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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stash Report - Week 26

I didn't think I would have much to report this week when I wrote my stash report for last week, but then I decided to put a quilt back together and start on a new project, my stunt sewing project. I didn't finish the stunt sewing project, so don't have anything to show on that yet, but I did use a fair amount of fabric between the two. 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 4 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 50 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 27 3/4 yards

Patterns used remains at a net of zero. 

This week brings quilting of my Judy L. quilt and then the process of finding some binding that will work for it since I've run out of all the fabric that I used for the borders! I also plan to keep going on my stunt sewing project so hope I can show you that before next week too. Hope you have a great stashbusting week! 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Swimming in Orientals

I hadn't planned to have a design wall Monday post today since I didn't have anything of note to show...but then I got a good hour of sewing in while Jack crashed on the couch and finished a back for one of Lois' UFOs. If you haven't heard of Lois before, she is the quilting friend who passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2009 and left me her stash, complete with 56 UFOs. With the help of my bee, we got through lots of them last year, but we have been moving a little slower this year since we finished three big ones for nieces and nephew.  Earlier this year, Kathy, who I quilted the girl scout quilt for over the weekend, put the borders on this one, so all it needed was a back. 

Lois was always one for scrappy backs and she had two full rolling cart drawers full of Oriental FQs and quarter yards. I decided a scrappy Oriental back would be perfect for this quilt. As the mood struck me, I pulled fabric and pieced it together. I decided last night that this would be a good back to finish this month since I have challenged myself to use my Janome for only quilting, binding, and piecing backs this month (no new blocks!). With a couple hours work, I got it all put together. The middle has quarter yard pieces with half yards on the ends and the sides are FQs. 
I even have a friend who said she'd be willing to quilt this one, let's hope the offer is still good :) The question I have for all of you is whether I can use a black batting with this. A couple of the stars and the inner border are lighter in color, so I am not sure if the batting would really show through or not. If you have an opinion or some experience, please let me know! Lois had lots and lots of black batts, and so far, I have only been able to use part of one, so I'd love to be able to use another one on this quilt if it will work without showing through.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stash Report - Week 25

Well, I guess it is about time that I posted my stash report...no news is good news, I guess. I did get a top quilted for a friend this week, so had some progress, just no stash usage. I need to load and quilt my Judy L. quilt this week and am also thinking about putting another back together for one of Lois' quilts. I started on it a while ago and need to get back to it, because another friend told me that she would quilt it :) I have a couple of quilts ready for her sister, but would like to have another big one to pass over. 

Here's the one I quilted - another girl scout quilt. I did freehand loops and flowers with Isacord variegated on the top and Bottom Line on the bottom. I really liked this combination and didn't have problems with balancing the tension, which I seem to have a lot with other threads when I use bottom line in the bobbin. 

So, the official reporting: 
Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 0 yards

Fabric added year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 45 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 23 1/4 yards

Pattern usage remains the same at a net usage of 0. 

Friday, June 17, 2011


Tonight is the Friday Night Sew-In and I have plans to finish quilting this top for my friend Kathy. I loaded it about 2 weeks ago but just started the quilting on it last night and got three passes done. I think it will take four more which should be somewhere around an hour if I don't have any issues.

Once I get that done, then I will likely have a date with the couch. I have another quilt to load and quilt and bind before the end of the month, and it's gonna be a stretch, so if I get a second wind, i just might load that one.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend

I am a few weeks behind in posting this, but we had a wonderful, busy Memorial Day weekend and I thought I'd share some pictures. I also wanted to throw in a family-centric post since so much (all) of my posting over the past few months has been related to quilting and I have a few readers who enjoy the family posts more than the quilting ones :)

We started the weekend by attending the 500 Festival parade - Mike went down early and secured us a great spot on the street. My mother in law, and our friend Richard and his mom Sara joined us for the parade. The kids loved it as always, and sought refuge under Sara's umbrella when it got a little too warm. 

On Sunday, while everyone else in the city was attending or listening to the Indy 500, we headed south for the day to the outlet mall. I had gotten a couple coupons in email and knew that there were good sales going on. We got great deals on shoes (3 for the price of 1) and Jenna enhanced her wardrobe for the summer. She is in a school where they wear uniforms and, since last fall, had grown out of most of her prior summer clothes. She changed into her new dress immediately when we got home and loves it! While Mike and the kids were waiting for me and mom to go through a few stores, the kids found this truck to drive and had a great time taking turns as the driver. 
On Monday, we rounded out our weekend with a trip to the ballpark downtown - I've always told people that it is named after my family :)
I taught the kids to take off their hats and put their hands on their heart for the singing of the national anthem, and I think they did pretty well. 
It was a looonnnggg game, not because there was anything special going on, but because the kids were restless. They must have walked around the park 5 times and were hungry every inning! As we left the park in the 7th inning, we walked by the table where the team mascot Rowdie was signing autographs and taking pictures. Jenna wouldn't have anything to do with him, but Jack was happy to take his hat, his sister's, and give Rowdie a hug! 
After all that, we came home, showered, and crashed. It was a great long weekend!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stash Report - Week 24

This was a great week for busting. I got the back made for the quilt top I finished l last week and I cut up a few scrap bags/pet beds
My mom also came last night and took some FQs for a quilt she's working on, but she took a bunch to audition and is then going to pick from there, so I will hold on counting those fabrics until she decides which she wants to use and which she wants to return. 

also finished up a little quilting this week on the quilt I asked for your advice on here. Regina told me about these cute flowers, and even though I dismissed them at first (sorry Reg!), I kept thinking about them and decided to give them a whirl. 

I am really pleased with the result and just have to sew on the binding and gift it this weekend. So, Regina, let me know what kind of fabric you need to add to your stash and I will send you a little thank you for the idea! I've got just about everything except repros and 30's. 

I did have a little stash sneak in this week. My mom works for Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals Designs and she has written a new pattern for a bag that she wants a couple people to test so she sent some fabric home with my mom for me to be a tester. Here's a sneak peek of her next line! 

So, all in all, my report turned out like this: 
Fabric added this week: 2 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 7 5/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 45 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 23 1/4 yards - finally past the 20 yard mark! 

Pattern usage remains the same at net of 0, but I will have one to add soon once I get some blocks put together into a top.

Hope you had a good week with your stash! 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Stash Report - week 23

My single focus this week was getting my version of Judy's Morning Sunrise finished, and I put the 9th border on yesterday, whew! I had most of the fabric already cut, but had to dig into a little for the black and final green borders. Next up is making the back, so that should help my report in the next week or so. My goal for the rest of the month is to use my 6600 only for backs and quilting so I can get a few things closer to finished.

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

Fabric added year to date: 19 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 38 yards

Net fabric used: 18 3/8 yards

Patterns in/ used remains the same: 0

Hope you got something done this week too!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The top is done!

Hooray, hooray, I just put the last borders on my quilt top from Judy Laquidara's workshop in Indy last year. This was the first thing I made for me from Lois' stash and I was in love with the blocks as soon as I made them. This quilt is not difficult in piecing, but the construction tested all my skills, including the addition of 9 borders, one of which was pieced. I ran out of fabric at border number 4 and the project was stalled...but my mom found the fabric in Paducah this year. I came perilously close to running out of the green for the last border and had to piece it like crazy to make it work. Judy made her quilt rectangular, but I decided to make mine square because way back when I thought it would make a good fall table topper. Once I started on it, I knew I never wanted to risk food being on top of it and I totally underestimated the size it would be with all the borders. The finished size is about 86" square, so it is big!

Here's a picture of it laid across our king sized bed.

And here is a closeup of one corner so you can see all the borders.

Next up is quilting the top that is on my frame and get a back made for this so that I can load it and quilt it next. It is my UFO for this quarter, so it needs to be done by the end of the month.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

May in Review

It seems like the first 2/3 of May screamed by, then it finally slowed down in the last part of the month. Despite not having a lot of motivation this month and having a quick trip to Germany for work, I did get a fair amount done. 

Here's the recap from my 15 1/2 hours of quilting: 
- Quilted and bound my cupcake table runner (UFO #8)
- Quilted and bound my holly jolly Christmas table runner (UFO #9)
- Made a quick preemie quilt for a teacher at our childcare center 
- One leaf block for a beemate
- Finished the top for my blue and white charity quilt
- Loaded my friend Kathy's quilt top on the HQ
- Added 4 1/2 borders to my Judy Laquidara quilt (I was so hoping I could report finishing this one, but I ran out of steam over the weekend to get it done)

This month, my UFO for Judy's challenge is already done, so I have a "free" month, although I have plans on the schedule for every weekend this month and that's when I usually get my quilting done. My goal is to focus on backs and quilting in June so that I can get a couple more UFOs knocked out and a couple newer projects on their way.