Posts Tagged ‘15 minute challenge’

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39.6 March-A-Long 2016 first week

March 6, 2016

2016-03-01-17.54.47.jpg.jpegI am testing out my Instagram skills this month to try to stay “on top of” pictures for the daily tasks of March-A-Long. March-A-Long is a commitment to sew/quilt/plan for 15 minutes daily during the month of March. As you can see above, this is the pieces of the new block of the month from Ula Lenz Stained Glass Ray of Hope quilt.

A lot of my personal time has been spent on Craftsy. Relearning Free Motion Quilting techniques & designs. I echo quilted the insides of this quilt, but not yet the outsides. Background fabric is too different, so I am going to decide what color works today for this small top.

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If you’ve participated in sewing for 15 minutes a day in March, let me know! Glad to know I’m in such great company already!

Have a great week, and keep on getting those stitches in! Keep experimenting!

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39.3 Announcing March-A-Long goals 2016

February 28, 2016

March A Long Sewing

This is it! The first week of March approaches! I am thoroughly excited this year for March-A-Long. I have again made an audio file for you on my blog for those of you who like the audio reminder (and the ants).

A quick recap of what I discuss in the audio file:

  • Announce you’re going to play along
  • Pledge to quilt (in whatever that means to you) for 15 minutes a day just during March
  • Adjust time on the weekends if you need to
  • Set a timer if that helps on those busy weekdays
  • You’re not graded on this, so nothing is binding
  • You have lots of options to consider quilting tasks (lots of examples in the file)
  • Maybe add to a different day if you’re too backed up one day
  • Check-in weekly and I’ll announce who is playing along and who is meeting their goals
  • Maybe try to tackle something hard by breaking it down into smaller chunks
  • Maybe do something mindless or organizational
  • Maybe have a goal for the month, be okay for breaking the goal
  • Have fun, and thanks for joining along with me in the month of March

My personal goals for the month (to help me stay focused):

  1. Find appropriate backing and batting for small and large tops
  2. Practice free motion quilting on small tops
  3. Baste other small quilt tops needing basting and quilting
  4. Bind off Card Trick quilt
  5. Decide on quilting of Samurai Sudoku quilt
  6. Paper piece March hexagon from Ula Lenz
  7. Call and set up next long arm appointment
  8. Rearrange quilts on my wall behind my ironing board
  9. Make a video on how to make the disappearing shoo fly block
  10. Organize my blog a little more

I took my quilts out for the great weather to get their photographs. I have many small tops without backs and batting to practice on.

small tops to back and quilt

I also have some larger quilts to decide on batting and backing (this stack is on the back burner due to size and time).

Larger Quilt tops to Back and Quilt

And these are either basted or almost basted, ready to quilt sooner than the others

small basted quilts to quilt

Comment below or the previous post if you’re going to join in, and we’ll see how we do for this March-A-Long! Keep experimenting!

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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

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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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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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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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30.2 All Report In for the 3rd Week of March – A – Long 2013

March 23, 2013

This is the time for everyone to report in for their actions of the third 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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As you may have noticed there was no podcast the last two Sundays, unlike my original plan, we’re just going to have to have march a long at the end of the month. Or maybe tomorrow and the last week.  SO busy this week!  Slept in MANY hours today, and I still feel like I need to rest.

The past week things were much more social than I ever expected, but also much more fun than sitting at home by myself.  Today has been a chill out day for me to recoup. Hopefully I won’t also need tomorrow to recoup too.

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 may include more things, such as charm packs or other quilty items yet to be determined.

March A Long 2013

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

March-A-Long Week 3 – Scientific Quilter

sunday

Sunday, I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. At the end of the day I folded two different papers I made for paper piecing. I did make an effort, but only worked about 5 minutes towards anything quilty, except to put out the blog post at the end of the day surrendering any further progress.

monday

Monday, being my birthday, was also a bust when it came to quilting. I DID however, go on a “birthday walk” and I did however, eat my very first Japanese dinner cooked in front of me. The chef was very animated and kept calling me “pretty lady”.  Joking around with him was also a lot of fun. Maybe I need to make a Japanese inspired quilt, based on his performance.

tuesday

Tuesday was the big day that my dad & brother came to town. As soon as I got home (had to really work to leave on time) we went to a downtown adventure of catching up with family even when there were big puffy flakes of snow coming down.  Pizza, window shopping, and later in the day ice cream.  So no quilting this day either.  I think the AM I may have laid out some aqua and pink fabrics to use for one of my hexadaisy quilt patterns. Or maybe this was Monday afternoon??

wednesday

Wednesday was my only day “at home” but I used that cooking.  I also started collecting my quilting things to go on a “small trip” for the next two days, and I picked out the fabrics I wanted to use for my 2nd hexadaisy quilt.

thursday

Thursday, I visited my close by friend which we try to meet once a month. I love having a sewing day on a schedule, even on an otherwise busy week, and I am pretty sure she needed distraction from things going on, on her end. I started cutting down the fabrics for my multicolored hexadaisy quilt to manageable pieces (prior to paper piecing).  I also determined on this day which seams were dark and light, drew out my color map for the hexadaisy project, and actually sewed a few seams down for some of the red blocks for the hexadaisy quilt.

friday

Friday, Jackie & I were able to meet for the afternoon for a day of sewing talking about sewing and trying to sew some things.  Actually this was quite out of the ordinary, but also quite familiar at the same time. It was nice meeting a new / old friend who there is enough familiarity and also enough strangeness to ask each other about their lives still.  We showed off our stuff, ate, discussed many things, and she showed me how to use an embellisher.  So I made a needle book (picture below).  Also very fun & new.  Total quilting time was probably not as much as food time or chatting time, but if there’s a next time, which I hope there will be, there will probably be less setting up time involved. 🙂  But also this was very fun time even when not sewing directly on projects!

saturday

Saturday, well before I posted I actually wanted to sew a few things, so I worked on the hexadaisy paper pieces, I have almost all of the red based blocks done, most of the orange blocks done, and am starting on the yellow blocks. This is going faster today as I have my groove or am better at finding it today.

Here are a few photos of this week’s progress and things I’ve been doing. The needle book is purple with red purple corners, but the color isn’t turning out very well in the photo below.

flickr photos week 3 march 2013

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