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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Just in case

Just in case you have been wondering where I disappeared to, I move over to http://jenniffier.blogspot.com. I have been making some really fun postings. I even did an interesting one explaining value related to quilting.


Come on over and visit me at my other blog.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sigh

So you ever feel so exhausted that you just can't seem to make yourself do the things you really want to? Well, that is me this week.  Come read more about it over at http://jenniffier.blogspot.com/.

It would be great if you would follow me over there if you haven't already. I could really use some suggestions on:
making lists
accomplish all your tasks at hand
breaking big tasks into little ones that you can accomplish.

I would love to hear others thoughts on this, but you are going to need to start following me on http://jenniffier.blogspot.com/ as that is where I have moved my blog.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wednesday - Now

Have you been wondering where I have been? It was been a whirlwind of a week.

Come find out all about it at my new blog :

http://jenniffier.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weekend Wrap up

Posted about the weekend, the SMQG Meeting and my weekend finishes over at http://jenniffier.blogspot.com/. Come find all my postings over there, I will be taking this blog down later this week.

Here is a sample of the weekend wrap up. To see more visit http://jenniffier.blogspot.com/.

Moving my Blog

Ok so I have decided to move my blog back to http://jenniffier.blogspot.com/. Why you ask, well one major reason is that is who I am. Everything online has always been my funky spelling of Jenniffer. You can find me there on flickr, google, yahoo and so forth. So please come join me over there. Thanks for following!

Jenn

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I wonder

Over at the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild blog there is this strange posting, that involves this box...


Huh I wonder? Ok so I know what it is, but I am not sharing!

See you Sac Modern Quilters on Saturday.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Work in Progess Week #8

Completed Projects:

Organized my office/craft room
The Dresser:
Before

After

 The bookcase:
Before


After


Awwh so much better, I only added 5 new containers from target and took over the closet in one room(to read more about it see my previous post here).

I also took time to organize my projects and realized I had much more than I have been listing. Because of this I made myself a work in progress binder. Which includes a whole bunch of things I haven't even started. I don't think I will list them on here, until I actually start them, but I am thinking of a way to list them somewhere on my blog. If you have any good idea or you have seen some I would love to know about it. I have seen some ways other have done it, but I just can't think of it right now.

Oh yeah and this week I started and completed report cards for my fourth graders. This is a huge celebration as it took me 3,000 words and many many hours, which that I would have like to used for sewing. Not that I could have since I was at work, but still.

New Projects:
Doll Quilt for SMQG Challenge
Which will include many of these fabrics

And may have some blocks that look like these in said fabrics :)


New month so new projects for my two bees:

A scrappy star for scrap-bee blocks

Two Star and Pinwheel Inspired Blocks for A Twist on Tradition bee


Ongoing Projects:
Just a couple blocks left for the Posh Quilt. I looked at the fabric last night. That counts right? :)

Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road

I didn't do anything with these:

Halloween Quilt (almost a UFO)

Peace Purse (Really need to just get this one done)

Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows


UFOs -

Scrappy Bear


This week's stats:

New projects: 3
Completed projects : 3
Currently in progress - 9

Hey that is more than last week. I need to start finish and stop adding :)

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Organizing my office/craftroom

Last week I posted about my evil dog and taking over the hubby's office. Well, I spent much of my weekend working on organizing my my crafting and office stuff. I was going to take over my husband's office but it is so, so much smaller than mine. Plus, I like my set up and the light in here. Instead I just took over the medium sized walk in closet.
I have put all my cookbooks, call my other non-quilting craft supplies, and some of my larger quilting supplies in there. 

I also cleaned up my bookcase and reorganized it. Yes you do see the Cheshire Cat up there.

I bought some boxes at Target to put my work in progress projects in. I am hoping to get down to only 6 (I need one more box, but they were out).


However, while organizing these, I realized that I have a lot more than six projects. Not that I have started many of them, but I have all the supplies for them. Well, maybe not all the backing, but all the supplies none the less.

I have 3 kits that I have started on.

I have 3 sets of precut that have intended purposes, that I also haven't started on.

I have the supplies for 3 bags. Two of which are in those boxes you see above.

I  have fabric for additional quilts I have planned on making.

I have fabric for kitchen towels and a drying mat.

All I can say is oh my! I am going to try to work on these before buying anymore projects. At least that is what I am telling myself right now.

So I came up with a new binder. It is my work in progress binder. It is way too full.


I am also signed up for the Friday Night Sew  in over at Handmade by Heidi. As one of those projects has to be done by Saturday Morning for the SMQG February Challenge.


If you enjoyed this post please go visit me at my new blog Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life  where you will find more projects just like this.
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sacramento MQG Sew Day

A couple of weekends ago the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild had its' second sew day . It was a lot of fun. We only had 4 people show up, but it was fun to sew and have others there for support. I really enjoyed seeing everyone's progress and getting sometime away from the house just to work on quilting.

I continued to work on my posh quilt. I have almost all the blocks done.

However, I messed up on my fabric cutting and I am going to have to cross my fingers and hope that I have enough fabric left over. You would think I would be able to count, but I guess not!

If there is enough fabric, then I am hoping to have the top done and my quilting challenge for February done before our next meeting. Which is really soon, like next weekend. Our February challenge is to make a doll quilt and of course I am starting at the last possible minute. So typical of me.

I have a feeling I won't get both of those done. I do have this somewhat important thing to do this week. As a teacher they kind of expect you to do report cards. I don't think I could get away with giving all my students Bs (proficient - My district doesn't use the regular A through F scale.)

I am so excited to see everyone at the SMQG meeting next weekend. I really enjoy our quilt guild meetings, as there is always a lot of inspiration.

- Jenn

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fail - Work in Progress #7

So Wednesdays are not a good day for me. I know I should complete my post before hand and then have it set to post, but I have been kind of busy with the whole switching offices thing and the evil having to work thing. I mean how else would I earn money for my slight fabric addiction. Anyhow, I have meetings on Wednesday. Every Wednesday in the am and every other Wednesday in the evening. So that would explain the lack of posts every other Wedesnday.

I did get a couple things done this week though.
Completed Projects:

I finished the Paris Traveler's Bag

I also finished two blocks for my bees.
ScrapBee block - I really love the little owls and do you see some Riley block in this :)
Scrap- bee Block Feb

A Twist on Tradition Bee Block
Feb Bee block for Twist on Tradition
New Projects:

After the dog fiasco I decided that it was time to move. So I am switching offices with the hubby. I have moved a bookcase worth of stuff, now for the fabric and other such items. I may even be getting a new sewing table from a friend at work who no longer sews. Lucky me :).

Ongoing Projects:

Just a couple blocks left for the Posh Quilt. I need to cut more fabric though because I guess I can't count.

Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road
I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt (almost a UFO)
Peace Purse  (Really need to just get this one done)
Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows (dog ate the needle threader) I am NOT happy about that.

UFOs -
Scrappy Bear
This week's stats:

New projects: 1
Completed projects : 3
Currently in progress - 7

Monday, February 28, 2011

Don't look now

Some how my office/sewing room has turned into a disaster area. I would show pictures but no one needs to see how messy I can really be. It is really scary.

Ok... Fine just one


or two pictures of the disaster area I call my office.


And then there is also this guy. The reason for the piles you see above. Just look at him looking oh so cute. Do you see that somewhat guilty look in his eyes???
Well, it is because he is not (let me repeat that NOT) an oh so cuddly, cute German shepherd. He is an evil German shepherd who seems to think when we are not home and people knock on our front door and/or put stuff in it, that it means that he has to destroy some sewing/quilting related items. Not just bark at them like a good dog.
The first time this happened it  was this:


Not to bad right. This was a few months ago. So I hung it up high along with all the rulers.


But then some aurifil thread; right off of the sewing machine. He also likes to eat batting, out of the drawers that he somehow manages to open. Oh and plastic, like the plastic top to my sewing supply box. I should have got a picture of that one. Now how is it that dog that can take thread off a machine, open doors and take lids off containers. That is just not right. It is evil!

And now this:

NO! NO! NO! I just got that one to replace the old one. It is the big guy the 36 incher.

This is it, the dog has got to...

Nah, I can't. I mean he is currently under my feet saying, "Mama I love you, I am so sorry, I didn't mean to..."


"I  know what to do. I will just pout until you forgive me. I am really sorry. I know I was a bad dog, you don't even have to say it."


So instead it is time to take over the room my hubby is currently using for his office. I just can't do it anymore, I need a door. I need to not have ever thing piled up. I tried. I tried really had to make this work, but it is not working. So dear husband, who does not read my blog... Don't look now, because I am telling the whole world that office will be mine soon... Very very soon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

There is always a first

I tried my first bag pattern. Wow did a pick a difficult one! It is fig tree & co. My Paris Traveler's bag. I had my mom help me with it while she was up for my niece's b-day. I know the mistakes that I made. So if I ever try this again, I will know what not to do.



The bag is quilted first and then put together. There are very large gussets and funky handles. It took a good day and half just to make it with two people working on it.




I used some central park and sugar pop, plus some other funky print on the handles.


If you enjoyed this post please go visit me at my new blog Jenniffier's Sometimes Creative Life  where you will find more projects just like this.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Work In Progress Week #6

So it has been my week off. You would think that would mean that I have had a lot of time to work on my projects. HA! Not, so much so. I have done a lot of shopping. I was going to make my sister-in-law travel bags for our cruise in April and work on cleaning up the house. However, finding just the right fabric didn't seemed to cause some difficulties and the bag... oh the bag. The bag is why I am up this late. Anyhow, on to the week in review. Sorry no new pictures, just too late!

Completed Projects:
Scrappy Bee block

New Projects:
A Twist on Tradition Bee Block (Still just looking at the fabric and directions for that one)
Paris Bag from hell

Ongoing Projects:
I am still working on the Posh Quilt. I have all the A blocks done and 1/2 of the B blocks. I worked on these during the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild sew day. I have new pictures, but they are on my camera and it is about midnight, so you will just have to wait.  



Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
My mom gave me a new thimble for these. I also worked on them at the end of last week. I have less than two flowers to go.  
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road

I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt
Peace Purse

UFOs -
Scrappy Bear


This week's stats:
New projects2
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 8

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Work In Progress Week #5

Completed Projects:
Two Blocks for the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild January Challenge.

This one is more traditional-ish,  And I know it is missing contrast in the pinwheel. My original plan was the green, but I decided against it because I wanted the challenge fabric to stand out. Looking at it now, I am not so happy with that choice. Oh well.

The second one was more improvisation.

New Projects:
Scrappy Bee block
A Twist on Tradition Bee Block


Ongoing Projects:
I started working on the Posh Quilt again. I have 12 out of 18 blocks done for block A.


I still have this huge stack left for block A and block B
Hexagon Christmas Table Runner/Hexagon Christmas Pillows
I worked on getting some more hexagons together.
 Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Loves Road


I didn't do anything with these:
Halloween Quilt
Peace Purse

UFOs -
Scrappy Bear


This week's stats:
New projects2
Completed projects : 1
Currently in progress - 8

I finally started working on two of my quilts I had in progress. Pretty good for not really doing much.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild Feb Meeting

Yesterday we had the February meeting of the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. Just a few of us were able to make it this time. No one had recently finish projects to share. For me I had just given away my last two projects (Circle Quilt and Peaceful Green Baby Quilt).

However, all of us did remember to bring our completed blocks for the January Challenge. Each of us were given a fat 1/8th of fabric and asked to create a 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 block using the fabric. Here are the ones that arrived at this meeting. Hopefully some more will come in at next sew day or next months  meeting.

It was great seeing everyone and I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our sew day on the 20th.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Circle quilt revealed

So, when I first started blogging in January I said that this would be done later in the month and you all could see. However, I missed the baby shower and had to wait until the mommy to be could see it. So with out any further delay... (insert drum roll)

Here is the circle quilt!

I love the bright blue background. It is Kona cotton lagoon. It is so bright and boy! All those circles are raw edge applique and I made many different sizes.

See this little sun. He is the where all the colors came from in this quilt. That was my jumping off fabric.

I have had it in my stash since I first started quilting over ten years ago. He may be in a little girls quilt too. I just have to track down that picture :)

And here is the back. Aren't those just perfect. It is a Riley Blake print. I really like Riley Blake fabrics :)

Oh yeah and I did machine binding on this one too. I am not too happy with it. I like binding by hand better. 

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