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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stash Report - Week 26

I can hardly believe this stash report brings us to halfway through the year! I am so happy to look through my list of fabric added and used so far this year and am really happy with my progress. This week was relatively slow - got just a little sewing in. I did get one of the big baby nine patches backed, and hope to get it finished up (I usually embroider the name on it) later this week. This one is for Baby K who was born in March. Two more to be gifted soon, and then I am almost caught up on baby gifts. 

Sorry no pictures tonight - the camera took a bad fall this weekend and I am not sure she's going to make it. It still opens and kinda focuses, but the pictures have lines all across them. May be time to throw in the towel and get a newer one. 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 1 yard

Fabric added year to date: 15 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 63 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 48 yards! 

I am hoping I can get to 100 by the end of the year! I may have to give some fabric away to make that happen, as I only have one or two other big projects on tap...and I will definitely need to keep staying out of quilt shops! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Do you have a Laundry Basket?

I mentioned in my Lightning Round post that I had the chance to meet and hear a lecture from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts at our last guild meeting. Do you have any Laundry Basket quilt patterns? I didn't think that I did, but as she set up her sale table, I noticed one I already made (remember this?)

Then, I saw another pattern that I've had for ages - this is her quilt all done because my pattern hasn't even made it out of the bag yet! 

Her lecture was fantastic - she had a whole program about how quilts relate to the people in your life and the journey of her own quilting experience. It was really inspiring and her quilts are amazing. Even though I wouldn't do all of them in the same colors or fabrics, the patterns are really striking. The slide show is below or you can click on it to see the pictures larger and a few captions.

At the end of the night, I found two more patterns in my bag - one for a purse and another for a small quilt. Let's see if I can get one of those into my rotation soon! 

Coming up in August....Laura Wasilowski.....stay tuned! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stash Report - Week 25

Well, off to the NQA this weekend and we stopped at 7 quilt shops! After a delayed start, no thanks to Avis (where we had rented a van which never showed, so we walked out after waiting almost 2 hours), we headed to In Stitches, Valley Quilts, and then to Waynesville...do you know what's in Waynesville? PEANUT BUTTER PIE!!!! AND FABRIC!!!!

After a lovely stop at The Fabric Shack, we headed north to Columbus and went to The Glass Thimble. Dinner, then hotel, where we had a quick show and tell and all crashed. Saturday morning brought the show (WOW, pictures later this week!), then a stop at Quilt Beginnings, Quilt Trends, and Red Rooster

Through it all, I didn't do too much damage to my stash report - I got one thing I know I will use right away, and hope to get to the others soon :) but I always think that right after I buy something new! 
...And the stash report:

Fabric added this week: 6 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 0

Fabric added year to date: 15 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 62 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 47 yards  :( back below 50, but I'll get back up there soon enough. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lightning Round

One of my favorite podcasts has a feature every now and then called Lightning Round where she goes through a bunch of news stories in a minute. Since I haven't been great about updating my blog lately except for the stash report, I thought I'd do a lightning round for all of you....hope you enjoy! 

Won a blog posting contest/drawing for the funniest comment ages ago at Old Red Barn, finally emailed Dana and claimed my prize - bunches of her handmade soaps and scrubs - they are great! 
Ordered, received, and installed EQ7! Kelly over at I Have a Notion had a fantastic pre-order price and I got it before June 7 when it was officially released. No time to play yet....
Met Edyta Sitar, enjoyed her amazing lecture and unbelievable quilts

Started a fabric clock shop sample for Shiisa Quilts - loving it so far and hope to get the rest of it together before month end. 

Loaded and quilted this one for my MIL's birthday/new house. Simple panto design, but it works well with all the busy fabrics. 

Took the HQ off the frame and put her into the table in preparation for next week's basement repairs. Had a heck of a time working on some practice FMQ -- it is like a whole different machine! Lots more practice required before I do my 4th of July wall hanging (can anyone squeeze a few more days into June please?)

And, as I wrap up this lightning round, I am off to pack for an overnight trip to the NQA in Columbus and some great shopping before and after! 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Stash Report - Week 24

Monday, our bee had our monthly work day and I was able to go with the kids. It was a great day and I got a lot done! I did some precutting on Sunday night, so I was able to get right to sewing when I got there. I worked on baby blankets - I am a little behind! 4 babies need blankets - two under a month, and two over 3 months - so I needed to get on the ball. Whenever I have more than one to make, I use this pattern from Quiltmaker magazine. I had two fabrics in my stash from my visit to Cincinnati last year (they were both on the sale rack!), and added a yard of Moda marble from my Lois stash. 

Jenna decided that she wanted to help me sew. We couldn't get the foot pedal set up, so she worked on pushing the fabric under the presser foot and had a great time. 

Here are the three blankets (in quarters). I will be looking for some flannel on my trip to Columbus next weekend so that I can finish them up. 

This was a good addition to my stash report: 
Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 yards
Fabric used year to date: 62 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 53 3/4 yards

Next weekend, I head to several shops and the NQA show in Columbus, OH, so I expect the stash report to be a little more interesting! 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Brown County Quilt Show

Oh, wow, I promised quilt show pictures this week and I am just making it in before the week is over and the weekend begins. As I went through the pictures, I realized I had a smudge on my lens (now who do you think could have done that?), so there is a little blurry spot in the middle of each picture! 

Last Saturday, my mom and I packed up the kids and headed about an hour south to go to the Brown County Quilt Show - we've been every year since she moved here, and Jenna and Jack both went as little babies. This year, we took them back and they had a great time. Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

A good time was had by all and I swear that next year, I am going to put at least one of my quilts in this show next year! 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Design Wall Monday - borders now!

I had a few goals last week, one of which was to get borders #1 & #2 on my Judy L. quilt so that I could show a picture today. I got it done and just love how it is looking. Now the finger crossing begins, because my top isn't exactly the size it should be to make the pieced borders fit perfectly, but my guess is that my pieced borders won't be perfect either (hopefully they'll both be imperfect in the same proportions!). 

In addition, I finished quilting a top for my mom. She made this one from a block of the month a couple years ago and will be sending it to a long time friend who is struggling with Parkinson's. I quilted one panto in the border (I think it is called Wildflowers), and another in the block area (I think it is Autumn Leaves). I am really pleased with how it turned out, especially because it was looking kinda iffy on the frame! 

This week I am likely taking a break from my Judy L. quilt and will finish up a couple other things. May not have pics for next Monday's Design Wall, but I should have some stash busted for Sunday. 

Hope you all have a great week! 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stash Report - Week 23

I had a great week in my sewing room this week. Upstairs, I worked on my Judy L. quilt - no busting there because I already precut most of the quilt in preparation for the class. I may have some additional cutting to do as I get ready to put on borders 3-9! The first two are on and look great (come back tomorrow for a Design Wall Monday picture). I also made a pillowcase for a friend of ours who is stationed in Korea with the Army. We will send it along with some goodies for him. 

I also busted a little stash when I cut off a chunk of Kona Black for my mom to use in a pillow she's making, and I pulled about 3 yards of fabric for baby blankets that I will cut into later today or tomorrow (but I won't count it until it is cut). 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 9 yards
Fabric used year to date: 59 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 50 3/4 yards (woo hoo - past the 50 yard mark and still have half a year to go -- anyone think I can get to 100 yards by year end?)

See you all back here tomorrow for Design Wall Monday, and later in the week, I will post pics from a small quilt show my Mom and I went to (with the kids) yesterday. 

Friday, June 4, 2010

May in Review

Even though it didn't seem like I spent a lot of time in my sewing room this month, I have a pretty good list of accomplishments. I also did quite a bit of cross-stitch this month due to all the good tv on....now I will have to find a way to keep up on that during the summer tv season! 

I had a total of 19.25 hours in the sewing room and I think my new plan of setting weekly goals is working pretty well. I didn't always get them crossed off, but at the end of the month, I did get several things finished that have been hanging out for a while! 

Without further ado, here's the list of things I got done: 
- Finished the top, made the back and binding for my Mother In Law's quilt (her birthday is in July, so I plan to have it quilted by then)
- Replacement pincushion for the swap I did in February (original was lost in the mail...now I just need to get the replacement delivered)
- Loaded and started playing with EQ5
- Quilted the 2nd bucket filling quilt
- Bound Zoo Babies panel, the first thing I ever quilted on my HQ16
- 2 Pillowcases
- Finished binding and tying off Snap Sack table runner, which will be headed out shortly as a new home gift
- Quilted Lois' Round Robin, cut the binding and passed it off to a bee-mate to attach the binding

- 2 Michigan blocks for the guild BOM
- Made good progress on my Judy L. quilt - finished the corner and side setting blocks and got the top together. 
- Printed a couple quilt labels
- Loaded and started quilting a BOM quilt for my mom 

When I look back at this list, I am really pleased with what I got done. Have a lot ahead for the month of June and also a lot of busy weekends, so I will probably have to limit my computer time to get all the things done that I want! 

Hope you had a great May too!