Monday, December 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-22-2014

We're down to the wire now... 
                       presents need to be finished
                                      and wrapped

Except, we won't be seeing one set of grands until later so I have a little reprieve.  I have just a little sewing to finish the other grands item. Don't tell her but here's what I've been working on.... counted cross stitch ornaments.


I was going to get the newest issue and ran out of time.  I figured if there were 76 ornaments in last year's issue and I only made one style, I had a lot of other ones to choose from.  I'm two eyebrows and a smile away from being able to finish Ellie's.  And, I have a start on the ones for Natalie and Sophia.  I won't be seeing them right away so I can squeeze in a few more things. 


And, I machine embroidered and sent off a shirt for Alexis.  Her mom, Kim, is my god daughter and she loved the shirts I posted on Facebook.  It didn't take much arm twisting on her part to get me to make a shirt for Alexis.  It went into the mail on Saturday.  The designs on all the shirts came from Designs by JuJu.  They've got a sale going on until Jan. 2.  I've bought way too many of their designs but almost all of them have been on sale.  I should be good for all the holidays in a year.  I've even bought shirts for the grands' for Valentine's Day.  
On to my goals.  I got some stuff done but not as much as I should. 
Week of December 15, 2014
Embroider stuff! Shirts,√ towels etc.
Get Christmas cards written and out in the mail√
Order new glasses√
Appts., Woman’s Club (skipped it!) and Tea Group Lunch out√
Make aprons for the grands
Wrap presents
Work on ornaments for the grands√

Finish snowball blocks for FCQEquilter
And now what's happening this week. 
Week of December 22, 2014
Wrap presents
Hair cut
Finish Ornament for one and continue on the others
Embroider other stuff
Slap a quilt on Ruthie and let her do her thing
Finish snowball blocks for FCQEquilter
Make aprons for the grands
Make 2 different types of cookies

I should be able to post pictures of a couple of secret projects after Christmas.  I must remember which ones I haven't shown you.  Ruthie and Bernie are feeling neglected.  I hope to get both of them sewing this week.  I'd like to finish a couple of quilts before the end of the year.  I'm trying to NOT buy anymore fabric but it's been hard. It isn't going to be a great year for fabric usage, that's for sure. 

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate.  Or a great Hanukkah. And/or a super week.  We're hoping to spend Christmas day with Ellie and her family.  

There weren't many links posted to Patchwork Time's Design Wall Monday but I'm posting my link there and others will be posting as they have time. 
Happy Quilting All! 



Monday, December 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-15-2014

Busy week but not much to show for it.  I quilted several tops on Ruthie for other folks and didn't take pictures.  But here are a few things I have been working on. 
The grands are getting new shirts for Christmas.  This cute penguin is for Natalie. Sophia gets the polar bear.  I haven't started Ellie's yet.  That will be done today. 

I've also been slowly getting the binding done on my Carolina Christmas.  I'm about a third of the way done.  But probably won't get back to it for a few more days. 

Did you hear about the kerfuffle with Clover Wonder Clips?  Evidently someone is actually making counterfeit clips and selling them as the real thing. Check out this link for more information http://www.clover-usa.com. The information is in a box about half way down.  Or save time and just click on this one: http://clovercatalog.com/wc/wc.pdf  It shows the real packaging and the counterfeit packaging along with what is different between the two, especially how to tell if the clips are real.  Why would someone counterfeit sewing supplies?  Why not just make your own version with some changes.  The reports I've read have said the fake clips catch on fabric, break easily and don't hold as well.  Amazon sells the real ones but some of their vendors have the counterfeit ones.  I use my clips all the time for lots of different things. I'm glad I've had mine for over a year before all of this started.  

Enough of that unpleasantness.  Here's how I did on my goals last week. 
Week of December 8, 2014
Make binding for Carolina Christmas and bind it√ It’s well on the way
Finish quilting table runner for Jane
Finish baby charity quilt top, quilt and bind it
Quilt 2 or more charity quilts √ one done
Socialize like crazy over the weekend when every single party we’ve been invited to is being held!√ one was postponed until later.  Thank heavens.  
Try to get blocks in the mail√ Pat got 2 sets to the post office for me.
Decide and write up pattern for BOM
Make mug rug for swap

And this week-----
Week of December 15, 2014
Embroider stuff! Shirts, towels etc.
Get Christmas cards written and out in the mail
Order new glasses
Appts., Woman’s Club and Tea Group Lunch out
Make aprons for the grands
Wrap presents
Work on ornaments for the grands
Finish snowball blocks for FCQEquilter

Don't forget to check in with Patchwork Times for the links to Design Walls across the Internet. 
Happy Quilting All!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-8-2014

I've been quilting like a fiend.  After I finished a quilt for Kay, I threw my Carolina Christmas quilt on Ruthie.  It is so discouraging to have several really smooth passes and then start having bobbin thread breaking.  UGH.  After several rows with a couple of breaks on each row, I decided I would try an old Bobbin Genie that I had hanging around.  WOW!  What a difference that made.  I finished all the rows with no more breaks.  Amazing.  Of course, I ran out of bobbin thread once or twice! It was a dark day when I took this but you get the idea. When the binding is on I'll take "official" photos of it. 

Next up on Ruthie was a little table runner a friend wanted quilted.  I hemmed and hawed over it for a while as I wasn't sure what to do with it.  But, I really want to get it back to her by this coming Saturday so I threw it on Ruthie. (Well, ok, that makes it sound weird.  I carefully placed it on Ruthie.  But using the Red Snappers makes it really fast and easy especially for such a small piece.) I am using Quiltmagine software for the Nolting and the more I learn, the more impressed I am with it.  I wasn't sure how I could do a side triangle but it was as simple as pulling up the pattern, clicking three times on the corners of the "block" and stitching it out.  I am so happy with my computerization!  
Since I've been spending so much time on the quilting side of things not much piecing has been getting done.  The quilt from this post is 2 seams away from being finished.  It should be going on Ruthie next.  I'm just doing an edge to edge design on it so hopefully that will be done today.  After that I have 2 more charity quilts.  Then I'm taking a break until next week!  I'd love to get a few more of my quilts done as I have been buying fabric like crazy.  I chose to buy backings for several quilts on Wednesday last.  I wonder if I can use as much fabric as I purchased this month? 

On to the goals.  Not everything was accomplished but I did succeed getting several important things done. 
Week of December 1, 2014
Start and finish Hokie quilt for Kay
Finish up blocks that need to be mailed out more were done but nothing is in the mail
Mail out blocks for various recipients nope!
Continue knitting on turquoise blue sock nothing
Order Christmas Cards
Get one of my quilts quilted

Clean quilt studio; put new fabrics away√ well some got put away…
Week of December 8, 2014
Make binding for Carolina Christmas and bind it
Finish quilting table runner for Jane
Finish baby charity quilt top, quilt and bind it
Quilt 2 or more charity quilts
Socialize like crazy over the weekend when every single party we’ve been invited to is being held!
Try to get blocks in the mail
Decide and write up pattern for BOM
Make mug rug for swap

Hum, that list doesn't say anything about Christmas presents.  I need to get going on that.  Yikes. 

I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times.  Come take a look! 

Happy Quilting All!