Weekly Progress - Home Again, Home Again...

...jiggety-jig!
Before I left, there was a lot of this...
{from the top of the Department of the Interior - my dad scored us a tour, including the Secretary's private office}
{Smithsonian of Natural History...he wanted to see the "cursed diamond" - and then the History Channel was banned...}
{Caterpillars at the Smithsonian}
{the Mall}
{Carousel}
{National Zoo}
And there was a whole lot of packing and driving, which meant there was not a whole lot of sewing. In fact, nothing was done except for Big Blue.
  Still Big Blue's binding, every day until it was finished on Friday! {And then, no breaks from the packing and driving.}
 
Finished:
Big Blue...like, totally finished.
 
And now I have this...
...that somewhere has my Picture-Perfect Polaroid Block Swap materials...that I absolutely must unpack and finish immediately.
 
No Progress:
Central Park Sudoku (sashing & borders)
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (15/36 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)

St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

 
Quilting/Basted: 
Layer Cake Quilt Along
 
Joining:
Vintage Holiday Quilt Along

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: 1
In Progress: 11

Stash Report - Week 32

One last new quilt store before I leave Virginia...Kelly Ann's in Warrenton. Very small but very quaint and friendly.
I bought the bottom fabric, Timber by Jessica Levitt. I've never heard of it, it's not at all what I typically stash, but I had to have it. There is zero logic to my fabric choices sometimes...
The top fabric is from Joann's and for my Wrapped in Hope quilt - the kid requested Marvel heroes. I have some Spiderman, but I'm having the worst luck finding Avengers! I know where I can get it online, so I'll try one more local store before giving up.
And then there's my reward for cutting my sister's Yellow Brick Road - she chose the size for 24 fat quarters and I got the six leftovers! Guess which color my niece doesn't want...?
I also have the cutting leftovers...a whooping 1.25" from each FQ. Not even enough for a log cabin strip!
And in the finishes, one teeny tiny finish...
I already counted out the top. The backing was 120" wide, so it doesn't look that impressive on the outs. But the 450" of binding helps!
Used this Week: 4.26
Used Year to Date: 78.15
Added this Week: 2.75
Added Year to Date: 133.34
Net Used for 2012: (55.19) yards

Big Blue Finish!

What do you get when you combine 450" of binding a really slow handstitcher?
A finish that's a long, looooooooong time coming.
Seriously, I think my sister picked out the pattern 18 months ago {from a friend on Ravelry, I believe} and I've had the fabric for almost a year.
I finished the top right around the Super Bowl this year, which is how it finally got a name. It consists of 90 Hunter's Star blocks, in Dutch Wedgewood by Windham Fabric and Kona White.
{It has been cat loved.}
It is 105x115", which is 10" bigger than king size.
 It's waaaaaaaay bigger than a queen size bed.
It was quilted by Paula, because there's no way I would have even attempted this size. We decided to use a plain white backing {in order to avoid piecing it...not a whole lot of 120" backings out there!} But we chose blue for the thread, so when she turns back the quilt, you get to see the pop of color.
I highly recommend the ruler if anyone attempts this. Everything cut neatly and fit neatly together, even with the eight seams meeting in the star. There's a bit of waste with the original directions, but I figured out pretty quickly how much smaller I could cut the blocks and still come out okay.
Now I kind of want to get my Hunter's Star top quilted!

WiP/FMC - Lots of Little Things

So, where to start...?
How about...we accepted a referral for this little guy!
His name is William WooYeong, he's ten months old, and we have about a year to wait until we get to bring him home.
So that's my favorite little thing...but I did do a lot of other little things this week.
Finished:
Nine-Patch Snowball {Well, the top, at least.}
Fifteen Minute Challenge

 I decided to do Big Blue's binding while supervising the Dude's daily homework. {Which is one worksheet page..but also torture. Apparently. And often takes longer than fifteen minutes.}

I've forgotten how nice a hand-stitched binding looks. Need to do it more often. Anyway, I stitched every day but Sunday, and I'm done with 2.5 sides.

In-Progress:

Layer Cake Snowball Fight - all ready to be assembled!

Central Park Sudoku - really doesn't look like it's changing, but all the blocks are in rows, at least.

LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (12/36 blocks) - despite screwing up my block last week, I could still make this set by switching the green and brown...and then I miscut the green. That's a six-piece 3" square to make into HST on the top of the green pile. Attractive.

Quilting:
Bad Romance - lines all the way in one direction, third of the way in the other. So I unpinned so that I could free up the basting pins for...

Fall-gyle! I'm probably going to need a new category - Quilted Enough So That I Could Baste Another Quilt. Because buying more basting pins would be silly!


Joining:
Picture-Perfect Polaroid Block Swap - searching for a good charm pack, since I don't have access to my scraps!

In-Progress-But-Not-This-Week
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
In-Progress-But-Not-This-Summer
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)
St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

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: 1
In Progress: 11

WiP/FMC - New Routines

We are slowly settling into a routine here. It's actually a bit harder, since the only time the Dude is allowed at the pool is the time we avoided the pool in California. So my sewing time has to change, too. And there's a lot more distractions around with family wanting to do things! I'm managing to get some sewing time, though.
I've been binding Big Blue for fifteen minutes each day...but this week, only Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. At a rate of 30ish" per day, I should be done with the binding in 15 days! Ugh...I should probably do more than 15 minutes a day.

Finished:
These, by the way, were the runner up layouts. I think the wave would look better with smaller blocks.
 Three In Color Order bags for a friend. Yes, I skipped the colored top. Yes, you can't really tell that the one in the back is long and skinny...about the size of a wine bottle, coincidentally.
In-Progress:
Layer Cake Snowball Fight - corners are cut, layer cake hasn't arrived yet
Central Park Sudoku - slowly piecing the nine patches as leaders/enders

Nine-Patch Snowball - nine-patches are done, snowballs are in the works
Quilting:


Joining:
Picture-Perfect Polaroid Block Swap - blocks are due immediately after I get back to Oklahoma. Insane? Yes!

In-Progress-But-Not-This-Week
Fat Quarter Stars (6/12 blocks)
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 (12/36 blocks) 
In-Progress-But-Not-This-Summer
LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 (12/12 & center) 
Chunky Log Cabin (13/20 blocks)
St. Paul's Cross (2/42? blocks)

Adoption:

Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - approved 5/12
USCIS paperwork - mailed 6/12
Home Study to Korea - 6/12
New Projects: 1
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 9