Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Tale of Two Threads

Normally I buy thread at Joann. Usually Gutermann,  but only if it's on sale or  w/a coupon as the regular price for the big cotton spool (876 yd) is $7.79!  I read about Essential Quilting Thread from Connecting Threads  here and decided to try it. I had never ordered thread online...but I'm so glad I did! I know this sounds crazy...but it's true! Their 1200 yd spool of Satin finish, double mercerized, extra long staple, 100% cotton, size 50/3 thread is only $2.79 a spool!  And it fits standard sewing machine spindles!






AND they have colors galore! AND AND...a couple of weeks ago, they had oodles of colors on clearance for $1.67/spool!!  Needless to say...I bought some...a bunch. 



Total Score!  =)


 
A Thread for Life
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. Ps. 27:13-14 AMP

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More Progress and Yet Another Distraction!





I've got most of the columns pinned together and numbered. Once all are pinned, I'll start to sew them together.  This hexagon/kaleidoscope quilt really should be the only thing I'm working on since the challenge is to have it completed by December...but I'm hard headed and working on something else too. (I have M.P.D. remember?!)

I'm making this wall hanging  for my office...w/bolder colors of course.



This is my first attempt at applique. The instructions suggest a small blanket stitch. It will be done w/a machine...because I simply have no desire to hand applique. I'm scared of applique though and wondering if just using the fusible web will be enough. I mean, do I really have to sew around the edges?  I think it's coming along nicely though. What do you think?








A Thread for Life
I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph: 3:16-21 hcsb

Friday, October 18, 2013

Progress on Spring/Summer Quilt

I got all of the hexagon halves sewn together, pressed and on the design wall last week!!!

Here are a couple of pics. 

    First full draft.


Here's my final draft...however...I'm liking the look of my previous draft better...and I've already started sewing this together. =(  It just about takes up my entire design wall however it's going to shrink considerably when it's all sewn together. The borders are going to have to be substantial if this is going to be a king size. Hmmm....


Something I really shouldn't have been working on but the pattern was so cute and simple and I had this halloween fabric...I simply couldn't resist! Trick or treat bags for my grand kids and nephew. It's an Origami bag found on Whip Up Tutorials.  I plan on making a lined one for a friend's birthday next month. I will post the pic.


So that's all I have for today. 

Happy Quilting!

A Thread for Life
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 
Phil. 3: 12-14
Linked up at: Val's Quilting Studio

Monday, October 7, 2013

Challenge Pressure and those Darn Distractions!

At a Quilters Anonymous meeting in May 2013, one of the gals presented a UFO Groupie Challenge: Unfinished Objects(projects). The idea was to encourage and challenge members to complete unfinished projects by a particular date.  At our June meeting, anyone who wanted to participate brought a realistic list (sealed in an envelope) of unfinished projects they wanted to complete by December 2013.  Each month you check in to track your progress and at the end in December, read your goal and reveal your projects. At the time of the challenge I had no UFOs, so I made a list of projects I thought I could realistically complete by December.

Here's my list:
Hoffman Challenge Quilt
At least 1 Mondo Bag
2 Christmas Tree Skirts
King-size Spring/Summer quilt for my bed

I sew/quilt for at least 15 minutes every day (usually longer), so this list seemed very doable. Definitely something I could do in 6 months!  Had I stuck to the list it would've been smooth sailing.  Fast forward 4 months, and I'm starting to feel the pressure.The problem is, I've allowed myself to get distracted w/other quilt projects. I've completed most of the projects on my list but I haven't been diligently working on my biggest, most labor intensive project. Now I have to finish my king size quilt and 1 more tree skirt w/less than 2 months left in the challenge!  Thankfully, I did start working on the spring/summer quilt in August and have done a little here & there, but after our October meeting last week, I realized I've got to get serious about it!

Here are some pics of things on my list AND those darn distractions! Most of these pics are on my previous post.

Hoffman Challenge Quilt













Christmas Tree Skirt #1















Distraction#1(wip - only top done)















Distraction #2
















Distraction #3 (wip - only top done)

























Distraction #4















Spring/Summer Quilt Progress  

I worked on this Friday and Saturday nights and finished sewing the triangles together. 

This pile will yield about 50 hexagons. I now have to press all the the seems open and then pin the 2 halves together before I can put them on the design wall.  















This stack is pressed and pinned and waiting to be put up on the design wall.


I've got about 80 up on the design wall so far. Now this part may seem easy...but it's not. Here you've got to get all the hexagons to blend or flow together. I'm sure I'll be on this step for a couple of weeks, changing, rearranging and all that jazz. Once I get them all up the way I want them, I can start sewing strips together. It's going to be beautiful!!!



More progress to come.

Thanks for stopping by.

A Thread for Life
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.  We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 
Eph. 1:3-8 HCSB