Sunday, March 31, 2013

First Quarter FAL 2013 Update, part 1

Yes, this is going to come in two parts.  I still have a binding to finish tonight and some pics to upload, so here's part one.

I first blogged my goals for the first quarter FAL here.

My goals were lofty.  I have A LOT  of UFOs.  I suffer from "OOOO, shiny" syndrome.  I like to start stuff that I don't always finish.  Honestly, it was starting to get to me.  So, I posted almost all of them.  33, to be exact.

Here's the status of each and every one of the original list.  I've got a few new ones to add for Quarter Two.

1.  How Far Will You Go Quilt  DONE
I love love love this quilt.

quilted and bound!

2.  Tula Skirt--on hold.  The spider skirt is too tight right now.  I have to lose the 7lbs I put back on stress eating before I commit to the smaller size.  Tula is too loved to cut up and not be able to wear.

3.  Spider Skirt, DONE, coming in part 2. Still have to photograph it.

4.  Malka Quilt  DONE

Malka quilt

5.  Rainbow Skillbuilder Block quilt  DONE

Rainbow skillbuilder

6.  Rolling pink/grey quilt  DONE.  Headed to its new home right now.

Rolling Pink/Gray

7.  Halloween spider web quilt.  Still waiting for some bee blocks to come back.  Currently on hold for Quarter 2.

8.  Scrap Vomit #1.  DONE.  I use this one A LOT.

Scrap Vomit #1

9.  Scrap Vomit #2, coming in Part 2.  I have to finish sewing on the binding today.

10.  Superhero EPP pillow, DONE, coming in Part 2.  I haven't uploaded its pic yet.
It's a tooth fairy pillow going to a son of the Pirate's best woman.

11.  Scrap vomit pillow #1.  DONE
Scrap Vomit pillow #1

12.  Scrap vomit pillow #2.  DONE
Scrap Vomit Pillow #2

13.  Mystery Quilt  DONE

Mystery Quilt done!

14.  Hexy MF, on hold.  I'm going to work on it some this week, but it's SLOW.

15.  Project Linus Monster quilt  DONE

Monster quilt

16.  Black, white, and color quilt  DONE

Black, White, and Color Quilt

17.  Postage Stamp quilt  DONE

Postage Stamp Quilt

18.  Converging Corners quilt-  On hold til Quarter 2.  So kind of not feeling this one so much.

19.  Project Linus Monkey quilt  DONE

Monkey Quilt

20.  Hope Valley bag  DONE
Hope Valley bag

21.  Christmas bunting  DONE

Xmas bunting

22.  String Blocks quilt  DONE

String block quilt

23.  Project using Star Block, may or may not finish this one tonight or tomorrow.  All the pieces are cut.

24.  Sewing Summit Mini, on hold til Quarter 2.

25.  Madrona Secret challenge  DONE
Madrona Star

26.  80s block project  DONE

Very 80s bag

27.  fix Pirate's apron  DONE

The Pirate in repaired Apron

28.  AMH belt  DONE
AMH belt

29.  Mom's quilt, on hold.  THIS THING IS HUGE.  I need to baste and quilt it.  STILL.

30.  Khaki/burgundy Project Linus quilt  DONE
Burgundy, Khaki quilt

31.  Blue squares Project Linus Quilt  DONE

Blue Project Linus Quilt

32.  HST Project Linus Quilt, top is done.  May or may not quilt it today or tomorrow.

33.  Green Journal  DONE
Green Journal Cover


TOTALLY DONE (as of this second):  24


Maybe done today:  2


Monday, March 25, 2013

Eep. It's been two weeks!

Um.  Not quite sure how that happened.
I've been productive.
Survived parents visiting.  Battling a sinus infection.

I finished my March  A.L.Y.O.F.:

Blue Project Linus Quilt
Blue Project Linus Quilt

I've also been chipping away at my FAL list.

Also Done:

Malka Quilt

Malka quilt Malka back

Black, White, and Color quilt

Black, White, and Color Quilt

Rolling Pink and Grey quilt

Rolling Pink/Gray

 Burgundy and Khaki quilt
Burgundy, Khaki quilt

Monkey quilt

Monkey Quilt

Pin basted the Scrap Vomit #2.  Going to try to quilt it this week.

Scrap Vomit #2, pinbasted!

A huge thank you to Lisa from Modern Balabusta.  She's a goddess.  I haven't had the smoothest transition into March.  Spent a lot of time feeling blue and being sick.  She sent me a fabric care package!  I didn't photograph it separately because I immediately started pulling stuff to mix in and play with.  She knows my love of Tula well.
I'm itching to play with this pile now:

PIck #1

I am thinking of a medallion quilt.  Something scrappy and crazy.

I'm also working on a Must Dash quilt (so have wanted to do one for a long time) for a new child of a faculty member.  He doesn't know it's coming, so it's not late.

I'm almost done with my Covert Robin swap item.
I need to finish a pouch for Stash Bash.
I haven't started making (but I have a design chosen) for my I love the 80s swap.

In the next week, I have to hem my Spider skirt.  I have an EPP pillow to finish.  I may have one more baby quilt done before March is up.  Still have a batch of UFOs.  Haven't been keeping up to date on my BOMs.  Trying to wedding plan.  I have a batch of 50 folks' worth of custom crayons to make next week.  Oh, and I'm going to see my mom and do a frenzy of meetings with wedding related peeps next week.  I have ordered his wedding ring and booked all but one bit of the honeymoon.

Dammit.  I want to eat the ears off many a chocolate bunny right now.  Struggling to take back off the 5 lbs I gained back stress eating and eating out with my folks.  Blarg.  Zumba for me tomorrow.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Whew. Now I can share.

So the guest bedroom is clean.

That's a miracle.

Also a miracle, the dining room table is clean save for my sewing machine.
The room is as clean as I can get it.  Given that we might *might* eat one meal there, I'm not stressing about it.  I did discover that I cut through the table cloth with my rotary cutter.

Oh well.

*cough* Isn't that what the runner is for?

I can finally share the one crafty thing I've accomplished in the last week and a half.

I pattern tested for Sara at Sew Sweetness.

Her Petrillo bag.  I cut into some Parisville in my stash for it.
It's pretty.
And new.

Petrillo Bag, exterior

Petrillo Bag, exterior side

Petrillo Bag

I did the zipper!  It came out fabulously!

You can check out all the other fabulous versions here.

Still so many projects to finish.  Blarg.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Ok.  So my parents are coming this week.
That's not the torture bit.

The torture bit is the fact that I had to clean out/clean up the guest bedroom.
See...that's my sewing storage place. felt the need to have a bed to sleep in when they get here.

So...I'm *still* cleaning it off.

That means I haven't gotten any crafting done, really....because I've been cleaning.  (I did get some pattern testing done for one that's being released shortly.)

I had to clean out a hall closet to clean out (*cough* hide *cough*) some of my stash.

And it was so torturous.  Not only do I HATE cleaning  (even at my most OCD, I don't like completely scrubbing it all away), it was like an attack of "oooo...shiny".  SO MANY PROJECTS.

I also got a migraine Sat night, thankfully after The Pirate's sushi bday dinner at Tomo.  I was not an affectionate fiance at that point because I needed absolutely darkness with no sound.  (That also meant I didn't Zumba today as I had the post-migraine wobblies.  Does anyone get that?)

I tried to console myself that next week will be all mine.  (I can sew after work....and re-mess up the room. Hopefully, I'll cross a few more dones off my FAL list...and make a delivery to Project Linus that is long overdue.)

The  other HUGE news is that I get to go to the Stash Bash.

So.  There's that.

And I apologize for the lack of pictures.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March--A Year of Lovely Finishes!

I've got to set one goal for March.  March is looking to be a bit crazy, so I'm sticking to one only.

My goal for March is to finish my Blue Project Linus Quilt.  It's pinbasted.  I think I have binding made...somewhere.

Blue Project Linus quilt

Other FAL projects I hope to finish this month (but I'm not going to run myself into the ground trying to hit them all) and their status:

Monkey quilt:  Pin-basted, waiting to be quilted
Malka quilt:  Top pieced, waiting to be pin-basted
Black, White and Color quilt:  Top pieced, waiting to be pin-basted
Spider skirt:  Needs to be hemmed
Scrap Vomit #2:  Top pieced, waiting to be pin-basted
Superhero EPP:  EPP part almost done.  Making it into a tooth fairy pillow.
Star Block Project:  I have an idea, but I haven't started messing with it yet.  The block is assembled.
Rolling Pink/Grey quilt:  Top pieced, waiting to be pin-basted

In the super short term, I still have two blocks to finish tonight...and a pattern to be tested by Friday.
More pictures then (but not of the pattern testing until it's released).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

... And now some eye candy!

My perhaps proudest piece...I made a journal cover for my Weightwatchers Tracker.

Weightwatchers Tracker cover

AND I TRACKED ALL MY POINTS TODAY and didn't eat junk.
But....oh....I so wanted sugar.

I cut all the pieces out for my pattern test, but I was too wiped to start sewing it.

I tried to finish a paperpiecing block that I'm WAY late for.  (It was meant to be mailed by Feb.)  I suck at paper piecing.  Thankfully, her background is Kona white, because I'm going to have to cut more after I F-ed it up.

I finished my 3x6 Hive H blocks:

3x6 block, Hive H
3x6 block, Hive H
3x6 block, Hive H
3x6 block, Hive H
3x6 block, Hive H
3x6 block, Hive H

Other finishes I haven't posted pics for before:

My green journal
Green Journal Cover

the now fixed apron for Pirate
The Pirate in repaired Apron

(He can't take a picture without making goofy faces.)

My Hope Valley bag
Hope Valley bag

In progress:

The Malka quilt
Malka top and back

The Blue Project Linus quilt
Blue Project Linus quilt

Scrap Vomit #2
Scrap Vomit #2 top

The Black, White, and Color quilt top
Black, white, color quilt top and back

I really wish I had another 2 days off to quilt like a mad woman.

I'll try to post full pics of the quilt tops later this week....maybe even with a few of them actually quilted.  (Oh, and I finished the khaki and burgundy quilt, but I didn't take pics of it....or the spider skirt.)