Week in Review, November 23, 2014

Little sewing. Very little sewing. It’s been a week. Or I should say several weeks.

This is on the long arm.
Veteran Pinwheel 2Some progress on my selvage rag rug, I need to sew more strips together. Not the best crochet job, but it’s a rug, so I’m not stressing. Selavage Edge RugPurchased more supplies for Grace and Noah’s sewing boxes. Does that count for quilting/sewing progress?

Grace and Noah Sewing Boxes

Black Friday is right around the corner and that is a P.J. and sewing day!

Busy with other things (work) on the Journey, Jackie

 

Starting Young, A Look Back

This is the doll quilt my daughter made when she was 4. It is about 18″ x 23″ give or take a bit depending on where you measure. :) Kristen's 4 yr quiltShe tied the outside squares and if I remember correctly it was because she got tired of sewing the hearts and X’s by hand. Can’t say that I blame her, she was only 4. Kristen's 4 yr quilt close-up Not all of her stitches go all the way through to the back but that is okay, you learn as you go. Kristen's 4 yr quilt labelHere is another quilt (12″ x 15″) she made at 7. I did the binding and tabs. Kristen's 7 yr quiltYou can see where her stitches improved greatly. Kristen's 7 yr quilt closeupHer creative energies have included home-schooling (trust me it takes a LOT of creative energy to home-school) and cake decorating. Now she is creating unique cupcake recipes.

I wonder if she’ll pick up sewing/quilting in the future. She has a great eye for color and design….

Hey Baby, do you remember these? Love you Mom.

When Curiorsity and Tape Measure Meet

This is what happens when an inquisitive 6-year-old has a tape measure of his own:

Before:Tape Measure

After:Tape Measure Broken

He was excited that I bought him his own sewing box, though the only thing I’ve bought for them are the tape measures. I had to assure him that the tape measure can be replaced and that when Grandma was young, she would take apart clocks and watches to see how they worked.

Got to love them.

Tickled on the Journey, Jackie

Veteran Sew-In November 2014

Sickness, fall trips and last-minute interruptions gave me time to focus my energies on these two hooligans (as they are affectionately called by Grandpa) with their veteran quilts.

Grace and NoahFirst things first….Eating before sew-in

They made really good progress, but popcorn and a movie with Grandpa also had an appeal.Grace and Noah with progress

Fighting for first spot:Fighting for first spot

They are not shy around the camera, can you tell? :) Noah's Quilt UpdateGrace Quilt Update

Teaching how to give back on the Journey, Jackie

Week in Review

This is off the long arm and ready for binding, though I think I won’t have enough of the fabric I hoped to use.Ugle Quilt 2 Ready to Bind

This is pieced and ready for the long arm. This is using mini-pinwheels (2.5 inches) made from the leftovers on flying geese units. Veteran Pinwheels

This has been pieced, ripped out, cut in some places and pieced again. I will have to order some backing fabric to finish.Christmas Candy Sticks

And so another week begins, what are your plans?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

 

Vinyl Fabric-Recycling, Organizing

I like it when I can use what I already own to make something I need. In this case, I have very little wall space and I wanted to have a chart of projects to keep me on track.

I tried using a marker board on the door a long time ago with different headings for the projects. Hard to see in this picture, but you get the idea.Studio Remodel

PROS:

  • In my face visible
  • Flexible for categories/tasks

CONS:

  • I would have to erase and rewrite when something moved to the next section
  • Sometimes that meant other things were erased as well (by mistake)
  • Space in a particular area would get full which meant it would all have to be rewritten (downside of this type of “flexible”
  • The space behind the door was remodeled for my long arm and the door was removed (marker boards disappeared with door)

Inside my long arm room are a set of double doors going into the storage/tornado shelter. Blank wall space!

  • Bring in some vinyl fabric (not sure why I bought it or when but I’m glad for it now)
  • Velcro command strips
  • Post-it notes

And this is what you get……

Doors 1

YEAH!

Now to fine tune the set-up.

Black electrical tape (remember I am using what I have on hand). Can you tell I played with glitter in my past life? Electrical tape

I used the tape to tape down the edges of the vinyl on the door. It didn’t work.

I found this duck tape and thought it had the perfect color and design. I also bought smaller post-notes. As you can see in the above photo I was running out of space and I thought of more categories to add to the board. Post it and ducktapeIt is pretty sad that I have “to have” a “pictures” and “post” section, but I have made, finished and put away/given quilts without taking pictures or posting about it. Doors 2

I printed the categories on scrap-booking paper, laminated them and cut. SignsI’m using clear removable mounting strips to put them on the vinyl. I can move or remove them as desired, which is helpful in keeping this flexible.Mounting Tape

Now the key is to use it! Do you have a system to track your projects?

Keeping organized on the Journey (or trying to), Jackie

Thank you to our Veteran’s, a Flying Geese Quilt

Monday’s Math became this:Veteran PinwheelsThey are the leftovers pieces I put together after making the flying geese units from these We Honor Veteran blocks: Veteran Star UnitsOne of the quilts can be seen here.

In order to make a lap sized quilt, I need to add plenty of background fabric.

Option 1 (I have enough, just didn’t put them all on my design wall):

Veteran Pinwheel Option 1Option 2 (I will have to make two more, Ugh!): Veteran Pinwheel Option 2

These were fussy to make, but a perfect mindless project.

I like the second layout the best. I’m just not excited about making 2 more units.

What layout do you like the best? Would you work with pieces this small?

Thanking our veterans on the Journey, Jackie