Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stash Report and Progress

Stash Report
Fabric IN This Week: 0 yards 
Fabric IN for December: yards
Fabric IN YTD: 72 10/12 yards
Fabric OUT This Week: .5 yards
Fabric Out for December:  0.5 yards
Fabric OUT YTD: 77.5 yards
Reduction/Enhancement This Week: 0.5  yards
Reduction/Enhancement December:  0.5  yards
Reduction/Enhancement YTD:  4 2/3 yard
  Progress was made! Both projects I  worked on came from the scrap bin. 
  Although it was very cold in the Studio (and puppies kept attacking my door and distracting me. By the way they make wonderful feet warmers!), I completed one of the Christmas presents or at least a version of it. It took one 14 inch and three 12 inch squares which is probably more than a half yard. (The piece I used was 1.5 yards long and 15" wide. All that is left are true scraps.)

As leader and enders, I made tissue holder covers for the students which take a 5.5" by 6.5" rectangle and a 5.5" by 7.5" rectangle. These take more time to find fabric and cut out than to sew. I plan on going back this afternoon to make more. I need at least 40.  I am thinking about setting up a cutting and sewing station behind the sofa so I can be warm as I sew.
Goal 3: Embroidery station - waiting for machine to return. 
Goal 4: UFO's-Trash/Strings - I  put together 2 halves-more string blocks are needed. Hopefully this will become a flimsy by end of January.
 KS BOM 2014 - The blocks are on the design wall but may be there until March waiting for sashing.  
DD#1's bow tie blocks - None were made instead I did tissue covers. (Gosh- the bow ties are tiny!)
Goal 1BH Leader/Ender -- I decided to get 108" muslin from JoAnn's for backing and put a design on back with heart cut outs with the label inside.
Goal 2: Bindings on customer's quilts.  DONE! Still need to deliver two.
One week left of subbing and then 3 half days. Then back to sewing. Hopefully it won't be too cold to sew in Studio in January and February. If it is, I  will go back into den!  I have two graduation quilts to design and make for May. BH's Mystery quilt may become one since the clues are not that difficult YET!
Lator Gators! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

South Louisiana Snow Day

Snow Day equals Sew Day!
  We rarely have  snow in Cajun Country and when we do it seldom sticks. Today is one of those rare days - it is snowing and it is sticking! 
  Schools are closed so I am having an unpaid early  holiday. Actually it is needed since I  caught the crud from the students and need a day of relaxation and rest to get over it before the holidays and our trips. 
   The plan for today is to cook soup and sew. In between cooking and sewing, I  plan on decluttering and putting up holiday decorations. (I lost the Christmas spirit about 10 years ago when family members stole presents from under the tree and others complained about the handmade gifts. For some odd reason a small bit of that spirit has returned. I think it is because homemade items were requested by a daughter and great grand daughter. Or it may be a side effect from the pain medicine I am taking or the new blood pressure med.)

 This morning Spirit and I have already put up a lighted tree and turned on the lighted Santa Clauses. After we declutter the living room, we will pull out more Clauses! I have lots I have collected in my 67 years.
  Time to make gifts and cook soup. Progress updates to follow.
Update: Plans changed abruptly. Last night I took a pain pill. Best night sleep I had in months. Only problem is that when the pill wears off, I start throwing up. It took several hours for the effects to wear off. Soup is simmering and making the house smell wonderful.
   Zipper part of one gift is done. Puppies have been moved to warmer bedding and inside back room. So I did accomplish something besides sleeping on sofa. 
Second pain pill was taken so I am good for another 6 hours.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Goals

My goals for December are mostly crafting goals than quilting goals:
Goal 1: Blue Binding Tool Star Quilt - It is on DD#1's frame now so it should be quilted by the 15th. I will pick it up and spend time binding it. We are going to San Antonio on Dec 23-26th. I will deliver it to DGS#1 and his fiance then.
Goal 2: Embroidery Project for DD#3. DD#3 asked me to embroider gifts she is giving.
Goal 3: Christmas Gifts - I want to make a gift for my co-teacher for all the help she has given me. DD#3 gave me hints for 2 gifts she wants for 2018. She also forwarded a picture of something DGGD#1 wants too. 
Goal 4: Trash/Strings - I have decided to work on this. I need at least 10 more full blocks to make it big enough to cuddle under. I will also work on DD#1's bow tie blocks as leader/enders. (Gosh- they are small!)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Design Wall Progress and Stash Report

Design Wall:
Goal 3: Embroidery station is set up and taken down. Saturday's work was suppose to involve towels. It had just gotten back after 6 weeks but is still not working. So I  took the whole thing to the shop in Broussard. They promised it back by Christmas.  It took the whole day.
Goal 4: UFO's-Trash/Strings - I  needed 10 more blocks at least. I have 2 Done. Each block has 4 parts. Hopefully this will become a flimsy by end of January.
 KS BOM 2014 - The blocks are on the design wall but may be there until March waiting for sashing.  
DD#1's bow tie blocks - 5 more were made. My goal is 10 for the week. (Gosh- they are small!)
Goal 1BH Leader/Ender -- flimsy is done. Next I want to get a back for it. 
Goal 2: Bindings on customer's quilts.  DONE! Still need to deliver two.


Stash Report
Fabric IN This Week: 0 yards 
Fabric IN for November: 0 yards
Fabric IN for December:
Fabric IN YTD: 72 10/12 yards
Fabric OUT This Week: yards
Fabric Out for November: 0.25 yards
Fabric Out for December:  0 yards
Fabric OUT YTD: 77 yards
Reduction/Enhancement This Week: 0  yards
Reduction/Enhancement November: 0.25 yards
Reduction/Enhancement December:  0  yards
Reduction/Enhancement YTD:  4 1/6 yard
   There should be movement by end of December since Blue Binding Star Wedding quilt will be finished and delivered by the end of the month which should be about 10 yards. 3 of the planned Christmas gifts (a cozy, a large bag, and a small bag) also will be made of fabric so that will be at least 3 more yards. Hopefully, no fabric will come to stay that doesn't immediately go out as in pillowcases.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Morning Wonderings 11/30/17

Outside my window... cold and damp.
I am listening to... puppies cry and Me-new purr.
One of my favorite things... coffee.
One of my least favorite things... the holiday season.
I am missing... time alone
I am planning... a driving trip to San Antonio.
I am remembering ... why I  so dislike this time of the year.
I need... more energy and time in the day and even more energy.
I am wondering... What the weather is going to do next week
I am thinking... my sub time is coming to an end. 
I am super thankful... for my wonderful husband whose birthday is today.
I am sewing on...  UFO's. Trash/Strings and KS BOM 14 and Christmas gifts.
I am deciding... on what to do today for DH's 79th bday. I think I am going to go after school to get him a ??
My future includes... A trip to San Antonio and embroidery.
I am hoping... to make it to Christmas w/o more drama.
Should I... wake Chris up or let him sleep?
TOO Many Decisions Too Much to Do!  
L

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stash Report !nd Design Wall

Since I go back to work on Monday, here is a combined post.
Stash Report
Fabric IN This Week: 0 yards 
Fabric for IN November: 0 yards
Fabric IN YTD: 72 10/12 yards
Fabric OUT This Week: yards
Fabric Out for November: 0.25 yards 
Fabric OUT YTD: 77 yards
Reduction/Enhancement This Week: 0  yards
Reduction/Enhancement November: 0.25 yards
Reduction/Enhancement YTD:  4 1/6 yard
Design Wall:
Goal 1BH Leader/Ender --  I trimmed and sewed all the blocks I had into fouries and ,made my row. Lo and behold I am 1 fouries short. Well, actually 2 quarter square triangles short! So red fabric has to be found (4 pieces) and the white background so I can cut the pieces and finish this flimsy. DONE 
Goal 2: Bindings on customer's quilts.  DONE! Now I need to deliver them.
Goal 3: Embroidery station set up. Now that my machine is back from spa, it is time to start projects. Hope, I remember how!
Goal 4: Pick a project to work on as leader/ender. I picked 3!♡

KS BOM 2014
Trash/Strings
Trash/Strings - I have decided to work on this. I need at least 10 more full blocks to make it big enough to cuddle under. KS BOM 2014 - the stars are made and on design wallJust have to find a suitable sashing fabric.  DD#1's bow tie blocks as leader/enders. (Gosh- they are small!)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thursday Morning Wonderings

Outside my window... cold and bright. I slept til 7:45am.
I am listening to... the heater run.
One of my favorite things... having time in my Studio even if it never gets finished..
One of my least favorite things... funerals especially during the holiday season.
I am missing... my mom, dad, brother, etc. Those that went ahead.
I am planning... to have a peaceful day.
I am remembering ... why I  so dislike this time of the year.
I need... more energy and time in the day and even more energy.
I am wondering... What the weather is going to do next week and next month. 
I am thinking... it is best to take people as they are and not hope they will behave as society thinks they should. 
I am super thankful... for my wonderful husband.
I am sewing on...  UFO's. Trash/Strings needs more blocks and KS BOM 14 needs sashing.
I am deciding... on what to do for DH's 79th bday..
My future includes... A trip to San Antonio and binding.
I am hoping... to make it to Christmas w/o more drama.
Should I...  sew or cook?
TOO Many Decisions Too Much to Do!  
Lator!