Mystery Quilt 2015 #2 top is done

CrissCrossMysteryI struggled a bit with this one and dropped off one of the outside borders, but I love how it turned out.

I had a few problems with the directions, so I had to redo a couple of the smaller blocks. And I was going to resize this and have it 4×4, but I messed a couple of measurements up and that didn’t work out so well.  The outer boarder was actually done with 2 strips because the way the directions were written, I didn’t have enough of the Light fabric. But once I put it together I realized that the directions took a few liberties with cutting and with measurement of what fabric you need.  If I would have measured out what I really needed, rather then what the pattern said to cut, I could have had the outer boarder done in 1 thick piece.

But all in all, I love it.  Thank you Heather over at Heather Spence Designs for another fun quilting time

I want to do this pattern again, but I saw someone who had arranged the blocks differently and I loved that layout.

I now have added another top to the stack. This was supposed to be the year of taking a few of those off that pile and finishing them up.  I better refocus….

 

Posted in Mystery Quilt, Quilting | Leave a comment

My thought for today:

You decide what is important to you, and make it your focus.
Selfish people will try to change your focus to be on what they want.
Stand tall: They may hate you tonight, but they will respect you in the morning.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

I am going to do a Monochromatic Challenge for the 2nd half of 2015.

color_wheel

There are 6 months left to the year, I am going to make a different quilt top (top only) each month for the primary & secondary colors on the color wheel.

Since Purple is my favorite color, I am going to try to do that one in July.

So here is the plan:

  • July – Purple
  • August – Green
  • September – Yellow
  • October – Orange
  • November – Blue
  • December – Red

Of course, the color plans could change.

But the other part of this quest is that I am hoping to use up some of the fabrics I have had sitting around for a very long time that I really don’t plan on doing anything with in the near future. I hate to call it my stash, because I haven’t used some of it forever! So I am hoping that this road will be a cheap road!

Details:

  • 75% of the quilt has to be the main focus color
  • Pattern, solids, etc. all are welcome
  • These will not be fancy, intricate patterns, but then will be pieced in some way. No PP will be done on these.
  • Minimum size will be 36″x 36″ – I call this a picnic quilt.
    Basically a 9 square – 3×3 blocks of 12.5″ blocks
  • Each month a different pattern – so not only will the color change each month, the pattern will also change.

I have to stop typing this up, I’m starting to freak myself out with this challenge!!!!!

 

Posted on by jeniK | Leave a comment

48 to 24 to 12 – the art of quilting

Well, another week, another clue, another block!

24 blocksGo this one done today. I’m loving how this is turning out. However, I found out that some of my first blocks didn’t go together very well and it’s showing up now. I love how it this is coming together though.

12 blocks Today, I also went to a new quilt shop, well they have been there about a year and a half but I found them because they are part of the Row by Row Experience that starts up pretty soon. Nice little shop in Cambridge. Of course I had to buy something: Row by row license plate, pattern (to add to my growing pile of things I want to make and 1 yard of really cute fabric for a baby quilt.

Posted in Mystery Quilt, Row by Row | Leave a comment

Catch Up Day(s)

So it’s B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L outside beyond belief this weekend and what did I do…catch up on the Mystery Quilt over at Heather Spence Designs – where is my head!!

Clue 1:

MQ Clue #1

Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – well I am saying it.

The instructions called for sewing 2 1/2 squares together, but I did strip piecing instead. And I even messed that up. I miss counted/sorted and had 2 middle strips with 1 outer strip and thought I was so smart. Until I went to put them together into this block – ugh!  I had to make a bunch more of the outer block and I don’t know what I’m going to do with 18 extra center pieces.

Clue 2:

Clue #2

Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – well, I am saying it again.

This one wasn’t so bad. Went together pretty quickly – which scares me. What’s coming up next.

 

 

Clue 3:

Clue #3

Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – Well that’s what the title of this MQ should be!!!

I just have to square up and I’m all caught up!

block stackIt’s quite a stack of blocks, if I do say so myself.

Off to do something outside now!!!

Posted in Mystery Quilt, Quilting | Leave a comment

Inspirations this Memorial Weekend

So, I took off on Saturday morning to run some errands and to try to find a flea market that I heard was in Hinkley – well, needless to say, I was lead a stray – someone really needs to clean out the interenet!  There is so much old crap on the internet that is set to autodate to current – a programmers trick, that I myself have used (Karma? Knocking on my door?) – so I made the best of a bad road trip.  I got to stop at a Quilt shop that is up that way.

BIG MISTAKE – what oath did I take this year:  No New Fabric This Year!  Well considering I broke that oath about a month after I made it, I shouldn’t feel too guilty.

So I stopped at Fabric, Fashions and More in Rush City, and they always have fun sample quilts up and this time was no different.

  • I could have taken home 8 kits, but I didn’t.
  • I could have taken home 2 books, but I didn’t.
  • I did however, bring home 2 small kits and I even started them.
  • Even better, I finished one of them, well the top at least.
  • Even better yet, I spray-basted 3 other tops that I had on the UFO pile
  • And even better than that: I started quilting one of those sandwiches – I got almost exactly half way done and I ran out of bobbin thread – I took it as an omen, it was time to call it a night.

20150525_210558

Posted in Quilting | Leave a comment

Reflections

This weekend is a time of reflection and realization.

ALL LIVES MATTER!

Why is it that, all the news stories in the headlines today emphasizes what race the people are that are involved.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Collect Area from multiple tabs in Excel Workbook

Every once in awhile I need to refresh my “geekiness” and do some programming.  This week I had a project to take an excel file with 200 tabs (each employee had a tab with their information on it) and combine it into 1 worksheet so that it could be imported into a database without retyping all the information.

So I “googled” to see if I could find something that would do it, I found a couple of close ones, many way off ones so I took the best of them all and made this one.

  1. In preparing to run this macro I went into the first employee’s sheet and made sure that all the information was in A1.I1  – I used the “=F45″ to get the information from other places on the sheet to where I wanted it.
  2. I then copied that formula to all the tabs – tedious, but very effective.  So I know had all the information I wanted to pull over into my one worksheet in the same layout and place on each tab.
  3. Then comes the macro:
    1. Creates another tab named “Combined” – which is also Sheet1
    2. Go to each tab in the workbook (Sheets.Count)
    3. Highlights the area that I have the formulas collection the information on each tab (A1.I1)
    4. Copies it (Selection.Copy)
    5. Make Combined Sheet the active sheet (Sheets(1).Activate)
    6. Go to the bottom of Column A in the worksheet – skip up to the last row of data in column A (the best way to explain this is if you were in the worksheet in column A, GoTo (ctrl-G) A65536 (way down the column) press the End key and then the Up key and it will bring you to the bottom of the data you collected). Then paste the values of what you copied in #D above.
      Range(“A65536″).End(xlUp)(2).PasteSpecial xlPasteValues
Sub CollectIt()
 Dim J As Integer
 On Error Resume Next
 Sheets(1).Select
 Worksheets.Add
 Sheets(1).Name = "Combined"
 For J = 2 To Sheets.Count
   Sheets(J).Activate
   Range("A1.I1").Select
   Selection.Copy
   Sheets(1).Activate
   Range("A65536").End(xlUp)(2).PasteSpecial xlPasteValues
 Next
End Sub

 

Posted in Excel programming | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Mystery Quilt on the Way

I had so much fun doing the last Mystery Quilt that I signed up for another one. I love these projects, breaks my promise of NOT buying any fabric, but I am having a lot of fun and that’s what it’s all about.

So the designer for the last one is doing another one, HeatherSpenceDesigns.com or join her fb group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mysteryquilt/ .  The last one was so much fun and it’s a good cause, I’m in.

MysterQuiltMay2015

So I ordered my fabric and I’m ready. It starts on May 15, so I know what I will want to be doing that weekend.

Is it bad to hope for a rainy weekend?!

I picked the patriotic, sort of, colors since we’ll be finishing this at the end of June – theme based, love it!

 

Posted in General | Leave a comment

ISO:Quilting Inspiration

I was so excited to start seeing the rows for the Minnesota Row by Row Experience​ but it seems that more than 1/2 the blocks being displayed around Minnesota are the applique style quilting this year.  I did do 2 from last year that were applique and I just don’t enjoy that style at all. So I’m a bit disappointed now.  I love the license plates, but not enough to travel around the state just to get those. I loved getting the blocks and trying new techniques that I had never done, fabrics and colors I don’t usually choose.

I’ve done the Quilt Minnesota shop hop a few years, but the last 2 years I really didn’t care for the material and I didn’t see any kits/patterns down with them that I was interested in.

It looks like this year, I’m going to have to find some other inspiration to keep me quilting.

 

Posted in General | Leave a comment