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Monday, July 30, 2012

Design Wall Monday - July 30 2012

I have a fun post this evening for Design Wall Monday. Some of you know the story of Lois, who gifted me her stash when she passed away. You may also know that my bee and a few of Lois' other quilting friends have worked through her backlog of 55+ UFOs and finished more than half of them to return them to her family. Her sister Marti has been the organizer of the projects and is making sure that everyone in the family has something that fits their personality. 

At last year's quilt show, Marti came to see Lois' quilts in the show and brought a gift for me and mom - a quilting stencil to put on the wall. I knew at the time that I would be moving down to the basement in the near future, so I didn't put it up. Time passed as it always does, and I finally got back to it today. My mom came down this afternoon to help hang a few pictures around the house (always faster with a helper!). We decided to put it at the end of the sewing area that leads to my cutting table where there is a lower part of the ceiling to cover duct work (full picture cropped due to massive clutter on and around the cutting table). It definitely took two to get this up, and I love it! 

Thanks Marti!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stash Report - Weeks 29 & 30 2012

Well, I don't have any good pictures to share, but I have had a great two weeks of stash usage - most of it given away :)

My cousins were here to visit last weekend and my cousin Mary is a quilter/crafter too. I was holding a big piece of fabric for her to make a back for a quilt I am going to quilt for her - one of the early ones she made. Then, as we were talking, she mentioned wanting to do something with a Jelly Roll to see what she could come up with. I also had charm packs in the same box where the jelly rolls were stored, so I let her dig through them as well and she found one of each that she wanted to work with. I can't wait to see what she comes up with! 

I also - finally - got started on my shirt that I had hoped to finish before our vacation. I did all the cutting earlier this week and will sew on it over the next few weeks. For now, I am keeping it simple and set up a small sewing station in front of our tv so that I can watch the Olympics and make a little progress on UFOs. I have a couple things that just need straight, easy piecing, so that's the plan for my Olympic-watching sewing. 

Both of the above really helped propel my stash report in the right direction - here's the result from the last two weeks: 

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 11 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 17 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 53 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 35 yards! 

The good news is that I still have three quilt backs to make in the (relatively) near future, and I will start soon on cutting out one or two quilts to work on at retreat in October. It is looking pretty good from here - I would love to finish the year with 50+ net yards used. Time will tell! 

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Some Catch-up Quilting

I realized after Jill's post today that 1) I haven't blogged in a while, and 2) I have some quilting to show that I've been doing over the last few months but haven't posted about. 

My mom has pictures of the most recent quilt I've done, and that is headed out in the next few days as a gift, so I will post about that when it has been received. 

Before that, I finished the quilting on another quilt that my mom made, this one for a high school graduate. We had a few challenges with a back that didn't quite fit on part of one side, but were able to resolve them, and it got loaded back on my frame about two months after I took it off. I had a new panto to try for this one (Bubbles by Lorien), and it was a bit of a challenge. 
It is really hard to do circles that look good! Here's my rendition of them, and then a picture of the whole quilt - it was a big one!

The other quilt I haven't shared with you is one I did way, way, way back in February. My mom's friend made this "jelly roll challenge" with a spark - small brown rectangles that went between each jelly roll strip. I think it gives this quilt some nice movement. 
On this quilt, I used the panto Linnas Charm by Dave Husdon. I've used this one on several other tops and like how it works out. 

Come back tomorrow to see some exciting numbers on my stash report! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Michigan Family Vacation - Part 3

The final part of our vacation was the most relaxing by far. We drove south from St. Ignace to Houghton Lake, where my college roommate and her family have a small cottage right on the water. Although it was really, really hot, we managed to sit in the shade, drink lots of cool drinks, and jump in the lake whenever we got overheated. We really had a great time hanging out, boating, fishing, tubing, and just catching up. Our time together is usually pretty busy with activities or trying to see several people so it was nice to have three full days to spend with them. 

We reluctantly packed up all our stuff on Saturday afternoon and started the long drive home. We were able to break it up by meeting another college friend and his family for dinner on the way home, but it was still a long drive. 


I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the sights of our trip! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Michigan Family Vacation - Part 2

Our vacation continued north of the Mackinac Bridge. We drove over the bridge to St. Ignace, thinking it would be a nicer spot to head over to Mackinac Island. It was a great decision! The first stop there was a place Mike had found on Roadside America. The kids and Mike posed in front of Paul Bunyan and his ox, then we started the 170 step trek to the top of Castle Rock. It was a really pretty view of the area. Once down, we headed for lunch, then out to Mackinac Island on the ferry. We spent just under 24 hours on the Island and really enjoyed touring the fort, walking around the car-free island, watching the Girl Scouts do the daily flag raising and lowering, and hiking to Arch Rock. A good time was had by all and we headed back to St. Ignace on the afternoon of July 4th to head for part 3 of the vacation. As with the last vacation post, there are lots of pictures and they are not re-sized, so it may take some time to load them. 

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and come back soon to see the final part of the trip. 

Stash Report - Weeks 26-28 2012

Vacation got in the way of my stash reports for the last few weeks (and I didn't mind at all!).  Before we headed out, I did finish the turtle quilt for Jenna's teacher and she gave it to her on the last day of school. Jenna reported that she liked it a lot. I thought I had a final picture of it, but can't find it right now. 

On vacation, I visited a quilt shop in Houghton Lake, MI - AJ's Quiltery. It was a small, but nice shop and I found some nice pieces of fabric to bring home. One went right out the door to my mom before I got a picture of it. When I gave Mom her fabric, she gave me my Aurifil thread from a recent bee order. I am so excited to have a cone of the white because it is one of my favorite threads to use in my HQ. 

While I was gone, my mom used some of Lois' florals to make a back for a quilt that we found in a box which I thought only had scraps in it! It was quite a surprise to find a finished quilt top there, so Mom made the back and I will load it on the frame soon. Work on Lois' UFOs has slowed, so it will be nice to get something of hers finished up and to her family again. 
Quilt top on the left, backing on the right
So, with all that activity, here's the stash report: 

Fabric added last 3 weeks: 1 1/2 yards
Fabric used last 3 weeks 5 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 17 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 42 yards

Net fabric used: 23 5/8 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Michigan Family Vacation - Part 1

I took a little blogging hiatus in honor of our family vacation. We had a great week in Michigan! Here's a little photo journal of our first few stops (warning - lots of photos, not resized, so they may take a couple mins to load). 

Stop 1: Overnight stay at Alma College (my alma mater) with dinner at Tony's in St. Louis, MI. Love those steak sandwiches!

Stop 2: Wilderness State Park - camping on the shore of Lake Michigan, swimming, hiking, donut and smore eating, sunset beach walks, bridge viewing, lighthouse exploring, and lots of smiles (especially since our new tent made it through rain with no leaks!)

All of that in just the first three days! More to come...