Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Fund Raiser Quilt

With one quilt done there is now another in the balance just waiting to be finished.  I have started it and wouldn't you know it?  A flu/cold sets in.  Not now I say... I have work to do!  Alas I have to fight it off, but it's not an easy fight this time.  Guess I have to start going outside whether I like it or not.  

You see, I really am a hermit....really!  I love to be outside, but I don't like to initiate the mobility that brings me out there!  And I do love being outside (without the bugs of course!) and when you get me out there (playing) it is hard to get me to come back in!  Weird huh?   Actually if there are any nurses/doctors reading I'm sure it must be come kind of phobia - it has to be right?  Friends keep telling me to just go out and sit on the deck.... poke your head out your window for a few minutes everyday.  Well last night we had dinner with our dear daughter and when her father-in-law heard I was sick (again) he says to me "you have to got outside!"  I said " yes, everyone keeps telling me that"  He pipes up without  a heartbeat in between my reply and his and says "Well everyone can't be wrong"   OKAY!!!   I get it!   I will go outside!  Not sure when I will fit it in but I will sit on the deck for a few minutes "every day" and just see how well that works. 

Lots of scraps!
Now, through no fault but my own, I am in another time constraint with getting yet another quilt out from under the sewing machine, after keeping a low profile for the past 7 days.  See this little pile of fabrics?  Well they will make 5" squares that make up about 80% of the quilt.  Rather ... was going to make up 80%!  At last count I had 704 pieces to cut that were 1 3/4" x 5 1/2".  Four of these make up a block... I need 280 blocks.   All from my stash... all have to be ironed and cut.  And I have about 5 hours of cutting into this so far.  Yup...another "great" design and one that will be very wonderful (not sure about beautiful) but time is now not on my side to get it completed.  Last night I sewed and cut many of the pieces in the picture.  I was so very sure that I would have enough to get the squares I I stop sewing and decided to count what pieces were left.  AHHHHH!   I was going to be short by about 200 pieces!  WHAT?? How can this be?   So out comes the calculator and the design ... oh nutz.  Didn't calculate making it bigger.  Pieces needed .... 1128!  Far cry from 704 huh?   This would not due, so back to the drawing board I went and I think I have found the answer!  

But you will see/hear more of that another day as I really must get some sewing done!!
Always in Stitches,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Middle of March?

How did we get to the middle of March already??  I know I must have missed some days, even weeks somewhere along the way!  Oh well.... guess I have to work with what time I have, right?

I speak of time as it is now 3 1/2 months to the end of June and yes that is my deadline to have finished 50 UFO's.  And will I make it??  "Time" will tell.  I was at 18 in December and have since did more, but I haven't added them to my list.  Guessing I will have to do that soon before I forget what they wouldn't that be a bummer.  To miss one or two in the count and think I fall short of my goal if I did forget them!  Yikes!!  Something for this weekends "To-Do" list.  

With my quilt guild having a UFO challenge, I have been lucky to complete at least 4 each month - Yeaaaa me!  But this month I may not get them all done.  I got a nasty flu/cold on the 11th and it is hanging on tight.  But I'm still going to try!! 

Another project was to make a quilt top for my grand-daughter's school for a fund raiser.  And yes I did it!!  I was only doing a few blocks a day and then I decided it was time to get this really rolling and gone.  See, I needed 80 - 10 1/2" log cabin blocks before borders were added.   So on March 4th, I sat down at my sewing machine and didn't stop until 11pm that evening.  I had done 43 log cabin blocks that day and put the borders on, but I was done!  Yeahhhh!!  Let me know if you would like tickets on this quilt!  It will be off the long arm quilter in about a week.

Done?  Well yes for that project I am.  Notice I said "that project"?  And yes for every one project completed there is always another that moves into the top spot for my time.  Now I am designing another quilt for the Relay for Life to be held here in June.  This one I will be doing all the sewing & quilting so it is going to be a very tight schedule until this one is done.  Time for when I want this one done.... April 1st!!   Tickets are to be sold and it is hard to sell tickets on something you haven't seen, but it is going to be a very wonderful quilt, if I do say so myself.  Made from my scraps (I have loads of them!!) and only the center of the quilt is from material I had to purchase, I have been thinking of the representation of all the scrap strips and I finally thought of it as I was cutting 704 - 1 3/4" x 5 1/2" pieces.  So keep an eye out here - I will keep you updated on the progress on this one when I get feeling better.

Seeing time is of the essence, I will see if I can make it the sewing machine today for a moment or two.  You all take care of yourselves and others when you can. :-)