Monday, September 2, 2013

September updates

I finally mounted my Farmer's Wife Quilt onto the Megaquilter frame in preparation for quilting.  That's the eggshell thread I will need to wind several dozen bobbins of, and there is just barely enough of the backing ... there better not be any shifting as I go along.  But I've been meaning to load this up and finally got around to it.  There will need to be lots of free-form feathers, but I think if I take it a bit at a time it's doable.
Here's what's on the design wall at the moment.  A few more string diamonds and 3 Lord of the Rings paper-pieced blocks for the Not All Who Wander Are Lost quilt.
#3, Weathertop is the most recently completed.  I'm having fun finding appropriate fabrics in my stash, and I love the gray runic circles on this fabric I used -- it looks exactly like ancient weathered stone.  There was some amazingly intricate piecing in those arches, although this isn't the best picture.  Fortunately the beauty of paper-piecing is that it is nearly fool-proof as long as your fabric piece covers the necessary area.  It makes it possible to do very intricate work accurately.

Stash Report:

Fabric:
Fabric used this week: 3.5 yards (extra-wide) for backing Farmer's Wife
Fabric used year to date: 53 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 49 yards
Net used for 2013: 4 yards
Knitting yarn:
Yarn used this week: 0 yards (2 knitting projects about 70% done)
Yarn used year to date: 6550 yards.
Yarn added this week: 0 yards (still have some to ply, skein and measure soon)
Yarn added year to date: 5800 yards
Net used for 2013: 750 yards

So how did I do on my goals for August?  Not so great:
  1. Mount and begin quilting the Farmer's Wife quilt.  I want each little block to be beautifully quilted, so this will be a longer-term project. Mounted but not begun.
  2. Complete Country Stars top. Done
  3. randomly chosen from my list of 2013 goals: #4, the 3/4 bag kit. Nope
  4. Finish the Rosalind sweater. Nope
I do qualify for a bonus point for organizing my fabric, although the entire sewing area is only just passable and I started digging into my fabric again so it's no longer organized.  Still, better and more fun to spend time there than it was, as evidenced by the fact that I started two new quilt projects.

Goals for September:

  1. 33% progress on quilting Farmer's Wife
  2. Sew a bag - any of the three on my UFO list
  3. Make significant progress on either NAWWAL or the String Star
  4. Finish the Rosalind Sweater
I will award myself bonus points for any other completed knitting project, hand applique blocks, multiple boxer shorts, or a felted wool blanket.  I like having a wide variety of possibilities, hence the bonus points.  I can never predict in any given month where my whimsy will take me.

A big thank-you to Judy L. for hosting all these link-ups to keep me accountable!

1 comment:

desertskyquilts said...

At least you got some of your August goals met. I'm looking forward to seeing Sept. progress on your Farmer's Wife! Feathers were my favorite thing to quilt when I had a longarm. Still would be if I still had one. =)