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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stash Report - Weeks 50-52, 2014

I haven't been doing much sewing at all in December - early on because I was really busy with work, and since then because I was sick and then recovering and just didn't have the energy to sew.  I have managed to maintain some level of crafting productivity through cross-stitch and crochet, which are easier couch crafts when you're tired and coughing. 

I did get a few yards used over the past couple weeks, as I finished off a teacher gift and then worked with my daughter to make sleeping bags for her dolls. 

Jenna had a great time selecting fabric, ironing, sewing, and stuffing the pillows and her dolls seem to really enjoy the bags :) 

Fabric added last 3 weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last three weeks: 3 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 47 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 62 5/8 yards

Net fabric used: 15 1/8 yards

I will track any usage over the next week and cut off the 2014 usage from the 2015 with a partial week report, and when I do that, I will share my usage over time so you can see how much less I used this year than I have in the past! 

Hope your year of crafting or quilting has been rewarding and you've finished the projects that you planned, or enjoyed setting them aside to work on something different altogether! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Quilt #20 - Kathy's Batik Table Runner

Kathy gave me a top of hers a while back and asked me to quilt it up with my choice of design. It is a pretty contemporary design and once I laid it out, I decided to quilt it along the lines of the design to highlight the chevron shapes. I quilted swirls in the chevrons, then took the quilt off the frame and stitched in the ditch along the straight lines to make them pop a bit. 

This was a quick and easy one to do - I used a blue/brown/tan variegated Lava thread on top and Bottom line in the bobbin and they were a good combination. Kathy supplied the Warm and Natural batting, which is one of my favorites. 

Next up, one of my own UFOs! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

November 2014 Re-Cap

Now that we're halfway through December, I am finally getting to my recap from November! My goal for the month of November was to quilt, quilt, quilt. I did a great job focusing on my quilting and finished the project that was on my frame Dec 1, then quilted 4 more tops! Three of them were small, but that doesn't matter in the land of UFOs, does it? 

I did  minimal other sewing, but wound up with 16 3/4 hours in my studio, not counting hand sewing time. I think that's the highest I've had in quite a while when I wasn't on a retreat. 

Here's what I got done in November: 
- Finished quilting Loralei's Blue and Grey batik quilt
- Loaded and quilted Melissa's Rail Fence
- Loaded and quilted fall candy squares table runner
- Loaded and quilted small wonky trees wall quilt
Bound and ready for gifting
- Loaded and quilted Kathy' table runner (still to blog)
- Made cash and carry bag (teacher gift)

It was a great month for quilting and I am really glad to have some of my projects done and some of the ones I had for others done! 

I am not going to set specific goals for December. I have a little holiday sewing to do, and hope to get one or two tops finished, but if not, that's okay too.  I have been spending more time on the couch recently working on my stitching and crocheting, so I still feel good that I am getting something done! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stash Report - Weeks 47-49, 2014

I have been spending most of my quilting time over the last several weeks on quilting finished tops rather than starting new ones, and it is really nice to clear out some unfinished projects.  The small bit of usage I have over the last few weeks is for bindings, a Christmas present, and birthday fat quarters for my bee. 

For the bindings, I found some in my stash to work with all the smaller tops I've done recently - the wonky trees, and the fraternal twin table runners.  The wonky trees is all sewn down as of this morning and it will become a Christmas present. The table runners have the binding attached, but not stitched down yet, so I will work on that at upcoming bee meetings.  There's no rush for either of these. 

The gift is for my daughter's teacher - a Cash and Carry bag from a Terry Atkinson pattern. I picked up a couple kits in Shipshewana, and this is the first one that's finished. 
I still have a few presents to work on, but hope to have plenty of time over the break, which will start for me next Friday! 

Here's the official accounting: 

Fabric added last three weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last three weeks: 1 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 47 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 59 1/4 yards

Net fabric used: 11 3/4 yards

It won't be my best year for fabric usage, but that's okay - it gives me something to work on next year! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

November 2014 Cooking Challenge

Before I counted up this month's recipes, I thought we'd done pretty well - I would have guessed 6-8 recipes.  It turns out we only made 4 new ones from the recipe folder, plus two off the internet.  The others were ones that we tried again from last year and the good news is that the two together gave us a month with pretty good variety.  Here are the four new recipes we tried this month: 

Penne-Wise Pumpkin Pasta - I pulled this one out of a Rachael Ray magazine several years ago but was never brave enough to try it!   I intended to make this in October, but was a little unsure about it still, so finally Mike made it one night when I wasn't home and I ate leftovers when I arrived.  It was okay - it was fairly bland, so we added some hot sauce to the portions that the adults ate, but it didn't do much for us.  The kids didn't like it at all! 
Apple Chip Snacking Cake - this recipe was a result of having too many apples in the house, so I dug through the dessert recipes until I found one that called for apples.  In the end, it only used two, so I still have a bunch of apples!  This recipe came from Hershey's website and the date on the paper says I pulled it off in summer of 1997!  This was a tasty cake - the right combination of fruit, chocolate, and cake - and I think we'll make this again next time we have too many apples! 

Our third recipe this month is from a 2012 Cooking Light - Crisp Chicken Marinara.  It seems like we've tried quite a few recipes similar to this - breaded chicken with sauce and noodles. This one was billed as a lower calorie version of Chicken Parmesan, and it was good, but nothing to write home about.  I think we've had other breaded chicken recipes that I would put above this one, but I will hang on to this and we'll probably have it again.

The final recipe this month is from Everyday Food, and is Creamy Shells with Tuna and Spinach.  This one is billed as an update to old fashioned tuna casserole.  This one split us 50/50 - the guys liked it and the girls were lukewarm.  We all agreed that we like traditional tuna noodle casserole better, but we'll adjust the recipe a bit (less pepper, more of other spices) and try it again in the future. 
From searching the internet, I also made baked pumpkin, which I'd had about 18 years ago in Australia, and also Crash Hot Potatoes (I pulled the recipe from facebook, and it was a little different from this one, but close enough to give you the idea), which were a great way to have red skinned potatoes - they took a while, but we will definitely make these again! 
Baked pumpkin
Crash Hot Potatoes
We have one more month of our recipe challenge remaining and I have about 100 recipes left!  We'll try to get through several of them this month, but we'll have a lot left to continue experimenting with next year! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

On the Crochet Hook - Nov 28 2014

As I shared a few weeks ago, I have started to crochet, and I am having a really good time buying yarn and looking through Ravelry for patterns.  One of the early patterns I found is the crochet version of the Snowdrift cowl, and I thought it was really pretty.  When in Shipshewana for my retreat last month, I picked up some yarn to make it and I got it started (and re-started more than once) over the last few weeks.  It is an easy pattern to work on for a beginner, as it is just two stitches that you alternate, and then repeat row after row.  I have a long way to get to 60", and in the meantime, the kids have asked me to make them hats, so I will have more than one thing on the hook this time next week! 

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving - we spent a great day at my sister-in-law's farm and the kids enjoyed a donkey cart ride, skeeball with the cousins, games after dinner, and a movie and snuggle on the couch with their aunt. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Quilt #19 - Three Wonky Trees

Back when Shiisa Quilts was a brick and mortar shop in Bloomington, IN, I picked up a little fat quarter bundle that came with a pattern to make a small wall hanging.  I don't remember when I made it, but it has been a while, so it was time to get this one quilted. 

I have known for quite a while that I wanted to do some custom quilting on this one, but didn't know quite what I wanted to do until a few weeks ago, and after the last few that I have done, I was ready to get going. I put my microhandles on the machine so that it was easier to do the detail work and I pulled up my barstool to settle in for some tiny stippling. 
I used a rayon thread on this one and I was a little unsure of how that would work out, since the only other time I used rayon it shredded like crazy - so much that I decided not to use it within the first 5 minutes.  This time, it worked like a dream. I used a gold in the trees and border, and a blue in the background and I am really pleased with how it turned out. 
My only regret is that I didn't pick up any binding fabric when I got this...so I will have to dig a little to find something that complements it. Once bound, this one goes into my Christmas gift pile! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Quilts #16 and #18 - Fraternal Twin Table Runners

Back in March at my bee retreat, I whipped up a couple table runners - same pattern, but different fabrics - with Moda candy squares.  I added them to the lineup to quilt this month because I keep moving them around my sewing room - I didn't want to fold them up and put them away because then I'd have to add them to my UFO list :) 

Here's the first one - I went a little crazy on it! 
I wanted to work on doing some circle and some continuous curves (inside the squares), so I just went for it.  I saw tons of mistakes as I was quilting it, and I still see a lot of them after it is all done, but I am glad to have tried it.  I also did something different with the borders and did a different loopy design on each side. I think this quilting gives you lots to look at! 
On the second one, I was still thinking about some of the designs I had done on Loralei's quilt and I kept coming back to the back and forth, which I really liked the look of. 
I thought it would compliment the fence fabric and give it a more simple, modern feel. This was a fun one to quilt, and it is always nice to load a table runner and get it done quickly! 
I have another table runner on the frame now and I am looking forward to doing some fun quilting with it too! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stash Report - Weeks 44-46, 2014

I haven't had a lot to report on the stash report front since I have been quilting like crazy over the past few weeks (see recent blog posts here, here, and here). But I did take a break to do a little shopping with my mom last week.  There is a small store in town which is newer and they are a true fabric store, with some quilting cotton, but also a lot of other fabrics - wool, denim, knit, laminates, and more.  They were having their Holiday Open House, so we stopped by and I picked up some fabric to make a skirt with.  I have never been a garment sewer and my two tries at making shirts haven't turned out too well.  I picked up a Craftsy class recently on how to make an A-line skirt, so was glad to get some sale fabric to experiment with.  I also found some thread and a zipper that matched perfectly, and while I was on my way to the cash register, I paused to look at the patterns and had to pick up the giant pincushion pattern just because!  
 The other addition to my stash over the last few weeks was a few remaining birthday fat quarters, so now I have a full new set of black and whites - I do have a plan for these, but it will have to get in line behind several more tops that I plan to finish by the end of the year! 
I did have a small piece in the used category too - a backing for one of the table runners I quilted over the past week.  I'll post about that one and share photos soon! 

Fabric added last three weeks:  2 3/4 yards
Fabric used last three weeks: 1/2 yard

Fabric added year to date: 47 1/2 yards
Fabric used year to date: 57 7/8 yards

Net fabric used: 10 3/8 yards (at least I am still in the black!)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Yikes - I am into yarn!

For the past year or so, I have had an interest in adding fiber arts to my craft repertoire. I already stitch and quilt, but wanted to learn how to knit or crochet.  I decided since my mom already knits and has made me lots of cool stuff that way that I would dip my toe into crochet.  I tried to learn from a few books earlier in the year, but couldn't quite figure it out, so when Craftsy had one of their great sales, I took advantage of it and purchased Crochet Lab with Vickie Howell.  It sat for a while, but I knew I would have some downtime on the airplane for a trip in late September, so I stole some yarn remnants and hooks from my mom and brought them along.  Thanks to the download option on Craftsy, I was able to learn while on the flight, and I got my swatches of single and double crochet done pretty easily. 

I have dabbled a little more with projects, making a small case and a scarf that isn't quite long enough for anyone (with leftover yarn). I am currently working on a washcloth that should be finished soon.  

So, last week, my mom, Jenna, and I had a nice girls day and went out to lunch and did a little shopping, stopping first at The French Seam for their holiday open house (come back tomorrow to see what I bought there), and then to Broad Ripple Knits so that I could show my mom where it was.  We were both doing a good job of looking with our eyes and not our credit cards until she pointed out the 50% off bins on the stairs. I should have taken a picture - there must have been 5 or 6 huge tubs of yarn all on sale for great prices.  Now, I don't know much about buying yarn yet, but I do know that 50% off is a good deal, so I had a little fun! 

I have since joined Ravelry (jenquilter), entered my stash, and started looking for some projects to make with the yarn I bought.  Given the relatively small quantities, I think there will be several hats and scarves in my future!  I hope to share some finished projects soon! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quilt #17 - Melissa's Rail Fence

#17 is a quilt that I picked up this summer when we stayed with my friend's family in North Carolina.  When I gave her the quilt that I made for her, she showed me the one she made, but never got quilted (her first quilt!). I offered to bring it home and quilt it up for her and she took me up on it.   After all the custom quilting on the last one, I needed something pretty simple to do next, so I did an allover stipple/meander on this one. I thought the traditional quilting pattern worked well with the rail fence quilt pattern and the more traditional fabrics. 

My friend gave me the batting for this one (she had it basted already), and I am not positive, but I think it was probably Quilter's Dream, a fairly thin version.  I used Aurifil thread on the top and So Fine in the bobbin.  The thread combo worked really well until about 2/3 of the way through the quilt and then I had a few issues with it getting twisted in the thread path.  After the second time, I re-threaded the whole thing (top and bobbin) and adjusted the tension and it seemed to work a little better. 
This one was a fun one to quilt - I need to get it trimmed up, packed up, and in the mail to her now! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilt #16 - Loralei's Blue and Grey Batik

A few months ago, Loralei gave me a couple tops to quilt with no deadline (those are the kinds I like!).  Once retreat was finished, I thought it would be a good idea to start working through hers and the others that I have been given to quilt.  
The whole quilt
When I looked at Loralei's quilt, I saw a good opportunity to do some custom quilting.  I looked through my Angela Walters books and was inspired by a quilt she shows where she had a consistent (simple) pattern in the sashing, and then different quilting in each block.  I decided that would be a good chance to see how much I could easily do.  
Paisley in the border, intersecting wavy lines in the border, and a couple of the custom patterns in the blocks
When I started on the blocks, I thought I might repeat a smaller number of patterns in each row, but then decided to branch out a little more and quilt a unique pattern in each of the 20 blocks (remember last time I tried something like this?).  I took a few minutes to plot everything out before I got going, so I knew which 20 designs I would use.  Most were familiar to me, but a few were new ones that I wanted to try. 
Straight line meandering
I had a lot of issues with thread breakage on this quilt, in addition to tons of starts and stops, which made it a little frustrating, but I managed to get through it, even turning the quilt to get my wavy lines done in one pass on the sashing.  I used light blue Permacore on the top and silver Bottom Line in the bobbin, and she supplied one of my favorite battings  - Tuscany Wool.  Even with the thread issues I had, I really loved how the thread just glides through that batting and leaves a really nice texture behind. 
Back and forth with wavy lines in the sashing
An intersection in the sashing with different quilt patterns in each of the blocks. 
In the end, I am really pleased with how it turned out and hope that Loralei likes it just as well! 
A little unrelated to the technical aspects of the quilting, I pulled out the pattern port that my dad made me when I had my first machine, and found it to be incredibly useful.  You can see I had it stacked with the books I was using for reference, painter's tape to mark the starts and stops, the seam ripper (which was used quite a bit on this one), and my list of patterns to quilt.  My dad made mine for me for about $25 with plexiglass, window curtain rods, and velcro from the local hardware store. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quilt # 14 - Crossroads/Plan B

Last year, at my Shipshewana retreat, I participated in the challenge to make the quilt called Crossroads from Blue Underground.  We all pick our own fabric but make the same pattern...at least that's the plan.  I managed to cut my fabric incorrectly, so I went with plan B, which is how my quilt got it's name.  I wound up setting the blocks with a small square in the middle and I really like how it turned out.  I finished the top a retreat last year, but it sat waiting to get quilted this year. 
I knew I wanted to take it back for show and tell, so I got it loaded on the frame in early September, and it lingered there for quite a while, not getting finished for a couple weeks. I got it trimmed up and cut the fabric for the binding, which I made and attached at my retreat this year.  During some late night gabbing at retreat and one bee meeting in October, I have gotten about half of the binding sewn down. I will get back to it this month and it will be tossed over my couch throughout the fall. 

I quilted this one with the Autumn Leaves pantograph, one of my favorites!  It worked up well with Sulky polylite thread on the top and So Fine in the bobbin.  The batting is Warm and Natural, and I used some fall leaves fabric with fat quarters on each side to make up the backing.  
This was an enjoyable one to quilt and I am looking forward to snuggling under it this fall (and for many to come)! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Cooking Report

We are still really enjoying all the different recipes that we're trying, but it is getting harder and harder to remember which ones we really enjoy!  This month, we went back and made some of the recipes from last year again, and they seem new again after so many different ones that we've tried over the last two years.  The good news is that we definitely don't feel like we're in a dinner rut anymore. 

This month, we tried 5 new recipes. Here they are: 

Chicken Kebabs from Cooking Light - this was a great weeknight meal - and Mike made the sauce in two different batches - spicier for us and mild for the kids. We all enjoyed this dinner and will definitely make it again.  The kids really enjoyed eating off the skewers. 

Pepperoni Pasta Bake from Everyday Food - This was the second stuffed shells recipe we had in two weeks (our neighbor made a Cooking Light version first), and we liked this one with zucchini, but I think we preferred the CL one with spinach more. Even so, you can't really go wrong with stuffed shells, so I think this one will stay in our recipe folder! 

Chili Mac  from Cooking Light - With the weather starting to cool, I am enjoying the pasta dishes, and this one didn't disappoint. It made a ton of food and it was good on day one and even better a few days later 

German Chocolate Pecan Pie from Everyday with Racheal Ray - I really have not done a good job of working through the dessert recipe folder this year, but Mike's birthday was this month, so I put several recipes in front of him and he chose this one.  It was a good choice, despite the fact that I read the recipe incorrectly and put way too much butter in the pie crust. I will definitely make this one again.

Gourmet Pumpkin Seeks from Woman's World (someone must have given this to me, because I have never subscribed to or purchased that magazine).  We tried classic seeds, sweet-tooth seeds, and Italian seeds.  Everyone in the family liked the classic the best. I enjoyed the other two the night we made them, but they haven't aged well at all.  I think I will cut out the classic recipe and trash the others.  I forgot to take a picture of these, but they don't really look any different than normal toasted pumpkin seeds. The good news is that we still have pumpkin seeds in our fridge, so there is plenty to make more! 

Hope you enjoyed our adventures from this month - I already have a few recipes pulled out for November that say "fall" to me, so I am looking forward to some more new things soon. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October Accomplishments & Four Things for November

always a great month for quilting when you have a retreat! Between the prep work, the retreat, and the follow-on when I got home, I got in 32 3/4 hours of sewing (23 1/4 at retreat).  

My accomplishments for the month were: 
- Prepped for retreat by cutting out a couple projects and pulling together way more than I could actually finish in one weekend. 
- Prepped Crossroads for binding, attached it, and made good progress on the hand sewing. 
- Cut out and finished Urban Pods quilt top
- Made notebook cover
- Made Periwinkle mini top 
- Quilted one of my candy square table runners (that I made at my spring retreat)
- Loaded and made good progress on quilting a top for my friend.

I finished two of my four goals for the month - prepping for retreat and finishing a top.  I got well on my way to quilting a top for someone else (I hope to get that done today). I didn't get to the fourth goal - making a new bag/purse.  

After looking at all the tops I have to quilt, I decided that I could really just quilt for the rest of the year and not do any/much piecing and that would really help me make some progress on all the UFOs I have around, so that's going to be my goal for November - quilt 4 things - tops/table runners/mine/others.  I know that I will be doing some piecing as I take a project or two to my bee workday and I know there will be times I just don't feel like quilting.  

Hope you had a great October - in addition to a really fun retreat, we enjoyed some beautiful fall colors here this year. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday - October 27, 2014

For my stash report yesterday, I showed you the purchases from my retreat. I thought it would be fitting to show my finished projects from retreat for Design Wall Monday on Patchwork Times. 

I took several (too many) projects with me to retreat, but I had two that I really wanted to get done and I am pleased to say that I finished both of them. First up was the Urban Pods quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler.  This is the first time I've used the ruler and I really enjoyed it. The cutting all went very easily (even for a lefty like me), and I had all my curved shapes ready to go when I arrived at retreat.  The quilt took me a long time to put together because every piece was curved...three pieces for each of the 96 blocks!  It was slow but pretty easy sewing, and I took breaks as I went along (usually for snacks).  I trimmed the first set of blocks when they were done and then had the motivation to keep going for the second set of blocks.  In the end, I spent more than two full days (about 15 hours of sewing) making this top, and I love it!  The seams aren't all perfect, but I really like how the fabrics came together in the end. 
The second project was a notebook cover for my neighbor. Her birthday was last week, so she's lucked out two years in a row with me making her a present while I was at retreat :)  This was a pretty easy pattern too, and it worked better for me than the other time I had to do some basting/gathering of fabric and then press it to fusible. I wound up having extra fabric pieces cut - I did all the cutting in one pass, but must have misread a few of the details. In the end, the cover wound up being about 1/4" too small all around for a standard composition notebook (which is what it was supposed to cover).  I think it was probably due to the interfacing I used, so I will have to try it again with a lighter weight interfacing, or I will have to get on amazon to find a slightly smaller notebook! 
 The final project that I worked on was one that I brought along just to play. It is a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. called Periwinkle.  They showed it in the book and main video with charm packs, but I bought the mini template and paper pieces and did it with a pack of 2 1/2" squares, and boy, was it fun!  I didn't realize when I started how all the lines would come together and make it look almost three dimensional. I really love how this one worked out and now must decide whether I want to use it as a wall hanging/mini-quilt or as a pillow. I am also not sure how I am going to quilt it, so if you have any great suggestions, please let me know! 

All in all, I am really pleased with all I got done at the retreat. It is nice to bring home finished tops/projects. And the best part is that I still have a few cut and ready to sew on at any time. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stash Report - Weeks 41-43, 2014

The last three weeks were focused on preparing for retreat, going to retreat, and then recovering and unpacking from retreat!  It was a great time, as is always the case, and I will post a more thorough post about it later. 

As far as the stash report is concerned, I realized that I hadn't counted in a 4 yard fat eighth bundle that I won from Sweetwater last month.  I shared a photo of it here. I did add a few things at retreat, but really curbed my purchases from what I have bought in prior years. I did pick up a few fabric packs to make little bags for Christmas/teacher gifts, and I also bought a small kit to make some Christmas ornaments. 

My usage included cutting out two quilts - one lap size, the other mini - a binding, and a notebook cover.  I am happy to report that I got them all put together at retreat. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be working on some Christmas gifts, some quilting, and hopefully some UFOs!  I am not sure that I will have that much more fabric usage this year...but that's okay - there is always next year! 

Fabric added last three weeks: 6 1/4 yards
Fabric used last three weeks: 4 yards

Fabric added year to date: 44 3/4 yards
Fabric used year to date: 57 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 12 5/8 yards

Hope you are having a fun fall with your stash! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

September Cooking

During the  month of September,I pulled out several recipes that looked good and I thought we made quite a few of them, but when I went to pull the "used" file yesterday, I found only two new ones!  We did revisit some that we've made in the last year and made them again, so it wasn't a totally boring month.  My tomatoes finally started ripening, so I pulled out the recipe I'd specifically held for that season and it made a delicious lunch salad.  I was surprised that the kids even ate this one since it was full of spinach.  I guess the yummy dressing was enough to make it palatable. They also discovered that they both like artichoke hearts (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree on this - my mom and I both love them!). Artichoke and Pasta Salad is another winner from Cooking Light, and I will definitely make it again on a warm summer day. 

The second recipe is Chicken, Spinach, and Noodle Casserole from Real Simple. The dish turned out well and I swear we got a picture, but it is missing. My only gripe with this dish was the "One dish dinner" headline.  While it baked in one dish, there were about four others involved in the preparation, so there was a lot of dishwashing to do in the end! We had our neighbor's son staying with us for the weekend and he gobbled it down. Our own kids balked a little and wound up with buttered noodles instead of the casserole, but that's fine, because it was easy to cook a few more noodles and leave them on the side. 

We will be back at it in October, and I have a goal to dig through the dessert recipe file a little more - that one hasn't had nearly enough attention this year! 

Stash Report - Weeks 39-40, 2014

I used a little bit of fabric over the last two weeks in preparation for my retreat in a couple weeks.  I am cutting out Urban Pods, a quilt top made with the Quick Curve Ruler. I made a couple test blocks before I cut out the whole top and they worked out pretty well, so I am well underway in cutting out the whole top. 
I also gave some fabric to my mom to make pet beds - it was a very old holiday print. That always helps the stash report :) 

I had one add last week - we were in Houston and visited a couple quilt shops and I picked up a FQ of a white on white - always a good stash builder.  I could have bought a lot more if I had checked luggage! 

Here's the official report: 
Fabric added last two weeks: 1/4 yard
Fabric used last two week: 4 3/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 39 5/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 53 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 13 3/4 yards

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September 2014 Accomplishments & Four Goals

I didn't spend too many days in my sewing area this month, but I do feel like I got a lot done!  I also got some new things started. I spent 12 1/2 hours in the sewing studio, not counting time for stitching or my other new craft. Here's what I did in that time: 

- Made a baby blanket
- Made two laminate bags
- Sewed all the buttons onto finished cross-stitch projects
- Finished another cross-stitch - this time into a cube
- Made the first of three rows I got during the Row by Row Experience. 
- Helped my daughter Jenna start sewing!  She told me that she wanted to make a doll quilt, went through my scraps to find strips, pressed them, and started sewing them into pairs, then quads. We didn't get further than that due to a few other things keeping our calendar busy at the end of the month, but I have no doubt she is ready to get back to it. 
- Finished quilting Crossroads/Plan B quilt top. I need to get it trimmed and get the binding on so that I can show it off at Shipshewana. 
- Started cutting out and made two test blocks for Urban Pods quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler
- Started my Craftsy class on crochet and made a chain and a swatch. I had a great time learning this new craft and I am looking forward to finishing the class so that I can make one or two of the projects. 
 Oh, and I almost forgot - I also won this great bundle of fabric from a Sweetwater giveaway!  What a nice surprise to see my name and then receive a Fat Eighth bundle of Elementary in the mail. 

My four goals for September seemed pretty achievable at the start of the month (don't they always!), and I got to work on them pretty well. 
1. Quilt my UFO that is hanging on the frame -- finished
2. Cut out a quilt with my Quick Curve Ruler -- started but not finished
3. Finish baby blanket -- done and gifted and I even got to cuddle the baby 
4. Sew buttons and findings on all my "almost finished" cross stitch projects. -- finished

In October, I am headed to a retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana. This will be my fourth year at this retreat and I am really looking forward to it.  I have one quilt cut out and one partially cut out (see #2 above), and I hope to get one more ready before I leave, but if not, that's okay.  I have plenty I can take and cut out there.  Here are my October goals: 
1. Quilt one of the tops that I have from friends
2. Get myself in order for retreat and have a great time there
3. Finish a quilt top
4. Make a new purse/bag

Hope you have great plans for your month!