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34.9 March A Long 2014 – My progress and video

April 1, 2014

March A Long 2014

I had to cut my last post short due to video problems with the camera battery. After recording 3 times Sunda, I gave up trying on Sunday.

I also recorded this 3 times today due to video length. :) Here it is, my report & video.

What am I up to??

I cut the very last of my charm squares, I have them all baggied up.

Some of my cubbies have been reorganized while I watch episodes of mythbusters on netflix.

I participated in a few conversations on facebook about Modern Quilting (the aesthetic) vs modern (or contemporary) quilting (the movement).

Some on the Quilting groups too. I spammed the internet this weekend looking for things to do, participate in. People were being a little more quiet than I was hoping.

I uploaded some pictures & managed the guild roster on our guild website (major fun) & verified that changes were made on someone else’s website that referenced our guild (EXCITING FUN I KNOW!)

So much fun I had to dance with this quilt a little bit today.

greyquiltinglinesonsunshinequilt

I cursed at my vintage machine for a while when it kept breaking threads. Simply trying to do straight line quilting, no jerky motions, the machine was having none of it.

I tried:

  • rethreading top
  • rethreading bobbin
  • changing the bobbin thread
  • changing the top thread (brand AND spool)
  • holding onto those loose threads really tightly
  • changing the needle
  • changing the needle type
  • cleaning out the whole bobbin area for spare thread / lint
  • changing from FMQ (darning) foot to walking foot (haven’t used in a long time)
  • adjusting the tension on the top down

The last attempt on my vintage machine, I had seen a flicker in my light switch that related to the same power strip as my vintage machine and I decided there was potentially an electrical threat.

I haven’t had the machine looked at, and sometimes when I have used it, it sounds like it’s taking the motor time with catching up with the fact the foot pedal has been pressed in.

So now the machine has a cover. To keep me from staring at it longingly.

makeitsewonvintagemachine

For another troubleshooting idea I decided to baste my little scrapitude quilt. To have something without a pieced back to quilt against and to have enough fabric left over for a test quilt on the side.

And I redecorated sorta. The blue & white quilt on the left top is a quilt I got at a quilt auction 3 years ago.

decoratedroomandscrapitude

And this quilt I think our shop is selling the pattern, or was, as this was a quilt I got as an auction quilt made by our featured quilter. Not her usual style of quilts, but I really liked it.

littlehouseauctionquilt

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

In this video, I share my current book haul.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 & #5 & #6 for 2014

I am willing to part with these items as a thank you gift for a lucky someone (or three) to be determined by email from who I end up contacting in a couple of weeks.

icouldpartwiththese

I love that you have all went through this with me again for another year! All receive pats on the back weather or not we actually sewed every day. I think I missed 3 days total in March, which is EXCELLENT progress! Completely made up for it in other days!

So make sure if you haven’t already, sign up on the inlinkz for this week. Or leave a comment below.

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34.8 March A Long 2014 – Report In for YOU

March 30, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the last full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March! It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

lake in march

DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES (*cough* camera-batteries *cough*) I am unable to get the video for this week recorded today. I do have off April 1st so I will have time on Tuesday to record & post a video for this blog.

I will wait & describe my fun I had with my FMQ in the blog post I will make on Tuesday. A large portion of it is already written.

But: Feel free to comment here about your week. I know it’s late in the game, but I am considering giving away a few items to one lucky person who has been generous enough to play along & report in their March-A-Long progress. Or maybe one item to 3 different people.

That will be revealed more on Tuesday.

For now, see a picture of my quilt backing for my card trick quilt. I pieced this together with sorta random fabrics from the quilt retreat I went to a month ago.

backing to card trick quilt

Love to hear what you’re all up to. March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 & #5 for 2014

Sign up on the inlinkz for this week. Or leave a comment below.

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34.7 March A Long 2014 – Week 3 Report in

March 23, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the third full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

Monday/Tuesday, I decided borders for this quilt, and then I got the top all sewn together Wednesday!

blue sunshine quilt top complete in sunshine

And then I decided to make a little “internal sunshine” (Kati’s input on the name) on the back.

blue sunshine quilt back pieced

The quilt is basted and ready to be ‘ditch quilted’ (almost said ditched).

I called this: Mandy’s Blue Sunshine on Threadbias.

I also went vintage hat shopping. And some of you saw my hats on twitter.

several hats

Just for fun, I blinged up one of the kinda boring hats.

hat bling

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

In the video, I share my scrap management system with you all, with many baggies & cubbies.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 for 2014

Sign up on the inlinkz for this week. Or leave a comment below.

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34.6 March A Long 2014 – Week 2 Report in

March 16, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the second full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

I missed the first Monday of the week as I got in 14,000 steps by going on two very long walks during that day since the weather was so nice.

Then on Tuesday, I cut scraps, but also Angela Walters visited my guild for a talk since she’s pretty local.

Boy is she funny! Her quilting is amazing. Loved to hear about her husband’s grandpa and how she thought she was the best quilter ever and her adventures in getting the long arm.

Here is one of her quilts! She said we could take pictures. But only heavily photoshop ones of her (joking, but funny).

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Her daughter was there helping to hold the quilts. Our guild got a reminder about how heavy the quilts were and to rotate out help for holding quilts and here is this little 8 year old just helping out as many times as she could! How sweet! And Angela herself held several of them as well.

The main majority of the week I was finding any excuse to get back to Hulu to catch up with the soap opera to cut scraps. I have lots of little baby pieces and started a string bag.

cutting dow n scraps

I am still working on my leaders & enders quilt seen below in blue & white.

mandys blue and white sunshine quilt

I have been showing all the pretty colors on my ‘Crazy Daisies’. Flowers for National Quilting Day held yesterday (third Saturday of March).

crazy daisies

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

I share pictures of my scraps, the technique I use for the 1/2 square triangles for this quilt, and a lighting solution from a fishing store.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 for 2014

Sign up on the inlinkz for this week. Or leave a comment below.

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34.5 March A Long 2014 – Week 1 Report in

March 9, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the first full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of march.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

First I sat and watched a Korean drama and cut scraps for a large majority of the week. Every day I was able to get out & do at least that much.

I have switched projects mid-week to make my main focus my leaders & enders quilt seen below in blue & white.

mandys blue and white sunshine quilt

I found out that a grade school friend has breast cancer, and I wanted to make something large enough to comfort her & her family during this time.

My original thought was to gift my yellow butterfly sunshine quilt to her, but I decided against that in favor of the more snuggable blue & white quilt.

So now I have a purpose for my old leader & ender quilt and someday I need to make a new one (leader & ender quilt) with white thread.

Actually I already have a leader & ender quilt ready, but it is sewn with black as the neutral, so I like to only sew that quilt alternating with black thread projects.

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below. For those of you who like the voice & the ants. Not a lot there that isn’t already shown here, but you get the idea, personal contact is fun, albeit very scary to record.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2 for 2014

Sign up on the inlinkz for this week.

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34.4 Great start to the March-A-Long

March 2, 2014

Thanks everyone for participating in this year’s March-A-Long! Or thinking about it at least.

March A Long 2014

March-A-Long we attempt to craft for at least 15 minutes a day for the entire month of March.

No rules, no drill sergeants, no stopwatches! Just do something quilty for the month of March.

For some people, crafting can be intimidating if we don’t have a “large chunk of time”.

But this March, can you start thinking of the little things that can help move your projects forward, little bits at a time.

OR sew a LOT of time if you’re lucky enough to be able to do it!

The previous post has some links in the comments to others who are participating in the March – A – Long, and a video about some ideas I had to help you get started thinking in terms of a little bit of crafting.

So far, there’s only been 2 days of March, but as it’s the weekend, I have seen a LOT of quilters & #twilters work towards sewing in March!

It’s exciting to be in such a quilting & sewing frenzy!

My 2 day progress has been to cut up scraps and to iron/wash some new to me fabric.

march cutting scraps 1

It’ll get more challenging the upcoming week with work schedules, but I am committed to attempt to sew 15 minutes right along with the rest of ya’all.

I also have a quilt ready to Free Motion Quilt (FMQ) on my Domestic Sewing Machine (DSM). I am probably headed toward basting another small project first however.

Feel free to share your weekend now, or share more next weekend after sewing (or designing or whatever) next week!

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34.3 Announcing the March-A-Long for 2014

February 26, 2014

Hey!

Every year during the month of March for last 3 years, I set up March as a time for all of us to work on our quilting or other related crafting projects for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

It’s a month of working on projects, slow & steady, getting some progress towards all those wonderful quilting & sewing goals.

March A Long 2014

Since I no longer have the podcast, I decided it wasn’t actually March until the Marching Ants came in and shared with us their wonderful humming. And the drill sergeant asking us to drop & give me twenty stitches.

So is a little audio remainder  to the following video. Yes, I finally got it done.

I speak in the video about working 15 minutes towards your quilting goal during the month of March.

In the following video, I have a list of ideas of things a quilter can do in 15 minutes a day, and provide encouragement to get out those small bits of time to focus on doing something greater.

I can’t wait to see what we all do during this year’s month of March!

I will provide link-ups (after I retest them again – haven’t used them in a year on the blog) after each week of March and this will provide a list of quilters & Twilters who are willing to work on their quilting muscles for an entire month!

Let’s go sew something!

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30.6 SQ Ep Post March A Long 2013 and Foundation Paper Piecing general tips

May 4, 2013

podcast feed


It’s finally out, the post March A long Report, plus some discussion of my projects, a tiny bit of paper piecing advice in addition to the project.

*quick warning, I play with the mic stand in this episode – not terribly loud, but occasionally distracting. whoops. not taking this out of the audio.*

During the month of March, we try to quilt for 15 minutes, building our ‘quilting muscles’.

If you listen to the podcast, the first 20 minutes or so I recap some of the achievements we accomplished in the month of March. Here are the links to the past March A Long posts where people reported their progress.

You did it!  So did I! Congrats to everyone who worked toward this wonderful hobby.

AJ Dub of Harriet Homemaker Strikes Again wins the giveaway for the March A Long as decided by random.org

I am currently listening to the Ender’s Series on Audible by Orson Scott Card through audible. There are many books to listen to, the story is science fiction, also somewhat political (one story arc), some are older books, some are newer -  great audio drama due to multiple people reading the story!

I am working on my Quilters Healthy Choices #QHC by doing more exercise in the last 5 months than the previous number of years combined.

I recently went to a local arboretum. Beauty for ‘early spring’.

arboretum april 2013

Then I discuss about how I work on paper piecing. I really mean foundation piecing. Some tips below:

  • I glue the first piece down.
  • I cut my strips into sizes that I may try to use later, such as 5″ by width of fabric, 3.5″ inch strips by width of fabric. Especially when I am deciding the size needed for the rest of the pattern.
  • I don’t trim off the quarter inch or eighth of an inch in between seams. Unless there is a seam ending in the middle somewhere. Or unless you plan ultra bulky amount of quilting on the piece.
  • I prefold my paper before sewing. And I prefold all the way down the length of the paper.
  • After I fold the pattern, the piece that I am going to fill up next has to match up with the fabric behind or it won’t fit very well. This eliminates the need to have an “extra large” piece of fabric that all gets cut off and discarded. (see picture below)
  • Make decisions that make sense for you to help you stay organized. Do things that may help you out in the long run. Always put the dark fabric in a specific place if it doesn’t matter to the design.
  • Make one copy of one block before moving on to chain piecing or cutting all of them, you may save on fabric if you try out something first.
  • I pin down the other side of longer seams to help it stay in place, but I don’t pin the whole seam unless I fear it shifting around too much.
  • Carol Doak’s paper piecing is wonderful, use it for times when you have either intricate or small patterns when pulling out paper will be a pain in the bu*t later.  Regular paper also works okay.

how to measure for paper piecing

pin one long seam

Incompotec.com graph paper of all kinds, shapes, & sizes. You print off what you need in handy 8.5 X 11 pieces, downloads to PDF files.

Craftsy paper piece design for Hexadaisy.

The love it / hate it / love it / hate it block for the hexadaisy with stripes.

outer rings purple

I bugged about everyone I knew online to see what they liked better, but shows my decision in making the design. I picked the 5th option not shown below – combines the left half with the right half of the mosaic below – which was always intended (some people didn’t know that).

hexadaisy choice mosaic

I ultimately decided (finally) to use grey swirls instead. I love the stripes and striped pattern will work on it’s own in a different quilt. But NOW the stripes are gone for this project as they were TOO DEMANDING of my attention.

swirly grey centers

The version is going to the quilt guild auction in July. When it’s quilted.

small hexadaisy top for auction

A completely random couple of notes tacked on.

Be careful at a quilt show in case of emergency. See if your quilt guild has insurance in case expensive sewing machines become damaged.  A guild close to mine had a problem at a local show recently.

Also don’t forget to finish making blocks for other quilters if you signed up to do them.

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30.5 It’s coming

April 14, 2013

After two weeks of blog silence, I am finally organized enough to say … it’s on its way.

I am working on a podcast that highlights the past March-A-Long progress of everyone so far.

I am certain that this year 2013 is one of the busiest yet. Overall. Everyweek is CRAZY, even my days off. Especially my days off. And we haven’t even started with lawn chores yet.

Anyway in terms of the end of March-A-Long podcast preparation, I have copied, pasted, looked at blogs, looked at my own blog posts, searched, printed, color coded, written numbers everywhere, and I am attempting to get the entire month of march narrowed down into a list of sorts (or two) to help me prepare.

Some statistics so far:

I have counted 62 separate entries for the March A Long, the inlinkz posts were done by 9 different bloggers overall, and I have counted 23 different quilters that have commented on the March-A-Long blog posts or added their own links for this year.

I tried to copy quotes from all people, and I may have to cut down my quote list a little bit from what I have printed out (5 pages yikes) since all of you can come back and read the March-A-Long comments for yourselves. As of this time, I may have a quote from everyone on the list, or I may be “really really close” to everyone on the list.  After I record all of this (or during if I can’t pick up the pace a little bit) I may search & decide to cut similar things said by different people.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate ALL your hard work during the month of March and ALL the time you took either organizing or telling me about it.  Whew, we did great!!

In addition to searching my own blog, I also tried to revisit the blogs that were listed in the inlinkz and I have a small sampling of things that were written on their blogs too.

But in organizing all this, I am done with my allotted time for today, leaving no time for recording.

So it’s coming, and it’s ready, and I am trying out a new mic, but it is not recorded but I have not forgotten you in the last busy two weeks.

I did get a tiny bit of sewing done since we spoke, which is ripping out backs of hexadaisy, getting it on the design wall, and finally this morning, sewing the blocks together as a center of a quilt top.  And I finished my embroidery block for guild, and I had a “blowout envy rage thing (very unflattering of me)” over missing blocks from my own guild blocks box. To help the blowoutrageenvything I ironed two whole stacks of fabric I received from a fellow quilter.

And since the most positive of the things mentioned in my own sewing is the center of the hexadaisy, here it is:

hexadaisy finished center

Talk to you all as soon as I can!

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30.4 All Report In for the LAST Week of March – A – Long 2013

March 30, 2013

This is the time for everyone to report in for their actions of the last week of the March-A-Long.

For those new to the blog, this is a 15 minute per day challenge where YOU (and I) attempt to do some ‘quilty stuff’ each day.

You can chose to use my daily format for reporting in, or just give a general synopsis. Did you make your goals for the week?

Comment below or use the inlinkz tool below. I will leave links open until the end of March. If you have a March A Long blog post, link it below.

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This past week for me was completely recouperation week, and I enjoyed every introverted minute of it!  Just my kind of style, albeit slightly lonelier than last week.

For each week that you participate in the March A Long, I will put your name in a drawing to receive at least Leah Day’s beginning Free Motion Quilt book patterns called from Daisy to Paisley. This drawing will be done at the end of the month and now I have to go find my stack of items I’ve been thinking about giving away.

March A Long 2013

I’m counting the week from Sunday through Saturday. How was your fourth quilty week? Here’s mine.

March-A-Long Week 4 – Scientific Quilter

sunday

Sunday, I rested. And I listened to an audiobook, and I sewed down triangles, and strips, and triangles, and strips. At the end of the day I actually got organized on the sewing table which helped out the rest of the week.

monday

Monday, I did sew a few strips down this day, getting a lot closer here to getting done.

tuesday

Tuesday, I sat down for at least an hour and knocked out the remaining strips for the hexadaisy project.   AND someone from the guild came over and dropped off two trash bags full of some kind of fabric.

wednesday

Wednesday, I think this day I worked about 5 – 10 distracted minutes on my embroidery.

thursday

Thursday, I ripped out all the paper on the back of the hexadaisy quilt pieces, and then placed them on my design wall. I am sure that just the placement on the design wall took 15 minutes alone.

friday

Friday, I promised I was going to work on quilting, but in the end just got my bags of the donated fabric into my room, and actually did not look at them at this time.  I promised myself to work 30 minutes on Saturday instead – and to work on the final embroidery piece for the LAST BOM for the guild.

saturday

Saturday, well that is today, and this morning it was way more interesting to do dishes and laundry, and food shopping, and cleaning up my desk than doing the embroidery. I got myself so worked up over this embroidery thing that I haven’t put any effort into finishing it.  BUT to count for my 15 minutes, I spent about 45 minutes going through both bags of fabric, organizing into trash, give to the garage sale for the guild, small pieces to iron to keep, and large pieces to wash and then keep.  One fabric was worth the whole sorting thing as I love it and there’s about a yard of it. There are other ‘nice fabrics’, and other fabrics that are low quality, but I like the pattern of, and other fabrics that are probably exciting for other people, but I just can’t get into them, but I am going to see if they’ll round out my stash in any way and become practice projects or something.

And maybe I’ll embroider and do my stationary bike type of thing at the same time if possible. Who knows.

And then tomorrow is the gathering all the emails and posts together day, and I do have some Easter plans, but I will work on getting your reports up to speed as well.

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Here are a few photos of this week’s progress and things I’ve been doing. Actually most of the pictures are heavy towards the beginning of the week.

flickr photos week 4 march 2013

Now here’s a chance to inLinkz for the last week of March.


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