Posts Tagged ‘march a long’

h1

40.6 Gearing up for March-A-Long 2017

February 26, 2017

It’s that time again – time to consider March – A – Long for the year 2017.

march-a-long-short

For the past several years I have “hosted” March – A – Long for the month of March.

This is an encouragement to sew/quilt/design/dream/read/shop …. about quilting for 15 minutes a day for the month of March!

Last year I made myself for the month of March focus specifically on Free Motion Quilting. I would like to replicate that this year if I can.

Feel free to join a long, which is why I call it an “-A-Long”, so we can all work together on furthering our quilting goals.

I always offer a chance for others to participate. Either here as a comment, or on the Scientific Quilter page on FaceBook. I can also be found on Twitter or Instagram. I haven’t been super active anywhere but the Twilters! group on FB, but I promise to check in these other places for the month of March during the March A Long.

You can either find me as scientificquilt (twitter), or scientificquilter (instagram). I make a pledge to post weekly during March A Long. Most years I am pretty close to “on the nose” on this.

I may do short audio like last year. That was sorta fun. At the current moment, I can’t remember where my audio ants are stored, but we might see if we can find it sometime before the end of the month. Maybe sooner than that, even.

I know for at least for a while, if I don’t have anything else to do, I can always remove the paper from this quilt.

20170225_090058

I think there are 99 blocks here, with several seams in each. I used regular paper too, which while I was sewing them together, wasn’t a bad idea. It’s cheaper, easier to access than the “made for paper piecing” paper that I have purchased in the past. But, the ripping out stage isn’t really quite as much fun.

Actually, neither was the “sewing all the lines together” part.

20170220_195524

My goals are three fold this month:

  1. Finish up this quilt top to see if I need borders. I wish I had more of the blue background to float some borders, I have just the idea for those. But, alas I do not, so this quilt may go with or without borders.
  2. Get as many small quilts free motion quilted as possible. I still have a small stack of quilts, some of which are basted and ready to go.
  3. Create adequate backing for other quilts I have been working on that have tops but not bottoms.

Anyway, I always enjoy hearing about others’ March-A-Long progress. State goals and successes here or other places you can find me!

Ready, Set, Quilt …. March along you little quilters! Drop & give me 20 …. stitches!

Save

h1

39.9 The end of March-A-Long for another year

April 3, 2016

March A Long Sewing

Frequent/expectant blog readers may have noticed a lack of posting anything last week. This was against my initial intentions, putting off the post too long last weekend made the post unable to happen as I was whisked away from the land of internets for a good day and a half last weekend. Seriously, there are still places in the US that are internet unfriendly.

Anyway, I think the gentle rip from my original plans was enough last weekend to knock the wind out of my (quilting) sails.

Any event, I am here now, a week later, discussing the end of March, the end of March-A-Long, the end of 15 minutes sewing every day.

Thanks go out to all who started and didn’t stop, all who marched loudly the whole month long, all who marched silently, all who wrote hashtags, all who did not, all who posted on social media – this blog, the FB page, twitter, instagram etc.

Thanks go out to all who took just a little more moments to think about quilting on a more daily basis than what they were doing before.

Thanks for encouraging each other, thanks for encouraging me, thanks for going along with this silly experiment in daily self-discipline!

As I state in the audio file, I really liked having a different focus for the month than normal that was broad enough to encompass a lot of different types of tasks. By saying I was doing more free motion quilting, I was doing more basting, more image pinning, more video watching, more drawing lines on pictures, more drawing lines on fabric, more changing of my needle, more thread changes, more foot changes than I had done in the last 11 months!

Way to go everyone!

By the way, I recorded this on April 1st outside, many bird noises and then a train noise that I completely didn’t notice too much when recording.

20160320_114608

 

h1

39.8 March-A-Long end of week 3 – March 20 2016

March 20, 2016

Okay quilters, I hope you enjoyed #internationalquiltingday yesterday (that’s National Quilting day that is inclusive to all nations). Every year, the 3rd week of March on the Saturday there is more attention on this lovely quilting hobby of ours!

This ends our 3rd (out of 5) week of sewing for 15 minutes a day for the month of march. Getting used to sewing and thinking about sewing every day, even a little bit.

This week, we hear from a few people who have tagged their posts with #marchalong or #15minutesofsewing or something similar.

As always, if I forgot to add you, let me know, you could email me or post here or just tag your regular sewing with these hashtags and I’ll try to find them.

I’ve been busy with spray basting, unsewing, resewing, binding attachment, and quilting with heavy thread.

Before the black setting triangles were not added.

2016-03-20-04.48.54.jpg.jpeg

And I hadn’t added the binding on this small quilt.

2016-03-20-04.50.48.jpg.jpeg

And this little thing hadn’t been quilted or trimmed down.

2016-03-20-05.09.49.jpg.jpeg

Close up of the quilting

20160317_164014.jpg

And what a cool birthday present!? Great for a very active quilter!

20160317_145951.jpg

h1

39.7 March-A-Long 2016 end of second week

March 13, 2016

20160309_183917.jpgSo, it’s the end of week 2 and I personally have been successful at sewing / quilting for at least 15 minutes a day each day this week except for one when I was a little sick.

I have been quilting on a small quilt project, preparing the next quilt, taking apart even another quilt, and getting a lot of projects lined up with batting and/or backing.

20160313_134943.jpg

You all seem to have been busy as well!

Good job guys sewing for 15 minutes a day in March. If you haven’t done so, you can start NOW. Keep on keeping on!

 

h1

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.

2016-03-05-17.55.22.jpg.jpeg

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!

h1

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!

h1

39.2 Introduction Audio to March Along 2016

February 18, 2016

March A Long 2016 logo

Hey everybody, as a test, I am putting up an audio file I created today about the March Along for 2016.

I have had to relearn a few things, and introducing a little bit of new technology as well.

This won’t show up in any RSS feed besides this blog since I haven’t set anything else up.

Take a listen to remember what we like to do for the month of March.

 

h1

37.2 Silent March-A-Long almost finished

March 30, 2015

So, how did you do in the 15 minute a day sewing challenge for the month of March?

Did you let the stress of every day get to you, or did you challenge yourself to do a little bit of sewing each day?

It is hard to “see” the results of my sewing, a lot of my 15 minutes were closer to 5 or 10 minutes hand stitching applique that has been glued for a while.

hot air balloon glued down stitch line

So I have gotten past about half of the hand stitching on this section of the quilt.

This applique will migrate to another project from my original plans I think.

Geesh, I noticing that I have a lot of projects I started back in 2011 (the date for this quilt’s start).

Anyway, I did the weave quilt early in the month.

Circular ends

I have made appointments with two long arm quilters during the month. For the first time ever.

I have been trolling around Quilter’s Cache lately. I made the cutest Galaxy Star from that site.

galaxy star pattern via quilters cache

I hand stitched some batting that wasn’t quite big enough for a smaller project, I basted with spray baste, and am now starting to ditch quilt the borders on my domestic machine.

I also made a few small items for the guild’s boutique for the quilt show.

5pointedpincushiontwo

A few pincushions. This uses 5 squares of each fabric type. I found the tutorial online. I skipped the adding the paper step, but I had to hand stitch the middle closed on the pieces because there are several seams that stop at the quarter inch corner.

And I made 60 degree coasters from another pintrest link. These were easy, but I added batting just below the piece at the bottom of the coaster.

60degreecoasterafterflip

That is the finished project. Without top stitching anyway.

Here’s how they start. Pretty easy.

60degreecoasterstart

I bought my 3 day ticket for the quilt festival in June, and I signed up with a class/lecture by a quilter I was impressed with that is in a nearby guild, with one of the twilters, Carole!

Since changing my computer around, I never reinstalled photoshop (over 10 years old), so I have been using PicMonkey website to edit my photos. Very similar to Picnic that I reviewed a long time ago. Not bad, gives you plenty of free editing options.

Anyway, that’s me checking in with you! How have you been? March-A-Long! Good work getting those projects done!

 

h1

36.7 It’s March, Is There a 2015 March-A-Long?

March 1, 2015

March-A-Long Swirl 15 minutes

 

In March, I have traditionally “hosted” a March-A-Long”. It’s my way of encouraging people to sew/quilt for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

I picked March because International Quilting Day falls in March, and it happens to be my birthday month. And because we’re just starting to fall off of New Year’s resolutions by this time of year. And because we need something to motivate us to keep it together before spring hits.

This year, I don’t know where my marching ant file is, I have no space to set up a quick video like last year. I am not even certain I can post once a week, given my recent track record. I am not even sure I actually gave away anything last year for participation. And I really think maybe I needed a break from all the “hard quilting” (aka pushing myself pretty hard to get deadlines done) that I have done since the fall.

So I’ve been thinking I will scrap March-A-Long, and just move on.

But.

There is a quiet power to lots of little steps. I have learned many times that lots of little steps towards a goal gets you right up to that goal, even if it takes a while.

I may not cheerlead, nor podcast, nor video, nor inlinkz, nor even post, BUT, I may just do my own little 15 minutes toward quilting every day for the month anyway.

I may or may not check back every week, or even the end of the month, but I think I will “March-A-Long you little quilters. Drop & give me 20 … stitches.”

Feel free to join in the quiet power of doing lots of small steps to gain traction for a big goal!

March-A-Long

h1

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.