Monday, July 28, 2014

Clean it up!

I had a super productive weekend!  Thanks to the new puppy, we've been cleaning the house like never before. Stuff has been getting out away - so she doesn't chew it up - and the carpet.... Well, the carpet has been getting deep cleaned in a variety of little spots, if you know what I mean.

Who, me? 

This weekend, I also went on a deep cleaning craze, and got tons of stuff done. That included my master bath, which was in need of a good scrub down. 

When I started the bathroom, I realized that one of the messiest aspects was my jewelry - it was scattered all over!  So, I hit pause on the cleaning frenzy, and went to my sewing room. About half an hour later, I had this: 

Once I got everything put away, I realized that I was missing one other thing. When I sit down in the morning to put makeup on, etc, I always, always, have my cup of coffee with me. Based on the dried coffee drips I had just wiped up, I realized that I needed a mug rug in here! 

Ahhhhh..... That's better! 

Now, the place is really starting to look good!  We even cleared out the loft, which means I now have room again to baste some BIG quilts. More on that to come! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grateful for the Guild

I joined my local chapter of the MQG, the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild, a little over a year ago, and it's definitely been a fun year.  I've met some great people, who also happen to be great quilters, and I look forward to the meeting every month.

Lately, I find myself just very grateful that I have the guild.  I've definitely been in a sewing funk these last few months, and the guild has pulled me along.  I'm participating in a bee that started back in March.  That means that, whether I like it or not, I have the responsibility to get my butt in front of my sewing machine for at least an hour, once a month.  It also means that I've gotten to make some fun blocks, that I otherwise may not have!

We have also done some swaps, too, and these have also gotten me sewing.  I made this fun potholder for a swap:

And I also made a sweet mug rug, with English paper pieced hexies - another new skill for me! - and completely forgot to take a picture of it.

If you sew something up, and forget to take a picture, did it ever exist?  But I digress.....

I sewed up some economy blocks to contribute for a charity quilt:

I participated in a mini-class on bloomin' quilt as you go panels (and even finished it up into a mini-quilt!):

And of course, recently, we participated in the Michael Miller challenge:

And not only did I get myself sewing for the challenge, I also get a ridiculous amount of inspiration from my guildmates - I mean, just look at this challenge entry by Guinevere!!! 

With every meeting, I come back home full of ideas, completely inspired and re-energized, and ready to sew again.  For as much as I feel like I haven't really been getting any sewing done, I actually have a lot to show for myself, and I can't wait for next month's meeting! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Merry Christmas to me!

I found quite the fun little surprise today! I guess having a messy sewing room does have a bright side.

I finished my Celtic knot wall hanging yesterday (more on that to come!), and so I went in search of something to bind. I knew that I really didn't have any projects at that stage, so I went pawing through my UFO's to see what I had already paired up with backings, and to take an inventory of batting, etc. imagine my surprise when, BAM! I found a tablerunner that I completely forgot I made.  Oops!  Oh well, Christmas in July for me!

It was already sandwiched together, but had been folded up for so long (maybe a year?), so I took it apart. After repressing the top and back, I resandwiched it, and even got a little straight line quilting done!

It's made from a charm pack of Joy, and I have some fun red ric rac that I'll add to it. It should be all ready to bind by tomorrow evening!  It will be the next project in my never ending binding campaign. 

The great news is that I also realized that I don't quite have the batting shortage that I thought I did, so I should be able to get another UFO quilted up this weekend, and ready to bind. 

Hooray (and Ho! Ho! Ho!) for lovely surprise finds!  

Monday, July 21, 2014

Never Ending Binding

I've been pretty stinky with quarterly goals this year, so I've decided to take a slightly different angle for the end of the year.  I don't get to spend much time sewing during the work week, so I've decided to set myself up in a way that I actually can get my hands on fabric outside of the weekends.

I've got tons of quilt tops that need to be quilted up and finished.  Lots of them already have backings, batting, and binding assigned to them, they just need to be DONE.  So, beginning with this wallhanging that I started for St. Patrick's Day (yes, I am just a bit behind...), I am pledging to myself to always have a project in the binding stage!

This way, I can do my hand sewing during the week, when I'm hanging out on the couch, watching TV and snuggling with the puppies.  It'll keep me moving forward in my projects, and help me get through this ridiculous backlog!

More progress soon!

Friday, July 18, 2014

MQG Michael Miller Challenge

My challenge quilt is done!  I spent hours looking through pins and websites and so on, trying to get inspiration. Once I finally figured out what I was going to do, it took me only one day to make it, from the first cut in the fabric to the last stitch in the binding.

There was some planning on the design wall... 

A lot of thankfulness when it miraculously came together right the first time... 

Lots of straight line quilting... 

Some puppy helpering....

And finally some quilt hanging!