Weekly Progress - On UFOs

I have not started anything really new in ages. But I need to get somewhere with all these projects before I can start something new!

T-shirt quilts are not very creative. But they force me to be very precise in piecing. And they pay for more creative quilts.

Design Wall - LQS Saturday Sampler 2011

I'm working on this because I have to - it has a date with the long arm and needs to be in a box by Christmas. But all that white space and the simple layout makes the blocks pop.

Grandmother's Choice, block six. I like this one. I don't like #7, and I really don't like #8. But this is a BOW about choice. So...I'm going to do the blocks I like, and appreciate the work the designer put into each week even if I don't make the block.

 Fat Quarter Stars - I made two 12" blocks - Weather Vane and LeMoyne Star - from my shop hop collection. Then I figured that if I was going to get my sister's block book back to her, I should start doing those. So, my first 9" block - Air Castle.
Technically, Weather Vane and Air Castle aren't stars, but they are kind of star-like.

UFO Busting

 Oh, Skorca! I mowed the backyard on Sunday to put off quilting this UFO...talk about a bad sign. I think I need something different than one UFO day a week - because I will come up with a hundred excuses to not sew that day! This week, I'm going to try quilting for an hour each day. That should, hopefully, take care of Skorca, and then maybe I can move on. 

Fifteen Minute Challenge - Organization

 I only folded fabric once in the past week. The cutting table? Covered. The sewing table? Piles on the corners. Felt boxes are on the floor from a kid craft project, I have a giant basket of t-shirt scraps... I need to DO my 15 minutes this week!
Oh, and my other deadline project. Crazy as the idea was, this is actually coming along nicely. The base of the costume is done - now I'm adding the layers. 

Linked:

Weekly Progress - Serious Progress!

We are finally getting into a routine and getting life into a rhythm, and I got tons done this week!

Finished: 

Bad Romance - finally!

Fifteen Minute Challenge - Organization
Slow and steady, I am getting my sewing room under control. I did my fifteen minutes every day this week: sorting scraps, folding bigger scraps, filing patterns and keeping the flat surfaces clear.

I want this to be a Christmas gift, so I talked to my quilter and scheduled it to go to her on Nov. 15. Deadline!

UFO Busting
Leah's post last week was about the snowball effect - working on little things to free up more time to work on the bigger things. So I looked at my stack of flimsies and picked Bad Romance because it was already halfway quilted.


Next, quilted a wall hanging for my mother. Binding is on and handstitching has begun.

Now I'm at the point that the next quilt done will probably be my Blogger's Quilt Festival Quilt....so I want it to be a good one. But also one that has a back picked already...which kind of limited it to Skorca! 

Blocks
 
Grandmother's Choice, block five. It's a little chaotic, but I like it!

I found six of these blocks {leftover from Sunkissed Jewel Box} and made four into a pillow-sized block. Once I quilt the quilt version, I'll use leftover backing to finish off the pillow. The other two blocks...I don't know. Probably make a notebook cover or something.

Other
 
Toyland Row Quilt had a few of the rows sewn together. I'm not in a hurry to finish it...only to add it to the quilting pile.


No picture, but I finished another t-shirt quilt to the quilting stage! I should finish that off this week.

And finally, I started making these as leaders/enders, thanks to a tutorial on the Sew Lux blog.

Weekly Progress - On The Little Things

Lots of little updates this week!

 First, William's first birthday was Sunday. And this part of adoption? Really sucks. Oh well - we will celebrate his second and onward with him!

Second, this old fat boy is doing well. Stitches come out today, and hopefully we'll figure out a diet that prevent the stones coming back for both cats! No easy task, since they get stones for opposite reasons.

Third, since I have a picture of almost all my other kids... I took out my minky scrap box to show to a client. Someone loves minky.


Fifteen Minute Challenge - Organization
Another week with no organization. I really need to get back into the fifteen minute habit, because the flat surfaces are getting covered again!

Design Wall

The Toyland row quilt is pretty close to the assembly stage. It's been a good leader/ender project - I'm going to miss it! Oh wait, I have another one just like it.


Finished
{How to tell if you've exceeded your design wall space}
 My second version of Raspberry Dessert! Full post later this week.

I also finished a wall hanging for my mother, in PEO colors.


And now I really need to work on the to-be-quilted pile!

Blocks

Weekly Progress - On the Garden, Not Quilting

My in-laws are currently visiting, which means there's been a lot of yard work and not as much quilt work. Which is okay - this is the only time I like Oklahoma weather, plus the landscaping really need a good fall cleanup so we can sell next spring. And my mother-in-law is the expert for this kind of stuff!

We also had a scare later in the week with my poor Wedge trying to rival other pet emergencies. Took him to the vet for a suspected UTI, his third in the three years we've lived in Oklahoma. 
An x-ray was ordered and bladder stones were discovered, followed by surgery to remove them. And there were a LOT of them. And they appear to be the exact opposite composition of Tycho's bladder stones.
I won't scare you with pictures of his stomach, because a shaved fat cat's stomach is truly hideous. Seriously. And he keeps laying on his back and forcing us to look at it. Dang cat.

Fifteen Minute Challenge
Not even once this week! Yeah, organization is falling to the wayside for a little bit.

Design Wall
To thank my MIL for her landscaping skills, I've been teaching some basic quilting skills while making a second version of Raspberry Dessert. This one is actually dessert-y, like rainbow sherbet.
And on the bottom right, the row quilt is still moving along as a leader/ender. 

Progress:

Polaroid Swap blocks came back! And I'm in love. There was a flamingo block right on top. Love. Debbie did good!
Grandmother's Choice (2/3 blocks) - redid the second block and it's better. Points aren't perfect, but better. I paper pieced it and redrafted it without Y-seams. 

No Progress:

LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center)
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

Fat Quarter Stars (7/? blocks)
Boardwalk (5/? blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (21/36 blocks) 

Quilting/Basted: 


Adoption:
Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork - mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea - 6/12
Referral Accepted - 6/12

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0

Weekly Progress - Block Party

I am still in the middle of a large t-shirt quilt project, so my normal sewing was limited to random blocks, even though I spent plenty of time at the machine this week. {And plenty of seam-ripping time. Sigh.}

Fifteen Minute Challenge
I did my fifteen minutes of pressing three times this week! Which doesn't make for much progress. I did graduate to a larger box, though, so I'm getting there.

Design Wall
 
All the four-patches are up, and the pinwheels are starting to fill in. I actually have a pile of them to press and trim...I just don't want to!

Progress:

 {Rob Peter to Pay Paul - which I thought was a curved block?}
{Windblown Star - which I really wanted to like, but I killed the points on every single flying goose}

LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (21/36 blocks)

Boardwalk - five blocks done!

Fat Quarter Stars (7/? blocks) - I always intended to mix blocks from my 2011 Shop Hop Sampler with the Fat Quarter Stars. So I finally sat down, looked through the patterns, and did!

A few of them need to be re-drafted to the proper size, and a few won't work at all, but this 12" log cabin star was the perfect restarting point.

 
Grandmother's Choice (1/2 blocks) - block one, I loooooooove. Block two, I haaaaaaaate. I'm going to try paper piecing it, with different color selections, because it came out so very bad.

No Progress:
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center)
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)


Quilting/Basted: 

Adoption:
Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork - mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea - 6/12
Referral Accepted - 6/12

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0