Sunday, October 30, 2011

So close to done

I am so close to being done with a project.

All it needs is the binding. I would love to finish tonight, but I know with binding I will just get frustrated. Especially if I try to do it quick. So I am walking away.

Table runner in progress

However, I couldn't just walk away from a quilt store. I stopped by because Katie Jean asked me to teach a simple class for her new quilt shop (see above). So I stopped by to show her the sample. And I left with these.

Just can't walk away

Have fun! Hopefully I will be back tomorrow evening with a finish.

Oh and by the way I have been having fun with instagram if you can't tell :)
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

hiding again

Sorry all, I know I should stop doing this hiding thing :). Work has just been really really busy. As many of you know, I am a teacher. And, well it is the end of the trimester. So, busy busy me.


I really should have taken a picture of my desk before I cleaned it up. This has been the week of assessments. This is just a small pile of what I still need to grade. This doesn't include the language arts assessments or math. Nor does it include the ecosystem projects my students just finish.

In addition to that I have been teaching classes to teachers this week. First I did a clicker training with my staff.


I got lots of thanks yous. So it must have went well.  BTW, have you hear of clickers in classrooms. They are so fantastic and fun! You can use them to get instant results on how well students are learning.  It is like the thumbs up, thumbs down or show me a b c or d or using white boards, except it is instant. You can either track who is enter what answer, or you can use anonymous mood, which takes the pressure away. You can also use them for instant data on tests. These have become one of my favorite classroom tools. The instant feedback helps my teaching so much.

Then I did a school loop grade book training. It is an online grade book that can let parents instantly know how their students are doing. If you are wondering. Yes, I do keep two grade books, a paper one and an online grade book. Actually if I really am honest I keep three. I also have an excel spread sheet just for assessments.



 I actually love doing the tech trainings. It is one my favorite things about my job. I feel really lucky to be part  the techex team for my district. There are only a few of us and I really enjoy it. It really pushes me to make sure I am using technology in my classroom and creating 21st learners.

Wow this is sounding like a blog post for teaching blog, not a creating blog. However, often my creations have a lot to do with what I design in my classroom. If I was better at blogging I would consider having a separate teaching blog :)

Well, I am off to quilt. So, I am sure that my next post will be more on my normal topics :)

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Table runner in progress

I signed up for Friday Night Sew-in this week. I didn't get spend as much time sewing as I wanted to. However, I did get this table runner top finished.

table runner in progress

I had already sewed all the rows together. I did have to resew them a bit has my 1/4 inch seems weren't quite right. However. I think it is turning out pretty well. Now I just have to figure out how I want to quilt it.

table runner in progress

If you are wondering the pattern is from moda bakeshop. It is called simple little table runner.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Work in progress #36

Well, the only thing I have to celebrate this week is a whole bunch of finished and mailed bee blocks.

3x6 bee blocks

I am completely caught up with all my bee obligations and I just finished one of my bees. Another one only has one month left and then I signed up for the next round. Of the 4x5 modern bee.

On other note, instead of thinking, "oh look I finished a whole project. I might be able to finish some more projects before starting another project."

3x6 bee block

I thought to myself "Oh wow! I love these colors and I love this block.They look just like my husband's favorite colors. I will make him a quilt. Of course I don't have enough greens or grays, so I have started collecting and sorting fabric to make this block into a quilt.

That makes my total WIPs/UFOs a whole bunch that I am not even will to admit right now. If I did, then I might have to admit I have a problem. And if admit I have a problem, I might have to see someone about my starting new projects addiction. And the fact of the matter is, I am just not willing to do that.

Oh yeah and I signed up for


Handmade by Heidi


It is over at http://craftyvegasmom.blogspot.com/2011/10/friday-night-sew-in-signups-102111.html this week. If you are free this Friday Night, come join the sewing party.

Hopefully, next week I will have a finish and more pictures :)
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Linking up at: WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One busy weekend

As the weekend comes to an end, I like to take a moment to think of all the things I accomplished and everything that did not get done.

Well lets start with the good.


3x6 bee blocks

I finished all my blocks for the 3 x 6 bee and I got everything into the mail by Saturday. Nothing like procrastinating.
3x6 bee

I used a string block off set inside a square and I love it! I am actually going to make a whole lap quilt from these blocks. I even picked up some more fabric in my color way (like I need more fabric)

I also made it to the monthly meeting of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. Some very lovely pictures went up today. As always very inspirational work.

We also spent a lot of time with family. Pictures would have been a good idea.

Today we went to a winery in Sonoma. Here is Suzie enjoying our trip.

Suzie

I was playing with my camera in manual mode for a bit. I am really out of practice from when I used to do black and white photography. I guess it is just going to take a bunch more practice.

Now on to the bad.

Let's start with scraps gone bad.

Scrap Quilting gone bad

String quilt blocks means you need string and this is the results of searching my scrap basket for it.

Also all the time spent with family meant that I didn't get my cleaning done this weekend or laundry. Wow, I just realized I don't have clean pants for next week... I am off to take care of that!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Work in Progress Week #35

Sorry I have been hiding. I have been very busy since last wednesday. I had ever intention of posting what I have been up to, but have been running out of time. And I have been spending time finishing up my bee blocks that are due to mail in 3 days. Oh and by the way if just one more person decides to follow me I will be hosting another giveaway, because I think 70 is a great number :).

On to my week in progress.

Completed projects:
I am done with my 4 x 5 modern bee blocks:

4 x 5 modern bee

4 x 5 modern bee

I would love to say that these are going out in the mail tomorrow, but it is too late for me too address them tonight and I can't access flickr from my work, darn internet filtering, so more than likely they will go out on Friday. 

Oh and I spent all weekend with my husband.... cleaning. We cleaned the room he was using for his office. Moved my office around and added his office furniture to my office and moved all my sewing and crafting stuff into his old office (a spare bedroom). So the good part is I have a sewing room I can close the door on. So far it hasn't been bad sharing an office, we will see how this goes :)

I didn't do anything with these: 

3 x 6 bee - I don't think I will sign up next time, I just have too many projects going on, but these will be in the mail by the 15th.

Embroidery 101 Quilt Along -  All 9 blocks are done.  Two blocks even have the embroidery done. I have even started another one. The worst part is the quilt along has all 9 blocks done. I totally slacked on this one.

Embroidery 101 progress


Kaleidoscopic quilt along - My kites are sewn, just not pressed.

Kaleidoscope kites

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild's Kona Challenge - I have decided to add one more row, just haven't got to it yet. 

Kona Challenge Quilts Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild

Central Park Kit - Nada, haven't even looked at the box. But I did make a tutorial for my bee mates to make me some blocks for the back :)

Kit for Central Park Quilt

Prairie Claw Quilt blocks - umm yeah... I have been thinking of this one. Does that count?

praire claw-5.jpg


UFOs -

Scrappy Bear
Halloween Quilt (I will finish this before Halloween)
Christmas Hexagon table runner and pillows
Loves road quilt * to be discussed later

This week's stats:
Yeah can't even think about that right now!

Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Week in Progress #34

This week has been a week of bee blocks galore. I have been catching up on all the blocks I am behind in.

I finished all of these:

bee blocks

And I am halfway done with my 4 x 5 modern bee blocks:

4 x 5 Modern Bee Blocks

My sewing room/office has exploded. Too bad I have to clean up before bed. If I could just leave it all out I am sure I would get more done. Ok, maybe it is better that I don't just leave it out :). 

Awwh Quilting

Oh yeah and I even made my own tutorial for my as it is my month for a twist on tradition. It is called goose-zag

Goose-Zag block

Well there you go I have just been as busy as a little bee.... heheh had to insert the really bad joke :)

I didn't do anything with these: 

3 x 6 bee - I don't think I will sign up next time I just have too many projects going on.

Embroidery 101 Quilt Along -  All 9 blocks are done.  Two blocks even have the embroidery done. I have even started another one.

Embroidery 101 progress


Kaleidoscopic quilt along - My kites are sewn, just not pressed.

Kaleidoscope kites

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild's Kona Challenge - I have decided to add one more row, just haven't got to it yet. 

Kona Challenge Quilts Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild

Central Park Kit - Nada, haven't even looked at the box. But I did make a tutorial for my bee mates to make me some blocks for the back :)

Kit for Central Park Quilt

Prairie Claw Quilt blocks - umm yeah... I have been thinking of this one. Does that count?

praire claw-5.jpg


UFOs -

Scrappy Bear
Halloween Quilt (I will finish this before Halloween)
Christmas Hexagon table runner and pillows
Loves road quilt * to be discussed later

This week's stats:
Yeah can't even think about that right now!

Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Bee blocks catch up

I played a bit of catch up with my bee blocks.

bee blocks

I even designed my own block for my month with A Twist on Tradition.

Goose-Zag block

It is call Goose-Zag. Check out the tutorial if you wish :).

All those finishes are feeling great. Now just to get to the post office before it closes. Oh yeah and to finish my 4 x 5 and 3 x 6 bee blocks, then I will be all caught up

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