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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stash Report - Week 8

It is hard to believe that another month of this new year is almost over. I have been plugging away at my February UFO and got it all fused, sandwiched, and have about 1/3 of it quilted. I most likely won't get it done by the end of the month, but am well on my way and hope to finish it within the next month. I have the right spot to hang it in my house, and I am anxious to get it up there. Here's a sneak peek of my progress. 

On Friday night, I went up to my sewing room needing to work on something different. I wound up cutting out a purse and hope to get started on assembling it today or some other time this week. 

My bed quilt still sits on the frame waiting for me to give it some attention...maybe this week will bring the start of that too...but maybe not! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 5 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 18 1/8 yards
Net fabric used: 12 1/4 yards

Patterns added/used this week: 0/0

Net patterns used ytd: 1

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stash Report - Week 7

I didn't get much time in my sewing room this week between a busy week at work that came home in the evenings and some cross stitch on the couch. I finished my second cross stitch of the year (yeah!), a simple outline of a stretching cat for Jenna's birthday in late April. I have the fabric to make it into a pillow and now need to find an evening to do that after she's asleep. 

I did get the back to my Five Easy Pieces quilt loaded onto the frame, so can count that as busted. I hope to load the top and batting today and get started quilting it this week. My mom is hoping I get started too, as she is almost done with a quilt that will go on after I am done with it. 

In addition to the back, I finished up the blocks for my blue and white charity quilt (pics to come when I get the top together), and counted the Orientals I shared with a few friends for a comfort quilt we're making together. So, all in all, it turned into a good week for the stash report! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 5 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 16 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 10 3/4 yards (yay, past the 10 yard mark!)

Patterns in/used this week: 0/0
Patterns used year to date: 1

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Twisting Away

Sometime last year, I picked up one of those twister patterns for the quilts you make with a nine patch, then you put the template on the nine patch, cut pieces out and resew it. I had seen them before and none really appealed to me before I saw the one I got - a mini template. 

After a few weeks, I decided to pull scraps from the quilt that I made for my friend Sara a couple years ago and make what I could. I thought I would be able to pull together 20 or so scraps, but it turns out that the ones I had were just shy of what the pattern called for, so I wound up with a 9 patch. Here's how it looked when I started. 

Next up, you place the template across the intersection of the fabrics, then cut out the pieces following the template. Once I was done with that, I was left with a holey piece of my original nine patch. 

You sew the cut pieces back together and they make a really neat pattern. I finished mine off with a border and backing from my scrap bins and then quilted it with a pattern from the Free Motion Quilting Project. I used some Rainbows thread that I ordered on sale and I really like how it looks. I did learn that really busy fabrics (like the one in the lower right of this picture) and stripes don't work so well for this pattern and also that you don't want to use one that is the same as the border on the outside of the nine patch because it gets lost. Good lessons for next time! 

Last week, I showed this at show and tell at my guild meeting, then handed it over to the coordinator of the small quilt auction, so if you really like it, you can purchase it at our show in October! It really was a fun little project to work on and I think I'd make another one in spring colors as it would make a nice bright wall quilt for the dreary days before the flower start to pop out of the ground. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stash Report - Week 6

I had high hopes to get the backing I bought last week busted this week, but it wasn't to be. Instead, I spent time working on my UFO for Judy's challenge. I also worked on an impromptu project - a pillow that will be shown after it is received by the giftee, and made blocks for the charity quilt I am working on. A fairly slow week in the sewing room, but no fabric or patterns added! 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 1 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 5 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 12 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 6 3/4 yards

Patterns added/used: 0/0
Net patterns used ytd: 1

Fingers crossed that I can get the fabric on the frame this week and pass the 10 yard mark. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stash Report - Week 5

Not too much sewing this week - I spent some time stitching, some time reading, and lots of time at the beginning of the week binding, so I could finish off my January UFO.

My mom and I ventured out in the snow yesterday to visit the sales at the local cross stitch and quilt store. I had a very good time at the cross stitch store, buying linen and thread to make several patterns I have bought previously, and I also got on thing that I hope to make into a Christmas gift for next year. Then, we headed to the quilt store where I had one mission - backing fabric for my five easy pieces quilt. It is my first quarter UFO for my bee and I haven't even started on it because I couldn't find the right fabric for the back. I wandered through the sale room first and didn't see anything that was even a remote possibility. Then, we went over to look at the extra wide backings and I found one that will work. The best part of buying an extra wide is that I only had to buy a little over 3 yards, rather than the 9 I'd have had to buy if I bought regular width fabric. I was very happy about that and hope to get the backing pressed and loaded today then open up the batting to let it breath a little. Best case, I hope to be quilting on it by next weekend. I also picked up a magazine while I was waiting at the register because of the cute little grab bags in it. If you don't know already, I am addicted to bags! 

Last night, I got going on a couple blocks - finished two paper pieced lanterns from quilters cache, then started on an navajo square for last year's guild president. I will head back upstairs shortly to finish that one. 

I took a bit of a hit this week on my stash and pattern reporting, but I am okay with that, and I should have the backing busted by next week. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 5 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 10 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 4 7/8 yards

Patterns added/used this week: 1/0
Patterns added/used ytd: 1

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January Accomplishments

Most of the month of January, all I was working on was my UFO for Judy's challenge, and I thought I would get to the end of the month and nothing else would be on the list....guess what...there are a few more things! Here's what I accomplished in the 20 1/4 hours I spent sewing: 
- Finished binding the pink quilt for Lois' niece Haley. 
- Trimmed and attached binding to Lois' nephew's wedding quilt
- Three snap bags for our hostesses in China
- Colts coasters for a work colleague moving to England
- Quilted Mom's Nancy Odom/buck a block quilt
- Made 2 pillowcases to go with the wedding quilt
- Made the back for, loaded, quilted, and bound Jenna's butterfly fling
- Loaded and quilted 30's baby quilt for my friend Kathy
- Quilted and bound  my mini twister for the guild auction. 
- Finished cross stitching Happy as a Pig in Mud

It was a pretty good month after all, wasn't it! I also got together with Lois' sister to give her the pink quilt and the wedding quilt and made plans for a few more of the UFOs. I will work on them sporadically throughout the year and look forward to making sure everyone in her family gets one they like.