November Short List

Here we are in a new month, rolling into the holiday season. I’m not sure I’m ready for cold and snow and Christmas everywhere you look. I think it will come anyway, whether I want it to or not.
This will be an odd Short list. I have a couple projects close to done and feel like I need to put the next thing on the list too. That will make for a long list. We’ll have to see how that goes.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
In October I finished a pillowcase and the surface design round robin piece.
Something Old – I’m quilting and embellishing the Snippet Butterfly top. It’s my oldest UFO.

butterfly outlined
The cat quilt makes a reappearance here too, because I feel like I’ve been working on it forever. I binge quilted it last weekend and the binding is pieced. I even have the label sewn on the back. It just need bound.
Something New – The bunny quilt. All the rows are sewn, but not to each other.

bunny layout
I’m also going to make a few small things, some for Christmas gift.
Handwork – I will crochet the edging on the second pillowcase. It’s already started.

pillowcase 2 done
Creative Play – I have the second round of the surface design round robin to work on for Art Quilt Group.

sdrr2
For my learning project, I’m trying a different method of quilt as you go on the bunny quilt. I doubt I’ll finish it in November. It may turn into a two month long experiment.
The leader and ender project is ongoing.
So that’s my list. I have some extra time off with the holiday this month and no plans. It may turn into my own little mini-retreat.

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Sunday Stash October 29, 2017

No fabric in or out this week.
The cat quilt is about half quilted. I also finished the edging on the first pillowcase and started the second.
pillowcase1 done
As much as I’d like to have a bust, I’m very happy to finish something and move other things closer to completion.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 25.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 8.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Julie in GA
3. Kate
4. Meloney
5. Melanie
6. 4 yards gone
7. Patricia
8. Quilting Gail

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Round Two, Surface Design Round Robin

I passed the party fabric at Art Quilt Group last night and picked up the next fabric piece. I can add any kind of surface design.  I apologize for the picture.  The background fabric is more of a pale sage green than yellow.
sdrr2
The first person added the fabric and doily bit. The second person added the beads.
I also picked up a small piece of painted cheesecloth (lower left) that went with the fabric. I have approval from the fabric owner to work it in somehow.
I’m going to take time to think about what comes next. I get both a vintage and modern vibe from the piece. It’s living where I can see it as I work on other things. Maybe it will have a story to tell me.

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Sunday Stash October 22, 2017

I spent a lot of time working on things yesterday without much to show for it. I basted the cat quilt and chose the quilting pattern and thread. That quilt was meant to go out for quilting, but it got more complicated than necessary and I decided to quilt it myself. I had to move the dining room table to make space to baste it. Then I had to clean up all the dust critters that hide around furniture.
I added a little to the pillowcase edging too.
No fabric in or out this week. I was tempted to make a few pillowcases just to use fabric, but I have so many things in process I find it hard to work in my sewing room. Better to stick with what I already have started. If I don’t quite break even this year, so be it.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 25.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 8.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Kate
3. Dar in MO
4. Meloney
5. Quilting Gail

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The Payoff

Eventually,all the planets align and all is good in the sewing room.
After a bit of online research, I figured out what to do next on the pillowcase. There was a lot less trial and error this round. I stitched out one motif, didn’t like the spacing, ripped it out and adjusted.
I couldn’t be happier.
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This edging has the right amount of density and stability without overwhelming the embroidery. I think it will even survive the cat if she decides it’s the best new toy ever.
The thread work goes faster now. I may even be able to get both pillowcases done this month.
It’s amazing how one small success can make trying the next new thing so much easier.

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You Do That How?

I started crocheting the edging on one of the pillowcases. It took over an hour to crochet the first six inches.
pillowcase edge R1
I had some false starts. My first attempt used a pattern and I crocheted in every hole. It looked like I had crocheted a ruffle. For my next attempt I crocheted in every other hole. The border still didn’t lay flat and I ripped it out again.
At this point the edge of the pillowcase started to fray.
I needed to finish a round of crochet that would cover all the raw edges and use every hole. I went with a round of single crochet.
I have no idea what I’ll do after that. My grandmother probably could have edged that pillowcase without thinking twice about it. Now I feel like it’s a lost art. I searched online but never found anything explaining how to work with pillowcases that have the ready-to-crochet edge. I found plenty of patterns that explain how to make your own holes and how far apart to space them. How convenient.
On the plus side, I’m learning something new and will be proud when I finish them because crocheting with thread is a lot harder than crocheting with yarn.
It took me over 20 years to get around to trying this. I expect this to be one of many want-to-try items I tackle in the next year.

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Sunday Stash October 15, 2017

No fabric added this week. I finally figured out that using fabric isn’t the problem, it’s buying fabric faster than I can use it. I need to buy less. I also find myself focusing on projects that use lots of fabric rather than original projects that turn my own ideas into form. It works out well for my charities, but maybe not exactly where I want to be creatively.
No fabric out this week. I am now past all my weekend busy-ness and have clear weekends for the next month. I finished the Surface design Round Robin piece and sewed all the blocks into rows on the bunny quilt. I promise this is the last picture of the piece that would not photograph well.
sdrrmonth1
I’m still working towards break even or positive numbers by the end of the year. It will be close.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 25.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 8.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Kate
3. Chrisknitssews
4. melanie
5. Julie in GA
6. Dar
7. Quilting Gail
8. Meloney

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