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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Stash Report - Week 13

The week started slow, but ended well for sewing. On Friday night, my mom dug into my reds and blacks for a patchwork Santa she is working on. Then, last night, I got into my sewing room and pieced the top for the second Bucket Filling quilt for one of the classrooms at our childcare center. One of the parents painted this one and I found the perfect star fabric in my stash. I also cut the back for it and hope to get it put together today, so it can go back to school this week.

Here's the stash report for this week:
Fabric used this week: 2 3/8 yards
Fabric added this week: 0

Fabric used year to date: 28 1/2 yards
Fabric added year to date: 7/8 yards

Net fabric used year to date: 27 5/8 yards

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sewing Night

Last night, my husband headed out with a friend to watch the basketball games, so I had my mom over to sew. The kids were tuckered out after a long week, and crashed quickly, which meant lots of sewing time for us!

Earlier in the week, I loaded a back on my frame so the first order of business was to load the batting and top. I am quilting this top for my friend Kathy, and she's going to donate is as a Quilt of Valor. Our bee made the blocks last year, and she put the top together. I have to admit that I do like it even though it is made out of those icky reproduction fabrics. I think it will be a nice quilt for a man.  

I set up a station for my mom and she got going on a UFO that is at least 10 years old. Here she is going through my little bin of red FQs for a red that will match.

I did loops and stars all over the quilt with this lovely Lava thread (I think it is called Sandy Beach). Mom and I both agreed it was the perfect thread for this top.
It took a while to get this one done because it is a twin size, but I did get it finished! Here's a picture from the back of it. I used some thread in the bobbin that I haven't had luck with in the top - Essential Thread from Connecting Threads. I probably won't buy this thread again, but was glad to find a way to use up some of what I have.
My next two orders of business are my new purse (halfway done) and the second bucket filling quilt for the kids school. Let's hope I have enough energy this afternoon/evening to work on them!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stash Report - Week 12

I had another good week - I was able to find lots of time for quilting which was really nice!

I started the week working on a snap happy tote and matching bag. I started second guessing my color choice for the straps/accent on the tote, so instead worked on and finished the matching bag.

I also got a quilt quilted and binding sewn on, but I'd already prepped and counted the binding for it, so no stash busting there.

Last night, I got busy making scrap bags. For all my fabric and batting scraps, I throw them into a bag, and when it's full, I make it into a pet bed. I've kept one for Mittens and have donated one to the local animal shelter, and am ready to fill one or two more now. I realized that this would be a great use for some of the older fabric Lois left me.

I got four bags done last night and have a couple more yards pulled to make up soon.

I also got my second snowbound BOM fused, so now I am caught up (well, on the fusing at least) to February. So far, I am loving how these are turning out in brights!

Onto the stash report....

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 2 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 26 1/8 yards

Net fabric used year to date: 25 1/4 yards!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday Night Sew-in

It turns out that last night was a Friday night sew-in, and I didn't even know it until today! We went out after dinner to my favorite custard stand and had our first frozen custard of the season. Mmmm, mmm, mmm it was good! The best news is that they have italian ice w/no milk in it so we can go as a family and Jack can enjoy something too.

After we got home, I vegged for a while on the couch, started to watch the basketball tournament, and then remembered that I really don't care about the basketball games! I pulled myself off the couch and headed to my sewing room. I got the binding on Curtis' quilt so I can start the hand sewing on it (hopefully today), traced, fused, and cut out the fabric for my 2nd Snowbound BOM, and got my first snap happy sack done.

The snap happy sack is so cute (if I do say so myself). You make it with metal measuring tape that snaps open/closed. My husband found a pair of rusty shears in the garage that cut through the tape like butter, so it was a lot easier than I expected that part to be.
I am making a bag/purse to match and hope to get that done in the next week or so, so I can retire the fall/winter purse and have something a little brighter for this time of year!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned is one of those corporate buzz words we use all the time at work. You know those buzz words, the ones which no one else understands who doens't work with you? Well, in this case, I think you'll understand....

Last night, I finally got around to quilting Curtis' quilt (Curtis is our friend Richard's new brother). My original intent was to quilt it before the Olympics and bind it while I watched, but that never happened! But this story goes back a little further. I pieced the quilt top in December, added borders late in the month on a day I got to sew with my mom, and then made the back for it at our bee sewing day in January. I was able to use some yardage and all my scraps from the front to make the back. Then, it sat on my sewing table waiting to be quilted. I loaded the back on the frame during the Olympics then got discouraged because the quilt was 48" wide and my roll of batting was 45" wide. So, it sat for a few weeks.

Last night, I finally got back to it, cut the batting, loaded the top, and got started. Boy, do I love quilting once I get started. Not sure why it sometimes takes so much energy to get to that point! I was quilting along happily thinking how I'd be done in under an hour (the kiss of death thought), then rolled the quilt and discovered that I didn't have enough backing to finish it! Arrgghhh! So, off the frame it came and I headed up to my sewing room to piece another strip on the back only to discover/remember that I used up all my scraps for this one! I was able to cut fabric off one side and attach it to the bottom. Once I did that, it was back down to the frame and back on and finished.

Now that I think back to the day I made the backing, I remember thinking how tight the backing was top to bottom (you usually want at least 4-8" longer backing than top), and how I could accommodate that by loading it sideways. I didn't make a note of it to put with the back and didn't remember when I loaded it. And that, my blog reading friends, is my lesson learned. If I have one of those "oh, I'll just do this" thoughts again soon, I will be sure to write it down, because I am not sure I will even faintly remember the next one!

I am really happy with the final result. I used Warm Blend batting, which quilted up really nicely, with Robison-Anton thread in the top and bobbin. I think I say it every time I use that thread, but boy, do I love it! I will post pictures once I gift it to Curtis, as I want his mom to see it in person before she sees it on the blog. Hope to get the binding on before the kids play date on Saturday so I can stitch binding while they play with friends.

If you have any great lessons learned from your quilting, please share them in the comments....I could use the help!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stash Report - Week 10

Last week, Jenna had a friend over to play on Sunday afternoon while Jack was taking a nap. I took advantage of it and spent the whole afternoon in my sewing room :)

I got my first Bunny Hill block of the month fused,

Made another pillowcase for the million pillowcase challenge,

And got to enjoy watching the girls have a snack (Jenna on the left).

The rest of the week was busy, but I did have time to get a UFO quilted and bound. Just need to stitch it down now. You'll see a picture of that when it is stitched down.

This week, I even went into a quilt shop, where I have a gift certificate, and walked out without any fabric. Is there extra credit for that?

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 1 1/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 23 7/8 yards

I am hoping today to get going on a new purse for spring...guess we'll find out how successful I am next week on the report!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Stash Report - Week 9

I am catching up with posting pictures of recent purchases in this report. I think I've found the "no new fabric" loophole...plenty of money for thread, books, and patterns!

Several weeks ago, I won one part of a giveaway on Shellie's blog and she sent this pattern. I have several precuts that should work with this pattern, once I figure out who it would be good for!

Then, I ordered some thread from SewThankful. I opened it in the evening and yesterday was the first chance I had to see it in the daylight. Oh, my, I am loving these colors!

And yesterday, I was pretty good, but did see a few things I couldn't pass up at the IHQS.

Very good for the stash report though! I cut some fabric for blocks of the month this week. The blocks will be made over the course of the year, but all the block backgrounds are ready now. I pulled the fabric for the first block the same night, and hope to get started on it today. I did buy one FQ at the quilt show which will be a b-day FQ for one of my bee mates, but I will count it in so that I can count it out in a few weeks :)

Fabric added this week: 1/4 yard
Fabric used this week: 7/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 22 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 21 3/4 yards

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Indiana Heritage Show

This afternoon, my mom and I wandered about an hour south and spent the afternoon at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. This is a nice little show that is held annually in Bloomington, IN. We had a great time and I got to meet quilt teacher Mickey Depre, who I have followed for a couple years since she visited our guild (I missed guild that night and my mom called me on the way home and told me to check her out because I would love her stuff and I do!).

I took lots of pictures with my newly repaired camera...filled three small memory cards, then moved on to my mom's camera. I didn't do too much shopping, but did add a little tiny bit to my stash. I'll show my purchases in my stash report tomorrow! Click on the picture below to see the whole album (sorry, I can't figure out how to embed it!).

From Movies

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Bravery Is...

...when you flip over your machine, take a look at the screws, and decide "I can probably open this up and clean it."

Then, you pull out all the lint (that's it, really? is this why they want us to pay $70 for an annual service?)

And then hold your breath to see if it works after you put it back together.

Ahhhh.....that was kinda fun!