Sunday, April 22, 2018

Taxes and buffalo chips

I survived taxes. Now I can move on to some fun things.

Buffalo Chips. This is an expression I hear on a Youtube show called The Stitch TV Show. Pam refers to scraps as buffalo chips because the Native Americans use every piece of the buffalo. Nothing is ever wasted. I couldn't find the episode where Pam said this but all the episodes are great. 
These two ladies crack me up. I sometimes watch them while I sew. 

This week I got a few things done. I had to stop surfing the net. This is a time sucking habit. You look up and 4 hours have gone by, nothing has been done, and its time for a nap. I set an alarm on my phone to go off in 1 hour, then I put on a audio book and began to trash my sewing table. What fun!

Check out Fabric Therapy website. Her quilt Food Frenemies is hilarious!

A while back I found a tutorial called X Marks the Block at Fabric Therapy.  This past week I tried this block and found that it was a good way to use a lot of random scraps. X Marks the Block uses small  4"  long rectangles to form a ladder or strata. Next  you add the long side strips (mine are the dark green) making it look like Chinese coins or a ladder. Then you just add more strips until you get desired width. These are 9 1/2 inches square.  You can use progressively shorter side strips but I figured I could sew what I trim off  into strips blocks. A 2 for 1 idea.  I would like to use up whatever I touched to make the X Blocks and NOT put it back in the scraps.  The strips don't have to match up. The important part is what you use to create the X effect.



I sewed together two trimmed off strips. 2 of these I put a straight strip in the middle. Easier than dealing with the bias. These are 6 1/2 " . The little one is 5". Makes for interesting squares. I think I can use these as a border on something else.





Here are my PLUS blocks. Still cutting kits out for these.



Stash Report   4/15 -4/21  Week 16- 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     13 1/2 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 52 yards
Net used for 2018: 13 1/2 yards      Net in the red -   40  yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
4/15 - 4/21
Blocks made 10
YTD made 220




15 Minute Challenge:  
4/15- 4/21         5 of 7 days
2018 Total          95 of 107
   days
Percentage of days sewn 88%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistent!!! 




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Stash - April 15th

Friday the 13th was my youngest daughters birthday. I babysat for the 8 year old and the 2 year old. All was well until 11:30 pm. The little guy started crying. He didn't feel well. I rocked him until 1:30 am. He said he felt better and went back to his bed. Poor kid. He woke at 6 am with a mild fever. I rocked him until mommy came to get him at 9:30 am. My face shows that I am in a bit of pain. My back hurt on the left side. When I got up from my chair, I discovered I had a good size cement truck in the chair. What grandmas endure for the youngins!


I did sew everyday. Fondled fabric in between. I have four projects going at once.

I did manage to get the UFO "Accordion Carpenters Wheel" to flimsy stage. I am very sad. I had one spot that I didn't get a good point. I tried to fix it and put a tiny hole in it. I sewed the hole down. It really bugs me so I have not gone any further. If I try to change that piece I may end up with more than one hole. The thread is super thin (80wt) and very hard to see.  So I am in a holding pattern. Hummm Sigh.


Stash Report   4/08 -4/14  Week 15- 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yard  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     13 1/2 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 52 yards
Net used for 2018: 13 1/2 yards      Net in the red -   40  yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
4/08 - 4/14
Blocks made 14
YTD made 210




15 Minute Challenge:  
4/8- 4/14         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          90 of 100
   days
Percentage of days sewn 90%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistant!!! 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Finished or not Friday April 13

Happy Friday the 13th

My youngest daughter turned 29 today! Time has just flown by. She lost 48 lbs in the last 3 months so we went under garment shopping! It shows she is getting old. If I tried to buy this for her birthday 10 years ago, she would have been disappointed. Yesterday when I offered she said "Yes Please"!  We had fun buying other things for the kids up and coming birthdays as well.

Today is Finished or not Friday. I keep missing it.
I finally got the January UFO top mostly done. So I want to post before I have another senior moment and forget yet again.


Accordion Carpenters Wheel


This is how you sew it then you cut it apart. Instead of getting 2 the same HST, each is different making assembly easier. There is still a learning curve.
For more info Click HERE to get the video links from EvaPaige Designs.

Happy Sewing

Aileen in Fl

Linking to Finished or Not Friday

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stitching and trimming

As you may have notice I change my page again. I did not like the gigantic pictures that came up when you went to my blog. So started changing things. Its a work in progress.

I have been interested in the Plus Blocks I have been seeing. I made these three. I put them on the design wall and noticed a zig zag design.
Humm. So I left it like this so I can study it some more.


Stash Report   4/01 -4/07  Week 14- 2018
Fabric used this week: 1/2 yards  +  1/2 yard Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     12 1/2 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 52 yards
Net used for 2018: 12 1/2 yards      Net in the red -   41  yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
4/01 - 4/07
Blocks made 7
YTD made 196




15 Minute Challenge:  
4/1- 4/7         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          83 of 93
   days
Percentage of days sewn 89%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistant!!! 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

March is gone already??

March blew right past! I didn't get much done.

Sorted more fabric scraps and folded large yardage that is now on my shelves.

I made a 50 HST from the green scraps, a bunch of crumb blocks  and two blocks this week. I also made a gift sack for my granddaughters birthday present. All I had was boy wrapping paper- speed sewing!


This spool wallhanging has been hanging around for at least 2 years.
I am moving up to Aprils OMG




I added 5 yards of Flannel this week. Could not pass up 2.99 a yard. I make Pajama shorts for the son in-laws. At first they were confused as to why I made them pajama shorts. Now they are wearing out the seats from use. Ha Ha.

Stash Report   3/25 -3/31  Week 13- 2018
Fabric used this week: 1/2 yards  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     11 1/2 yard
Fabric Added this week: 5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 52 yards
Net used for 2018: 11 1/2 yards      Net in the red -   41 1/2 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards


350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
3/25 - 3/31
Blocks made 8
YTD made 189




15 Minute Challenge:  
3/19- 3/24          6 of 7 days
2018 Total          76 of 86   days
Percentage of days sewn 88%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!
UFO finished for March - 0  I am consistant!!! 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Marching along

The month is almost over. It has been lovely here for that past week though a bit windy. Kids were on spring break. I got to see them a lot.

I did manage to sew everyday. I folded more fabrics and put away tools I had forgotten I had. I also fixed my granddaughters beloved backpack zipper. She was in tears about the zipper breaking on the last day before spring break. I did what I could. Wasn't pretty but it works. Only has to last until the end of school.



Thursday was Road Trip! Took the three boys and their mom to Aunt Robins farm. I only took 2 pictures because we were having such a good time. They chased the chickens and ducks, dug in the dirt, and collected giant pine cones. They were in heaven. They don't go outside much where we live because every few feet there are ant mounds.




Yesterday I watch the 2 littlest grandsons Age 2 and age 10 months.  They physically beat me up by climbing on me. Old injured Grandma is easy to climb. I can't run away fast enough. Ha Ha! I taught the 2 year old to open and close his pajama zipper. I am sure his mother will appreciate this...NOT! He is a nudest and after the novelty wears off he will streak around the house.



Their parents had such a great time at the Renaissance Festival a few weeks ago, they decided that their 8 year old would enjoy this adventure as well. I was a bit nervous for him as he is autistic and sometimes gets extremely over stimulated and falls apart. They had a blast. The first event they watch was birds of prey. The announcer stated that everyone was allowed to use outside voices. My daughter said that is all he needed to hear and he let himself relax. He enjoyed the jostling and was cheering for the good knight! He also won a Nemo stuffy from the fishbowl ring toss. WTG Louie!!! In the end his favorite thing was the tiny bonsai tree he came home with.



Today I am tasked with making a Little paper doll quilt for Raina. She will be 5 on Thursday. I saw a few online but could not afford to buy the pattern and print it out. I am out of ink and the cartridge is $36 dollars plus the pattern was 12.99. I could buy a nice present for that amount of money. So tomorrow I will try to get the body done and go from there. If it doesn't work I have money I didn't spend to go buy a present. LOL.





Stash Report   3/19 -3/24  Week 12- 2018
Fabric used this week: 1/2 yards  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     10 1/2 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 47 yards
Net used for 2018: 10 1/2 yards      Net in the red -   36 1/2 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
3/19-3/24
Blocks made 0
 YTD made 181




15 Minute Challenge:  
3/19- 3/24          7 of 7 days
2018 Total          70 of 80   days
Percentage of days sewn 87%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!


Link to Stash Report March 25. 3018

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Finish the Clean up . Hopefully

Dress was a success. She felt really pretty and princess like in it. What else can a mother want.
Oh but the mess in my sewing was over the top. I let it go until Monday. Wiped out from kid sitting. So now it will be my time. On with the clean up!!! HA!

I have to stop looking for easy patterns and just sew. The inspiration online is overwhelming at times.

Continued folding fabric and pulling scraps. Not many in the pink tub but quite a few in 3 green tubs. March RSC is green. Time to sew a few things together. Still have not sewn Green but have a full sweater tub of green scraps. SMH. Green remains my favorite color.  I still have brown to fold today.

Now I have a dilemma. What I have left to fold is Novelty. Cats, Dogs, Childrens, Stars, Celestial, 4th of July, Halloween, Easter....you get the idea. They currently have there own sweater tubs with the scraps in them. I also have a huge Rubbermaid tub of Christmas fabric.

My question is: Do I leave them separated or treat them as color and put them with the rest of the fabric? 
I have another set of shelves on the other side of closet. I stopped buying novelty fabric a long time ago because I rarely use it. I do want to make 2 I spy quilts but will be cutting a piece off of each fabric as I fold them.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you do with your novelties.

I found a baggie of really ugly bits that one of the ways and means lady gave me to put together. Oh boy....so I search and search and found a pattern that may suit these questionable fabrics. Not to much thinking involved but the result may be good for these sad fabrics.
X Marks the Block by FabricTherapy. Below is the first step. I think I will use my scraps to do the side strips.



Stash Report   3/11 -3/18  Week 11- 2018
Fabric used this week: 1 yards  + Scraps 
Fabric used to Date:     10 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 47 yards
Net used for 2018: 10 yards

      Net in the red -   37 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
3/11-3/18
Blocks made 29
 YTD made 181




15 Minute Challenge:  
3/11- 3/18          5 of 7 days
2018 Total          63 of 73 days
Percentage of days sewn 86%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!




Monday, March 12, 2018

March-ing

This week started at a leisurely pace. No Quilt Show. No pending obligations.  Thank goodness. I work well with deadlines. There are times I need mindless sewing to calm my soul.

I sewed purple 4 patches and my leader - enders were red and white 2"- 4 patches found while cleaning up my sewing room. My goal was to get through those purple scraps and start the green RSC on Sunday.

As it happens I kept getting sucked into the internet. All the free patterns with such great potential!!!! I had to stop myself after I realized I was not sewing and wasting hours with my face in the monitor!!! Stop Already!!!! Oh but the patterns.....
I started a folder for charity quilts aimed at boys . I found so many that I will never be able to make a third of these.  Ah but I can share what I have found in the monthly guild newsletter. 

My youngest daughter has 3 boys.  They are 8, 2, and 10 months.  The 2 year old just started sleeping through the night about 7 months ago. The 10 month old does not like to sleep, so she has not slept in about 2 years. I thought she and her husband could use a mental health date. Usually I watch the boys for about 4 hours tops. After I go home I sleep for 2 days. They wear me out. Having 2 of 3 kids under 2 is mentally draining. You just can't blink or there is hell to pay. 

I offer my Grandma services. They are thrilled but..... Instead of dinner and a movie, they would like to go to the Renaissance Festival. Oh okay???? I am thinking that 10 month old will run me ragged. He crawls stealthily. I miss the era of bells on kids shoes. Wouldn't help in this case, no shoes yet. So I said I would watch them. Next morning my daughter wants to know if we can go to thrift shop and put together a costume for her to wear. Okay. I pass my neighbor outside who offers up some sheets and a duvet. Free stuff! Yipee!  From the duvet I made this. Took me about 6 hours.  The kids were running around like maniacs! I tried not to look at the piles of toys, crumbs, fabric scraps thrown all over my house. They did clean up before they left and she also made dinner so I could keep sewing. Win Win. 



She calls it her Wizard dress. She loves it.  All I needed to hear. 


Stash Report   3/04 -3/10  Week 10 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard   Scraps and a duvet only this week
Fabric used to Date:     9 yard
Fabric Added this week: 40 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 47 yards

Net used for 2018: 9 yards

      Net in the red -   38 yards
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
3/04-3/10
Blocks made 97 ** Woot Woot!
 YTD made 152


15 Minute Challenge:  

3/04- 3/10         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          58 of 68 days
Percentage of days sewn 83%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!

Link to Stash report 







Sunday, March 4, 2018

Working Hard

Wow Its March already. February was quite a fast and short month. The Quilt Show was last week. This week I have to get the newsletter ready. I  have been working on it for several days. To much info to fit into 12 pages. It will come together in the end.

I did get a little sewing done on my UFO from February, that I moved into March OMG. It is at the odd looking stage right now. For more info Click here



Saturday a new guild member had a Fabric Stash Sale. Quilt shop quality. $2.00 per yard! A lot of 5-6 yard pieces. So how can you beat $10 to $12 bucks for backings!  Could not pass this up.


Stash Report  2/25 -3/03  Week 9 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard   Scraps only this week
Fabric used to Date:     9 yard
Fabric Added this week: 40 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 47 yards

Net used for 2018: 9 yards

      Net in the red -   38 yards 
      
GOAL for Year - 60 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made 50
YTD made 55



15 Minute Challenge:  

2/25- 3/03         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          51 of 61 days
Percentage of days sewn 83%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[
UFO finished for February - 0  ugh!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

OMG March





February sped by so quickly. I didn't get a change to work on my One Month Goal until tonight. Sigh!!



It had been so long since I touched this UFO that I forgot how to make the strip for the Accordion Carpenters Wheel. It is an interesting technique created by Beth Helfer of Eva Paige Quilt Designs.
I made the center of the Wheel in December.


After several attempts to make the accordion strip, I gave up and emailed Beth. She set me straight. She also pointed to the YouTube video part 1 This is the  part 2 of the Carpenter Wheel before cutting it open. Part 3 is how I have to cut it before assembly. The Accordion Carpenters wheel  was a course she had on Facebook in a closed group. Some beautiful Wall hangings were created




I got better at doing the 1/4 inch seam as I went along. It goes fast once you get your rhythm. After I do the part 3 and assemble the pieces I will have a Carpenters Wheel that fits perfectly and look something like this.


If you want to see more about this, here is the

The Carpenter's Apprentice Sewalong on Facebook.  


With that said I will be using this same UFO as One Month Goal for March
Getter Done!!! 


Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Post Quilt Show

This weekend was our biannual Quilt Show. It was Fantastic. Over 400 quilts on display, Basket Walk, Boutique and demonstrations. The Art Quilt Challenge, the Silent Auction and the Young Quilts were wonderful. 

I entered All Wrapped Up and had it judged. Scary for me. It is my first quilt in a show. Was a simple quilt because it is for my grandson who will be 1 years old in May. I hope he drags it until it is a rag!

My report card from judging was very good. 6 Good and 3 Satisfactory. No needs improvement.! I worked hard getting those corners sharp!! LOL! Ribbon was for 1st time exhibitor. It was fun to see it hanging and have visitors ask me about this quilt.



The members worked very hard to make it a success. I couldn't do much due to me being a hot mess so I volunteered for the Patriotic Booth. I had fun talking with the guest and selling $1.00 donation tickets for a Travel bag filled with sewing goodies and fabric and tower of patriotic fabrics, supplies and a mini quilt. Proceeds will go to the Veterans. We did quite well in ticket sales.

We also had a few Quilts Of Valor presentations. Very emotional. The black white and red quilt is made from one of our members Navy uniforms. Her uniform is hanging next to it. It was just beautiful. She and her husband both received Quilts of Valor for their service. We had 3 other presentations during the show.

The members of the guild have been adding to this members quilt for years. Sorry to say I still have not submitted mine and have been a member since 1999. Procrastination, thy name is Aileen. This year for sure! It is double sided



RSC -PURPLE

I worked on my scraps as I have been refolding my fabric. I found quite a bit of purple. I didn't have anything in mind to make as yet, so I made 52 - 4 patch blocks so far. I also found some 3 1/2 inch string blocks from way back when.... I still have more to make. The bucket next to the 4 patches still has quite a bit of fabric. I also found more purple scraps under my Martelli table... Lets see how many quilts I get out of the 4 patches! 




Stash Report  2/18 -2/24  Week 8 - 2018
Fabric used this week: 0 yard   Scraps only this week
Fabric used to Date:     9 yard
Fabric Added this week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 7 yards

Net used for 2018: 9 yards

350 Block Challenge 2018 at Prairie Moon Quilts
Blocks made 50
YTD made 55



15 Minute Challenge:  

2/18- 2/24         7 of 7 days
2018 Total          44 of 54 days
Percentage of days sewn 81%

UFO finished for January - 0      :>[

Linking to So Scrappy RSC 18


Linking to Prairie Moon Quilts 350 Block Challenge

Happy Quilting

Aileen in Florida