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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

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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

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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

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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

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21.5 Little Time Left

December 18, 2011

Man, I hope all of you are realizing what little time we have left.  1 week until the big holiday.

Still have 2 presents to buy, but I have most of the rest done, except for wrapping.

And I have not promised anything (*edited* crafty) for christmas to anyone in my family.

Granted I have a giveaway quilt that I started 2 months ago that eventually will go out, but that’s not christmas related. I don’t like the pieced back I made at all right now anyway.

And now there’s little time before a family party this afternoon an hour away.

And since I’m so sick of orange & orange fabric, I thought I’d share & harken back to a UFO I started in February.

I made a weave quilt top center (okay not pieced together, but I have it all laid out ready to piece – blocks are done).

And for a while I put it aside to think about the borders.

And in October I came up with the borders for this quilt.

Well don’t have the corners done, but I want this weaved design for the borders. “Chevron-esqe”

And here is a graphical picture of the block I created.

And I was wondering exactly how to do this.

So half square triangles of blue & red, with yellow 1/2 inch strip in between.

I have part of it figured out, but I need to do some calculating for the other part.

I have no problem with making bias tape for the part that travels over the red. And I have some made.

But the problem is going to be with the bias & the blue portions.

Here’s part of my blocks right now.

I will probably calculate the angle this is hitting & create a blue block that has a yellow stripe naturally in the middle, which is what I should have done first anyway,

but I think things backwards most of the time. Still have to create & recreate scenarios in my head & make the mistakes before settling in.

Anyway this is where I am at.  Well I have been starting more on the Journey Steps quilt too. Needed to remove myself from the orange.

I was reading an article about being ineffective & for sure that’s me. Don’t focus, don’t put things away, don’t stick w/ one project before moving to the next.

But that’s me.  And that was sewing today. & yesterday was shopping and later this week is wrapping & wrapping up shopping.

Good holidays if I don’t make it back in time.

Can’t wait to share progress on my hexagon periodic table quilt – coming soon!

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16.4 Tweeting and the Dawn

June 12, 2011

I am starting in my adventure on Twitter.  If you would like to follow me, I would appreciate it.

I am also about finished with my little quilt guild project for the quilt guild show auction.

Here is my design on EQ7.

And my completed center block that I paper pieced.

And then I put the square in a square blocks together.

And then I got ready to put the borders on!

And then I still cut them too short!

Corrected the borders, and now quilt top is complete.

And then I am working on the back, since my piece was too short, I decided to put the left over borders into the designs.

I did finish the back with more of the blue batik on the top and bottom of this.

Now to raid the kitchen to baste and quilt this piece!

I would like to name this quilt something about the morning twilight as that’s when I quilt the most.

Something about dawn, or crimson sunrise or something similar.  The block is called night and day.

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14.5 Strip Twist Blocks Received Part 1

March 29, 2011

I am very excited to share with you the first set of blocks I received for the strip twist block swap.

They are exactly what I asked for!

 

I love the variation in these blocks, and yet, there is enough similarity to tie the blocks all in together.  Very bright and bold, very exciting!

My favorite fabric in this is the yellow diamond, but I also love the blue stripe, and one of the reds has little diamonds in it!  Very cool.

All the fabrics are cool, and, best part, none are fabrics I currently have.

Now I can’t wait to see what else I get!

 

How much fun is this!

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12.8 Weaves

February 26, 2011

Last weekend, I was setting up myself at a nice retreat, trying to figure out again how to sew littlefoot pineapple blocks for the guild, then getting excited about a new quilt.

And I came home middle of last week, but have been either sleeping or sewing or going shopping for fishing, such that I have not been posting.

First, the highs of fun and fellowship, and now the lows of real life slap you in the face.

It wasn’t until this morning that I got my pictures downloaded onto my computer from the retreat.

And I have to put them on the guild website, and edit them. – err … reverse order on that.

I have to work on taxes for myself, do more loads of laundry, and start to put together ideas for the next podcast.

On another note:

Getting frustrated at the home sewing front that the things I like and make at home are just not appreciated or even liked.

The ladies at the retreat (AND I) liked this following quilt top (well the blocks anyway), but at home — I guess it’s not liked all that much.

ERRGGG.

I said at the retreat that I really didn’t care if this was liked or not, it was being made, and given away, but …

hmm…

Also, along the same note, that I know there are things that I may see differently than other people, which is okay.  It brings a sense of style to things, a certain aesthetic.

I love seeing how other people like quilts and colors that I don’t see.  I like bringing this unique aesthetic to myself and to others, to make us all think differently.

To weave others’ views and my own into a great quilty tapestry.

 

But when I can’t even gauge at home what will be liked and what will not be liked.  I am getting irked.  And more irked, and more irked.

At one point you have to weave what you want and like with what others want and like, especially if you try and try to make something for someone else, who consistently does not like the end result.

So, it begs the question – do I really know this person?  Am I really that far off base to what the person wants to be able to miss the mark THIS many times??

… Actually this wouldn’t be the first ‘present’ to go unappreciated, unliked to the recipient.

Christmas and other gift giving holidays have been a HUGE source of frustration and anxiety, so much so that gifts are usually NOT exchanged anymore.

….

But still

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Because if you give something away to someone else and they don’t like it, then it will not get used and pushed away. Then what is the point of doing something for someone to begin with?

And when you ask what IS liked and you get a whole lot of “I don’t know” or you show quilt patterns and you get no response on those patterns, and you have to just guess what will be appreciated … and then it’s unliked …

So I guess this quilt is MINE.  Or maybe I should auction it away or something?  It’s not finished, so I have time to decide what to do for it.

I happen to LOVE this weaved quilt, and think it would make a GREAT (and much needed) addition to the household.

But forcing it upon someone else who has such a strong negative reaction to it?  I don’t know.

Sigh.

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