"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Row by Row 2019

I went row-hopping over the weekend - one store Friday after work and 6 different stores on Saturday.  Just one more store and I'll have the minimum number of rows for my quilt.

This year they can once again be one of 4 different sizes, so that will make things interesting when putting them together.   I do plan on eventually donating the finished quilt somewhere.

First stop on the hop, Friday after work, was "Not Your Mama's Quilt Store" in Plano.  It's a small shop but has a nice selection of modern fabrics.   There I picked up this really cool background print that has text on it.

At the bottom of the pic are a handful of cream tonal FQ's to go in my stash and to use for a commission I need to continue working on.   The RxR website said the shop they came from was on the hop, but it wasn't actually participating this year because they are in the middle of a move.






I then went row-hopping on Saturday to the stores on the north side of the DFW metroplex.  First up was Pinkey's Too in Farmersville.   Cute little store, and less than a year old. 

One of the fabrics I picked up might be headed to a friend..... 

Their row is a cute little train showcasing the town history.









Next up was The Quilt Asylum in Van Alstyne.  Their row is the top pattern featuring ice cream sodas.  Bought the striped fabric for the straws. 

Next came Stitched With Love in McKinney.   Their row is the watermelon.  Picked up a cream tonal that I might use for part of a commissioned project.

The final shop I went to was Blue Ribbon Quilt Quilt Shoppe in Wylie.  Along with the pattern I also picked up a lighter teal by Jenny Beyer that I'll use for the background of a couple of the blocks.

The 4th shop I went to was Fabric Fanatics in Plano and I always love their selection of fabrics because they only carry batiks.  Here I bought the kit because their row has lots of little pieces, and the kit has them prefused and precut.     And they had everything together in a cute popcorn box.

The final shop (and #5 for the day) was Urban Spools in Dallas.  Smaller shop and modern fabrics, nice staff.  But I don't usually find a lot when I go to it.  Did pick up a remnant of a nice teal.   And their row pattern which is pp'd.   May end up using another row instead of this because the instructions for the row are confusing.


And I was able to get one row completed out of the 8 that  need to be able to turn in a quilt for a prize.  This just needs some black buttons for the seeds and it'll be complete.

Two more row patterns to collect and I'll have all I have to have for the quilt.   I know what shops I'll be visiting to get them with one more additional a possibility.

Gratitudes:

1. Last night's storm only brought rain, thunder and lightening.

2. I have money to pay bills.....including enough to pay the next one off.








Weekend Sewing - June UFO Weekend

Not too many projects worked on this weekend because I was also row-hopping here in the northern stores of the Dallas area over the weekend.

To give the length I needed for the snail quilt I added a 12" tall section across the bottom of the quilt.    Left side of the bottom shown here.
Right hand side of the bottom shown here.

The quilt still needs a border on it to finish out to the approximate size that I want.  Am debating whether to make it a single fabric (with a scrappy binding) or scrappy squares (with a solid binding).    The solid would be faster, but the scrappy would let me make a dent in the green scraps in my stash.

I also took the remaining washcloths that had been stashed away, all of which were plain, and added trim to them - either ribbon or a lace/ribbon combo.  Trims were from stash.    These are now ready for ties and finishing.


Gratitudes:

1. One paycheck has been received

2. The storm Sunday night was only heavy rain with a lot of thunder and lightening.





Friday, June 21, 2019

One Thing for the Week is Complete

I started with these two piles of washcloths that had been purchased 5-7 yrs ago and the transformation process started with them, but then stopped. 


 And yes....the neck cutouts have been there for at least 5 yrs.....sigh...........

Getting these finished up was my one thing goal for this week - and I actually finished it early!  Not often that I managed to do that.

 And here are the finished bibs....well one of each different style.   I didn't take pics of the all the dups........

A total of 26 bibs have been finished up over the last week.

Gratitudes:
1.  That I only lost power for about 14 hrs because of the storms that hit where I live Wed night but don't have any other property damage as a result.

2.  For the class I'm in on Wed nites at church

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Progress on the Bibs

I've been working on the washcloth bibs after pulling a second stack.  These are all ones that don't need any embellishments added to them - whether they've got a print or are textured.   The plain washcloths that need embellishments will come later.

This first stack has 12 in it.

 Batch 2 of the ones I'm working on at present.   This makes a total of 21 one currently in process.  And yes these truly are UFO's - the top two had the neck holes cut out yrs ago!











And here are some of the ones I've finished at this point.   The top row all actually have multiples (can be seen in the first two pics).

Not necessarily any rhyme or reason to how I'm working on them other I'm trying to prep and then sew all of the ones with the same colored ties to make the thread changes fewer.

Once these are still done, I've still got another 20+ yet to go.   Some of those just need the neck ties.   Others will need embellishments to 'fancy' up the plain wash cloths.

Gratitudes:
1. For having the "raw materials" and time to make gifts ahead of when they are actually needed.  Now I just need to find where the bias tape I bought not too long ago got put......hmmmmm.

2. For understanding coworkers in the midst of frustrations.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Working on Old Projects

One of the things I've been trying to do this year is to work on old projects.   One of those projects that I've run across this year in trying to go through stuff, was all of the washcloths I had purchased yrs ago intending to make them into baby bibs so that I would have a stash of them to draw on for baby gifts.   Well I have managed to do that with some of them, but as I've found I still have a bunch that need to be made into bibs.

 These 4 are now completed.
And this stack of washcloths have been pulled and are in the process of being sewn up into bibs.    There are still more yet to be sewn up.  Thankfully these are quick and easy to make.     I'll have plenty to pull future baby gifts from once these are done.  =)


Gratitudes:
1. For a variety of projects to keep me from getting bored.

2. For the dry weather today!

Weekend Progress

Lots of work got done this weekend, well quilty type work at any rate.   Not much else got done but that's beside the point.  =)

First up were finishing these two Quilted postcards for two different friends who had milestone birthdays last week.  The top one has already been delivered at a surprise BD party on Saturday.   The bottom one I still need to get a mailing address for so it can be sent off.


Then came finishing up the little bloomers for this toddler outfit.  This will be flying off my great-niece this week as an early BD present.  Her BD is in October, but summer outfits are so fun to make I couldn't resist making thsi as an early gift.

And then I got some concerted work in on my snail quilt.  It is about 86" square right now.   Width before border is good, but I need to add about 12-15 more inches in length.  Between the remaining 4 smaller snail blocks and some filler blocks I'll be able to do that w/o a problem.

This is the left side of the quilt

And right side of the quilt at this point.

Once the top is assembled, then I'll add a final scrappy green border using 4.5" cut squares to finish it off.


Gratitudes:
1. The worst of the storm passed by the little town where I live.

2. Word on the "street" is that payroll should be caught up this week, maybe next......time will tell.