I didn’t quilt on Bailey.  The new mid arm is set up in the garage and it’s ready for me to quilt on with Month by Month actually in the frame.  But my quilt mojo was not with me today.  I wanted to do something.  But my top three projects were in various degrees of “I can’t do anything right now”.. Scrapitude is waiting on the next clue. Tell It To The Stars is done and is in queue for quilting.  Month by Month is in the quilt frame.  So – I was in a mood.  I could go to the next WIP – Moon Glow – but I’m not ready to do that.  I think I want Month by Month to actually be finished before I put a new project on my Work on NOW list. So I worked on the Bucket Bag for the Basic Bag Making Class on Craftsy that has been on my list for the last couple of months.  I convinced my daughter to work on it with me and she actually did .. until she got tired and I finished it up for her.  But she got to pick her fabric.  Cut (she’s 13 so she can cut), press, and sew.  But now I’ve got two bags to show for it.  And at 1.5 yards each, that’s 3 yards used! woohoo!  I’m getting closer and closer to the black.

Melanie's Bucket Bag 3/1/15

Melanie’s Bucket Bag
3/1/15

Kayla's Bucket Bag 3/1/2015

Kayla’s Bucket Bag
3/1/2015

 

Can I still post on BOMs Away?  I don’t know but here’s another pic of Month by Month on the quilt frame.  And that can be an update on my BOM project –

Month by Month on the mid arm 2/28/2015

Month by Month on the mid arm
2/28/2015

 

Check out more finished BOMs at 

For Design Wall Monday…

Design Wall 3/2/2015

Design Wall
3/2/2015

My design wall is empty.  That’s what happens after  two tops are finished.  I am thinking of piecing the left over fabric from Tell It To The Stars and using it as a back.  I plan to watch Creative Quilt Backs on Craftsy for inspiration.  That will probably go up on the design wall next.  Afterwards, the plan is to take Moon Glow out of hiding and put the finished blocks on the design wall.

See more design walls at Patchworktimes.com

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 9, 2015

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I got the quilt frame put together and Bailey up on it.  I also got Month by Month on it.  It took me all afternoon yesterday to get it going and by the time I was done putting everything together, I was too tired to tackle the machine and actually quilting.  That’s my plan for tomorrow.  I’m really excited and I hope things go smoothly.

Finally finishes to count!  The secret project is done and I’m counting the top for Tell It To The Stars now.  I could count Month by Month now too but I’ll do that when it is off the quilt frame and bounded.  That’s a total of 9 yards used this week.  But I had to add fabric for the backing of Month by Month.  I bought 5.25 yards.  I wanted 6 to be safe but I bought the end of the bolt so 5.25 it was.  And I stuck to my intentions and got clearance fabric.

Used this week: 9 yards
Used year to Date: -23.25 yards
Added this week: 5 yards
Added Year to Date: 29.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 6.5 yards

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

TGIF, 2/27/2015

WIPs Be Gone

WIP Status:

1. Month by Month – 

Month by Month  Finished Top 2/26/2015

Month by Month
Finished Top
2/26/2015

I finished the top. I still need to press it and trim the borders.  That will be another day.  Maybe tonight.  I’ll be going to the quilt shop to get backing and I REALLY want to start working on the MidArm this weekend.  I hope I can get out early enough to set it up today so that I can start messing around first thing in the morning.

This is the second finished top this week! Woohoo!  I’d like to quilt this one this weekend, get some practice and then get Tell It To The Stars quilted next weekend.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 2/25/2015

Month by Month with side borders 2/25/15

Month by Month
with side borders
2/25/15

For WIP Wednesday I’m working on the border for Month by Month.  I picked fabric from stash so I’m happy about that.  Since this is my practice quilt – both being my first machine pieced project began in 2007 but never finished… The project may have called for a border but I don’t think so.  Looking at it I felt that it needed something to border it.  Since I used what I had in stash I basically took the piece I liked and just determined how much I needed for each side and then used math to figure out how wide the borders should be.  My goal is to get the border done by this weekend so I can go to the quilt shop and get backing.  I do not have enough fabric in my stash for backing.  I’m planning to stick to the sale section for the backing of this quilt.

My goal is to start working with the MidArm this weekend.

See more WIPs at … WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

 

Manic Monday – 2/23/2015

Tell It To The Stars Top Finished 2/22/2015

Tell It To The Stars
Top Finished
2/22/2015

I got the secret project done over the weekend and was in such a roll that I finished the final border for Tell It To The Stars.  I had a difficult time getting the full quilt in one shot so here are a couple more with the sides…

Tell It To The Stars Top Finished 2/22/2015

Tell It To The Stars
Top Finished
2/22/2015

 

Tell It To The Stars Top Finished 2/22/2015

Tell It To The Stars
Top Finished
2/22/2015

It helped that it rained all day.  That’s the thing with Southern CA.  One day it’s cold, the next it’s in the 80’s.  Well today it was raining off and on all day.  And I hate to drive or do anything in the rain.  There are too many crazy drivers who do not know how to drive in the rain.  😦  So I didn’t run any of the errands that was on my to do list – they will just have to wait another day.  Instead I stayed home, quilted the secret project and pieced the final border.  It was a nice day today.

Check out more finished BOMs at 

For Design Wall Monday…

Design Wall 2/16/15

Design Wall
2/16/15

Next up – put together borders on Month by Month, currently on the design wall.  I’ll be going through stash for those and hopefully I find something that works.  This is primarily a practice quilt so I do not want to spend money on fabric when I just want to add a border.  I may need to buy backing fabric though as I do not want to go through the hassle of piecing together a back.  Once that is done, I’m going to put together the mid-arm and start learning how to use it with this quilt.  

See more design walls at Patchworktimes.com

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 8, 2015

I received 3 yards of backing for the secret project.  So I’ve added some.  I know I bought way too much fabric for this quilt but I didn’t like how it was turning out and had to get the right fabric for it.  I’d searched the LQS’s in my area but couldn’t find anything so I turned to the online options.  Unfortunately, sometimes you buy things and when they arrive the fabric (while pretty) isn’t the right shade.  😦  So I have to buy something else.  Part of me wants to start a new project with the leftovers.  But my goal this year is to stay with consistent and committed to finishing one project at a time and that means I cannot start something new right now.  And I’ve got a list of projects to finish before I can start something new. We’ll see if my creative self listens to my logical self.  🙂  It’s already February and I haven’t started something new yet so things are starting on the right foot this year.  Then again, it’s only February.  Now is the time to do a small project to give myself the sense of something new but still have it done in one weekend so it doesn’t become another UFO.

Even though I’ve added I’ll be having some finishes soon.  This project will be done this afternoon and while the top to Tell It To The Stars will probably be finished this week (I’ve only got 3 sides of the final border left to do.)  I do not want to quilt it on Bailey, my mid arm, until I’ve practiced a bit.  So I’m going to add borders to my Month by Month quilt and use that as my practice quilt.  I may add the finished top to Tell It To The Stars since it is a finished top.  I’ll just have to remember to only add the backing and the binding when I actually finish it completely.  We’ll see how that goes.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: -14.25 yards
Added this week: 3 yards
Added Year to Date: 24.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 10.5 yards

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Not so Manic Monday – 2/16/2015

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Happy President’s Day!  Today is not a work day for me and I’m so excited.  We had a great weekend with Valentine’s Day, the hubby’s birthday and now today – a non work day!  We have tentative plans to go to the outlets and down by the beach for crab for lunch or an early dinner.  But we had a late night so the rest of the family is still in bed.  I can’t stay in bed past 8am so here I am catching up on some sewing time before everyone wakes up.  We’ll see if they still want to go out when they do wake up.

I have a few fruit trees in our back yard.  I harvested the grapefruits yesterday and tried to give them away to our friends.  Unfortunately no one wants them.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do with them?  My dad loves grapefruit and I would love to ship these to him but my mom says that it’s not good for him.  Some thing about high blood pressure…  So let me know if you’ve got any ideas.  If I do not pick them now, they’ll just be on the ground and I hate to see good fruit go to waste like that.

Now that I’m done with Clue #2 of Scrapitude and I’ve finished the top for the secret project, I’m ready to pull out Tell It To The Stars.

Tell It To The Stars Border #3 is on 2/9/15

Tell It To The Stars
Border #3 is on
2/9/15

I still have the 4th side of Border #4 and then I can move on to the final border (#5).

Check out more finished BOMs at 

 

For Design Wall Monday…

 

Design Wall 2/16/15

Design Wall
2/16/15

I’ve got the month by month project from 2006 or 2007.  I need to figure out what border(s) I want and then I will set this up on Bailey, the mid arm, for me to practice on.  I want to get comfortable with the machine and then use it to quilt Tell It To The Stars afterwards.

See more design walls at Patchworktimes.com

And… my sewing room is clean…

IMG_5922 IMG_5923 … or as clean as it can be right now.  You can’t tell but the floor is clear too.

Have a great week!

~Melanie