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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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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.


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30.0 All Report In for the 2st Week of March – A – Long 2013

March 16, 2013

This is the time for everyone to report in for their actions of the second 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 last Sunday, and I explained why in the previous post. I will be faithful in attempting to do a podcast tomorrow (Sunday) but may not also appear, some of the reason for that may also be evident in the previous post.

We may just have to postpone the full reporting in podcasts until near the end of the month when things calm down a bit. But I will try, and maybe we’ll get a stealth podcast in there one of these days in March & surprise you all!  *** Sneak attack!***

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 first week from Sunday through Saturday. How was your second week? Here’s mine.

March-A-Long Week 2 – Scientific Quilter

sunday

Sunday I went through all the notes for the march a long (quilty related), and started attaching my fabrics to the back of the freezer paper for the freezer paper method of applique.  Once I got into a groove this went quite well, but I did not spend only 15 minutes, more like an hour and a half doing this as it’s meditative & I was listening to the end of an audio book.  I also cleaned up my desk enough to see the top (and hey its a week later, and what happened to it?), but this lead to thinking about several long forgotten projects.

monday

Monday I continued pressing down applique until I was able to get most all of the fabrics done except for like 1 set.

tuesday

Tuesday, I had some extra time which I devoted into making caramel corn with peanuts (like cracker jacks) to take to the guild and to eat while quilting this week.  Uh… I prepared some new paper piece patterns for a few new quilts, and during the quilt guild meeting I learned about quilts from the speaker, and did some hand sitching down on the trim on my periodic spiral quilt from a year ago. And took pictures of other people’s quilts, as per usual.

wednesday

Wednesday, I cut out the paper pieces for Hexadaisy pattern that I bought on Craftsy, started folding 1 section. I have enough pieces to make 2 quilts, one for guild auction, one for me.

thursday

Thursday, I really only pre-folded pieces of freezer paper pattern for Hexadaisy.  But there are like 5 folds in one piece, 3 folds in a 2nd piece, and 7 folds in the last piece. and each piece I have 24 of (to make 2 quilts)

friday

Friday, I cut out some paper piece patterns for a “new old” quilt called crystal treasures, a pattern I got from Quilts with Style magazine 3 years ago that I saw when cleaning up my room on Sunday.

saturday

Saturday, well it’s still early yet, or it is. Work today kept me from posting this earlier. And tonight is another commitment, so we’ll see how I can get things done before it or not.

Here are a few photos of this week’s progress and things I’ve been doing.

flickr photos week 2 march 2013

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


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29.8 All Report In for the 1st Week of March – A – Long 2013

March 9, 2013

This is the time for everyone to report in for their actions of the first 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?

I am attempting my first linky party with this too. I will leave links open until the end of March. If you have a March A Long blog post, link it below.

I know it’s short notice, but people who leave comments/links before tomorrow AM will be included in the report in tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) podcast.

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.

Also feel free to download and/or use my day graphics (saved as .png). I am starting to learn how to use EQ7 and so its kind of fun to take a tiny bit of time playing around with the site.

But first this year’s logo:

March A Long 2013

I’m counting the first week from Sunday through Saturday.  The first two days of march were not in a full week of their own, so they’re kind of bonus this time.

March-A-Long Week 1 – Scientific Quilter

sunday

Sunday I ripped out pieces of paper on the back of my ribbons weave quilt borders.

monday

Monday I took an old (~2 year old) EQ7 picture outline and labeled it with pencil. For applique.

tuesday

Tuesday, I figured out how to print using my printer on freezer paper. I found by taking the freezer paper, ironing it to a plain piece of paper, and very forcefully and fully taping the paper down on the leading edge with painter’s tape to help it get into the printer without loading issues.

wednesday

Wednesday, I sat and stared at all the freezer paper pieces I printed on Tuesday and wondered exactly how to make the whole thing work on applique because I didn’t allow for space to ‘turn under’ the applique edges, and overlapping pieces to keep continuity of the design. This was all “mental work” for 15 minutes. And I even dreamed about paper piecing the entire thing.  Seriously.

thursday

Thursday, I went to my friend’s house, and armed with fresh pieces of freezer paper, I made the decision about which pieces would be on top of my applique, and then made the hard choice of tracing all the applique again onto new fresh freezer paper pieces that DO have space around the edges for overlapping. Then I sewed down the borders of my periodic table applique that has been sitting in time out for a year.

friday

Friday, I completely poopooed the 15 minute idea, deciding to exercise and go to bed early instead.  I had done more than 15 minutes on Thursday to make up for this. 😉

saturday

Saturday, today, I picked out some fabrics that may go with the applique I was cutting out on Thursday. Then I got out a fabric piece for a completely different applique project that I purchased just after my Sunflower Patio Dreams quilt was appliqued down.  This project is called Wildflowers and is the basis of the flower design on my nametag I made several years ago.

I then tried to go to quilter’s cache, and did not find it loading for me, and then I went to EQ7 and drew out the garden maze sashing that I always envisioned for the wildflower quilt.  I don’t have the border fabric picked out yet, nor the garden maze sashing fabrics picked out, aside from the colors, but I DO have a limited amount of fabric to use for my applique background blocks and am in the process of cutting it out right now.

I also spent about an hour writing up a story about my Star Struck quilt, and sent the quilt off in the mail to its lucky recipient.

Here are a few photos of this week’s progress and things I’ve been doing.

flickr photos week 1 march 2013

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

 


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29.7 March A Long 2013

February 26, 2013

March A Long 2013

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For those new to the blog/podcast last year, I hosted a “March A Long” partially inspired by my marching ants sound I found on freesound.org.

I decided to “March A Long” inspiring everyone to take a challenge during the month of March to sew for 15 minutes a day.

It was personally motivating to me last year, and I think it will be the great jump start to some sort of podcast return too.

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(Picture from Tami from last year)

Here’s how it works. We’re going to do honor system, and try to all do 15 minutes of sewing, quilting, creating each day, during the month of March and then I’ll have a reporting day and a specific blog post, that I would like you to leave your comments about how much you sewed over the previous week (HERE’S THE REPORT SERGEANT!).

If you want, you can break it down day by day (ie Monday, I sewed on this embroidery, Tuesday, I ripped out paper pieces, Wednesday I designed a new border) or just tell me at the end of the week how much sewing you did, and which days you skipped.

Just by reporting in to the drill sergeant every week, I will put you in a small drawing for a prize.

I know we’re all busy with millions of other things, but sometimes need an excuse to do something for ourselves that make us feel good. This can provide you with that excuse.

15 minutes

15 Minutes is all I’m asking, nothing too hard to at least TRY to fit in each day.

I know I will skip days in March too, but I will try my darndest to make it happen for me this year.

So with only a couple of days before the month of March, we’ll give you a headstart on the last 2 days and call them freebies, and you can report from Sunday to Saturday of the upcoming weeks.  Sunday starts the week, Saturday ends the week, and I will make the reporting posts on Saturday, and make a podcast calling out all the wonderful things you guys are doing on Sunday of the previous week.

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If you pick up on this as we’re going along (start in the middle of the month) still feel free to join up. No pressure. No one is holding your feet to the fire, no one is actually making you do the 20 pushups that the sergeant wants you to do in the start (middle?) of every podcast.

But please think about participating!

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23.7 SQ Episode 037 – March A Long Report March 11

March 11, 2012

Podcast Feed

Can you sew for 15 minutes a day during the month of March?

Did you know March is National Quilting Month?

And that March 17 is National Quilting Day?

And that Seamed UP is having a twitter sew in on that day? (#NQDSI)

And that Seamed UP is having a month long promotion / contest for using their site?

And that you can report your sewing to me on the blog, email or twitter (#MAL15)

See the past posts about the March A Long

Starting Here, going Here, and Here, and here before today.

And one more picture of my Necchi in action.

Start thinking about MQS if you’re in the middle of the country as I am.

MQS is Machine Quilters Showcase in the middle of May, a quilt show for machine quilted quilts. I will be there (somewhere sometime).

I hear a rumor that the SeamedUP girls (girl?) are going to try to attend Spring Quilt Market, which is held in Kansas City during the same time frame.

Imagine that.

Meetup possibilities abound. I have already heard that Robin and Jackie are going to try to make it to MQS. I want to spend at least one day there volunteering, and I have to figure out when /where to take days off to be available to help out and / or meet up with people.

One more reminder:

This is also a big finish for Rhonda’s Finish A Long for 1st quarter. Deadline for 1st quarter Finish-A-Long is March 31, then she will run a week of tutorials so I think the linky party of the second quarter goes live April 1st or 8th not sure. Probably the 1st. This is what I got from Rhonda.

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23.6 Report for 1st week of March!

March 10, 2012

Report soldiers!
How have you been doing this first week (full week) of March? I’ve gotten a couple of reports already, but there could be more for the podcast tomorrow.

Me and my Necchi have started to bond. She’s fiesty alright, and I have to triple check to make sure that I am hitting all the little hooks for the tension.

I also bought her some bobbins, but they happen to be plastic and do not have a section to pull up the loose thread in. I wonder how I am supposed to start the new bobbins, because this was tricky. Any tricks?

Trouble may be with this heavy of a machine, I may not be able to use my current FMQ set up. This girl really moves the whole laptop stand when I get to sewing fast! Seeing as I currently use a wimpy TV tray, uh… I’m going to have to rethink that too.

But she sounds really nice, and fabric seems smooth with the machine, so I’m willing to do the little quirks that you have to do when you get new things, like a new/old car.

Also today I had to clean up my sewing room.

In my cleanup, I found a block that I bought at Fabric Recycles and I framed it for quilting.

So this was a full Bonus little thing!

I coulda done something more with the borders, but my star fabric didn’t exactly match colorwise. And now the border is on, so I am not going to unsew and change it. I dont think.

Well the corners just scream to have something going on with it, maybe some applique??

 

And in my cleaning, I found some partial blocks that I can set with black to make the black backing for my exothermic quilt. Productive day. At least 15 minutes.

And I started making pieces for a Guild BOM two sets of blocks to see if I could make a cute scrap quilt block directions and have an example for my guild members to see.

How was your week? You motivated to sew? At least a little, or motivated to get ready to sew later??

Report! Thanks!