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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stash Report - Week 34

The birthday celebration continued through this week, as I hosted and celebrated my birthday with my bee on Monday. For each member's birthday, all of the other members give her a fat quarter. My request was for dark blues with tone on tone or small patterns, and I got a great selection of fabrics.

I also gave a couple FQs to other bee members, so there was a little tiny bit of yardage out.

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

Fabric added year to date: 36 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 77 1/8 yards

Net fabric used: 40 3/8 yards

I also finished a quilt top yesterday, so can count another pattern as used. So far this year, I have used or donated 11 patterns, and I have added 10 patterns or books to my stash, so I am up one for the year!

This is the Opposites Attract quilt from Heather Mulder Peterson's Sizzling Sixties book. I used a jelly roll of Charisma to make it, and plan to give this as a gift when I get it quilted.

Hope you had a great week with your stash! Read more reports over at Judy's blog.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Week 33 Stash Report

Well, I had a great week but had a little backslide when it comes to the stash report! I worked this week on quilting a top for my mom that is about 1/2 done and should be finished this week. I was hoping to get it done during the week, but Jack is having a really hard time going to sleep in the evenings, and the whirr of the HQ adds to it. I am going to have to focus on quilting before bedtime or weekends for a while, I think. I have two more quilts to load right after this one, so I am hoping the evening situation will improve this week. 

So, since I couldn't do a ton of quilting this week, I spent several hours working on the cross-stitch stocking I am making for my nephew, and I got one of my newest UFOs finished. About 6 weeks ago, I had the chance to be a stunt sewer/pattern tester for Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals, but I really failed at it! I got started on the pattern and gave her some feedback, but then got waylaid with work and wasn't able to finish it before she had to go to print. The good news is that the only problems I ran into when dong the rest of the pattern were 100% user error (that's what I get for sewing something new when tired!). Here's the result - a tote bag from her newest line, Buttons and Blooms. 

I did add a little fabric this week - I placed an online order last weekend so that I can make a new purse, and also went to the Ice Cream Social sale at Quilts Plus yesterday. I picked up a couple yards for pillowcases, a quilt back, and another piece I just liked. At $4/yard, it was tough to come home with only this!

The end result for the week is:
Fabric added this week: 8 3/8 yards
Fabric used this week: 0 yards

Fabric added year to date: 34 1/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 76 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 42 1/8 yards 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stash Report - Week 32

Not much to write about today in regards to the stash report. I focused this week on finishing the quilting on the comfort quilt I am making. It gave me all kinds of problems and I wound up  using two different needles, three different threads in the bobbin, and believe I might have a bad bobbin. When I threw it on the frame last week, I thought I'd be able to finish it in an evening, but that didn't happen at all! I will post a few pictures when I get the binding on, which I hope to do today. I am happy overall with the quilt top, but the back is pretty yucky looking - some eyelashes and several places where the top thread pulled through to the back and got wrapped up in the bobbin thread. I haven't had this happen before so am wondering if it is a bobbin issue or a thread issue. For the next top I quilt, I am going to use a fresh bobbin and use the same thread in both the top and bobbin. Fingers crossed that it won't give me as many problems, because I still have that and two more quilts I want to get quilted by the end of this month. 

In stash news, I was very happy to clean up my stash last weekend and in doing so, found a cut of Kaffe Fassett fabric in Lois' stash that I can't envision myself using, so I gave it to my friend Stephanie who has quilted two of the UFO quilts for her family. My pattern usage isn't detailed below, but remains at a net of 0. 

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

Fabric added year to date: 25 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 76 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 50 1/2 yards

As I finish up my report this week, I feel compelled to write a word about the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair last night. I had never been to a State Fair before I moved to Indiana, and have been almost every year since I moved to Indiana. We have always so enjoyed our days there and loved seeing all the fair has to offer. I was very sad last night to see the events unfold and hear of the injuries and deaths and my thoughts go out to the families of the victims, the responders, and the onlookers. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stash Report - Week 31

I showed earlier this week my progress with stash busting at my bee's monthly work day, and that's just about all the sewing I got in. I did get a quilt loaded on the frame which I will get to today, and yesterday while the whole house was napping, I got two huge piles of fabric put back in their bins. It really makes the corner of me sewing room a lot more inviting :)

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

Fabric added year to date: 25 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 73 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 49 1/2 yards

Pattern usage remains the same at a net of zero. I am eyeing two patterns that I want to make up so hoping to get to them after all the quilting I have lined up - 4 quilts right now that I want to finish this month...guess I better get off the computer and start quilting! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

End of one month, beginning of another

It is hard to believe another month has passed, but this one went quickly because I had not one, but two vacations! I need to post about each of them...but until then, I will report on the paltry bit of sewing that happened between them. I started the month on a tear to finish up my Judy Laquidara quilt and got the final stitches in the binding the night before I left for Houston. Between Houston and PA, I got the fabric selected and blocks made for a comfort quilt, which I finished on Sunday -- well, the top is finished at least. I only had 10 1/4 hours in the sewing room, but that's not bad for being gone half the month and crazy busy the other half! 

Yesterday, I had a great day at work day and got all I wanted done and a little more. My primary goal was to get backs made for two tops I've finished, the comfort quilt, and the charity quilt. I had a couple helpers "playing quilt" on the charity top. 

Our bee also made little Christmas trees for our guild shop at the quilt show which is coming up this fall. Here's Jenna working with Mom and Debbie. 

If you live within a few hours of Indianapolis, it is a great show to visit. Basic information about it is here on our website, and if you'd like a chance at winning the raffle quilt (pictured on the website), I'd be happy to help you acquire a ticket. 

Next up is quilting away. I have these two quilts and two for my mom lined up and ready to go as soon as I have the time and energy - it ain't gonna be tonight!