MCM #35 – Writing, Testing, Editing

Happy Monday! Last week was a productive week in the sewing room and I’m pretty happy about that. I don’t have a lot of pics of my work to show just yet, but they are coming soon.

Friday was what I call “found time.” I had plans for the day that ended up being changed. Since I was planning on being gone all day anyway, I decided to spend the day in my sewing room and block out the rest of the world. I didn’t think about laundry or housework or the garden – I just sewed. ALL DAY! I didn’t let anyone know my plans were changed and I was home; I didn’t even make dinner for hubby. {gasp!} I know, right? We ate sandwiches from Subway so there was no clean-up. It was a pretty glorious day! 🙂

I finished writing the new pattern I’m working on, pieced the quilt top and the back, and am now editing the pattern. The edits should be finished this week. This is always the fun part – making sure the pattern is as close to perfect as it can be and taking the final pictures of the quilt, which will be used on the cover of the pattern.

Yesterday I worked on the back. I really wanted to use this architextures print I had in my stash, but there wasn’t enough of it. (Note to self: Buy more yardage of fabrics to use in backs.)

Carolyn Friedlander Architextures for BackingSo, I used the leftover pieces of the Grunge fat quarter bundle and made a panel for the center of the back.

Basic Grey Grunge Panel

When I put the Grunge and the Architextures together, I was so pleased with the look. It’s going to be a fun back for this quilt.

Today I’ll get the top basted, but I’m not sure I’ll get started on the quilting. It’s paperwork day – do any of you hate paperwork day as much as me?? Bleh! And I’m not even sure how I want to quilt the top, so I’ll have to ponder that. While I’m pondering, let’s check in with all the posts that were linked up last week. Did you get to visit many of them?

Susan of Quilt Fabrication finished this fun baby quilt she calls Licorice Medley. I love those Grunge squares she used in her blocks….we are both thinking grungy thoughts lately! 🙂

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Photo by Susan of Quilt Fabrication

Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist is creating an underwater turtle quilt. Just look at the way she is creating the watery background for the turtle. I’m looking forward to seeing this one finished!

Photo by Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Photo by Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist

Melanie of 1000 Needles is making progress on her Christmas quilting already! I am so impressed that Melanie publishes her To Do list each week as well as her progress on each project. She accomplishes so much! I’m a list maker myself, but I never publish it. I wonder if I shared my list if that would help me get more done? Hmmm….

Photo by Melanie of 1000 Needles

Photo by Melanie of 1000 Needles

Now it’s your turn to share what you are crushing on for this week’s Main Crush Monday. Your crush can be anything sewing/quilting/fabric related. 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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11 Responses to MCM #35 – Writing, Testing, Editing

  1. dezertsuz says:

    What fun your grunge fabrics have made. I’ve been using some of Painter’s Canvas, which I like just a little better, but either of them gives those terrific results. Congratulations on your pattern finish! I hope you soon have another day free to play in the sewing room!

  2. Susan says:

    Love Grunge! Has such a wonderful, subtle texture. And thanks for featuring Licorice Medley!

  3. I do this too, I call them hideout days. I don’t tell anyone that I am home, I don’t answer the phone until evening. Those are wonderful days, with all day to sew!

  4. Sandra says:

    I need more of those days here! You were smart to block the world (including making supper) and be in your sewing room all day. I am excited to see your new pattern; love the Grunge line and the sneak peeks from last post are tantalizing!

  5. Tish says:

    Congrats on almost being done with the pattern! It’s almost party time 🙂 I need to somehow sneak in one of those sewing days.

  6. Jayne says:

    Usually plans change where you can’t quilt all day! Good for you taking the day for yourself! I’m very anxious to see your finished quilt…the build up is killing me!

  7. Kathi Riemer says:

    What a fun, found day! I agree with you, paperwork, blah!

  8. Lisa says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing your pattern Beth. How wonderful to have an entire day where you could focus on sewing. My none working days have been filled with activity lately which although fun make it hard to finish anything.

  9. Melanie says:

    Love the grunge fabric! Thanks for featuring me! I like to think I get more done by posting my to do list. 🙂 But I love lists and crossing things off when I get done with something so … I think I’m more clear about what I need to do online. My written lists usually don’t say exactly what I have to do but just name the project I’m working on. Have a great week! 🙂 I need to have a paperwork day too. I tend to procrastinate on those and right now, it’s piled up!

  10. Kate says:

    Found sewing room days are the best. Looking forward to seeing the new quilt.

  11. Congratulations for getting the tricky pattern written nod for making the most out of a found day. It sounds delightful and productive!

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