Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10-20-2014

I didn't get a whole lot of quilting done last week.  Yes, I finished the Carolina Christmas top which I showed here.  What I did do was figure out what I needed to do on Easy Street to move it along.  I have most of the units done.  I was able to do a little toward the last bit before I can start putting the bricks together.  Here's what all the bits look like: 
That polka dot part is a folder with all the directions in it. I'm hoping to get more of it worked on over the next few weeks.  But I've got a lot of quilts waiting to be put on Ruthie.  Hopefully I'll finish the sail boat quilt this week. 

Here's the sad tale of my goals. 
Week of October 13, 2014
Quilt sailboat quilt √ started but didn’t get far
Work on Easy Street √ a little was done
Put the last border on Carolina Christmas
Hang out with Kevin and Ellie while Aimee is traveling
Finish Grim Ripper nope, didn’t happen
Bind the sailboat quilt nope, didn’t happen either

And here's what I hope to do this week.  I've got a couple of all day events so I may not get lots of other things done.  

Week of October 20, 2014
Finish quilting sailboat quilt
Bind sailboat quilt
Spend a day embroidering with friends
Work on Easy Street, if there is time
Host Pillow Case day in the studio
Finish Grim Ripper?
Attend Ellie’s birthday party!

Driving home from staying with Ellie I saw great gas prices but didn't stop to fill the tank.  I was tickled to find the same prices at our local Sheetz.  Wow! Part of the benefit of living in Va is they have rather low gas tax so our prices are always better than DC and Maryland.  Can't speak about the rest of the nation. 

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times so go take a look at what's happening in studios this week. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Another Top Done!

That is the top only, not quilted yet.  

I brought Carolina Christmas and Easy Street to work on while providing a bit of coverage for Kevin while Aimee was on a work trip to South Korea.  (Yep, a way far away trip!)  I'm basically dropping off Ellie and picking her up from day care which works nicely for all of us.  I planned to do some heavy duty sewing on these two quilts.  

It was working well until yesterday afternoon when daycare called to tell us that Ellie was puking.  Yuck.  Everything she ate at lunch was gone through the wrong end.  Pat and I scurried over there to to pick her up.  No day care for Ellie for a while.  Kevin made a doctor's appt for us to take her in the next day.  

At dinner she had another "episode"  but it might have been more that she was eating too fast and perhaps too much.  Who knew there was faucet from stomach back to mouth?  

Fast forward to this am.  She slept really well last night.  Drank a tiny bit of formula and a ate little bit of oatmeal.  A little bit more liquid.  Dr. says, sorry, some sort of stomach bug and don't be surprised if you get it too.  OH FUN.  On the other hand, Ellie has kept everything I have given her down today.  I've upped her formula to 4 oz and she slurped it down so fast I thought we might turn that faucet on again.  But, no.  (Thank you very much.)  She's even slept through some work being done on the house.  I can't imagine she'll sleep all that much longer but she might.  

I did get this Carolina Christmas top completely done.  Remember last picture of it here? No one commented about the left border and the right border not being put on the same way.  I didn't notice it until I was fixing the upper left block of the top border.  The whole left side was put on facing the wrong way.  I ripped and re sewed that.  I fixed the corner block.  I've sewn the bottom border together and then onto the quilt.  It is DONE. (subject to careful review to make sure everything is in the right place.)  Once I get backing for it I will get this one quilted and bound.  Hopefully, soon although I have a lot of things planned over the next few weeks.  

Maybe tomorrow during Ellie's naps I can get a bit farther on my Easy Street. I'm at step 6 but I need to review everything from the first clue to see if I wrote notes about how many blocks I was actually going to make of this quilt.  Ellie can use an extra day away from day care so she doesn't get this bug again. (can bugs repeat once you've had them?) 

I'll be going back home on Saturday unless I have succumbed to the bug.  (I'm having very positive thoughts that I won't get this bug!)  I'll probably sleep for several days cause it is tiring playing with Ellie.  I'll be coming back up for her birthday party next Saturday.  Then it's going to be beach time again.  Not as much quilting getting done but having a good time with Ellie. 

Happy Quilting All. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10-13-2014

Not much going on except cutting scraps and cleaning off the cutting table this past week.  You can read about it here

I did get started on a couple of string blocks for a swap I'm in.  I have decided I won't sign up again next year as I have a horrible time keeping up with this group for some reason.  And, on the other hand I haven't gotten all the blocks due to me yet.  And, really, this is the main reason, I won't get around to making the quilt for months years. I enjoy my FCQ EQuilters so I will stay with them.  
Hum, the color is off.  These are MUCH brighter than this picture. I like the look of the block but every edge is on the bias once you cut them and sew the pieces back together.  I have a bit more to do on these and then they go in the mail to Christy. 

I started loading this quilt on Ruthie before retreat.  I would love to custom quilt this one as I really like it.  But the truth is, I haven't a clue how to custom quilt it with the new computerization.  So, I will be doing an edge to edge panto once I figure out what type of panto would look good. Any suggestions?  I'm probably going to buy a new one for it because I just don't have all that many of them. 

I didn't do very well on my goals last week.  But getting the cutting table cleaned off was well worth all the work with the added benefit of getting a bunch of scraps cut.

Week of October 6, 2014
Unpack projects and machine from retreat
Stitch the second Grim Ripper√ buttonhole stitched but not quilted or bound.
Quilt something, anything, on Ruthie
Make a block for Christmas Favorites
Prepare for and attend Country Piecemaker’s meeting
Clear off the cutting table and put away the scraps√√
Clean the studio 

Not as much is going to happen this week as I'm heading to Aimee and Kevin's house to help with Ellie while Aimee heads to South Korea.  Yep, I typed South  Korea.  She was invited to make a presentation at a conference there. I'll be getting Ellie to and from day care.  I'll bring a couple of UFOs to work on.  Plus I hope to go to a few fabric shops in the area. 

Week of October 13, 2014
Quilt sailboat quilt
Work on Easy Street
Put the last border on Carolina Christmas
Hang out with Kevin and Ellie while Aimee is traveling
Finish Grim Ripper
Bind the sailboat quilt

That's it for me.  Stop by Patchwork Times to find links to lots of different different Design Wall Monday posts. 

Happy Quilting All!