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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stash Report - Week 39

A quick week for the stash report - I am writing this on Monday in advance of boarding a plane for an adventure the rest of the week. I was able to get the borders on my Halloween wall hanging on Sunday and put together a quick charity pillowcase today to give me something to write about! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 31 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 96 yards

How did you do this week? 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Adventures in Fusing

After meeting Laura Wasilowski last month and seeing her wonderful quilts, I was inspired to pull out and work on one of my kits that involves fusing. Given the time of year I decided to work on a Halloween kit that I bought last year at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. 

Several hours of intricate cutting later, I had a fused wall hanging with borders! 

I did have some learning while I was fusing that I thought I could share. I used Wonder Under for the fusing (thanks mom for sharing your stash :) and followed the directions on the package only to have wrinkles (for lack of a better word) in the moon. I was a little frustrated because it wasn't crisp, but it also did give the moon some neat texture, so I wasn't so bothered that I was going to toss it (especially not after all the intricate cutting, did I mention how long that took?). Last night as I was pressing the borders, I mistakenly got part of the moon under my iron. A few minutes later, I noticed that part was now smooth and crisp. So, I hit the rest of the moon with a hot, dry iron and now it looks the way I want it to. 

Now, I just have to quilt it! Any suggestions?  

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Stash Report - Week 38

Boy, it was a great week for my addiction hobby and for my stash. Last weekend, I got my HQ16 back in the frame and got a quilt loaded and started. Unfortunately, I am having some issues with needle up/needle down that I hope to get resolved soon. I can still quilt, but it makes stopping challenging! 

I made a couple blocks for a comfort quilt this week for a friend who is dealing with some very stressful family illness issues (the blob in the middle of the friendship star is where I signed for her). I also pulled fabric to use for the borders, but they haven't decided what to use yet, so I won't count it as busted until it is cut. 

The other project is a set of bags that will be made for Coburn Place. Each year, instead of exchanging Christmas gifts in my bee, we make gift bags for this women's shelter. They started with toiletries in paper bags, and now have expanded to great gift bags with tons of toiletries, personal items, and even some chocolate. This year, we decided to make fabric bags, so I pulled some from my stash that I don't envision ever using in a quilt and cut them into bag kits last night. Each kit contains a half yard cut of fabric for the bag body and 2 4" strips for the handles. I made 12 kits, so it had a great impact on my stash. 

Here's the report for the week: 
Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 9 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 31 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 94 3/4 yards (getting awful close to a great milestone!)

Hope you and your fabric have a great week ahead! 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

August in Review

I figure since I just posted about the guild program in August, I can post about my month in review without too much flak since it is almost halfway through the month. I was a little burned out between work and home in the beginning of the month, but I finished it out strong and got a couple things finished that have been a long time coming. I spent 17 hours in August finishing the following projects: 

- Kleenex box cover
- Quilting practice with patterns from Leah Day - tried 4 new patterns and enjoyed 3 of them!
- Made two blocks for bee mates
- Finished up a UFO for Lois, a cute patchwork bear
- Fabric framed and ditch quilted a baby birth announcement for my friend's 18 mo. old daughter! 
- 2 pillowcases
- Pieced and added pieced borders to my Judy L. quilt, then discovered I'd run out of black border fabric

And, of course the biggest news of the month was the big girl starting Kindergarten! She's having a great time there and I love finding out about her days. 

There will be a lot less sewing time in September and you'll just have to hang in there for a few weeks to see why - don't you love the suspense? 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just the Other Night

Although it has been over a month, it seems like just the other night that my guild hosted Laura Wasilowski. She was such a friendly teacher and gave a wonderful lecture. I was at the back of the room and she uses a computer & projector, so no pictures of the lecture. But, she sings and engages the whole room with her stories and humor. Although I was unable to attend, I hear her classes were fantastic too. 

I enjoyed my job as the sales table helper and got to look at all her beautiful quilts that were for sale. I can't tell you how many times I leafed through them all to get just another look. 

I bought a kit at the end of the night and look forward to making it and expanding my hand embroidery skills (I guess I should say developing instead of expanding!). 

If you ever get a chance to meet Laura, take a class from her, or hear a lecture, don't pass it by! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Stash Report - Week 37

I really, really need to do some blog updates that aren't around my stash report, because my guild has had two good speakers in the last two months, but time has been scarce for sewing and blogging. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me! Someday I will get back to a more frequent blogging schedule. 

This week, I had a little time in the sewing room to complete the market bags I started two weeks ago. I got the bags and one of the handle segments put together. I have all the fabric cut for the second handle segment and hope to get that done today or in the next couple days. 

Our speaker this week also gave me a thank you for working the sale table, so I brought in two pieces of fabric that are almost FQs, so I am counting them as such. They are shibori dyed, then stiffened...not sure how I will use them, but they are cool to look at if nothing else! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 31 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 85 5/8 yards

Updates coming this week on the frame. I started the setup last night so hope to have a quilt loaded before the weekend ends. Cross your fingers that I don't get distracted by something else! 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2/3 of the year UFO Update

Hi there Lois...sorry it has been so long! I had good intentions to post a mid year update, but July came and went in a flash and so did August. Now it is early September, and I am really behind in showing the progress our group of quilting angels is making on all your UFOs. 

I have shown a couple tops, but nothing that we've finished since Feb 1! Let's start with your oldest UFO - the one I quilted for you just after I got my HQ. We got it bound, then two weeks later, I found the binding you cut for it at the bottom of a box. I don't think you'll mind that we used a dark blue to bind it and gave it to your sons. 

Then, let's move on a couple years. Not sure which of these is older, but the tea and chintz set had 12 blocks. You had one cut out and partially assembled, so I made the executive decision to finish that one as a wall hanging and put the rest of the patterns into the sale box (guess what, they all sold!). Also found this cute halloween wallhanging that just needed to be embroidered (you had done part of one face) and quilted. I found a couple volunteers and now we hope to get it to someone in your family by the end of October so they can enjoy it. 

Next up is some (more) paper piecing that you had almost all prepped and ready to make something like 60 or 70 blocks. Sandy worked on it for a while and got it to the perfect size for a table runner. She also quilted it and finished it up. There are enough papers to make another one and I just might do that someday! But that one I will keep for my table and I'll think of you every time I see it! 


Mom also seized this quilt that you started the night after a guild program on math in quilting by Elaine Ellison. You figured out how to put together this Fibonnaci quilt and you were sooo proud to show us at the next bee. Mom quilted it for you and finished it up. 

There are several more tops in progress and your batiks have moved back into their home (the bookshelf where you used to keep them). We keep plugging away at the 54 UFOs you left (don't worry, we won't finish all of them!) and we have just over 1/3 done now! Can't wait to begin showing you some of the other tops that are waiting, just waiting for me to get the frame back together. Miss you Lois and wish you were here to see all these projects finished. 

Stash Report - Week 36

It was a quiet week for the stash and the sewing room. I got the pieced borders put onto my Judy L. quilt and I am loving how it looks! Borders 1 & 4 fit like a charm. I had to work in 2 & 3 a little bit, but they seem to be doing okay. I had an email late in the week from a quilter in Wisconsin who has the fabric I've run out of for borders - hooray! - so we're going to trade some fabric and I will be able to add the borders soon. 

Added this week: 0
Used this week: 0

Added year to date: 31 3/8 yards
Used year to date: 84 1/8 yards

Net used: 52 3/4