Forward Movement

I finally started quilting Retro Charm. First I had to buy thread, then I had to find my sewing machine manual, and finally I set up the machine and started quilting. It took me a day to find the manual because I thought it was white instead of purple. I looked right past it a couple times.

sash-quilting

This is only the second quilt I’ve quilted on this machine. It’s the biggest quilt I’ve ever quilted myself (almost 60” square) and I’m still working through dealing with all the bulk. The wide bed makes a world of difference, but it’s still a lot of quilt.
I have a whole stack of tops that need quilted so I should have it down by the time I clear the pile.
No fabric in this week. This quilt will likely be my next bust, just not today.
I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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A Little Slip

I didn’t use any fabric this week because all my time went to visiting family. We did quite a bit of shopping, and I’m happy hat I only added one quarter yard cut for use in a current project.

fuschia-fabric

I started putting the sewing room back together this morning and plan to spend some quality time there this afternoon.
I’m linking up to Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70.25 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 5/8 yards

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Family Time

Not much sewing here while I have family in from out of state. The sewing room doubles as the guest room and my stuff is stashed all over the house to get it out of the way.
Earlier this week I reworked the quilting design for Retro Charm.

retro-charm-revised-quiltin

This is a rough sketch, but the idea comes across. Now I feel like the quilting design matches the mood of the fabric in the quilt.
I’m looking forward to finishing this one.

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Retreat And Stash Report

Just got back from retreat this morning. I’m proud I didn’t buy any fabric at the garage sale, but sorry I didn’t finish anything for a bust. I would have bought fabric, but I put it off and other people bought the fabric I was eyeing. I’m probably better off for that.
I finished the kitted charity top at retreat and cut all the pieces to border the applique heart block.

charity-kit-top

I slept a lot more than I do at home, or I would have got more done. My roommate sewed until 4:00am last night. She’s a real trooper.
I’m linking up to Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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October ALYoF and Short List

Every month seems to go faster than the last.
I completed one of my two September goals. I didn’t work on the second one.
The first project on the October list and my ALYoF goal is the color study that evolved into the triadic color challenge. Maybe I should just call it the color challenge.

color-challenge-base

This is the November challenge for my art quilt group.  I’m at the part where I’m adding color.
The second project is the heart appliqué block, a carryover from last month.

applique-Raffle-Block

The third project is Retro Charm. This top is now basted and ready for quilting. I’m ready for it to be done and off the UFO list.

Retro-charm
I’m linking up to Fiber of All Sorts.

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Rewind

For those of you that already saw this, I apologize. It’s time for me to link up my September A Lovely Year of Finishes goal. I wanted to get Joan’s Garden to the point where I could quilt it, which I did.

joans-garden-topNo idea when I’ll get around to quilting it, but it’s ready when I am.
My next big decisions are what to take to retreat this weekend and what to put on “The List” to finish in October. They should go hand in hand, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Retreats are good for piecing tops or finishing small projects. Retreats are not good places to machine quilt or work on something that takes a lot of space.
I have many things I could work on. I’m my own worst enemy here because I do not want to start something new and I don’t want to take my new sewing machine. That machine is heavy. And bulky. Did I mention how heavy it is?
On the UFO front I promised myself I’d stop at 25. Joan’s Garden is UFO #26. Must. Finish. Something.
I’m sure I’ll work it out by the time I leave Friday.

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Thinking And Not Doing

I did not have a productive week. On the upside, I did not buy fabric.
I looked over some purse patterns for my art quilt group’s pocket challenge. I chose thread to quilt Retro Charm, but didn’t have enough for the whole quilt. Two stores later I have quilting thread.
I also auditioned quilting designs. I’m good on the sashing but don’t like what I have for the blocks.

retro-charm-quilting-design

It bothers me. Not sure why. It just does.
I have retreat next weekend. Thought about what to take to that. I’ll have to leave half way through because of obligations that came up well after I signed up to go. It definitely dampened my enthusiasm. I don’t want to pack up any more than I have to for one day.
To see all the other stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.
Fabric in: 70 yards
Fabric out: 21 5/8 yards
Net Added: 48 3/8 yards

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