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TGIF, 4/15/2016

So apparently it has been a couple of weeks since my last TGIFF post.  During that time, I finished binding Scrapitude!  Woot Woot!!!

Scrapitude 4/3/2016

Scrapitude
4/3/2016

And I finished the top of Raining Cats and Dogs!

Raining Cats and Dogs Finished Top 4/10/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
Finished Top
4/10/2016

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Happy Quilting Friends!

Melanie

TGIF, 3/18/2016

What a wonderful day!

I’ve got a number of things juggling around.  I decided to start helping out more with the guilds that I’m a part of.  So for SFVQA, I’ve joined the Quilt Tour committee.  The first meeting is next Wednesday but basically, members get to check out other members’ sewing spaces.  I’m sure it’s more involved than that but I enjoy seeing how other people use and design their spaces.  I usually get a bunch of ideas just looking at pictures online.

Second, I joined the SFVQA Strip Club.  I think they just started it and every month there’s a color, people sign up and depending on how many people sign up will determine how many strips of that color you bring to the next meeting. For this round, its 31 yellow strips! I just ransacked my fabric stash and yellow is not a color I’ve got.  Well, I take that back, I do not have yards of yellow.  So I need to go to the quilt shop and buy enough fabric for 31 – 2.5″ yellow strips which is about 2-1/4 yards.  Luckily the sew in for Valley MQG is on Saturday at my favorite LQS, Quilt Emporium.

For TGIF, I finished putting border #1 on Raining Cats and Dogs!

Raining Cats and Dogs Border #1 finished 3/18/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
Border #1 finished
3/18/2016

Almost there!  Just 1 more border and the top is done!

I’ve also picked the binding for scrapitude and I’ll be working on getting that on.  I don’t think I’ll be working on it at the sew in.  It’s too unwieldy.  I’m also not sure I want to work on the next step for Celtic Solstice.  Well, I think I’ll bring Celtic Solstice and Missing Ivy.

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Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Happy Quilting Friends!

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 3/16/2016

Happy Wednesday!

Scrapitude trimmed just needs a binding on it 3/16/2016

Scrapitude
trimmed
just needs a binding on it
3/16/2016

 

All I had time to do last night was to trim Scrapitude.  I needed to bring it to my mini group meeting so trimmed, it’s passable.  Now all I need to do is to go through my stash and find a good binding to go with it.  That will need to be done this weekend since that will involve pulling out my fabric bins and no one’s got time for that!

Until that happens, I’ll be working on getting the 3 other sides of border #1 attached to Raining Cats and Dogs!

Raining Cats and dogs Border #1 - one side attached 3/15/2016

Raining Cats and dogs
Border #1 –
one side attached
3/15/2016

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~Here’s to a great week!

Melanie

Raining Cats and Dogs, an update on borders

Raining Cats and dogs Border #1 -  one side attached 3/15/2016

Raining Cats and dogs
Border #1 –
one side attached
3/15/2016

I spent a bit of time working on border #1 of raining cats and dogs.

I’m trying to be more precise and not do the hack and sew method. I don’t know if that’s what it’s called but I’m talking about the where you sew a long piece of border to a side and trim and then repeat at each border. I didn’t realize that this will distort the borders until I started quilting on Bailey, my mid arm.  For some reason, I’ve been seeing and hearing long armers more and more talking about how to prep your quit if you send it off to long arm.  Between a podcast (Daisy’s Lazy Daisy Quilts) and some bloggers I follow and even a recent Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting, I keep getting information and each long armer has different preferences so it’s important to know what your long armer’s preferences are.  I haven’t sent my quilts to a long armer before so they never had to deal with my quilts.  But hearing what they had to say made me realize some of my issues when quilting.  Anyway, now I’m trying to improve my technique in applying my borders onto my quilt and the first step is in the way I cut them.  I cut strips for Raining Cats and Dogs’ border #1 and pieced each strip together.  I measured one side of the quilt and cut the long strip of border to the measured side.  Then I pinned and sewed.  I’ve only got one side on but I’m hoping to get the other three on by the end of the week.

I was having trouble measuring the fabric so I could cut it accurately.  I do not have a big enough space in my sewing room to be precise.  Now that I write this, I guess I could have gone out and used the dining table.  I’ll try that when I do the next 3 sides.  But for the first side I measured it to be 46 1/8″ and I did my best to cut the border accurately.  Like I said I need to be more precise.  I pinned but it looked like I was about 1/8″ too long.  I sewed it on and it was a bit too long.  I still need to trim the bit of excess.  Is that still considered hack and wack or whatever?  I’m not sure.  Let me know how you do it.  I have a feeling I was trying to do this when I was tired and my brain wasn’t functioning right!

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~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 5, 2016

Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!  Here are the numbers…

For the fabric stash:
  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 0 yards
  • Net for 2016: 0 yards
For the Budget:

Spent this week: $0.00

Spent year to date: $1504.22

For the yarn stash:

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to date: 0 yards

Added this week: 0 yards

Added year to date: 0 yards

Net for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to practice my hand quilting.  Last week, I finished all the hand work for Block 7 of Raining Cats and Dogs!  And that as I mentioned in many posts this week, it was the final block of this top.  Here are the pics again for those who didn’t catch the previous posts this week:

Raining Cats And Dogs Block 7 Final 1/24/2016

Raining Cats And Dogs
Block 7
Final
1/24/2016

 

Raining Cats and Dogs All blocks laid out on the design floor 1/24/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
All blocks
laid out on the design floor
1/24/2016

Please be patient with me.. there’s not much craftiness going on here this week.  Everything was disorganized after Road and all my scrapbook stuff was all over the floor in my sewing room.  I spent most of yesterday cleaning and organizing and now I can walk in my room.  I also got the SewEZ table on Friday so I put it together and I LOVE It!  I haven’t yet had a chance to play with it but I plan to do something crafty today.

Here’s the mess:

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Here’s the SewEZ all set up.  Keep in mind this is the Grande so while it’s not permanent like a piece of Koala furniture, it’s not meant to go with me to a workshop or sew in.

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see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Hand work: a finish, woohoo!!!

RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

This week I finished getting all the black embroidered on.  When I started working on it, I realized there wasn’t that much I needed to do so I finished the last bit of embroidery, which was just the pink chain stitched cat collars.

Here’s a pic of where I left off on my last post on this:

 

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And here it is now:

Raining Cats And Dogs Block 7 Final 1/24/2016

Raining Cats And Dogs
Block 7
Final
1/24/2016

Here is a close up of the chain stitching:

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And now all the blocks are finished for Raining Cats and Dogs!  Woohoo!

I posted a pic of all the blocks laid out on my design floor but it’s so lovely, I must post it again! 🙂

Raining Cats and Dogs All blocks laid out on the design floor 1/24/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
All blocks
laid out on the design floor
1/24/2016

Now the next question… what will I do for hand work now that I’m done with the hand work for Raining Cats and Dogs?  I’ll take a week off to enjoy this moment and ponder this.

~Happy Tuesday!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 4, 2016

Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

I was at Road2CA this week and I’ve already posted that I spent a ton of money.  As I was going through the days, I spent money on parking, food, etc.  They were non quilty related but related to being at the show.  That totaled to being $353 for the week.  That’s most of my Road allowance.  It’s nice to know this info so I can budget more accurately for next year but I’m not adding it to my craft expense for the year.  I am adding class fees and material fees for the classes I took and ALL the shopping I did.  And for the week the grand total is $1489.50.  WOW!  Don’t tell the hubby.  Anyway, the bulk of it was due to the SewEZ table and the batting I purchased. Both of which I’ve been eyeing for quite a few years.  They’re not impulse buys. So, the SewEZ table is a one time expense and the batting will last me a good while.

Spent this week: $1489.50

Spent year to date: $1504.22

I also didn’t buy more yarn, And I didn’t finish anything yet.

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to continue working on Raining Cats and Dogs.  Last week, I worked on embroidering the the gray embroidery of the cats’ eyes and wording. Today I’ll work on the black embroidery.

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see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Hand work, an update

RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

This week I got all the gray part embroidered on.

Here’s a pic of where I left off on my last post on this:

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And here it is now:

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In addition to the window, I have all the words finished and the blue cats’ eyes satin stitched on.

Here are some close ups:

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Not sure if the pics help any but there you are.  Next step is to embroider the black parts.

~Happy Tuesday!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 3, 2016

Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

Another woohoo!  I didn’t spend any money this week on crafty stuff!

Spent this week: $0.00

Spent year to date: $14.72

I also didn’t buy more yarn, And I didn’t finish anything yet.

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to continue working on Raining Cats and Dogs.  Last week, I worked on embroidering the gray floss on the windows.  Today, I’ll work on getting all the gray floss embroidered on and maybe even start working on the next color to embroider.

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see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Hand work

RAINING CATS AND DOGS!

I’m working on the embroidery part of the final block of Raining Cats and Dogs!  I’m so close to being finished, I can smell it! 🙂

I like to have my little projects in these work baggies.  They could be ziploc bags or, since this project started out as a BOM and each month came in a bag, I just used the bag it came in.

 

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It makes it handy to store, handy to grab and go, etc.  Everything I need is in the little bag.  All the thread for the project.  The correct needles (I have one for applique and another one for embroidery.)  And I have my applique scissors.  I love little scissors.  I usually keep my eye out whenever I go to a quilt shop or show for cute ones to add to my collection.  I have a bunch just stashed in projects around.  It’s always such a treat when I find one in a project I hadn’t worked on in awhile.  Something to know when keeping bags… I’ve heard it’s not good to keep fabric in bags for an extensive length of time.  I don’t know if it’s true but I do know it’s true for photos so I imagine it might be true for fabric too.  This is why I only keep current projects in bags.  I know I’ll be working on it pretty regularly.  All of my UFOs that I’m not currently working on are in bins.

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I take all the crap out of the bag and get myself organized.

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I found this blue plastic hoop at a shop while doing the SoCal quilt run last year and I absolutely love it.  I used the wooden ones forever and screwing the thing on and off was a nuisance.  It wasn’t a big deal but when I saw this hoop, it is just a squeeze to put on and a squeeze to take off.  I had to get it to try it out.

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Here’s a picture of it when it isn’t on a project. As you can see, simple squeeze of those metal things and it easily goes on and off.  I only have 1 so I keep transferring it between projects.  Maybe if I happen to remember and see it again, I’ll buy another so I don’t have to keep moving it between my cross stitch project and my hand embroidery project. 🙂  It is absolutely worth  the $6 or so I spent on it.

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Here’s a close up of the tiny stem stitch that the project called for.  I’m not an expert on embroidery but with this BOM I’ve used tiny stem stitch, satin stitch, and the running stitch a lot.  I think those are the ones I’m most familiar with.  Any others and I need to check it out on youtube and practice before I attempt it on my projects.

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And here’s the final block so far with both windows embroidered…

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… a close up of my work…

~Happy Tuesday!

Melanie