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Getting It Done/UFO Challenge 2012 Update

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Judy over at Patchwork Times has a new format for making progress on projects for 2013, called Getting it Done.   It's a bit less formal than committing to a list of 12 UFOs for the year, although I did enjoy that as well.  For the new format in 2013, at the end of each month we select four things we want to make progress on in the next month.  So, for January my Getting it Done list is: 1.  Finish chevron tablerunner. 2.  Make heart block tablerunners for Shoppe sales. 3.  Trace at least 4 designs for Greenpiece wool applique blocks and cut out of wool. 4.  Do unsewing on Mystery quilt back and repair to correct length.  ***************************************************************************** In reviewing my list of 12 projects for the UFO Challenge 2012 , I'm quite pleased with what got done. My total score was eight finishes out of twelve, which I am feeling really good about. #1 Judy's Mystery Quilt .  February's pick .  Needed borders, backing, and q

Design Wall Monday--Dec 31, 2012

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Last day of the year, last Design Wall Monday, and the day I get my Christmas Annual Newsletter in the mail! On my design surface today are parts for a small table runner I sketched out for DD Elaine and hubby and am using my new GO! cutter to make. They tend to like more modern and minimal so this will be chevrons in solids.  It is meant for Christmas but really could be used at any time.  The gray and green HSTs have been made.  I do have more of both solids but am running low on the cream print so will have to see where I stand when cutting for the red rows, three of which are planned, so that means 36 HSTs in cream.  It will be a race to the end of the fabric! I sketched out triangle ends on the runner and since I have plenty of red, may make red borders too since the chevron rows will finish at 12" wide.  See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. And have a Happy New Year!

Playing with Machines

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Not having done any sewing for over a week felt awfully weird.  I was finally able to play with fabric again yesterday.  Another tablerunner was the focus--this one made with my new GO! cutter. The Value die that came with the cutter has three shapes.  Since all three shapes are cut anytime you run it through the press, it makes sense to take advantage of that.  I layered two strips right sides together for the HSTs and then centered them over the die outlined in Sharpie. For this example I folded the strip over to get four layers.  I then put four squares over the 2 1/2" die. After topping it with the cutting mat and running it through the press, eight HSTs and four perfectly cut 2 1/2" inch squares were my reward. Not being used to stitching HSTs this way, a few wanted to be difficult at first and sucked down with the needle.  I plan to get a single hole needle plate soon, since I have read that helps prevent suckage :)  The HSTs will become a chevron stripe

Post Christmas Post

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So, I trust everyone is coming down slowly from the hustle, bustle, cheer, joy, family and feast that is so much a part of this season.  We had a lovely Christmas--breakfast in the morning with Nick and Erica, then the marrieds came over, Elaine and Chris, and there were gifts opened with the Lakers game on TV in the background, muted, with our favorite Christmas audiotape playing.  Everyone liked their gifts (and the Lakers won!) and we cleaned up and made our way to my parents' house to add to the horde of diners there, totaling 24 for dinner.  Boy, it was delicious, it was loud, there was laughter, there were toasts, plenty of desserts---and lots of dishes.  I was proud of our girls for getting in there and starting the first shift of cleanup duty.  We went home tired and happy. Having received another die for my Accuquilt GO cutter from the kids, I set off this afternoon for Joann's fabric to buy a cutting mat for it. Afterwards I decided to take the long way home--the ve

More Holiday Orts

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Not much crafting going on here, but lots of shopping and getting ready for the big day.  Here are some orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events of the holiday happenings. Our former office crew met at a local restaurant for dinner and holiday cheer last week--at a brand new Japanese restaurant.  We had a lovely time though I managed to drop my 3/4 full glass of iced tea onto the table, splash a bit on my former boss, and soak myself quite well.  Nothing says Merry Christmas like a lap full of cold iced tea! Traffic Rant:  I took my mother in law to the store so she could buy some Christmas cards.  Some lazy dodo in a big pickup truck decided to wait for us to pull out of our close parking spot instead of going up the aisle a short way to clearly visible empty spots.  She actually reversed and blocked traffic in two directions in the main lane in front of the store.  I made little effort to hurry my 93 year old mother in law, I can tell you. I love to get holiday cards and le

Wordless Wednesday

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Design Wall Monday--Dec 17, 2012

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On my design surface is the latest set of pieced blocks for the UFO of the month, the Moda Greenpiece BOM quilt. Four more blocks are completed.  There is only one more set of blocks to piece, ready for cutting there at the bottom of the photo.  Packets with the medallion center, pieced borders, flap and outer borders are yet to go.  My goal for this UFO was to get all the blocks made and the medallion center pieced and appliqued.  Since I have a couple dozen wool blocks to make, that obviously is not going to happen in the remaining days of this month, but I am pleased to have moved forward this much and will keep plugging on.  A busy and productive Sunday in the sewing room included framing the snowman stitchery with fabric and a ribbon hanger, making two stocking ornaments for a craft shoppe member's grandsons... ...and completing this stitchery and mounting it in the frame.  I like the snowman and stitched presents so much myself that I may not put them in the shopp

Slow Stitching on Sunday

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Today I'm joining up with Slow Stitching on Sunday with a bit of cross-stitching.  First up were names for some custom stockings that a co-member of the craft shoppe wanted for her grandsons.  I'll cut the pieces for the stockings and get them sewn up to deliver tomorrow.  They will look like the finished "Stacey" sample here, with one change--boys' stockings do not get lace :).  I'm also finishing up backstitching on the little Christmas gifts there which will be placed in the accompanying frame to sell at the shoppe as well.  After those are done I look forward to some fabric playtime on my early Christmas gift: After trying to win one of these GO! cutters for two years, and telling my husband this is really the only present I want, a trip to Joann's Fabric resulted in a big box coming home with me.  It was on sale and the last they had in the store.  Thanks, darling! The included Value Die cuts a 2.5 inch square, 4.5 inch square, and 2.5 in

Christmasy Stuff

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   This tablerunner my Dad claimed in an unfinished sandwiched state on Thanksgiving Day.  I finally got it quilted and bound.  It's on it's way, Dad!  A little holly leaf in the center of the Friendship Stars and Xs in the border squares did the trick for quilting. It is a busy tablerunner but I like it a lot.  My sister in law Mariana claimed this tablerunner.  I liked the holly leaf idea so used it again.  The loopy quilting is much more visible from the back, although the color is way off in the photo--it is actually a very deep red/burgundy color.  It needs to be mailed off today but luckily doesn't go too far. Christmas decorating is finally finished.  The tablecloth was an after-Christmas sale purchase from Target last year.  I kind of went for a red, white, and green theme.  But come to think of it, I do that every year :) This tablerunner was my first attempt at applique.  I didn't k

Comfort Food

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We're getting some cooler weather here in SoCalif.  I no longer say "cold" or "freezing" weather because that leads my sister in St. Louis to call me a liar since frequently she has to scrape ice off her windshield, which of course doesn't happen in my beach town :)  Anyway, hot soup appeals and a family favorite recipe always does the trick.  The base recipe is from the Betty Crocker cookbook my Grandma bought me when I got married.  Over the years I have put a lot of twists on it and it always turns out great.  The only time I ruined a pot was when I added too much salt--so I started cutting the salt from two teaspoons in the original recipe to one, and that worked fine--diners can add their own salt at the table. Love my adorable gingerbread man spoon rest from Pier 1! Hamburger Vegetable Soup: 1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground beef 4 cups water 3 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup) 2 medium stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup) 1 large potato, peeled

Santa's Big Night

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  In my last post I shared that my uncle was going to be on the new game show airing Monday night, December 10th, called "Take It All", which is based on the "White Elephant" or "Dirty Santa" gifting game.  It is a fun game to play with friends--strangers maybe not so much! Uncle John/Santa luckily made it through to the last "Prize Fight" round wherein the last two players have to select a secret vote button to choose either to each keep their own prizes and both go home winners, or try to Take It All and steal the other player's prizes.  However, if they both choose Take It All, both go home with nothing.  Uncle John and the other player were both school teachers and he emphasized how he felt it was a god-given opportunity both of them could benefit by in selecting Keep Mine.  Which is what he did.  The other player did not--and collected over $400,000 in prizes. Santa was robbed!  (link to the full episode on NBC). My aunt poste

A Finish and Some Bragging

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After too many years lingering in a Christmas decor box, an Angel gets a home.  After my previous post, my mom emailed me to say she had no recollection of giving me back this elementary school project, but was glad I was rescuing it!  She is now hanging in the living room, water stains, backwards R, stiff glue and all--with a knitting needle as a dowel.  Makes me smile! Now for the bragging part:  My mom's brother John has had a pretty good Santa gig going on for several years since he retired from 30+ years of teaching at a junior high school, including acting runs in Miracle on 34th Street productions and appearances before various groups, both paid and volunteer.  It has become a second career and presently Uncle John is appearing in a Windows 8 commercial as Santa, which has been playing on the ABC channel during prime time.  I am unable to find a link for that, unfortunately, but heard it was on after Suburgatory.  He is also scheduled to appear on a new game show host

New and Vintage

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Two more months' worth of Greenpiece BOM blocks have been added to the pile. The cutting and assembly instructions that came with this Moda BOM from The Fat Quarter Shop are very good for the pieced blocks and they all have turned out well.  So far I have only made one error in cutting the wrong size triangles, but the generous amount of fabric given for each month saved me.   Love the rich red and caramel fabrics in this one.   I made this Christmas decoration sometime in elementary school, probably about third or fourth grade, I should think.  The R is backwards, but I love the rick rack trim on the angel's dress, and she has the blue eyes I always wanted :)   My mom gave it back to me some years ago and every year since then I've thought about making it into a wall hanging but never have.  Truly all it would take is a good ironing, a slight squaring up, and turning down the top for a dowel to fit through.  Well, this is the year I get it done! I'll sho