Works in Progress and My To Do List

Wow! Wednesday already?! Another productive week in the books. To start off ~ I (mostly) finished my sewing room makeover on the weekend! You can see the start of the transformation here.

And this is how it looks now!

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That’s still the mess corner that is home to all of my UFO’s and WIP’s. Plugging away at that pile…. especially now with a clean and crisp sewing studio to be creative in! I also have a big blank wall that I’d really like to see covered in mini’s made by my Quilty friends… Hint hint!!

And to continue with this list:
1. Canadians Quilt Bee Block – I haven’t seen the post for July’s block yet, so this will have to wait.
2. Do.Good Stitches Block – ditto.
3. Friendship Swoon Blocks – Jaclyn is away this week, and for another 2 weeks in August. I should really move this down to the September list…
4. SMQG June Challenge – MQG challenge quilt with Petal Pinwheels – DONE!!! And I am so happy with it!!!! However…. It has been raining for the past month so I don’t have good pictures of it yet. Stay tuned!
5. SMQG July Challenge – make a modern border. I have combined this with my husband’s birthday quilt and pieced most of the top (minus the modern border) at our SMQG sew in this past weekend. Good thing it was raining all weekend so I didn’t feel one ounce of guilt holes up in the basement of the LQS with my guild members.

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This is what I have so far! I’m pretty happy with it ~ hope B will be too!
6. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap – Done! Will be packaged and mailed tomorrow!

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7. Carey’s neice’s quilt – no progress this week.
8. Baby gifts for two friends – I have purchased the patterns and am gathering my supplies. Stay tuned!
9. Boris’s Birthday Quilt – see number 5.
10. do. Good Stitches quilt from March – no progress.
11. Sewing Tote for Quilt Con – no progress.
12. Lily’s bedroom quilt – sadly no progress.
13. Bunting for Lily’s bedroom – no progress.
14.Sew Together Bag – I have the fabric! I am planning on using my brand new bundle of Arizona fabrics for this bag! I can’t wait until this is my next project!

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And for project to look forward to, this is my Autumn’s goal list:
15. Scrappy baskets for sorting my scraps.
16. Mod Improv Quilt from May 2014
17. Megan’s Mom’s Quilt
18. Sewing Circle Tote
19. Modern Blocks QAL
20. Christmas table topper
21. Mariner’s Star
22. Lucky Stars Blocks
23. Simply Solids Quilt from December 2013

In other news…. I AM REGISTERED FOR QUILT CON 2015!!!!!! I am in lots of great workshops and lectures, and wait listed for a few. Got my hotel, got my flight. Now I just need a bag….

24. Weekender bag….

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WIP – a new BIG project…

So all WIP’s are at almost the exact same progress point as last week, but I do have a new project. I decided to paint and reorganize my sewing room. Slightly insane, I know. Especially considering that I didn’t have any space to move the stuff to… So on Sunday, I started by moving everything away from one wall and painting that…3 times! Evidently blue is hard to cover with white. Even with self priming paint. Once that was dry, I moved everything away from the next wall and continued. To date I have 3 walls painted! In between coats on the walls, I had a little spray can fun with a special organizing project – finally got myself a peg board! My only regret is that I didn’t buy the bigger size. Oh well, next makeover! I’m hoping to have this room put back together by the end of the weekend. We shall see! 20140618-233246.jpg20140618-233313.jpg20140618-233345.jpg20140618-233501.jpg20140618-233538.jpg<img src="https://stitchedbysheila.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/20140618-233526.jpg" alt="20140618-233526.jpg" class="alignnone
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Despite the chaos that my studio is in, I did manage to do some sewing today! My daughter fell asleep in her car seat and I just so happened to have my mini for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap with me. So I worked on the binding while it poured rain, and listened to great throw back hits from the 80’s and 90’s. Bliss!

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WIP Wednesday ~ I’ve been productive!

I really really really love crossing things off lists. It’s a weird trait that I’m sure no other type A, working, mother has…. Last week I started organizing and prioritizing my UFO’s and WIP’s. This week I re-prioritized a few and get to cross some off the list!

Summer
1. Canadians Quilt Bee Block June – Lisa in Port Hope asked us to make this block. She had sent us the Center square and asked us to pair it with summer colours. Here’s my rendition:

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2. do.Good Stitched Block June – I get to cross this one off the list this month because we are taking the month of June off. A completed task is a completed task!

3. Friendship Swoon Blocks – Jaclyn and I have yet to start this.

4. SMQG June Challenge – MQG challenge quilt with Michael Miller’s Petal Pinwheels – I’m on the last edge of bingding!!! I MAY have a quilting issue in the middle though that I MAY be going in to fix….

5. Bunting for my niece’s baby shower Done! Love it!

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6. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap – the wheels are turning….

7. Carey’s neice’s quilt – I’m binding! I’ll blog this one as a finish soon – promise!

8. Baby Gifts for 2 *surprises* – waiting for inspiration to strike….

9. SMQG July Challenge – Modern Borders – see number 10.

10. Boris’s birthday quilt – I have fabric pulled; I decided to go with the blues and browns.

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I need to decide on a direction for this quilt, and it will likely have a modern border so I can use it as the SMQG July challenge. 2 tasks complete, 1 quilt. You can’t really blame me!

11. do. Good Stitches quilt from March – no progress.

12. Sewing Tote for Quilt Con – we may have chosen a pattern! But I’m going to save this for a reveal in a few months!!! Eeeekk!!! Ya…. nerdy excitement level…

13. Lily’s bedroom quilt – sadly, no progress.

14. Bunting for Lily’s bedroom – ditto.

15. Sew Together Bag – no progress.

Autumn
16. Mod Improv Quilt from May 2014
17. Megan’s Mom’s Quilt
18. Sewing Circle Tote
19. Modern Blocks QAL
20. Christmas table topper
21. Mariner’s Star
22. Lucky Stars Blocks
23. Simply Solids Quilt from December 2013

I also made 2 pots of homemade soup today and a batch of grain free muffins! AND spent 2 hours working in the garden! What a super day! I hope you all enjoyed your day as much as I did 🙂

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WIP Wednesday

When I first laid eyes on Petal Pinwheels I immediately fell in love. It is such a bright and whimsical line and it reminds me of springtime and blossoming gardens. Imagine my excitement when it was announced as the fabric line for the 2014 MQG fabric challenge! I was over the moon!!! Then came the tough part. What to do with it?

Seeing as how I love the fabric so much, the easy part was deciding to make something for me. Check. On my “to make” list is a deck quilt for myself. And I had the perfect quilt in mind! While visiting the quilt show in Regina, Sk earlier this month, I had purchased a quick curve ruler and the Metro Rings quilt pattern. Bingo! A match made in fabric heaven!!

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So I got to cutting, and sewing, and cutting curves, and more curves…. And even more curves…. I’m pretty good at cutting curves now!

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There we go! All ready for assembly!

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It turns out that piecing curves is waaaaaay easier with a quarter inch guide on. Who knew?

Eventually I got to the layout stage. I think I’ve sent Jaclyn 17 different photos of different layouts, asking for her opinion. She’s really good at humouring me! You see, I have decided not to completely stick to the pattern with this one. I have a vision for this quilt that I’ll save for the final reveal.

So for now, I’ll continue to trim these blocks…

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What are you working on this week?