Sunday, May 29, 2011

Design Wall Sunday

I see so many posts for Design Wall Monday's but that is a day that does not work for me so I am doing Sunday...yeah.

This is the beginning of Shaylie Jo's quilt.  I wanted brights and boy are they bright.  I saw a picture of a quilt that just seemed to call her name.  In my mind the top was brights with applique'd white daisies.  Well I bought the fabric, cut it out (twice because I discovered I cut 4.5 x 4 instead of 4.5 x 4.5 oops).  I get the background up on my "design wall" only to finally locate the magazine I saw the picture in and it is not brights but is 30 repos...........how could I make that mistake!!!  I already have the borders etc..for this so it will stay brights.  Babies like brights anyway...right?????

So anyway, this is it so far.  I will do a 1.5 inch pale yellow border to tone down the brights and the last border will be either a bright green or a lavender with mini bright hearts on it.  I bought both because I could not decide in the store. 

Sunday Project Management

Well today brings MORE work but this part time job will bring a little extra cash in for those "necessary" items AND I am trying not to spend it on fabric :-)  I have goals so it makes it a little easier to spend my down time working.

However, my goal in the sewing room today is project management.  I figure if I do one work audit, tackle one UFO then by the time the sun goes down I will have achieved something in all arenas of my life today.  It is not to work on th UFO but rather to get them under some sort of order.  I recently read a book on organzing the quilt room and WISH I had written the name and author to share but didn't, however I did take notes.

The plan is to pull each UFO out...regardless of the stage it is in.  Stare at it and then decide if it stays or goes.  This even includes some of those JoAnn Fabric blocks of the month from 10 years ago sitting in totes.  If the project still calls to me it will go on a tracking chart I plan to design for myself using some hints from the book I read.  If it no longer calls to me it will either be given away/donated or tossed into the scrap bin to be included in scrap management. 

Everyone enjoy their Sunday.  I just turned the AC on as it's going to be a warm one today and I don't want to sweat on my fabric :-)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Grapevine Wallhanging First Block

Well I worked on my first block a bit today.  I have all the vines, leaves and center grapes on.  I still need to add the grapes around the outside leaves.  The bias turned out a little wide for the vines but I am not taking it apart........they will just have to be thick vines :-)  I am also not sure I bought enough fabric for the grapes so before I go any further I think I will make all 680 grapes in case I need to add some scrappy purples here and there.  Cannot have one oddball block.  This will halt progress a bit but that's ok.  I would rather halt than have odd blocks.

End of May

Well the end of May is here and not much has been accomplished.  My son was back in the hospital last week.  The fracture has healed but once the swelling went down there was a lump.  The lump, muscle and bone were biopsied.  Biopsy came back with an infection in the bone.  I don't need to tell you how that went.  Long hospital stay and he is now home with 6 weeks of antibiotic infusions twice a day.  I am not sure how he is staying patient through this ordeal.

Enough of that bandwagon!!

Anyway, I have started my grapevine wallhanging that will go in my dining room.  I really did not want to start anything new but there are two projects I HAD to start.  The grapevine needs to be completed because as some point I want to redecorate my dining room and this will be the focal point.  I am a little unhappy that my vines ended up wider than I wanted but I think it will till be OK.........I am not taking it apart :-)  My goal is to get some grapes on it this weeken and will then post a photo.

The second project is Shaylie Jo's quilt.  My new granddaughter cannot wait until I am done with the 5000 UFO's haunting me so her projects needs to get underway as well.  I don't have to tell you to wait until you are rested to cut fabric.  I was so excited that the blocks were cut.  I laid them out and realized I cut half the blocks at 4.5 x 4 inches instead of 4,5 x 4.5 NEVER cut when you are tired.  So a weekend goal (after much needed work is done) is to cut them all to 4 x 4.  It will be OK as the size can adjust.  It will be a scrappy background of brights with white daisy's appliqued'.  I got the idea when Hunter picked out a pink rabbit with white daisy's as her "welcome baby sister" present.

So to work I go.  I have a few audits to get done and will then treat myself to an hour of quilting...then a few more audits.............that's the game plan for the weekend.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Flowers

Well the April showers sure did bring alot of May flowers............and more showers :-)  as I sit here typing it is starting to rain.  It's ok. I  think we actually went through 3 days without rain and as I planted flowers today I REALLY wanted some rain. 

I have completed my Album of Memories center block.  It was so large I decided it was going to end up as a wallhanging instead of a full quilt.  As beautiful as the entire quilt is and as much as I LOVE the hand work of applique' the quilt just wasn't talking to me anymore.  I believe if you are going to quilt something you should like/love it.  Anyway, it is bound and on the wall. ....yeah.

I think tomorrow is a "me day"...no appointments that I know of so I plan to do some a little work (business work not the fun work) and mix in a little quilting.  I am working on a new wallhanging for my dining room.  It will have 4-6 blocks that have applique' stems, leaves and grapes......I think with the Tuscan theme in the kitchen and dining room it will blend in nicely.  So I need to get the blocks and borders cut then work in the bias for the stems and all 680 little grapes :-)  yeah.........TV work that little chore will be.