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Road 2016

So my final thoughts on Road…

It took me awhile to get this up and next week it’s already QuiltCon.  But I wanted to get this in here before I forget.  I kind of want a refresher when I start looking at classes in July.

First, I enjoy shows and I love taking classes.

I hope I can make this an annual event for me.  I debate between Road and PIQF every year.  I don’t think I could afford to do both and I want the consistency of attending the same one year after year.  Well, I believe QuiltCon West will be in Pasadena every other years so maybe I can go to PIQF the years we don’t have QuiltCon. I’ll have to check if my budget will allow me to do this but I definitely want to do Road every year.

Here are some guidelines for next year:

#1- Definitely staying at a hotel near the area is a must.  I enjoyed not to having to drive back and forth each day.  I enjoyed the feeling of community with the other ladies staying.  This year I stayed at Ontario Inn and Suites.  it’s not within walking distance of the convention center but it’s only about 1-2 miles.  So it’s a fraction of the cost of the hotels closer to the show.  I still have to pay for parking but between hotel and parking, it’s still cheaper than staying anywhere closer.

#2- Ask anyone at my guilds if they want to go too, we could share a room and/or carpool.

#3- Once I’m parked at the show, Uber to and fro if I need to. For example on Thursday, my class schedule was classes in the morning, a long break, and then an evening class.  I had to leave the show to check in at the hotel, and then get back to the show for the evening class.  That meant I paid twice for parking.  I thought about Ubering from the hotel to the evening class but I’m not familiar with the area and whether there would be an uber nearby at 10 at night.  I didn’t want to risk it.  Afterward, I figured I could have left my car at the show Ubered to the hotel to check in and a short nap and then Ubered it back to the show before the evening class.  Well, I would have to get the fare estimate to see if that method would be cheaper or if paying twice for parking would be cheaper.  But it’s an idea.

#4- Stash a cooler in the car.  We can’t bring outside food into the convention center but I could always leave and eat in the car.  This would save me a ton of money I’d rather spend on quilty stuff.  I know, there were still ladies who brought outside food inside and I guess I could do that.  We’ll see if I have the gumption to do that when the time comes.

#5- Take technique classes, not necessarily project classes. I enjoy taking classes but I don’t want UFOs.  So, I look for techniques I want to learn.  Register early for classes!

#6- Take classes where I can try different long arm machines .. this year, I tried the HQ Avante this year and would like to try others next year.  I don’t know if I’ll be in a position to seriously buy one next year but I’d like to do my research.

 

Manic Monday – 1/26/2015

For BOM Away Monday, Flowers and Baskets is officially a done deal!

Flowers and Baskets Finished! 1/25/2015

Flowers and Baskets
Finished!
1/25/2015

 

Quilted, bound, and labeled!  I still have to wash it but DD is doing her laundry so I’m next in line.  I’m working on a small bag project that should be done soon and then I’ll get going on the final clue for Tell It To The Stars.

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For Design Wall Monday…

It’s still a secret so here is a picture of more things I bought at Road2CA.

Bloc Loc Rulers HST Set #1 1/24/2015

Bloc Loc Rulers
HST Set #1
purchased at Road2CA 1/24/2015

I’ve been wanting these forever!  Well since PIQF 2013.  I bought the 6.5″ HST ruler at the time and was mad at myself for not getting the whole set.  Well, I’ve realized since that I love the one I had originally purchased and life would be so much easier if I bought the other sizes so I don’t have to keep moving the ruler up and down my smaller HSTs. My challenge now is that it doesn’t fit in my current ruler holder (I can’t fit any more rulers in their) and I need a system where I won’t lose the small 1.5″ ruler.  Any ideas? In the meantime, I need to update my wish list

Grommets for more bags! purchased at Road2CA 1/24/2015

Grommets for more bags!
purchased at Road2CA
1/24/2015

I also bought grommets to make more bags… Do you think I’m starting a new phase in my life?  Last year I was knitting, this year I’m trying to make bags.  Hopefully I’ll find use for these.  I think so based on the number of bag projects I want to do.

See more design walls at Patchworktimes.com

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 4, 2015

My New Featherweight 1/24/15

My New Featherweight
1/24/15

I couldn’t restrain myself.  At Road2CA I found this little baby at a price I could not say no to.  I don’t have to clean it up or deal with broken bits.  I can thread it, plug it in, and start sewing.  I actually haven’t had the nerve yet but once I get through the awe of actually having one of my own, I’ll get going on it.  I made a bunch of purchases yesterday and I’ll be showing them off over the week.  But I want to spend the rest of the day working on a project so here’s the stash report:

I used half a yard on the little pin cushion I finished last Sunday  –

Pincushion 1/19/2015

Pincushion
1/19/2015

But I added yardage from Road2CA.  In previous shows, corduroy fabric was my fabric.  I first saw it at the Long Beach Quilt Show in 2012 and at every show and quilt shop since, I keep an eye out for it.  Now, my LQS carries a bit of it so.  I have a Corduroy quilt I’m working but I love the fabric so every time I see a different one, I buy a bit of it.  I didn’t see any at Road2CA this year.  Which made me sad at first.  Until I saw Moda’s Linen and now I am loving Moda’s Linen.  I do not know if I’m loving Moda’s Linen or linen in general but now I’ve got my eye out for linen.  So I’ve got 5.25 to add to my stash.

Moda's Linen

Moda’s Linen

In addition, I bought a kit.  I know I said no kits but I want to start making bags and bag kits are going to help me start learning how to actually do this.  It’s bad enough that I often cannot understand the patterns but to have to gather all the materials makes it really hard to get started.  So – I bought 1 kit to try it out.  (I have 1 kit here at home that I know of and maybe more stashed away).  I WILL get to it at some point.  I’m not sure how much yardage is in here but from the supply list I’ll round it to 2 yards.

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I’m almost done with Flowers and Baskets – only the binding left to do so that will help with my numbers soon. In the meantime:

Used this week: .5 yards
Used year to Date: 7.5 yards
Added this week: 7.25 yards
Added Year to Date: 20.25 yards
Net Added for 2015: 12.75 yards

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Road2CA here I come…

Flowers and Baskets All quilted 1/24/15

Flowers and Baskets
All quilted
1/24/15

First, I finished quilting all of Flowers and Baskets – woohoo!  Now all I need is the binding.  I have enough of the purple border fabric left over to use that as fabric but I’m not sure I like that look.  I’m thinking about putting black.  I was going to go to LQS yesterday but I was afraid I’d buy more than binding fabric and I’m going to Road2CA today so I didn’t want to use any of the money I budgeted for it. 🙂

Off to Road… will check back tomorrow will all my loot! 🙂

Happy quilting everyone!

~Melanie

 

 

TGIF, 1/23/2015

WIPs Be Gone

WIP Status:

 1. Flowers and Baskets – Finished quilting two of the four borders. I probably would have gotten more done but I ran out of bobbin thread.  I’ll try to get the other two borders done tonight.  I noticed that I run out of steam after one border so I’ll be pushing myself.  But I want to get this baby done so I can work on Tell It To The Stars next.  I did go through my drawer where Flowers and Baskets was hiding before I pulled it out to quilt and I have fabric.  It’s the same fabric as the border.  I think this was just left over fabric.  I was going to use it as my binding but I don’t think I’ll like it.  Since the quilt is already off the machine, I think I’ll take it to the LQS to get fabric for the binding.  This quilt was a BOM a couple of years ago (okay more like 4) so I’m sure they would love to see the almost finished project.

Flowers and Baskets  in the machine 1/19/2015

Flowers and Baskets
in the machine
1/19/2015

Road to California in Ontario is this week.  I wanted to attend classes and workshops like I did at PIQF in 2013 but I still have a bunch of UFOs from the classes I attended then.  So I held off.  I can always go to PIQF this year if I wanted to, or go to Road to CA next year.  So I am not attending classes.  But I want to check out the quilts and visit the vendors to see what’s new. So that’s tomorrow!  I’m super excited about it.  Unlike PIQF and the Long Beach Quilt Show, I will not be buying kits.  I’ve got a bunch of kits that is still waiting for me to get to.  I will be looking for tools, stuff for bag-making, batting, and if I happen to find fabric I love – then fabric.  I generally do not buy fabric at shows because I get overwhelmed with the selection but I have an idea now of what my two LQS generally have and what they do not have so I think I have more of a discerning eye this time around.  We’ll see.  I have to keep in mind that in a few months, we’ll be having our SoCal Shop Hop and I know I’ll be buying fabric and things there too so unlike previous shows I’ve been to, I’m not there just to buy whatever takes my fancy!

Happy Quilting everyone!
Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 1/21/2015

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

Scrapitude  – I finished the first clue and the next clue is set to be released on Feb. 10, 2015.  That gives me 3 weeks to work on finishing my Flowers and Baskets quilt.  And since I feel the need to know what’s next on my list (to keep me motivated), I’ll be working on Tell It To The Stars after that.  I’m excited and I feel like I’m actually finishing things.

Scrapitude 2015 Clue #1 - Finished 1/19/2015

Scrapitude 2015
Clue #1 – Finished
1/19/2015

Flowers and Baskets – I’ve got one side of the purple border quilted.  Only three more sides to go and then I can bind it.  I do not know if I’ve got binding fabric set aside for this project so I’ll have to go through my drawers to see if I have it stashed away.  I am planning on going to Road to CA this coming weekend.  I’ve got a few fabrics I’m looking for, some items to use in bag making, block loc rulers and if I need binding… well, I’d like to find it there while I’m spending money.

I feel like the year is taking off on a great quilty start!

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.   🙂

Stash Report – Week 3, 2015

Table Runner and Place Mats 1/12/2015

Table Runner and Place Mats
1/12/2015

I managed to stay away from the LQS this week and not add any thing to stash!  So Zero added.  I finished the table runners after I posted my stash report last Sunday so I’m including the used numbers here.  7 yards used!  woohoo!

I’m almost done with the first clue of Scrapitude and I’m hoping it will be done today.  There’s not a lot to do but I took a few naps during the day between errands and outings and other family responsibilities yesterday that I didn’t get as much done as I could have. Once that is done, I’ll be quilting Flowers and Baskets and my hope is to get all the gold/yellow parts quilted.  Monday is a holiday so while I have to answer phones for one of my clients, I’ll be sitting at home in front of my sewing machine and the phone next to me on my desk.

Next week is Road to California but I’m not sure if I’ll be going.  It depends on my mood and my pocketbook. 🙂

Used this week: 7 yards
Used year to Date: 7 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 13 yards
Net Added for 2015: 6 yards

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie