Sunday, January 26, 2014

completed yellow strip top last night

Last night I finished and snapped this photo.  I now have it about half pinned on the kitchen table for quilting.
Today I decided to sew up the final (#13) 2013 goal donation quilt top.  I had been given ufos from my boss, who quilted for a short time and then her life moved on.  When she cleared out all her stuff in her attic I was the only quilter she knew to pass it along to.  In re-arranging stuff in my sewing room I had come across the last project she had started.  So, I pulled it out and considered what her plan had been as there wasn't any pattern or directions with the fabrics...strip sets sewn together and 6 triangles cut from one set.  Go with fabric with the strip sets.  hmmm....as I was not about to spend hours and hours cutting more triangles and then turning them into blocks..I decided to cut up the strip sets into 5.5 inch squares and come up with a new top.  I am currently stitching the last row of the cut strip set squares.  I will then cut the go with fabric into 5.5 inch strips and sew all the rows together.  I chose not to take any photos of the process of making this top.  This is my last day on my own to really focus on quilting and I want to make the most progress possible.  My plan is to get this top done, at which point I will take a photo and share, and then get it pinned for quilting.  I will be able to devote some time in either the before work or after work hours to get the quilting and binding done.  I would love to be completely finished before Friday, the 31st.  Probably not realistic but certainly a goal to strive towards.  I had prepared backs and batting for these last two tops...so I will only need to make bindings for them after they are quilted.

I have two challenge quilts coming due in February.  New fabrics to play with and new ideas to try...a good reward for sticking with getting these quilts done and mailed off.

Glorious sunshine is streaming into my room today and oh my, I do love the light!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

yellow strip donation top progress

While I am on a coffee break I decided I would upload a photo as I am now just past the half way point of progress on this #12 (for my 2013 goal) donation top.  You also see two more strip sets ready to be added as well.  I am working on another narrow strip at the moment.  It currently is 30 degrees F outside, but with the sunshine pouring through my window...it is quite warm in here!  I am happily enjoying the house to myself and playing my favorite music turned up, as I continue working away with my yellows.  I dumped stuff in here that was in "my way" out into other rooms for now.  Stuff piled up everywhere just distracts me when I want to be in the creating groove!  Yes, I will deal with it later tonight.  And no, I am NOT sharing photos of any of it.  We all know how "stuff" can stack up when you are hunting for just the right fabrics and then find other treasures in that search.
not a bad photo....ok...back to it!
loving the joy of working with this yellow top!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

a quilting weekend ...

Last night we went to hear Cheryl Wheeler perform -downtown Portland (OR).  As always, she was funny and sang a great mix of songs.  We had a new friend with us who had never heard her...what a joy to introduce her to a much loved favorite performer.  Being what we call a "school night", the crowd was not huge, but, made plenty of noise - Cheryl felt the love!

So...getting up at 4:45 am this morning I am on the tired side.  However, M and M are off  today to the beach and that means a quiet house when I get home from the work mines tonight. They will be back home late Sunday so....
I have decided to devote the weekend to quilting...I will post on a few groups I belong to and invite others to quilt along with me and we can have fun online together.
The wind has been blowing so hard lately, the big wind chimes outside my window  are very loud!  I love hearing them however.
I hope by the end of Sunday to post real progress on the yellow top I am working on .
And, I hope everyone enjoys doing something creative this weekend as well.
with joy, Cher

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