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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Better Late then Never (stash report week 26)

Wow! It's been 5 weeks since I posted! A break from every routine seems to be what I've needed this spring and summer.  For many of those weeks, I just didn't have anything much to say or show.

Our son has been at my parents' house this week and since summer is heating up, I took the opportunity to work on some projects.  Maybe I should do this chronologically, starting with a finish.

After piecing two throw pillows to match Easy Street on our bed, I finally got around to quilting and finishing them.  They are 20" so I figure each one used about 3/4 yd and that gives me a grand total of 1.5 yards to put in the "used" column.

Then, 5 quilty friends and I went to Branson at the beginning of June.  We stayed 2 nights and shopped along the way first at a winery (LOL!) and then at 3 shops in Springfield, MO: Merrily We Quilt Along, The Quilt Sampler, and the Fabric Outlet (which really is an outlet, not a quilt shop).  A few of us took a break on Saturday and visited a shop west of Branson called The Quilted Cow.

All of the shops had nice sales with bolts from $3.99-$5.99/yd. The Fabric Outlet had all cottons at $3.99/yd but you had to feel and look at what you picked up.

I came home with a whopping 5.75 yards of fabric.  Others came with lots more!!



from designsbycozyquarters.com




At our monthly gatherings I've been working on "In All Its Glory."  I cut everything for the next step beforehand so I can sit and stitch.  I managed to get all the block components ready and this week I put them together.  There are 9 of these star blocks with center logs finishing at 0.5".  Yes, I was cutting 1" logs for this step!











from modabakeshop.com, for my version visit Flickr

Once those were finished I decided to turn my attention to some larger projects since I had the house to myself with DS at his grandparents and DH at work.  I pulled out my red and white Moda Bake shop "Charming Stars" blocks, cut the sashing strips and cornerstones and got the center of the top in one piece.

I pulled some red and white that has been sitting in my stash for a few years for the final border and binding.  Borders will come later.

Then, I decided to put the Celtic Solstice blocks together.  With so many little pieces in these blocks, I'm pressing the seams open to help eliminate some bulk and putting them all together a bit easier.  This one isn't in one piece yet but it's on the design wall to keep me motivated. I just love the optical illusion of circles!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful summer!

P.S. I am sorry for the lack of photos.  Flickr has been undergoing changes this year and I have no idea how to link to my photos there anymore.  I am not a techie person and this is taking up lots of time.  If I cannot find a quick solution. I may not be blogging much and when I do, there most likely will not be any photos, which makes for very dull blogging.  Please follow me on Flickr "farmgirltransplant."

Used this "week": 1.5
Used YTD: 5.27
Added this "week": 5.75
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 38.17
Net used YTD: -32.90


Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

"Hello Darlin', it's been a long time...." (stash report week 21)

It's race day - the 98th running!!!

It has been a while!  Spring sputtered into our area and I've been doing all kinds of landscaping chores and just plain ol' enjoying the out of doors after our cold winter.  We had a new deck put on, our old cedar was rotting and rickety.  Then, we got our patio furniture arranged under the deck (which is a story tall) and new rope lights put up, and, well, frankly, I'd rather be right there on the swing with a good book than just about anywhere these days.



Needless to say, not much has happened on the sewing/quilting front.  The borders are on the Curves Galore BOM and the backing fabric, from my stash btw, is washed and pressed and waiting for me to get into shape.



I got one Easy Street pillow put together with the binding attached  Now to get the other backing cut and sew both bindings down.








At our last group sew in I started another project.  One that I plan to work on when I'm with the group.  It's called In All Its Glory and it's a quilt that DH pointed out years ago when we vacationed in northern Wisconsin.





The fabric and pattern have been sitting around for at least 2 years, maybe 3, and I decided I should get cracking.  It's mostly courthouse blocks, nothing difficult about construction, but oh! the cutting of 1.5" and 1" strips!

I'm using 1.5" my Marti Michel log cabin ruler rather than strip piecing.  It makes everything so exact.  These are the blocks for step one all finished.

Sorry my pics are so small - I can't figure out how to get the Flickr photos to Blogger - uggh!

No changes in the numbers until I get the Curves Galore ready to quilt.

Used this week: 0
Used YTD: 3.77
Added this week: 0
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 32.42
Net used YTD: -28.25


Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! (stash report week 16)



It is a beautiful weekend!  

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, some sewing is done!!

Dare I say it again?  After so many false starts and even snow this past Monday evening?  Spring has sprung!

With such lovely weather, not much has been happening in the quilting corner. There is nothing I like better this time of year than just hanging out on the back yard swing watching Mother Nature work her magic.  I even had a titmouse land on my head a few days ago - guess s/he needed some hair for its nest!

Yesterday was our sew day and I sat and stitched and stitched on Celtic Solstice until I couldn't stand being indoors any longer.  Of course, I also finished 22 of the 24 54-50 or Fight blocks.


Apparently I didn't count accurately so I have 7 more triangle units to put together so I can finish up all the blocks.  That's right - 2 more blocks til they're all done!  WooHoo!!

I used a gift certificate from Christmas and got a king size batting and 2 yards of black from Hancock's of Paducah this week.  I plan to start on the log cabin pattern that hubby picked out a few years ago (LOL).


Used this week: 0
Used YTD: 3.77
Added this week: 2
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 32.42
Net used YTD: -28.25

Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More Celtic Solstice (stash report week 13)

Last Friday's loveliness went away too quickly and we were left once again with temps in the 20s, 30s, and 40s.  So, spring has not sprung upon us, yet.  The outlook for today is better, but it also promises to be an anomaly this week among needed rain and lower temps.


So, I decided to sew.  And I needed to sit and stitch, not mess with borders, bindings, or laying out blocks.  When that need arises, I pull out my latest Bonnie Hunter project and "just keep stitching."

I spent last, chilly, windy Sunday afternoon cutting all the pieces for Celtic Solstice clue #5.  Then, stitched up a few.  It's so nice to leave pieces right next to the machine to pick up where I left off. 





All the block components are complete and 11 blocks are finished!  It is so gratifying to put the blocks together after all those hundreds of components are pieced.  I didn't want to stop!

Hhhmmm...that Bonnie really knows what she's doing to keep us interested, doesn't she?

One advantage to sewing slowly is that I get to see what others have done with their mystery quilts.  Celtic Solstice is made of two alternating blocks.




Some people, either accidentally or purposefully, changed the direction of chevron units and this block...

9.5" unfinished

...became this block.
Linus and Snoopy!

I really like the starburst!  I'm going to use both versions of the block.  

Progress made, but not on the numbers!

Used this week: 0
Used YTD: 3.77
Added this week: 0
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 30.42
Net used YTD: -26.25


Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Celtic Solstice update (stash report week 12)

Now in bloom!
This week was spring break.  We didn't do anything special. Luckily, the weather was nice most days and DS and his friends on our street got to play outside.  However, by Friday, they were so "bored" that they even helped me gather leaves into the tarp and throw them over our back fence into the wooded ravine.  Now, they didn't last long at the task, but that was four loads that I didn't have to do alone!

Friday out temps reached over 72 degrees and it was the only day that I really got to do some outdoor cleaning on both patios.  Prior to that, I was running errands and inside tending to housework - uggh.

However, on Thursday, I'd had enough and escaped to my sewing corner while the boys were at someone else's house.  I just needed to stitch.  I didn't need to think or put on a binding or cut any fabric, I just needed to stitch.  So, out came Clue #4 of Celtic Solstice.



 And all 120 four patches are done.  Geesh, I love strip piecing!  Of course, I now have about 20 or so more 4 patches than I need - lol!

That's it - I haven't shopped or finished another project this week.  So the numbers remain unchanged.

Used this week: 0
Used YTD: 3.77
Added this week: 0
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 30.42
Net used YTD: -26.25


Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quilt Show weekend (stash report week 11)

My guild had its biannual quilt show this weekend so we spent National Quilting Day basking in all things quilty.  What a great day!


And... surprise, surprise... I won a prize!




I was blown away - Best Miniature Quilt!  

There were lots of vendors at the show, but I'm still trying to find a place for all those 18+ yards that I brought home last weekend.  Sew, I didn't buy a thing - not a single thing!




The one teensy project that I finished this week used the half yard of black furry minky that helped make up those 18 yards.

Here's my new, warm infinity scarf.  And, since the temps around here dropped 30 degrees from yesterday, I got to wear it on this cold, blustery day as we spent the afternoon at Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II.






Used this week: 0.25
Used YTD: 3.77
Added this week: 0
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 30.42
Net used YTD: -26.25


Have a great week!!  Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring! And a Hard Fall! (stash report week 10)

After a hiccup of cold weather last week, after my last post, it seems that quite possibly spring has sprung!  I got out to do yard work Friday and now have all sorts of projects on the spring "to do" list swirling in my head.


After that first day of yard work over a week ago, some of my sewing mojo left me.  Then, after realizing that I'd failed to take in my main quilting machine for its annual cleaning and wrestling with another machine trying to FMQ and breaking lots of thread, the rest of my mojo left me, too.  I've been quite unproductive these past couple of weeks.



However, I did make myself get the BOM set entirely with my stash into one piece (above).

Then I decided it needed a darker yellow and a darker blue for the final border and binding.  Luckily I had some Connecting Threads leftovers to audition and placed an order for 2.75 yards to finish it up.

Then, yesterday I had to help quilty friend Joyce. See, she plans to downsize to a smaller house and is downsizing her fabric stash and sewing tools.

So, I had to go to her sale and help out, right?

To the tune of adding....
Black minky for a scarf

...almost 20 more yards of fabric...


some reproductions

...to my already "big enough" stash!
assorted 1/2 yds

Aren't they pretty?
B&Ws and FQs


It seems that Joyce and I have the same taste in greens!
A simple green and brown quilt may be in my future.

So, my numbers are blown out and my mojo has flown away like a migrating bird.  Maybe when the hot weather hits, I'll be ready to sit inside and sew again!

Used this week: 0

Used YTD: 3.42
Added this week: 21
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 30.42
Net used YTD: -26.5


Please also check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.