July Short List

June was the fastest month ever, or so it seemed. It being half way through the year, it’s time to reevaluate The Short List.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Art Supply 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.
The old, new and handwork categories have all seen finishes, but the creative play category has been sadly neglected. The thing I want to do the most is the thing I do the least. Time is a factor. I don’t feel like I can fit much creative play into a 20 minutes window. I may have to start scheduling play dates in my calendar.
I didn’t finish anything in June, but I’m oh so close.
Something Old – Judy will post the July UFO number tomorrow, but I’m more likely to work on one from a prior month I didn’t finish. I still think about the bear blocks and a few other UFOs that aren’t on the Challenge list. I can’t seem to make up my mind.
Something New – I will finish the chunky churn dash table runner tomorrow.
Something Else New – I’m putting the cat quilt in this category. I bought the pieces at my guild’s fabric sale in 2016 thinking the ziploc of rectangles was just that. Wasn’t I surprised?
Handwork – I made no progress on the second pillowcase, but I’m leaving it on the list.
Art Supply Play – I’m still thinking about fabric collage A LOT.
July will be a busy month and I have no idea what that will do to my sewing time. The long holiday weekend may be my best chance to make progress.

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What If Wednesday – The Original Plan

I’ve been quilting the chunky churn dash runner and it’s going slow. I free motion quilt something every three or four month, and it isn’t enough to get very adept at it. I have heard people that teach and write about free motion quilting say repeatedly that you have to practice OFTEN.
I bought my wide bed machine with the intention of quilting everything on it and using my old machine to do all my piecing. Things didn’t start out well. It took me over a year to get the tension right for free motion quilting. It took a long time after that to warm up to that machine.
Now that I like it well enough, it’s time to get back to the original plan. What if I leave that machine set up for quilting and piece on my old machine? Will I finish more quilts? Will I get better at FMQ?
In addition to the runner, this quilt is ready for quilting.


As is this one.


By the time I finish those, there will definitely be another one or two in the queue.
I had to go way back in the blog picture archives to find those photos.  I think it’s time.

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Sunday Stash June 25, 2017

No fabric in or out this week. I don’t think I even turned on my sewing machine all week.

I spent yesterday afternoon at an organizational meeting for a small group that is an offshoot of The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild. The purpose of the group is to make quilts for the guild’s charity, Safehouse, which is a battered women’s shelter. The Guild itself is quite large, which makes it hard to get to know people. There has been a push this year to start more small groups because many of the ones in existence won’t take new members.

Our group started out with a box of stash that the Guild donated, and everyone took some home to start making blocks. This fabric isn’t going in my numbers because it isn’t mine. Whatever I don’t use will go back to the group.

I am particularly fond of the bunny fabric. I need to figure out a way to use it so I don’t have a bunch of headless bunny butts scattered across the quilt.

Fabric In: 24.875 yards

Fabric out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric Added: 9.625 yards

How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Shauna
3. Kate
4. Teresa Quilts
5. Quilting Gail
6. Susan in TN

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What I Learned This Week When I Wasn’t Quilting

One: I have some seriously ugly scraps that I need to use up and get out of here. Some of the colors aren’t to my taste anymore. Once I combine them with other fabrics I expect they will look fine.
Two: I cannot work on designing two creative projects at the same time. I need a certain amount of continuity to develop an idea. Switching back and forth just frustrates me.
Three: I need to start forcing myself to go in the sewing room every night again. June totally got away from me. How could July be less than a week away? There isn’t anything going on that is keeping me out of the sewing room, I’ve just been letting the nights get away from me.
And that’s about enough insight for one week.

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Sunday Stash June18, 2017

I got myself in the sewing room yesterday and finished piecing the runner. I also cut backing and batting, but didn’t get it basted.

I plan to get it done this week for a bust next week.

No fabric in this week. I see the sale ads, but can’t think of anything I could possible need.

Fabric In: 24.875 yards

Fabric out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric Added: 9.625 yards

A few administrative notes……

For some reason all the comments aren’t getting emailed to me right now and I missed a few last week. I can see them on the blog dashboard and will try to keep an eye out for those.

Also, the linky closed early last week in error. I put in a date and time to close entries, but it closed quite a bit earlier than that. This week I’ll set the close farther out to make sure it stays open for three days. These days I feel like I work around technology more than I work with it.

So how did you do last week?

1. Kate
2. Julie in GA
3. Meloney
4. Jan O
5. Quiltin Jenny
6. Shauna
7. Angie in SoCal
8. Quiltin Jenny (2)
9. katie z
10. Quilting Gail
11. Susan in TN

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A Quick Check In

The week got away from me and I never did post anything.
Work has been especially draining and frustrating lately, and when I get home at night I haven’t felt like doing anything creative. Ironically, I think that’s when it’s most important to do something you love to keep things in perspective.
I’ve done some reading on making fabric collage, which is something that caught my eye a month or two ago. I’ve never had any art training and can’t seem to get my mind around how to put together abstract design. It will never be my “thing”, but sometimes it’s nice to move out of your comfort zone and try something new just to see what happens.
The collage book finally came in at the library, and I’ve been looking at that. I also checked out a book on abstract painting, thinking that the exercises in a different medium might provide insight without limiting me to a specific construction method.

I’m determined to get in the sewing room today for something more than ironing clothes. There are projects to finish and fabric to use.

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Sunday Stash June 11, 2017

No fabric in or out this week.
I made a few more churn dash blocks, up to four now.

I haven’t settled on the final runner design yet. I know I have more than one block left to make in me, but I don’t have six more. The final tally will be somewhere in between.
Fabric In: 24.875 yards
Fabric out: 15.25 yards
Net Fabric Added: 9.625 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Kate
2. Meloney
3. Julie in GA
4. Shauna
5. Angie in SoCal
6. Quilting Gail

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