Sunday, February 24, 2013

Still working

I have been keeping up with my one hour per week of sewing, but not with the posting.  I wanted to update you all with my progress in the last several weeks!


I think I am down to 8 stars.  After that, I will start on the center blocks.  Perhaps this quilt will be done by the summer!


Hopefully new progress will be posted soon!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sewing, Papers, and Potpie

Another hour-a-week of sewing was dedicated to Acappella.  I love being able to sew again regularly and hope to keep this trend going. I have two new stars complete plus some pinwheel blocks.  After this photo was taken, I had 20 minutes to spare so I assembled a handful more.


After the sewing, it was a day of cooking (and cleaning, blech).  After making Arroz con Pollo, I started to prepare a family recipe.  Potpie is just a simple Pennsylvania dutch recipe that is typically made with any protein available (except for pork).  Today's protein was rabbit.  Do any of you eat rabbit?  It is sweet and delicious!  Here it is simmering...


I make the potpie noodles.


This is just a simple egg noodle.  I am not great with the rolling pin on these, so I use a pasta roller.  Here they are drying and waiting for their time in the pot!  This is a recipe that my grandmother made, and knowing it was going to be on the table made me so happy.  Some of my fondest memories are with my grandmother making her potpie.  I would watch her roll out the dough and I had the responsibility of cutting the squares and putting them in the pot.  Along with her cherry custard pie recipe (and quilting), it is one of the ways I honor her memory!

This week also marked my 90th day of Tapout XT.  It is an exercise program similar to P90X and Insanity.  I LOVE it and have put on a few pounds of muscle.  I had thought about putting an "after" picture up, but am not certain about that yet.  The thought of being googled and having that photo appearing is a bit insane.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hour-a-week: Week 2

Here are the fruits of my labor.  I have completed a few more stars for Acappella!


What have you been working on this week?

Happy sewing!
-N

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Acappella

I love Jamie's blog, L'Fair Quilts.  She has such beautiful imagination and designs many wonderful quilts.  A few of them are now for sale with Black Cat Creations.  A year ago, she sent me one of her new patterns, knowing how much I loved it.  I knew I wanted to make this quilt in blue, so saved a box and threw all of my blue fabrics in it and waited for an opportunity to start.


I had an afternoon free of assignments, so I started cutting.  I didn't finish the cutting, but had enough to work with for a while.  So here and there, I promised myself I would work on it.  Even if I have to put 1 hour a week in my calendar to work on this quilt, I think I can manage this to utilize my creativity (and preserve my sanity).  I have made some progress!


I am not even close to ready to count any of the fabric used in my stash report (see Judy's Patchwork times for more stash reports), but I will eventually.  I managed to use more than I purchased last year, and plan to stay on that course this year.  It will be tougher though, given my stash is largely depleted.  It means (if this quilt is finished this year) that I will be getting into another scrap or crumb quilt.  I do have an idea that involves foundation piecing, scraps, and chevrons!

If you haven't yet, check out Jamie's blog.  She offers such great inspiration to traditional (with a modern twist) and scrappy quilters alike!

Until next time, happy quilting to you!

Natasha

Used this Week: 0 yards (but working on it!)
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2013: 0 yards

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Last Post of 2012 (in 2013)

It has been a long time since I have looked at my blog, although I still read up on my favorite blogs on occasion.  I took advantage of the time off between semesters to finish Orca Bay.  I have decided to name this quilt, which is something I rarely do.  It shall be named "Gray Street."  Here it is in all its glory!


My favorite part of this quilt is the border.  The quilting was very simple, and included straight lines and a swirly design in the purple string blocks.  Thank you to all of the fellow quilters who so kindly helped me with grays to finish this project!

My final stash report is as follows:


Stash Report
Used this Week: .5
Used year to Date: 31 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 21.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 9.25 yards
UFOs (Charlotte's Baskets, Hexie: Part Deux)

Well, it is back to the grind tomorrow.  I will be starting my most difficult semester in my training to be a psychologist.  I am afraid my poor sewing machine will be neglected.  This year, if I am lucky, I want to get Charlotte's Baskets quilted.  I want to do baptist fans, and will likely hand quilt.  I am afraid to do a poor job if I were to put it under the machine.

Happy Quilting!
Natasha

Saturday, October 20, 2012

InPsyD my Life

As some of you may remember, this August I entered into a PsyD program in Clinical Psychology.  In other words, I am on the journey towards earning my doctorate.  The first semester is going well, although the time commitment is immense.  Other events have shaped my life as well.  My step-mother, who cared for my children while I was studying and earning clinical hours, was diagnosed with acute myleoid leukemia about 3 weeks ago and remains hospitalized.   She is turning a corner now, and I hope she will be in the comfort of her home within days.  This horrible illness has meant a huge change for her and for me and my children as well.  They entered into daycare, but thankfully the pain of transition was minimal.

So where has quilting fit in with all of this?  Uhhhh, it hasn't, at least until recently.  Fall break has afforded me a little window of time to work on quilty things.  I am so glad that I started a new hand project in the summer.  Available time to sew has been fleeting, and this project gives me a small fix before I have to pick up a new assignment.  Here is my progress to date:



In addition, I finally finished a quilt back intended for Orca Bay.  I even pinned the quilt!  If I am fortunate, I will be able to start on some quilting tonight or tomorrow.  I am still not certain of the design I will use; I will likely stick to straight lines I think.  This quilt has me baffled.

Finally, here is an updated Stash Report.  I finally used some more fabric!  I am so happy that I am still in the black.  If I manage not to go on some fabric buying spree, I think I will meet my yearly goal of using more than I purchase.  Maybe, just maybe, there might even be one more quilt finish for this year!


Stash Report
Used this Week: 6.5
Used year to Date: 30.5 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 21.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 8.75 yards
UFOs (Charlotte's Baskets, Orca Bay, Hexie: Part Deux)

I leave you (for how long?  Who knows.) with this nice picture of my youngest son.  We may have started something bad here, lol!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Orca Bay top is complete!

If I didn't feel so sick, I would be doing some cartwheels!  I wasn't sure about the outer border for a while, but after some quick opinions from quilty friends, I decided on a thin outer border.  I imagine it will make quilting easier without all of the seams on the edge.


I will be machine quilting this one.  I will be looking for a semi-dense design that will not overpower all of the piecing.  Ideas are welcome!

I am thankful to my blog friends who have helped me along the way!  Thank you for your encouragement and fabric scraps!!

Natasha