Grinch Quilt - Finished!

My other Christmas Quilt. :)
This was my niece's Christmas present, using the panel from the Grinch collection.  Which, like Rudolph, was not printed straight or easily trim-able. I managed to get the blocks to an even 11.75" tall unfinished, and did some fancy math to lay them out.
I used almost every little bit in the sashings, borders and backing. To the point that my quilt teacher would have yelled at me, had she known how close the top and backing were in size.
I love the quilting - single crosshatch diamonds, with every other line then tripled. I'm glad I had enough time to go back and add the extra lines, even though I had some trouble with the quilting.
First, the snap-in spot for my walking foot broke, so I had to tape it together.
Then, well, that problem on the left kept happening.
The binding is the same candy cane stripe as Rudolph. I wish I had more!
Finished size: 50x60"
{maybe...I'll update after I have my sister measure!}

WiP Wednesday/Fifteen Minute Challenge - New Year, New Plan

This year, I'm going to combine posts a little better. I felt like I was writing something almost every day and never had time to schedule finishing posts. {See: Rudolph and the Grinch. Or don't see. Because I haven't written them yet.}
So the Fifteen Minute Challenge will now be a part of my WiP list, since after all, it's a WiP. And I'm going to get back to my original plan - work on something that's been lingering on the Untouched List a bit too long for fifteen minutes every day before starting the rest of my sewing. First up will be Frolicking Pinwheels.
Finished:
Regular Quilts:
Hunter's Star, round two - 39/90
Quilt-Alongs:
Fat Quarter Stars - five blocks behind...sigh...
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 - 10/12 blocks done - need to do October and December
Quiltville Orca Bay {Skorca!} - final instructions are out and I am busily assembling lots of Ohio Stars. I think I'll need 36 and countless other elements. Yes, I know #3 in the second row is wrong.
Untouched This Week:
Awaiting Quilting:
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 2
In Progress: 14

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Sunday Stash Report - Week 51

Thanks to the Friday Night Sew-In, I got everything for Christmas just about finished up!
Finished two dresses and two nightgowns for an American Girl - like last week, one from stash, one purchased.  
I used two patterns for the A-line dresses - Simplicity 3929 for the top and Simplicity 2458 for the bottom.
The white nightgown is McCall's 3627 and the purple is Simplicity 3929 with sleeves from some other pattern. I don't recommend the second pattern with flannel - it's perfect for a cotton dress, but a little too thick for the neck with flannel.
I finished quilting the Grinch, despite a small hiccup with the walking foot.
The guide snap-in broke. Thank goodness for painter's tape!

Rudolph is also quilted, but I don't count them out until the binding is on, so...next week! Which is Christmas - but other than the binding, I just have to whip together a ballet slipper bag, so I am way ahead of schedule.

I also gave away two panels for Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day. They're all packed up and ready to go in the mail tomorrow.

Used this Week: 2.33
Used Year to Date: 126.24
Added this Week: 0.5
Added Year to Date: 165.95
Net Used for 2011: (39.71) yards

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Work in Progress Wednesday - Week 40

It's Christmas. I'm not in panic mode...yet. I actually keep thinking it's the week OF Christmas already - and then I worry that I'm not in panic mode!
Christmas Sewing:
 Grinch panel quilt - niece - basted & half quilted
 Rudolph panel quilt - the Dude - quilted!
Star Wall Hanging - finished top & "hanging" on my design wall 

Quilt-Alongs:

Fat Quarter Stars - three blocks behind, planning a catch-up day! Er, probably in January... 

 LQS Saturday Sampler - November's block done - I really like this one.

Quiltville Orca Bay {Skorca!} - 50/112 B&W QSTs, 9/36 red strings, 34/175 B&W HST, 32/32 blue squares to become triangles

Untouched This Week:
Hunter's Star, round two

Awaiting Quilting:
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 16
Don't check out more at Work in Progress Wednesday - Lee is taking the month off. :)

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Fifteen Minute Challenge - Week 16

I've spent way more than 15 minutes in the sewing room every day this week - it's Christmas Crunch Time!
Tuesday - basted the Grinch
Wednesday - pieced Rudolph
Thursday-Monday - quilted the Grinch, made doll clothes
Monday - borders on Rudolph
So far the Grinch has diamond cross-hatching. I haven't decided if I want to do a couple of extra lines in there. I think it'll depend on time - I need to get Rudolph basted today so I can quilt while the Dude is at school. Rudolph's quilting will be even simpler than the Grinch's, so if I get done by Friday, I can add lines to the Grinch.
 I tried drawing the extra lines, but, um, I can't draw with a mouse. I think it will look good {with thread} so I hope I have enough time.
I'm going to spend this week's 15 minutes prepping the binding for both of them, so they'll be good to go by next week. Oh, crap, I need to be ready for Christmas by next week! Okay, I need to spend 15 minutes each day ordering presents, and 15 minutes each day baking cookies, and 15 minutes wrapping presents, and...
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