Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lisa's UFO Challenge: July 2016

And just like that, it's July! This month's project for the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #4. So I will  be working on finishing up an American flag wall hanging. This is a pattern that was designed by Mary. I made one in a class she taught in 2013 - that one is complete and hanging on my wall. I then used her pattern to make this one. It has now been sitting for a couple of years looking just like this and gathering dust. It is pieced and pin basted, just waiting to be quilted.

My goal for this month will be to finish machine quilting and get the binding on. Hopefully this July project will be more successful than June!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lisa's UFO Report: June 2016

My June goal for the #APQResolution UFO Challenge has not turned out to be as productive as in previous months. My goal stated that I wanted to complete the monarch butterfly paper piecing kit, including borders. I did also note that June was going to be a busy month so I'd be happy with any forward progress.

Now that June has ended, I look back to those comments at the beginning of the month & will have to call myself happy. I predicted correctly that June was a bit of a busy month...and I came nowhere near to finishing this project. I barely even started. However, I did make forward progress. I got the sections of the paper piecing pattern cut up, refreshed my memory of how to paper piece (I only did this once before, back in January). And I made progress on one little corner of the butterfly pattern. This is actually three small sections completed & joined together.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

UFO Challenge: June 2016

The selected project for June in the #APQResolution UFO Challenge is #10 which means I need to work on my Chocolate Covered Cherries Bargello. At the beginning of June it was pieced and basted and I had begun machine quilting it. There is quite a bit more quilting to do, typically I quilt through the center of each bargello swoop and have only done about 6 of these. Border quilting also needs to be figured out and completed then binding and a label added to finish the quilt. 
Double safety pins show where I left off quilting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Snapshot

Last week my husband and I, along with several friends, attended the American Homebrewers Association Conference (now called HomeBrew Con). My recycled grain bag totes were great for carrying our stuff (and exhibit hall goodies) around Baltimore and the conference. Several people asked about the totes, which was cool, and some asked how to make them. I explained the basics and a tutorial may turn up on this blog one of these days. 
Photo by Lisa North, June 2016
We had a bunch of beer that we wanted to take into the Grand Banquet (yes, they serve beer there, but this is a homebrew conference so bringing your own beer is definitely a thing). The grain bag totes held up beautifully to zip-top bags filled with ice and about 16 cans of beer (in each bag). Grain bags are tough and the double stitching and handle attachment came through this unplanned test with flying colors. When one of the zip-top bags sprung a leak it proved  my theory that the tote bags aren't waterproof, but they dried super fast and suffered no ill-effects from the soaking.
Linking up with Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy.