"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)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Goals - June 2020

thankful for all of the work that I've had lately, both the FT job (even if I'm not getting paid again) and the commissioned sewing).   One of these days I'll even manage to get something done for myself

Completions for the last few weeks -
  1. 50+ more masks have been made and delivered
  2. Interfacing for comforter repair tested and ordered/received
  3. Blocks 2 and 3 for the mystery Quilt - Completed
  4. Kona Gray fabric ordered
  5. Three jumbo (36" square) placemats - Completed
  6. Two custom bowl cozies - Completed

Goals for the next week or two -
  1. Iron 60" interfacing to the commercial comforter
  2. Stay up to-date on the mask orders
  3. Get purse started for CN for grad present
  4. Make quilted pocket for JD
  5. Make custom mask for LT
  6. Make masks for sale at market by LT
  7. Trim FF scrappy blocks to size
  8. Start quilting wall-hanging for Kitchen

Commission To-do's for June -
  1. Custom mask for LT
  2. Custom belt pocket for JD
  3. Rework of commercial comforter
  4. Mask orders as they come in
  5. Teddy Bear Quilt - Start quilting on this (money supposed to be coming in stages for it)

Coming and Current Commissions-
  1. Pincushions for sale - make and list
  2. Repair blanket/quilt for KA - materials on hand
  3. Owl Quilt for TK, 50" by 70" - final fabric on order
  4. Scrappy Tan/Blue quilt for KM - gather fabric for quilt
  5. Memory quilt for MF
  6. T-shirt quilt for TA from her Dad's t-shirts - materials on hand
  7. Memory bears for TA from dad's shirts - materials on hand
  8. T-Shirt quilt for CA from his shirts - materials on hand
  9. T-shirt quilt for CA from her shirts - materials on hand

2020 gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - For Christmas
  2. Purse for grad gift for CN

Possible Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ

Possible Commissions/Sales-
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Keep up with blocks for this years F2F swap (June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, (Nov - done))
  2. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  3. List fabric "Sets" for sale on FB - In Process, lots more to go
  4. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Needs to be boxed up and sent to SN for quilting 
  5. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  7. Downsize quilting fabric stash - Started, lots more to go thru
  8. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  9. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  10. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs

Gratitudes:
1. For being able to continue working from home

2. For having been able to pay off three bills (2 student loans and a card) in spite of everything going on 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Masks and Stash-Busting

One of the things that I had decided to do at the first of the year was to downsize some of the stash.....but had not thought I'd end up making a dent in my stash the way that I have this year.


Like many quilters, I've been busy making masks as a result of the pandemic.   They've been traveling to both coasts and lots of places in between.  there are two basic styles, altho several different patterns, for the masks that everyone is making.   Because elastic has been at a premium, I've been using t-shirt yarn for ear loops and ties.

 Pleated - with either ear loops or with ties.














And fitted - these I customize the fit by adjusting the side length to fit the wearers.


Current total of masks made is 310 masks made from cotton.   Each one takes roughly 1/8th of a yard of fabric.  So that means I've used almost 40 yds of fabric for them.   Mickey Mouse has been the most popular 'type', but lots of dog and cat prints as well have gone out of here.

I don't know how many more people will want to order, but I'm hoping to stay current on on future orders.

In the meantime, I'll actually have time to start working on other paying projects.

Gratitudes:

1. For the income that the masks brought in

2. For the stash that allowed me to make all of the masks.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Scrap-Happy May

This has been one of those months when I haven't done a lot of quilting because of commissioned projects that took precedence over everything else.    first up was using the backs and sleeves of some t-shirts to make t-shirt yarn.   this yarn has been / and is being used in making medical masks.

Lots of fabric remnants have also been going into the many masks that I've been making.








I did manage to finish making triangles using the scraps of Fairy Frost fabrics to make the blocks.  These used up the remaining blue and purple scraps that I had.

 I've also started sewing the setting triangles to the pieced triangles.  These blocks square up to 4" unfinished.  More of the same fabric I've been using in the pieced triangles is what I'm using for the setting triangles.











Take a look at what everyone else has done this month -

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira (Me!), SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin


Gratitudes:
1.  Being current in paychecks for the first time in over 6 months

2. For the commissioned work that has enabled me to pay off 3 bills this month

Monday, May 11, 2020

To-do's May 2020

Hmmmm, been a while since I've looked at the to-do list.....oops..........

Completions for the last few weeks -
  1. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Finished and Delivered
  2. Wedge support pillow pillowcase - Completed 
  3. April, May, and March F2F blocks - Completed and mailed off to recipients
  4. Quilt for SN - finished and mailed off
  5. School Auction Quilt - finished and delivered today
  6. 256 masks and counting have been finished and delivered

Goals for the next week or two -
  1. Test to see if interfacing will adhere to the commercial comfortor repair
  2. Get the three jumbo (36" square) placemats made
  3. Finish the two bowl cozies that have been custom ordered
  4. Make blocks 2 and 3 for the mystery Quilt
  5. Start the setting blocks for the mystery quilt
  6. Get the Kona Gray fabric needed for the commissioned owl lap quilt
  7. stay up to-date on the mask orders
  8. Get purse made for CN for grad present

Commission To-do's for May -
  1. Jumbo placemat #1 - KM
  2. Jumbo placemat #2 - KM
  3. Jumbo placemat #3 - KM



Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Pincushions for sale - make and list
  2. Repair blanket/quilt for KA - commercial quilt received, plan of reworking it decided on, no due date
  3. Owl Quilt for TK, 50" by 70" - Owl fabric has been ordered
  4. Scrappy Tan/Blue quilt for KM
  5. Memory quilt for MF
  6. T-shirt quilt for TA from her Dad's t-shirts
  7. Memory bears for TA from dad's shirts
  8. T-Shirt quilt for CA from his shirts
  9. T-shirt quilt for CA from her shirts

2020 Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - For Christmas


Possible Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ

Possible Commissions/Sales-
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Teddy Bear Quilt - This needs to be quilted (either for the original order or sold to someone else)
  4. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Keep up with blocks for this years F2F swap.
  2. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  3. List fabric "Sets" for sale on FB - In Process, lots more to go
  4. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Needs to be boxed up and sent to SN for quilting 
  5. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  7. Downsize quilting fabric stash - Started, lots more to go thru
  8. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  9. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  10. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs
  11. Purse for Caroline for Graduation - same type as 2 Christmas's ago, just larger.

Gratitudes:
1. For being able to work from home the rest of the week (guess who's forgotten what it  was like to actually get up at 4 am....)

2. For the safety of those that I know working in the healthcare field

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ScrapHappy April

There has been a lot going on in my life lately, and I've needed something mindless in the way of sewing.   In straightening up my messes around the house while looking for something I found a sandwich baggie of small pieces of Fairy Frost that had been cut off while I was making blocks for a design contest 4 years ago and I found some triangle papers for paper-piecing from Missouri Star Quilt Shop in the same tote.   The true blues and purples are the only colors left to work with.

 The same cream FF fabric has been used as the common fabric in the triangles and will be used as the background in whatever I finally do with these.

Pinks, turquoise, green, and browns were finished first.
Reds, oranges, and peaches were by far the biggest part of the scraps except for the cream.

I've been playing around with possible layouts for these, and think I've decided.....but other things have taken priority at the present time.

The triangles unfinished are only 4.25 inches on a side so whatever I do won't end  up real big.

Gratitudes:
1. for all the commissioned sewing I have at present (masks)

2. for friends who check to see that I'm okay during the stay at home orders.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

BOM blocks

I'm working on a BOM designed by a friend for a small group of friends this year.   And managed to get caught up on part of it.

Designed and decided on what I'm going to make as alternate blocks.   If I do the big size of the quilt then I'll need 12 of them, but haven't decided on what size I'll do for sure.   Might do a large lap quilt size because then I could use it as a gift for a friend.

And I like this block well enough that I'm planning to make a quilt using only it.

Next up was the March block.  The block my friend chose is called Castle in the Sky and looks like this.

However, even with the instructions and the picture to follow, I still didn't manage to get the center part right.......

So this is how my block for March looks.    I may or may not redo it.....I finished this one up because I'm making this out of scraps and I loved that red print and only had enough for what is in this block.

Gratitudes:

1. For friends who check to make sure I'm doing ok, and others who offer to get fresh stuff for me at the grocery store when they are going (and then don't take money for it).

2. for the option of working at home even when I'm not getting paid at the present.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

ScrapHappy March 2020


For a change of pace this month, and while I was trying to find where I had stuck a couple of things that I needed, I decided to quickly work with a few pre-cut squares of a bright jungle print that I'd found while going through a tote of fabric.

I pulled partial FQ's of 4 different greens and one brown, along with two remnants of cream-on-cream fabrics.










4 blocks later (they finish at 18") with the addition of sashing and simple border I had a finished quilt top.  Finished size is 49.5" finished.

To see what everyone else is doing this month with scraps, click on the links blow.














KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira (me!),  SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, PaulineSue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin






Gratitudes:
1. For times of fellowship with girlfriends from church over lunch that one of them gifted to me.

2. For the arthritis that reminds me I'm still alive and fortunate to be moving, albeit a little slower when the foot hurts

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

To-Do's - March 3, 2020

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. Teddy Bear for Henry - Delivered
  2. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Top is pieced together in three sections
  3. Pattern for wedge support pillow pillowcase - Completed 
  4. Stretching Art 2020 Wall-hanging - Completed and ready for delivery next week
  5. March. F2F Blocks - Block 1 Completed

Goals for the next week or two -
  1. Easter Postcards for sale - Background of first set completed
  2. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Quilt and join sections
  3. Quilt Lap quilt for SN and ship
  4. Complete the final 2 F2F blocks for March
  5. Start the setting blocks for the mystery quilt
  6. Mother's Day Postcards
  7. Father's Day Postcards
  8. Graduation Postcards

Commission To-do's for March -
  1. Easter Postcards for sale - Background of first set completed
  2. BD Postcards
  3. Mother's Day Postcards
  4. Father's Day Postcards
  5. Graduation Postcards
  6. Quote for memory quilt to MF

Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Pincushions for sale - make and list
  2. Repair blanket/quilt for KA - commercial quilt received, plan of reworking it decided on, no due date
  3. Auction quilt for private prep school where a friends DD attends (for JM) - Design approved w/change in colors to be used for sashing

2019 Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - Cut out, ready to sew
  2. Send gifts to the N family

Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ
  5. T-shirt quilts for CA and CA
  6. Memory bears for TA
  7. Quilt/Finish baby quilt for SN

Possible Commissions/Sales-
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Teddy Bear Quilt - This needs to be quilted (either for the original order or sold to someone else)
  4. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Keep up with blocks for this years F2F swap.
  2. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  3. List fabric "Sets" for sale on FB - In Process, lots more to go
  4. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  5. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  7. Downsize quilting fabric stash - Started, lots more to go thru
  8. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  9. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  10. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs
  11. Teddy Bear for Ezra
  12. Purse for Caroline for Graduation - same type as 2 Christmas's ago, just larger.

Gratitudes:
1. For safety of family and friends from the tornadoes that hit last night

2. For the blessing of friends with new babies

Monday, March 2, 2020

Stretching Art 2020 Complete

I finished up my entry for the Stretching Art Quilt Challenge 2020 this past weekend.

Here's the description that I wrote about my quilt for this year -

To me, community is not tied to any one locale, geographic area or group of people.  Instead it consists of those that are a part of our lives whether or not we interact with them on a daily basis.  Like a tree that community is always growing, even during times of seeming difficulty or trauma.  I used stylized human figures to represent "leaves" on my Tree of Life and they are representative of all those in my community, both near and far.   Some of those have been there for many years, others are new shoots just starting to grow. 

 This quilt truly does represent how I've been blessed over this past year of dealing with health and financial issues.   Love the community that God has blessed me with.

Fabrics used include -
Leaves - 19 different silks
Background, tree trunk/branches, ground, backing, sleeve and bindings - 6 different cottons

Gratitudes:

1. For the community that I've been blessed with for many years, esp. over the last couple as things have been so difficult.

2. For the stubbornness that made me persevere in getting this piece finished.


Monday, February 24, 2020

To-do's - February 24, 2020

Played hooky for a few hrs on Saturday but managed to get a number of things done.

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. Teddy Bear for Henry - Completed and to be delivered Wed
  2. Repair antique Sun Bonnet Sue quilt for SR - Completed and mailed
  3. Sew Cross-stitch blocks together as needed for SR - Completed and mailed
  4. Fleece Doggie Coat - Completed and mailed
  5. Commissioned Storage pouch - Completed and mailed
  6. Feb. F2F Blocks - Completed and mailed
  7. BD Postcards - First set of 19 finished, two sets of 6 delivered for display and sale
  8. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Blocks have been cut/pieced as needed

Commission To-do's for February -
  1. Easter Postcards for sale - Background of first set completed
  2. BD Postcards
  3. Mother's Day Postcards
  4. Father's Day Postcards
  5. Graduation Postcards

Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - In Progress, pieced blocks ready to trim to size
  2. Pincushions for sale - make and list
  3. Repair blanket/quilt for KA - commercial quilt received, plan of reworking it decided on, no due date
  4. Auction quilt for private prep school where a friends DD attends (for JM) - Design drawn up, JM to verify proposed design ok with school

2019 Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - pillowcase taken apart, ready for new pattern to be made
  2. Send gifts to the N family

Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ
  5. T-shirt quilts for CA and CA
  6. Memory bears for TA
  7. Quilt/Finish baby quilt for SN

Possible Commissions/Sales-
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Teddy Bear Quilt - This needs to be quilted (either for the original order or sold to someone else)
  4. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Keep up with blocks for this years F2F swap.
  2. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  3. List fabric "Sets" for sale on FB
  4. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  5. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  7. Downsize quilting fabric stash - Started, lots more to go thru
  8. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  9. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  10. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs
  11. Teddy Bear for Ezra
  12. Stretching Art 2020 - Quilting in Progress
  13. Purse for Caroline for Graduation - same type as 2 Christmas's ago, just larger.

Gratitudes:
1. For meds that are helping knock the sinus infection

2. For the blessing of friends with new babies

Repairing a Vintage Quilt


A longtime friend of mine in Phoenix asked me to repair a vintage quilt she inherited from her mom that had been damaged by one of her dogs during a storm.

Poor pup had been scared and was "digging" on the bed to try to hide.   And ended up making a couple of holes all the way through the quilt in one block.










Next up was to add a piece of batting to the back and then sew a piece of muslin over that to start the repair process.  I then quilted through that so that it would hold to the quilt.
Next step was to cut a couple of batting patches in order to fill in the holes in the quilt so that the surface was level.
I then sewed a piece of muslin over the patched areas so that the background would be filled in.
Next step was to make a new bonnet for Sue.  Found the best match in color in Kona Cotton and used another block to trace a pattern.  I enlarged it just a teensy bit in order to make sure to cover the damaged areas.  Before sewing it down I took and did the embroidery on the bonnet.   Was able to make colors of the embroidery thread fairly closely using some of my umpteen bits of leftover threads.  The bonnet is hand appliqued down.
Final step was to hand quilt the bonnet down so that the look would be consistent with the rest of the quilt.   It was at this point that I realized I'd left off one bit of the original black embroidering...but I wasn't taking things back off to add that in.
Overall look to the repaired block.

Gratitudes:
1. For being able to find the right color for the repairs.

2. For the warm weather to wake up to this morning.

February F2F Blocks

I've signed up for the next round of the F2F block swap.   In it everyone makes 3 different blocks to send one person each month for the duration of the swap.   This round it will last 10 months, and the first month to send is February.

I saw this block in a quilt pictured somewhere and don't remember where now.   I like the quilt and the look of the block.   It worked up quickly and I do plan to use it for each month.   And am thinking I'll also use it in the future for a quilt.
















I also saw this block in a quilt pic on one of my social media accts....original blocks tho were 12 inches so I down sized to 6 inches to show the repeat.   Not hard to do, just tedious as I paper-pieced them.   Doubtful that I'll do this one again, even for me......















Final block made is one that I experimented with.  I used two different greens and two reds in the center of this block, and pieced the striped center in a spiral.  With the closeness of the colors though it's a little hard to see.  I pp'd this block and will make it for the remaining months as well.

I've got an idea for a setting for this block so I'll likely use it for a scrappy quilt in the future.

Gratitudes:

1. For pharmacy techs who have the time and inclination to look for coupons / better deals to help the customer save money on prescriptions.

2. For meds that are helping to knock this sinus infection.



Finishes - 2/23/19

My plans for last week got thrown for a loop when my body decided it wanted to get sick and actually force me to slow down.  =(   After spending the morning Saturday between urgent care and then Walmart waiting my prescriptions to be filled, and then crashing nothing much got done until Saturday.

First up was sewing this teddy bear.  He'll be off to a little one who is a new big brother as of Friday when I deliver dinner to a family at church this week.  Big Bro keeps eyeing the bunny I made Lil Sis, so he needs his own critter.

Got the blocks cut and/or sewn for the next commissioned quilt.  The pieced blocks still need to be trimmed to 9.5" unfinished, but that is for this week.
And I got backgrounds fused for the first set of Easter postcards.  To come are Easter eggs, baskets, and who knows what else.  =) 

I also managed to make it by the post office so the two commissions from last week and a set of swap blocks were put in the mail on Thursday when I ran out for early voting.

Gratitudes:
1. For an urgent care office in the next town (none in the town where I live) that is never busy....

2. For friends who bring meals over when I'm not feeling good.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Next commission

The next commissioned quilt is up to "bat".   These two are the fabrics that I'll be using in the quilt.  The Kona solid matches the green in the print fabric.













Plan for the quilt top is to make it similar to this one.  This quilt will be made the same was (except for the center panel).  Blocks will finish at 9".

Backing will be more of the owl fabric and binding will be the green solid.

Gratitudes:

1. For surprises from friends

2. For having a budget that I live on because I'm able to see that I am making progress in paying things off in spite of the current financial frustrations.

Finishes as of 2/18/2020

Several commissions were finished up over the weekend and are ready to go back out into the mail to the appropriate customer.

First up was finishing the repair on this vintage quilt. 

Next up was finishing this fleece dog coat.   Also finished but not shown were sewing together the pre-stamped embroidery blocks that the same friend had asked me to sew together.

 Then it was onto birthday postcards.   Three different types (multiple fabric/embellishment combos).   Have one more pattern drawn up that i'll be making as well, but first I need to get in gear on Easter ones.

Final project was a zippered pouch for a friend.  She'd asked me to make one like the one I'd made years ago for her.....and nope, I didn't have anything written down on it....sounding familiar?  Finished pouch is approximately 14" wide by 11" tall.  12" zipper was used in the bag, and pet screening for the front of the pouch.  I used scraps for the back and quilted them myself.











Front of the bag.   Another scrap was used for the fabric panel on top of the pet mesh.  Pansies are the favorite flower of the friend the pouch is going to.

Inside seams were double stitched and then bound in bias tape so there would be no rough edges for something to catch on.

Gratitudes:

1. For God's provision in the midst of all the financial stress that has enabled me to be 3 months away from paying off the first of my student loans and hopefully able then to pay off another 2 or 3 bills by the end of this year!

2. For winter weather that has not been severe this year (altho that means the bugs haven't been killed!)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Scrap-Happy February 2020

I've been playing with my silk scraps lately as I have been working on a challenge quilt that needs to be finished by the end of February.

21 different ones had pieces cut and fusible webbing ironed on before I took and cut out stylized people/figures from them.














There were 50 something (i lost count of exactly how many) ironed onto the quilt top for my Stretching Art Challenge quilt for this year.  Other than using templates to trace the leaves, this has all been freehand - both cutting and placement.

All of the fabrics in the top except for the sky are from my scrap bins, and yes that includes the big pieces used to make the grass.

Close-up of the leaves at the base of the tree.  Still need to add two more leaves off to the right, but still need to cut those out of the extra scraps.

Gratitudes:
1. For safety in driving

2. For the steady stream of commissioned work this year

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

To-Do's and Project Status, 2/11/2020

Played hooky for a few hrs on Saturday

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. Commissioned tote #1 - cats - Completed and delivered
  2. Commissioned tote #2 - dachshunds - Completed, delivered and then the customer changed mind and returned it.  =P
  3. Hem sweatpants for customer - Finished and ready to deliver
  4. Stretching Art 2020 - Top has been completed
  5. Patterns for Easter and BD postcards designed, and specialty prints and trims purchased
  6. Feb. F2F Blocks - Block 1 completed

Commission To-do's for February -
  1. Repair antique Sun Bonnet Sue quilt for SR - Needs Bonnet and final quilting of block
  2. Sew Cross-stitch blocks together as needed for SR
  3. Make fleece doggie coat from red/white print fleece remnant for SR - Cut out and ready to sew
  4. Easter Postcards for sale 
  5. BD Postcards
  6. Mother's Day Postcards
  7. Father's Day Postcards
  8. Graduation Postcards

Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Fabric has been received (used in the front and will be the back
  2. Pincushions for sale - make and list

2019 Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - pillowcase rec'd
  2. Send gifts to the N family

Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ
  5. T-shirt quilts for CA and CA
  6. Memory bears for TA
  7. Auction quilt for private prep school where a friends DD attends (for JM)
  8. Quilt/Finish baby quilt for SN
  9. Repair blanket/quilt for KA
Possible Commissions/Sales -
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Teddy Bear Quilt - This needs to be quilted (either for the original order or sold to someone else)
  4. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. Keep up with blocks for this years F2F swap.
  2. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  3. List fabric "Sets" for sale on FB
  4. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  5. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  6. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  7. Downsize quilting fabric stash - Started, lots more to go thru
  8. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  9. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  10. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs
  11. Teddy Bears for Henry and Ezra
  12. Stretching Art 2020 - Ready to layer, quilt, bind, label
  13. Purse for Caroline for Graduation - same type as 2 Christmas's ago, but a little larger.

Gratitudes:
1. For safety in driving in the rain so far this week

2. For being able to share what I've been blessed with, with friends

Friday, February 7, 2020

Stash Update, 2/7/2020

I've now tackled the two xerox boxes of novelty prints that I've had and haven't been doing anything with.   I've totally emptied them, sorted through each piece in them, and measured each piece.   Fist box contained 82.889 yds and the second box had 70.639 yds in it. 

Wondering why I measured them?   It's because it is time to check and see how my insurance coverage is on my quilting stuff, actually it is past time.   I should have done it several yrs ago, but haven't had the time.  I'm not going to measure each box, but given most of them are as full as these were I'll use the average of these two as the figure for the remaining boxes when I figure up how much is in my stash for $$ estimation purposes.    And given there is about 40 boxes in my stash, not counting the big totes full of cottons and the under the bed totes full of FQ's you can get a sense of how much that I'm dealing with. 

Some of the cottons are going up for sale online this weekend, here's hoping that they sell w/o a problem.  I'm also considering using some of the bigger pieces to make pillowcases for the triangular support pillows to sell.  One of my best friends has one and she can never find pillowcases for it.

When I say I've got more than some quilt stores that I've been in, I'm really really not joking.   Sigh.....

Fabric Out the first week of Feb - 11.722 Yds
Fabric In for January 20 - None!
Clothing fabrics pulled for donation - 115+ yds
Cotton fabrics pulled for sale/donation - 88.945 yds
Fabric ready to be sent off - none at present, just mailed off some

Total In/Out since January 1st - 28 yds
2020 Goal - 250 yds out of the stash
Remaining to go till goal - 222 yds

Gratitudes:
1. The car battery gave me warning before total failure, giving me time to get it replaced

2. Finally found a new purse that works for me (I hate shopping for purses!)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Designing Patterns......otherwise known as why didn't I take notes.....

Christmas of 2018 I made and gave several cross-body purses for gifts.  I have a niece that is graduating from college this year, and I asked her mom, one of my best friends, what would be a good thing for her.   And she suggested a new one of these because my niece had said that her's is showing the wear and tear after almost two years of use.

These pics were of one of the one that I made for her originally.   Made with silk drapery scraps, linen, and cotton it has worn well for what i'm told has been almost constant use.

Finished size of the purses were approximately 7.5" wide by 9" tall. 

Only problem is that I didn't write down any details of what I did the first time.   Oops...guess what I'll be doing this time around, lol.

Debating on what fabrics to use for the new purse, but do know i'll make it from stash.



Gratitudes:

1. For being able to find a new purse at a decent price (I really hate having to shop for purses!)

2. For surprise pkgs (a lovely journal arrived today)





Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Progress on Challenge Quilt

I think I've found the shape that I'm going to use as "leaves".   But before cutting out umpteen pieces I decided to "test" the idea by cutting a few pieces out of paper and pinning them onto the background.

I'm like how this abstract form for a person is working for the leaves on the tree, so these are the shapes that i'll be using but may decide to change up the sizes a bit.

Gratitudes:
1. Paychecks for December came thru today, so I can pay bills...yeah!

2. I get to work from home tomorrow and don't have to commute in the winter storm that is due in tonight and tomorrow.


Monday, February 3, 2020

To-Do's - Week of 02/02/2020

The new year has started off with a bang as it were.........at least that's how my house looks....working on getting the disaster zone cleaned up tho.

Completions for the last couple of weeks -
  1. 16 more Valentine Postcards - Finished and delivered to nursing home for display and sale!
  2. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Recieved....
  3. Fabric Downsizing - 2 xerox boxes of Novelty print fabrics sorted through and measured
  4. Embellish Sweatshirt for DN - Finished and ready to ship
  5. Stretching Art 2020 - base of quilt designed and fused, ready for "leaves"

Commission To-do's for February -
  1. Commissioned tote #1 - cats - Tote assembly in progress
  2. Commissioned tote #2 - dachshunds - Nothing more done
  3. Repair antique Sun Bonnet Sue quilt for SR - started, ready for bonnet to be appliqued on
  4. Sew Cross-stitch blocks together as needed for SR
  5. Make fleece doggie coat from red/white print fleece remnant for SR - have remnant and pattern.
  6. Postcards for sale as I can make them - Easter, Birthday and spring ones need to be started.  Mother's Day, Father's day cards, and Graduation also need to be done.

Current For Sale projects & Commissions-
  1. Owl print quilt for sister of TK - Fabric has been received (used in the front and will be the back
  2. Pincushions for sale - make and list

2019 Christmas gifts -
  1. Pillowcase(s) for triangle support pillow for PN - Pam to send old pillowcase back so I can use it for a pattern
  2. Send gifts to the N family

Future Commissions-
  1. T-shirt Quilt for friend in an online group (no due date, waiting for shirts and specs)
  2. T-shirt quilt for a friend at church (no due date, waiting for shirts, specs)
  3. Men's Shirt alterations (multiple, not sure how many at this point) for AJ
  4. Hem dress and alter jacket for CJ
  5. T-shirt quilts for CA and CA
  6. Memory bears for TA
  7. Memory Pillows and stuffed pigs (2 each) (customer = friend of my realtor friend) to be done after Christmas
Possible Commissions/Sales -
  1. Airplane quilt - need to make sample blocks before getting back with friend to see if she's interested
  2. Music Quilt - long time possibility....rumblings about it happening again - Designed, waiting on down payment
  3. Teddy Bear Quilt - This needs to be quilted (either for the original order or sold to someone else)
  4. Quilt tops that are for sale (Wolf + more)
Other projects that need to be done -
  1. List items for sale on Ebay or other fitting site
  2. Ship snail quilt out for quilting - Ready to ship, but have to wait till I get paid again 
  3. Additional work for the PT job - waiting for an issue to be resolved.
  4. UFO Alphabet quilt #4 - Quilt, bind and finish
  5. Prep t-shirts for my own t-shirt quilt - t-shirts are all together (and have been for several yrs) but need to back with interfacing and get ready for quilting (doing quilt as you go).
  6. Downsize quilting fabric stash 
  7. Find place to donate clothing fabric - One email sent, waiting on response.  More to send
  8. Get website set up so that I can sell what I'm making and my quilts - started need to finish
  9. Continue looking for and applying for new, paying jobs
  10. Teddy Bears for Henry and Ezra
  11. Stretching Art 2020 - make and add "community", quilt, bind, label
  12. Purse for Caroline for Graduation - same type as 2 Christmas's ago, but a little larger.

Gratitudes:
1. For the hope of the company sale in the works

2. For the support network of friends and family that I've been blessed with