This week I give a recap of the pattern launch party for The Stitch, my escape room experience, doing yoga with cats, and what I’ve been sewing. Stay tuned for a Rafflecopter giveaway over on TheStitchTVShow.com to win a PDF copy of one of the new patterns! Next week’s episode will be the audio from this month’s The Stitch, and then I’ll be back the week after with just me.
Note: there’s an occasional electronic humming in this episode, which I think I’ve figured out the source of. It should be fixed in future episodes.
I’ve been working on pattern writing for one coming out next week in-person at a local quilt shop (online in a few months), so I can’t share that quite yet. I wrapped up the top and back last night so I’ve got the opportunity to work on something else.
Since I’ve got an imminent pile-up though, I need to wrap up my Sparkling Gems top and another gift quilt; those will probably get taken care of at my guild sew-in tomorrow night. Of course, that’s not stopping me from being distracted by something shiny. This patriotic fabric assortment conveniently works with the pattern I’ve been writing up!
This week I also took some time to go do Yoga with Cats, which is a new thing that Good Mews is doing in the shelter. My downward facing cat is pretty horrible, but I can rock the shavasana with the best of the them, like Savannah here.
I started this draft as the launch party was winding down at Red Hen and we were gearing up for the onsite taping of the July show. We’ll have even more exiting news that will come out in the episode (releasing July 28th), but for now… here are quilts that my nerdy little hands personally made from our pattern launch:
This is one of my designs, inspired by my Ted quilt from a couple years ago. I love the fabric palette here, and still love the technique of sewing all the scrappy bit together to make the accent border.
We had a spirited discussion whether “tablerunner” is one word. To me it is, but Webster is a tricky old devil and disagreed with me, so I lost that fight. Since we have instructions for four table runners, Lynn and I divided and conquered, making two each. I got autumn and winter, so I designed a leaf applique and a thread painting design.
And now I’m busily working on the next pattern for hard copy release, as well as another for online, plus customer service and various other business responsibilities. Whew! I’ll talk more about the launch party on this week’s podcast, and the awesome cake we had, because what is a party without cake?
This week is short and sweet since I’m frantically putting finishing touches on websites, storefronts and pattern for the launch of The Stitch TV Show Pattern Shop on July 16th! And my kids are home today and kept interrupting me. I talk a bit about Morelli’s dental surgery and subsequent goofy behavior on painkillers and the mini-front yard rave we had for my birthday this week.
Lots of panicky sewing this week as we continue to get ready for the launch party on Saturday, and I managed to squeeze in a finish to donate through my guild, too. Rather than do a full quilt of all 12 blocks from the 30’s Saturday Sampler program, I opted to make 2 lap quilts with 6 blocks each. Since we’ve finished 7 months in this program, I was free to make use of the first 6 blocks!
The sashing and cornerstones are cut from 5″ strips to make sure of some of my scrap stash, with two extra stars pieced onto the interior cornerstones. With an extra side border, that made the quilt about 48 x 58″, which is a good size for the target recipients (elementary school kids).
Used this Week: 12 yard
2 yd for two 1-hour baskets
5 yd for pattern sample
5 yd for 30’s Sampler Quilt
Used Year to Date: 200.25 yards
Added this Week: 4 yard
4 yd for border and backing for pattern sample
Net Used YTD:99 yards
YTD Used for Charity: 64.25 yards (34% of total used)
Just in time for Christmas in July, I finished my Vintage Holiday Quilt (in June, but am slow in posting pictures, as usual).
I made this from two layer cakes of Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket, plus some yardage for the border. Borders were needed to make it king sized, plus it gave me an opportunity to get some fancy shapes on the border from my long-armer.
Well, this week has been a bit crazy. As foretold on the podcast last week, Bonnie Hunter mentioned our little ol’ show. Our YouTube views have more than doubled in a day, which is pretty neat. I’ve been busy behind the scenes with business and accounting type stuff (and have decided I’m already calling Allison soon, if she’s got room on her dance card) plus writing up a near-last minute 4th pattern that also needs to be ready at the end of July (special release at Tiny Stitches Christmas in July event!).
Since I can’t show pictures of that yet, I can show the amazing progress I made on clearing off my cutting table!
Please note the bottom half of the photo, which shows all those projects I cleared off the table got migrated over to the fabric storage shelves in some 1 Hour Baskets I made (minus the handles) to hold WIPs. With the launch of the pattern business, I’m finding I have way more WIPs than my usual operating style, so I’m getting used to this new normal.
I do find that clutter drives me bonkers, so having the clean cutting surface is really rescuing my sanity and allowing me to focus on what I need to actively be working on, not shoveling around a bunch of stuff on the cutting mats. And it’s easier to keep the cats off the projects if they are put neatly up.
The trick will be remembering what I’m actually supposed to be working on. JUST KIDDING! There’s totally a spreadsheet for that.
After having been operating slower than normal in the past two months thanks to the end of the school year and vacation and business travel, I managed to finish my project from Bonnie Hunter’s Blue Ridge Beauty workshop within a week. It’s worth noting that her pattern is written for a queen size quilt, and my mine is lap-sized, with only 56 blocks.
I’ve named my version “Inside Out Penguin” because my color choices reminded me of the grade school joke “What’s black and white and re(a)d all over?” While “a newspaper” is a milder answer, I could only think of the inside-out black and white animal answer. Welcome to my 9 year old brain!
In picking out my scraps, I ended up including about 5 different Star Wars prints, on top of all of the other random fabrics included from the scrap bins. As a result, there are a couple Death Stars lurking about in the quilt.
Well, this week I finished up my Bonnie Hunter class project, a zipper pouch, and my class sample for the Aeroplane Bag Workshop I’m teaching at Red Hen later this month. I also made significant progress on a pattern sample which I turned over to Lynn to quilt, AND have blocks done for two other tops which have been pieced as leaders and enders for a couple months now, so I’m almost back to pile-up status for quilt tops.
This weekend was Saturday Sampler pickup, too, so here are the latest blocks for this month:
On top of everything else this weekend, we celebrated my FIL’s 80’s birthday, so I finally gave him the bookshelf quilt! He loved it, which is fabulous. Originally he held it upside down and looked a little puzzled, and then turned it right side up and said, “well, I can’t tell right side up from the candle because I usually burn it at both ends”. Too funny.