Reviewed – Satisfied- Looking Forward

I have reviewed my work for 2016.  I admit to straying from my list of goals with profound satisfaction.  No regrets!  I got started on my A Boy and A Girl BOM and am thoroughly enjoying  myself in each step of the process  of each block.

I am satisfied with the projects I completed this year.  I have learned to set realistic goals.  No more pie in the sky.  I ask myself, is this doable, if not, scale back expectations.

Now, I am looking forward to 2017 with my eye on finishing more old UFO’s and my beloved A Boy and A Girl BOM.

My year in photos:

 

And also a round of applause for my helpers.  They kept urging me on when I stumbled.

Happy New Year everyone.  My wish is that everyone’s hopes and dreams come true in 2017.

I am finishing up 2016 by cleaning and organizing my sewing room so I can start the new year in an inspiring place.  Fingers crossed I get it completed today.  Sadly, there is much work to be done.  🙂 But what a wonderful day to be able to spend it in my happy place.

Happy Stitches.

Sissy

 

 


Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve here in Missouri and the rain has stopped and the sun is shining.  It’s a beautiful day.  I can remember past Christmases where there was a least a foot of snow on the ground and it was below zero outside.  I am very thankful for this beautiful day.

I have been busy working on Block # 5 of A Boy and A Girl and am determined to have it completely sewn by Monday.  Keeping fingers crossed!

I just wanted to stop for a moment and wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season!

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Happy Stitches

Sissy


High Hopes

I’m on a roll.  I finished prepping Block # 4.

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I belong to a Hand Applique Group on Facebook and posted a photo of WIP of this block.  I had a question asked how I placed my pieces so I decided to illustrate in photos a step by step.

The squares for this pattern are cut 24″ and will later be trimmed to 20.5″.  I place my ruler along one side and mark 12″ from the edge with a water soluable pen.  I then rotate the block 90 degrees and do the same.  I then take it to my sewing machine and using a 4.0 stitch length stitch the lines.  This creates a center placement guide

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I tape my pattern to my light box  Right Side Up.

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Then using my stiching lines I match them to the pattern centering lines and tape my background fabric to my light box.

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I then trace the pattern to my block background using a blue water soluable pen.

I generally reverse the pattern on the light box and trace my patterns on my freezer paper with the dull side up on the freezer paper.  Some people just leave the pattern Right Side Up and trace their pattern with the shiny side of the freezer paper up.  Either way works just fine.  I typically iron a second layer of freezer paper to my traced patterns for more stability.

Then the fun begins…. cutting out all those patterns.

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And then I find out I had a senior moment while tracing.  I have 2 number 40’s and no number 22.  Oh well, back to the drawing board.009

Progress so far..

I have to put away my play things right now and get ready to head to Branson, MO to see the theatrical production of Moses.  I have been so looking forward to seeing this.

Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy


Next Up Block 4

It took me longer than I had anticipated to complete hand sewing block # 3 but I am pleased to say it is finished and hanging on the design wall in good company with Blocks 1 and 2.

I am always surprised when I soak and hand wash the block after I have completed hand appliqueing it just how filthy, not just dirty, but filthy the water is.  Now, I expect it to be milky in color due to the spray starch and the glue I use to hold the pieces in place, but this time the water was dark and filthy.  Makes me wonder where my hands have been.  Note to self, wash hands more frequently before picking up hand work.

I had a nice break at Thanksgiving that allowed me to finish Block # 3 on time.  Thanksgiving spent with family and traditional trimmings.  Yikes but it was good.  I also had 2 vacation days where one was spent in my sewing room pushing myself to finish my block.  The second day I spent cleaning the garage so I would be able to park my car in there out of the weather.  I suppose winter will rear it’s ugly head at some point and I do not want to spend time scraping my windshield.  Domestic duties are always getting in the way of my Utopian Bliss.  Patting myself on the back for clearing the garage I am back to prepping Block # 4.  What I have accomplished so far…

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Here is Block # 3

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I have such high hopes for this month.  I am hoping to complete 2 blocks.  Ambitious but what are goals if not to push ourselves.

Happy Holidays

Sissy


Circles, Circles, Circles

Focused on prepping block 3 of A Boy and a Girl by Kim Mclean.  Lotta circles going on here.  I think I’m getting dizzy.  Good news is almost halfway completed.

Listening to David Bowie’s Starman from the movie The Martian playing in the background.   The stage is set for a very productive Saturday.  Oh Yeah!!! Going to be a great day for circles!

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Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy


Still Here Working Away….

How does time get away so fast.  It is mid-October and and I don’t have very much to show for myself.  Way too much socializing and I can also throw in a bit under the weather.  My allergies are killing me.  I wonder if what is supposed to be fall in the Ozarks but feels like a mild summer is having it’s effect on me.  Either way I’m dragging my feet.  It could simply be just not enough hours in the day.

So pushing forward I am working on my Saturday Sampler Block 11 a Chevron Star Variation.  8 pointed stars and y-seams have never been anywhere near the top of my list of favorite blocks, actually, it doesn’t make the list at all.   Here I am  making faces at the block.  It’s been quite some time since I have worked with diamonds and y-seams so I am going back to basics and marking all of my  intersecting seam allowances.  I know it’s putzy and I’m sure there are quicker ways but in my defense I have been away from the quilting world for over 10 years and I am having to rely on my own knowledge base.  It is what it is.  I want my block to be flat when finished and not have a “D” cup in the middle.003005004

I also got some advice from my newest rescue “Gibbs”.  He did give me his paw of approval.

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Gibbs encouraged me to stay the course and carry on.  I even momentarily considered hand piecing this block and then came to my senses and sat back down at the machine.

Here are photos of the process:

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Yep, I remembered how to sew together an 8 pointed star with y-seams and no “D” cups in sight!  Now that’s cause for celebration.  No poofy center to try to “quilt out”.  Not happening here!

Now I get to prep Block 3 of A Boy and a Girl.  That makes me happy!

Have a wonderful day everyone and celebrate your accomplishments.

Sissy


Is it Really September 24th?

Where has the year gone?  We are almost 3/4ths thru the year and I am miserably behind on my UFO list.  The good news is I keep plugging away and eventually something gets removed from the list.  Just not as quickly as I had hoped this year but progress non the less.

I have been concentrating on A Boy and A Girl by Kim McLean.  I am still hand appliqueing the blocks.  Lots of thread changing.  Beautifully printed fabrics require me to change the thread in my needle often as seen below.  But the end result is very satisfying.

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Not sure how much I’ll get done today I still have yard work to finish but I’m hoping to wrap up Block # 2 by the end of the month so I can start # 3 for October.  I really like working on this quilt.

I did get my Saturday Sampler Block finished and am good to go for our meeting October 1st.   The UFO Basket quilt has been relegated to the back burner as I am frustrated with it. I have gotten 6 blocks completed so I am not going to beat myself up over shoving it aside.  The blocks are still hanging on the design wall a constant reminder of “Hey, I’m still here, patiently waiting to be completed”.  I’ll get there just not today.

Happy stitches everyone!

Sissy


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