Another Weekend ... now what? LOL
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Posted 2012-12-28 8:49 PM (#73046)
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So here it is.... the weekend yet again. So what's got your attention?  Football, the bowl games? Finishing off those Christmas calories?  Deciding on which New Year's Day Mystery you will doing?

Well join the club.... I'm working on finishing a red and white tablerunner that needs to be mailed by Jan. 15th. for a swap. I'm currently hand-appliqueing down the last snowflake, and I have made purchase of the backing and batting that was needed in my last trip to JoAnn's without adding any extra fabrics beyond my immediate needs. So that be where I tip my needle in this next fortnight.

But this week, I have my boy visiting for his Holiday Break.  So there are cookies to make, shape, bake and decorate. There is a new Christmas chess board to break in and a checker game challenge that was issued the last time to played out. And with a bit of luck other wonderous things to do togther while he is here'til the 6th of Jan. but I know that we still will have family evening TV Time together so I'll still get in some stitching.

I'm looking forward to see what new challenges come about in the new year.... so see which lofty goals will I actually manage to complete.   It does make me wonder how many of you have set your quilty goals for the upcoming year.   And then how long it takes us to break it...LOL.  This could be an interesting subject to brooch.

Well I'm off the running...
Toodles,

Tricia

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Posted 2012-12-28 9:01 PM (#73047 - in reply to #73046)
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I'm working on a quilt for our friend Bryan. I have 4 blocks of 13 made.

I do have one goal for 2013...my king size Ode to the Blue & Grey BOM top has been in the closet for a year now. I really would like to get it finished in 2013!
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Posted 2012-12-28 9:54 PM (#73048 - in reply to #73046)
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As I mentioned to Tricia in chat tonight, I was sewing with a couple friends at the local quilt shop this afternoon. I was working on some lottery blocks that I won years ago...... as I was stitching 2 blocks together, I noticed that 1 og the blocks were signed by the maker.....in 8 of 2003!! I guess I have had these blocks long enough!!!
I am going to put these blocks together to make a large lap quilt for my nephew who is building a new house. He and his sister said some pretty good things about his Auntie Midge and Uncle Wayne on Christmas, and I think he will really appreciate this quilt. (I babysat for him and his 2 sisters quite a bit when they were little and they evidently have some good memories of those days!)
I did make some good headway on the top of this quilt today, and yesterday I got the top of my fair and square for 2012 put together!
I machine sewed the binding on yet another quilt tonight!! yea!
I'm ending the year on a bang anyways!!!
Wedding tomorrow and inventory at the quilt shop on Sunday, so probably not much sewing for me this weekend, unless it's binding in between activities......

have a safe and happy new year... filled with your own lofty goals!

Midge W
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Posted 2012-12-29 12:51 AM (#73055 - in reply to #73046)
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I have my fabric ready and will be sewing the mystery this weekend.  I am hoping to actually get the top finished in the weekend ... or at least before the end of the year ...

My quilty goals for next year are to get more of my UFOs and WIPs accomplished and to sew my stash ...

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Posted 2012-12-29 2:06 AM (#73059 - in reply to #73046)
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Pat.... we think alike!

My goals are also:  finish more ufo's and WIPs..... and to sew from my stash.   I did Judy Laquidera's UFO challenge this year.... and finished half of what I had wanted to.... but I did get my Touch of Vegas to a completed top stage....

I did finish 12 quilts this year.....  Judy is doing her challenge a little differently this next year... but I will participate again.... instead of picking 12 quilts and having random numbers.... we will post a blog posting at the beginning of the month with a list of what we want to finish that month.....  I need to go back to her blog post that had the description a while back and re-read.....  you can check out her challenge at: http://www.patchworktimes.com/ 

  1. The UFO project is changing. The new project will be called “Get it Done!“ Here’s how it will work. On the last day of each month, we will list four “things” we want to get done during the next month. It will all be quilt related projects. My list could look like this:
  •  Make 80 half square triangles for Nicole’s Sofa Quilt.
  • Complete 8 blocks for the New Beginnings Quilt.
  • Bind the second Texas quilt.
  • Quilt the violet monochromatic top.

This project is designed to help us break down projects into more “do-able” goals and get them done.

Guess I should get busy thinking about my 4 items for January....

My immediate goals are:  the mystery quilt this weekend... finish the top before I go back to work on the 7th... and finish the top of the wolf quilt and get it quilted... I already printed a label that says 2012.... LOL

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Posted 2012-12-29 10:39 AM (#73067 - in reply to #73059)
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I already have a sytem similar to what the UFO challenge will be this year ... maybe I should join in.  I do follow the Patchwork Times Blog. I have a monthly "Quilty To Do List" that I check off.  This is how I have always kept track of swap and baby quilt blocks and such.  I do not always complete eveything on my list, though, and end up carrying things over sometimes to the next month, right now it is to catch up on a couple of quiltalongs that I started and the last mystery quilt, which keeps getting moved on.   I have six right now that I will have to move on to January. I do prioritize.

Maybe by picking four and making sure I get them done, would be a good way to feel accomplished for the month ...    Pat

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Posted 2012-12-29 10:42 AM (#73068 - in reply to #73046)
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Well it looks like things are as normal here this morning... proving that somethings just never change.  Curtis has the cartoons on, Steve is making the breakfast of french toast and sauage links and I'm at the 'puter.

But it looking like several of us are already thinking about our Lofty 2013 List.  I see that many of us are hoping to get those WIP's and PIC's (Projects In Closets) out into the light of the new year and the ever famous (or is it "infamous? ) "I pledge to do my Shopping from my Stash" shows it's head again.  And they say it's health to set goals for ourselves. 

Today we are just planning to do a "hang loose day" to re-aquint ourselves with the rules and rountine of this house. I might take Curtis with me to go see my sister at her job.  She is working open to close... and I thought I would take her some lasanga to eat. We will watch a movie today so I'll get a chance to work on that snowflake block.

Well food is up .... got to run.
Toodles,
Tricia

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Posted 2012-12-29 11:15 AM (#73071 - in reply to #73046)
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now Pat... if we add our swap committments to the list... I will most likely need 6 things on my list to do each month, or I will NEVER make headway on the UFO, WIP, or WFS (waiting for skills) projects... LOL   seems that I find myself at the post office at least 2 x every month..... which can get kinda expensive.  I just have such a hard time saying "NO"......

Which reminds me... I have a strip swap to go stash diving for...... I know I have some fq in that colorway..... may have to cut into a few

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Posted 2012-12-29 1:16 PM (#73082 - in reply to #73046)
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I've been hard at work all day! Mark is working again and had to leave at 7:30 so I was up early. So far I've done my workout, four loads of laundry, and sewed two blocks for Bryan's quilt. The pattern is called Blackfords Beauty and has 53 pieces in each block!

I just finished the last of the lasagne I made last weekend, so now I'm ready to get back in the sewing room till time to start the pot roast for tonight.
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Posted 2012-12-29 5:17 PM (#73097 - in reply to #73046)
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Denise-
I like that way of thinking... 4 things per month! This year I was copying your "12 projects list" and DID get most of them done!!
I even told my girlfriend who is the Thimbleberries Club leader at our LQS about this and she started her "Top 10 List" for the group, drawing a number each month February until November-- you should have seen the Show and Tell each month!! She plans on doing this again in 2013! I can't wait to see what projects are done next year.
I'm liking the idea of 4 things per month though.... I kept a journal or what I worked on daily this year, and plan on doing this again next year. I recently looked, and found that there were less than 15 days in 2012 that I did not sew on sosmething!! And I added up over 30 things that I finished.... charity tops, pillowcases, table toppers, you name it-- they got done! (I never feel like I accomplish anything, but now I have written proof that I do!! LOL)
We went to the wedding this afternoon and are getting ready to leave for the reception in a little bit.
The mystery fabrics that everyone picked out are amazing!! Can't wait to see the results..... I didn't order this mystery, as I have a few to finish, and I'm sure I'll be sorry that I didn't!! (if it would have been a different weekend, maybe I would have ordered it...)

toodles too,
Midge W
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Posted 2012-12-29 6:31 PM (#73109 - in reply to #73046)
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Denise ... I have learned that the best way for me to get some of my WIPs, PICs, UFOs done is to say  "that looks like fun ... but no for me" ...

Midge ... this mystery is very intriguing. I like seasonal quilts and need a new one for winter so  I am hoping to have this one hanging soon ...



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Posted 2012-12-29 9:44 PM (#73116 - in reply to #73046)
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Midge... you can always order it from Jess later.... I just now ordered the "out of th box" that they all did this summer.....  I do really want to do that one!
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Posted 2012-12-30 8:15 AM (#73122 - in reply to #73046)
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So, how do you know when it's time to stop for the day?

When you have the two halves of four units constructed and discover they don't fit together. Then you measure the left sides (twice), measure the right sides (twice) and decide the left side is too short. So you cut four more center pieces, re-piece the left sides, and discover they are STILL too short. So you throw all four left sides away and start from scratch, and once again they are too short. Then you remeasure the right sides and discover they were too long the whole time. Fortunately a little trim of the middle piece fixed them and I finally got the block assembled, but you can see why I decided it was time to stop yesterday!

I'm hoping to get a couple more blocks of Bryan's quilt made today.
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Posted 2012-12-30 10:50 AM (#73124 - in reply to #73122)
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Donna ... are those the Blackford's Beauty blocks that are causing you sew much trouble?  If so, I will not be attempting that pattern anytime soon ...

The mystery is coming along nicely ... time to sew ...  

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Posted 2012-12-30 11:15 AM (#73125 - in reply to #73046)
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Donna... that is a beautiful block though,..... patience ..... take your time..... and it will all be worth it.....

I must admit... the mystery sewing yesterday was painless.....

Jess.... we need a short tutorial on that sticky note  tip..... if I write it up, can we add it to the blog?   it saved me lots of time not having to mark my diagonals,  and my stitching was nice and straight. 

So Donna.... if you are interested..... instead of marking with pencil... or "eyeballing" the diagonal line when doing those flip type corners in the center part of your block..... you simply lay a sticky note, down on the diagonal and then stitching right next to the edge of the paper.   The sticky part sticks just enough to keep from moving on you..... the paper is thick enough to hold it's edge..... and yet thin enough to not add bulk under your pressure foot.  by keeping just off the paper, you end up with a scant seam which works perfect when you trim and press over.   (Turns out that the clear foot of my Janome is perfect for seeing that paper edge, and the colors of the sticky notes is a definite advantage against the color of the fabric.   I used two 4" sticky notes all afternoon, switching them back and forth.... chain stitching... feed and retrieve the one behind the machine for the next block.     Give it a try!   it was really slick.      I've tried marking, pressing a fold, and eyeballing for this technique and have never been so accurate as I was yesterday.  

on my larger flip and fold corners I was able to go back in and stitch 1/2" away before trimming to create those bonus HST blocks for mini quilt fun later.  

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Posted 2012-12-30 12:13 PM (#73128 - in reply to #73046)
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Jess and Denise, that's a great tip! I'm not having any trouble with the diagonals...the squares are only 2" so I can eyeball a straight line from corner to corner pretty easily.

Yes, Pat, it's the Blackford Beauty I'm working on. It was just that one block...evidently I cut four of the rectangles a little off... :D I have 10 blocks done now and they have all gone together like a dream except that one! LOL It's not really hard to piece, just a lot of pieces.

I think my problem is my ruler. The two I use the most are getting pretty beat up, so I'm going to start looking for new ones that are easier to read. I'm currently using Omni Grip and the inch lines are very heavy. It's hard to see the edge of the fabric under there. I got a JoAnn's card for Christmas so next time quilting notions are on sale I'll see if I can find any that seem easier to read.
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Posted 2012-12-30 12:36 PM (#73130 - in reply to #73128)
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That is a beautiful block, Donna, and I have actually looked at several times and thought about sewing. 

My old omnigrid rulers were getting so beat up and difficult to use with my worsening eyesight, that I started to replace them last year. I really like the new Creative Grid ones ... nice and clear and easy to read.  I also love the Bloc-Loc squares that my son got me for my birthday.  They are great for trimming and squaring units ... they have a groove on the back for laying flat on HSTs and QSTs.  They are a bit pricier that the old ones, but I have found them invaluable to me to help keep my piecing accurate.

Denise ... thanks for the tip about the diagonals ...

Jess ... a picture tutorial would be sew nice ...

Time to get off the computer and go sew ... BBL ... have a happy quilty day ...    Pat



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Posted 2012-12-30 1:58 PM (#73136 - in reply to #73046)
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As we are here in the last weekend of the year, I was pondering a bit about my goals that I had set for myself seems a tad Lofty and I felt that I might have to rethink the whole thing.

But first I had decided that I would be the breakfast maker today with visions of biscuits and sausage gravy wetting my palette.  I also topped them with fried eggs and everyone made short work of their plates. 

Do you ever find yourself doodling aimlessly and later think that it might make for an interesting quilt pattern?  Do ever want to do something completely out of you "normal"? For those of you who design - how do you find your inspirations? 

Today I'm doing some transferring of a pattern to muslin to prep it for stitching.  This is going to be one of my own designs and unlike anything that I have done before. I have been working on said design for much of the past week.  Although I might use only half of the pattern for the first making, I'll do the whole piece a bit later.

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hen I must try to finish this last snowflake that I'm appliqueing. From there, I have to make a few snowball blocks for this runner.  For some reason this thing is taking me longer than I projected.  I'm sure that it will come out quite nicely but I'm going to enjoy putting this one in the mail when the day comes. 

So what you up to?  Sewing out the year or are you taking a short break from the Holiday rush? Well I should go and do my blog for the week and proceed to my stitching.  I'll pop back in later to see how things are coming along. 

Toodles,
Tricia

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Posted 2012-12-31 12:31 AM (#73188 - in reply to #73046)
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I got my Easy Street blocks for Bonnie's quilt-a-long all caught up. Despite sleeping over half of the days for the past 2 wks ....I am so happy I have managed to accomplish this.

I see the Dr tomorrow and hopefully get the Iv's straightened out. I know the burning pain & sensations have not made for a good time. Sew maybe 1 hr then sleep 3....very frustrating. I haven't been out for 3 days......we have had snow 8" and there is ice mixed under it. Not taking any chances with falling.

I am thinking if I feeel up to it I might try one of the New Year's day mysteries.....there are 3 that I know of.....Quilt.com, The Quilting Bug and Merry Mayhem. Anyone else trying to do one of those?

Hugs and stitches

Debbieann
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Posted 2012-12-31 8:44 AM (#73193 - in reply to #73046)
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Debbieann, good luck with the doctor appointment!
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Posted 2012-12-31 11:52 AM (#73199 - in reply to #73188)
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My goodness Ms. Debbieann it is so good to hear that you are still working on your Easy Street blocks and that you are caught up. 

I sorry to hear that you are still having issues with the elusive sleep monster again. I'm sure hope when you see the doctor tomorrow that he can get things straightened out for ya. I go to see my doc on Wednesday. I get to find out what my last set of blood test has to say about my thyroid levels. 

Do be careful with all that snow and ice.  It would be bad if you happen to take a tumble and I'm not sure how much help Ms. Mia would be around the house. LOL.

I'm going to take a look at those New Year Day mysteries as I have Curtis here this week, but looking can't get me into trouble.  LOL.

On my weekend front of sewing ... I finally manged to get the last snowflake done last night at about 11:30.  I kept at it until I got that last stitch and that makes me very happy.  So now I can move onto the snowball blocks and head towards finishing this table runner.  YEAH!!

I do have a another swap project that I get started this evening during TV Time. I decided that I'm not going to be using the sewing machine while Curtis is here this week so that we can do things together.  Yesterday afternoon, we made snickerdoodles, gingerbread shapes and gingersnaps cookies.  I think today we are going to do a simple cover frosting on some of these.  We will bake sugar cookies later in the week, & I'm hoping my sister will be able to stop over one day to join us in that endeavor.

So I'm off to grab some grub and after that I'm going to go search for the threads I need for my latest project. I'll check back in later to see what's happening.

Toodles,
Tricia



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Posted 2012-12-31 1:18 PM (#73203 - in reply to #73046)
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good morning!

debbieann- keeping ya in prayers, hope the dr's visit brings good news for you! 
tricia, glad you are having fun with your son, gosh i don't know how you get so much done!

i did get to a bit of sewing this weekend.  after i found the my sewing table and got things put away.
one piece of london fabric  left from a christmas project i decided not to put away and instead made up a quick pillow case.
it was fun and daughter loved it!

if i get to the sewing room today it will be to finish her other gift that never made it as a gift as i needed to fit
it on her before finishing. 

we havent decided on whether we are going to find some snow today or not.  im just glad to have two more days off!

jess and denise, that tip for doing diagonals sounds great!  would love to see pictures of the action!

pat, you have shown pictures of a ruler that im intrigued with;  its the one you are using to square up the block, but
i cant figure out how you use it as the block is entirely under the ruler???? 
i found some roles of fluorescent 1/4 inch removable tape, pink, orange, yellow;  you place the tape on your ruler making it easier to follow your line. i wonder if you can use it like the sticky paper for the diagonals  

time for some breakfast and to plan the day,
have a great last day of the year everyone!
kidsrn

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Posted 2012-12-31 8:36 PM (#73227 - in reply to #73046)
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So I was good today !    

I traced out my design that I needed onto the muslin. That took a good bit of time to do. Then I went stash hunting and found everything that I will need. So it's a good start to try and use what I might have on hand (not that I had any choice in the matter -  ). I gathered them all up and placed them in an empty baby wipes tub as way not to lose anything or steal them for another project. 

I have 2 Jan. small project goals for the month. I want to finish that tablerunner and my swap item that is due @ the end of the month. I was really good when I didn't sign up for any of my possible Jan. swaps in which sign ups ended today.  I sooo proud of myself for having tested myself and showing great restaint on the matter. 

I even know what my 2 small projects would be for Feb.  I have an Ohio Star wall hanging that I started a week or so ago that I'm going to finish.  It just need the 3 B's and some hand quilting.  Then I have one that was for my small quilts group that I didn't make but had planned the layout and fabrics for.

I have decided that I would try to do 2 small projects each month in any combination of UFO's, WIP's or New items. That would include any swaps that I might sign up for.  If I finish those, I will pull out a project in my box to finish... and if not finished carry it over to the new month... but 2 smalls is the goal. 

But now I'm heading back to the family room to pick up my stitching again. So if I don't make it back  -- HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!

Toodles,
Tricia

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Posted 2013-01-01 12:04 PM (#73247 - in reply to #73046)
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Okay so we survived the calendar change .... or at least I did.  I brought it in with a needle in my hand & a movie on the screen.  It was quiet here but that was just fine by me.

I started stitching a new project for St. Valentine's last night after some serious thinking with it in the past week or so.  This will be interesting to see and depending how this comes out I might give it a try again later.  I'm not showing any sneak peeks of this one so that I might build it's crescendo of anticipation.  I want you to wait with bated breath for me to reveal this "OOAK" piece.  Is that mean of me to tease ya in such a matter?    Maybe ... It must be the Imp in me (I say with a twinkle in my eye ).

So who else is sewing or stitching with me today?  Whatchaya got going?  Or are you recouping from partying last night?

Toodles,
Tricia

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