At Plum Loco Ranch, Door County, WI.

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 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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Spring is Here! -- ?? (Stash Report Week 8)

from last spring

Dare we say it?  Spring has sprung?  We've had a couple days in the low 60s and I found three hyacinths poking out of the ground.

hydrangea from last year

Rather than sew yesterday afternoon, I spent some zen moments trimming the viburnum, knock-out rose, and oakleaf hydrangea.  The poor viburnum got caught in the last frost of last spring and lost a few large branches, the hydrangea was just a tad too large for it's spot, and the poor ol' rosebush needed a spring thinning.  I almost escaped without a scratch - almost, 'til the very end!

I've been rather productive this week, but not enough to change the numbers very much.  Easy Street is done - labeled and bound - WooHoo!!  With the mud from our thaw, I've not been able to get a good picture.

I forgot to show you the one Celtic Solstice 54-40 block from last weekend.  I couldn't wait once I had enough 4 patches complete.  This block is so much fun! It takes on 3 dimensional qualities when you view it from a distance.

What makes me hum along this week is finalizing what to do with the twelve BOM blocks that I finished last week.  I decided to use six 13.5" hourglass blocks to set the the top on point.

Good thing I bought a 15" ruler this week at Joann's.

What has me humming is that the fabric for those six blocks and for the side and corner setting triangles came from my stash!  Two of the greens were among those that arrived last weekend from Hillbilly Quilt Shop.

While the yellow check on the sides isn't very dark, I'm trying to use what I have and may have enough of a gold/marigold to use as a narrow inner border to help bring out the yellows in the blocks, which aren't shown here, a bit more. Today I will lay them all out and try to get the colors distributed evenly.

While taking a little break I sat down with the TV table and tools and finished squaring these little HSTs from my friends scraps.  Just a few more to press, at 1.5" the seams are pressed open, and they will be ready for their own little project, a pillow top perhaps.

Used this week: 0.67
Used YTD: 3.42
Added this week: 0 
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 9.42
Net used YTD: -5.5

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stash Report Week 7

Oopsie Daisy
Hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day!  DS went to a "party, " aka parent's survival night, at his gym so DH and I enjoyed a beef spedini entree and salad from our local grocery's take away counter.

As I got to feeling a bit better from cold #2 that hit last weekend, more sewing happened this week in an effort to finish up old, small projects.  I even got in a blog post about them before DS came home early from school on Friday (the district's way of wishing all parents a Happy V Day!).

Yesterday was the last day of the BOM at the LQS and it was our quilty friends sew day.  It was cold and a bit icy and one of us went down before sewing a stitch - and broke her wrist. Poor Carol!  The rest of us stitched and visited and waited to hear from Carol after she went to the urgent care center.  She's a cheerful soul and returned for her things in good spirits.

I didn't feel very productive yesterday but I did get the last 3 blocks finished from the BOM.  Now, I have no plans to ever sew another curved seam!  Every block was made up of 16 of these units set together in different patterns.

Now to figure out how to set these blocks.  I didn't purchase the kit from the LQS, just too much white for my taste.  However, the kit set the blocks on point, which would yield a bigger quilt since these blocks are about 13.5." Decisions, decisions...

Then, since it was our last BOM day, we got 20% all fabric and I picked up two batiks for the Tonga Nature BOM that we plan to tackle later this year. There's one more yard to the stash.

When I returned home, I had a bulging padded envelope on the table from Hillbilly Tonya. It held all my goodies from Hillbilly Handiworks from the past two months.  In total: 2 one yard cuts, 4 half yard cuts, and 16 FQs. Back in the red for me!

Some cuts are from the Hillbilly facebook group and her great year-end clearance FQ sale and others are from the website, where I also picked 3 new Ahhhs for paper piecing.  The shop is so great about shipping - no shipments until your package is full, unless you request it.

Pretty sewing novelties in half and FQ cuts.  Another sewing machine cover might be in order.

Soft color fat quarters that were on sale.

All the rest - for either swaps, trades, or small projects like wallets and notebook covers.

The binding and hanging sleeve is attached to Easy Street!  Need to miter the corners, get the label ready, and get it all stitched down to call it a finish.

I might have to use some of this new fabric to make a few drawstring bags.  We are required to have our quilts/projects for the quilt show in bags with our name, address, phone number, and entry # on the outside.  However, I don't think either Easy Street or the two 18" pillows I'm putting in the show will fit into my standby pillowcases.  That means more stash shopping for me to help get these numbers in the black again!

Used this week: 2 
Used YTD: 2.75
Added this week: 8.5 (edited once a piece assumed to be 1 yd was found to be .5 yd)
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 9.42
Net used YTD: -6.17

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