Monday, September 27, 2010

Design Wall Monday

It's Monday night and I haven't posted anything yet. I debated not posting but quickly reminded myself that it is way too easy to just say "I won't post this week because it's so late. I'll be sure to post next week." Well, as you can tell from my stash report yesterday, one week quickly turns into four weeks!

So, here's what's on my design wall......THREADS!!!

Now, this is what I wish was on my design wall....

Or maybe this......

I have a couple of T-shirt quilts that I need to get done, along with a couple of memory quilts and I had hoped to have them ready to work on today but I had to work extra hours - again.
Maybe tomorrow.......

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls by going to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stash Report - Week 39

Wow, the time sure has flown by this month and after looking at my numbers, I realize that more fabric has flown into my stash than out of it! I also see that I've dipped under the 100 yards net used for the year. UGHHHH

Ok, now I'm going to do some justifying here so please indulge me for just a bit.

1. I've been working almost double the hours that I normally work and sewing time has been scarce.
2. I've had a lot of embroidery orders lately. It's amazing how true the saying "when it rains it pours" really is. I went almost 31/2 months without more than one order at a time and a total of 3 for that entire time, but I've had  11 orders in the last 3 weeks, including 3 at a time, twice. Since these are usually time-sensitive (needed for funerals) they take priority and everything else gets put on hold. Often these don't have a lot of embroidery (names, birth and death dates, etc.) but a couple of these later ones have been quite a bit more extensive. I've put the Lord's Prayer on one and the Irish Blessing on another one. If I'm embroidering a casket scarf, I have to take the pre-made scarf apart, embroider it and then restitch it. It's time consuming but worth it.
3. I was out of town for a week and very little sewing got done (just a bit of hexagon piecing), but some shopping did.
4. There was a quilt show this past weekend (Quilting with Machines) and I was there helping/shopping Wednesday - Saturday. I'm just thankful that I didn't decide to keep a report of my thread and notions purchases this year!!

Ok, after typing out my justifications excuses, I've decided that I would've felt guilty buying what I did if I hadn't worked the extra hours or done the embroidery. Besides, most of what I bought is for projects on which I'm already working. Also, I realize that this report is 4 weeks worth of buying/using so I've decided that it's not bad at all. See there - no more guilt!   

Here's the 4 week report:

Fabric Used These 4 Weeks: 1.875 yards

Fabric Used to Date: 215.875 yards

Fabric Added These 4 Weeks: 14.00 yards

Fabric Added to Date: 119.75 yards

Net Fabric Used for 2010: 96.125 yards

Check out the stash reports of other quilters at Judy L.'s Patchwork Times blog.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, as life and poor timely have gotten in the way. I've been away for the past week (more on that later) and I'm trying to play "catch up." Anyway, here is what's on my design wall...

Why a bra? Well, I'm one of the organizers for our local Bras for a Cause and I have yet to decorate my bra! This is a really fun event and it sure gets the creative juices flowing. I really want to make my bra quilt-related, but I'm kind of stuck on what to do. Of course, when I hung the bra on the design wall almost two weeks ago, I just assumed that inspiration would strike and the bra would magically decorate itself. Yeah, I'm still waiting for that to happen......

Often, the bras have a fun name (just like quilts), like "Mardi Bra", "Rhinestone Cowgirls," etc. Who has suggestions? I sure could use some help. Better yet, you come up with the title, decorate the bra and submit it. I'll be so busy with the entries that I won't have time to do my own. :-) I'd even be really thrilled for you if you won! Really, anyone can enter. As a matter of fact, my sister is sending one from Marysville, Washington. Don't worry, the winner is chosen by popular vote - not me. :-)

Check out the link to Girls' Night Out/Bras for a Cause and follow the "Bras" tabs to view pictures of last years 47 bra entries. I was really excited about last years entries, especially since it was only our first year. It kind of makes it a challenge to come up with something unique, doesn't it?

Check out what others have on their design walls by going to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Desire vs. Reality

I really want to be this happy.....

or this content.....

But this is how I really feel....

Is that really a monkey on my back....uhhh I mean stomach?