Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Getting Lots of Nothing Done

 I've been hard at work doing a lot of nothing.  But, getting so much of it done...  My first week of layoff, I was able to complete my Crazy Quilt Journal Project.  I love making these blocks but I always hate them when they're put together.  This one turned out better than last year's, but I still felt like some of them went in upside down anyways.

 This button is sideways, she should be facing the wall, not the ceiling.

 This bee is flying upside down...
And so is this butterfly, or maybe he's just dive bombing the flowers.

But, there you go.  It is what it is.  You know I don't care enough to rip it apart and start over.  Maybe next time I'll try making one of those books that I've been hearing about.  On the second week, I finished my Clam Shell quilt.  That was fun. 
 I quilted a little heart in each of the clams.  I did end up finding 1 duplicate fabric while I was quilting.  Dag Nab It!!!  But, it was one of my all time favorite reds.  So, honestly, I'm not surprised.  And, it took me forever to see it, so it can't be that obvious.
 I did a leaf pattern in the borders to mimic the floral pattern a little.  Then, forgot to take to my TAS group for show and tell.  Dag Nab It!

 This really should have been on my UFO list last post.  I had started these Wedding Ring Arcs back in November when I finally got my Heather jelly rolls in.  I LOVE it!!  I even postponed putting them in my store because I wanted to make sure that I had enough for my quilt before selling the rest off.  I bought the above Heather sprig fabric on grey to be my background but when I put them together, I thought the sprigs made it too busy.  Now I'm thinking that it'll be fabulous on the back.
 So, I tried the green dot companion fabric, better but not quite what I wanted.  Pink gingham was a big no...
 The pale grey linen print was JUST RIGHT!  However, I had sold most of it & didn't know if there was enough left over for me!!  AHHH!  I redesigned, making the outer blocks 6" deep, and now I'm good to go!!
 My practice blocks.  I used the green dot for the corners.  Sorry about the bad lighting, you know I do everything in the middle of the night.  I also forgot to cut the background big.  After sewing down the arcs, I'm at 12.25" instead of 12.5"  Now I've got to keep that in mind when I'm trimming down so that my corners don't get too cock eyed on me.  I think I'm going to love this one!
We celebrated my youngest's 17th birthday yesterday with a trip to the theater to see Justice League.  The party continues tomorrow with a trip to the St Louis Art Museum.  My absolute favorite STL destination!  Happy Stitching friends!  If I don't see you before, Happiest of Holidays to you all!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Big UFO List

Okay, here we go.  The UFO list.  We'll just see how much time I've got.  I usually put too much on my To Do List and then am upset that I failed.  So, this year, I'm going to give myself more flexible expectations.  First off, we have my Beloved Baltimore quilt.  There are (25) 8" blocks for this and I just finished #13, half way there.
 This block really had me experimenting with 3D flowers.  Pretty cool.  I also hand wove the basket out of my own hand-dyed silk ribbon.  Quite the stretch for me.
 I had finished this frame previously but was totally stumped on what to put in the center.  I opted for some broiderie perse.  I'm very happy with the results.  Again, stretching my abilities.  Can't say I've done broiderie perse before, quite fiddly.
Did the same with this frame.
Obviously, have done no more on Mosaics.  I've only got the center and all the paper pieced hexis done and that's it.  Kind of bleak.
TAS did a class on Reverse Applique, this is the block I finished.  Now to figure out what to do with it.  I bet I can come up with something.  I'm seeing yellow rickrack...
Pink Flamingo quilt.  Have not gotten very far at all.  There are a dozen star blocks.  I always planned on adding some appliqued flamingos.  Eh, we'll see.  No idea about this one but it'll be cute when I'm done, I'm sure.
I did 53 of the Splendid Sampler blocks.  I'm thinking about doing alternating 4-square blocks in red and pink.  I may downsize to 52 blocks and get rid of that purplish one on the left.  That's a lot of blocks, so we'll see how it goes.  But, I definitely want to do something with them.
Bonnie Hunter's Mystery from last year needs to be assembled.  I've seen so many other people finish this one and I love it!  So, I just need to dig in.

I had all but forgotten about my Harry Potter Bookcase!  I don't care for paper piecing and Hedwig's feather fabrics are in the wrong place but I really want to finish this one!  I'm already about 1/2 way through my annual Harry Potter Marathon.  I have 3 more blocks printed out but I don't know how big I was going with this.  That would be a tall, skinny quilt.  Perhaps, I was going to print more after I'd gotten these done.  I also need to procure some wood grain fabric for the actual shelving.
Then, there's my Valentine quilt.  I have a love/hate relationship with it.  At some point, it really bothered me that my birds weren't cohesive.  I switched them out myself, so I have no one to blame but myself.  And, that one bottom center is ugly.  Not sure if this one will ever see the light of day or should I just finish them individually as mini-quilts.
Then, there is the guild's Block of the Month.  Obviously, that won't finish until May but I do need to stay caught up.  Then there's the President's Challenge due in May.  I could get that done and out of the way before Prom Season sets in.

Alright, I certainly have my work cut out for me.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Next 25 Years Begin Now

Hello Friends!  I've got so much to share with you!!!  I'll try to split it all up so I don't give you major photo overload.  I hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic.  Mine certainly was.  As soon as it was over we went into massive overdrive to prepare for my Vow Renewal last weekend!  Rich wanted to celebrate out 25th Wedding Anniversary with a big party.  I'm happy to say it all went fairly smoothly and I'm really happy Rich made me do it.  This is a snap shot that my sister-in-law sent to me.  I'll share a better picture when I get them back from the photographer.  From left to right: Sierra, Bethany, me, Rich, my brother Luke, Hunter's nose, then Ethan and my step-daughter Alyssa.  I have a beautiful family, what can I say...  The venue was super fancy, we rented Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion in St. Louis.  It's an old family home turned museum that is next door to the Lemp Mansion.  Apparently, there was gun fire during the ceremony.  Never a dull moment with the Mantz'.

I had a week of vacation to prepare for that.  Now, my seasonal layoff starts!  Yeah!  My favorite time of the year!  So I only go to work 8 hours a week until mid-January.  What does that mean?  Time to revisit my UFO list and see what I can reasonable expect to finish.  My Hungarian Heritage quilt is high on my list to complete.  I had to take my machine in for servicing but I figure I can cut out the pieces and get them ready for the stitching.  Only 2 left.  I did decide to make 3 more that go the wrong way to make up for the mistake I made previously.  Maybe 1 in each corner.

Another easy finish will be my clam shell quilt.  It was about an inch off square so I'm blocking it as we speak.  I liked it better before.  I think I wish I'd used a solid for the borders but I don't know if it means enough to me to change it out at this point.

I'm finished with my Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2017.  I bought a hexagon template to square up my hexis but it was the wrong size!  Dang it!  So, I trimmed best I could.  A couple are a little smaller than the others and I wonder if I printed the patterns out wrong to begin with.  That pesky "print to fill page" non-sense bites me in the butt from time to time.  Here's a couple ideas for the end product.  I've got to finish off each one and then sew them together.

Okay, I'll give you a break for now.  Next time, I'll show you the bigger list... The ones I'm not sure if I have a shot at finishing. I'm pretty sure my list is longer this year, which is dumb.  I like to keep it under control but there is always a shiny new project right in front of me!!