Sunday, October 15, 2017

Melon Party and Stash Report.


I've been keeping track of my stash on a spreadsheet for years, and continued even though Judy stopped her Sunday Stash reporting.  Having something to show does give me a needed incentive to keep using my stash.

I finished this quilt during the summer and it has a flannel backing.  Why there was a bolt of this flannel in my stash is anyone's guess.  It must have been a steal on price or I was planning to make lots of baby quilts. It is so cuddly on baby quilts.



"Melon Party"



Here's what I recorded since I last posted.  The backing and scrappy binding for Melon Party, bindings for 4 Honor Flight quilts, a few of pillowcases and some borders here and there on WIPs.

Week Ending Oct. 15, 2017
Fabric Added - 1/2 yd
Fabric Used -  11.5 yds
YTD Added -  1.25 yds
YTD Used -    89.18 yds.

I am linking up with quiltpaintcreate and Oh Scrap..




Friday, October 13, 2017

I'm....b-a-c-k

I'm back after falling off the blogging wagon for a spell .  I'm sure you know how life sometimes gets in the way of doing what you want?)  I just didn't realize it had been so long.

I'm not sure where the time has gone since going to the quilt show in Paducah in April, but it does seem like forever since I've posted.  I'm still quilting, attending quilt shows, taking day trips with friends to quilt shops in the area.  It hasn't all been fun and games.  I experienced some downtime due to an eye surgery and there is the never ending chores of trying to keep up with yard duties (weeding and mowing grass, trimming trees and bushes).  My commitment to the Quilts of Valor Eastern Missouri has also keep me very busy this summer too.   I know you understand how time flies when you are having fun and living life to the fullest, right??  Now it's time to get organized again and see if I can maintain some sense of "normalcy" the rest of the year.

Since I last posted, I've gotten a year older (maybe that's why it is taking me longer to do things lol). For  my birthday, a friend treated me to a day of fun, which included a shopping spree at the big Ikea store that opened here last year. There was a lot of walking and beautiful room displays plus many items to organize everything in your house, your sewing room included. If you are just starting to set up a sewing room, they have great ideas; but after 30 years, my room is pretty much set the way it will be.  We also had a nice lunch (a much needed break from all the walking) and we topped off the day with an ice cream sundae on the way home! I did pick up a few more plastic storage bins for sorting my scraps. lol

June found me on a 2-day bus trip to attend the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, in Overland Park, KS. (click on link to see winners)  The quilts on display were of the caliber in Paducah, but spread out more and you could move more easily between the aisles to view them. All the major vendors were represented like other major shows, but less crowded and people were so friendly and unrushed.  Such a nice change from the major shows I've been to over the last few years. I think this was their third year for this show. I highly recommend it next year if you want a good experience of a big show without the hassle of crowds and the parking was easy with very little walking.  The KC Show was followed by a day at Missouri Star in Hamilton. ! what can I say about this.  If you've ever been, you know it was OVERLOAD by the end of the day!  But it was a lot of fun.

Changing themes on the next day trip, found me in Hermann, MO which is known for wineries and good German foods and meats.  We had to sample their wines and homemade meats. One stop was at the  Swiss Meats Market where we sampled 12 different homemade sausages, bacon and hams and dips. One was better than the next.  Let's just say I bought more food products in this area than I did fabric at Mo. Star and KC show put together.  What can I say, I like to eat! :)

Now that my internet service is fixed and my computer seems to be working properly (keeping my fingers crossed on both counts), I hope to post some pictures next time to bring you up-to-date on my quilting projects and other happens around here.

I hope there are still a few friends out there to see them. lol  See you soon.

Happy Weekend to you all.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stash Report - April 30, 2017

There wasn't much sewing accomplished this week at my house. I did finish quilting my Rail Fence QOV and made the binding and a pillowcase to go with it.  This is not much, but considering I went to the AQS show in Paducah, it was some what of a miracle that no fabric came home with me to increase the stash.  I did bring home other goodies to play with though.

Stash Report - April 30, 2017

No Fabric Added this week 
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week   = 1.625 yards  
YTD used in 2017  =  77.675
Linking up with Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Using More Stash

Here it is Sunday already and time to take accounting of my fabric usage this week.  I did finish up a big quilt, but the fabric had been counted already.   My only other usage wqas a pillowcase to go with the Tilted Stars QOV and a couple 'bowl buddies' for a friend and me.  Her's turned out so cute with a FQ she gave me, I had enough left to make one for myself.  I used yellow for the reverse side of her bowl and mine naturally is purple. (no surprise, right?).  The colors match the flowers on the inside of the bowl. I forgot to take a picture of hers before I gave it to her.


Bowl Buddy - I love this print for Springtime

I use these bowl potholders in the microwave almost daily either for hot cereal, soup or warming up any leftovers that fit into a medium large bowl.  They work so nicely, it's a mystery how I got along without one before.
It is more lavender than blue like it looks here.

Pillowcase to go with Tilted Stars QOV 

Stash Report -4/23/17

No Fabric Added this week 
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week   = 2.25 yards  
YTD used in 2017  =  76.05 yards  

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Another UFO Bites the Dust

I'm rolling along this month knocking out another of those dusty UFOs that have been mellowing over the years.  This one goes back a long, L-O--N--G time ago.  Way back in 2000 I was making blocks for our BOM drawings.  I won 7 blocks of these Tilted Stars in a half log cabin setting.  At that time I was not involved with QOV, so these 7 blocks sat in a box with many other unfinished things for a few years. Finally I decided to make more blocks so I would have enough to make a decent sized quilt.

Fast forward maybe 10 years, when I ran across them again and then finished piecing the middle section, but had no idea what I wanted for a border.  So they lay another few years hidden under stacks of UFOs and other things.  As I became more involved with QoV,  it crossed my mind this would make a good quilt to donate to a veteran, so I finished the top, added half log cabin borders to mimic the block setting and pieced a backing.   Now like a good wine or cheese, mellowing improves the final product, right?  Well I left this to mellow on a hanger near my quilting machine for a few more years (you see I was trying to decide how I was going to custom quilt it).  Then out of the blue, our first quilting day of this year was cancelled because of weather, but we all wanted to get together and quilt.  So I invited a bunch of ladies over and pulled this off the hanger to put in a quilting frame and now it is totally finished with hand quilting instead of me having to decide how to custom quilt it. I love it when things work out so well, even if it took 16 years.  I sure hope there are not too many more quilts "mellowing" this long in the closet or on the shelves.


Tilted Patriotic Stars - 67" x 78"

Backing to Tilted Stars
On the knitting front, a little more progress was made on my socks.  A few more rows and it will be heel flap time.

And, I pulled out this diagonal cowl again and did a few rows to be sure I don't forget how to do the pattern.

You know as we get older, they say our short term memories are not as sharp.  This may be a reason not to have more than one project on a needle at a time.  My next goal for knitting.  I do not want to have as many UFOs in yarn as I do in quilting things.,

Linking up with Patchwork Times, Whoop, Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish It Up Friday,

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another finished UFO plus Fabric Report

I'm a happy camper this week.  Lots of good things always happen in April, my favorite month of the year.  First up I finished my mystery quilt, "Coming Home" which was started in January 2016 as a project in Scrap Club with Kevin.  I used all kinds of scraps from Christmas to children's prints.  It has string piecing, old, old fabrics; and one of my least favorite colors, brown.  Linda at Flourishing Palms called it her 'ick' color and I have to agree it's not one of my favorites either. Although, after having said that, I do think it looks pretty good with the teals and/turquoise in this quilt. There was still a bunch of the browns left and a few orphan blocks, so they found their way to the back, along with some ancient pieces that needed to see the light of day.

"Coming Home" - 71" x 85"

Back of "Coming Home"
I was also a Giveaway Winner too this week!!  Didn't I tell you that April is a special month? I am anxiously waiting for some Printed Treasures sheets which were a giveaway win over at Linda's blog. They are really going to come in handy this month, with 3 anticipated finishes that will need labels. Thanks so much Linda.  It's like an early birthday present!

Also completed this week was the backing to my Patriotic Rail Fence QOV. You can find the pattern information and details on an earlier post.  

60" x 78"

Backing to Rail Fence
So , here is what was used since March 26, 2017.

Stash Report - 4/9/17

No Fabric Added this week  
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week   = 7.75 yards  - backing and binding
YTD used in 2017  =  73.30 yards  

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times and Oh Scraps.

Friday, April 7, 2017

On The Needles

Not much has been happening on my needles for quite some time.  Way back on March 10th I showed this sock which was started using a long circular needle and trying to learn the Magic Loop method.  Well, that did not go so well.  After dropping stitches, forgetting which way I was going (after putting it down for a week or two), and having to rip back at least 3 times, I said enough was enough.
First attempt with Magic Loop
So I started over from the beginning earlier this week on my trusty dpns, and this is where I am today. Just about the same place as a month ago. Not much progress on these needles either, but I've only had a few minutes here and there to do any knitting,
Back to my dependable 5 dpns
Sorry about the bad picture,  

On a happier note though, I received these beautiful socks from Michelle of Michelle's Romantic Tangle. She heard I loved purple and I so admired these fabulous beauties when she posted them (she called them 'ugly' can you imagine)!.  They fit perfectly and feel so soft and wonderful on my feet and you should see the fancy pattern she used on them.  Michelle took much better pictures when she posted them about the particulars of yarn and pattern HERE.

Thank you SO MUCH Michelle!  I love them!  They go with several of my sweaters and are getting good use.  Everyone compliments me when I wear them too.  They of course think I knitted them myself,   Then when they see the fancy cable section, they know I didn't. lol


Linking up with OTN at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Finished Top and Stash Report

This was a very busy week with tax preparations, QoV quilting day, several quilt meetings and Springtime garden cleanup. But here it is Sunday and I'm still kicking.!  I'm happy with all the chores I finished even though not all of them involved sewing and quilting. I did finished the top for our rail fence challenge project for Kevin's Scrap Club.  This is a very simple pattern (from the free patterns at www.maryquilts.com) and I used mostly what I already had cut in my string drawers.  That was the motivation why I chose to use this pattern. The stars at the top are orphan blocks leftover from a project about 4 years ago.  I was so glad to get them out of the drawer and into another quilt. The rest of the stars will find their way to the back of the quilt and they will be all gone. yay.  This coming week I hope to find time to work on piecing a backing and getting it quilted.  We'll see how that goes.

2017 Rail Fence Challenge - 60" x 78"
I will be donating this as a finished quilt to our local QOV Eastern Missouri group.

I'm still working toward hitting my goal this year of 200 yards used from my stash.  So a little over 5 1/2 yards used for this top.!

Stash Report

No Fabric Added this week  
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week =  5.62 yards  
YTD Used in 2017 =  65.55 yards  

I'm linking up to Judy's Patchwork Times,

Monday, March 20, 2017

Design Wall and Fabric Stash Report


Since I'm late with reporting the Stash Report, I'm going to include it here along with what's on the Design Wall. First, here's what is on my design wall. We have been given a challenge at our Scraps Club from Kevin, to make a quilt using a rail fence block in any way we want and a choice of two sizes. I decided to make a red, white, and blue large quilt with a simple setting and will donate the finished quilt to Quilts of Valor, Eastern MO. Here's what I've gotten done so far and they are all scraps from my scrappy patriotic bins.


I was busy in the sewing room this week and I made one of those bowl shaped potholders for a gift, pieced two blocks for our block exchange group, and more rail fence blocks in gray and maroon for a donation quilt to a church as a thank you.  I got a big boost from gifting a big pile of juvenile fabrics to a blogger friend to help her add more variety to her stash for making charity baby quilts and gave a yard to another friend for making a binding on her last quilt. So my numbers look pretty good this week.

Stash Report - 3-19-17
Fabric Added this week - none
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week -  11.25 yards  
YTD Used in 2017  - 59.93 yards  

I had received one of these bowl potholder from a friend, and I use all the time. The bowl sits snuggly down in it and you can pick it up with the two opposite corners.
Potholder for handling hot bowls
Double Pinwheels for block exchange

Rail Fence blocks for group donation quilt


I am linking up with Patchwork Times Stash Report and DSM.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Stash Fabric Report

In looking over my numbers on the spreadsheet that I use for keeping track of what fabric I use during the year, I discovered that I entered a couple things twice. I made the adjustments and now am going backwards! And it isn't because I went on a wild shopping spree. lol

However, I did get  2 pillowcases and 2 bindings made for the Honor Flight flimsies. I also  pulled backings for these. Now when they get quilted, I have to remember that I've already counted their backings.  Maybe that is what is getting me into trouble--counting it before it is totally finished. :)

Stash Report - 3-12-17

Fabric Added this week - none
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week -  5.0 yards  
YTD Used in 2017  - 48.68 yards * corrections made from last week

I am linking to Patchwork TImes.

Friday, March 10, 2017

On the Needles

I started another pair of socks and this time I'm learning to use a bamboo 9" circular for socks.  It is a 2.25mm and seems smaller than the same size as my dpns I normally use. Has anyone else used this circular 9" needle and if so, how did you like it?  I'm not sure my hand will be able to last knitting two socks using it.  My left hand starts to feel a little crampy after 3 or 4 rounds.  Maybe my hands are too large for holding something this small.  I do like how you don't have to worry about the needles falling out (as with dpns), but it is still to early to make a decision yet.


This yarn is a Premier yarn by Deborah Norville.  It is 50 % superwash Merino, 25% bamboo and 25% nylon.  The label color is Purple Spice.

Take a look at more knitting projects over on Judy's Patchwork Times.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stash Report and a Finish

This week found me in my sewing room at least 4 or 5 hours every day.  I was able to finish up the quilting on this chevron quilt. It is big at 94" x 112".  I did a simple echo of the design with matching thread colors.  This proved to be a bit slow  because I had to change and rethread after every three passes, but I didn't want an overall and I couldn't decide what color thread would not distract from the design.  I'm happy with it and the recipient, a young teenager hopefully will like it.
 



I also did a fair amount of busting the stash.  I made 5 pillowcases and 5 bindings to go with the already complete QOV tops.  This helped to lighten the weight on the shelves but I really can't see any difference in the height of the stacks. But it does give my numbers a big boost ! lol



I also added a border to Ann's pieced top.  Here it is with a border.



Stash Report - 3-5-17

Fabric Added this week - none
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week -  14.5 yards  - more borders, bindings and pillowcases
YTD Used in 2017  - 49.37 yards


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Stash Report - 2/26/17

Still working away at finishing up more of the QOV tops from the Block Drive that needed borders, bindings and pillowcases to go with them before being quilted.  I cut and attached borders, made bindings and pillowcases for Nos.# 14 & 15. When possible, I tried to match the fabrics used for bindings or part of the pillowcases with the border if there was enough fabric left. I find that using only what is available from stash has made it a bit more challenging. Since the blocks are so scrappy, I wanted to have some consistency, if possible to pull it all together.  I hope the recipients won't be too critical of the color combinations.  Everyone that has worked on these has done so voluntarily and from their hearts.

2nd top pieced by Kim & Kevin
Pillowcase edge matches border
                               
Pillowcase edge, binding and border match
This top was pieced by Lou C.

I also added borders to two Honor Flight quilts, made a couple of blocks for our Scrap Club project and blocks for my block exchange group.  Pictures on those later.  When I needed a break from sewing, I cut pieces for more "scrappy snake blocks" for our next meeting of the Cave Quilters.  It's a good feeling to get things accomplished and all from my stash.

Hope you all had a good week playing in your fabrics, I sure did.  It helped me see that I need some more organizing of my stash, that's for sure.! lol

Stash Report -2/26/17

Fabric Added this week - none
YTD Added - 0.25

Fabric Used this week -  5.75 yards  - borders, bindings and pillowcases
YTD Used in 2017  - 34.87 yards

Linking up to Judy's. Stash Report.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Finished 2nd UFO of 2017

Another UFO crossed off my long list. This old antique top was given to me by a good friend who said it was thought to be made by her husband's grandmother. The 2.5" squares used in it are from the early 1900's. There are squares of flour sacks and children's clothing, shirts and dresses.  I was surprised by the size of this top from that time period.  It measures 72" x 92". I decided against adding a border since the size was sufficient to keep my toes warm.


Since this is such a traditional quilt and using all these older fabrics, I thought a quilting pattern of the era was in order.  I used a Baptist Fan for the quilting design.  I love flannels on the back of quilts, especially those that will be used on beds.  In looking through my stash for something appropriate, I found a bolt of  yellow floral flannel that had been sitting on my shelves for well over 10 years. It's time has finally come to put it to good use. It makes it feel so soft and I can't wait to snuggle under it. The yellow floral picks up the yellow squares scattered over the front. Perfect timing I'd say since our predicted temperatures for the upcoming nights are going to be in the 20s and 30s.



Here's a closer look at some of the interesting fabrics used in this old quilt.

This was my UFO for February and will be linking up with Judy's linky on March 1.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fabric Stash Report

This week  more progress was made on adding borders to the QOV tops I showed HERE and making bindings and pillowcases for each of them.  Finished 2 borders, 3 bindings and 2 pillowcases so far.  

Pillowcases to match QOV quilts

Bindings for QOV quilts
I also took time to quilt an old UFO that's been hanging around for too long. The binding is made and attached and this week I'll be working on hand stitching it down to the back.   Here are my numbers for this week. 

Stash Report -2/19/17

Fabric Used this week -  5.375 yards 
YTD Used in 2017  -29.125 yards

Fabric Added this week - none
YTD Added - 0.25

You can see more stash busting results over at Judy's  Patchwork Times.

Friday, February 17, 2017

QOV Sew Day

Monday I was invited to the Perky Piecers Quilt Guild in Troy, MO.  They volunteered to help put together some of the blocks from the QOV Eastern MO Block Drive into tops.  I was thrilled with their offering to help me. I am getting closer to using all the blocks that I received.


We set up and organized by working in teams with sewers and pressers and before too long, there were 6 finished quilts!  I'm thrilled they accomplished so much.   Now I have the task of adding borders and making pillowcases for each of these from my stash and donated fabrics so they can be turned in at one our next QOV quilting days in Feb or March.

Here are my super helpers and their quilt tops.

Helen and her teammates finish the 1st top of the day


Kim and Kevin finished the 2nd one of the day

# 2 from Kim and Kevin's team. They were over achievers!

Ann of Attic Threads & Quilts showing off her beautiful finish 


The quilters are hard at work.  

Susan and teammates show off another finish

There was another top almost finished (needed a row or two added), so I'll post that next time. 

We brought our lunches so we would have more sewing time. I brought dessert in the form of a cake decorated like our original QOV layout to show my appreciation for all the help this group has given me. There was a slight accident with handling the cake, but it was still delicious but no one minded the little crack.  Thank you Perky Piecers!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stash Report and Finished QOV Tops

This week has been productive for using my stash exclusively. I finished putting all the rest of the borders on the tops for QOV that have been pieced by friends and me.  There is one pillowcase made and bindings made for 4 Honor Flight quilts.  All in all, it's been a real Red, White and Blue week!

Here are more of the pieced tops from the QOV block drive and the Honor Flight quilts waiting for their bindings to be stitched down to the back.

Pieced by Brenda K - blue polka dot border

Pieced by Brenda K - blue border
 
Pieced by Sheron M - diagonal/blue border
Pieced by Coleen S - HST/red border

Pieced by Sheron M - gold center/red border

This brings our totals of Finished Tops from the QOV Block Drive up to 11 so far. We still have more to go with a sewing day planned for Monday, February 13 at Troy, Missouri.  We are getting close to using all the blocks that were made and sent in for the drive.  Thank you again for your help in getting these quilts put together and on to the veterans who will appreciate your efforts too.

Here are the 4 Honor Flight quilts that will be given to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight group which will be added to others and will be  presented to the next group of veterans that leave Lambert International Airport in March for their flight to Washington, DC.  There are usually between 25-30 on each flight and they take 3 or 4 groups each year from St. Louis.  These little lap quilts go fast since they requested the size to be 36 to 40 inches square.

Honor Flight Quilts 

My stash numbers reflect the fabrics used for borders, bindings, pillowcases and a repair to my DH's favorite quilt.  I did cut lots of strips and started on a project for Scrap Club, but have not counted any of that fabric yet.

Stash Report 

Fabric Added this week - none
Fabric Used since last report -  4.5 yards 
YTD Added - 1 fat quarter
YTD Used - 23.75 yards

Check out what others sewed and finished this week over at Judy's HERE.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Off The Needles - Feb. 10, 2017

Finally, my second pair of Scrappy Frankensocks are finished.  And, these really are a strange pair,but I love them. No need to worry what to wear them with because they will go with anything and everything!


You will notice that I did repeat one yarn in each sock.  That way, I'll know which ones I knitted as a pair.  The top of one and the toe of the other is the same little leftover ball of yarn.  Do you think anyone other than me will notice that? lol  I made the leg portions a bit longer so they will go farther up my legs when the weather is unusually cold.

I am going to peruse my patterns to see what is next to put on my needles.  I don't want to leave them bare for too long.

I'm linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times where you can see more knitted goodies.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scrappy Fun with Snakes

We had a blast last week playing with snakes.  Now don't fret, they were friendly and very colorful snakes.  Maybe I should explain more.

I was invited to participate with 3 of my friends (Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Cherie of Quilted Jonquil) for a day of sewing and creating in the Quilt Cave of Kevin, The Quilter.

What a fun day it was too.  We started off visiting the new baby chicks that were only a few days old that Kevin has incubated and hatched for the first time.  They were just the softest and sweetest little things ever! You can see them HERE picture from Kevin's camera and read more about them on his blog.

We got together to learn to piece a block that Jan designed for a QOV quilt.  Cherie gave us a refresher on paper piecing methods for the arcs and finally after making a few of those, we moved on to the sewing of the arcs into the two corners to complete the block. Jan showed how it was done to get the best results on this step.

I had it down pretty well by the time the day was over.  I really like this block and can't wait to use more of my red and blue scraps to make a bunch more.  I think this would make a cute baby quilt too with bright primary colors or even pastels. Don't you agree that these are friendly, colorful little snakes?  The variations in the blues just make the block sparkle like facets of a jewel.  You can read more about the project and see step-by-step pictures on Jan's post.

Our lunch was gourmet to put it mildly. It was the prettiest presentation and most delicious lunch I think I've had since I traveled in Italy. Not only is Kevin a great quilter, but his culinary skills are right up there with Mr, Ramsey and Ms. Stewart.  Kevin, when are you going to open your restaurant?
 It was so good, I went back for seconds. The recipe Kevin used can be found HERE on his blog.


And look at our place settings.  Aren't those napkin rings the cutest.!! He thinks of everything.

We finished 14 complete blocks by the end of the day in between holding the chicks, eating, laughing, learning, eating more, checking on the chicks and having fun.  Not bad for a days' work.


Can't wait to see what the next project will be for the newly formed Cave Quilters.