Sunday, November 28, 2021

2021: Week 48 of 15 Minutes to Stitch






 

2021:  Week 48 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


 

I spent my week getting ready for the gathering and having the gathering. We had a good time, even though some members of our family was not able to come.

I spent a couple of sessions to put the remainder of the pieces on the Halloween block. I plan to have one or more quilt finishes before the end of the year to offset the many quilts I have started.


15 minute days this week --2 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 274 out of 332 days
Success rate  = 83%
 
 

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Monday, November 22, 2021

2021: Week 47 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 




2021:  Week 47 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

It's been busy at work while we gear up to meet with the customers. I am hosting the Thanksgiving gathering this year, so I have been spending time getting ready for them. This means that there hasn't been a lot of sewing, but I did have all those loose pieces I needed to press for the October house mini quilt. I decided that it would be better for me to go ahead and lay them out and press them down instead of leaving all these little fused pieces all loose. 

It took two sessions to put it together, and now I will put it away until after the gathering.


15 minute days this week --2 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 272 out of 325 days
Success rate  = 84%
 
 

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I took the photos when it was dark outside, but I wanted to keep a record of my progress.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

2021: Weeks 45 and 46 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 


We had a nice extended colorful leaf season. It has been wonderful to see all the different hues of autumn and see the colors fall in the breeze.

The cold season has begun.  First we had frosted tips on the leaves.

It's getting colder now and we had snow showers yesterday and big puffy snowflakes this morning.





Let the animals eat the Halloween decorations.

2021:  Week 45 and 46 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I didn't get around to posting my status last week, but I did a lot of quilting. Besides making the red postage stamp block, I also added more to my dots and dashes quilt and started a Halloween mini and a scrap mini quilt. I will take photos of all those soon to show you.

This week, I only did some quilting today, so my progress last week helps cushion the blow from this week.




15 minute days this week --8 out of 14
15 minute days this year -- 270 out of 318 days
Success rate  = 85%
 
 

This week dropped the success rate but I can take heart in the fact that I was at 83% last year.

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

2021: Week 44 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 

I continued taking lots of photographs this week, and have gone through my October folder to see if there were any other photos to show you. 

 

Most of these photos are taken with an iphone. Since I am taking so many photos, I thought I would try to submit some to Shutterstock. 

 

They rejected all of the ones I submitted, mostly due to compression and focus. It's okay. I am not upset. I figured that if they were usable, I should try. If they aren't, I can share them on my blog without worrying about it. 

 

I think I need to take photos with a better camera, but these are fun photos that happen when I am walking my dog, taking advantage of the situation.  


 I tend to take the photos pretty quickly, with the  leash in one hand and the camera in the other.

 

After I decided which photos to include in this post, I loaded more photos from my phone, so I will share those with you later.

 

I really liked the clearing in the clouds after the rain.

2021:  Week 44 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


Did you see the eye in the clearing clouds photo above this heading? 

This week, I finished the purple postage stamp block, pressed it, and started the red one. I got sidetracked a little bit with thinking about ideas for a mini quilt, but in the end, I decided I was more interested in making progress on my current projects.


I'm still enjoying my work and trying to get back to the habit of sewing every day. I managed to do it this week.




15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 262 out of 304 days
Success rate  = 86%
 
 


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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

2021: Week 43 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 

With the shorter days and cooler weather, I have been focusing on getting my house ready for the winter. Even though I have been spending most of my time at home anyway, I feel the need to be ready to continue to do that for the winter.

I am also working full time, doing my favorite part of the project.

Most of the photos in this post were taken while I was looking for closeup photos.

2021:  Week 43 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


Another wimpy report. I started the purple postage stamp block. I have the rows done, just need to sew them into a block. I have also chosen the next color. Just like the photo of some gravel looks like a rocky beach, the tiny squares in the postage stamp block gets special attention.


15 minute days this week --3 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 255 out of 297 days
Success rate  = 86%
 
 


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Weekly Photo Challenge




 The theme of this week's photo challenge is Extreme Close Up. I took several photos, and decided to submit this one. It had rained at night so I was able to get another photo of  my neighbor's roses while they are still blooming.



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

2021: Week 42 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


 The solids I have in fat quarters are pretty calm, browns and beige. I made the green block from the fat quarter. 



I like the mood of the fat quarters. Mature and sophisticated. But it doesn't entice or motivate me to make the blocks.


I have some yardage of solids which are brighter which entice me more.  They look fine in this picture, but when I was looking at them earlier, I decided that I could use the tamer fabric, and stay sophisticated while adding a little zing. So for now, I will keep the fat quarters in the mix and add the yardage starting from the calmer fabrics. This photo doesn't look too bright, but maybe it was the Tuxedo Vest post that made me feel like I would prefer a little less zing.

At this point, I think a checkerboard sashing would be good. I have to decide the fabric for that so I can start making it now.


2021:  Week 42 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


Another wimpy report. I finished the green postage stamp block.


15 minute days this week --3 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 252 out of 290 days
Success rate  = 87%
 


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