5/29/15

It has begun - WIPs Be Gone

May 27, 2015
2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook.
(Credit: NOAA)
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.

For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 - November 30, NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a below-normal season is likely (70 percent), there is also a 20 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.

“A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook. As we’ve seen before, below-normal seasons can still produce catastrophic impacts to communities,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., referring to the 1992 season in which only seven named storms formed, yet the first was Andrew – a Category 5 Major Hurricane that devastated South Florida.   (see more at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ )
And already there has been Tropical Storm Alice in the Atlantic and now Tropical Storm Andres in the Pacific.
I'm interested because I have a lot of family and friends in the path of Hurricanes.

In the WIPs Be Gone category, I've spent most of the week busy with Life and trying to bind the Raffle Quilt which must be done by Sunday. So working hard on that.  My two Hexie Stars are the only WIPs work I did.  I madly put together another baby quilt top. On Monday that will have to be my priority, so that I can hand it off to a tester to show for me at the June Guild meeting. I will be in San Francisco that week. Phew. Here's the top:
As usual, this preemie quilt measures 30" square. What color should I bind it with?  I'm linking to Amanda's Finish it Up Friday and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?

What kind of weather are you having?  Show me your WIP progress or your weather in the linky below.


5/25/15

Applique Tuesday

Hello.  I used a tiny bit of stash to make another star plus check out a pattern that may be my next hand project.  It's called Garden Pavers.  You can see it here.  Below is my test sample:
It's sitting on a mug rug I made that needs to have the binding stitched down. And as you can see in the photo, I'll be appliqueing the hexie to the center of this sample.  The large hexie is 3" to a side. So probably used a fat eighth of fabric giving me a YTD total of  42.02 yards out. for this week's de-stashing

And here's the star:

Reminds me of a morning glory flower.   Think I'll make one more for my garden.

Coming off my design wall is the Festival raffle quilt. It's all quilted - just needs to be bound.
I did make some progress on my machine applique quilt.  It's just taking a lot more time than I thought.  I'm linking up to Judy's Patchwork Times and Lyn's BOMs Away. See you there.

5/22/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 21

Here's a WIP of a dress -  WIP #12 to be precise.  All it needs is for me to sew on the buttons and hem it.  Why it has taken me 10 years I don't know.  3 of the 12 buttons sewn on.  And I'll have to find a hook and eye somewhere.  I got rid of all my clothes sewing notions in my last purge. Oh my.'
And I made another Hexi - this time a star - for WIP #3.
My first one.  I followed Karen's of Faeries and Fibres blog tutorial and it went together much easier than I thought. She has excellent directions.  I dread paper piecing, but it's getting better each time I do it.  This flower is a little less than 4" across at it's widest points.  I used 3/4" hexagons to make it. 


I'm linking to Richard's Link A Finish, Amanda's Finish it Up Friday, and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?.  

So that's my progress for this week.  How about your WIPs?  How are you doing on those?  Would love to see - doesn't have to be a finish, but we'll admire those, too.  Linky below - remember it doesn't even have to be a new post. Ends Monday, midnight.  Lots of eye candy on the NET.  Have a great weekend!



5/19/15

Applique Tuesday

Machine Applique that is.  This is taking me much longer than I thought.  It's those zagged edges to the palm leaves.  Have to be done slow.  And yes, I discovered that it does need stabilizer in the back.
Did one with and one without. What a difference.  I'm using invisible thread and So Fine in the back with a zig zag of 1.0 wide and 1.0 long and a 60/08 needle.  I get these nests of top thread every once in a while in the back.  ??? Don't know what causes this and the top thread isn't broken. Strange.  Has that happened to you?  

On my design wall is the church festival quilt:
I am quilting it now.  Think of it as a square I Spy quilt.  We're going to raffle it at our church festival May 31st.  St Anne members are doing a booth for kids to color fabric squares to later use in baby quilts. Our goal is to show them that they can help others with simple tasks and make a difference. Will also teach them how to make finger crocheted bracelets.

I can't understand how I keep getting sidetrack from my WIPs and applique projects.  Always something. Nothing changed in my stash report.  Still YTD fabric usage stands at 41.89 yards out.  

How are you doing?  Leave me a comment and I'll come back to see your endeavors.   And don't forget to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  So much inspiration there. Button on top of sidebar. Bye for now.