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Friday, February 12, 2016

Todo List checkin - Mid February

At the end of December I had a todo list that I wanted to work on for this year.  Its here.  Six weeks in and I have made progress. 

Quilting:

1.  In January we went and quilted twice so two quilts have moved to the completed tab of my spreadsheet.  (there's a empty version of it on google drive here ) The schedule doesn't work to get out again in February but I have an appointment booked for March.  Last Sunday Karen and I measured the tops of Mom's that are at my house and sorted them into to all over, custom, top needs finishing and needs hand quilting.  I still think there are some tops up at Dad's but we'll start with these ones.  Tomorrow I'm going to get some backing fabric for some of those tops and some of my own so I have backing ready.




2.  The 365 quilt is going well.  I've completed up to Feb 10th so am keeping up with each week.  A few blocks last week were working with very tiny half square triangles and I was reminded why I never did a Dear Jane quilt.  Hopefully there aren't too more of the really tiny ones to challenge me.  :)



3.  The Love Entwined did get back in my purse for a bit but all it did was ride around in there.  I did work on it during the January and February guild meetings but haven't done any lunch time stitching.  Still a bit done is better than none.

4/5/6 Havent touched the guild workshop samples, one block wonder or the common bride quilts yet this year other than to move them out of my way.

7.  The outreach quilt tops got completed and returned.  I made a mistake and did something else with one of the kits.  I'm not sure she was happy but with some borders it should work.  The kit needed borders anyway.

Photography:

1.  So far I'm keeping up with the photo class.  It was funny because the "basic" edit he taught seemed strange when I watched the video.  Then I tried it on one of the photos I took in Exeter last summer.  Big difference.  I ended up replacing a photo of the photos in the blurb book I was working on with photos edited with his suggestion.  The books came last week and I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

For Karen, Dad and me
Original
With basic edits!




2.  Cleaning up my photos is proceeding in tiny steps.  I cleaned up January 2016 and December 2015.  Trying to clean February as I go and then work on a month from last year.

I moved a bunch of things off the cutting table onto Grandma's old sewing table so I could trim the first quilt that I quilted in January.  Rather than move everything back onto the table I've been slowly working my way down the stack(s).  A top from a guild workshop a while a go got done and ready for quilting.  Its a table topper and not on the list of workshop samples since I'd forgotten about it until I started sorting the pile.  Also got the insulation batting made into thermos and water bottle covers.  Two more thermos to go although I think there's only enough for one of them. 

Stack of stuff off the cutting table
Workshop top ready to be quilted


Thermos covers.  The lid for the tall one needed modifications
So progressing well!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Still Stitching and Photos for the class so far

I'm still stitching and still keeping up with the 365 Challenge Quilt The last photos I showed were the blue ones for week 2.  I finished week 3 last Wednesday which was 1 blue and 6 purple.  Last night I worked on the week 4 blocks and was up to date until this morning's email came.  Week for will be 2 purple and 5 red.
 
On the weekend I went back to Whirls n' Swirls and quilted the Red and White Chunk of the Month quilt that was the guild BOM in 2013/4.

 Its still sitting folded up on the end of the ironing board waiting for me to trim and bind it.  The delay is deciding what to use as a binding.  When I got home on Saturday, I pulled a red, a white and then some white with red and red with white prints and laid them along the edge.  Took a photo of the possibilities and am debating.

The prints wouldn't be the ones I use because I don't have enough of those but it gives a general idea of what the possibilities are. I'm still leaning towards either all white since thats the majority of the background or maybe red to act as a frame.

I have been getting photos taken for the photography class.  The first week was about selective focus.  Something I love to do.  The rules are no using old photos.  You have to take the photo after reading the lesson.  At first I had problems getting the photo as I didn't have enough depth in my setup for it to work.  I was going to use some stuffed animals my Grandmother made.  When that didn't work, I tried random shots in my living room but decided I really didn't want to share the clutter :)  Then I noticed my poor ignored cornet and music stand.  I needed to practice so took its picture and that worked really well although it didn't do much for practice time.
 

The second week was about using line for composition and week three was windows/doors and a bit of editing.  I really wanted to use an old window/door photo as I wasn't going anywhere with interesting doors during the week.  Sunday was just bright enough to make the tree reflect in my windows so I used that.  This week is about getting a tack sharp image (the opposite of week 1).  I seriously considering redoing the cornet photo.  (Its not as ignored lately.)
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Friday, January 15, 2016

365 Week 2

Wednesday evening I got this weeks blocks made for the 365 challenge. In a "we are here" post, she let us know that there are 96 blocks to be made for this dark border. I'm going to work in groups of 8 and do a rainbow. First 8 are green and second 8 are blue. Next up is Purple. After the 6 colours I'll do 6 pairs of colours.



Last night I went downstairs to get some orange scraps for Karen for her 365 challenge blocks. On Sunday when I wanted to trim the quilt to add the binding, I had to move stuff off the cutting table and piled it onto a small table. I looked at the stack last night and thought I should start sorting through it and find homes for things.
Still waiting to be sorted

A few things got put away then I found the table runner from a Guild workshop in February 2014 with Judy Cotter on Celtic quilting. It wanted some borders so I looked at the fabrics I had used in the centre and decided which ones would go where. There wasn't a lot of the colours left but there was just enough to border it and to make a binding. I'll need to plan putting this binding on because there are more joins in it than I care for

Ready for quilting
binding and small piece of left over fabric Just in case! 
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