My mailbox has been overflowing this week. Here are some of my new additions -
I had seen this fabric during a Fabric.com sale and thought it would be great for my bento back, but then I got flu and missed it. A couple weeks later, it went back on sale for even less! I snatched it up. But, as seems to happen, 6 yards in stock really meant 2.5.
As long as I was buying, I also added these coordinating prints, which will not be going in my bento. I am not sure I will have any of the above left to coordinate with now, but when I ordered, I thought I was over ordering. Oh well. Still pretty.
Westminster Beachwood Park
And, of course, I can’t pass up Lizzy House on sale – especially twinkly lights.
Lizzy House Guising Asterisk
Next, I ordered these Moda prints (the two on the left) to supplement in my Bento back as well. The print on the right is one I used in my chevron quilt, and I really fell in love with it. I want to do another quilt just with it, and it is getting hard to find. So, when I found it at the same shop as the leaves, I grabbed it.
Moda Eat Your Fruit N Veggies
RK Fusion Texture
That’s enough for now!
I have been diligently working on my BOTM. At the expense of my spring cleaning? Well, not entirely sewing’s fault. I am still not 100% from the flu. I’ve had a fussy tummy and am very low energy. The dreary weather and dwindling naps haven’t helped my motivation either. Oh well.
I completed the blocks pretty quickly. It goes a lot faster when I am not in class socializing. But, that’s the fun of going to the class. I’ve mentioned before I have no discipline to finish BOTMs if I am not in a class for them. They pile up in my email.
All the blocks
I know paper piecing is all the rage, but I really dislike it. I am sure I said this when I made my pineapple last year, but I find it incredibly wasteful. It wastes paper. It wastes fabric. It wastes thread. It wastes tons of time. And there’s so much getting up and down. Maybe it is different if you are doing many blocks at a time. I don’t know. Someday I will tackle Prism or a Pineapple but the time consumingness of the paper piecing has them low on my list. Look how long it takes me to do the simple ones.
I have the sashing between the blocks attached. Then my rotary cutter broke. I hope to finish the row sashing and the first border today.
Last year I participated in a BOTM at my LQS. There were 12 blocks. I have 8 done, 2 partially done, 2 not done at all. The class starts again in April and I want to at least have my top completed to show off. I figure as long as I have black thread in my machine, now is the time to tackle it. I originally was only going to make the blocks my goal, but I really should just finish off the whole top while my attention is on it. Otherwise, it’ll never happen. Everything else is held up for the time being anyway.
Here are my blocks:
Here is the shop example of the finished quilt:
I’ve been following a fabulous blog, Molli Sparkles. He does a weekly Sunday stash, and this is right up my, self -proclaimed fabric hoarder, alley. Why am I only just now finding out about this?!?
Well, I’ve bought about a billion dollars in fabric this month, but only one thing has actually come that I can show at this time. I fell victim to the Craftsy impulse sale. Who can resist Tula for $6 a yard?!? Seriously, I was completely defenseless. (Yeah, just wait til I show what’s to come. If I have the guts to cop to it). Well, they had two color ways of the raccoons. I tried to get them at my LQS sale last month, but they were already out of them. I have no idea what I will ever use this for – like most of my fabric. It will sit on my ever widening Tula shelf looking pretty at me.
That’s 4 yards of the light blue and 2 of the dark. Yup. 2. separate. yards. Ugh. Oh well. Shoulda seen that coming. Warning for those of you who might someday find yourself pulling from the impulse endcap of the Craftsy sale – putting qty 2 does not mean continuous yardage!
Ok and I also found this in my cart as well -
There is no excuse for me. What the frig am I going to do with this? No idea. It looks very pretty on my shelf though. I’ve never bought precuts before. But it was on sale (my mantra) and I noticed in my February swap that I have exactly zero fabrics with anything heart related on them. I guess I felt I needed to fill a gap? I generally stay away from stuff like that.
My mailbox should be overflowing this week.
Hey guys! This is my 100th post!!
March goals -
So for the first time in a long time, I find myself without many quilts in the hopper. Which I guess means it is time to cycle back around to making backs and finishing quilts. Hmm. I am sure I will find something to start on…
1. Make a back for my bento
2. Make a back for Chevron
3. Economy blocks
4. Make a back for pixel
5. As long as I have black thread in my machine maybe I should finish my botm blocks. And maybe the top?
6. baby’s bathroom (finish installing and then clean/organize
7. So last year in March I did a big spring cleaning of my downstairs. I meant to do the upstairs in the fall, but we had such other things going on it didn’t register as important. I had planned to do spring cleaning again this year, but now that I am facing it down, I so don’t feel up for it. But I am going to tackle it. Ugh. I absolutely have to.
8.Finish Tula squares (the only reason this is so low on the list is that I am involved in yet another swap and I am anxious about picking out these last fabrics.)
Wow… March kind of snuck up on me. I am feeling good about February, so let’s see how I did -
1. finish pixel top – YES!
2. finish chevron top – YES!
3. work on economy blocks. (make some!) – I have a bunch of squares cut for it, but haven’t started assembling yet. Mainly (excuse lol) because I’ve had black thread in my machine half the month.
4. Make a back for my bento – Ok so. I pulled out the fabrics and considered it and decided 1. I didn’t have enough fabric and 2. The fabrics were very orange. I got a killer deal on some green fabric in a clearance sale – though not as much as I ordered. I have another perfect fabric picked out but as I am shopping for 4 backs right now plus another quilt and been doing other spending I am having trouble pulling triggers. Felling money guilty. I just have to suck it up. Because I HAVE to finish this!!
5. baby’s bathroom – We bought a bunch of stuff for it and I put the medicine cabinet together and that’s where things stand. We had a disappointing discussion about stud placement and wiring and I don’t know what I am doing. Maybe this weekend we will get everything installed and then I will clean and organize the bathroom real well. I also realized that the cabinet I got doesn’t have a shelf inside it which is annoying. I’ll have to find something I can use – otherwise it is wasted vertical space!
6. set up a schoolroom and schedule – Considering my kid isn’t quite 3, we’ve been doing ok with this. I have been following along some homeschool curricula … loosely. We are doing calendar and mostly I am letting him do the activities he wants to and not pushing the stuff he doesn’t get or doesn’t have the patience for. He is really smart, but also really focused on the things he wants to do, and not so much on the things that he doesn’t or are new. We really only manage it 2-3 days a week and, like, this week we didn’t at all because we had other stuff going on.
7. general clean/declutter – Isn’t this the never ending goal? I got sick and things went to hell. I’ve been working this week to get things back to a point where it doesn’t make me want to run screaming from the house. It’s getting there. But tomorrow starts March. Not ready for that.
8. read – Oh this is so awful. I haven’t read anything. I started a book, but then it was due back so I had to return it. I’ve dabbled in some parenting books but not really read any through. I am reading a book now, but only manage a few pages a night (and the type is SO SMALL! Am I just getting old?). So. Yeah.
So, I’ve mentioned my chevron top from time to time here. But I don’t think I’ve ever actually shown it or discussed it really. I’ve been working on it on and off for a month or two. It’s been put aside as I’ve had other things come up or needed more fabric for it. After I finished the piggy top, I briefly considered my bento back. Well, I need fabric for it. Some is on order and some I still need to order. So that’s on hold again.
And next up was the chevron. At that point I had most of the blocks made. So, I finished up the last few blocks, trimmed, plotted and assembled. It took maybe a week? Not even. I used several different prints – had to do some editing on them too. And printed black or charcoal for the background. So now that top is done!
Which means I have another back to make.
Ooh. I’ve been quiet. I started right away on my pixel quilt in February. I wanted to make sure to finish it. If you haven’t done one, I recommend trying it. You wouldn’t think sewing a zillion little squares and rectangles together would be so cerebral (to use my new favorite Bachelor word) but it really is. I loved almost everything about making this top. I followed the class from Craftsy which taught me how to use a spreadsheet to calculate everything – from piece count to yardage. I love spreadsheets and they made the process so easy. Then I did all the cutting. That was not my favorite part, but didn’t take so long either. Then I worked the 16 blocks 2-3 at a time. I plotted them on my design board and puzzled through (literally) how to sew the pieces together in the best way. It was like a giant game of Sudoku. While my husband would read bedtime stories, and often after bedtime I would chain sew and press. If I had laid out the blocks ahead of time, I could usually get most of the two blocks put together during story time. Then I would finish up after bed or during nap and then get the next couplefew plotted.
The absolute #1 thing that helped that I am so glad I did is taking a picture of each layout before I started sewing. Then I was able to chain sew many at a time from multiple blocks and look at the picture to quickly and easily figure out how to place them all back together again for the next round of sewing.
I had the top finished by mid month and have just been waiting for the linky to open up to post about it. My son already loves it and doesn’t care at all that it is not a full blanket yet. He carries it around the house and wraps himself in it. I actually snuck it away and folded it up so it doesn’t get ruined before I can finish it. I have a back picked out and am just dragging my feet getting it ordered.
Then I got flu and not much has happened. I finished making my chevron squares yesterday and am trimming them up so I hope to get that top put together soon. I’m looking around for fabrics for the back of my bento. I have some oranges but I need some green. I had one picked out on sale but it went off sale while I was sick. Hoping it’ll go back on sale soon. Every now and then I cut some more squares for economy blocks, but haven’t started putting them together yet.
Here is my goal post for ALYOF February
Here are all my posts about this project
1. Finish stack the deck Yes!
2. start chevron Yes!
3. Room to work on: Baby’s bathroom No…. Other stuff going on and expensive car repairs
4. establish toy rotation Yes!
5. go through, cull and store clothing yeah… mostly. I did do a good bit. Not sure I am done.
6. read Pfft. My one whole book…
Overall, not too bad.
1. finish pixel top
2. finish chevron top
3. work on economy blocks. (make some!)
4. Make a back for my bento
5. baby’s bathroom
6. set up a schoolroom and schedule
7. general clean/declutter
I’ve been diligently working on my pixel quilt. I have 6 blocks done, but as one is just a white square I guess it doesn’t count. I am working my way around the outside first, mostly to use the large white pieces to get them out of my box of cut pieces so I can see and easily get to the smaller ones. I am able to do 2-3 a day as long as I really focus on getting them done. Today… I am having a couch day. LOL. I need to do some cleaning.
It has been fun to work on. I took the Craftsy pixel class and followed that course to make this quilt. I enjoy the process of using the spreadsheet and calculating and plotting and everything. It is fun to me to have to think through how to sew the pieces together in the most appropriate way. And, because they are just squares and rectangles, they go together quickly. If I had more time in the day to sew, I could easily have this done in a day or two.
I see you!
Those are the blocks I have done so far, but they aren’t in proper order or orientation. Just however I threw them on the board to get the picture. My son saw me with the plan printout last night and shouted “Piggy!” and oinking and stuff, so at least the plan is clear enough for him to tell what it is. I hope he will like it. I have no less than four piggies in my line of sight at this very moment. Time to clean.