Sunday, September 7, 2014

#68 UFOs, WIPs and My Messy Space!!

So here's to full disclosure!! To keeping it real!! I have taken on a few new projects, a lot of BOM and QAL, and right now just one Bee (swap). I love fabric (a lot), am always finding more projects I want to do and adding to my ever growing list.....and  I have also started working on my family Genealogy again!! What does this all add up to......a very messy sewing space and a list that has turned from fun to...oops...what am I doing.......eek!!!!
Here's the thing, I know I work better in a tidy, organized space. I also do better when I tackle a limited number of projects, although that number is pretty high, depending on the type of projects. So why does it always seem to get out of hand?? There must be a life lesson here somewhere! I'm just not getting it, I'm a slow learner it seems.
So I am writing my plan down, and showing shameful ;) pictures (no before and after pictures today. This is live time, lol), in order to get me back on the straight and narrow.....

 My UFO List:(Anything started but not touched in more than a couple of months)

  1. Sampler Quilt
  2. Hidden Stars Paper Pieced blocks
  3. Flower Garden Quilt
  4. Fusion Quilt
  5. Craftsy BOM 2013
  6. Sugar Block Club 2013 (blocks are done)
  7. Block Rock'n (2 more blocks to do)
  8. Layer Cake Challenge BOM

My WIPs List:

  1. Sugar Block Club 2014
  2. Classic Meets Modern BOM
  3. Aurifil Designer of the Month BOM
  4. Globe Trotting BOM
  5. Sew Retro Kitchen Paper Pieced BOM
  6. Scrappy Trip Around the World (Red and White Blocks)
  7. Diamond Hexie EPP Quilt (this could take years, lol)
  8. Modern InstaBee Come Together Quilt (one more block and this one goes together)
  9. Bow Tie Quilt

My Projects:

  1. RJR What's your Shade Blog Hop- Ready for quilting!!
  2. Participating in a BOM/Blog Hop starting in October, I'm one of the blogs, should be great fun!!
  3. Modern InstaBee for the rest of this year! This bee has been a learning experience and a lot of fun!!

My Goals:

  1. To stay on a new project fast (other than commitments) till my UFO list is 0 and my WIPs is 1 or 2
  2. To quilt all the tops I have waiting: I think there are 11 if I am counting right and haven't lost any in this mess!
  3. Learn EQ 7
  4. Master Long Arm Quilting (Basically,  just feel confident!! and not scared, will always be learning)
  5. Take better pictures
  6. Stay organized 
  7. Learn something new, 
  8. and share the joy of quilting with someone else!!
Can you see what I mean? This is a lot, and the scary thing is I will probably come across more stuff I missed when I organize and clean, Oh Boy!! 

Do you work well in clutter? How do you stay organized? Multiple projects, or one project at a time?

Have a great week everyone!!

What I've Been Up To:

 Sugar Block Club with Amy Gibson
 Sew Retro Kitchen with Kristy 

And I made a Passport Wallet featured on SewMamaSew by Frocks and Frolics 
I tweaked it a bit: I added an extra row of pockets, the family I was gifting it to has 3 kids. I also lined the zippered pocket so it would be more finished on the inside. I used normal cotton fabric it called for oil cloth that I didn't have. I should have added interfacing. I also added round elastic for the loop instead of making the fabric loop. I think for the next one I will use 1/4" flat elastic and a loop big enough to go around the wallet for more security. Great gift idea!!

And don't forget about the free Block of the Month starting in October. Still lots of time to sign up!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#67 Summer Winding Down (Part 2)

So last time I was catching up on all my summertime sewing activities that I just did't get around to blogging about, so today is part 2, but read or skim ;) right to the end because I have new news too!!

What I've Been Up To:

I made a Noodlehead Divided Basket pattern!! Loved it! You can find it here . I have also made her Pool Side Tote and loved it as well. See post here

 If you follow me at all you will know that I love to make things smaller or larger than original patterns, just for fun!! because I can!!!! This time is no different, I used my printer and printed the pattern at 75% and another one at 150%  The following pictures show the results of that!! (insert big smiley face here!!!)
 The middle basket is the original size pattern

I also made a couple of cute pouches with the leftover fabric from my RJR Batiks project. Love how this turned out!! I am trying to get a tutorial ready for my Oct 10 post for the RJR Fabrics What's your Shade Blog Hop. So don't forget to come back, or better yet sign up to follow my posts so you never miss anything!! :)
Click on IkaPrint picture in sidebar if your are interested in your own labels!! Don't forget to use "upstairshobbyroom" in the coupon code area before you finish your order to save 5%. (I love my labels!)

 And lastly I've been tweaking a great pattern I found online here to make it just the way I want. Will be posting my tweaks and measurements soon!!

 And here is the new News!!!!

My friend Jacquelynne Steves, from the Art of Home, is hosting a Free Block of the Month (BOM)/Blog Hop  starting October 1st!! I am so excited to be a part of this! I will be making my blocks and posting at the beginning of the month along with some other bloggers to help show different fabric options and finished project ideas and hopefully to just to inspire, along with surprises and prizes!!! If you are interested follow this link to all the information!! Hope you join the fun!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

#66 Summer is Winding down (Part 1)

So I have been pretty quiet over the summer. Partly because the main project I am working on is secret till I post on the RJR Fabrics Blog Hop, What's Your Shade, October 10. Partly because its summer, and mainly because I have been very lazy!! lol!! It's allowed, right?
I have been sewing, just at a really leisurely pace! I hope everyone had  their version of a great summer too!! 
So here's my plan for the fall:

1. Continue with my BOMs
2. Continue with the Modern InstaBee (this has been a great bee, some hiccups, but great)
3. Finish my secret project for post Oct 10
4. Participate in a friends BOM, more info on that to come!! (excited)
5. Master the Long Arm (at least understand the computer!! lol) and quilt all waiting quilt tops!! (10       or 11, crazy)
6. Keep my hobby room tidy and organized (I work better that way, why don't I remember that??lol)

Now on to the fun stuff!!

What I've Been Up To:


Quilted my Craftsy BOM 2012 Finally!!! I learned so much and Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock is a great instructor

And also quilted my Bloom Bloom Pow from Freshly Pieced. These were some of the first quilt projects I found online when I started quilting about 3yrs ago!! Now I just need to bind them.

I also quilted the Mystery BOM "That Chain Reaction"  from the Gourmet Quilter

More in the next post!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

#65 50th Birthday Celebration

My husband turned 50 at the end of July. What better way to celebrate than with a quilt!! So I made him a fantastic quilt with batiks! I had been working on it for a while starting back in 2013, but since finishing the top I tucked it away (out of sight out of mind) and was able to get it quilted and bound while he was away for a few days!!
As some of you will know from following along on my quilting/long arm journey, I have not had a great experience with my long arm quilting machine. I have now connected with the right person, and quilting my husband's quilt has been the most fun, the best turn out, and fingers crossed the beginning of a great friendship with my machine!!! lol Thanks Greg!

Let me tell you I was doing a very excited happy dance right here!!! First quilt I have finished without any major quilting issues!!!! The first of many, fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 This quilt pattern is made from Jelly Roll strips and the video tutorial can be found here.

I had to share some of the celebration food too!! Especially the cake, that my friends sister made!!

Marinated Veggie Salad  Really good! I made it 2 days ahead, yum!!
 Couscous Salad
 Orzo and Spinach Salad from The Art of Home E-Magazine if you aren't getting this free magazine, you should check it out!!
 and some iced coffee steeping and simple syrups to sweeten it with.  I made regular, vanilla and cinnamon!!
 And there's my friend Kellie (miracle baby's mom!! lol) giving Dave his cake!! My husband owns a 1964 Suburban, thus the cake!! It was a homemade cherry chip cake, that tasted as good as it looked!! Thanks again Stephanie!!!!