Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall - March 30, 2015

Here's my design wall this week. All the Stripes and Stars blocks finished.   Hope to get them all sewn into rows this week. This may be wishful thinking considering how many other commitments for the week that I have.  We'll see how far I get.

QOV Stripes and Stars

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Finishes and Fabric Report - Week 13

Spent time sewing on the Stripes and Stars blocks, and I finished quilting two quilts.  One was gifted to my hairdresser, the other was a customer quilt. I do plan to finish 2 more pillowcases before the end of the day, so I'm counting 2 yards out. All my blocks are finished for the S&S quilt but I won't count yardage until top is finished.

Yellow Brick Road for Sherry
Pattern - Federation (a log cabin block)

Week #13 Fabric Report
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week- 2 yds 
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 35,75 yds
Net used in 2015 - 35.75 yds
I just noticed when I was cutting and pasting the format from last week, that the amount used for the week was incorrect.  The overall YTD totals are right though. On my spreadsheet everything is correct, so I'm still on track with YTD totals.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

OTN - March 27, 2015

This week I attended two quilt guild meetings and spent many hours in the quilting studio working on customer quilts. I was on a roll until an unfortunate accident happened, and I spent two days frogging. Grrr! You know how much fun that is, right?  Needless-to-say, I was very frustrated and really upset, so I picked up my knitting needles to calm down and try to regroup and get into a better frame of mind. It worked so well, that I ended up starting not one but two knitting projects. lol

The first is another pair of socks.  The pattern is Hermione's Everyday Socks and it's a free download on Ravelry HERE.  The yarn is Glenhaven Cashmerino from Three Irish Girls in the colorway Maeve. It feels very soft and cushy and has 10% cashmere in it.  I love that it pooled a little on the cuff. I am anxious to see if it will continue doing that when I get into the textured pattern on the leg.

The other project is a shawl called "Pretty Basic", but it is only a very small start--3 rows to be exact. Maybe next week I can get a picture my yarn and see how much more gets done on it.  

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall and Stash Report-#12

Oops!  Is it really Monday already?  What happened to Saturday and Sunday?  I swear my calendar didn't have them on there last week.  I remember Friday and then it was today.  The weekend was a blur.  Yes, you are right, my eyes need checking and I did take care of that.  Now they are really blurred with a new prescription that seems a bit too strong. The computer, TV and road signs are not clear at all.

Well, I did do some sewing BEFORE my eyes got blurred.  More pillowcases, but not the dragon ones this time--watermelons.

Another 2 yards out of my stash!  And none bought in 2015.

I also spent a little time working on my Stripes and Stars QOV quilt.  All the Ohio Stars are finished and only a few log cabin blocks to go. Soon they will be ready to be put into rows.  Here is a shot of my Design Wall when I first started this project.  Disregard those stack and whack blocks vying for attention.  It's been 7 years or more since these were started.  I think that is long enough to procrastinate, don't you?  They really are starting to bug me, but that's all the fabric there is so I was stumped as to how to use them. Maybe a baby quilt with an alternate block?.  

Week #12 Stash
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week- 7.16 yds 
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 33.75 yds
Net used in 2015 - 33.75 yds

Linking up with Judy's Design Wall. If you haven't checked out, you should.  Lots of eye candy there.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fabric Stash Report - Mar. 15, 2015

I used up a little more stash this week making pillowcases and cutting out star blocks for the Stripes and Star quilt.
3 more - dragon pillowcases
One of these was made for me by Coleen-- Thanks so much Coleen for adding that bright orange to your case. That's one more I don't have to do.  It's getting a little boring doing so many of the same print.  So far, the total is 25 of the dragon pillowcases and 16 of various other prints.  There are still 30 more dragons living in the sewing room. I wonder if they are reproducing and I don't know it! :)   

Patriotic Ohio Stars 
Here are a few of the Ohio stars.  Actually there are 5 finished and 4 cut out and ready to go later today.

Week #11
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week- 5.16 yds 
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 31.75 yds
Net used in 2015 - 31.75 yds

I'm pretty proud of myself for not adding to my stash.  I really can't see any difference in my shelves though.  It's like they say, who will notice if you remove a gallon of water from a lake.  I fear there are many more gallons of fabrics in my stash before I'll see any difference too. 

Stop by Judy's to see more fabric reports this week.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Off The Needles - Friday, March 13th

The blue variegated socks using Knit Picks Stroll fingering are finished and off the needles.  These are just a plain pair, since I thought the yarn could do the all the design work.

Now to decide which yarn to start another pair.  Remember these two skeins I bought last year?  They are from The Loopy Ewe Legends - Judy's Favorite Quilt (green/purple/white) and Denise's "Mandarin Duck", both in fingering weight dyed by Lorna's Laces.  I love both of these and am not sure I want to start socks or make something else.  I only have one skein of each.  Has anyone used this yarn for other things besides socks - shawls, hats, scarfs,?  If so, please share what pattern you used. The yarns are both long color lengths of variegated and high contrasting colors. 

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Finished UFO #3 and Fabric Report - Mar. 8, 2015

Here are my numbers for the week and pictures of what I finished.  I'm still on track with finishing a UFO each month, but this may not last much longer.  After all, Spring is here, and we know what that means -- lots of time spent playing outdoors.  

Numbers for Week 10
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week- 0.875 yd - a binding and  2 blocks 
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 26.59yds
Net used in 2015 - 26.59 yds

Here's my finished UFO#3. This quilt was started with my piecing group in December, 2012.  I had a bolt of funky tulips that I wanted to use and get out of my stash.  So, this Disappearing 9-patch quilt was started.  I'm calling it Retro Tulips because of the backing fabric.

Here's the backing fabric that started it all.  Still have one side to bind. I'll be working on this today. 

This quilt initially started with a huge 9-patch block using the tulip fabric in the center.  I gave a square of this fabric to each of my piecing group to make a BIG 9-patch with the tulips in the middle and adding their own reds, whites and greens (18+inches). After getting them back, I cut them horizontally and vertically through the middle to end up with 4 smaller blocks that were automatically bordered on 2 sides with 2 white rectangles and 1 cornerstone. This is only one possible arrangement of many depending on how you cut your original 9-patch.

Blocks for Barb P.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 9

I didn't get to spend very much time in my sewing room this week, but I did use a little from the stash.

Two more pillowcases made - one was a gift that went with a quilt (forgot to take a picture when I delivered the quilt), and the other will be added to my growing pile for children at St. Louis Children's Hospital. It reminded me of blackboard drawings of kids - little stick figures..

Numbers for Week 9
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used this week-  2.0 yd - pillowcases
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 25.71 yds
Net used in 2015 - 25.71 yds

I'm making my way slowly to my goals.  Take a look at Patchwork Times and see how others are doing on their fabric management. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

OTN and This and That - Feb. 27, 2015

I didn't quite finish my pair of socks, but it has been a good week, and there are still a couple days to go before the week is official over, right?

My blue variegated socks are over half finished and I'm anxious to get them off the needles so I can start another pair from a different angle -- toe up.

Here's the reason I did not finish my socks.   I saw a review of this book online and it sounded so good, I reserved a copy from the library.  If you like to travel and enjoy wild and funny adventures, this book will do the trick, all from your own living room. It is a story of unusual experiences for a family in Maine (with 2 teenagers), who decide to take a 6 month vacation volunteering across the globe.  They venture to Costa Rica, India, Thailand and other exotic locations. Their experiences and the people they encounter will entertain and amaze you.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much that my knitting and quilting took a back seat until I finished it. 

Last week when I posted about my finished baby quilt, I originally forgot to post a picture. Now it is really finished. Here is a completed picture of the baby quilt with the binding all hand stitched down. 

Take a few minutes and stop over to Judy's Patchwork Times and see what other goodies are on the needles this week.  There are sure to be lots to inspire you.  Also linking up with Michelle's Let's Make Baby Quilts. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Finish and Fabric Report, Week 8

This week was pretty productive in the sewing room.  I finished the pillowcases that I had cut the tops and accent strips for last week plus one additional one to go with a quilt I'm giving to a friend.  They went from this
Tops and Accents selected
Pinned into sausages ready to sew

Finished - 7 pillowcases
I'm keeping up with trying to finished one UFO each month, Finally quilted this red, white and blue baby quilt that was started in 2013.  It's been waiting for it's turn on the quilting pile. Actually, it's not quite finished since I am working on the binding today, my slow stitching Sunday.

 Updated to add picture that I forgot.  Oops.

All of this to say, that my numbers got a big boost in the 'used' column this week.  Yipee!

Numbers for Week 8
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used -  7.71 yd - pillowcases, plus backing and binding on baby quilt
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 23.71 yds
Net used in 2015 - 23.71 yds

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reversible Binding Tutorial

Last month I finished a quilt that was pieced by a good friend that passed away suddenly.  I agreed to finish her UFOs  to give to her family. After quilting this one, which goes to one of her sisters, I realized I did not have any good fabrics for the binding.  The final border was a wide red print, so it was a bit challenging to find something to go next to it that looked good.  After searching my stash, I finally found what I thought would work perfectly, but it was only a half yard cut.  Since this quilt was 80" x 110" I knew that would not be enough fabric for a traditional double fold binding. The solution -- make a reversible binding.  My calculations said I would need 10 strips of binding which would require around 25" for a traditional binding; but for my reversible one, I only needed 10 inches. Yes, it will work.!!

So for those who who asked how I made this reversible binding, I will try to show and explain what I do.

Cut enough strips of both colors (front & back) to fit the circumference of your quilt.  Cut the front color 1" wide and 1.5" for the back color. 

Next fold the 1.5" piece in half with raw edges together.

Lay this folded piece on top of the 1" front strip, with right sides together and sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
I used dark thread here so you could see the sewing line better. Typically I match my thread to the fabric colors.

Finished binding, ready to attach to quilt.
Now take this "newly made binding" - all 400" here
and sew it to the front of your quilt in the usual way. Starting in the middle of one side of quilt, place the right side of the 1" strip to the front of the quilt, raw edges even with each other. The folded piece (tan in pic) is pushed out of the way to the left of the 1" strip (red stripe) and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

When you come to the corner, use your same technique as if it were one piece of fabric.  Stop 1/4" from corner back tack a stitch or two, cut thread and take it out of machine; turn quilt and fold binding up away from quilt and back down even with the raw edge of quilt edge.  This should form a 45 degree angle next to the quilt corner.  This forms a mitered corner on the front of quilt.

Starting at the top, continue sewing 1/4" seam allowance down the next side as usual.  As you come to each corner, the technique is the same.
Continue down next side

When you finish all the way around, you can join the beginning and end in your favorite way. I usually join them on the diagonal the same way I make my original binding strips, but with this one, I chose to join them with a straight perpendicular seam because of the red and white striped fabric.

Here's the finished  binding on the quilt from the front.

And from the back.

I hope this tutorial helps you if you decide to make a reversible binding. This was my first attempt at making a tutorial like this, so if you have any questions, please let me know. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 7

Still plugging away at my stash a little at a time.  This week I finished 2 more dragon pillowcases.

Do you remember me saying that I had almost run out of fabrics suitable in colors and sizes for the top cuffs of these pillowcases?  Well, my friend Kevin, the Quilter came by and brought me from his stash, some great pieces that can be used for tops and accent strips.  Thank you so much Kevin.  This will make it much more fun and interesting with different fabrics and playing with new combinations.  It's always fun to dig into someone else's stash, don't you think. :) I didn't waste any time doing just that! I cut enough for 6 tops with accents and hope to find some sewing time this coming week.  These tops won't be counted as being from my stash, since they were not mine; but the bottoms are still fair game for my stash reduction report.

Numbers for Week 7
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 2 yd
Fabric Added YTD - 0
Fabric Used YTD - 16 yds
Net used in 2015 - 16 yds

If you have time, check out other fabric reports at Judy's HERE.