Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 34

I'm posting this a bit later than usual so I can count what I've used today to piece together a backing for Easy Street.  I've procrastinated long enough. It is the largest pieced backing I've ever done--108" x 108".   To refresh your memory, here is my Easy Street (folded into quarters); it was started in 2012.

Easy Street - Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt - 2012
And here is the backing on the floor before it was totally sewn together. I couldn't get the whole back in the picture from the angle I was shooting. I'll try to get a better picture tomorrow in the daylight.

So how many yards do you think it took to make this backing with left over fabrics and some whole yardage from stash. If you guessed 10 yards, you would be right. Yes!!  I've hit the half way mark on usage this year. Now to get it quilted and bound before Bonnie comes to Missouri in September.  It was the motivation I needed to get me going. I'm cutting it close, but it's doable if I keep focused and not get sidetracked with some other 'pressing" project. lol  This will be my 9th UFO for this year. There are still too many left for any sane person to have though. 

Fabric Report - Week 34
Used this Week:  10.5 yards (10 yds for backing,  1/2 yd gifted to a friend  
Used year to Date:   102 yds
Added this Week:  0 yards 
Added Year to Date:  0 yards
 Still have not bought any fabric this yearNot counting donated or gifted fabric. 

Net Used for 2015:  102 yards 
I'm linking up with Patchwork Times.  To see more reports, check HERE. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Quilts of Valor Finishes

August has been a very busy month and I haven't taken the time to post some of our wonderful quilts that we have hand quilted recently.  Here are a couple of our latest ones.  We have presented over 1,850 quilts to our veterans since our first meeting 10 years ago.  We had an anniversary party in July to celebrate the milestone.

Getting close to ringing the bell.!


This is one of the many quilts that we made from Kevin's block drive last year.  We will be quilting these for quite some time.  We are quilting them all differently though, so that will make it more interesting for the hand quilters.

Since it rained almost 2 inches this morning, I don't have to spend any time today watering my garden and plants, so more time for stitching.  I need to get moving and finish up something so I will have some fabric "used" to put on my stash report. lol

Friday, August 21, 2015

On The Needles - August 21, 2015

I couldn't quite make up my mind which yarn to use next for my next pair of socks, so I picked a completely different one that I've been wanting to try.  I decided to make a pair of the short footies that someone posted recently (sorry, right now I can't remember who, but I put it on my "to do" list immediately).  They are called Rose City Rollers and it is a free pattern on Ravelry HERE.  I figured they would go quickly and I can wear them before winter in my tennis shoes, Here's how far I got this week.  I have been busy finishing a custom quilt so not much time was spent with my knitting needles. .

They are knitting up pretty quickly with a slight variation in the pattern than I'm used to.  I'm using Panda Superwash yarn which has bamboo, wool and a little nylon.  They feel very soft and cushy.

Check out Patchwork Times to see more lovely knitted items this week.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 33

This is the last time you will have to look at these dragon pillowcases! I used all of the fabric, even the last 1/2 yard.  I made the last two for me and my DH with the small left over piece. They are the two on the front left with only the cuffs made out of dragons--black bottom for him, yellow for me.  I wanted to keep something as a reminder of what the fabric looked like (Right, like I would forget anytime soon lol) AND to remind myself NOT TO BUY any fabric at a sale that you cannot inspect first!!  I think I've made enough pillowcases this year. Delivered 53 in June to St. Louis Children's Hospital and there are 32 more here on the table. They will go to Our Ladies Inn, a safe shelter for abused women and their children. Thanks to several of my friends for making a few too so I wouldn't go crazy as quickly.

These pillowcases were helping my stash numbers each week.  Now I'm in trouble --I really will have to get going on the UFOs again if I want to hit my goal of using 200 yards for the year.

Fabric Report - Week 33
Used this Week:  7.5 yards (6 yds for pillowcases, 1 1/2 gifted to friend for baby quilt.

Used year to Date:   91.5 yds
Added this Week:  0 yards
Added Year to Date:  0 yards
Net Used for 2015:  91.5  yards  

Stop by Patchwork Times to see more stash reports for the week.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Almost a Happy Dance and Fabric Report - Week 32

It's getting real close to me doing the Happy Dance at my house. The end of the dragon fabric is getting soooo close.    I counted just 6 more to go after the nine that were finished this week.

Also this week, I finished another UFO that in inherited last year from my good friend, Barb that passed away in August. You might remember, I volunteered to finish her quilt projects that she was working on for her family.  These scrappy squares were started with her young niece, Brooke who was 9 or 10 years old.  Brooke helped pick her own fabrics and even sewed some of the blocks herself.  I quilted it with Dragon Fly by Pattern Man Designs.  She certainly won't need a quilt for a few more months since it's going to be in the high 90's tomorrow, but it's ready and waiting for her to snuggle in when winter gets here. I'm sure she will have fond memories of her time spent with her aunt Barb making her quilt top.

Back with dragon flies

Fabric Report - Week 32

Used this Week: 9 yards
Used year to Date: 84 yds
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2015: 84 yards  

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork 
Gardens where you will find others who are trying to manage their stashes.  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fabric Report - Week 31

Not much to add this week except a few more pillowcases are finished.  I'm getting closer to the end of this orange dragon fabric!  I bet you are saying, thank goodness.  We are tired of seeing the same old pillowcases.  ME TOO. 

Used this Week: 6 yards
Used year to Date: 75 yds
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
 Net Used for 2015: 75 yards  

Check out Judy's Patchwork Times to see how others made out this week on their sewing numbers.