Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stash Report

It's a beautiful April weekend and if I were a gardener I'd be out in the yard doing some Spring cleaning up and garden prepping. But I'm not. I will enjoy a nice long walk and pay for it after I've breathed in all the pollen in the air. But it will be worth it.

Not much else will be done today other than pouring lots of lovin on our sweet rottweiler, Doenja. This is probably her last day with us as she is rapidly losing her battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). I'm dehydrating from all the tears. Ds #3, Chris, came home to spend the weekend with her and she is definitely enjoying every minute of his time.

I will spend some time working on paper pieced BOM #4 while the Masters is on.

Starr Design's Winter Solstice

Stash Report

I bought some charms packs this week to cut up into 2 inch charms. These will add a bit of modern color to my mix of very traditional fabrics.

Purchased this week: 2 yards
Purchased year to date: 22.75 yards

Used this week:  3.5 yards
Used year to date: 29.25 yards

Net used:  6.5 yards - still in the black

Check out other stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Scrap Happy Saturday

How can it be the 12th of April already? Seriously? Well, there is no way I'm am going to do very well with my goals this month but I am having fun anyway. I've been cutting and cutting and cutting. My GO cutter is tired. 2 inch squares! My best guess is that I have cut about 3400 squares. About 1500 to go. No problem.

I've also been sewing a bit. 5 - 100 square blocks. Those are 15 1/2" blocks

I'm loving this project. Five done, 44 to go. Hmmm, may get tired of it before 44 more.

I have worked somewhat on my April goals. My primary objective was to get several things from the list kitted because I will be babysitting dgd, Paige, for several days while her parents go on a vacation before the baby arrives (babymoon). I'll be able to sew while she's at daycare.
  • Winter Solstice paper pieced BOM - block #4 - cut out and some piecing
  • Quilt Beyond Borders - purple charity quilt top - cut out
  • 3 postage stamp blocks - pieced - plenty cut out
  • Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Two Purple bags - "fabric" pieced
I am noticing a major theme here - squares! Plain, simple squares. Yup, I'm loving the simplicity, crispness of them. No thinking involved. They make awesome leader enders. 

Maybe tomorrow I'll get some longarming done. Maybe. 

Check out other purple Rainbow Scrap projects.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The end of March

I knew when I set my goals for March that they were unrealistic since I would be unable to do any sewing for twelve days while I was babysitting dgd, Paige. But I decided to set the goals with an entire month in mind in case the babysitting got canceled. Thankfully, it didn't and I had a blast with Paige. I'm still happy with the month's accomplishments under the circumstances.

March Goals
  • St. Patrick's Day pillowcase DONE 3/3
  • Winter Solstice BOM - block #3 - actually this month was two medium sized stars instead of one large one -  DONE 3/30
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  •  Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Two "Caribbean Teal" bags - DONE 3/23
  • Quilts Beyond Borders - teal Crossroads quilt top DONE  3/22
  • Tumbler quilt - cut out and sewn DONE 3/28
  • 15 yards green - wash, iron and cut into 2.25" strips DONE 3/3
  • 5 yards yellow - wash, iron and cut into 1.5" strips DONE 3/3
  • Notre Dame top - quilted - not done
  • Jennifer Paganelli UFO - top completed - not done
  • Film at Five UFO top - quilted and bound - not done
  • Dad's Memorial top - quilted and bound - not done

I'm disappointed with what I accomplished over the weekend in terms of meeting my March goals. I started off well, cutting and piecing the Tumbler quilt for my brother. Then I pieced the Winter Solstice BOM #3. Now, I would have had to time to get the Notre Dame top quilted and off the longarm IF I hadn't started a new leader/ender project:

Two inch charms. I had a small tote pretty full with what I would now guess was about 300 charms precut. I made this first 10x10 block from that tote. Unfortunately, there were many more repeats in there than I thought. I definitely plan to use repeats but I didn't want three blocks using the same collection of fabrics. Soooo, I pulled out more scraps, strips, nickels and the GO and did a lot of cutting whenever I wanted a break from the sewing machine. I know have at least another 400 charms cut. I am cutting 4 of each fabric and dividing them into four separate piles. I will try to keep each pile for each 1/4 quadrant of the quilt top.

I continued doing leader/enders through out the weekend as I worked on the Tumbler and Winter Solstice projects. With the new assortment of charms I made 26 more 10 charm long strips.

I haven't joined the strips yet into blocks. This is a lot of fun but takes a lot of time. On April 1st I will put it away so I can make another charity quilt top as a leader ender (I'm trying to make one each month) in the RSC color of the month - this month is purple. Once it's done I can pull out the postage stamps again. I'll continue to cut more charms while watching tv in the evenings.

Check out what others are working on at Patchwork Times and BOMs Away at What a Hoot.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stash Report

I've been sewing like a crazy person on several different projects but not much in the way of finishes that would count in the Stash Report.

I did start and finish a Tumbler quilt top for my brother. Except for the borders it is made all out of thrifted shirts.

I weighed it to arrive at 3.5 yards used.

Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased year to date: 20.75 yards

Used this week:  3.5 yards
Used year to date: 29.25 yards

Net used:  8.5 yards - still in the black

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

ScrapHappy Saturday

March was a good month for my RSC goals. I got my monthly Christmas gifts made:

So I now have three Christmas gifts ready for December:

I also completed a charity Crossroads quilt top for Quilts Beyond Borders:

This was such a fun color to play with. So very cheery. Definitely my favorite color. I can't wait to find out what the color for April is.

Check out the other teal/aqua creations at So Scrappy.

Friday, March 28, 2014

And so it begins

Dh left for his conference so I have 5 days to accomplish the following:
  • Notre Dame quilt - quilt
  • Winter Solstice BOM - block #3
  • Dad's memorial quilt - quilt and bind
  • Tumbler quilt - cut out and sewn - borders needed
  • Jennifer Paganelli UFO - top completed
  • Mount backing for four charity quilt tops

Today I worked on the Tumbler quilt for my brother. It is made from shirts I picked up at local thrift stores. I love the variety I can get by using shirts but certainly am not saving a heck of a lot of money by shopping thrift stores around here. These shirts sold for any where between $6 and $10 each. I also picked up some homespun yardage to use as main border and included that fabric in the body of the quilt. I had deconstructed the shirts a few weeks ago but hadn't cut the tumbler pieces. Got that done this morning with the GO cutter while my great nephew, Eddie, played (I babysit him every Thursday).

While he napped I got some of the rows pieced and then finished the body of the quilt this evening.

I plan to attach the borders tomorrow but as I now look at the picture below I am questioning the choice of the off white first border. Is it boring? Predictable? Should I go with something more colorful - red? green?

Now, I have a very specific list of things I want to accomplish this weekend, not even including the tax prep I MUST do. So why did I start this?

This is using 2 inch squares that were all precut in a bin just waiting for the insanity to hit me, some of them were already sewn in pairs. And I did it all as leader/enders with the tumbler quilt, so I can justify that it wasn't time taken away from other projects but I know better. 100 2 inch charms = 15 inch block. I would like this finished quilt to be at least for one of the queen guest beds or maybe even for our king bed.  I would also like to make a checkerboard postage stamp quilt using my 1 1/2 inch charms and Kona Cotton Snow. But since the Kona needs to be purchased and I'm on a fabric buying fast, I started this project first. In neither project will I be trying to not repeat fabrics. And so it begins, a postage stamp quilt - one block done, at least 48 to go? hahaha

Check out more inspiration at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, A Finish Friday and TGIFF.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Where to start

Oh boy, I love this quilt. It's mostly the colors that I love so much but the pattern is simple and fun also. Dh even commented on how nice the colors were - he doesn't usually notice colors. I am really going to have trouble giving this one away but I'm hoping it will be well loved by any child that receives it.

Quilt going to Quilts Beyond Borders
Crossroads pattern found HERE
Now to get it quilted.

Dh is going to a conference tomorrow for 5 days. First things first, I MUST get the tax stuff pulled together and organized for the accountant. Then I'm not sure where I'll start but by Tuesday evening I hope to accomplish:
  • Notre Dame quilt - quilt
  • Winter Solstice BOM - block #3
  • Dad's memorial quilt - quilt and bind
  • Tumbler quilt - cut out and sewn
  • Jennifer Paganelli UFO - top completed
  • Mount backing for four charity quilt tops
Ridiculously optimistic, but why not.