I've been so busy the last couple of months, I have had barely time to breathe, let alone blog. But we are now seeing the end of a full kitchen renovation, and I can sneak in a bit of time for fun!
Last night, I went to Kim's house, who is kindly storing all my scrapbooking supplies and created a fun page about watching a movie being filmed in my town.
Snuck some time to scrapbook! Thanks, Kim Rodger. Still have to write the story about watching the filming of Monster Trucks (imdb.com/title/tt3095734) in downtown Chilliwack, made to look like an American town. The movie came out two years after we watch this scene being filmed. By that time, Alex had forgotten about. So glad I took pictures.
Now that I have unpacked the kitchen again, I can try to find my sewing room again!
I've not been doing a very good job of using my blog to post my progress this year, and that also means I haven't made much progress - the vicious circle! Goal-setting works for me so here goes for July's projects:
1. Make a quilt for MacBaby by July 16th!
2. Finish and quilt 3 Canada 150 quilts for the kidlets.
3. Prep and finish Rosette #5 for my Millie quilt.
1. One of my very good friend's has finally become a mother through adoption - but can't reveal the name nor many details yet, so this little girl's pseudonym is MacBaby. I haven't met her yet, but there is a baby shower coming up, so a quilt is necessary. I didn't get very far following along with Pat Sloan's Winter Solstice (1 large and 5 smaller blocks done), but the colours I chose will make a beautiful baby girl quilt. Now to plan a layout and get cracking!
2. I have had the fabric for a year, took 9 months to find a design I liked, and have the 7" blocks finished. Now that I decided to do an on-point setting to make the blocks go further, I can start assembling the quilts - one for each of my grandchildren.
3. I was late to the game starting Katja Marek's Milliefiore quilt, and it got put aside for most of the winter. Now that it is hot out, and I want to spend some time poolside, I need to get the cutting and prep done to finish my rosette.
During my "hiatus", I made a Bionic Gear Bag that I haven't shared yet. If you haven't heard about this bag yet, you really should check it the website at Sew Much Nicer!
It is a fabulous bag that can be used to store just about anything, and there is going to be larger version available soon. (I also bought the baby BGB variation as well). Sally also offers video workshops to teach you how to put this together at Sew Like a Rockstar.
They were really helpful adding the pockets and putting the side panels on.
There is also a free pattern for a small dish that attaches to the bag with magnets, that can be used for Wonderclips or as a thread catcher. Free is right up my alley!
Of course, to make a coordinated one, I had to buy new fabric! I got 4.35 metres, but rest assured the bag doesn't take that much - if you do the bag all in one colour it takes 1.25 yards or 1.15 metres. In fact, the pocket linings used scraps that I had on hand. I also shared with a friend, so 2.3 metres were used right away.
Added this week: 4.35 metres
Added this year: 33.05 metres
Used this week: 3.3 metres
Used this year: 21.8 metres
Added/Used this year: 11.25 metres
The extra metre was used by my grandkids! The kids wanted to sew one morning after a sleepover, so we made some doll/stuffie blankets. Alex is eight, and sewed his all by himself, even putting the backing on envelope style. I just had to show him how to line things up.
Zoey (5 1/2) finally overcame her hatred of moving parts, and assembled her top with a little assistance. She wouldn't let me take her picture though. Mya is 2 1/2 and not afraid of anything - she wanted to just jump in and do it by herself. Since she's never done it before, I had a hard time holding her back, but we managed to get it done safely without running over little hands. She was so proud of herself.
I have a few more things I did during my hiatus, but I'll save those for next week.
I haven't been anywhere - just in blah-land. My oldest daughter, son-in-law and grandson (who live in a 2-bdrm suite in my home) were gone to New Zealand for 5 weeks, and although I had great plans, the poor weather and work kept me down. Since they got home, I have been in my sewing room every day, listening to the sounds of a full house again and enjoying spending time with them!
An pre-order I placed in January finally arrived. I couldn't resist this fun print "Burly Beavers" being Canadian and all!
Of course, while I was at the shop, Dinkydoo Fabrics, I had to buy a few more things - so I stocked up on mini-Pearl Bracelets, and a new book, Quilt Lab - using math and science in quilts. It is a brand-new shop in Pitt Meadows, BC, having an online presence for about 6 months and now it has a bricks-and-mortar store. The downside is that it sells it fabrics in yards, not metres, so I have to remember that when comparing their pricing and buying fabrics. Otherwise, it's a nice little shop, focused on modern fabrics.
I bought 6 yds of flannel to make pyjama pants for my sons-in-law and grandson for Christmas, and some cotton versions for the stash. Love the thermos and woodgrain. 6 fat quarters of pearl bracelets and a 1/2 yd bundle of free Christmas prints (opening special) rounded out my purchase of 9.75 yards. Converted to metres, I've added 8.9 metres to the stash.
Added this week: 8.9 metres
Added this year: 28.7 metres
Used this week: 1.5 metres
Used this year: 18.5 metres
Added/Used this year: 10.2 metres
My daughter wanted her quilt queen-size, so I added another 4-patch border to my En Provence quilt. This used up another 1.25 metres of aqua/teal and white and I am finally running out of aqua and teals.
I'm hoping to make another good dent in the stash next week. I'm working on 3 quilts celebrating Canada's Sesquicentennial (150 years), on for each of my grandchildren. I'm using the Falling Charms pattern by MSQC. It's simple and makes good use of the charm packs that I was able to get. I still have a jelly roll that I'll probably make myself something with.
Her version used Anna Horner prints and small rectangles 2"x3", but then I saw this version which inspired me to use up my 2 1/2" strips. My rectangles are 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", which will finish at 2 x 4 and make quick and perfect quilts for the kids' campers.
20 lbs of fabric are winging their way to New Brunswick this week!
Unfortunately, I can't count it out because I was the recipient of a garbage bag full of scraps ;o). My quilting friend, Kim, has decided she doesn't like scrappy quilts, so she has gifted my daughter and I all her leftovers. My daughter got first pick at it to build her stash, and the rest came to me. Some went in the box above and the rest in my scrap basket to be cut down a la the Scrap Users System.
I made sure that I put enough yardage from my stash in the box to offset the addition. I tried to put mostly good size pieces of what I had already used in my scrappy quilts. I'm not counting any of the fabric in or out, since it all happened in the same week.
A fellow quilter and ex-military wife has recently gone through some hard times, so I'm sending her a care package of cottons and other fabrics. I hope she can make good use of it. Did you know a metre of cotton fabric weighs about 3-4 oz, so 20 lbs is about 70 metres! (at an average of 3.5oz for each metre) Sure would make my numbers look impressive, but I feel like I'm cheating. Glad it will go to good use.
It's been one year since the Splendid Sampler quilt-along started and there is a linky party to celebrate. Sadly, I quickly fell off the bandwagon, mostly because I have too many projects on the go, and my room was a disorganized mess. I've been working hard to correct both those situations!
I did manage to finish the following:
( I apologize for the poor quality of the photo - I need a new camera!)
6 blocks completed with sashing and quilted using the quilt-as-you-go method
2 blocks pieced
2 blocks prepped and ready for embroidery
Today, I plan on getting several more blocks cut and kitted, and maybe get the two pieced ones quilted.