Sunday, February 12, 2017

Stash Report - February 12, 2017

Happy Sunday!  It has been a busy week.  I've been fighting some crud that my husband has, but so far I have managed to stay ahead of it.  I felt just bad enough I could push off a few things and stay home, but not so bad that I couldn't sew.  And sew I did!  I managed more than 15 minutes in the sewing room all 7 days, which brings my annual total to 36 out of my 200 goal.  See how Kate is doing over at Life in Pieces.

I have finished all of the center blocks for Bricks in the Barnyard by Bonnie Hunter, in an enlarged size.  I think I have also made the french braid border long enough, but I won't know for sure until I get the center put together.  I am normally a piece the row by row then join the rows kind of quilter, but I decided this time to make large 4-patches from the blocks, and then assemble those into larger four patches.  I think there will be less of a chance that I will reverse some of them.  You'll understand when you see them, so come back tomorrow for Design Wall Monday to see my final arrangement.  I'm hoping to have a completed top by the end of the day!

I also attempted to join the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017.  I had an idea for a finished quilt that would use the scrappy colored blocks with a little preplanning.  I really wanted a constant light neutral for it, but I don't have any yardage in my stash.  So...I went shopping!  I came across these two lovely fabrics.  One is such a light gray, that I would call it silver if it had a sheen to it.  The other makes me hungry, because it looks like sprinkles on a cupcake.  They are teeny, tiny polka dots.  I think the colors would be perfect for the RSC17.  I bought 3 1/2 yards of each, so I could make sure I had enough as a background.

So I took my idea and made a block with the purples I had pulled out.  Then I made a second block.  FLOP!!!  I hated them both.  I disliked them even more together.  So, I disassembled them!  I didn't even bother to take a pic.  I've now gone back to the drawing board, and I am pondering another idea.    If I get the top together today, I may try a block or two and show it tomorrow.  See...you have to come back!

Yesterday was also our guild day.  We made a  Simple Sewing Companion from 2 fat quarters.  This will be great for keeping my scissors and needles secure while I am on the go with handwork.  I love how unique everyone's turned out.

I also won the door prize, which included 7/8 yards of Valentine's Day fabric, a quilt coloring book, and colored pencils.  What a fun holiday surprise!

Be sure to check out Patchwork Times for updates on how other quilters are using their stash.  There are some fabulous ideas there!

Used This Week:  0.50 yards
Acquired This Week:  7.875 yards

Used Year to Date: 11.42 yards
Acquired Year to Date:  8.125 yards

Net Destashed Year to Date: 3.295 yards

Until tomorrow...Blessings!
Joy :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Stash Report - Week 4

This week, I got to celebrate my elder son.  Even though he was turning 12, he still wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese.  To show he is growing up, and much to my husband's dismay, he asked for only books for his birthday.  That makes a Mommy proud!


Despite having been a busy week, I did manage to get into the sewing room all 7 days this week.  That brings me to 22 out of my 200 day goal for the year.  I am following along with Kate over at Life in Pieces.

I was able to reassess where I was on Bricks in the Barnyard by Bonnie Hunter.  I had all of the pieces made for the original quilt size in her book, but then remembered I wanted it larger.  I'm a tall gal, so I prefer to make my quilts long enough for me.  (Just in case I love the quilt so much I keep it!)  That will require about 1/3 more blocks.  I spent the week cutting them out and beginning the piecing.  I was doing pretty well, until I pressed all of the seams for one unit the wrong direction.  Oops!  I have to press them all again before I can move on.

I paused on the making of the Bionic Gear Bags for my Mom and Sister.  I decided I didn't like the zippers I had for the outside.  I really want a purse zipper with two larger pulls.  They will just make these bags a little nicer to use.  I have one, but the color isn't quite right.  I've ordered new ones, and they should be here this week.

Although none of these projects are complete, I am encouraged by the amount of progress I made.  I did have to buy the zippers, but I have been able to use what I already have for the rest of it.  Still, I have an addition for the week.  Our guild celebrated our 1st birthday.  One of our members made these cute fabric cupcakes for everyone.  So, I have the 1/4 yard addition.


I'm staying accountable by reporting in with Patchwork Times.  So my numbers for the week are:

Used This Week:  0.00 yards
Acquired This Week:  0.25 yards

Used Year To Date: 10.92 yards
Acquired Year To Date: 0.25 yards

Net Destashed Year To Date: 10.67 yards

Blessings to all,
Joy :)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Wall - January 23, 2017

Monday morning finds me proquiltinating again.  Once again, I should be cleaning house, but I am in the sewing room instead.

I am finally getting back to Bricks in the Barnyard by Bonnie Hunter.  It has been so long since I worked on it, I can't remember exactly where I am.  So in a little while, I will be laying out the blocks  on the floor and counting the center blocks.  Then I'll investigate the remaining pieces I have to see if I need to cut more center and border units.  


Unfortunately, I can't spend all day in the sewing room.  I will have to leave later to help my in-laws clean out Aunt Eacie's apartment.  This sweet lady passed away last Sunday at 99 1/2 years old.


She was really just a big kid at heart, trapped in an aging body.  She always loved to plan themed parties, especially picnics.  But she always had trouble with ants outside, and she called them "piss ants."  So for her 90th birthday, I made her a "Piss Ant" quilt.  The back of it shows in the photo above.  As I was going through my scraps, I found these.  I love how quilts and scraps can make you think of others, whether it is in the giving of quilt, or remembering someone who has passed.


I was digging through my scraps, because I have decided I want to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017 I keep seeing everywhere.  I really don't have a lot of purples, but I pulled what I had.  (And discovered my scraps were not as well organized as I thought they were.)  I have an idea for a block, but I need to investigate to see if I have enough scraps in the correct sizes to make it.  I also don't think I have the correct background fabric, but we'll see.


That's what my day looks like...black and gray with a chance of purple!  I hope you get to spend some time sewing, but if not, be sure to check out what is on other people's design walls at Patchwork Times.

Blessings, 
Joy

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stash Report - Week 3

It's been a busy week in the sewing room.  I have been working on finishing up Ruler Bags.  The first one uses my collection of Texas themed fabrics and is for my sister.  It finishes at 21"x26", and she is excited to take it to her retreats coming up in February.  It has 3 feature pockets on the outside for her longer rulers, and seven pockets inside for her other rulers.  It is sized so she can carry an 18"x24" rotary cutting mat.  I love my coffee bean one, and I know she will enjoy hers too.  Total out of my stash for this bag is 5 3/8 yards.


I also completed a ruler bag for a fellow guild member.  Her ruler bag is much larger, and finishes at 37"x25".  It has 3 outer pockets, and 14 inner pockets.  She provided the butterfly fabric, but I provided the solid quilting cotton for decor and pocket linings, colored pockets, and various muslins, interfacings, and batting to complete the project.  I will be delivering it to her tomorrow, and I think she will be pleased.  I was going to also make her a smaller one for a 12"x18" mat, but I need to discuss design with her.  I just don't think I have enough of the butterfly fabric left to make it work.  Total out of my stash to complete this bag is 4 1/2 yards.


This week I also quilted a table runner my guild taught as a class last year.  I actually finished the top and had it sewn to the backing last September during QuiltWeek, but never actually got it quilted.  Now, it is a finished project, and I can claim it as 2/3 yards used and mark it off my "To Do" list.

During the same Quilt Week, I almost completed a First Aid Bag.  Again, it was close but not completed.  So, I finished up this cute bag.  I'm not completely sure what I am going to do with it, but I can mark it off the list and claim the 1/4 yard used for it.


And finally, I finished up this Easy Wonder Clip Bowl by Birdcage and Thread.  It only used up 1/8 yard, but I can see where it will be extremely handy.  I plan to make a few more of these for my sister and Mom, now that I know how they go together.


I'm checking in with Patchwork Times for my stash report.  Since this is the first I've used this year, my weekly numbers are the same as my yearly numbers:

Used Year To Date: 10.92 yards
Purchased Year To Date: 0.00 yards

Net Destashed Year To Date: 10.92 yards

In addition to those bags, I also began quilt planning for an "Ugly Dog Fabric" challenge with my guild.  The challenge is to take a piece of someone else's "ugly" fabric and create a completed quilt.  I'm pretty excited about mine, but I'm not quite ready to share it yet.  The planning has begun for it, and I'm looking forward to getting it started this week.

In the meantime, I have started stitching two Bionic Gear Bags.  One will be for my Mom, and the other for my sister.  I hope to have those finished up this week, so I can get them in the mail.  Mom knows I am working on hers, but my sister's is a surprise that will coordinate and arrive with her ruler bag.  If I have time before Friday, I may even make my sister a matching Scrap Bag.  We'll see.

I've been following Kate's good example over at Life in Pieces by trying to spend at least 15 minutes sewing every day.  This week, I managed all 7, which brings my yearly amount to 15 out of the 200 that is my goal for this year.  It really is amazing how much I am able to accomplish with this goal.  Whether it is grabbing a few minutes to run a few things under the needle while waiting on my boys, or the "just a few minutes" that turn into 3 hours, I've been pleased with what I have been able to accomplish this week.

And while I'm reporting, let me also say that I am following along with Shelley at Prairie Moon Quilts in The 350 Block Challenge.  Since I was making bags and not actually quilting, I'll claim 10 blocks this week and year.

I'm also going to spend 10 minutes a day this week straightening my sewing room.  Just that little time will yield big benefits by the end of the week.  I've been pulling multiple fabrics, so I have fabric strewn across my room.  Spending a few concentrated moments of time cutting down scraps or putting thread back in place will help tremendously.  I was also looking for batting pieces for one for the ruler bags, so I need to fold and label some pieces.  These little tasks will help return the sense of serenity to my sewing room.

But before I go, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my Father-In-Law.  Happy 70th Birthday, Pa!  He has been a wonderful role model to my husband and sons, and we are beyond blessed to have him as the Patriarch of our family.

Blessings to All this Week,
Joy :)