Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Work in Process Wednesday

Well we are mid way through the week, and I am happy to report that the work on the TOM is going strong. Today I am watching a Harry Potter marathon -- right now it's the Chamber of Secrets -- and marking and sewing all of the TRPs on all of the pieces. There are more TRPs than I remember!!!! Here's the update....

Monday -- Assemble the C's, and build out the Ds - DONE!!! 

Tuesday -- Assemble the Borders, and start working towards the center - Still working on these, I didn't realize that I hadn't done some of the TRPs, so I had togo back and complete them before I could actually start assembly, but that is all done now, so these can start shortly.  

Wednesday -- Assemble the A's - completed Tuesday

Thursday - Assemble the 4 quadrants - may be delayed until Friday, as I have a hair appointment that was originally scheduled for while the studio is too warm to sew in, but has been moved, so I likely won't have much sewing time on Thursday, but we'll see....

Friday - Assemble the main components - still on track, I am confident I can get them done if I just concentrate!!!!

Other than that there is really not a lot going on this week, we're taking some quiet time to get organized for new adventures that start shortly (the 23rd) and trying to get organized for all of the new adventures. The new job will have serious impacts on my ability to get sewing done, so I have to make some changes  -- not quite sure how that will work out or what I am going to sew.....with a full travel schedule I likely won't do any machine work except when I am home on the weekends....I will have the ability to do hand work, or knit, but I haven't really made any big plans on that front for this year, so I need to re-evaluate. It could be a great time to make the So Faded cardigan, or make a Worsted Boxy, or make any of the dozens of shawls that are on my list. Part of me wants to cast on the giant faded Hitchhiker Shawl that I planned for next year. SO MANY OPTIONS!!!! I just need to figure out which one I want to do and make it a priority, and get it prepared. 

So wish me luck until I check in again!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Totally Tuesday

I had some pretty big plans for the week, primarily to finish a large project that has been lingering. It's Tuesday, and I have left the studio due to the heat (it gets to be about 90 degrees in the studio around 2pm, and unbearable), so I have just a few minutes to work on some computer work this afternoon before meeting and errands get started. So, here's what I had planned, versus what is done as of now.....

Monday -- Assemble the C's, and build out the Ds - C's are all cut and the CRs are complete, the CLs still need assembly, so I'll have to finish those tomorrow morning, thankfully the hard and arduous parts are done, it's just the final bit of assembly that needs to be done.

Tuesday -- Assemble the Borders, and start working towards the center - This bit is already in process. I needed to do some sub assembly on the Cs and to do that I had to do some other assemblies.

Wednesday -- Assemble the A's

Thursday - Assemble the 4 quadrants

Friday - Assemble the main components

So, it's looking doable, as long as I stay on target and on task for the next few days. I just have to stay motivated and get it done. 

Does anyone else sometimes struggle with getting things done? I have all of these big plans and great intentions, and somehow get totally distracted.....I'm working really hard to ensure that I don't get distracted on this project. I want it finished this week!!!! Hoping that I can work on it some of the evenings this week to get a little bit extra done.

Well, off to the real job, I'll check in again tomorrow and see where we are!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Motivation Monday

It's Monday, September 10th, and I have a busy week of sewing ahead. I am determined to finish my TOM this week. All of the units are done, I just need to assemble them. Hopefully it is just a 20 hour job to get them assembled. I sure hope so! That's all the time that I allotted for it!

So, here's the plan --

Monday -- Assemble the C's, and build out the Ds
Tuesday -- Assemble the Borders, and start working towards the center
Wednesday -- Assemble the A's
Thursday - Assemble the 4 quadrants
Friday - Assemble the main components

That leaves next week for Harbored Lighthouse before I got on the road full time. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I am going to work on while on the road...should I pick up an EPP project? just knit? I know I will have tons of binding at some point, which will be easy take alongs (and provide some necessary plane activities). So, if you have any good ideas for what to do on weekly 2 hour plane rides, let me know! Of course, it has to be something that I can get onto a plane. I'm still not 100% clear on what can and can't go through TSA. Even reading the manual that they gave me it's unclear whether a punch needle will be allowed.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Stash Management Update

Well, I have been diligently working through my stash and projects, I can finally say that I have touched every box, and every bin and every project box. I like to do this review every 2 years or so and get rid of any things that I either don't love or no longer plan to finish. I'm lucky that I belong to a guild and they are always happy to take any books, projects or patterns off of my hands, to either become philanthropy projects or parts of the guild library or as a project for someone who is on a limited quilty income. 

So, it's been a big week in the stash management arena, I completed a couple of projects, and made a couple of backs, so there was lots of yardage headed out the door.

1. Vintage Compass - total yardage for the top = 9.25 yards, including using some gradient panels that were not efficient but are beautiful. 
2. Vintage Compass Backing - 4 yards
3. Winter Wonderland Tablerunner - 4.25 yards
4. Winter Wonderland Backing - 1 yard

Previous status :
Used : 7 yards
Aquired : 0 yards

This week:
Used :  18.5 yards
Aquired : 0 yards
Total :  -25.5 yards

I have a couple more finishes that I am expecting in the next few weeks so I am hoping to be close to 100 yards by the 1st of October. Yes, that is quite a big dent to make in the next 3.5 weeks, but I am determined to get it done. 

How is your stash management going? How do you store your fabric? Do you use bins? or comic book boards? Do you fold your fabric a specific way? Inquiring minds want to know.....

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Finish, Finish, Finish

It's been a busy couple weeks, I have been focusing on getting a bunch of things done in preparation for the new schedule. I've been making steady progress on the garage cleanout; finding some amazing finds, and getting frustrated with how much junk I've saved for forever. Thank goodness, I am just about done with the garage. I have just 1 cabinet remaining to go through and the garage will be complete. Yippee!

I've been doing the Rachel Cruze Minimalist Challenge (#rcminimalistchallenge) that started on September 1st. Basically, you throw out 1 item on the 1st, 2 items on the 2nd, 3 items on the 3rd, etc, etc, etc. I am up through day 26 at the moment. It seems to be one of those things that you get started on, and can't stop. Regardless, it's nice to see things getting resolved and taken care of throughout the house.

I have also been working on UFOs. I sorted through all of them and decided which ones were important to me and which ones weren't, and let some go to the guild for finishing by someone else. And the rest I got a really good handle on status and put them in priority order. And now, I'm getting to work on them. Starting with this one...

It's Winter Wonderland Tablerunner, with an alternate edge treatment. Basically, the colored HSTs on the edges are supposed to be made from the background, but I am participating in the stash buster's with the She Shed Shenanigans group. Basically, it's any Judy pattern but you have to build it from your stash. And let's face it we all have plenty of stash available if we look!!! SO, if you look closely, I used 2 greens, and 4 reds in the stars themselves, and a different green and red for the border triangles, bringing the total number of fabrics to 10 in a table runner. Now, I just need to make a backing and this on is ready for quilting. 

Next up, I worked on my Vintage Compass. It just needed the borders sewn together and it was ready to go. It didn't take long (about 2 hours total) to finish it up. But I did remember why I put it away. I bought 3 3/4  yards worth of the gradient fabric to be the background of this quilt (the pattern calls for 1.5 yards). Basically, the gradient didn't have enough of the inner border values available, so I needed to decide how to make the inner corners. I ended up going with the lighter value. Overall it looks great and I am pretty happy with it, but I of course would rather it be the medium (which I don't have).....

The picture is a bit deceiving, the entire gradient is a light turquoise to black/teal, not quite so navy blue.

I also got a few minutes to work on some units for On Ringo Lake. I originally only made a small number of these units as I wanted to see what it looked like before I made a bazillion units. I really like the pattern, so now I needed to go back and remake 200 more units (I originally made 50). I managed to make 50 more today (for a total of 100). 

And now, I'm off to work on a few more items for the week. Got to get to that to do list!

Have you had a chance to sew this week?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday Review - where I go on a cleaning rant.....

Well folks, it has been a wild week. I was involved in my first ever court deposition. It was weird. Obviously, I can't talk about it other than to say it was a learning experience. Don't worry, it's nothing about me, it's for a former employer. It was quite weird to see how the legal system in our country really works. I've never really gotten to see any of it before. With so many family members in law enforcement, I have never ever been on a jury, even though I sign up and show up for jury duty every time they ask me to. I always just get a day off, since I always get disqualified. So it was refreshing to see how it works behind the scenes. And long, it was an entire day worth of documents to review.

I spent this morning working on cleaning and clearing out the sewing room, I'm on a mission to really get it organized and get rid of a bunch of stuff that I just don't love anymore. And at the same time get it really organized. It's funny how the more you organize the more you feel the need to. The more you purge the more you need to purge. I know that sounds totally weird, but it is true.

I really haven't done much sewing this week, I've been really busy working on a bunch of house projects. Prepping a wall for paint, painting, cleaning out the garage, planning dinners and lunches for September, purging books from the library. All items that I seem to do over and over again. Tell me how and why do we collect so much stuff? I've been in this house for almost 2 years, and I have decluttered at least 5 times, and I know I need to do it at least once more inside, and at least once more in the garage. It's like the more I get rid of the less I need to survive and the less I have the happier I am spiritually. I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous, but sometimes, I just want to pack the few things that I need and use all the time in the car and get rid of everything else. Seriously, we all use the same chair or couch and the same 6 dishes, and I feel like I am cleaning all the time because I have so much stuff.

So, I'm going to go finish painting that wall, and then do some purging in the garage. And I'll catch up tomorrow when I have hopefully done some sewing and have something that you want to hear and read about.....until then, happy sewing!!!!


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Suddenly Saturday

This week has flown by, and I really haven't gotten much done. I had grand intentions but the week just flew by with errands and to dos that were easy enough but used up a lot of my time.

I did get a little bit of work done on my Moroccan Courtyard, but mainly I spent my time getting organized in the sewing room, and sorting through a bunch of books that need to be donated to the guild and the library. I still have a hand full of boxes of books in the garage that need assessments but I made good progress. I still have a long way to go and a bunch of things to work on but I have a little time, and there is really no rush at the moment, so we're having a lazy day around here. Hanging out watching movies on the couch, dreading the necessary trip to Costco, and making lists of things to do next week.

Before the weekend is done I want to finish up my Moroccan Courtyard, and get some work done on my Harbored Lighthouse. We'll see what happens and how much I get done!

What have you been up to this week? Did you get everything done that was on your list?

Happy Sewing,