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Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Since I haven't had a lot to say about sewing lately, let's see some pictures of the kids. They are in year round school and just returned today after a 3 1/2 week break. I was able to take some extra time off work, so we had several days together. One of their favorite things to do when home (and when I am not looking) is to grab my camera and start snapping pictures. 90% of these get deleted before I load them to the camera, but there are also some cute ones in the batch. Here are a few of the more recent kid-taken photos. 
Jenna singing her heart out
My goodness he is growing up!
Little Bear, who probably just wanted to play ball
Jack at the tree farm

Sister + Brother = Mischief

Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street - Week 1

I had a great day sewing on Friday as I participated in the Black Friday Sew-In hosted by Sandy of the Quilting for the Rest of Us podcast. My first goal was to get the binding on Jack's quilt, which I did before lunch. I then pressed and started cutting my black and white strips for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt called Easy Street. But I am getting a little ahead of myself. Let's start with my fabric choices - I made one change from the colors Bonnie suggested, so am using pink, green, and bright/aqua blues, with a constant grey and black & white backgrounds. Here's a picture of my fabrics.

So, after lunch with my mom and the kids and haircuts for the kids (the only Black Friday sale I took advantage of), I got all my strip sets for part 1 sewn together and pressed. 

After dinner, I went back down to the sewing room and started on the 4-patch units. I finished 105, and am planning to make a large lap size quilt instead of the queen size that Bonnie made, so I figure I will need somewhere in the 130-150 range of 4 patches. I hope to get the rest made this week before clue #2 comes out.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Goodies from Houston

My mom went to Houston this year for International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival. She had a great time and I hope she'll show a few photos of the trip on her blog (hint, hint). 

I was the lucky recipient of several things she picked up there: batting samples, a small Christmas wall hanging quilt, some Bottom Line thread, some quilty stickers and a post it note pack, and a package of velcro. 
Thanks Mom!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lots of Bricks

One of the things that Lois left me was a whole pile of precut fabrics - actually more than a pile - it was separated by size into about 6 plastic tubs. I think she did a lot of the cutting after Bonnie Hunter's visit to our guild a few years ago. Almost all of her precuts were floral fabrics, which I don't use in great supply. I have been sharing with the bee and I think that two or three quilts have been made with them already, and there will probably be a few more to come. Today I am going to tell you about the two that have been in the works under my roof. 

The first was a surprise UFO of Lois' - it was found in a tub of the precuts and I had no idea it was there! Along with it was a magazine with the pattern and the solid green fabric that had been used in the top. The pattern called for another big border, but I decided to finish it off as it was to make a nice lap sized quilt. My mom made the back for it (from more of Lois' florals) and I quilted and bound it. It will be ready to go to her family this holiday season. We've sure slowed down on finishing the UFOs, but I look forward to seeing her sister and passing over the few that have gotten done this year. 

The second is my leader/ender project for the year, also an idea from Bonnie Hunter. I saw a Bricks and Stepping Stones quilt on another blog a while back and decided it would be the perfect project for a leader/ender quilt and the bricks were already cut the perfect size! I have most of the blocks done and tossed it up on my design wall the other night. I will start sewing it together also as a leader/ender project and it should finish about twin size. It will get finished and I will hold on to it as a donation quilt next time there is someone in need. 
With the fabric I've shared with others and the ones I've finished, we're at the bottom of the tub of bricks! Now to move on to the strips...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stash Report - Week 45 2012

This week was a continuation of the good report that started last week. I had to finish cutting fabric to make bags for our bee Christmas donation project, then I also cut and pieced the back for Jack's quilt, so the number are pretty good. 

I finished cutting fabric last Sunday night and on Monday, the bee worked on the bags and got them all done in just under 2 hours. Here's a picture of them all lined up. In December, we will add toiletries and other items to the bags and they will be given to women who arrive at a local shelter with nothing. 
Here's the back for Jack's quilt - it is waiting for me to load it on the frame (and has been waiting from mid week). Although I have a busy week, I hope to get it started this week so that he'll have his new quilt on his bed by Thanksgiving. 
Here's the accounting: 
Fabric added this week: 3/8 yard (a kit from my mom - will show a picture later this week)
Fabric used this week: 8 1/4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 35 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 93 1/2 yards

Net fabric used: 57 5/8 yards
Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tiny Tuesday Top

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of some tiny blocks. Since then, I made 24 tiny flying geese, and connected them all and now have a tiny top. 
The top measures about 14" square and is ready to be quilted. I will likely quilt this one on my Janome, and have it up on my design wall so that I can look and think about it through the next few weeks. 

Stop by and visit Jill to see the rest of the tiny blocks this week! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

October Accomplishments

I don't think I need to say that October was a great month for sewing, because I have already showed you the fun stuff I worked on at retreat! I also took a workshop with Deb Karasik and reinvigorated my love for paper piecing. I have added two more of her quilts to my "sometime in the near future" list. 

Here's what I got done in October: 
- Cut out and pieced a quilt top for Jack's bed
- Made a baby blanket for my cousin's baby shower
- Finished binding the second Halloween table runner and sent it off to it's new home in Michigan
- Quilted Lois' Floral Bricks UFO, which we found in a box during our garage sale earlier this year! (just realized I don't have a picture of this, so I will take one after I finish binding it tomorrow)
- Made a phone/ID pouch for my neighbor to wear at Disney

- Attended a guild workshop with Deb Karasik and finished the quilt top from that workshop
- Made a new purse and started to use it at retreat
- Cut out, started, and finished Rolling Stones mini-quilt (you'll have to come back on Tiny Tuesday to see a picture of it)
- Attended my second retreat at The Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana, IN

See, it was a good month! I had 41 1/2 hours in the sewing room, over half of which was at retreat. I have plans for November that aren't as ambitious, but hope it sees one bed in my house covered with a new quilt! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stash Report - Weeks 43 & 44 2012

I haven't been doing a whole lot of sewing since returning from the retreat a few weeks ago, but I did manage to work on a couple things this week and use a little stash in the process. I finished quilting the top that's been on my frame for a few weeks and trimmed it and prepped the binding. I am planning to bind it by machine tomorrow at my bee workday. I also finished up the Rolling Stones mini-quilt, but had already counted the very small amount of yardage for that. On Friday night, I started the project which is usually my most productive each year - I started cutting kits to make fabric bags which our bee donates to a local women's shelter each December. So far, I have about half of them cut and will finish the other half tonight so we can work on them tomorrow  Here's a picture of the cut pieces hanging over the longarm poles. 

Fabric added last two weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last two weeks: 5 1/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 35 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 85 1/4 yards
Net fabric used: 49 3/4 yards

With the remaining bags and the back for Jack's quilt, I will hit 50 yards by next week for sure! Hope you had a great week with your stash!