At Plum Loco Ranch, Door County, WI.

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.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday Finish (whoop whoop)

The cold weather, and my cold, has really helped in the UFO department.  Here is an oldie.
Oopsie Daisy

I purchased the Moda kit at Market years ago.  In looking through my lists of projects, I started it in the fall of '12. Why do I do this?  Why do I not finish these things.  It wasn't difficult, a little different with the prairie points, but not hard at all.  Sew, now it is done!

Then I decided to use this little tutorial at Kirins Notebook to make a reversible notebook cover for a generic spiral bound notebook.  I just don't use composition books b/c I like to pull out pages from time to time.

It was fun digging through my bins to find some fabric.  Pink is not my color but I liked these floral and stripe fabrics I got years ago in a scrap bag at my LQS. And, I didn't have to cut those pretty roses.

Cutting was easy, added light weight interfacing to each piece, but it was the construction.  First the pockets to hold the covers were too long.  Then I could not line them up properly.  It was just a day that nothing was going right in the sewing corner.  You've had those, right?  Finally, I got them all done and the first cover still is a bit snug for the spiral bound notebook but it fits fine for the one composition book that I own.

Check out some more fun projects at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

It's bacckk (stash report week 6)

Yep, the cold, the sinusitis, the "bug," whatever you call it is back.

Been doing lots of this and have the Aleve and Afrin out once again.  Ugghh.

Before it really hit me yesterday, I did at least accomplish a few tasks this week.  My sewing corner is picked up a bit, cut binding for Easy Street and its hanging sleeve, and finished three small projects.

6" squares

These little paper pieced sunflowers, a kit from The Designers Workshop, had been in my drawer since my very first trip to Paducah, which must have been 2010 or 2011.  I pulled them out last year and worked on them a little at our sew days. I really do like these small projects.

Finally, tired of moving the "tops" around, I decided to finish them up.  They are on my UFO list, even though they each measure only 6 inches square.

measures 16x20

Here's "A Little 30s," a mini all bound, labeled, and ready for the quilt show next month.  No hanging sleeve, it can be pinned.  When it comes home I'll stitch little rings on the back to hang from nails.

Not a lot of yardage but three projects checked of the ol' UFO list.  Now, to get Easy Street finished up.

a pileated woodpecker (wikipedia)
Our cold temps are back, with snow, and the birds are camped out in our back yard.  I have four feeders and emptied the second 50 lb bag of sunflower seeds for the season.  Guess they are cold, too!

I do enjoy sitting with a cuppa and watching them flit around and see who visits us.  Until land was cleared for yet another subdivision, we had lots of woodpeckers and nuthatches, i.e. tree climbers, but not so many anymore. A pileated woodpecker once visited a suet feeder hanging on the front porch, but that when DS was just a baby. They are shy birds and I felt lucky to catch a glimpse.

To the numbers.  Hey! in the black, barely - not much happening here if we go only by the numbers but I feel I've accomplished a lot this week.

Used this week: 0.75
Used YTD: 0.75
Added this week: 0
Gifted this week: 0
Added YTD: 0.42
Net used YTD: 0.35

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