Saturday, October 12, 2019

Scrapping Goals

Goal #1: Process this basket
of scraps by the end of 2019
Inspired by Cut the Scraps by Joan Ford I am going to try to get the huge bag of scrap fabric that I have accumulated sorted out into usable pieces.
Ford recommends 5" squares, 3.5" squares, and 2" squares from your scraps as those sizes play well together when you're ready to make quilts. I am also going to add 1" strips to the mix as those are what I use for log cabin blocks. The 5" squares will also work for Nickel Quilts (from the Pat Speth books).
My first goal is to press, cut, and sort into plastic boxes (which I already have) one basket of scraps that I pulled out of the bag by the end of the year. The plan is to get as many 5" squares as possible out of each piece of fabric and then go to the smaller sizes until the fabric is gone. Anything too small for an inch-wide strip goes in the dog-bed-bag (to be used as pillow filler).
I am linking up this week with Oh Scrap!


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

OMG October

The various units for my Happy
Scrappy Purple Irish Chain Blocks
My last One Monthly Goal was in May  which I did accomplish. Not sure what went on since then. I am jumping back in and setting a #onemonthlygoal for October. I want to complete all the blocks for my Happy Scrappy Irish Chain. There are 90 blocks all together and I have just over half of them made. Unfortunately most of the finished ones are the simple one. All the units are made so I need to assemble the rest of the blocks. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #10

July and August were not big sewing months and I only sewed 15 minutes on 21 days out of 62. I finished the T shirt quilt for my friend's daughter and got all the 4-patch blocks done for my Happy Scrappy Irish Chain. It is a new month and I am going to try to get in more sewing. So far I have sewed 3 out of 7 days in September. I have a quilt retreat at the end of the month so that should help. I am at 51% for my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal for the year which is on track, but just barely.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #9

June was a good month for my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. Out of 30 days I sewed for at least 15 minutes on 21 one them (70%). Most of the ones I missed were over a long weekend when I was away. That puts me at 57% for the year so far. 
Most of my sewing time has been spend on the Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt. I have all the purple squares cut and 360 pairs of light/dark squares assembled to turn into 4-patches. I will need to cut the neutral background pieces next.
Looking ahead to next month I will be working on a T-Shirt quilt for the daughter of a friend, hopefully making the skirts I didn't get to in June, and continuing to move forward on my Irish chain.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #8

So far I am doing well on my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal this month. In the first 15 days of the month I sewed for at least 15 minutes on all but one day.  
I didn't get a post written in time to officially set a one-monthly-goal, but still hope to get a couple of skirts made. I have made progress on the Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt. I have cut all the purple squares for it (1,060) and started sewing the 4-patches from them. The gardening isn't getting a lot of time because it seems like it is always raining when I am not at work.
I have been listening to podcasts while I sew and if you are a lover of classic mysteries I highly recommend http://shedunnitshow.com/ 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Stitching Post #7

May went better than April both generally and as far as my 15-minutes-to-stitch goal. I managed to sew 17 out of the 31 days in May which was 55% for the month. For the year I am also at 55% (83/151) so am just making the goal of sewing on half the days.
Since my last Sunday Stitching post I finished binding my Carolina Hurricane Quilt and got it sent off to its new home. I also exceeded my one monthly goal for May which was to make 6 grain-bag totes (I finished 10). I also figured out how to get the mariners compass blocks for my Tropical Whimsey quilt attached to the backgrounds in a way that I am happy with. Two of those blocks are done and several more are pinned and ready for hand-applique. 
My plans for June include making a couple of skirts for this summer and cutting hundreds of 2" squares for a Happy Scrappy Irish Chain quilt that I am planning. At this point I'm thinking it will be all purples with assorted white/cream background fabrics. I will have to see how my supply of purple scraps holds up. I might throw in some reds as well. There are also several finished tops in my pile ready for basting so I should consider working on those as well. 
This time of year there is also the challenge of balancing sewing time with gardening time so will have to see how that goes.