Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pink Day

It is pink day over at So Scrappy, so I am scrambling to find pink things to show you. First up, this beautiful azalea I photographed last week, right after  I showed you the azalea from last month.  It doesn't look as good this week, so it is a good thing I took the pictures when I did.

I'm still working on the On Ringo Lake quilt mystery, sewing the rows of blocks and sashing together  I really like the way I can use the bed as a design floor, so now I have a design bed. Not so much bending, but I do have to go up and down the stairs to get from the sewing machine to the bed and back.

The flowers are so showy, they are hiding all the leaves.

Oh there's the leaves!

Besides the On Ringo Lake quilt, I have joined a crazy quilting class with Kathy Shaw. They are free and quarterly, but there is a limited sign up window and I missed it last quarter, so I've decided to give it a go now since I managed to be there at the right place and time.   I've gathered up my supplies.  I don't really like this combination of supplies, but I will adapt it with time. It is going to be mostly peach/pink and green. . Even though the photo doesn't show a lot of pink, it still fits the theme.

Speaking of pink/peach, Bonnie asked for melon/coral, but here is some pink from my On Ringo Lake quilt so I can properly register for Pink Day!

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 So Scrappy! All the pink projects are so beautiful this week!

Monday, May 14, 2018

15 Minutes to Stitch Recap

I don't know if you have noticed, but I kept saying that I needed to press my rows of On Ringo Lake quilt. I expected it to take several 15 minute sessions.  And when I was ready to press them, the weather had taken a turn for the warmer.

But the weather wasn't too warm, and it didn't take nearly the amount of time I anticipated. I had stripped the bed, and just laid the rows so I could envision the quilt on the bed and make sure there weren't any awkward spots. I was trying to get a lot done so I didn't take photos for the blog. I probably should have because sometimes you see things in photos that you don't see in real life.

So the rows have been pressed, and most of the corner triangles have the light rectangles sewn on.  And some of the blue rectangles have been cut.  I will trim them to actual size, as Bonnie directed instead of properly measuring the trapezoids ahead of time. This does leave big waste triangles, but I'm sure I will be able to find a use for them somewhere.

15 Minutes to Stitch

I had a successful week and managed to adhere to the spirit of the challenge by actually working on the quilt most of the days this week.  And on the days I missed, I was able to make up for the time on other days. I managed to find more than the allotted time for the week, but alas, I can only claim a maximum of 7 sessions a week.

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  121 out of 133 sessions
Success rate:  91%

 The success rate rounds up to 91 so I will take it!  It is incredible to me that my rate is so high this deep in the peak period at work.  Besides the fact that the numbers look so good, I think it is really helping me keep a calm perspective of work. Work hasn't been nearly as stressful as it has been in other years. I'm afraid to say that since another part of the project starts today which adds on to work we have been doing so far without taking any away.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

On Ringo Lake Progress

All the rows have been sewn together and all but the center row of sashing have been joined together, ready to press.

I had to do some math and some trial and error to figure out the size to cut the pieces for the setting triangles, but I think I have figured it out now. I didn't press first and the quality of the photo isn't good, but this makes me very happy.

So now it is time to piece the rest of them before I can join the rows. Interspersed with some 15 minute sessions of pressing!

"For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair."   Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, May 6, 2018

15 Minutes to Stitch check

Another week, another spot-check to see how I did on stitching every day this week.

This week , I had some unexpected time off, so I managed to get two hours of quilting all in one day.  I didn't get as much chance to quilt as much as I would like the rest of the week, but two hours is definitely more than 7 sessions, so I am counting all 7 session!

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  114 out of 126 sessions
Success rate:  90%

The success rate stays at 90%, as incrementally each day makes less and less difference to the overall total.

I did manage to sew the rows of 7 AND the rows of 9, so it is time to press the rows and make a final decision on the setting triangles.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April Collage

I took a look at the March folder, and there were photos of recipes and quilts from books I returned to the library and quilts in progress which I already showed you in March.

Moving on to April, there were lots of photos of blossoming trees.  I made another collage to show them to you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

February Collage

While you are thinking warm thoughts of spring and flowers, I realized that I hadn't shown a photo update in a while. So long, in fact, that the last time I did it was in January.  So, better late than never, here is my collage for February. Hopefully March and April won't be too long behind in getting their showcase.

Here is where I choose my favorite photographs from the month and show them, either individually or a collage. As you can tell from the title, I chose to make a collage this month.

It is sponsored by the color white.  Mostly snow, but beautiful skies with wonderful white clouds, a white squirrel, and a blossom with a promise of spring.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Another 100%! on the Books

I'm back with a better attitude and thoroughly enjoying sewing the blocks and sashing for On Ringo Lake together.

I actually felt better as soon as I complained about the monotony. Sometimes I like to complain because it helps me get over whatever I am complaining about faster. Unfortunately, in blog-land if I don't add another post right away to tell people I am better, it makes it look like I am complaining for a long time.

As you know, I started with piecing the four corners.  Then I started with two rows of three blocks, working on both ends of the quilt at the same time. Last week, I finished two rows of three blocks and two rows of three sashing blocks.

This week, I finished two rows of five blocks and two rows of five sashing blocks.

I even made a good start for the next set - two rows of seven blocks and two rows of seven sashing blocks.  It is rewarding to see the stack of quilt blocks get smaller as they get sewn into rows and placed on the "to press" pile. Later, there are two rows of nine blocks to do. After I have the rows done, I need to piece the corner triangles which need to be added before the rows are pieced to each other.

15 Minutes to Stitch

This week, I sewed a lot on Saturday, and I am pretty sure I did some sewing on a couple of other days. There were some conflicts at work this week and I was able to provide a sense of calm and reason without adding stress to the mix so I think I quilted enough this week and will take full credit for sewing enough this week.

I've changed the labels from days to 15 minute sessions. It feels like lying when I say I have stitched 7 days this week, but I probably did have 7 fifteen minute sessions this week, some of which were back to back, and some, like a quilt, were pieced together from shorter sessions.

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of  stitching this month:  22 out of 29 days
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  107 out of 119 days
Success rate:  90%

The success rate rounds up to 90%, which seems incredible to me, as I was expecting the downward spiral to be more sudden.  This challenge really does help give me a reason to quilt. Sorry, housework, I promised the blog readers that I would quilt  an hour and forty-five minutes each week.

And actually the quilting helps keep me calm, focused, and energized,  and I manage to get most of the housework done too.

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15 Minutes to Stitch Week 17 
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