Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Crumb along Reveal

Way back in September, (how is it possible that it's 7 months ago already?), I was dragged by my tendency to start and get caught up in too many projects, into a Crumb Along that I had decided was a good idea, but not at that time, but I ended up doing it anyway, and I'm glad I did. It was a lot of fun, and used up a lot of bits and pieces that would either have sat littering my sewing room, or would have ended in the garbage. I've already shown pictures of it here on the blog, but this post is for the linky party where all of us who were playing in the Crumb Along  reveal our quilts, at whatever stage they happen to be in now. Mine was finished back in December, because it was destined to be a Christmas present.
The quilt ended up being about 62"x64"

There is so much going on in the quilt, that any detailed or fancy quilted would have been lost. So it got a very simple overall meander.

The final recipient of the quilt was our well beloved grand doggie Shelby, who had her very own Christmas gift to unwrap. There are other crumb quilts to see over at the reveal party at Jo's Country Junction. These things are quite fun to do, and there just might be some more of them in my future.........

Monday 30 January 2012

Design Wall Monday Jan 30

There is nothing new on my wall. I am continuing to work on getting Endless Chain finished before the end of the month. There are 5 rows sewn together and pressed, with 4 more to go. I am hoping to have this thing done by tomorrow, which means I will meet my goal of having this UFO finished in January. If I do, there will be a picture of the finished quilt on the reveal for the January UFO projects that Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times will be hosting in a couple of days. Although, obviously, there is no way it will get quilted in that time. So it will go and join all its other friends on the growing mountain of unquilted tops. Since I have yet to come up with a plan for how to quilt it, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. And it sure won't be lonely on that mountain of quilts. Although the picture of the quilt is an older one, I do have some new, fun grandbaby pictures, of Avery eating Greek yogurt with bananas in it. He loved it. He couldn't get it fast enough. But his aim was a bit off. LOL!! He is very independant, and wants nothing to do with someone else putting that spoon in his mouth. He has to do it himself, and it sure is a whole lot of fun to watch. I'm linking up to Judy's Design wall Monday linky at Patchwork Times

Sunday 29 January 2012

Stash report Week 5, 2012

My name is Cathy and I'm a fabri-holic.  I ordered some bolts of fabric this past week, and they arrived on Thursday morning, right before we left to come visit Noel and Laurie and Avery, so it has done some fun damage to my intake numbers. We were in too much of a hurry to get on the road to take pictures of it though. But I do have a couple of thumbnails of what they look like.

But it's not as bad as it could have been. I ordered 3 bolts, but only got 2 because one was back ordered, darn. And it was a really pretty one, too. But these will do for starters. They are intended as backings for some of the 14, or maybe even more at this point, quilt tops of my own that are waiting for quilting. The autumn leaves one would be perfect for Double Duty, and for a couple of others that are currently just floating around in my head, based on Autumn colours. And the other floral one would be perfect for some of the feminine florally quilt tops I have in the ever growing piles.  All of the fabric usage was from the string pieced wedges for Endless Chain. My scrap drawer finally closes. Anyway, here's the numbers for the past week:

Used this week:                               1.9 yards
Used this year:                                13.8 yards
Purchased this week:                       30 yards
Purchased this year:                         57 yards
Balance:                                          43.2 yards more in than out.

I think maybe I'd better get working on getting some of those tops quilted. I'm, linking up to Judy's weekly Stash Report linky at Patchwork Times

Saturday 28 January 2012

Warning....... proud Grammy post....

We are having a wonderful visit here with Noel and Laurie and Avery this weekend. Avery is so smart, and so much fun and so cute. (I did warn you about the proud Grammy stuff) We had a lot of fun watching him have his first taste of peas on Thursday night. The expressions on his face were priceless.

What are these things, Grammy?

They're called peas, angel boy.

OK, I'll try them....

Grammy, I don't think I like this.....

Eeeuuuwww........ it's stuck on my tongue, Grammy....

How do I get rid of it??

Somehow, I don't think peas were a hit.

Thursday 26 January 2012

I love the internet

I love having the internet, have I ever said that before? It is so much fun to be able to meet new people, and explore new places, talk to people hundreds or even thousands of miles away, either through Skype, or chats or emails.I find that it suits my basically shy and reserved nature, because there are no face to face meetings to be anxious over. And I find that I like blogging, because it is basically me talking to myself, with other people listening in. I get to visit with my dear friend Susan, in Edmonton and have "chats" with her at least once or twice a week. I can visit with Laurie and Avery on Skype, and talk to them, and see them. And while it's not the same as being there, it is still great to be able to do. I can talk by email to a friend in Alabama, or another in Washington state, or another that I am getting to know in Alaska, and so many more. All of that is fabulous.
And then there is the ability to shop, and order stuff and have it delivered right to my door. (Unless I'm not there, or am still sleeping when the postman comes, in which case there is a trip to the small postal outlet involved) I received Judy Martin's latest book in the mail today, called Patchwork Among Friends. I have only briefly looked at it, but what I have seen so far is fabulous. The quilts are all so nice, that I think I want to start at the beginning of the book, and do all of them. (I have no affiliation with her, by the way, just a happy customer). And then there were the 2 bolts of fabric that came today as well, although I didn't have time to get pictures of them before we left home. They are destined to be used for quilt backings, and are going to do some fun stuff to my stash report numbers.
And finally, there is the ability to do all of this as I sit in the passenger seat of the car, right now, as we are driving up to have a Noel and Laurie and Avery weekend. Yep, it's for sure, I love the internet, and the 21st century, and all this really cool technology that has so expanded and enriched this particular lady's world.

Tuesday 24 January 2012

It's not my fault.....

Really it isn't my fault, at all. I had some lovely fun stuff come in the mail that I ordered, but really, it's not my fault. LOL! And I'll show you why. Last year, well really, just last month,  Debbie who writes the blog And Sew Forth, posted these pictures of what she calls her "Christmas stocking obsession". They got me rather intrigued, to say the least. But then, she started showing pictures of how the latest stocking she had purchased was going together herehereanotherand one more. She has other pictures as well about different stockings. So you can see how it is all her fault that I HAD to order some of these. LOL!! Curiosity got the better of me and I went looking for the Bucilla stockings. It seems, actually to be that curiosity and the going looking that is actually the problem, although it sure is fun. Anyway, after seeing Debbie's  posts before Christmas, I got to thinking, which can be a dangerous thing to do. I thought, wouldn't it be fun if every member of the family had a stocking specifically geared towards something about them. So, when we got home from our New Years Christmas with the family, I started browsing, looking for stockings that would fit each member of the family and that's what came in the mail... the beginnings of that process. Matt is an avid golfer, so I thought this one would be perfect for him

Noel loves to do woodworking, so I thought one of Santa in his workshop would be good for him, and there is a companion set of ornaments to go with it.

I can't show the one I got for Laurie, since she reads my blog, and I want them to be a surprise.

And then for Becca, I got one with a nativity on it, since she loves Christmas, and especially the reason for it 

And lastly, just so I can figure out this whole process, and how these things work, there is a set of ornaments that would go with Matt and Becca's decorations for there tree. They look like an easy, basic place to start learning how to do this.

I think I'll start with the trees, and go from there. If I start working on them now, I figure I can have them done by next year. Maybe............. And all these pictures came from the website Anita's Arts. So, now all I have to do, in between knitting, and working on My Tweets, is make time for doing these as well. LOL

Monday 23 January 2012

Design Wall Monday Jan 23

My design wall has the same thing on it as it has the last week, or so. Endless Chain, by Emilie Richards. I've been working on this quilt, to the exclusion of all others for the past week. I really, really want to get it done by the end of the month, since I am so in love with it, and because it is January's UFO, and I would like to get it done in time to meet the challenge. This is actually the same picture I put up on Saturday, after the Friday night sew in. It needs 3 more rows to finish it, which means 23 more full hexagons, and 8 half hexagons. And that means I need to do about 98 more string pieced wedges to finish up all the pieces needed. I think, depending on what plans my husband has for the next few days, it just might be doable, even with a trip to see Noel and Laurie and Avery over the weekend, depending on the weather, of course. I am sticking to the not doing anything else until this one is done, even though there are dozens of quilts in my head, just screaming to get out. I found  another one today, while looking at Teaquilts design wall over  at Judy's Patchwork Times, from the Moda Bake Shop people called Flying in Squares. Whenever I get this quilt done, it just might advance to the head of my scrap quilts want to do list. And now, for my second cup of coffee, while browsing a few more design walls. Maybe I'll find some more for that want-to-do list. And of course, I'm linking up to the previously mentioned Patchwork times linky.

Sunday 22 January 2012

Stash report Week 4, 2012

With the Friday night sew-in, and all the work I managed to finish on Endless Chain, I used up a bit more fabric. And, As I was cleaning out the chaos (I can never use that word without thinking of the Get Smart TV series villainous organization CHAOS) in my sewing room, I came across block #7 of My Tweets, partially prepped, and partially sewn, before I had to quit working on it due to the cataracts. So, I threw it into its carrying case and put it into my bag to take to work, for my breaks. I am ecstatic to report that I can work on these again. I had forgotten how much I love doing the hand sewing on the applique. It so completely takes me away from the stress at work and into another world while I'm on my breaks.  So, this is now back into the official WIP list. If I manage to get all the rows of the Endless Chain quilt labeled tomorrow, I might put up the progress I have so far on Tweets up onto the wall. It will be fun to visit that quilt again. Anyway, this is supposed to be about numbers:

Used this week:                                       3.4 yards
Used this year:                                      11.9 yards
Purchased this week:                                 0
Purchased this year:                               27 yards
Balance:                                              15.1 more yards in than out. And this number is about to go way up, because I just ordered 4 bolts of fabrics to use for backings. So as soon as they are delivered, the purchased number is going to sky rocket. So much fun.
I'm linking up to the Sunday stash report over at Judy's Patchwork Times. Then I'm off to get some lunch and maybe piece a few string wedges before going in to work this afternoon.

Saturday 21 January 2012

The day after the night before......

when I sewed my brains out, well, not quite. I didn't get quite as much done as I wanted. I received a call from a customer wanting to bring some quilts over for quilting today, at 1 pm. I said sure, no problem. Then I went upstairs and looked at the remaining mess in my sewing room, and decided it would be way to embarrassing to have her see it that way. So, the floor is now visible. all that remains is to clear off the table of the long arm, and the mess will be almost tamed.

But, I did get sewing time in, from 8 pm until midnight, 4 hours straight. I've used up all the string pieced wedges I had, and made over 15 more of the hexagon units for Endless Chain by Emilie Richards Three of the rows are actually sewn together, and the rest are just sitting there. I've arranged them so that the fabrics at the intersections have some contrast between them. The tricky part is not getting them mixed up once I take them down to sew. I've stated putting painters tape on the top of each block, with its number, so that I know where they go, and which is top and bottom of the hexagon. There are all kinds of fun fabrics in this quilt, and could make for a bit of an "I Spy" type. There are flip flops, and beach toys, and hockey equipments, fishing lures and all kinds of other fun stuff in it. I had a blast playing in last nights' sew along, but alas, fun has to end and real life intrude. I'm back to work, 3-11 both today and tomorrow. I might be able to get a few more string wedges done up, but not a lot more than that.

Friday 20 January 2012

Friday night sew in

Handmade by HeidiI have the day off today, so I'm going to join in with a whole pile of other people, from all over the world in  a Friday Night Sew-in. The idea is that we sign up on the very long list today, sew our brains out tonight, and then post tomorrow what we got accomplished tonight. I'm going to continue to work on my Endless Chain, which is what I've been doing for the last 2 days, off and on, as well. So, unless my hubby has other ideas, I'll have a Friday afternoon and night sew-in. It's cold and snowy outside, and I have no desire whatsoever to go out in it. So staying in to play with putting a quilt together is, to me at least, a perfect way to spend the day. And maybe, later this afternoon, I'll reward myself with a tea break, made in a lovely china tea pot, and a pretty cup and saucer. It doesn't take much to make this girl happy. Oh, and of course, there has to be music. My daughter made me up some CD's, so I'll be listening to the group Mercy Me this afternoon and evening while I play. Ah bliss........

Thursday 19 January 2012

More dangerous blog hopping......

I was reading one of the blogs I follow, Kathy's Quilts, a lo and behold, in her post was a listing of some of the free quilting projects that are available out in blogland. I made the mistake of checking it out, and found another project that I have fallen in love with. It is called Promises and Borders. Now, there is only one snag, well, more than one, but the biggest is that it is embroidered, and I'm not a huge fan of embroidery. But, if I can figure out a way to do it that doesn't involve embroidery........... Maybe permanent fabric markers? Maybe the coloured pencil faux applique I was playing with, combined with markers for the lettering and the narrow lines? 
This picture is from the blog Jenny of Elefantz, the designer of this particular BOM. There has to be a way to adapt this from embroidery to something else, because I love it. Hmmmmmmm.................
Any ideas anyone?

UFO progress report

I've spent part of the last couple of days working on my UFO for January, the Endless Chain, pattern by Emilie Richards. I have made some good progress on it, considering it is all inset seams. I tried, without success, to figure out a way to do it without the inset seams. It was a good thing that I let this sit for a while, since in the time between starting it, and now, I leaned the technique of using starch and no melt plastic templates to finish the edges of applique pieces. And that technique has made the circles that go in the centre of the hexagons so much easier to do. And rather than using a regular foot to sew the circles on, and starting and stopping as I try to go around the circles, I used my free motion foot, with the feed dogs lowered, which made that job ever so much easier and faster, not to mention much less frustrating. There are now 3 rows, all sewn together, although I still need to add the partial blocks to the top and bottom of the middle row. And I have enough hexagon units which still need the circles applied, to add a fourth row. And that is today's job. I am so enjoying working on this quilt. I love the colours, and the movement in it. I love the way the individual blocks completely vanish, and leave one wondering, how on earth is this put together, which was one of the things that caused me to order the pattern book for it in the first place. This one is definitely a keeper at my house.

Monday 16 January 2012

Design Wall Monday Jan 16

Well, I must say that was an interesting, not in a good way, morning. I had to be at the city courthouse bright and early this morning, at 9 AM. Not a good start for me, not being a morning person, to begin with. Then through the courthouse security, body scan with those  hand wand thingies, and metal detector, and purse search. Good thing I didn't take my knitting, since that would have counted as "sharp objects" Upstairs to the 14th floor to a very crowded courtroom. Have I mentioned before I don't do well with crowds, let alone crowds where I don't know a single person? Then they brought in the people being put on trial, suffice to say a violent one, although not murder, and read off all the charges, and they all pleaded "not guilty" Then, we were all broken into groups of 20, and sent off to wait in small jury rooms to wait, and wait, and wait.......... Then, finally called into the courtroom, put up into the witness box, in front of all kinds of people to answer the lawyers' one question. I guess I flunked, because they sent me home, at about 12:30. That has to have been one of the creepiest experiences of my life. Really, really glad that is done.
So, I came home and decided to do a little fun sewing, and made up another Dresden Plate for the Scrappy Dresden Plate quilt along and  now I have 2, and I'm liking what I'm seeing, so far.

The other thing that I'm supposed to be working on is my UFO for January. It is a quilt pattern called Endless Chain. A number of years ago I found a really good series of books by Emilie Richards. If you've never read her stuff, I recommend it highly. The Shenandoah Series follows a group of friends in  small community, and, of course, quilting figures strongly in the books. All of the books in this series are named after quilts. One of them, named "Endless Chain", caught my eye, and it got added to the list of quilts I have fallen in love with, and had to make. So, I sent away for the instruction book, and got to work. The quilt in the book uses a stripe fabric in the wedges, and I really liked the effect, but didn't want to use a stripe, so I decided to make my own by piecing the wedges. Whenever I feel like sewing, but without thinking about it, I pull out my odds and ends scraps and piece up a bunch of wedges, on paper, kind of like string piecing, or crumb piecing, but with a regulated shape and size. I'm getting close now to having enough of the wedges pieced, and am ready to start sewing it together. I had originally planned on just starting to take the blocks off the wall and start sewing them together. But when I thought about it, I realized that if I did that, I'd be sewing all the center circles on when it is really large, and difficult to maneuver under the machine. So, I think the next step is going to be adding the center appliqued circles to each of the hexagons, and then I can start sewing it together. So, that is what I am going to start to do today. 
I'm linking up to the Design wall Monday linky at Patchwork Times. And, I don't know why, but the type size in this post keeps changing. Very strange......

Sunday 15 January 2012

Stash Report Week 3

I haven't done any blogging this week. Every minute that I had to spare, outside of working, has been spent getting Orca Bay sewn together. When I looked at it on the design wall last Monday, it didn't seem like it would take that long to get it together. WRONG!! Finally, Saturday afternoon, all the blocks were sewn together. It still needs the borders. But, I'm rewarding myself with a change of pace. I cut 34 different fabrics, all very "girly", for the Scrappy Plate Club. My Dresden plate ruler came in the mail on Friday, along with a tumbler ruler. So, all 34 fabrics had a 5 inch strip cut from them. Each strip has yielded 12 blades for the plates, and anywhere from 3 to 5 tumblers for another quilt. I'm making my Dresden quilt bigger then the instructions, since I want mine bigger than the 62" x 71" given in the instructions. So mine will be 4 squares by 5 squares, rather than 3 x 4. And of course, I had to make one up, just to see what it would look like. Since I count my stash once it has been cut for a specific quilt, I can count all that stuff. I don't know when I'll get a chance to start sewing more of them, though. Today I work 3-11, and then Monday, I have to go down to the city courthouse, to stand for a jury pool. Doesn't mean I'll have to actually do jury duty, but just be part of a large crowd of potentials. I better make sure my ereader is charged, and that I have some knitting with me as well. And then Tuesday, unless I have to go back to the jury thing, I work 3-11 again. I also want to get some work done on the endless Chain quilt that is this months' UFO, so I think I'm going to pack the Orca up for a bit, and bring it back out during a less challenging UFO month. I think I'll add it to #4, which is a quilt that only needs borders added to it.  So it will probably be Wednesday before there can be more serious sewing done. Anyway..... on to the numbers:

Used this week:                      5.7 yards
Used this year:                        8.5 yards
Added this week:                     0
Added this year:                     27 yards
Balance:                                  18.5 more yards purchased than used.

I'm linking, as usual, to the Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times

Monday 9 January 2012

Design Wall Monday Jan 9

Like a lot of others today, Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay is occupying my design wall. While browsing though the other design wall posts, I noticed that there are quite a few other Orca's posted today. I love seeing how variation in fabric choices and layouts can change the feeling of the same quilt pattern. I think that is one of the many things I love about quilting,  how personal a quilt pattern can be made, if so chosen by the person making a particular pattern. I stuck to the colours given by Bonnie, but I changed mine by not doing the string piecing, and I'm happy with the way it is looking. All of the stars are done, and about half of the red/black geese units are finished. I'm hoping to get the rest of those done, and then start assembling the quilt today. I'm linking up to Judy's Patchwork Times, as usual, where there is lots to see, on top of all the Orca's

Sunday 8 January 2012

Stash Report Week 2

I received my first package of fabric in the mail yesterday. Lovely, lovely stuff, that I'm looking forward to using. I make no vows of not purchasing fabric, because I know there is no way I will keep that kind of vow. I love buying fabric, and using it to make wonderful quilts, so there will be no guilt felt here. I do this report to keep track of my fabric coming in and going out, just to know how much I use, rather than as a control on what I buy.
I had a fairly good sewing week, considering I've worked 3-11 for 4 days, including today, this week. I've been working on Orca Bay and on my UFO #5 on alternate days.
So, on to the numbers:

Fabric out this week:                   2.8 yards
Fabric out this year:                     2.8 yards
Fabric in this week:                 27 yards
Fabric in this Year:                  27 yards
Balance:                                 24.2 yards more in than out.

I'm linking up to Stash report Sunday at Patchwork Times. Than, I'm going to finish my coffe while I browse through some other reports. Then, I'm going to work some more on Orca Bay until I have to go to work this afternoon. I'd like to get a substantial amount done on it to post for tomorrow's linkys.

Saturday 7 January 2012

My first package of the year.....

I picked up a box of fabric that I ordered from Thousands of Bolts from the post office today. It's been a couple of weeks since I ordered it, from their end of the year sale, and I've forgotten most of what I've ordered, except that I know that I ordered blacks. I find it totally amazing just how much fabric they can pack into one of these boxes. When I was doing the ordering, and into the checkout section, a message came up and told me that I could fit 6 more yards of fabric into the box they would be using, so of course I took them up on it. I went back and added 6 yards of cream solid fabric so I would have it here for when a particular UFO comes up that needs it. Then, there were wonderful fat quarters, mostly in fall colours. Now I remember what I ordered them for, too. I have a fall colour themed quilt on my want-to-do list that I'd forgotten about. And then there was some yardage. There are 
3 different striped fabrics there, where the strip is printed on the bias. They make wonderful bindings. And lastly, some yardage of pretty, feminine colours. I haven't added the totals up, yet. That's for tomorrow to do. Now, I get to go fondle and pet them, (sounds rather perverted, doesn't it?), and put them away.

Thursday 5 January 2012

Blog Hopping is dangerous........

As I said, blog hopping is extremely dangerous. You want to do it carefully, and judiciously, and definitely at your own risk. Why, you may ask???? Well, because it may do terrible things to well laid plans. My plan for January was to work on getting Orca Bay, designed by Bonnie Hunter, to a finished flimsey stage. It might be 30 percent finished at this point. Then, there is Endless Chain my UFO #5 that I would like to get finished. But, while reading the blogs that I follow, I saw in this post  that Vicki was talking about a new project that a friend of hers was starting, so being the curious type, I went and checked it out. Oh oh, big mistake!!  It's another quilt along, sponsored by Bunny Hill Designs for scrappy Dresden Plates. I LOVE Dresden Plates. It was the first quilt I ever made, over 27 years ago, and have long wanted to do another. Just look at this picture  of one of the plates that the lovely person at Bunny Hill made that she had posted on the Bunny Hill blog. It is wonderful. All I need is 20 to 30 different pieces of scraps that measure 4 inches by 12 inches, which is no problem with that mess treasure trove upstairs. Finding that many fabrics that go together, so much fun, and makes such a huge mess on my oh so nicely cleaned work area. (sigh) So the question is, will I or won't I? And we all know how well I resist a good quilt along...............

Wednesday 4 January 2012

Christmas 2011

As I mentioned in a previous post, we were able to go up to see Noel and Laurie and Avery over New Years for our family Christmas celebration. Becca and Matt came up as well. It was wonderful to see everyone, and went by way too fast. (sigh) As usual, there were home made gifts from Grammy.

Becca and Laurie got scarves and thrummed mittens each in their favourite colours, blue for Becca and purple for Laurie.

Noel received his Batman quilt and he really liked it. It's a perfect size for naps on the couch.

And here is Shelby on her very own crumb quilt.  She curled up on it as soon as it hit the floor, so I think she likes it. But then, she'll curl up on any quilt that happens to be on the floor. I think she's part cat in the way she loves quilts.

And than there is Avery, who had his really big stocking. He seemed to enjoy getting stuff out of it, and ripping at the paper.

Living in the top of Avery's stocking was a stuffed bear, who is baby friendly. His bear's fabric was pre washed before it was put together. And the bear's face was embroidered on, although the bear's face isn't visible here.

Unfortunately, I ran out of time and ideas, so Matt and Scott were left out of the home made goodness this year. But, I have ideas already for next year.

Tuesday 3 January 2012

Progress..... Before and after...

Well, I've made some progress at the sewing station end of my room, and have a couple of before and after pics, just to prove that it can be done.


In addition to getting these 2 areas cleaned up, I did some scrap taming, as well. I put on Michael Card's "Joy in the Journey" album, which has 18 songs on it, all of which I love, all of which I was happily singing along to this afternoon. While this album played, I gave myself the task of cutting down scraps into various sized squares and strips, mostly 2 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch. Whatever didn't fit into those sizes went into crumbs, strings, or garbage. When the album was done, I was done, and able to go onto something else. So I now have a lot more squares to use as leaders and enders, and strips to make into other quilts. Then, this evening, I dug into those crumbs, and strings, and as yet untrimmed scraps, and started making more string pieced wedges for UFO #5. There will be a more detailed post about that sometime soon.  As long as I don't turn around and look at the other end of the room, I can pretend that all is neat and tidy. But not so, there is a lot left to do, but it's a start.

Monday 2 January 2012

Part of getting my sewing stuff organized is going to be the beginning of a couple of new leader and ender projects, since I finished my last one last year in December. I've decided on this one here, to the right. for the mounds of 2 1/2 inch squares I have kicking around. I already have a few of these blocks made. And then for the  never ending amount of 2 inch squares, and strips, I really like the looks of this version of the Irish Chain pattern. Both of these quilts were done in the EQ7 software I bought a couple of months ago, but haven't yet had a lot of time to play with. The other one I rather like a this version of the Irish Chain quilt for the never ending pile of 2 inch squares and strips I have also hanging around. I like the alternating of the colours and the white squares. Between these 2, that should get a start on taming the scraps.

Design Wall Monday Week 1

I have given myself 4 assignments for today, well, actually 5. Number one is to write this post.
Number 2 is to dig out my UFO #5, get it on the wall, and maybe take a new pic of it.I have figured out that I have 24 of the hexagons finished, and I need a minimum of 75 to get it in the area of 80 inches by 90 inches. So, I need 51 more finished hexagon units, which will require 308 string pieced wedges. I have 125 wedges already pieced, so I need 183 more, at least. That should tame some of my scraps and crumbs.
Number 3 is to dig out what I have done so far on Orca Bay, and get some of it arranged the way it is supposed to be, on the wall. I am waiting on an order of fabric that has more blacks in it, in order to do the black background Ohio stars. I like it with these fabrics, though, so I don't need to order any special red for it.
Number 4 is to do something about cooking something for supper. Some beef is out of the freezer, and will probably get done into some Swiss Steak.
And number 5 is to start in on creating order out of chaos in my sewing room. The only possible way to do it is in sections, so, today I concentrate on my actual sewing table. And then, if I want to be able to actually cut some fabrics, so that I can work on something, I guess I'll have to do something about my cutting table too. The corner of the cutting board is just visible under that mess. Why, oh why do I ever let it get this bad? So, I guess I'd better get off the computer, go plug my ipod into its new dock that my wonderful husband got me for Christmas, once I find a place for it, that is, and begin the process of cleaning up. I'm linking this post up to Judy's Design wall Monday at Patchwork Times and also to Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Monday linkup on her Quiltville blog.