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Friday, March 21, 2014

And the project planning continues

I should unsubscribe from all the emails I get if I really don't want to continue buying more stash, LOL.

This time it is yarn. I just ordered enough light celery green skeins (the color is actually named "ginger") and a cream ("natural") accent skein to make my most ambitious crochet project yet - a sweater!



I am confident in my crochet skills that the pattern itself should not pose any problems. Where I lack any experience, however, is with the shaping and seaming into a garment. I have looked at the pattern, though, and it appears to be fairly straightforward. I WILL do a gauge swatch for this, because it's so much more important for a sweater than an afghan. :)

The V-neck tunic pattern is free on Yarnspirations.com (formerly known as Bernat.com).

Monday, March 17, 2014

Last expected stash mail for a bit

And here it is - Tula Pink's Fox Field. I am in love. The photo does not do it justice (and taking with my left hand, it's a little blurry). I can't wait to put it with the other Tula fabrics and then make something! :)


And I also received Sunset Kona Roll-Up. I thought I'd show it off with my newest polish acquisitions, since they complement each other so nicely. Mom and Dad took me out to dinner while CC was out of town and we drove over to the Ulta store. I picked up a couple on clearance and another I just had to have.


Doing a lot of reading lately, catching up on some that I've had waiting in my to-be-read collection on my Kindle. More than ever, I appreciate the convenience of having a variety of books ready to read in one small, lightweight device (and the ability to download new ones any time of day or night). Sometimes I might grouse about technology, but never about my Kindle and the wi-fi/3G downloads of books!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Tula Pink stash

Late Saturday I received another package I had ordered of Tula Pink stash. I was not sure just what would comprise the stash, and was just really hoping I wouldn't have too many duplicates of the Acacia and Birds and the Bees fabrics that I had just received. I did have a few duplicates, but was very pleased with what I got. For the record, I ordered the City Sampler starter kit (32 fat-eighths of a variety of Tula Pink fabrics) and the super charm pack of 100 5-inch squares from I Heart Tula Pink. There were 50 fabrics in the 5-inch squares pack, 2 of each.


Collections, top row, left to right:
Acacia, Salt Water, The Birds and the Bees, one fat eighth from Nightshade, Prince Charming, Parisville, Plume, Hushabye
Bottom row (starts in the middle), left to right:
Nest, Flutterby, and Full Moon Forest

Honestly, I did not expect much from the older collections, and was quite pleased to see so many from them. I will have a very nice variety when I start a couple of new quilts that I plan to make with these, City Sampler and Peaks and Valleys.

I was showing CC my Pinterest page of Cool Quilts, and he has picked another one to be his "next" quilt. It is a gorgeous shaded pineapple quilt that was shown at Paducah AQS in 2009. I believe the photo shows it to be by Kathy Wilson, entitled "Tropical Gradation", but I'm not totally sure because it's hard to read the photo.

And the sewing room is unpacked!

Disclaimer: tons of thanks to my family and dear friend Sallie for making this possible. Without their help, this would not have been possible until weeks, possibly months from now.

After Dad got the brachets screwed into the wall, CC put my shelves up on Saturday. I wasn't 100% sure the height I wanted between them, so it took a few rounds, and we finally got to this.


On Sunday, a few boxes were unpacked and put up, and we he moved the plastic containers to the shelves


On Monday, Sallie came by and unpacked the rest of my boxes and helped me organize the contents on the rest of the shelves and in the closet (closet not shown)


When I stepped back, I realized I had under-utilized space on the right where my beads were. So they were moved over to the far left and the crochet project container was moved into the space on the right with another couple of containers on top.


At first I believed that I wanted my ironing board between my two sewing machines.


But the use of space was not ideal, and I didn't like the way it stuck out into the middle of the room after all. So with my mom's help last night, we she moved the ironing board to the left of the Pfaff, and moved the Pfaff closer to the Bernina. Eventually the wall behind the ironing board will house my design wall.




The Sizzix sits on its own wall now, instead of in front of the design wall.


Just to the right of my shelving, I have a freestanding skinny shelf unit for a few more binders, sewing machine manuals, some quilting DVDs, and some odds and ends.


Where the Artbin satchels and other project boxes now sit in a heap next to the skinny shelving unit will go the 3 satchel cubes (stacked) I bought on sale (updated to add new photo showing them).


And currently my cutting table is just in front of my Sizzix. It will likely move around as needed once I can actually get in and start using the room again. At the moment, Fall Frolic (ready to quilt), Jared Takes a Wife (ready to bind), and the Calendar Baskets Wallhanging are perched on it, along with a small throw pillow.


It gives me a sense of peace just knowing that room is completely unpacked and ready for me when I get to be ready for it again.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Solids

I just received these Kona solids Roll-Ups this morning, and had to see them with my Tula fabrics. Looking good! These are Summer 13 and Sunrise. I have one more roll-up on the way, and it should be here Monday (Sunset).

Friday, March 07, 2014

My dad is da bomb

Knowing me as he does, and having gone through a shoulder surgery himself not long ago, he called today to see if there was anything I needed to help me get my sewing room ready to unpack and organize. I was just thinking today that the thing that would most help is having my shelving up on my new wall. :)

So, he came over this afternoon, and set to work! He knows that I can't do much yet, but having the opportunity to unpack a box and begin organizing it will help me from going absolutely stir crazy. I know I've said it before, but he is the best dad in the world.

Stash enhancement - Tula Pink

While I am convalescing and can't quilt, I CAN plan! Here are the first fabrics of my latest stash enhancement excursion, which arrived on Wednesday. The first is from Tula Pink's The Birds and the Bees line. I would love to have some additional fabrics from this line, but I prefer fat quarters, and those are getting harder to find. I ended up choosing just a few and bought half-yards.


These next fabrics are from her Acacia line. Now, I have to be honest. When this line first came out, I thought the little raccoons were creepy. But they have really grown on me, and I had to have some in each color. I got FQ bundles of the bottom two colorways, and half-yard cuts of the top selections, since that FQ bundle colorway was out of stock. I also got a charm pack for hexie-making.


I have at least two quilts I am thinking of doing with these and upcoming fabric shipments, so stay tuned!

Monday, March 03, 2014

First PT appointment

Today was my first physical therapy appointment, which went pretty well, after we finally managed to get there. We had an ice storm of sorts overnight, so the streets were more than a little slippery.

I have a new slate of exercises / stretches do multiple times a day for range of motion. One of them involves sitting with my arms on top of a table and rolling back to stretch the shoulder gently. I found the perfect place to do them at home - at my Bernina sewing desk. Not only is it the perfect height, but it helps me focus on the end goal, getting back to quilting! As I do the stretches, I can dream about all of the quilting I will get back to doing someday soon.

And getting better at free-motion quilting is one of my goals for this year. I really need to practice more, and intend to do just that in a few months. Until that time, I can dream about it. :)