Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sneak Peek - Work In Progress Wednesday

I wrote this blog on January 17.  As I was working on it, my modem at my house went out.  Gone.  Never to work again!  I was leaving on my trip to Trinidad and Tobago the next day, so wasn't able to finish and upload the blog until today.  Luckily, the guy who works on my IT "stuff" at my office was able to come over and fix the problem while I was gone.

So, most of the blog is a little dated, but I still wanted to share it with you - hope you don't mind a little old news mixed in with the sneak peak.  As I have been gone since Jan. 18, I don't have any new sewing projects to share, so another reason to revive this blog!  Here we go:

Brrrrrr!  It's cold here (by Bay Area standards).  We're suffering through a cold spell with nights dropping to freezing or slightly below.  Our days have been in the 50s - again, much colder than usual.  It's really easy to become accustomed to moderate temperatures and when there's a slight fluctuation, react in shock!

On to quilty things.  On Saturday I went to Julie (Intrepid Threads) Grand Opening at her new shop.  Everything looked wonderful and the place was packed with happy shoppers.  Of course, I had to jump into the fun and pulled together some fabrics in my newest color combination of citron, navy and aqua. 

The purplish navy prints are Lux in Bloom by Art Gallery.  The solids are Kona and the dot fabric is Circle Elements.  Lux in Bloom has the most beautiful hand - feels so soft and rich!  I have started a new round with the 4x5 Bee (in the paper piecing hive) and wanted a new color palette, so here we go!

My sneak peek is the round robbin quilt top I have been working on for Mallory.  I have the last round on her quilt.  I added the outermost black and white borders, made the New York Beauty blocks and am now working away on the "connection" blocks to join the beauties to the quilt. 

Here's a quick peek:


My plan for the connection between the beauties is to work primarily with black and white with a touch of the teal to visually balance the rounds.  Obviously there is more to come!

Aaaaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

2013 - Can It Be?

Looks like the world didn't end, so I better get sewing again!  I spent my entire holiday away from my sewing machine, so I'm in the mood to get back at it.  Did you have time to sew over the holidays?  Or were you spending your free time with loved ones, going to movies, eating, eating, eating...?

Time to turn the page from holiday gorging and lazing around to healthier and more productive pursuits (o.k. you got me - I'm trying to psych myself into eating less and working out by repeating healthy mantras!)  I'll let you know if it works!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite projects that I finished in 2012:  

It's kind of nice to look back and see that I actually finished a number of projects!  I do, of course, have quite a few works in progress that need to be wrapped up.  My 2013 hit list includes:

     1.  Quilt Improv Top
     2.  Quilt Scrappy Mod Mosaic Top
     3.  Finish ABC Top and have it quilted (way to big for me!)
     4.  Finish Tokyo Subway Map Top and decide about quilting
     5.  Finish 4x5 Teal and Orange Sampler Top and decide about quilting
     6.  Finish Scrappy String Block Top and decide about quilting

I have promised myself, once again, that I will not join so many bees and swaps.  I have a bee and a round robbin in progress that I enjoy and I did just sign up for the next round of the 4x5 Bee, but that's it!  Time to complete some of those aforementioned WIPs and also to begin some new projects that I have my eye on.  I'm not good at New Year's resolutions and clearly I have issues with self-restraint when it comes to bees and swaps - however, I'm gonna try to put my money where my mouth is or something like that!  I also should think about self-restraint when it comes to fabric purchases.  I believe I have entered the questionable area between collecting and hoarding...

What about you?  Do you have WIPs to finish?  Are you going to dive into more bees and swaps or work on your own projects?  What are you thinking about creating in 2013?  I'd love to hear your ideas.

Aaaanyway, that's it from the Robertson household.