Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Week 11 & 12

Boy I don't know where this month has gotten to!

Week 11 & 12 went by so fast that I didn't even realize it's been 2 weeks since I had posted.
In that time I finished up a Beginning Quilt class at the LQS. I was a fun class and the ladies are following up by signing up for my Open Sew to continue the learning process.

I also finished 3 client quilts and the raffle quilt for the Retreat we go to in April.
This next month is going to go by even faster. The first week I'll be down in Vancouver to vend at a quilt show. I come back and have a partial week to get things done as far as more inventory and client quilts Then the third week I set up on Wednesday for the Quilt Retreat. I will be teaching a class out there. So far I have 21 students signed up. The following week I leave for Odessa, Wa. to vend at another quilt show. I hope the pass is clear of snow then :-).

I also finished up some Reach for a Cure totes that I needed to do. Also, did some Pretty Pockets to go with the totes.

Made a small quilt top that can be used for either a table topper, or it's a great size that you can make some place mats out of it.  Even got the pattern written up.



Got inventory made for the shows. I made some machine covers and some scrapcatchers.

On the car front, I'm looking to have it back by mid April (I hope, I hope). All that's left to do is get everything hooked up to start the engine, put the bits and bobs back on, i.e. door handles, windows, knobs. The upholstery has been ordered and hopefully started on. The last will be the paint. TA DA!!!! (For those that wonder what I'm talking about. I am restoring a 1962 Ranchero.)

Well I guess that's it for now.

Til later,
Hugs & Stitches,
Mary

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Weeks 9 & 10

It's been a little busy so I will try to catch up everything. I'm just going to post things in random than try to keep it on day to day. My poor little brain can't keep anything straight lately :-).

One day this last week I had 3 of the PTS ladies over for a class on the Necessary Wallet Clutch. We had a day long class and they brought over a pot luck lunch. We had Chicken taco Soup, fresh fruit and a wonderful jello dessert. Everyone finished their wallet. The next day I did one for one of the gals that works out at the LQS cause her birthday in this next week. Here it is.




I've also made about 6 more crumb blocks to add to the pile. Also, cut up a HUGE bag of batting scraps, Well I actually frankenbatted them together and then cut then into squares to use for the micro bowl holders. I also cut some into the size I use for my little tea bag holders.

Finished 3 customer quilts, one of which was 108" x 126" and I had to do the binding on it and 2 pillow shams.

The 2 Thursday's when BQB came over we worked on odds and ends things. The first Thursday we worked on the house exchange blocks for our little group. We are sort of cheating because we know what themes are for the year, so we are getting a jump start on them. Here's a sample of our blocks ( the top row is hers and the bottom row is mine).


She also worked on her Vintage Tin quilt.


I had cut out and made the blocks for a Yellow Brick Road quilt when we went to our ocean retreat at the end of January. I pieced the rows together on one Thursday, made the backing and binding so it's ready to be put on the longarm when I get a break.


I also cut out for 3 Sewing Machine Covers for inventory.

The first Monday of the month I was out at the LQS for Block of the Month.

I also had to replace my main printer. So that was a day shot, running to get one and then setting it up.

I know I've forgetton some things but----oh well.........Squirrel!

Til Later,
Hugs & Stitches,
Mary

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week 7& 8 Progress

Let's see if I got any more productive this week.

Sunday-came down and decided since I had given my 1200 a spa day yesterday, I really needed to make him a cover that fit better. So here it is.



 I found a fabric from 1992. It was time.
Then I spent an hour doing some folding and straightening of fabric. Some even went into the bag that I have set aside for a lady that I give scraps and fabric to that makes charity quilts. I'm trying to get tough with myself and be realistic as to what I will really use in this lifetime.
I also got a client quilt loaded after lunch.

Monday-out at LQS for the Mini of the Month club. Also came home with 4 more quilts to do.

Tuesday-Started out doing the hour cleaning thing. Got some fabrics folded and sorted. Some went into the donation bag to the lady I donate to. Cut out 5 Reach for a Cure totes so I can work on those on Thursday during the Paws to Sew meeting. Moved some of my unquilted tops to the closet in the spare bedroom so I could use those shelves I cleaned off for the fabric that I have been folding. At least until I can go through the main shelving of fabric and weed out some of that. Then DH took me out for Linner (Lunch/Dinner). He also got me an Open Heart Pendant for Valentine's Day. Such a sweetie!

Wednesday-this morning  did some cleaning and straightening upstairs for the meeting tomorrow. Then I came down and set up a couple of machines to be used at meeting. Also made sure everything was pretty much in it's place for tomorrow.

Thursday-meeting day. First BQB & I went for our walk. Stopped at JoAnn's cause she needed some things. Came back had lunch and then the meeting started. I did work on the totes.

At this point I have forgotten some of the rest of the week and we are well into the following week so I will summarize the rest.

I finished the client quilt that I had loaded on. Then I started making a couple of pillow shams for another quilt I have to finish off for another client. Got those finished and loaded on her quilt. This is going to take a while. It measures 108" x 126".

I also have been doing some "frankenbatting". This is joining batting scraps to make bigger pieces. I use these in some of my smaller items I make for the craft show I do.

I have also made more "crumb blocks". Finished up 3 Scrapcatchers for inventory. In between, DH and I went and had taxes done. Yay!

I know I'm forgetting some of the things I did but----------.
In the evenings I have worked a little on hand stuff, such as Vintage Tin and other things for inventory.

Well I guess that's it for now.

Til Later,
Hugs & Stitches,
Mary