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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stash Report - Week 30

Well, I really should have posted my stash report this morning given how awesome it is this week, but I have been doing all the mundane tasks required when you return from a week long family vacation. We spent last week in the lovely state of Pennsylvania...I will share stories and pictures later this week. While I was gone, my mom was cutting into my stash for three different things and she made great progress in my stashbusting (probably the best week of the year so far). She cut up 4 yards of fabric for scrap pet bags, helped Mallory, Lois' niece, pick out fabric from her late aunt's stash for her senior project (Lois would be so tickled that she's making a quilt!), and started working on a graduation quilt using some of my moda marbles. 

While she was doing so well, I had the chance to visit Quilt Odyssey, a nice show in Hershey, PA. I added a little to my fabric and pattern stash, pictured below. The snowman pattern is a present for my mom, so I didn't have to count that one :)

Fabric added this week: 1 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week: 13 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 25 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 69 3/4 yards

Net fabric used: 43 7/8 yards...not to bad for half way through the year, and I am planning to work on a couple backs this week, so it should look even better next Sunday! 

Since I added a pattern, my net pattern usage is back to zero. 10 in/10 out or used for the year so far. I am hoping to finish the year with a positive number, even if it is just 1! Add that to my goal of reducing UFOs and it is hard to do...but I will keep working on it...I feel a new purse coming on soon! 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stash Report - Week 30

My goal this week was to buy a little fabric so I could get the top together for a comfort quilt. I have tons of greens, but found that I had fewer animal/pet prints than I originally thought. I paired fabrics, pressed, cut, and pieced last weekend so that I could know exactly what I needed to buy. I liberated my mom of 3 FQs and added three from the LQS. I used them all in the same week, so it was a good trade. 

Fabric added this week: 3/4 yard
Fabric used this week: 3 1/2 yards (didn't get to the back yet)

Fabric added year to date: 24 1/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 56 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 32 1/8 yards

I also get to add a pattern to my usage this week, so I have now used 1 more pattern than I've bought this year - yay! I have a couple others in the lineup, but it probably won't be until late August at the earliest since I have a long list of existing projects I want to work on/quilt in August. Hope you had a busty week too! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday - July 18, 2011

I started work on a new quilt this weekend for a little girl whose daddy passed away in an accident a few weeks ago. Her favorite color is green and she loves animals, so it was the perfect opportunity to pull out some of my novelty prints. I have 6 more blocks to make and hope to have the top and maybe even the back together this week.

The patterns is Barbara's Antiques by Debbie Caffrey. She came to our guild several years ago and I picked it up from her sale table. So glad to finally use it!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stash Report - Week 29

My stash report took a brief break last week because I packed a couple suitcases and took the kids to Houston to see where I grew up. We stayed with family and friends, ate a lot of good food, and swam in the pool a lot. We had a great time, and before I left, I finally finished my Judy L. quilt - got the binding sewn down on Tuesday night and I am so happy with how it looks - I am definitely going to put this one in the quilt show later this year.

I didn't do any other sewing leading up to our trip and didn't go to any quilt shops while in Houston (whew!), so the stash report would have said nothing added, nothing used last week. This week, I started a new quilt top which will be a comfort quilt for a little girl whose daddy passed away recently. I got six blocks made Friday night and am planning to head upstairs after I write this post to make another six. I am using novelty pet and animal prints, so had to borrow some from my mom and might have to pick up a few others today so I can make the quilt a nice size. The good news is that whatever I bring in will be cut up right away :)

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

Fabric added year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 52 3/4 yards

I am still at the same place for patterns - net of 0, but I am using one for the comfort quilt, so as soon as the top is together, I will be in the black :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Seven Years

That's how long it has been since our tent saw the light of day. Many years ago, my husband and I met up with my college roommate's family for a camping weekend. On Sunday morning, there were gale force winds and in the middle of a nice sleep, our tent ripped open. It actually ripped from the seam line all the way across one side of the floor. As Michelle looked out their camper, she couldn't figure out why Mike was sleeping with his legs out in the open! Needless to say, we packed up camp quickly, threw the tent in the back of our Jeep and moved in with them in their camper. We camped a couple times after that with borrowed tents, then took a hiatus from tent camping while we were raising babies. 

We started talking earlier this week about going camping and I decided today to pull out the old tent and see if I could repair it. I picked up a tent repair kit and got to work ripping out the tent "binding" along the bottom edge. I loaded my machine with a denim needle and nylon thread and pulled the table into the middle of the room. 
The repair job didn't take too long at all, and by mid afternoon, we found the canopy and set up the tent in the backyard so it can air out for a while. Now that it's all fixed up, I am craving smores! 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Another month bites the dust

Boy, did June fly by! I have a feeling July will do the same as I have two trips planned, the first beginning this Wednesday. I am packing up the kids and taking them to experience Houston in the summer. I think I am a little crazy for going when Houston is at its hottest, but the fares were good and I am looking forward to seeing lots of good friends and family. 

I got a lot finished this month, which really feels good! I had a good month from start to finish and spent 19 1/2 hours sewing (not counting hand sewing binding in front of the tv, or in the car!). Here are my accomplishments: 
- Finished the top and backing and loaded my Judy L. quilt on the frame. I made good progress but fell just shy of finishing the quilting in June. 
- Pieced the last set of hexagon blocks for a "work on it when I am out and about" quilt. I haven't taken any pictures of them yet, but plan to when they are on my design wall.
- Quilted and bound my snap sack quilt, and gifted it to my good friend Jen to hang in her ultra modern Philly home. 
- Finished the back for Lois' Oriental Stars and outsourced the quilting of it. 
- Quilted my friend Kathy's Girl Scout quilt
- Put binding on a small wallhanging UFO of Lois'

I also took a few minutes this weekend to update a couple of my sidebars. My UFO gadget shows my progress to date and adds the three projects I've started on this year but not yet finished. My 2011 goals is also updated and I think I am making good progress on them. I have a drop in project (one that I didn't plan or expect to make -- a comfort quilt) that I want to get done quickly in July, then I plan to start working on the QOV. I've picked out fabrics and a pattern so hope that I can get started on it later this month or early next month. I am also hoping to get one quilt quilted this month so I can stay on top of the "to be quilted" stack. 

Judy L. picked #2 for this month's UFO -- which is getting a top together for me. Not sure how much progress I will make on it, but if I don't work on it, I plan to work on one of the others on my list. Our bee UFO for the quarter is #4 which is my market bags that need to be quilted and assembled. I may not work on them this month, but sure do plan to get going on them before the end of the quarter like I've done with the previous two! 

Hope you all had a great June, happy and productive July to you all! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Stash Report - Week 27

This was a great week - I started with the goal of quilting my quilt from Judy's class last year, and finished with it sitting on my couch just waiting for the binding and hanging sleeve to be sewn down. I was worried about finding a good binding because I ran out of practically every fabric in the quilt (or at least didn't have enough left to make the binding), so I headed to my stash and found two fabrics that I thought could work. Both looked good, but I liked one better than the other. I got the binding and hanging sleeve made and put on yesterday, so now I have 336" of binding to sew down before I head out of town on Wednesday. I better get binding! 

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

Fabric added year to date: 22 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 51 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 28 7/8 yards

Pattern usage remains the same, net usage of 0.