I’ve wanted to piece or quilt for the past few days – and since it’s rained couple of days it would be guilt free! But I haven’t been able to make myself sit in front of the the sewing machine. I really hadn’t felt well, but couldn’t pinpoint why. I didn’t think I was sick.
Last night I realized my back was out of whack so a visit to the chiropractor was in order. Then I got to thinking about what I did to throw my back out of alignment.
- Assisted in moving an old sleeper sofa.
- Assisted with moving the new sofa and generally rearranging the living room furniture
- Assisted in moving a wood chipper
No wonder we did nothing on the 4th. All of that was done on the 3rd.
I left the chiropractor’s office this morning feeling much better and this evening I was able to partially stitch the last of the blocks I need for the Red Disappearing 9-Patch — and a bunch of L/E Tumblers. Now, as long as the new carburetor for the wood chipper doesn’t show up, I might get to stitch tomorrow night as well.
This past week I worked on two projects. The blocks at the top are for Sew Scrappy using my Kansas Troubles fabrics. There are another 20 of the blocks like the one at the bottom of the design wall which need the sashing and cornerstone added, then it will be time to make those 25-patches and get them sashed.
But Saturday evening I decided I needed something a bit more mindless to work on, so I pulled out the red Disappearing 9-patch. This is about 1/4 of the blocks, so they are not in the final order. Given the size of my design wall, I guess I’m going to have to work on this quilt in quarters. The quilt will be 11 blocks wide and I can only get 8 up on the wall.
Finally, I’ve been debating whether or not to join the 2015 Leader & Ender Challenge – Tumblers. I have a L&E project – my postage stamp quilt and I have plenty of pieces currently cut so I really don’t need a new project. However, aren’t these so cute? Maybe if I can find a quick and accurate way to cut them – preferably without buying a template.
Hop over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.
Well, actually, this was on the design wall at the retreat Friday night. It’s the small of the Disappearing 9-Patches. It does lay flat, but we here having trouble reaching high enough to pin it to the wall and it’s over the iron cord (It was only on the wall long enough to take the picture).
Now on my design wall here at home, I’ve put up the completed blocks from Sew Scrappy – an Evelyn Sloppy design from her 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts book.
This was the other quilt I worked on over the weekend. It doesn’t look like much, but I have lots of parts assembled – the modified flying geese were done previously.
This UFO has been hanging around for two years, but I want to finish it this year – hopefully get the top done this month and have it ready for quilting.
See what others are upto over at Patchwork Times.
Here it is the first of June and time to check on my quilting goals. Except for the Star-A-Day (my husband is calling Star-A-Week) I got everything done.
- Finish the graduation quilt by the 16th – Done
- Finish Orca Bay – Done
- Trace and cut stars for the Star-Every-Other-Day Quilt (I’m not even certain I can pull that off – we’ll have to see) – Didn’t touch!
- Regroup on Sew Scrappy – Done
- Cut squares from my recycled shirts and associated solids for 3 different Disappearing 9-patches in preparation for the Retreat. – Done
Finishing Eye Fooler allowed me to add to my Block Count over at Prairie Moon Quilts.
The UFO Busting Report with these finishes and starts looks like this:
- # of Projects in Process May 1st: 63
- # of Projects Completed: 2 (Orca Bay & Eye Fooler)
- # of new Projects started: 3 (3 DP9)
- # of projects declared orphans 1 (2011 BOM)
- # of Projects in Process May 31th: 63
So, what’s up for June?
- Complete the 3 Disappearing 9-patch tops
- Complete the Sew Scrappy top
- Finish Diamond Links
- Make progress on the Star-A-Day quilt
Will I get everything done or get diverted by another project? Only time will tell.
My design wall hasn’t seen anything since I finished Eye Fooler. I’ve spent the past week cutting fabrics for not one, but 3 Disappearing 9-Patch quilts to work on at an upcoming retreat. I am happy to say that I’ve finished the cutting — that is the cutting before I start sewing. There’s more cutting after I sew a bit.
My shirt boxes were stuffed to the point there was absolutely no room for another cuff, let alone another shirt. Now that I’ve finished cutting my squares, I have half a box empty — out of 8.
There are three things left on my quilting list for May:
- Figure out where I left off on Sew Scrappy
- Figure out what I’m taking to the retreat besides DP9s
- Trace off some stars for the now ‘Star Every 3rd Day’ quilt.
See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.
My rotary cutter has had a workout. I’ve gotten about 70% of the fabric cut for the 3 Disappearing 9-patch quilts I’m making, but since I only count the fabric when I finish a top, it will be a couple of weeks before this get counted. Hopefully I’ll be able to count it by mid-June.
So, no change in my numbers.
Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 178.11 yards
Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 43.423 yards
INCREASE in Stash to Date: 134.687 yards
See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.
What good does it do me to finish quilts off my UFO list if I’m just going to start more? Yes, I’m being a good girl and counting this as three quilts. I’m making Disappearing 9-Patches using recycled shirts. Each quilt will have a different center square. The orange one will be roughly 65″ x 80″ for a twin bed and the other two will be roughly 80″ x 95″.
For each quilt I’m cutting 4 squares from each quilt. Some of the fabric is in all of the quilts, some is just in two of the quilts, and I think there is at least one shirt that I just had enough to cut 4 squares. My squares are cut 5-1/2″.
While I’m at it, I’m also cutting fabric for Rectangle Wrangle from Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps and Shirttails II. I started cutting these back when I was finishing up Checkerboard Plaids and starting Nifty Thrifty and now have 101 strips and I think only 1 is a duplicate. But I have a way to go, I need at least 300 strips, so perhaps I should have been cutting 2 from each shirt.
Well, these three bring my UFO Count to 64. Perhaps I can find something small to finish over the long weekend.