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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Weekend Stash Report

This was a slow week for the stash, but I am working hard this weekend to get the remaining borders on my version of Judy's quilt (last shown here). I have 4 down and 5 to go, but I think I may not have enough fabric for the last border (yes, I might run out of fabric for this quilt again! The first one I ran out of the was the black accent/border and my mom found some for me in Paducah this year), so I may stop before her last border on her pattern. I am mainly looking at it each round to see if I would be happy with it stopping there...if not, I keep going. 

I only had one FQ go out this week for a birthday FQ exchange, so the report stays largely like last week's: 

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

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 36 1/3 yards

Net fabric used: 17 7/8 yards....getting closer to that 20 yard mark, which I hope to pass in the next few weeks as I prep a couple backs. 

Pattern usage remains the same: 0 net used

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ideas Please

So, blogger tells me that there are over 50 of you who read these posts when I put them out - wow! thanks! And now I need your help. 

A couple months ago, I finished this cute little snap sack top and I have it all basted up and ready for quilting. I even stitched in the ditch between the blocks and the border, but now I am stuck. Gol' darn stuck. I have been perusing through the designs over at Leah Day's blog, and like several of them, but just can't decide what to do. I want something that will be more on the minimal side than on the heavily quilted side. I am not good with feathers, so can't even contemplate them, but I am fairly adventurous outside of that. I am open to one design in the blocks and another in the border or something that goes all over.

Please leave me a comment with your thoughts! Oh, and by the way, the top is only about 12 x 20, it's a little sucker and I will be quilting it on my Janome 6600. And I tell you what, just to sweeten the pot a little, how about I pick out a little fabric to send the person who gives me the idea that I wind up quilting? So when you leave me a comment, let me know your favorite color or fabric type (batik/oriental/etc) so I can pick out something you like! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another finished UFO

I was really glad when Judy pulled #9 this month for the UFO challenge, because I knew that, even with a trip for work in the beginning of the month, that I could get it done! I put the stitches into the binding today and now I am ready to put it with my Christmas decorations and look forward to having it on my dinner table this holiday season. 

I made the top a couple years ago, when the HQ was new and I wasn't confident enough to quilt anything, so it got shuffled away for a while, waiting to be quilted.  I can't recall the name of the charm pack now, but I think it was the first one I ever bought. The pattern is called Jingle Jolly Runner from Happy Zombie Quilts (a free pattern!). 

Here it is testing out my table! 
 And a closeup of the quilting - freehand loops and holly leaves. 

Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Ages and ages ago, I asked some of you for help in setting some bow tie blocks from my friend Lois, who left me her stash (and stack of 56 UFOs). In going through the stash boxes, I found a ziploc bag with a huge stack of blue and cream squares, so I decided to stick them by my sewing machine for some easy piecing when I was tired. From the beginning, I planned to make them into a charity quilt and last night, I got that top done! I have fabric pulled for the back and will make it sometime in the next few weeks or months and then will pass it on to a local women's shelter for use in one of their beds. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stash Report - Week 20

It was a great week for my stash! I had a plan last Sunday to get my charity quilt top finished so that I can focus on finishing the quilt from the Judy L. workshop I took last year in my guild. It is my 2nd quarter UFO with my bee and I really need to get going to get it quilted and bound by the end of June, which is sneaking up on us quicker and quicker. 

In addition to cutting borders for both the charity quilt and the Judy L. quilt, I used a little fabric for a block I made and gave my mom a big hunk of Kona black for a quilt she's going to start on. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 5 3/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 37 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 17 5/8 yards

Last night I finished the top for the charity quilt, and here's a sneak peek. I will show the whole top tomorrow for design wall monday. 

I am counting a pattern used for this top - I adapted a pattern in the book called Jack and Jill quilts by Retta Warehime. It was gifted to me a couple years ago and there are some really sweet quilts in it. Mine is an adaptation of the one in the book called Root Beer Float. 

So 1 pattern used this week and 0 added brings me back to even for the year on pattern usage. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stash Report - week 19

It was a really piddly week for me. I got a little sewing done but really not much. Last Sunday, I put the binding on the two table runners I quilted recently, and later in the week made a super simple preemie quilt for a teacher from our child care center who had a baby girl last weekend way too early.

I had people at my house and guild this week, which chewed up a couple nights and then I was just feeling lazy, but I did bind a little and did some cross stitch, so I don't feel like a total slug :)

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 31 1/2 yards

Net fabric used: 11 7/8 yards

Patterns in/ out this week: 1/3 - bought a Nancy Odom book at the guild meeting, but also donated three l patterns to the guild for our shop at the guild show later this year, so net pattern usage is improving ever so slightly to -1.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Number Eight

Even before Judy pulled #9 in this month's UFO challenge, I knew I just wanted to get #8 finished. I had pieced it earlier this year and wanted to quilt it. At the very end of last month, I got it prepped for quilting and when Judy pulled #9 on the 1st, I knew I could probably get them both done this month, so I went ahead and quilted it. This is why I love table runners - less than an hour from loading it to unloading it! I quilted swirls because I wanted something with a little more oomph than loops or stippling. 

I had already made the binding, and found time today to attach it by machine to the front and the back. Now it is ready to adorn my table the next time we have a birthday to celebrate! 

And, isn't this backing fabric perfect? I had it in my stash and couldn't think of a better use for it! 

Mother's Day Stash Report

Nothing in/nothing out/nothing added/nothing used, so the numbers remain the same as last week. 

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 30 7/8 yards
Net fabric used: 11 1/4 yards

Patterns added/used: -3 for the year

Most of this was due to the fact that I was in Germany for the week for a business trip. We did have one afternoon to explore a little, so here are a few pictures of the sights in Bad Homburg, Germany. 

Hope all the mothers, mothers-to-be, and those who wish to be mothers are having a wonderful day. I've been spoiled by my kids and spent time with my fantastic mom who got me into this whole quilting hobby obsession. I couldn't have asked for a better quilting mentor and cheerleader or a better mom! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Review of April

April was a really busy and productive month for me sewing-wise, and actually work wise too! The month started off with a sewing day when Jenna had a sick day. It was a kick-start for me to get several things pulled out and started/finished/worked on. Here's what I accomplished through the month: 
- Quilted Lois' Las Vegas #2, made and attached binding to #1 & #2, and outsourced the hand stitching. 
- Bound a prequilted panel I bought early in my sewing days and sent it off to Quilts for Japan
- Quilted "At the Park" panel for a neighbor's new son. 
- Snail's Trail block for my bee mate Kathy
- Finished quilting, bound, and sewed down the hanging sleeve on my Esterita Austin quilt (Feb's UFO)
- Made my coupon clutch to replace the one I lost
- Basted and started quilting the snap sack quilt I made at the end of March. 

I wound up with 19 hours in the sewing room, which is a good month. Plus, I went to the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati and had a great time with several of my bee friends from here, and seeing my blog friends from there and further away. It was great to reconnect in person with people you usually type with and see some wonderful quilts

I am returning to part-time work status this month (hooray!!!) so will be working 4 days/week instead of 5, and am hoping that will help me get a few more things finished. It will also allow me more time with the kids, which will be good for all of us! 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Stash Report - week 17

Another fairly boring week for the stash. I had a little come in to help me out with one of my UFOs (I had run out of the fabric ages ago, but my mom found it at Hancock's in Paducah - yay!), and a little go out to back a UFO and a project I started earlier this year. I am hoping to quilt the UFO today and it would just line up perfectly if that's the number that Judy pulls for her UFO challenge this month. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 30 7/8 yards
Net fabric used: 11 1/4 yards

I did finish a coupon clutch this week from this pattern on Moda Bake Shop. I lost my old coupon keeper a few weeks ago so I googled and found this cute pattern. I used a charm pack of Posh and like how it turned out. 

Patterns added/used remains the same: -3 for the year

I am headed out for a trip for work this week but am hoping to get some UFO/WIP progress made today. And I am really looking forward to finding out what May's UFO will be....I am hoping for 8 or 12.