Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Challenges and More Challenges

Thought I should keep you posted on my En Provence progress. And the progress on my APQ 2017 UFO Challenge and my local Quilt Chicks 2017 60 day Challenge. Whew, what is the deal with challenging myself.

To start with, I have not made much progress with my En Provence. I have about 20 more hourglass units in green, yellow and neutral to cut and sew. Then I can start to arrange on my design wall. I did have enough to lay out a preliminary block to see how it went together. I wasn't terribly excited, but really need to get it up on the wall so I can see several together. I love all the ones I am seeing on the Link Up page on Bonnie's blog.

My design wall is occupied at the moment with the January selection for  APQ 2017 UFO Challenge. Number 6 was chosen and that was a Crumb Quilt I had only had 36 blocks for. I posted about that here and here. Now I am sewing the rows together with 4 more to go. I may not get the top completed, I am debating about outside borders, but I will have made progress when January ends.

Quilt Chicks does a 60 day challenge. We turn in a list of 6 projects we hope to make progress on in the next year. 

A closer view of my list.

We also contribute $10. $4 of that amount stays in the pot, the other $6 can be earned back it we meet our challenge. We must bring the project for "show and tell" or at the least have sent a picture of it to our "list keeper" by it's due date. So last Sunday, Belle rolled the die and it landed on 5. That means the #5 on my list must be done by the  third Sunday in March. It is a Mondo Bag from QuiltSmart.

I received the pattern, the interfacing, a jelly roll and lining fabric in a gift exchange in May of 2016. The only progress I had made on it, was to read the instructions and cut apart the interfacing. As of today, I have gotten this much done.

Two sections of four needed to make the bag. 

208 2.5" squares cut from the jelly roll and placed onto the interfacing. There are 4 of these. Two are now pressed securely to the interfacing. Two more to go. Then cut lining pieces and fusible fleece and begin construction.

Also last night my F2F Book Club met, so there is that "challenge" The club's selection was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I had read it in January 2014. I had to go back and study up a bit. I did not have good character recall. I did remember that I like her writing. Most of my book club members did not like it and/or did not finish it. Our next read is The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens.  I have read this title too, but it was last August. So I remember it pretty well. Some have already started it and are enjoying it more than The Goldfinch.  At least I won't have that book calling my name in the next 4 weeks. I am reading on my own, Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson.

I should finish them both this month.

Until next time,
Stay busy and Stay Happy

Monday, January 9, 2017

Clues #6 and #7 En Provence and a change in plans.

Clue #6 was making hourglass blocks using 2 green, a light purple and a neutral.  It was going famously following Bonnie's laying out and cutting directions using her new Essential Triangle ruler. You get sets of four green, purple,green, neutral, sew the green and purple pair, then sew the green and neutral pair, then sew them to each other. What could be simpler? Right?  I really wanted scrappy and as few matching hourglass units as possible, so I started to mix up the pairs.

 OOPS.....cutting of two extra sets of green/neutral followed. Maybe you wondered how I did not get equal pairs. Well, some strips are shorter than others and so there were not always sets of four at all  times.

Then while waiting for Clue #7, I decided to work on my Crumb Quilt. I posted here, that I had planned on using black sashing and red cornerstones. Some strips were cut! But I really did not like it, it looked dark and uninteresting. So, I perused my stash and chose this lovely lime green, and I had enough yardage! Then what for cornerstones?  I am partial to green and purple. I have been cutting greens and purples for En Provence, so which purple?  I have a 1/4 yard of a dark purple that I bought for En Provence and then decided it wouldn't work.  So....

What do you think?   I like it!!

This is my design board and surrounding mess. I still need 3 more crumb blocks ( no problem, the scraps are multiplying in the "crumb bin". And I need to cut more cornerstones. But it is much brighter. You can see my tumbler rows hanging on the corner on the left. And my iPod for music and my "dammit doll" to the left of the tumblers. I post about the dammit doll some day soon.

Clue #7 and the layout reveal was published.  I had been making 1/2 the number of blocks that Bonnie said we needed. Her layout is 16 blocks. 8 doesn't work well, 2 blocks by 4 blocks is way to skinny, so I settled on 3X3 or 9 blocks. That means I will be going back to make enough 3.5 inch block to make the extra 15" block. That's OK. I have plenty of fabric and now lots more experience.

So I am cutting and sewing, green, yellow, green, neutral hourglass units this week. Nine sets of 3.5 inch yellow squares are complete and in the project box .

Many participants are DONE!  Oh, my!  I envy their progress and perseverance.  I am enjoying the journey and I will continue to work on En Provence. My goal is to use my scraps, have a great time and to get my other challenges done as well. I have a local quilt group challenge due every 60 days and I am participating in the AllPeopleQuilt UFO Challenge 201 that I wrote about here.

So every day I spend at least 10 minutes in my sewing room. Sometimes much longer. But slow and steady wins the race. My word for 2017 is "PATIENCE" and I intend to practice that. If you want to see all the progress everyone has made and view some amazing completions, check out this link. Or go to Bonnie's blog and link up there.

Stay Busy and Stay Happy