2016 APQ UFO Challenge List

Saturday, March 3, 2018

February 2018 Accomplishments and Stash Report

Wow, where did February go? Oh, right, to the Olympics! I spent a lot of time watching and enjoying the Olympics, and didn't spend that much time sewing. Even so, I did get a few things done. 

I pulled out my UFO #9 and decided to start making some more blocks. It is a Thangles Buck-a-Block from 2008! I diligently made the blocks way back when, and then put them away as I had decided not to buy the finishing kit. I knew when I pulled it out that 12 blocks wouldn't be enough to really make anything with, so I started making opposite color blocks. I had a good time, was reminded how many darn steps there are in making blocks with Thangles, and taught both kids how to carefully pull off the paper! In the end (today actually), I got 9 more blocks made before I ran out of fabric, and here they are on my design wall. I don't quite know what to do next, so I think I will take them to  my mini-retreat next week and see if my friends have some ideas. I have plenty of batik fabrics I can use with them, but just need some ideas on how to set them. I'd like to wind up with a nice sized lap quilt. 
At the same time as I was working on the Thangles, I was also getting my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks for February done. I posted about them last weekend and you can see the pictures here

I also did some handwork during the Olympics, and got my hand embroidery done on my Valentine's candle mat. I got it quilted and bound just in the nick of time before the end of the month. This one, being a very small quilt, got straight line quilting on my regular machine. 
Last up in the quilting department is a top I quilted for my mom. It was an easy quilt job after last month's custom quilting. 
In the cross-stitch department, I finished up my Topsy Turvy Bunnies from Val's Stuff. I got this pattern in the sale room at my Local Needlework Shop, Persnickety Stitchers, last year. It's nice to get it stitched up quickly! I used all kinds of substitute thread in this one, from DMC to Weeks Dye Works to Splendor Silks. I like the way it turned out and I will probably finish it into a little cube. 
For the stash report, I took a little hit because I did some SuperBowl sale shopping - both at the Needlework shop and the quilt shop! I went big an bought a new kit with a Minkee back at the quilt shop. I can't wait to make this one and cuddle underneath it! 
Quilt Shop Purchases
Fabric added this month: 7 7/8 yards
Fabric used this month: 5/8 yard

Fabric added year to date: 7 7/8 yards
Fabric used year to date: 1 3/4 yards

Net fabric added: 6 1/8 yards (I better get working on a few backs to turn that number around!)

And in the challenge to find 15 minutes a day, I was successful about half the month (before and after the Olympics!) in finding three days/week to sew. For the whole month, I had 10 days where I spent time in my sewing room for a total of 13 1/4 hours of sewing. 

Hope you had a nice February and have some fun plans for March (I do!)....more to come in the weeks ahead!  

Linking up with:
Judy's UFO Challenge
Donna's Stash Report Sunday
Kate's 15-Minutes a Day


Suzanne said...

Your blue and white blocks are wonderful! Have fun at your mini-retreat.

dq said...

It was a great idea ot do positive/negative blocks with the letover pieces. It will be a lovely quilt!

Carol said...

You know I love the blue and white blocks, Jennifer--that will be a lovely quilt. What size is considered lap-sized? And the Valentine's Day finish is adorable as are the sweet bunnies.

Enjoy those nice new goodies and I can't wait to hear about your March plans :)

Kate said...

February was a pretty productive month! Your Thangles blocks turned out beautifully. Looking forward to seeing what's next on that project. Congrats on finding time to stitch last month and thanks for linking up last week.

Laura said...

I recently bought the double wide dresden tool too! Can't wait to try it out. I just need to get these graduation quilts done first.

Christina said...

Your Thangles quilt is going to be gorgous no matter what you do with it next. You made great progress during the month of February and I hope March was just as successful for you too!