Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WIP Wednesday February (!?)

Wow, I can't believe it's February! Happy Groundhog Day. We are all moved into the new place. It seems like forever since I've posted anything. Probably because I've been getting a good workout hauling boxes. I have managed to unpack my sewing machine and some of my fabrics. I really should be painting my "sewing room" but since I've got deadlines I'm sewing instead.

Here's what I've got going.

Those are some sneek peaks of my Spice Up the Kitchen Swap projects. I'm in search of the perfect binding fabric and then I'll be finished and ready to send!


I've been pulling fabric for the PMQG Monochromatic challenge. I've got a small project in mind, but I may decide to enlarge it in order to enter it into the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge. We'll see what kind of time I have as we get closer.
I received this beautiful package of fabrics from Sew Fresh Fabrics for their Charity Bee. I've got a block sketched for this, I just need to measure the scraps and make sure it will work. I think I really like working this way. Finding the fabrics first and then designing around it. Very fun.
We also got our instructions for the Bliss Group of the do. Good Stitches Charity Bee. The inspiration fabric is the Clamshell in Mist from Parisville. That's the fabric on the left there. I happen to have a lot of scraps left over from my king size quilt so I'll definitely be using those up. I've pulled a couple other fun scraps to add to it. The design chosen is a Roman Stripes Block and I love it. These are really going to be fun together.

Stalled:
Make Mine Modern Swap - already posted my fabric ideas, just need time to work on it.
Bathroom Curtains
Great Room Curtains
Samantha's Quilt

Waiting for Quilting:
Postage Stamp Quilt

Total WIPs -9

My question this week: I know a lot of bloggers mention that they work in the evening when the kids go to bed. What I wonder is does your spouse mind (if applicable obviously)? When do you spend time with him?

Head on over to see what everyone else is doing at Lee's!






20 comments:

Elizabeth D. said...

Yippee, I thought I saw that you were in the new Bliss circle - me too! I love the fabrics you pulled, they're super pretty. And your package from Sew Fresh for their bee is awesome! I think Peg & Becca know me too well, the fabrics were all way outside of my comfort zone, but it was a fun block to make. I adore your SUTK work so far, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

As for my nighttime sewing, when my husband works late, it's perfect - he doesn't gripe about my sewing. But when he's home, he enjoys that he can watch TV without my nagging about the shows that he likes to watch, and we usually try to watch one program we like together at some point in the evening. If I'm working really hard on something, though, he's really understanding about me not spending time on the couch with him. I also do a lot of my sewing in the early in the morning, before my munchkin wakes up. Happy WiP Wednesday!

Mary said...

I am drooling over your peek photos for the spice up the kitchen swap! I think my favorite is the orange slice in the piecing :)

I have no kids (yet!) but I still feel bad when I sew at night, kind of like I am neglecting my husband. We decided to make one night per week completely free of any hobbies or work. Not that we don't spend any time together other than that, but it's a great help to know that I will put things down for that one night and enjoy his company the whole time!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh you girls sound so busy; but having a great time......enjoy....everything looks great...

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

well sewing is what I'm hoping for today....lots to do....hafve a great day Becky

Angie said...

I like the hand quilting along the hexagons! I try to sew in the same room as my husband...hut typically I blog with him on the couch.

Candace said...

I'm fortunate in that I favour hand work (either quilting, hooking, knitting, embroidery, or quilting) and my husband is in graduate school (along with working a 50-60 hour week job), so our time spent together is often on the couch doing our own thing while the tv is on.

Since I only work part-time, I try to keep my machining and basting to when he's not here but when I'm making cloths he's right there with me. I don't know how I did it, but I found a man who is absolutely fascinated with the work I do. Now granted quilting and making afghans doesn't get his knickers wet but he appreciates the work and skill that goes into what I do and is very encouraging and supportive.

A Seam to Sew said...

I've run into the same problem. I'm newly married and I'm new to quilting/sewing. I work full-time so there is very little time other than after work or weekends to sew. I've decided to cut down on the sewing during the week nights and try to fit things in before work and on the weekends so that my husband doesn't feel neglected.

Wandering Minstrel said...

Beautiful WiPs!

As for sewing time--my time is usually at night, after my little girl's in bed (which means I'm sewing between 9 and 11, usually). The Mr and I spend time with each other and Z after work, and after Z's in bed we tend to go our own ways--he likes watching TV while I'm sewing. I don't think he feels neglected, because we do spend a lot of time together otherwise--on weekends and such. :)

Megan said...

Oooo, I love the hexis! They look wonderful! And your monochromatic fabric looks great too. I keep coming back to this challenge, and your fabric makes me want to jump it.

Megan said...

.....oh and about the Mr. I tend to sew when he is at work and then we spend the evenings together. No cell phones, no computers, no blogging, it is kind of nice :)

Jessica said...

Oh loving those hexies! Great fabrics for your other projects, I'm sure they will all be fantastic!

As for my sewing time, my husband works late most days that he works (typically a 9a-9p shift), so I usually spend the days that he works sewing in the evenings (no kiddos yet, so I have all evening) and usually just spend a little time sewing on evenings he is home, or I try to save hand sewing or little projects I can work on upstairs so I get to spend some time with him, usually while we are catching up on our shared interest shows on the DVR!

Hubby is very supportive of my sewing/quilting obsession, and certainly wouldn't mind if I spent some evenings sewing instead of being with him, but because we do only spend limited evenings together, its certainly not a sacrifice to spend time together!

quiltfool said...

Hey, Becky. The question about when to spend time with a spouse is a good one. If I'm stressed, I go to the sewing room after dinner and sew. If not, which is most of the time, I try to take some kind of fingerwork to the living room and sit with him. We chat and watch TV. Without my fingerwork, we'd do that same thing together, except I'd fall asleep after about a half hour. The fingerwork makes the visiting possible, so he accepts it. And, he accepts the wisdom of staying in the sewing room when I need to. Lane

Becky said...

Gorgeous fabrics and projects!!!

Kimberly White said...

Those fabrics are so PRETTY! And I really like your hexagons (and your photography!) In answer to your question -- I sew during the day ( I don't think my husband would mind if I sewed at night but I would miss the together time. My one year old doesn't go to bed until late so I spend most of the evening with her! I asked on my WIP post how any of you crafters keep your houses clean with all this craftyness?) =) I guess it's a balancing game =)

Katie B. said...

Love the hand stitching with those hexies!

Our son goes to bed at 7:30, so that usually gives us time for our own hobbies (he likes to play video games and I sew) and hanging out together.

Lee said...

Love those hexies! And the hand-stitching is incredible.

As for the hubs, he generally works late at least one night a week, so I sew on those nights. When he's here, I usually hang out with him for a few hours, then I'll go do some late night sewing (I'm a night owl and he goes to bed earlier than me anyway).

I'm lucky in that my kids are almost always sound asleep by 7 p.m. I think that's the real secret to getting things done. : ) That means I can spend a couple hours with the Mr. AND have an hour or two for sewing at night!

Diane said...

Those hexis for your kitchen swap are great!

I work on my projects durring the day when the kids are at school and am normally done when I pick them up unless I am working on something like a gift that has a deadline.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This has been so interesting to me. I often wonder how you moms with young children at home get so much sewing done! I have young grandchildren, but obviously that doesn't impact many of my available sewing hours--although when I have a chance to babysit I drop everything to jump at the opportunity.

That being said, I still have a hard time getting in all the sewing time I would like to. My husband and I have decided to set aside at least one evening a week to devote to our respective interests--sewing for me, fused glass for him. It doesn't always work, but on the other hand he never complains about the time I spend in my sewing room.

Our Busy Little Bunch said...

LOVE those hexis!!

Janice said...

No kids so I dont have to juggle that. I do alot of my sewing room time at 4:00am, as he leaves to go to work at 2:30am. In the evenings before he goes to bed we hang out in the same room and he plays guitar, watches TV and I do hand sewing or blog on my laptop. But we have an agreement that the other person can interrupt whatever is happening, at anytime by saying "play with me" or "come to bed" or something else that means we want attention. We are celebrating our 32 anniversary today, so it works.

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