At Plum Loco Ranch, Door County, WI.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stash Report Week 13

It has been a busy week...but first, here's the latest look of our landscape.
It snowed for approximately 8 hours yesterday afternoon and evening.  Visibility was quite low when we went to pick up the car (see yesterday's post).  Dobb's fixed my car about 24 hours after it was towed in.  The location closest to us usually takes days to get a repair done.

The snow was very pretty as it fell - big flakes.  This is what my oldest bleeding heart looked like at noon, see all those buds?.  Now it is completely covered with snow, which I left on it to help insulate it against the possible 26 degree overnight temps.

Back to my busy week:  After a a crazy weekend including a quilt show, relocating plants in the yard (lots of bleeding hearts), and a midnight sew down at my LQS, then my first ever Tupperware party (where I wanted to buy more than I did but thankfully restrained myself since the kitchen is my least favorite room in the the house), I was beat.  We lead a very low key life and all that activity wore me out, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Monday DH went out of town for four days.  Also on Monday my parents dropped my grandma off at our house on their way to Dallas to pick up a 12 thread embroidery machine (my stepdad now has two, he works with the local shop that gets lots of business from the area schools).

While packing, DH reminded me that he had a new pair of jeans.  UGGH!  That means my sewing machine becomes a tailor and that I have to get out the book to see what code numbers to push for the overlock, zigzag, and double straight stitches.
Compare old to new
The moment of truth - it cannot be undone!
The big rotary works best for denim.
A big Thank You to Gutermann for making a thread that matches Levi's.
 I have to peg them slightly and then hem them, so I cut up the outside leg as well as the bottom for length.  My mom showed me how to do this.  I can do it in less than an hour - after about 7 pairs over the years.  I am a quilter not a seamstress - this is definitely outside my comfort level.

My monthly quilt guild meeting was on Tuesday evening and our usual babysitter wasn't available.  Grandma has gone with me before but this time she stayed home with DS, who was so happy to have "Grammy" here.  My grandma could give "grandma lessons."  My only worry was that she might fall and hurt herself with no other adult here.

They got along fine and I won the BOM block lotto - four more Ohio Star blocks.  COOL!  These past two weeks have been lucky for me.
Last week I found out that I won 4 yards of fabric from 1 Choice for Quilting, a new store with pretty fabrics and lots of giveaways. This week Shawna gave away 20 yards of fabric in her Just One Star giveaway (10 yds each to two winners). This pile has 8 half yard cuts of Sunkissed.  It's very springy and I'm a bit surprised at how much I like it as I usually like very intense colors.
I might even use it to make this quilt that I found in a used Quilt Sampler mag that I bought at the quilt show.  The piecing is easy but I LOVE the applique.  Those flowers are columbines, which should be coming up in my garden soon.  I would love to do more applique and this bundle of Sunkissed just might get me started.

A few projects:

I finished two drawstring bags for the bean bag quilts.  We quickly discovered that something was needed to keep 16 bean bags together. The blue quilt is in Indiana to be delivered to my friend's son.

With all the snow yesterday, it was a perfect sewing day.  Sew, I worked on my quilt along projects.
This is the pinwheel QAL with Sew Lux Fabrics.  I've never done pinwheels to place side by side, they've always been in the center of a larger block.  Well, when sewing to place side by side, one must keep the light and the dark of each block in the same location.  Notice that in the top left of each block the light is on top?  I did that for 7, had to unsew the other 5.  Lesson learned!
Here's my Dresden plate for Lily's Quilts QAL.  This went together in a flash!  This is all straight seams.  Each blade is 9 inches long.  DS says he wants a quilt like this b/c it looks like a flower!  I just might have to the 6 block version.  If I do, I will buy Darlene Zimmerman's large Dresden ruler that I saw at Joann's Friday, as my old template only goes to 8 inches. 

Whew!  Are you tired of reading about my week yet?  Okay then, here are the numbers:

Used this Week:   1.5
Used year to Date: 28.875 (28 7/8)
Added this Week: 4
Added Year to Date: 30
Net Used for 2011:   -1.125 (-1 1/8)

I'm in the red again but not by much - that's okay, I'll keep the Sunkissed!!  Next weekend is our local Shop Hop so my post will be late, like after I get home Sunday afternoon.  Check everyone's stash numbers over at Patchwork Times.


  1. You have been really lucky with your wins!!

  2. Love the pics of the snow.....and those star blocks are awesome!

  3. Good grief have you been busy with sewing and going and life!

  4. You have been busy! Congrats on your win! Nice job on the pinwheels and dresden plate.

  5. Love the pinwheels. . . . by the way, I so thought you were about to start on a denim quilt when I saw the jeans. But alas, you were doing my least favorite chore. Feel for you on that one for sure. ;-)


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