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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stash Report - Week 35

Up again, down again, up again, down again. That seems to be how my stash report has been running for a while. This week, I worked on my Judy L. quilt and got all the border blocks made! I even got one side put on the quilt and, miracle of miracles, it fits! I am excited now to get this quilt finished, but I have run into a little problem....not enough fabric for the borders. If any of you know the name of this fabric or happen to have some in your stash, I am willing to buy, trade, or quilt for it. I need about a yard, and I think I bought this about two years ago at a sale. It is a black batik with the dots, and the color in the picture is actually pretty accurate. 

I did do a little cutting of fabric this week for the border blocks, and yesterday I started a new project! I really don't need a new project, but I just couldn't help myself. Pictures to come as I get it together. 

There was a little fabric addition to my house this week, as I received birthday fat quarters from my bee. There is a lovely mix of teal batiks and pink tone on tones. 

Fabric added this week: 1 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 31 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 84 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 52 3/4 yards

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Stash Report - Week 34

I had some good time in the sewing room this week despite several nights of meetings/events and long days at work this week. I am slowly adjusting back to the full time work schedule and trying to fit in some quilting. Friday nights are great for that if I don't fall asleep at 9:30! 

Earlier in the week, I made a couple pillowcases, one of which will be headed to a friend who is serving in Afghanistan. Then, inspired by Laura Wasilowski's visit to our guild last week, I started a fusible kit that I've had for a couple years. Got it all fused, now just need to cut it all out. 

Friday night I needed some mindless piecing, so pulled back out my Judy L. quilt from the workshop in May. I am working on the pieced borders now and had so much fun that I sewed too many! The pile with the seam ripper on them is the stack I need to take out so I can use the triangles to finish up the other ones. 

Despite having a birthday discount at one of my favorite shops, I didn't have any luck adding to my stash this week, which is really okay! 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 3 1/2 yards

Added year to date: 29 5/8 yards
Used year to date: 83 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 53 5/8
Anyone think I can get past the mid 50's before I buy something else?!?!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Stash Report - Week 33

I made it back into the sewing room this week and had a good week finishing up little projects. It feels good to get a couple small things under my belt so that I can get back to/start on some new things. 

First off, I made up the kleenex cover kit I picked up a couple weeks ago. It think it is pretty cute, and it is on the list as a holiday gift for the teachers. 

Then, I got a couple blocks made for my bee-mates. 

And, finally, I also finished up a birth announcement cross stitch for my friend's daughter, who is already 1 1/2! I've had the cross stitch done since late last year, just didn't get around to putting it into fabric until now! 

I also cut a little more fabric for practice quilting, so all in all, it made my numbers pretty good for the week. 

Fabric added this week: 1/2 yard
Fabric used this week: 1 3/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 29 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 79 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 50 1/8 yards

Stay tuned...blog post coming on that fabric addition and Laura Wasilowski's visit to our guild this week. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kindergarten Report

Yesterday was Jenna's first day of Kindergarten! After a couple weeks of meeting the teacher, buying clothes, packing the backpack, and checking off school supplies, Jenna was ready to head in for her first day! She is going to half-day kindergarten (afternoon) at a year round school with a dress code. She loves to wear skirts and dresses and chose this one for her first day. 

All was well until she had to line up to go inside, when she dissolved into tears. I was able to walk back to the classroom with her, where her teacher said there was playdoh (thank god for kindergarten teachers!). She hung up her backpack, wiped off her tears, and found a pink container of playdoh. I gave her a kiss and waved goodbye. 

She had a great day and was looking forward to going back today. The report from today was good too and she made two friends - one in her classroom and a bus buddy. She was excited tonight to pick out clothes for tomorrow! 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stash Report - Week 32

Yikes! No sewing at all this week :( I was busy at work and several nights got right back on the computer after the kids went to bed, and I started reading a good book, so the machines were neglected this week. I pulled some fabric to continue practicing quilting on, but never got to it so it won't go into my used fabric for the week. 

Yesterday, my mom and I spent the day together after a sad visit to the vet and found ourselves at three quilt shops! First stop was Quilts Plus to get some coordinates for my Cherish Nature panel. We didn't remember that it was the day of their Ice Cream Social with hundreds of bolts in the courtyard for $4/yard. Even though I don't need any new fabric, there were some that I just couldn't pass up at that price. 

After that stop, we went up to the old Quilt Quarters (the shop is moving to a new location and the old one has tons of old fabric, kits, books, etc. for 50% off). I didn't see any fabric I had to have there, but I did find a DVD about Free Motion Feathers that I have heard good things about, so I picked it up at 50% off. 

Last stop was a good one for me - no purchases! It was the new location for Quilt Quarters and we were literally driving by it so had to stop. The new store is laid out really well and is only 10 mins from my house, so I will probably be back there again. 

Here's the picture of the purchases, then the stash report below: 
Fabric used this week: 0
Fabric added this week: 7 3/4 yards

Fabric used year to date: 78 3/8 yards
Fabric added year to date: 29 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 49 1/4 yards (and I continue to huddle around that 50 yard mark!)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Kitty Capers

There hasn't been any sewing in my house this week, so I thought I would update you on Mittens. We think she is about a year old now and she sure has grown since we brought her home. Her favorite activities are chasing the dog when she comes in from the back yard, hunting ants, spiders, and even a couple mice, and monitoring the hummingbird feeder. 

A few weeks ago, we couldn't figure out why Jenna's Strawberry Shortcake pool was empty all the time, until one night at dinner, Mittens wandered over....

Despite helping herself to the pool water, Jenna loves this kitty like crazy and is always making sure she is fed, petted, and settled down for a nap. 

Monday, August 2, 2010

Month End Report

As with the end of most months, I was surprised on Saturday when I walked downstairs and saw the kitchen calendar flipped to August..I had to do a double take before I realized that my husband was just planning ahead (he also changes the clocks mid-afternoon for daylight savings time)! 

I had a really great month in my sewing room. I got everything crossed off my to-do list that was left over from June and added a few new things. I wound up with a whopping 27 hours sewing! The highest monthly total I think I've ever had when I wasn't at a retreat or a sewing day or two. Here's what I got done: 

- Two big baby nine patches for my friend's new twins
- Doll blanket for the above twins' big sister
- Stars wallhanging (a finished UFO!)
- Center of the top for Lois' bowtie UFO
- Finished 2 Las Vegas wall hangings from Lois' UFO stack
- 2 dresses sent off to Haiti
- Clock for Shiisa
- Cut remaining setting triangles and finished piecing the top for my Five Easy Pieces quilt (a UFO that sat untouched for about a year!)
- Quilted 2 squares to practice some new FMQ designs

I am planning some more FMQ practice this month and hope to get my HQ back on the frame (I keep saying that, don't I?). I also need to get a baby announcement cross stitch fabric framed and want to get back to my Judy Laquidara quilt. That should be enough to keep my busy for the month! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Stash Report - Week 31

The stash reporting started out a little scary this week because I couldn't find my stash reporting spreadsheet on my computer. After searching the whole system, I finally found it in a folder on my desktop for videos(must have been inadvertently dragged in there). Whew...glad to have that back! 

I used a little fabric this week to practice my FMQ'ing and plan to cut up more in the next few weeks. I am finally getting around to doing some quilting on my HQ while it is in the table and wish I'd started weeks ago! I am also itching to get it back in the frame...and I have a long list of tops I want to get started on, but now am hoping that some of the sit down quilting will give me ideas for new patterns to use with the frame too. 

I also acquired a little fabric this week. Mom and I went to an "auction" at a local quilt shop and wound up getting a boatload of piggies, which are 1/2 of a fat eighth. I also added the fabric from the two kits I forgot about last week. 

Fabric added this week: 2 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 1 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 21 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 78 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 57 yards

Seems like I keep hovering around the mid 50's...let's hope I can break 60 yards this month!