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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stash Report - Weeks 28-30, 2015

Both of my stash usages over these last few weeks have been in support of some of my goals for the year - it is nice when it works out that way!  

First up is my string blocks - I cut a few more foundations so that I am ready to go for the next few months, and I also made the two blocks for this month in the cream colorway.  

On the other goal, I pulled out and started working on a bunny table runner kit. My mom and dad gave this to me for Christmas several years ago (I only know that because the tag was in the bag with the kit!). I am close to finished on it - down to the hand sewing at the end now. 

Here's the accounting: 

Fabric added last 3 weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last 3 weeks: 1 1/2 yards

Fabric added year to date: 6 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 115 7/8 yards 

Net fabric used: 109 1/2 yards

I am tracking really well on both the additions and the usage compared to prior years - I've usually added at least 2 or 3 times the amount of fabric and have used about 1/2 as much, so I am really happy with the progress this year. 

Hope you had a great week with your stash! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

June 2015 Accomplishments

June was a fun month in our house as we ended a school year and the kids started some new summer camps. I am glad to report that everyone enjoyed where they were despite some rain. I also accepted a new position at work, so I was busy wrapping up my old job to get ready for the new one at the end of the month.  The exciting news is that the new job will come with some travel (in the US), which I am looking forward to in August (I may not be as excited once I've done the 5:50 am flight a few times!). 

In June, most of my sewing happened during the weekends, but I am pleased with what I got done: 
- Made two zip bags for our guild shop at the semiannual quilt show (coming up this October!)
- Finished teacher gifts - a quilt for my daughter's teacher, a fabric bowl for my son's teacher, and a fabric box for the bus driver. (and all before school got out!) 
- Made orange and teal-blue string blocks
- Made 2 trip around the world blocks for Diana's Golden Needle
- I also continued to work on my applique Christmas quilt, which I haven't taken a picture of recently - I think I will hold this one for the final reveal when I get the top done. I am getting some good practice with my Scan'n Cut machine with this one, as there are lots of pieces! 

In my stitching adventures, I finished two kits: 
- Firenze stamped cross-stitch
- Alphabet Sampler embroidery

My list for July is fairly short - I want to get one project done - no specificity on which one, but one of my kits. I have three in progress, so there are a lot to choose from! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June 2015 Recipes

We are still working to add a few new recipes into the rotation each month, along with eating some of our favorites. It is hard to believe that we've been doing this for three years now - the variety of foods we eat has certainly increased, and I am please to say that the grocery bill is about the same.  We also go out to eat less, because I am more intentional about planning the menus for the week before I go to the grocery store. We certainly still have nights where no one feels like cooking, but they are more like once or twice a month now instead of once or twice a week! 

Four new recipes got added to the rotation this month, but only two pictures taken: 

Hidden Valley Grilled Chicken - this is a really easy recipe and Mike was surprised we hadn't made it yet. I think this is the same recipe that my neighbor uses and we have liked it at her house and liked it at ours too! This is a great grill recipe and I know we'll be making up more soon. 

Italian Sausage Lasagna - this was a recipe sponsored by Johnsonville. I didn't find their sausage at the grocery store, but what I did find worked very well. The primary difference from this to other lasagna recipes was the mix of sausage and ground beef (which we loved).  I am not sure it was really any better than other lasagna recipes, and the print on the recipe was tiny! We will go back to my aunt's recipe next time with the mix of meats and see if that's any better or about the same.  If they are both the same, we'll go for the larger print recipe!

Quicker Pork Chops over Stuffing - Next up for dinners was one from the 2000 Quick Cooking recipes book that we originally used in March 2013. This one was great. The kids didn't care for the stuffing, but they did like the chops, so it is easy to adapt for the whole family.

Mrs. Truman's Coconut Balls - I made these "cookies" for a work pitch-in and they were very easy, if a little messy.  I added dried cherries to half of them and left half plain.  They were both pretty tasty! 

Off to pick out a few new recipes for July!

Stash Report - Weeks 23-27, 2015

It has been a month since I did my last stash report, and there has been a little activity, but not too much. I don't have any looming deadlines, so I've been puttering around. 
My zip bags
Over the past 4 weeks, I've made zip bags with my bee for our donation to the guild shop at our quilt show (which is coming up in October - more info here), teacher gifts, foundation for my string blocks, and strips for scrappy trip around the world blocks. 
Zip bags from our bee
Here's the accounting: 

Fabric added last 4 weeks: 0 yards
Fabric used last 4 weeks: 2 7/8 yards

Fabric added year to date: 6 3/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 114 3/8 yards

Net fabric used: 108 yards
Scrappy Trips blocks

Friday, July 3, 2015

Some Stitching Finishes

Sometime in the last year, I received one of my stitching kits back from my mom.  It is a stitched picture of the Ponte Vecchio that I purchased while in Florence more than 10 years ago.  I gave it to her, but she decided she wouldn't ever stitch it, so gave it back to me. I started on it around the beginning of March and it took me 3 full months to finish it - I had some other projects going in between and almost stopped to put it away once, but I managed to stick with it and I am really happy with the finished product.  It was a stamped pattern on Aida, and it convinced me to 1) never buy a stamped pattern again, and 2) avoid Aida at all costs - at least in a kit like this. It was really stiff. I will probably try my hand at framing this one myself and it will go on a wall somewhere in the house. 

One of the other projects I was working on at the same time is the Alphabet Sampler from Stitch Supply Co.  I saw this on someone else's instagram feed and fell in love with it. I purchased all the materials (yikes, a new kit!) earlier this year and followed along with the stitch along that Ann hosted for the first few weeks. For some reason, this kind of got put away, so once I finished Firenze, I decided to pull this out and work on it until it was finished.  I am really happy with the finished result and very pleased with all the new stitches and techniques I learned. I have a few other embroidery pieces in the basement and now I am looking forward to pulling them out. 

I've got two projects going right now - both fall themed.  As soon as I finish one of them, I am going to start on a baby sampler for a little boy born recently. All of his older brothers and sisters have their own announcement, so he will get one too. I am going to have to stay disciplined, because I really want to start on it right away! Hopefully by writing it down on my blog, I will stay true to my plan!