Sunday, July 4, 2021

Getting my mojo back?

I started Gnome Angels 100 Blocks in 100 Blocks on July 1st, and surprise, I've been inspired to do more!

My craft room was a mess after having new windows installed in the house, so after I finish my daily block, I've been working on getting it back in order. I've ended doing other some sewing and even some scrapbooking!

As of 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, I have completed:

  • 5 Kinship blocks for #100blocks100days
  • 3 masks 
  • 2 nightgowns for my granddaughters
  • 2 pillowcases for my daughter's workplace
  • 20 blocks for Step 7 of my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake
Since I've managed to sew every day, I might as well start tracking my progess!

  • 15 minute days/week = 4/4 days
  • 15 minute days/July =  4/4 days
  • 15 minute days/since 7/2021 = 4/4 days
  • Success rate = 100%
This might keep me off my computer games, and doing something productive for a change. We'll see, I don't have the best track record.

My Kinship Blocks:

The girls' nightgowns, very simple ones the same as I used to make for their mother and aunt.

My On Ringo Lake sample Block, and my new little pile of double-geese units:

Now, I'll see if I can keep up this week!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

What have I been up to?

Well, I'm still plugging along, slowly making progress.

I have completed the binding on this quilt. The weather hasn't been contusive to getting a shot of it finished, so this will have to do for now. Right now, it's on my bed but will eventually be for the new sofa bed. 

The quilting was done by Maple Leaf Quilting Company in Cochrane, AB. They are my preferred quilter now that my original one has retired. They include the price of two-way shipping, thread AND the batting in their quotes, so no surprises!

This was a Thangles block-of-the-month project, but the contrast wasn't great and the blocks lost their definition. I still love the colours though and discovered I don't like the Thangles approach to half-square triangles so I have my numerous packages in my purge pile (will probably sell on a Facebook group for Canadian quilters). 

I was working on step 8 of Bonnie Hunter's pattern, On Ringo Lake, but put it away for now. We are getting new windows and everything has to be moved away from the windows throughout the house! Good time for purging though.

In the meantime, I have started a new crochet project. I got back into it last year making scarves, but I kept seeing a pretty kit on my Facebook feed, so I broke down and ordered it. It's from Annie's, a well-known craft company, and I am impressed with the quality of the yarn. It isn't cheap, especially in Canada, but I don't have any vices, so what the heck!

I've finished the centre diamond medallion and I've just received Kit 2, so I'm starting on the 4 corners of that piece. This has been fun so far, and introduced me to some new stitches and techniques I haven't done before, so I'm quite enjoying the challenge. The website has videos as well, so that has been a help. If you are interested, here is the link to Annie's Kit Club (unfortunately, the only way to get the pattern)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The Week Off that wasn't...

 Well, that was a bust. I ended up having to work most of the week I was supposed to be off, so that sucked out any motivation I had.

I did manage to get a few things done off my list.

- Migrate all information from old computer to hard drive (to be sorted, edited and purged at a later date)

- Take donations and recycling from back room out

- I'm working on my photo order and even got a few pages done in my Hawaii scrapbook

And I've started spring cleaning.

I've completed Step 6 of On Ringo Lake, and have cut out the pieces for Step 7. Only one more step to go.

I also made a set of placemats for my daughter, from scraps my friend gave me after completing a quilt for her new granddaughter. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

This week's list - Feb 14-20

 Despite my best efforts, I haven't been posting regularly like I want to do. By the time I finish work, and if I manage to do some sewing, I don't want to go near the computer.

But this week might be different - I was still owed some vacation days from last year, and combined with the long weekend, I have most of the week off (working a part-day Tuesday).

I have a lengthy list and no pictures:

- Migrate all information from old computer to hard drive (to be sorted, edited and purged at a later date)

- Spring clean!

- Take donations and recycling from back room purge out (yes, I did get that done!)

- Finish On Ringo Lake quilt topper, using Tula Pink Butterfly quilt for Leaders and Enders

- Order pictures, then work on Hawaii cruise scrapbook

- Start pulling UFOs and make a list of what order to work on them (or get rid of!)

Here's hoping I update regularly.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

To-Do Tuesday - Week of Dec 29, 2020 to January 4, 2020

 Merry Christmas and very Happy (better) New Year! Let's all hope that we can put the dumpster fire of 2020 behind us, and that 2021 is the best it can be.

Depression raised its ugly head again, and although I was able to function somewhat normally for work and family relationships, my personal well-being took a hit. I was looking forward at the beginning of the year to have a dedicated crafting/sewing space again, but as much as I am happy with it, I was not motivated at all. I've had a quilt beside me to bind for months now, and have only managed to stitch 1 1/2 sides. 

Blogging has always helped me get motivated and accountable to myself, so here I go once again.

Here is this week's to-do list:

1. Box up, sort, purge and organize back room, in preparation for the installation of a mini-kitchen area. This has become a dumping area over the last nine months, and I can't use the excuse of no time anymore! (Keeping it real here!)

Fridge alcove and sink/counter area to the left.

Sink/counter area is now on the right - it won't be big but the sink will be big enough to clean paint brushes and the counter to make a coffee! The front area is only about 7 ft wide, enough for a small table perhaps.

This wall is opposite the counter area. It will mainly be overflow storage for projects and supplies. The garage door can be seen in the background.

2, Finish binding this damn quilt! It guilts me every day!

3. Use a past project UFO  to use as a Leader/Ender project for the week. I've picked On Ringo Lake, a mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter. I am still on Step 2, and I'd like to complete it this week! 

It has been sitting like this for about a month now. It's not the best pic, it's a bit gloomy today, but you can see some finished units in the upper left hand corner of the board.

Bonus project: I bought a little footstool on Facebook Marketplace sometime ago (maybe a year?), and want to recover the top, make a new lining for the inside and the underside of the top and paint it for my sitting room. I love hand-sewing and embroidery, and it would be nice to keep my supplies handy. I would love to finish this project this week, but only if I get the decluttering done.
It is definitely home-made, but with some interesting details. I'll take of the old cover and pad the new top a little better, I suspect it only has layers of fabric as it isn't very soft as a footstool. I have a piece of fabric I created from selvedges that I think would make a great cover.

As much as that under-top pocket looks in good shape, it is a pretty loose weave and some of the stitching has let go. It's also grimy on the edges and a little musty, so I would like to replace it.

I'm joining the Tuesday To Do Linky Party over at Home Sewn by Us for the first time. I hope to keep it up this coming year as a motivation to move some of my UFOS along! 

The last few years, I have chosen a word to represent what I'd like to achieve for the year. Some past words have been Joy, Nurture, Focus. I'm considering what to use this year, using what I've learned this year. The impact of COVID-19 has changed so much this year, and I'm going to use my blog as a journal this coming year, with some reflections and changes I'm going to make moving forward.

As far as my family and I go, we have been fortunate not to suffer the effects of the disease itself, nor any of the economic suffering of others. We have been incredibly grateful for these blessings, and are doing our part following our government guidelines and wearing masks to protect others, so that maybe our community can reopen sooner rather than later. I hope you and yours remain safe. 

Until next time, 

Terri in BC

Thursday, November 5, 2020

15 minutes a day...

 I need to get my mojo back, so yesterday I committed to myself to do something sewing related for 15 minutes every day.  After work and dinner, I settled down with this quilt and worked on the binding.

I managed to get the same brown fabric (albeit in a flannel) to make a 2" binding. It has been attached for months now, and been a object of guilt for a while now. I don't now why, because I'm the recipient for a change!

It started out as a Thangles block-of-the-month for the centre of the star blocks. There wasn't enough contrast between the two fabrics, so the centres look more like mush. 

I love the overall colours though, and the mint flannel backing so this one is destined to go on my bed in the spring. One day I hope to have a quilt for each season!

Of course, 15 minutes turned into 1 1/2 hours so I was able to get one side sewn down. Of course today, I remembered about flanged bindings - realizing if I had made one, I could have sewn the binding down by machine long ago!  Oh well - next time.

PS: It turns out I don't using Thangles so they are going into a giveaway box, to be dealt with at a later date.

15 minutes goal: 1 day out of 1    Total time: 1.5 hours



Tuesday, June 23, 2020

To Do Tuesday for 6/23/2020

Now that I have a functional sewing/craft room, I'm able to get back to having fun! I found that when I blogged regularly, it pushed me to get things done. One of my favourite bloggers, Kate from Life in Pieces, posted a weekly list on Tuesdays, so I'm going to do the same! Thanks for the idea, Kate!

Weekly To Do List (06/23/2020

1. Quarantine (pattern from Gundren Erla of GEDesigns) - purchase backing and sandwich for quilting (My version made from the leftovers of Alex's chemistry quilt)

2. Lanterns (my own design - although I have found similar ones since!) - purchase backing and sandwich for quilting (Here it is hanging at the back of the room as I was adding strips, I forgot to take a picture of the finished top).

3. Harmony (a Thangles block of the month pattern purchased from Hamels Fabrics, my local and favourite quilt shop - hand-sew the binding for a finish! Daisy is checking out the quilting when I got it back from Maple Leaf Quilting Company.

I'll create more posts this week to share each of these quilts individually, hopefully as I finish them. That should keep me busy, as I am still working full-time from home, although I have to go to the office on Thursday for a director's meeting (and I'll be wearing my mask, as some of the directors aren't as cautious as I am).