MCM #101 – Weekend Projects

Okay, we’re already a week into 2018 and so far things are going my way. I have been able to spend time in my sewing room working on projects I want to work on. That rejuvenates my creative side, and helps keep me calm. Do any of you feel that way?

Now that the holiday slow down is over business has picked up. As of today I have nine customer quilts that need to get quilted. So Freddie Fusion and I will be spending a lot of time together! That is always fun.

For the past several days I’ve been busy working on an embroidery project for a local bank. You might remember I bought an embroidery machine in November. It was not (and is not) my intention to take on commercial embroidery projects. But this one came along unexpectedly and is for my sister, so how could I say no? (My number one, two, and three goals for 2018 is to learn to say ‘NO’. I’m gonna have trouble making those goals!) šŸ™‚

Anyway, this project has been keeping me busy and I’m really enjoying it. I’m not going to show any pictures because these items are for the employees and they won’t receive them until tonight.

What I can show you is the progress I’m making on the HST project. While the embroidery machine is working away on its design, I’m sitting at my sewing machine stitching blocks together. Hooray! A two-fer project! It’s been incredibly fun to work on two things at once AND feel like I’m making good progress on both.

HST Blocks

Those blocks are now rows. With this kind of progress, this quilt might not take me as long as I originally thought!

Center rows of shark quiltIf you look closely you can see I veered off the original design a bit. I was going to put a sashing strip in between the top and bottom sections of the HST blocks, which would split the blocks and make the quilt a bit longer. But IĀ really didn’t want to order more fabric. After all, I started with 2 free charm packs. I have a half yard of the grunge and I’m hoping it will be enough to add all the strips I want. I know, I could do the math and know for sure but where’s the fun in that? I think I’ll just be surprised…

Here’s what the original layout looked like:

HST QuiltHopefully I’ll get to work on this quilt again later in the week.

I also have an update on the bird quilt. Leslie bought the backing fabric last week, so it will be ready to go on the longarm later this week. I have two to finish before this one, so I better get to stitching! She chose a lovely green print that complements the pieced front beautifully.

Thanks for all your suggestions on quilting designs. I’m going to sketch out a couple before we decide on one. I’ll keep you updated.

These projects are what I’m crushing on this week, now it’s time for you to share yours. I hope you’ll join the party! I love to see what everyone is working on. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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23 Responses to MCM #101 – Weekend Projects

  1. OOh! I like I like a lot!

  2. Your HST quilt is looking great! I just found an unopened HST die for my GO! Baby die cutter when I was cleaning up the studio the other day. I’m looking forward to shopping up my scraps into triangles and sewing them back together again! Also looking forward to seeing how you quilt your delightful birdie quilt. Thanks for hosting the linky.

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  6. Marti says:

    I love the colors in your quilt. It is going to be a beauty. Your grunge looks like linen on my computer. Where did you get it? (if you don’t mind sharing that) Thanks for hosting!

  7. Helen Glover says:

    That background is perfect. Really sets off the colors in the block. Remember to let me know if you find out anything about the bird panel you used. I would love to make me one of these! Thanks! Stay warm!

  8. Your comment about not doing the math made me laugh! I do that all the time, wait until near the end then figure out if the current path is going to end up with juuuuuuust enough of one of the fabrics. It’s a game of Fabric Chicken!

    That grunge background works really nicely with the charm packs. Grunge is just so great as a blender, I wish it went on better sales.

  9. Susan says:

    It takes a lot of discipline to say No. But the result is that you spend time on things that you enjoy!

  10. Tish says:

    You are on a productivity streak and I love it šŸ™‚ Your charm quilt is coming right along. You’ll have it all finished up in no time. Hope you are staying warm, my friend. The snow is falling heavy, thick and wet 2hrs away.

  11. Kaja says:

    You really are starting the year well – long may it continue.

  12. Ha! I can so respect your decision not to do the math and just see what happens with your HST project. Looking forward to seeing more!

  13. It’s wonderful to hear your year is getting started so well, Beth. I hope you have an awesome week!

  14. Jayne says:

    Progress is always fun and so rewarding! Saying NO is so hard. I think it takes a lot of practice and dedication!!

  15. Look at you go! Yep – Pieceing and being creative rejuvenates me too! Ready to start in on the Client quilts today too!

  16. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I had to giggle at your math comment. Yes, you could have done the math but what fun is that?! Better to be surprised. I seem to run with that modus operandi all the time; hence the having to order fabric to finish my Evening Star quilt. ~roll eyes~ I sure do like how your HSTs are coming together – I really LOVE all the fabrics. Congrats on having nine quilts to work on already. I guess everyone had some sewing time over the holidays! ~smile~ Roseanne

  17. Karen says:

    that is an interesting looking quilt – I like it

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  19. So glad you’ve been able to do some quilting for yourself. Your HST project is really looking good and will be a beautiful quilt when it’s done! I agree that learning to say no is a difficult thing; I’m a people pleaser, so it’s easier for me to say yes, but inevitably I get overwhelmed. I’m slowly learning that it’s okay to be choosey about what I want to do.

  20. kaholly says:

    Looks as though your new year is off to a great start!

  21. Kate says:

    It has to be hard to decide when to do your own sewing and when to work on the “commerecial” side of your sewing room. Glad you got in some “me time” stitching. The HST quilt looks great. Hope you get in more fun stitching time this week.

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  23. Now that’s what I call an uber productive day! šŸ™‚ It will be fun to see what your secret project is that you’re working on.

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