Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

She Sews!

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Yes, I did. I’m working an software activation tomorrow evening and Saturday morning — which means a lot of waiting around until it’s time for me to do my thing. Guess where I’ll be during the waiting?

The Garden is Planted

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It doesn’t look like much, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Lettuce, spinach and carrots in the gray bin. Three tomato plants – Red Beefsteak, Super Sweet 100 Hybrid Cherry, & Cherokee Purple Heirloom. The 4th 5-gallon bucket is cucumber.  The green bin is lima beans and black-eyed peas and the blue bin is corn.

If I planted correctly, if I don’t over/under water (hopefully not an issue in the self-watering containers), if the critters don’t dig, if I’m sure there are others I haven’t even thought of, I should see signs of life in the next week or two depending on what it is.

Perhaps now I can get back to the quilt!

Lessons Learned – Garden Variety

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This is the “Stuff” part of Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid. I promise I’ll get back to quilting just as soon as I get a few things planted. I already have a few “lessons learned” of the garden variety even though nothing is planted.  The tomato plant pictured above is one of them.

Read the plant tag not just the display box.

I thought I was buying a Red Beefsteak Heirloom and discovered this morning that I have a Cherokee Purple Heirloom. Oh, well.

Cut aeration and water holes BEFORE cutting the false bottom from the lid

garden-falsebottomI’m using larger 30 gallon tubs for some of my containers. The lid will be a false bottom sitting about 5-inches from the bottom as a water reservoir. There needs to be a couple of holes for the water wicking and lots of aeration hole drilled into the lid. I got excited and cut all three false bottoms from the container lids and now I have to figure out where to prop them while I drill the holes.

A little bit of spray paint can hide advertising

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It was my plan to pick up my 5 gallon buckets from Craigslist. But my timing was off. I found these at WM for only 58-cents more than the Craigslist bucket and I was already at WM.  Turns out these buckets are nearly the same color as our newly painted shutters and we have leftover paint.  So, no advertising.

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Planting a garden is no different that other do-it-yourself projects — you will have to make multiple trips to the store

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Although I could fill my water reservoir via the overflow hole I’ve cut into the side of the bottom bucket, I’m going to make it easier on my back and add in a 1″ PVC pipe from the top. That means I need an 1-3/8 inch hole in the bottom of the top bucket for the pipe. Although I could probably do a rough cut, it will be faster and more importantly easier on my hands/wrists if I have a proper drill bit.  Also, the caulking I have to “glue” the wicking cup in the right place on the bottom bucket is dried up. So I’m off to the hardware store – again.

For at least this week it seems I’m limiting my quilting to after it gets dark.

What’s On My Design Wall

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I’m sure this doesn’t look like I’ve gotten anything done this past week and there is some truth to that.  However, I did get the alternate blocks sorted out and they are sitting by my sewing table ready for me to stitch together.

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Each block was taken off the wall and laid out the way it is supposed to go together with  sheet of paper between them.  I hope this allows me to get the blocks back up on the wall in a short order. Of course it might be quicker if I actually sat at my sewing machine and sewed!

I’ve decided to attempt to do a bit of gardening this year to see if I can grow a few vegetables. This past week I spent much of my ‘quilting time’ reading up on container gardening and deciding what I wanted to attempt to grow.  Saturday I worked for a couple of hours in the morning, then started gathering my supplies.

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I’ve started working on my first container. This one will get one of the tomato plants. It’s beginning to look like many of our home improvement projects — with multiple trips to the hardware store.  I hope it’s just one more stop before I can actually start to plant. So far there have been three — if I you don’t count the ones where I was looking before I started to implement the project.

With any luck, I’ll be back to the sewing machine before the end of the week.  May 16th will be here before I know it.

See more quilting over at Patchwork Times.

Because Sometimes You Just Have to Cut Fabric

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I’m all ready for the PQS Charm Swap hosted by The Curious Quilter.  I didn’t plan to join, but I ran out of 1 1/2″ squares for my leader/enders, so figure while I was cutting…

These are matching sets of 100 (10 in each pile). I’ll mail off 4 sets for swapping, swap one with my sister and keep one. Most of this came from my 1 1/2″ strip box. I did dig into my blue box and my orange & black box.   Since sign ups are open through the 22nd, who knows, I may pull out some of my other boxes to cut a few strips.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

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This past week I sat down and finished sewing the bits and pieces that have been piled on my desk and cutting table for the past month. I even managed to make 6 of the alternate blocks.  Those are going slower because I’m putting up each individual unit on the wall, trying to ensure the colors are somewhat separated.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

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It’s the graduation quilt – Eye Fooler. There’s not much more done on it since the March recap last week. But I think I have all the pieces done, except for the triangle in a square blocks which will have the border fabric in them.

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That’s not to say they are ready to be sewn into blocks yet.  I still need to take the small HST blocks and piece them into a 3″ unit and the flying geese still need paired up. But they are off the corner of my desk!

The next step is to finish what I can of the border blocks.  If I remember correctly, I sewed the 4-patches to the wrong side of the triangle in a square block.

Now if I can stay focused.  Graduation is in 40 days!

Check out what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

UFO Busting

It’s time to link up with Vicki over at Field Trips In Fiber my UFO Busting Report for March.

# of Projects in Process March 1st: 67
# of Projects Completed: 0
# of new Projects started: 1
# UFOs trashed Tops sent to new homes: 5
# of Projects in Process March 31st: 63

I hope to finish at least one quilt this month. We’ll see  how it goes.

Quilting Goals for April and 2nd Quarter 2015

By now I’m sure you realize I dream big and set out to finish more than I can possibly finish. Fortunately, it doesn’t bother me. Eventually I’ll get tired of seeing something on the list and either get it done or take it off and replace it with something else that may or may not get done. So here is my list of quilting goals for April.

#1 – At a minimum, finish the graduation quilt top. Graduation is May 16th!
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#2 – At a minimum, finish 30 stars of the Star-A-Day quilt. Unless I catch up, I’m going to need to rename this quilt to Star-Every-Other-Day as I only have 111 done and I should be sitting at 212. (This is an old picture)star-a-dayDW0316

#3 – Quilt & bind Orca Bay. The top is done, I have the backing and batting so what am I waiting for?
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If I would just stop there, I might get it all done – even if I am working every weekend except Easter weekend this month.  But I also want to use this post for the 2nd Quarter Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side. Then there is my personal challenge of trying to get everything started earlier than 2007 done (by the end of the year), but at the same time hopefully get a couple of newer quilts finished as well.  Even though the rest of this post covers three months, it is still unrealistic, but I like options.

These are the projects I’m leaning toward taking to the quilt retreat in June. A couple of PIGs and newer quilts have slipped into the mix. Of course I may change my mind half a dozen times before I get that far.

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Sweatshirt jacket, Hardware, String HST wall hanging/doll quilt, August 2013 Quilt A, Sew Scrappy and Candy Sunflower Seeds.

If I’m ‘saving’ these for June, then I need something to work on in May.  How about these partially quilted quilts.

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Green & Cream Swap, Hancock Stars BOM, Compass Lone Star, Diamond Links (pic from before I started the quilting)

If I decide I simply need to QUILT something, these are tops are waiting in the wings and I have batting and batting for.

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Christmas Crazy 8s, Scrappy Hearts, Yellow Thangles, Christmas BOM and Stack-n-Whack (which might not have a backing now that I think about it, but the age is right.)

Then there are the two blocks sets I’d like to get made into quilts.

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Sisters Swap from 2005 & Alphabet BOM which was finished earlier this year

Finally, there is the hand quilted whitework piece that is from 2005.  I might not have enough handwork to do with just the Stars ;-) (That’s Diet Dr Pepper, not rust stains.)

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So there you have it. My completely unrealistic goals for the April – June.  I’ll be happy to get 3 projects done, but I always like to have options.

All of March’s Quilting Goals Met

Ha! April Fools!

I started to title this post “No More UFOs”, but I know no one would have believed that. Meeting all my quilting goals on the other hand, might have happened, but didn’t. I simply couldn’t get motivated to do what I set out to do at the beginning of the month. That is not to say I didn’t accomplish a few things on my list and several more that were not.

  • 19 Star-a-Day Blocks – goal at least 31 blocksdw0323
  • 17 of the Eye Fooler/Graduation Quilt Blocks – goal the center of the quilt topgradquilt-4wall
  • Pieced most of the rest of the units (I found green HST that need to be made!)gradquilt0331
  • Got the blanket binding on this pre-quilted panel that had been sitting around for 3 monthsbear
  • Sorted through one of the scrap boxes, emptying it, only to toss the neutral and browns back in it to clear the ironing board. The scraps on the left need to be cleaned up for my pre-cut boxes and the ones on the right are for my Star-A-Day quilt.sortedscraps
  • Combined two partial sets of RWB blocks into two quilt topssampler pair
  • Took one large quilt top and made it into two smaller topsStarStruck Pair
  • Took another not quite finished top and made it into a smaller topblueridgeevolution

I’ll reset my goals and see what I can get done in April.