Helix, Quilted

Hot off the quilting frame, I got this awesome quilt finished this afternoon. (My definition of finished applies only to the quilting. It still needs a binding…)

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I got kind of tired of the rocks by the time I was done, and my hands had a tendency to vibrate a bit after working on them, but they were exactly perfect, I think…

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Love this leaf motif. So easy to do — I did it freehand, but if you wanted to make sure they all slanted the same angle and met in the corners the same way, you could definitely mark out spacing.

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I might have gone a little overboard, adding the basketweave, but in some areas the unquilted “border” I had added when I blocked off the sections for the leaves was poofy, and I didn’t like the way it looked.

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Of course, it meant that the basketweave in the very center was ridiculously tiny.

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The corners gave me some heartburn, not knowing for sure how to finish things off. I decided that the center of my garden was nice and neat, but around the edges the leaves had just piled up, willy-nilly.

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I had to piece the back. Mom rescued me with the neutral print. It doesn’t show the quilting at all. The solid shows everything, though! I had lots of bits of the pieced green sections leftover. Kind of fun to throw some on the back to extend the green….

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You should be able to click on any of the pictures to view them larger.

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The quilt pattern is from Emily Herrick, Crazy Old Ladies Quilts, it’s called Helix. I bought it as part of an ebook called “Geared for Guys” — which has some other interesting patterns in it that I will look at again in the future.

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Size: 67 by 90, Batting: Warm and Natural, Thread: Sew Fine Green, Glide Brown, Bottom Line bobbins to coordinate

 

Project 365 2014 {Week 7}

Hello, week 7. I’m not going to lie, this week kicked my butt. Working at a high school is really freaking hard some days, and this week was especially trying.

The interesting thing about my daily photography project is that I’m purposely looking for things that make me happy or that I want to remember, so that helps kick out some of the grumpies. Here are the things that I ended up capturing this week:

February 9, 2014

I threw the bedding over the railing, and by the time I got downstairs to gather it up and wash it, the cat had dug himself a nest.

Clearly, I had to leave the pile there until he was done playing.

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February 10, 2014

If I asked him to smile, he’d give me goofy looks, but I kept the camera on him while we told jokes and tried to get him to smile naturally. Most of the time I’d miss the actual smile, but this one turned out pretty nicely! Fresh haircut and angle makes his forehead look really big, though!
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February 11, 2014

After the final home game, I made my good-looking guys pose together.

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February 12, 2014

Late night, last minute photo ops, just me and the dog….who is probably thinking “Stop taking my picture and pet me.”

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February 13, 2014

Getting ready for the final JV game.

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February 14, 2014

Another last minute, late night “what the heck do I take a picture of” kind of shots — that at the time I thought was kind of goofy (why didn’t I take a picture of the cookie before it got eaten?) that turns out to be one my favorite pictures….

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February 15, 2014

Ready for bed in my penguin jammies, with my penguin pillowcases.

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Work In Progress Wednesday {Week 6}

I’m not feeling real great tonight, and almost went to bed without posting, but decided I had to at least put up something tonight.

Last week’s new project turned into a completed top:

And then I got a ton of quilting done on it:

And then life happened and I haven’t touched it since Sunday. Oh well. Three day weekend coming up, so more quilting time to come.

Did get some hand-stitching on a binding done, but that’s about it for crafty progress this week!

Now, time to go to bed, even though it’s not even 9:00p.

Documenting my quilts using Evernote

screengrab Documenting my quilts using EvernoteI go through spurts with using Evernote. I should really use it more than I do, because it’s a pretty neat tool, and would probably help me remember a lot of things that I wish I wouldn’t forget.

Of course, it would help to actually look at what I’ve saved there: I recently found something in it that I was wondering about, and voila….right in Evernote, right where I’d put it.

I’m not sure why I’m not more consistent about using it, but it’s pretty clear that I can sometimes have a short attention span.

Documenting my quilts is going to be a long-term project, and one that I think Evernote is going to be well-suited for. My goal is to add at least one quilt at a time, and I’m aiming for one-a-day-ish. At least a couple a week. Ish.

Here’s the process I’ve got going, I’m sure I’ll tweak it as I continue to add to it.

Make a copy of my template

I created a template note with headings and sections for the things I want to try to keep track of. If I don’t know something, or it isn’t relevant, I can just delete that section for the current quilt.

This note lives in the Quilt Journal Notebook, and when I want to add a quilt, I can just right-click on it, choose “Copy to Quilt Journal” — and then start editing the fresh copy, leaving the template for the next quilt entry.

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Enter everything I can remember about the quilt.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of “unknowns” or “I thinks” being entered, but I’m making use of my blog as I can to fill in details, and not getting too worried about having all of the information. Mostly I kind of want to be able to keep track of how many I’ve made and where they are, if I can remember that…

Tag the note

I try to think of as many keywords that might be relevant to the quilt.

Add photos

I’m putting in several to show at a minimum the full quilt, the back of the quilt, and some of the quilting detail. I have a premium account, so I don’t have to worry about going over an upload limit. If you just have a free account, this might be an issue if you are wanting to include lots of pictures.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

There’s nothing personal or private in my Quilt Journal, so I’ve actually made it public, if you are interested in having a look:

https://www.evernote.com/pub/srearley/quiltjournal

{If you follow the link, it’ll ask if you want to join the notebook or view the notebook — I would recommend just doing the latter}

I’ve only got a few quilts entered so far, and maybe as I get going with this, I’ll change my mind about how I want to use it. If I learn new things about using Evernote for this, I’ll be sure to share. If you have questions, please let me know!

If you would like to try using Evernote, you can use this link to try Premium for free (and it gives me some credit, too). Evernote Registration link

 

Project 365 2014 {Week 6}

Six weeks? Really? That’s just crazy, isn’t it?

Time for another weekly photo wrap up!

February 2, 2014 — We were taking this quilt to its recipient, and when I went to pick it up, I discovered that the cat had crawled in the bag. Isn’t he beautiful? And ridiculous?

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February 3, 2014 — It’s my goal to take at least one picture of every family member each month. I decided that today was my turn.

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February 4, 2014 — Heartwarming picture drawn by Mark’s cousin’s daughter. If I understand right, she wondered how she was going to tell the boys apart!

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February 5, 2014 Brotherly love  — I got a text from the other room from Mark that said “photo op. come quickly but casually.”

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February 6, 2014 We received a medium flat rate priority mail box full of pecans from Kansas. I will need to do some recipe research…I foresee a pecan pie in our future…

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February 7, 2014 Old school — I’ve been doing all of my sewing on my featherweight. What a great machine!

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February 8, 2014 Some people hate doing the stitch in the ditch, but I find it to be an important part of my process, it gives me time to meditate on the rest if the design. Although, I’m almost done and I still have no idea how I’m going to quilt this one.

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That makes 39 days of photos!