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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stash Report - Week 13

This week, my primary goal was to get the binding on my Five Easy Pieces quilt so that I could get it finished by the end of the month. I trimmed and sewed it on last night and I have almost one full side of it hand stitched now. My goal is one side per day so I will be done with it by Tuesday! 

I also got a quilt my mom asked me to quilt loaded and quilted this week and it will go back to her today. It was so nice to work on a quickie - quilting done in 45 minutes! I did a freehand loops and flowers pattern and really enjoyed the freehand quilting, since it is soooo much faster than a panto. I used Signature Trilobal Polyester in the top and didn't have any of the issues I've had with this thread in the past, and Robison Anton in the bobbin. It took a full bobbin and a partial one, so I only had one stop in the whole quilt. 

All that I used from the stash this week was the fabric for my binding. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 21 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 13 3/8 yards

No change on the patterns this week, so I am still at a net of 0 patterns used for the year. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rogue FNSI

Yesterday, Jill posted that she was having her own Friday night sew-in and I decided to join her, so we had our own little party last night, albeit in different states! 

I had one goal for the night - to get the binding on Five Easy Pieces. In order to do it, I pulled my sewing table away from the wall and put another table behind it to give the quilt something to rest on. 

It took me about an hour to get the binding on, so now I just have to hand sew 424" of it! I am hoping to do about a side a day so that I can have it done by the end of this month. 

After that, I grabbed the orientals I cut out last week and figured out how many I'd need to make the back for one of Lois' UFOs. I had prepped 7 1/4 yard cuts and 4 FQs, so decided that I would put all the 1/4 yards together to go down the middle and then have FQs on either side of them. The back will have as much variety as the front! I still have to find a few more fabrics in the Oriental drawer to get the back finished, but it felt good to start on it. 

I will be working on the frame tonight, and hopefully will make some progress on my binding, as soon as I can find my binding thread (I use hand quilting thread when binding most of the time, and I can't find my spool of navy!). 

Hope you had a productive Friday night too, even if it was a rogue one!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stash Report - Week 12

Not too much exciting news in the stash report today, because I posted my exciting pictures last night

I spent most of my time this week quilting, rather than cutting or piecing, but I did have a little stash usage as I prepped some fabric for blocks and backs. 

Fabric added this week: 0
Fabric used this week: 2 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 21 yards
Net fabric used: 12 5/8

I am about 10 yards behind my net usage last year, so hope to catch up in the next few months. As soon as I start pulling backs for my UFOs, I will have some volume to add!

No change on the pattern front this week -- still have net used = 0 for the year. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Major Progress

Yahoo, yahoo! The quilting's done! I have two projects in the midst of being quilted - one on the frame and one on my Janome, and tonight, I finished the one on the frame, my Five Easy Pieces quilt. Here are a couple pictures of the quilt on the frame -- this is where I stopped last night because I was too tired to go on without making lots of mistakes. 

The panto is called Bayside by Lorien Designs. I have used it on several quilts now and I thought it would be good on this one because it would add some curves to all the square edges. I used Tuscany wool batting and it was wonderful - just the right loft for the quilt and I think it will be warm in the winters. I had to go up a needle size for this quilt because I had lots of breakage for the first several rows. I didn't like having the bigger holes from the bigger needle, but after I changed, I didn't have any thread breaks, so it was worth it! The top thread is Superior Lava, which is becoming my go-to thread for tops, and Bottom Line in the bobbin. 

I took the quilt off the frame and brought it up to see it all. The first picture shows some of the texture from the quilting, and the second is more true colors. 

 Now, I have to bind it - hoping to finish that by the end of the month. The binding is a moda marble in dark blue, and I think it will go well with all the colors. 
Mittens approves!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stash Report - Week 10

Short report for a boring sewing week. I did a little quilting early in the week, but have been busy every night since then, so my room has languished and the cat has loved sunning in my sewing room chair. Let's hope for a finish or two this week. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 18 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 9 3/4 yards

Patterns in/used this week: 0/0
Net patterns used 2011: 0

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Stash Report - Week 9

No rush to post my stash report this week since I totally moved in the wrong direction for both patterns and fabric. To my credit, I end the week with a finished project (so at least I didn't add to my UFO list!). 
I finished the purse (Claire by Lazy Girl Designs in Bliss) that I cut out last week just in time to take it to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show on Friday. My mom and I went down to see the show, sell raffle tickets for our guild quilt, and do a little shopping. I was doing well until the last hour of the day and then decided that I just had to buy a couple new things. 

I don't expect any busting this week, as I continue to work on my first quarter and February UFO projects...with any luck, I will get lots of quilting done. I will need to cut binding for both of them, so that should be my next bust, but may not happen for at least another week. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 18 1/8 yards
Net fabric used (at least I am still in the black!): 9 3/4 yards

Patterns added/used this week: 2/1 
Net patterns used ytd: 0

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Speedy Month

Boy, did February fly by! I was really busy at work through the first three weeks of the month and between long hours, work that came home, and just being generally wiped out by the end of the day, I didn't get too much sewing done. I did work on my two UFOs that I am trying to finish up -- the bed quilt is loaded on my frame and I plan to start quilting it this weekend. The Esterita Austin workshop project is now backed, basted and about 1/3 quilted. I realized late last week that I wouldn't get it done by the end of the month, so started a new project instead ;)

Here's the list of what I got accomplished in February -- I had 12 3/4 hours in the sewing room.

  • 2 Japanese Lantern blocks & Navajo Star for last year's guild president
  • Pillow for my brother and SIL (still need to mail it!)
  • Finished all the blocks for my pending charity quilt
  • Stretching cat cross stitch (to be finished into a pillow for Jenna's b-day in late April)
  • Loaded Five Easy Pieces on the HQ
  • Cut out Claire purse
  • Backed, basted, and started quilting my Esterita project
I am planning lots more time this month and hope to get my two UFOs done, make progress on my #1 UFO item for Judy's challenge, and finish up the purse. That should be enough to keep me busy for a while.