Saturday, March 12, 2016

My lists, new stash and bindings

Lately I've felt renewed quilting wise as I've had some time to actually sew (other than those Girl Scout t-shirts that is).  That makes me very happy. I've also spent some time recently doing a bit of reorganizing and cleaning up in my studio.  I can't work if things are a mess and while my mess was a ton less than some others that I have seen shared for public viewing, it was bothering to me. 

The stash dresser received some attention and all the fabric that I've been using or have acquired of late has been put away properly.  The top of the dresser has my stacks of Kate Spain charms, both the regular lines ones and the Christmas ones, just waiting for me to get started turning them into quilts.
All of this stash is "unclaimed" fabric meaning not currently planned for a specific project.  This is my drawer of precuts and Ghastlies.
 The next drawer holds my coordinated fabric line half yard and yard cuts.
 The middle drawer contains miscellaneous yardage.
 This is my general stash drawer, mostly fat quarters with some smaller bits and half yard cuts mixed in.  Yes I organize a lot of my life according to the rainbow.
 The bottom drawer is my special theme fabrics - Asians, the tiny amount of Christmas that I own plus what's left of my Halloween stash after I finish my City Sampler quilt will go back in there.
 This bin holds my larger backing and border yardage, most of it is planned for.
I recently confiscated my daughter's shelving unit for my "kits" aka projects in waiting.
It is also a better place for my bobbin winder (much easier to access). It used to house her growing collection of completed Lego projects and she truly needed more space. She now has a 5 shelf unit in her room and by sliding it over a bit, I was able to fit this antique child's desk and move her sewing machine in there.
It was just to cramped in my studio.

The pile of saved patterns from magazines and printouts was out of control so I sorted through all of the binders, tossed a bunch that no long hold my interest and filed all the rest, adding a 4th binder along the way as 3 wasn't enough any more.
I'm a self professed list keeper.  My sisters have called me the List Queen for as long as I can remember.  I've been keeping a stash list and a project list for a long time that desperately needed updating and while doing that I decided to reformat how I was keeping said lists. I've been using Excel for years so it was quick and easy to draft these up and then finalize them after all the additional notes were made.

 My stash tracker shows the precuts and yardage I have by fabric line though this doesn't take into account my Halloween or Asian stash or my miscellaneous yardage cuts.  It definitely helps me to figure out what I want to make with something specific.
I've organized my project tracker first by those with time frames to be completed, then by those that will be made for someone else, next listing the eventual projects and finally those that are still in the planning stages in my brain.
  There are a whopping 59 projects on the list with another 13 in the planning stage.  Those should keep me plenty busy for quite a while. I'm determined to actually make the projects on my list instead of finding new ones to get me sidetracked. Having a spot to note if I have the backing and binding already is definitely handy. 
 Both clipboards now hang on the closet door where I can see them easier and hopefully help keep me on track so that I can work at crossing a bunch of those projects off the list.
Speaking of side tracks, yesterday I drove over to my LQS to just pick up some background for one of those on my project list.  The owner turned 50 and to celebrate she is giving out one coupon for 50% off one fabric cut with a donation of 5 food items for the local food pantry (promotion ends today).  I need a bunch of White so at a bargain price I bought the whole bolt (my sister Tina is taking 1/3 of it).
I hadn't been to this shop in a while so I took a good look around and while there was a bunch of pretty fabric that caught my eye, I resisted (remember...I want to actually make what I already have planned) but this small stack I just couldn't leave without.
Yes it got added to the stash tracker but considering I've bought so little fabric lately, I didn't feel one bit guilty about it.

Bindings sewn to the front of two more quilts were completed so now I just need to spend some time watching a few movies while I work on hand sewing them to the back.
Many evenings I've been itching to do something for a little while but not want to get into real sewing or thinking so I've brought out the scrap bins again and will get back to cutting up my overflowing bits into usable pieces.
There are quite a few scrap quilts on my radar that will make great leader/ender projects.  I just need to pick which one to start with.

So there you have it.  My studio is in much better order and now when I enter through the door, I feel ready to create instead of getting stressed over the mess.  As a result I expect that there will be a lot more finishes in the coming months and that is always a good thing.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Recent happenings and Stunning Stitchin Sunday

Friday morning I had to take my car in for an oil change and tire rotation so on the way back I stopped into Home Goods to see if theyt had something I desperately needed. Why you ask?  Because I couldn't stand looking at this any more. Ick!
Yes I did put on a new ironing board cover just over a year ago but I totally gooped it up with applique adhesive when I made the Girl Scout troop tablecloth.  Big oops.  Anyway, a new one was definitely in order.

Score!  I found a few different options in stock and picked this one.  Much better now! At $9.99 each they are a real bargain.  Yes I know that I could make a pretty one myself and I certainly have enough choices of great fabrics to use for it, but to be brutally honest I don't want to waste my nice fabrics for something that I know will get trashed in time.  I'd rather go this route instead. 
Somewhere along the way recently I saw an idea someone showed on their blog for a place to put their thread scraps while using their longarm so I was on the hunt to do the same. I found this battery box and so it quickly got repurposed.
The addition of a little velcro and Viola!  The space I had to fit this thread catcher is pretty small so this box was the only thing I could find that would fit the bill.  I think the next time I go to the big box store, I'm going to pick up a little while velcro as the black just bugs me.
Then I set about loading this quilt on the frame.  It is a birthday gift for my mother-in-law.
It was nice to have some company in my studio while I worked.
I couldn't decide which thread to use, the brighter Pink or the lighter verigated one so I put it out to my Instagram followers.  I only got back a couple of comments so in the end I went wit my first gut reaction.
As you can see, I went with the brighter Pink thread for the top.
This is all I had left to do last night when I decided to call it quilts....2 rows to go.  I really wanted to finish it last night but my knees and back protested plus the kids were about to go to bed. Since my studio is just down the hall from their rooms and makes too much noise that they can hear, quilting while they sleep isn't an option.  I'll get it finished up this morning.
I've actually been able to keep up with blog reading and have come across a few recent posts with some pretty work to share with you.
Though this week's showcase is smaller, I hope you enjoy checking out everyone's stunning work.

I'm taking the girls in my troop to see Zootopia this afternoon and then Sunshine and I are heading back out to get more Girl Scout cookie orders.  She is inching closer to her goal but she still has some work to do.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Girl Scout troop t-shirts done!

Thankfully I've finally been able to get back to some fun sewing because the Girl Scout troop t-shirts that I've mentioned before are all done. Whew!
I'm really happy how they turned out and the girls love them.
I had planned on taking a picture of all 13 of them before I handed them out at our meeting just over a week ago but I was running a little behind schedule and didn't get the chance.  They wore them for the first time at our local World Thinking Day event on Saturday.

I was able to get a picture of part of my troop in their new shirts.
We got a ton of compliments on them from other leaders and parents.  The bright Pink stood out in the crowd plus they will look great with their Brown vest next year when they move up to being Brownies.  I know the shirts will get a lot of use at other upcoming events this year and next year.  

I still have swap banners to make for my troop but I'm taking a little break from the applique.  Tracing and cutting out that many pieces certainly got tiring and for the next round I'm going to recruit some of my moms to help out.

The next time my troop wants shirts, I think we'll make them some other way. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New stash

I finally bought some new fabric to add to my stash. Other than some yardage for a backing and binding for a quilt that will be a gift this month, this was my very first fabric purchase so far this year.

Of course it is no surprise to my regular readers that I bought the 2 most recent Kate Spain lines.
I didn't want to miss out on getting some Canyon before it was gone and the Aria is just getting into stores. I was lucky enough to find both on sale for 25% off plus free shipping.  Win, win!

I have no idea what I'm going to do with them yet but they sure are pretty to look at.

My sister Tina and I are planning on attending the Quiltfest of NJ this weekend and MQX East is just a month away so there will definitely be some more new stash additions coming. 

What fabric goodies have you bought for yourself lately?