Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Finished Flimsy and Stash Report 4/6/14

Finally!  Some fabrics out the door and closer to finding a home with a deserving veteran.  Do you remember the QOV that I put together at retreat last month.  Well I finally got all the borders put on, made matching binding and a pillowcase and even found a piece of fabric large enough for the backing.  It felt so good to get this done AND to check off another UFO sitting too long on my shelf. These blocks were orphan blocks and one of them doesn't really fit, but I wanted to use up what I had, and they were all color coordinated at least. I'm sure a veteran will enjoy using it anyway.

The backing is the same fabric as was used for the cuff on the pillowcase.  The red border and binding of the quilt is the same fabric as the pillowcase bottom.  
So my numbers for this week are:
Fabric Added - zero
Fabric Added YTD - 2.25 yds
Fabric Used - 7 yds (borders, pillowcase, binding and backing)
Fabric Used YTD - 16.28 yds
Net used for 2014 - 14.03 yds

Hope you had a good week and accomplished lots of stashbusting in your sewing room.  To see other Stash reports for the week, drop on by Judy's Patchwork Times

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Playing Catch Up

A little of this and that to catch up with a few things.  Just a day late for On the Needles, but cameras and computers can be so unpredictable sometimes.  Seems they are both working now, so I'd better hurry.

Here's where I am on my socks....starting to turn the 2nd heel.  You would think that all I would want to do is knit because I'm already buying more yarn for more socks.  When things slow down some, I really am going to get serious about learning more about sock knitting- top down and bottom up along with different needles - circular vs. dpns.  This week I've had to share my spare time with quilting so I didn't make much progress on my sock.

Do you remember my "Snow Friends" HERE, well we got our final package, the borders.  Just look at the clever way we received our borders.  Isn't this the cutest ever!  The body is wrapped in white tissue with the head being the inner border and the body the wider outer border.  It's almost too cute to take apart.  She even put some twigs on each side for the arms.  Some people have a knack for thinking up fun presentations and this lady is an expert.  She also wrote a cute and appropriate poem too.  I hate to finish this quilt since it's been so much fun receiving the poems and packages. "Snow Friends" will be my favorite snuggle quilt because of the person who put this together and my other friend who shared the fun with me.  Thank You so much J.C. for including me in your fun project and for your friendship.  You are a very special friend.

Then, a few weeks back we had our big quilt show and we usually have a "white bag" raffle with the money going to a selected charity.  This year it was The Honor Flight Program.  They fly World War II veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial.  Our guild raised $2,000.00 for them this year, which will pay for 3 veterans plus some left over.  

I bought tickets as I usually do and dropped them in several of the white bags for a chance to win something.  In the past I've never been lucky to win anything.  Well this year my luck changed and I got a fantastic prize.  It has a divided pocket on both sides on the outside and two pockets inside.  The buttons are ornamental and it is very nicely quilted. The lady that made it won first place Viewer's Choice with her handquilted, applique quilt.  She is a master at most handwork and everything she makes is beautifully done whether it be quilts. purses, or totes.  I was thrilled and a shout went out when my name was called.  Thank You Mary Lou.  It is just the perfect color and size and it's being used as my knitting bag now.   

Even though it's not Friday, I'm linking up with Judy at On The Needles.  Go by and see what everyone is working on this week.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Stash Report and More, March 30, 2014

My numbers remain the same as last week. Nothing added and nothing used that I can count.
Fabric Added - 0
Fabric Used - 0
Fabric Added YTD - 2.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 9.28 yds
Net used for 2014  - 7.03 yds

However, I did make a little more progress on "Snow Friends". The final rows were added to the top and bottom of the center unit, but the snow people still need their eyes and mouths.  There will be a couple of borders added soon and then this top will be done.

Also, more blocks have been made for "Friendship Jewels".  This is what my graph looked like the first time I posted it

Look at it now!!   This represents 57 finished blocks out of 80.
I'm still digging through my scraps to find the right colors for the missing sections of the blocks.  It hasn't depleted my stash very much, but I'm having fun trying.  I can't wait to start putting the rows together.  I'm anxious to see how this design looks in "real life" fabrics instead of crayola on paper.

We had a QOV sewing day this week and we were treated to a surprise. A presentation of quilts was made to 7 veterans (6 men and 1 woman) representing service in World War II, The Korean War, VietNam and one had just completed his second tour in Afghanistan.

This was such a heart-warming event and a few tears were shed when one veteran spoke about what it meant to him to receive his quilt.  

To see what others have done this week, stop on by Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stash Report - Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's been two weeks since I've posted to the Stash Report, so I'm combining them together.  It looks better that way too since one week I enhanced the stash and the other week I reduced it.  Isn't that the way it's supposed to work?

At our quilt show last week, I picked up two half yards of black and white to use in the background of my Soul Searching blocks.
Daily Chores

What to do after all those daily chores!

I also got 3 fat quarters of aqua/teals that is the color for March Rainbow Scrappy Challenge at So Scrappy.  Haven't quite finished that block yet.

More stashbusting came from making QOV blocks for the block drive that Kevin, the Quilter is having. Here are just a few to show you how easy they are.  Be sure to stop by Kevin's blog and take a look to see what it's all about and join in the fun.

My numbers for the week:
Fabric Added -  1.75 yds
Fabric Added YTD -  2.25 yds

Fabric Used - 1.25 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 9.28 yds
Net used for 2014  - 7.03 yds

To see how others are doing on their stashbushing goals for the year, go to Patchwork Times.

Friday, March 21, 2014

On The Needles - March 21, 2014

I can hardly believe that it is Friday again so quickly. I had hoped to have my first sock completed, but the week was busy with a 3 day quilt show, two quilt meetings and a few other commitments to keep me from my goal. I am getting sooo close though.  I just had to try it on to see how it fits and to measure how much more I needed to go before starting the toe section.

I also worked on "Snow Friends" quilt this week.  The applique is all finished and the top and bottom sections are stitched together waiting to be added to the center panel.

To see what others have done this week, stop by Judy's Patchwork Times.

Friday, March 14, 2014

On and Off the Needles Friday 3/14

Here it is Friday already and I'm still working on my first sock with those tiny double pointed needles.  I've successfully made my way through the leg, the heel flap and am now learning how to do the heel gussets.  I hope to have this sock completed before the next On The Needles post.

Last week I finished two more dish/face cloths.  I tried a new free pattern called Pips Dishcloth; but because of all the distractions while knitting,  I kept messing up.  What resulted was very serendipity, knitting and purling whenever I felt like changing stitches.  No rhyme or reason or repeats of rows or sequences.   Actually it turned out better than expected under the circumstances, but don't ask me to duplicate it. I haven't the foggiest what I did.  That white spot in the picture is not a hole.  Really it isn't. They are pinned to my design wall with flat flower head pins.

I will be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times, so stop by and see what others have on their needles this week.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Stash Report - Week 10

My stash numbers moved a little bit this week, in the right direction I might add.  I was on retreat a few days last week and made progress on several projects.  I pieced together some donated blocks and used a yard of blue star fabric from my stash for the sashing and a little red for the cornerstones to make a QOV quilt.  It still needs a couple borders to make it the correct size.  The blocks were pieced by several others which accounts for the different designs and fabrics used in them.

Later this week, I'll show you more of what I worked on and some of the great quilt tops that were finished by the other ladies.

Here are my numbers for the stash report:
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD - .5 (actually last week, but I didn't do a post)
Fabric Used this week - 1 yd
Fabric Used YTD = 5.28
Net fabric used in 2014 = 4.78 yards

Check out other reports at Judy's Patchwork Times

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snow Friends Progress

There's been some progress on my Snow Friends this week.  With the prediction of more snow on Sunday and Monday, it may soon been a finished top!! Our Snow Friend Party Planner (JC) thought it would be fun to work on this project each time it snows.  So that's what I'm trying to do.

The pieces have all been cut out, arranged on the background and some of the small pieces fused in place.  Now comes the fun of stitching around them in matching color threads. I've finished the trees, the little snow friends' arms, their cute little scarves plus the snow drifts.  I did a little stuffing (trapunto) behind the snow drifts so it will puff out a little more when it's quilted.

These pictures were taken before the snowmen were stitched down.  I still have a little bird with his legs and face and the faces of the snow people to do yet.  

This is the easiest applique I've done in a long time.  Mine usually involves hand sewing but this time we are using the sewing machine for our stitching around the applique pieces.  It's fun to take your time and enjoy the process and not be on a tight schedule for finishing something quickly, which is my usual speed.

Take a look at Kelly's  Needle and Thread Thursday to see more fun projects this week. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Design Wall - February 24, 2014

My design wall is getting so crowded that I've moved some of my blocks to a tabletop.  My string blocks are starting to come in from some of my friends and they are looking great.  I love them!

These blocks are from Barb, Linda, Donna, Tommi and Faye.  Thank you so much ladies!  They look great!

Then there is a new project I started last week.  It was named  "Snow Friends" by a good friend who put together 3 kits for her special friends to make during the wintry, snowy months. Our instructions are to work on this whenever it snows.  That means this quilt should be finished by now since we've had a lot of snow this winter.  I'll show you more as I get it cut out and stitched down.  I love the fabrics she chose for the pieces of this quilt.  It's going to be so cute and we are having fun doing it together.

Beginnings of Snow Friends
The biggest project on my design wall is my Celtic Solstice.  It is still waiting for the first border. Maybe that will happen at a retreat real soon.  Or maybe not.  I can't decide what to take with so many UFO's all wanting to go!

If you have time, go on over to Patchwork Times and see what's on others have on their design walls.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stash - Wk #8 and More

My numbers didn't change at all, but I had a productive week. I worked on several projects --an applique quilt called Snow Friends (you'll see some of it tomorrow), made more blocks for my string jewel quilt and did some re-knitting after ripping out a mistake on my first sock.

Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD  - 0
Fabric Used this week - 3.28 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 4.28 yds.
Net used in 2014 - 4.28 yds

Even though my stash was not being used much, I was helping others reduce their stashes. That's a good thing too, right?

Here is Mary's Pastel Rail Fence quilt set on point that I quilted last week.  She used a lot of pastel scraps from her stash for this one. Isn't it pretty.  It reminds me of ice cream sherbet.

Another finish was a Debby Caffrey mystery quilt called Bobbin Along. This one turned out so lovely. This lady always has beautiful pieced tops, freshly ironed and delivered on hangers and it is a joy to quilt them. Her fabrics and colors in this quilt were so pretty.  

The quilting doesn't show up very well on the front (that was the plan). I used a panto by Anne Bright called "Blooming Things" that has an Asian feel to it which we wanted to bring out the design in her backing and blue border fabric. 
Blooming Things panto

To check out what others have accomplished this week with their stashes, go to Judy's Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Stash Report - Week 7 - 2/16/14

I finished the outer setting blocks of my String Rainbow Quilt, so I am counting the black yardage. The white sashing strips have been attached to all 80 blocks so that's more fabric used.  Yay!!

Here's my colored drawing with the blocks that I've completed so far. The colors are not true, but you can see I'm making progress from the first posting of the chart HERE.

My numbers are starting to move a little more.
Fabric Added this week - 0
Fabric Added YTD  - 0
Fabric Used this week - 3.28 yds
Fabric Used YTD - 4.28 yds.
Net used in 2014 - 4.28

To see other stash reports go to Judy's Patchwork Times HERE.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Scrap Happy Saturday -Pink and Finishes

Today is Scrappy Saturday over at So Scrappy for February's Pink Challenge and I finished my block earlier this month.  It was fun, but I found out my pink scraps were very limited.

After digging around in my messy sewing room looking in boxes, bags and finally on my shelves, I came up with enough pink scraps to finish my Soul Searching block for February.  I did use a few of them more than once, but that's what using scraps is all about.  I didn't have to buy any, so my stash must be dwindling, right?   (Right, you can hardly notice any gone at all, to be honest).

Since we've had so much snow and cold weather these last few weeks, I've gotten some needed quilting finished.  Here are a couple quilts I did for friends.

Catus Wreath
This lady prefers very limited quilting and usually says just a little "stitch it in the ditch".  I did that, but it needed a lot more because of all the open white areas. She likes very poofy, not flat quilts.  Most people would have wanted more quilting since it looks like it's not quite finished, but she was very happy with the results, and that's what is most important - to please the customer.  Different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes.

On the patchwork that circles the center of the quilt, I put a very simple vine with leaves keeping with the Fall theme.

The next one is a baby quilt using scraps and two simple blocks - trees and houses.  This was so cute with the striped binding and a polka dot backing.
Edited to add information on pattern name and the book it was in.

"It Takes a Village" - from the book Cuddle Me Quick

That's all for now.  I'm linking up with So Scrappy, so go on over and see all the other Pink blocks that people are working on this month.