Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice week 5

And I thought I would be caught up by now! Silly girl! Don't you know the dogs need in out in out in out in out...the teen needs food RIGHT NOW...and then again in 20 mins? And the DH...well he does leave to play golf , etc, but he needs clothes for a trip he said he had enough for...and EVERYBODY wants dinner! Whats up with that? Dont' they know I have a bazillion pieces to sew? I think I see a crock pot dinner in my future. Of course that is AFTER I shop for the food! lol  I am thinking I am happy I didn't decide to do the larger size. I am feeling overwhelmed as it is!
 As you can see, I have lots of every unit, except week 5.
I had only made enough HST for the pinwheels, so I had to go back
and make those.

I am kinda ADD when I sew, and I seem to do best when I am working
on more than one thing at a time. Not sure how that works, but
there it is! Oh..I forgot one area of finished units...brb
All the pinwheels are sewn, just pressing a few at at time.
I dont seem to get the swirled center as nice on these as the
four patches.
So..there it is...I am slogging along. I think today I will start cutting my neutrals
for clue 5. I hope to finish ALL of at least ONE CLUE today!
(hey! its a goal! lol)
Be sure to head over to Bonnie's to
see all the Celtic Solstice progress
And to Judy L's for all the
design wall fun!

Saturday, December 21, 2013


With the help of FlyLady and my timer, my procrastination attempts are shorter and easier to deal with..but there is always ONE area that needs help! Do you have this problem? I can do one load of laundry (sometimes TWO) and put them away, I can unload the dishwasher promptly, dust and vacuum a room quickly, clean the bathrooms in less than 5 mins each....but what stops me in my tracks? FOLDING SHEETS! Usually I wash them and put them right back on the bed, but this time of year, we usually change from woven sheets to knit. Flannel is too heavy for me...I toss and turn, get hot , then cold and the weight of the flannel is a bit much. The knit,however, is perfect! It does not feel as cold as woven when you 1st get in and the weight is light but warm. So what is the problem? I didn't fold those woven sheets I took OFF the bed.       aHEM......they are folded now. The IRONY (other than those sheets were WRINKLY??? lol) It took me all of THREE minutes to fold them! I better get friendlier with my timer!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Real Studio Tour week 3

Here is my working studio! Note: I LIKE it better cleaned up, but it seems like whenever I am REALLY working in here, it looks pretty much like this. I am hoping to have a clean/organize/use up leftover batting/make dog beds/ list UFOs on Jan 1st...there is no hope that it will look better, but maybe I will be able to vacuum-JUST ONCE! lol

My obligations, minus some tshirt quilts and quilting on two others that I previously promised, have been quilted and delivered. I am free to work on my own, and one other, side by side from now on. I feel a weight lifted!

Here is my happy mess!
Just inside the door is the design wall. Behind the door (it started to close, so didn't show in the picture!), a holder for fusibles and interfacings.

going around the room, here is the sewing table. My Bernina and serger (just behind the back of the chair) are up all the time. I made a small ironing pad to sit on the drawer (with a small green Olfa mat on it in the picture. It just sits on an open drawer.

Above the serger are two type setting drawers for thread and dodads. I love the
color and easy access. The book holder came from a favorite craft store as it was
going out of business. ::; sniff:::

Opposite wall from the design wall, is my cutting table. Its a Formica countertop left over from a
previous quilting system. Its held up with tables found in the 'as is' section of IKEA. Also 2 dressers tucked underneath. The counter top does not sit on the dressers, so large templates are stored there.
Cutting table: melamine board covered with ironing board, telescoping legs for height adjustment from IKEA. Underneath, wire cubes for fabric storage are perfect size for plastic cubes.

Jane's room. This is where my Innova, Jane, lives. my friend came over today to quilt
a t-shirt quilt for her son for Christmas, so she is not ready to play!
PLENTY of storage underneath and in the closet I cannot get to!
Thank  you for stopping by my blog and be sure to head over to Vicki Welsh's blog
to see more REAL Studios!
(PS its a STUDIO because REAL WORK happens there!
I'm just sayin'!)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

messy sewing room to the rescue!

What do you do when you are making a scrappy quilt..with all the same background ...and you run OUT of that background? Look around for another one and make THAT scrappy too?

Stop working on that UFO? ...if you DO stop working on day, you might be in your messy MESSY sewing room, looking for something ELSE...

you might just FIND more of that background!
I was looking for more variety for Bonnie's mystery and came across a WHOLE yard of it!
There is enough to finish that quilt AND use some for the mystery! YIPPPEEE
Sometimes a messy sewing room is a GOOD thing!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Celtic Solstice week 3

I have been busy with projects for other people, so I have not gotten as far as I had hoped. I am sewing both Clue 1 and Clue 2, but I have not finished cutting either one!HA! I TOLD you I was an ADD quilter!

Here are my bins with the clues..I have all the green and yellow cut for 2, so I will cut the neutrals today. I hope today to have all my projects for other people completed and sew only on the mystery.

Friday, December 13, 2013

REAL Studio Tour, Week 2

Good morning, Friday!
I have been busy all week and today, after a few
normal household chores,
can PLAY! YIPPEEE!Oh!...Then I get to go out
into the night to a soccer game...not close to my house AND cold!
I need to remember these nights for retrieval in July! HA!
Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber is having week two of her
REAL Studio Tour. She asked for storage ideas.
I have two today: one tried and true I use ALL the time and a new one.
HERE is the new one:
Its a tool storage chest, just like the red ones from Sears you remember from...well
forEVER. But now in bright spanking colors for the
female DIYer!
Mine is in my long arm room and holds thread , templates, tools and all the 'stuff' I need.
My family is still shocked that I picked lime green instead of blue, but that is the way I roll at
the moment. Maybe I should make a lime green and blue quilt and get BOTH!

My tried and true?
cubes made of these wire panels

i have a whole set of them tucked under my ironing stations (melamine board cut at Home Depot with telescoping legs set at JUST the right height for me from Ikea).
They are the perfect size for square plastic cubes.
I have another bank of them just around the corner, but ...well...
aHEM!...they are COVERED in projects , and so will be shown at a later date!
Be sure to check out all the other great studio ideas over at Vicki's!

Friday, December 06, 2013

non-quilty tools

Vicki over at Field Trips in Fiber is having a Real Studio Tour. This week she asked us what non-quilty things we used in our studios. I have many, but my favorite I use on my Innova long arm. I usually 'float' my tops. That means the top is not attached to one of the rollers. It just hangs free and is rolled up as the quilt is quilted. I use a tool shop magnet, the type you attach to the wall to hold the quilt to the roller.

this is the magnetic tool bar
here you can see it on the bottom of the top. Once it is attached to the quilt top
with the roller underneath, you can tighten it up on the roller. No pins!
I purchased these at Harbor Freight for $5 on sale.
Look near the tool boxes and organization items.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Celtic Solistice mystery week 1!

I am multitasking this week, so I have only cut. I usually cut some
and then sew some. HOWEVER, I get off track and distracted and tired of the whole process.
This time I am trying to stay with the cutting until I am DONE.  I have
all the neutrals and oranges cut with about half the blues done.
OOOH, I am just ITCHING to sew them...BUT!!!
I have this to piece/border/quilt/ bind
Its a memory quilt. the blocks are shirts, the tan -khaki pants , and the dark -a pair of
dk gray chinos. I will finish these blocks today.
OH..and I'm prepping 2 quilts for the mail AND quilting a quilt I want to deliver
on Thursday.
Can you say MULTITASKING...and ADD quilter!
I better get going!