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Getting it Done Update

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Oh dear.  I was a bit too ambitious for this short month, as well as distracted, for Judy's Getting it Done challenge.  Well, there was some movement on the list of four things for February, anyway.  The list included: Complete custom quilting on Caramel Blues quilt ==Not done. I did, however, buy the matching threads and think about how I wanted to finish this project off. Complete Pinwheel Garden quilt for Shoppe ==Not done.  I did, however, make sure the batting and backing were ample enough for the top, and washed the binding fabric.  I may even have made the binding--I can't remember! Complete 10 wool applique blocks ==Not done.  Two were finished for the month and some of other block pieces cut out of wool. Lay out Picnic blocks and assemble top ==The layout and switcheroo portion was done.  I have sewn together five rows but have seven more to go. Greenpiece BOM wool applique block. For March, the above four items are going to be carried over.  I think I'

A Finish

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Tablerunners are sure nice for a quick "fix" of achieving a finish! These fat little bluebirds are joined by some vintage baby rick rack I found among my Grandmother's sewing things.  I washed and ironed it first to make sure shrinkage would be no problem.  The machine applique and quilting went pretty smoothly, I must say, except for the apparent cosmic rule of my house which states that I must run out of bobbin thread six inches from finishing--whether it be machine quilting or attaching the binding.  Some simple stippling in the center and loops in the borders went very quickly.  I hope this will sell quickly at the Shoppe!

Design Wall Monday--Feb 25, 2013

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On my design surfaces are two ongoing projects.  I don't do a lot of applique but love the look so wade in once in a while. I combed through my American Patchwork & Quilting mags to come up with a simple design for this tablerunner--to go with my simple machine applique skills! A fat little Anne Sutton birdie, and a flower from another designer.  I'll link these with some green baby rick rack. A few rows of the Picnic quilt were sewn and joined together.  I've had a bit of difficulty with some of the intersections and had to redo a few, but a perfectionist I am not!  This pattern makes me happy :)  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times . 

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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Picnic layout (Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Sensations) .

Tuesday's Orts--the job search sort

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Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events that land here semi-regularly.  This week, its all about the job hunt. I got laid off in August when the doctor's office I was managing closed.  Since then I have continued my other job as per diem transcriber for the hospital while also getting some assistance from the State.  But I am too young to stay off work much longer, hard as it is to find in my field! Over 20 years ago when I first started doing medical transcription, I was told it would "be obsolete in five years" because of voice-to-type programs.  It seems that prediction has just about come true over 20 years later, but for a different reason--electronic medical records, where the assistant or doctor him/herself checks boxes and types in information.  I went to a job interview today which was advertised as "medical secretary", but given my past experience and "likes", the HR manager suggested I might become a Scribe for one of

Stitching and Sewing

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Though I haven't been posting much, needle and thread have been meeting regularly here.  A Valentine's runner I was making for sale at the Shoppe but finished too late.  So I kept it!  Hearts and loops for the quilting on this stitch and turn simple scrap project.  The darling cherry print is my favorite, and I don't really even like pink!  Maybe because there is some green in it :)   \  Another candy colored scrappy project.  I'm thinking it will be a sweet spring tablerunner for the Shoppe.     Do you think it too Valentine-y for Spring?  Maybe some flowers appliqued on top would be good.   Since I did not find any border fabric for this quilt top at the Road to California show, I substituted with leftovers from the Mystery Quilt.  This is a comfort sized quilt and will go to Quilts for Kids.  I know they need quilts for older kids and sometimes give quilts to other causes such as disaster relief.   Next will be finding a suita

Sewing Room Switcheroo Reveal

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Keeping in mind the room is small, has only one and a quarter walls, and I only bought one storage item, don't expect too much!  However, it is cleaner, more organized, and an easier room to work in.     With the Hoosier cabinet no longer directly behind my sewing chair, the room feels bigger and more balanced.  Except for swapping the Hoosier and the tall white dresser, nothing else was moved. This rolling cart was the only storage piece I bought.  It is for scrapbook storage so the drawer bins have lids and can be completely removed.  The top three drawers have ROYGBIV scraps and the other three contain embroidery threads and accessories, iron on adhesives and pressing sheets, and the bottom has rulers, stencils and other tools.  Adding this one piece eased the crowding of the Hoosier cabinet. Under the cutting table one large bin holds larger cuts of fabric.  Believe it or not, this is pretty much all I have.  Feel sorry for me?   Actually I tend to buy backings

4th Blogaversary giveaway winner!

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Thank you all for sharing your inspiration for joining the blogging world, or just simply enjoying blogland--it was fun to read all your different stories.  I was not very surprised that Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville is an oft visited place--she's a very positive and dynamic force--a quilter who seldom rests!   As promised, the entries were printed out and the winner was drawn by someone with opposable thumbs--in this case, my DH Grant. And the winner is.... Congratulations, Sarah!  She commented:   " Congratulations on 4 years Annie! Does that seem to have gone fast? My youngest child turns 4 on the 19th of Feb and that sure has gone fast for me! I started reading blogs after I'd been to a workshop with Melanie McNeice of Melly and Me ."    Oh, yes, it has gone by fast, Sarah! Sarah hails from South Australia, according to her Blogger profile, but doesn't seem to have a blog of her own listed.  I'll send off an email and find out which of the

Design Wall Monday--Feb 11, 2013

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On my design surface(s) are some leftovers and my blogaversary giveaway quilt. This would be a cute 12" mini quilt for a hanger, don't you think?  Of course, I always think quilts need more green, so this arrangement may change :) The scrappy, made-from-leader-enders giveaway quilt is not yet bound.  I've decided to let the winner choose the binding fabric. One of these three will do, I think!  The giveaway is still open until tomorrow.  You can enter HERE . See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times .

FMQing

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Do you sometimes find it as hard as I do to decide on a quilting plan?  After doing some crosshatching in the blogaversary giveaway quilt's background squares, I knew I wanted to include some kind of simple organic shape in the colored ones.  An evening of doodling and I came up with this: A leaf shape with a line and a circle through it.  I was able to do this free form in one pass, which was what I was aiming for, and only had to rip out one mistake to resew. I'm pleased with the results and hope whoever wins this little quilt will like it too.  The colors are washed out in the above photo of the back; the green is more intense and the red is more berry.   The sewing room redo has progressed to a lot of empty boxes and even some decorating. This shadowbox full of vintage buttons my mom found in a shop many years ago and she gave it to me a while ago.  I'll have to get a nicer closeup since the owl button didn't show up very well in this nighttime pic.

ROY G BIV

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The Sewing Room Switcheroo reorganization continues.  Today, scrap sorting is the task, with the help of ROY G BIV.  Do you know of him?  Red Orange Yellow Green Indigo Violet is his full name, otherwise known as the rainbow.  I learned this memory helper in about 8th grade, I think. Of course the rainbow is only six colors so extra categories such as lights, browns/tan, black/black & white, batiks, and Christmas prints are in my mix.  There is also a pile of flannels and a box of  "pieces and parts" including an orphan block or two.  As expected, my highest piles are green and red, but surprisingly I also have a lot of blue.  Now the question is what to do with all these piles!  I plan to cut many of them into precut strips of 2.5 and 1.5 inches.  My 1.5 bin is overflowing already and needs ROY's help as well.  Then I think some coin quilts or placemats would be good to use up those 1.5" scraps, don't you?  My 4th blogaversary giveaway is open until ne

Tuesday's Orts--Blogaversary edition

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Giveaway is now closed...thanks for playing!   Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events that land here semi-regularly.  In this case they are a late edition aimed at my four year blogaversary, which falls on this date. I'm veering between blog-A-versary and blog-I-versary.  Since it is a made up word, new to the English language, the final choice is yet to be written in the dictionary.  2009 was a very eventful year for me.  Besides starting a blog I was also working three part-time jobs and got my own sewing room (finally).  Quilting and blogging kept me sane! I'm grateful for those early commenters who encouraged me with their responses to my posts.  I try to pay that forward by commenting a lot around blogland.  Everyone loves nice comments!  For my first blogaversary giveaway I made a small quilt out of leftovers; Jasmine in Australia won that.  For the second, a tablerunner; Sheryl won that.  For the third, a small red and white wallhanging; Dawn

Design Wall Monday--Feb 4, 2013

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On my design surface today is a scrap project I've been working on. These were 2.5" squares from my scrap bins that I was using as leader-enders.  Backing, quilting and binding are next for this 32" finished tabletopper.  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times . My other weekend project was the Sewing Room Switcheroo.  Here's a couple of slightly embarrassing before shots: This is the former family room of our house that I have taken over.  See the Hoosier cabinet on the left near the window?  It is such a handy storage closet for my quilting items, and the tabletop pulls out.    However, horizontal surfaces do tend to collect things....and the corner was feeling mighty crowded with the largest piece of furniture on the shortest wall.  Hence, the Switcheroo.   Here is a "during" shot--already the room feels more balanced, no?  Since this pic I've gone through all the project bins you see stacked on the cu

More Road to California

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Taking a break from The Great Sewing Room Switcheroo to post a few more pics from the exhibits at the Road to California 2013 show.  All photos are from that show.    I love quilts with letters or words. Gorgeous traditional quilt--sorry for the bit of blurriness. Oops, there's a typo!  Kim Diehl is one of my favorite designers.  She has such a way with mixing colors, prints, and great applique.     And all with a bit of whimsical attitude, at that.  I really like the sashing strips--simple and effective.  Totally amazing pictorial quilt.  I could look at this all day and feel the wind and the sun off the ocean.    And another stunning pictorial quilt, of Lake Tahoe.  My great grandparents had a cabin there for decades.   Love the tree detail, and all the colors in the rocks. This large quilt was truly detailed beyond belief, and was deservedly a big prizewinner. Check out the thr