Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back to QAL Work We Go

Time for a bit of a project update and what I've been up to.  I have a ton going on at work, leading a system conversion from a very archaic computer system to a much better Window based platform, so when I get home in the evenings and weekends, I'm ready to unwind and not think about work.

Above is a look at my cut pieces for the Magnolia Mystery Quilt going on now over at Meadow Mist Designs.  If you have not participated in one of Cheryl's mystery quilt alongs before, I HIGHLY encourage you to hop over there and check it out.

It's been a week or two since I have caught up on the QAL's I'm participating in, so this past week was spent mainly catching up on those.

Oh, deer, just look at that moose under the mistletoe!  The moose and deer blocks caught me up on Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilt's Have A Jolly Little Christmas Quilt.  I just realized as I'm typing this, the last block will be given to us this weekend.  Could we have a quilt finish before Christmas 2017???  I think we just might.

Next up, was the The Double Star Block in Cindy at Stitchin At Home's Medallion Quilt BOM.  I am really loving me some purple and green with this quilt.

Goodnight Moon is the next block in Pat Sloan's The Children's Library BOM.  Only two more to go and this extremely fun QAL will be coming to an end as well.  I had hoped to finish up the Aurifil BOM and show you as well, but we are not currently on speaking terms at the moment.  It is packed full of applique and at the moment, my head just isn't in that game.

Taking a break from the piecing scene, David and I borrowed my mom's garage for a basting quilt session.

We were able to baste four smaller quilts, all currently waiting for me to pick them up and quilt them.

Here is a picture of David and his Poodle Quilt.  While scrolling through Instagram, he ran across Sue at Seven Oak Street Quilt's Poodle block she made for hive queen Karen at Tu-Na Quilts.  Loving all things of the 50's; 57 Chevys, girls in poodle skirts, you get my drift.  He decided to super size the block, change the piecing up a bit and create his own throw back to the 50's with some recent fabric purchases.  I'm thinking that negative space is screaming for some fun flow quilting.  What do you think?

Even after all that was finished last weekend, I snuck in some cutting time, to cut out a quilt for my daughter's 17th birthday.  I'm pretty sure she doesn't read my blog, but just incase she does, I won't let the cat out of the bag quite yet on what it is, but it is another one of Lorna's wonderful creations.  Do I have a Sew Fresh Quilts pattern obsession?  Hmmm?

I think I have confessed before, I'm a cluttered mess.  I'm an OCD person's nightmare...ask David.  However, there comes a point about every 3-6 months I can't take it anymore; the stash starts stacking up (from growth or laziness), the sewing space becomes cluttered...I have to clean it up.

So in keeping it real here on the blog (because I keep telling myself I'm not the only one who is like this), I pulled out my fabric totes to "file" the fabrics in there correct bins.

It became clear pretty quick like, that the fabric wasn't going to fit in their respective bins.  AHHHHH.

But Caroline tried to convince me everything was okay, because she fit in this newly almost empty bin...sigh.

So after several go rounds in my head I opted to purchase three more fabric bins and do the fabric shuffle.  My whites, blues and reds are in the biggest of the totes (how patriotic of me) and everything else fell in line.  So the stash is back under control and arranged in the back room.  The cats, bless their hearts, love fabric shuffle time, because the living room is transformed into a kitten playground.

I am feeling more grounded now and believe I can create once again.  I've come to the realization that with two serious quilters in the house, something must be done.  Quilting has taken over the house.  If that sounds like a daydream, trust me it's not.  There is talk about converting our porch into a sunroom/quilting room.  I do love my porch, however, we don't use it.  Why?  Because I'm inside quilting!  This would allow us to have a dedicated room for quilting and let the dinning room be a dinning room (since I'm now cooking again, thank you Instant Pot), the spare bedroom be a bedroom and the breakfast nook be...well something other than home to my Sweet Sixteen.  But, we shall see.  A girl can always dream


Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I am always amazed at everything you keep up with, Tish. I definitely think that the poodle quilt needs some fun flow quilting. I'm actually kind of think I would look at old LP records for some motif inspiration, too. :) I know what you mean about feeling like you can create again. Sometimes a good shuffle and reorganization can really help me feel centered. Also, good luck with the change over at work; I hope it goes as smoothly as possible and you can find home and quilting fun as needed!

Sarah@123quilt said...

Wow! You have a lot going on! Your projects look like a lot of fun though. :)

Cheryl said...

Great works in progress, I love the mystery quilt fabrics you used.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

So many projects, you do great to keep up with them all. Lovely fabrics for your mystery quilt.

Paige said...

You've made great progress! Fabric and blocks look great!

Janice Holton said...

Wow! You work AND get all that quilting done too? AND you just did a fabric reshuffle on top of all that? I like the "keepin' it real" photo. Yes, you are not alone. After two or three fabric pulls for projects things in my sewing room look pretty chaotic and I have to stop and put everything away before I can get anything else done. Even though I'm not OCD, it does drive me nutty if I go too long without a put away session. My daughter who IS OCD doesn't like coming into my quilt room very often. hee! hee!

Stitchin At Home said...

Purple and green a winner. Yes! Some flow quilting in David's poodle would look great.

Lisa J. said...

I think I am a lot like you Trish. I make a terrible mess and then every once in a while I go nuts and try and clean it all up.

Ruth said...

They look like they were having fun in your fabric baskets! Great poodle. I have to psych myself up for basting, usually with a movie going on in the background!

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Emily said...

Love Dave's poodle! Your moose and deer are fabulous; I think I might go back and make some of the blocks from that QAL at some point. Can't wait to see which of Lorna's fabulous designs you picked for your daughter!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I have a lot of QAL catching up to do. And my room currently is a cluttered mess. Need to get it tidied up.

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