Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stash Report 9/18/2011

I had a few purchases this week but nothing to count out.  I have done some odds and ends of sewing but nothing can be counted.  I started doing crumb blocks along with Jo at Country Junction.  You can use the Crumbling Along button to check out and maybe even join in.

I hadn't made any crumb blocks and have only been saving "crumbs" for a short period of time.  I think it will be addicting.

I purchased some fabric this week, all with intended use:

The first three fabrics are for a block swap.  My friends at Friday Night Quilters are swapping cocktail blocks.  My blocks are not fully planned yet and I have until the second Friday in November so it is way too soon to panic.  One of the husbands calls us a drinking group with a quilting problem!

I also purchased the red fabric to go with those hunky firemen.  It took me a long time to find the firemen fabric and I was recently successful in finding it on ETSY.  I am making a pillowcase for a friend.  Hopefully that will get done early next week.

Stash report

Used this week:  nada
Used year to date:   23 3/4 yards
Added this week:     3 3/4 yards
Added year to date:     45 1/2 yards
Net added:   15 1/2 yards

Check out the rest of the reports at Patchwork Times

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Crumbling Along Step 1

Wow, this looked so easy!  I think I was over thinking the whole thing.  The 2 blocks I made are neat-I like it but oh, I struggled.  I only put out a few scraps and so I was trying to manipulate them too much.  At least I think that was the problem.

I am also concerned that after trimming the blocks, I have some very thin pieces and seam allowances too close to the edge of the blocks.  I'll have to watch that in the future.

Come join us Crumbling Along with Jo.  See the button on the left.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11 a day we all remember

It has been a sad and reflective day but full of hope for the future as well.  I know this event touched all your lives and hopefully we are all better people for it.

I have not had a stash report for ages.  I have sort of lost track and need to review and recalculate.  Last Sunday when I was reading the stash reports I had a DUH moment.  This summer while we were away, I was collecting shirts from thrift stores to use for my niece's wedding quilt and for other quilts.  The prices were so much better in small towns then here in Phoenix.

Anyway, I was merrily collecting away, never thinking that I was adding to my stash-that's the DUH part. I guess I'll go over the piles when I'm finished dismantling the shirts and estimate what I have added!!!

I am working on another quilt top for the Linus Project.  The material was all provided and I did not count it as part of my stash so I can't count it out either.  It is based on a cute animal print and was a very easy pattern.

I am so glad everyone continues to make posts.  Even tho I was unable to post while we were away, I still enjoyed reading the posts.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Design Wall Monday September 5th

I have not been posting for a while but I have kept up on all the other posts.  I would really miss not have access to Judy L's site!  I have been using RVWiFi while we were up north in cooler country for the summer.  Unfortunately I was unable to load photos for this blog after the system was repaired (after a lightening strike).

I pieced this little quilt on quick trips home and it is at the quilter's now.  I'm hoping to have it back and bound before the next design wall.  It is a baby quilt for my neighbor's latest grandson.  I don't have the magazine handy to reference the pattern but I will include that in next Monday's report.

Check out the rest of the reports today.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stash report 7/17/2011

I did a little sewing but not as much as I had planned.  We spent one day at a motel while we were waiting for our new (in October) AC to be repaired so that day was lost.  Then we spent most of several days looking for a new (actually nearly new) car to replace mine which was stolen a few weeks ago.  No luck there either. 

It was so good to get in the sewing room on Thursday and zone out piecing a new top and listening to a book on CD.  I did put the borders on the blue/yellow and green quilt.  No photos yet though.

Used this week:  21"-lets say 1/2 yard
Used year to date:   23 3/4 yards
Added this week:     0 yards
Added year to date:     41 3/4 yards
Net added:   11 3/4 yards 

Moose tracks is back from the quilter.  She did an outstanding job.  I have the binding machine stitched on the front and need to hand sew it on the back.  I need to come up with a name too.  Maybe-bright lights?

I have tried and tried but for some reason I ca't download the photos I wanted to share.  I'll try again tomorrow.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Design Wall Monday July 11th

How fast time flies when you're having fun.  I thought I would be further along with my annual quilting goals but heck, I like what I have done so far.  And! best of all, I have enjoyed doing it.

I plan to add the borders to my yellow/blue/green quilt top today.  It will be a plain 3" border of the same material I used for the sashing-Krystal by Michael Miller.

Any ideas for a name???  This top is based on Bonnie Hunter's Star Struck pattern.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

stash report 7/10/2011

I am almost finished with my blue/yellow and green quilt.  I need to add the borders and the top is done.  I used 15 fat quarters from my stash and added 3 fat quarters and 3 half yards for the blocks.  I will count the sashing after I finish the borders.  I did not purchase or order any fabric this week.

Used this week:  6 yards
Used year to date:   23 1/4 yards
Added this week:     0 yards
Added year to date:     41 3/4 yards
Net added:   12 1/4 yards  (corrected figure)

I showed my Ladybug Hugs quilt in the past.  Here are the latest shots:

This is little Julia, my new grand niece.  She was born in early May.  Doesn't she compliment my quilt?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Design Wall Monday July 4th

Somehow today seems like another Sunday here.  I guess it will be another lazy day.   It is so hot here and the humidity is up-hopefully we will get some much needed rain.

I feel like I should be working on a red, white and blue quilt today but I'm continuing work on my blue/yellow/green quilt.  Over half of the stars are sewn and the sashing is cut.  I'm very happy with the scrappy outcome.  I did not really rearrange the pieces much so I have a very, very random look.  I don't think I will add any other borders but there are lots of left over bits and pieces so time will tell.

I'm looking forward to fireworks tonight and time to be thankful for our freedoms.  I am grateful to all who helped us obtain our freedom and maintain it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Stash Report 7/3/2011

I am still working on  my yellow/blue/green scrappy quilt.  I decided that I did not have enough light fabrics for this top.  My stash is decidedly slim on lights.  So, off to my LQS for some shopping.  My LQS is moving after 35 years in business in one location.  Well, actually they started as a Sew and Vac store and over time expanded and expanded to fabric. patterns, books and classes.  Unfortunately, the store is dark and crowded.  I am looking forward to their new bigger and brighter location.  They have been having some great sales too.

The top photo is the new fabric and the bottom is some of the fabric I already had.

Here is a look at the top.  Hopefully there will be lots more for Design Wall Monday.

Stash Report

Used this week:   not counting this yet
Used year to date:   17 1/4 yards
Added this week:     6 yards
Added year to date:     41 3/4 yards
Net added:   18 1/4 yards  (corrected figure)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Design Wall Monday June 27, 2011

I have been working on a pattern from Bonnie K. Hunter called Star Struck.  It is available for free at her website.  It is a great scrap pattern for lights and darks.  I started with 15 FQ's in blue, yellow and green.  I added a few other pieces to it and just started cutting.  I can see that It would have helped to have more lights but I just am working with what I have on hand.

I have lots more to sew together and then the rearranging will begin.  I am going to try Gina-Marie's hint from her post this morning on Patchwork Times.  I will print a photo in black and white to help with the positioning.  Thanks, Gina-Marie.  I think I will separate these blocks with dark blue sashing.

Here is a blue, yellow and white quilt I did many years ago.  It was primarily Daisy Kingdom Fabric with others added in.   My friend Sharon did an awesome job of quilting this and she was just starting out in business.  The quilt is named Blue Skies and Sunshine and I asked her to quilt a sun and it's rays on the quilt.  If you enlarge the photo you can see the quilting.  This was the first quilt I submitted for our  Arizona Quilters Guild show.

I cross stitch all my labels and try to add an appropriate saying to my gift quilts as well.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stash report 6/26/2011

I have been doing lots of cutting and piecing but no fabric is ready to be counted out for my stash report.  It has been very hot here and there has been some new added stress in my life (which I'm not going to detail) but as a result, I have had lots of quality time in the sewing room.  Hopefully I will have some design wall stuff to report tomorrow.

I purchased these FQ bundles from a quilter who was de-stashing.  I saw them on the yahoo site: Sew its for sale.  The photo of the plaid Christmas fabric is not very good-sorry about that.  These bundles should make some real nice quickie quilts for donation or possibly keepers.

Used this week     0
Used year to date    17 1/4 yards
Added this week    8 yards
Added this year   35 3/4 yards

Net added   8 1/2 yards

Monday, June 6, 2011

Design Wall Monday June 6, 2011

I am working on another Linus Project quilt from a kit put together from a friend's stash.  This is the 4th one I have worked on and others in the group have made quite a few as well.  My friend's stash should be dwindling but I suspect it is not!

This will be a cute little quilt with the additional of several borders.

Check out the other design wall posts.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Stash report 6/5/2011

Barely in the black!

My quilting friend, Mary and I visited the 3 Dudes Quilt Shop for their Memorial Day Sale.  All fabric was 30% off-that's a big deal.  I bought a 1/4 yard piece of pale yellow Fairy Frost for the moon in a banner I am planning to make.  I also bought 5 great batiks for a baby boy quilt.

I tried a couple of photos but they aren't rue colors-better luck next time.  The first photo is the closest.

I used 6 yards for backing my Moose Tracks quilt which is already at the quilters.

Stash report

Used this week:           6 yards
Used Year to date:       29 1/4 yards
Added this week:         7 3/4 yards
Added this year:           27 3/4 yards

Net Used:     1 1/2 yards

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I finally finished a UFO that was listed as part of Judy L's UFO Challenge for 2011.  Although the photo shows the binding isn't complete, I did finish it after the picture was taken.

This pattern is Organized Chaos from Cozy Quilts.  It is one of their strip club patterns.  Our local shop had a monthly strip club for a while several years ago.  I really liked the patterns and did most of them.  This top was finished and so was the backing and binding.  It only needed to be quilted.  My friend Tammy Baldi is a wonderful longarmer and she did a fine job on this quilt.

This quilt is being donated to Hospice of the Valley for one of their inpatient beds.  They were such a big help to my husband and I when my Mom was so ill 2 years ago.

Check out how others did at Judy's site.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Design Wall Monday May30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day-remember to remember all those who sacrificed so we could have the freedoms we enjoy (often without thought).

My quilting friend Mary and I went to a LQS for their big 30% off sale.  It was on all 1 yard cuts, not just a single item.  The shop is on the other side of town so it was a little field trip for us.  Living in the Phoenix area has so many benefits-and lots of independent quilt shops and several Joann's to choose from.  We are spoiled.

I picked up some wonderful batiks for a baby boy quilt and will be working on that this week so the yardage won't stay in my stash long.

This pattern is Moose Tracks.  I have misplaced the pattern and can't give you the designer right now.  It is a UFO that I need to put a backing together.  Then off to the quilter it goes.

Check ou the rest of the design wall posts too.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stash report 5/29/2011

After my first report in the black last week, I have moved back over to the red.

I bought backing material for 2 quilts (part of which I used) and 3 fat quarters and 2 fat eights.

I bought the blue tone on tone from the Quilts of Valor line to add to the blue and red print that I already had.  This is the backing for my Gallantly Streaming Quilt.  This quilt was delivered to the quilter on Friday.  She will have it a while as she is planning some long trips this summer.  But she does such a marvelous job that the wait is always worth it.  Do You like the piecing?  It reminds me of zipper teeth.

 I bought 2 fat eights of this little lady bug print.  It was all my LQS had and it was so cute.  It is actually more red tha n orange.  I have a feeling I will be making more ladybug stuff for my new great niece.  I got her quilt back from the quilter yesterday and will get the binding on and label made-hopefully for design wall post tomorrow.
I also bought this turquoise Krystal to go with the polka dots that I already had.  It will make that backing for another UFO.  Somehow, the FQ's I bought have disappeared.  I'm sure they are lurking about somewhere.

Stash report

Used this week:           6 yards (backing and binding)
Used Year to date:       23 1/4 yards
Added this week:         7 yards
Added this year:           20 yards

Net Used:       3 1/4 yards

Hey!!!   I'm still in the black-what a surprise.  I guess I forgot to count the backing material I used this week that I already had.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday May23, 2011

I am trying to move some of my quilt tops into the finished quilt stage.  I made this little top from Atkinson's Yellow Brick Road pattern 3 or 4 years ago.  Yesterday I pieced the backing shown in the third picture.

I have the backing material for another finished top.  This is Gallantly Streaming, one of the strip quilt patterns from the Cozy Quilt Shop.  The backing material is dark red and dark blue so I will be washing it tomorrow before I make the backing.

Today, my husband pointed out that one of my points is going in the wrong direction.  Oh well, I think I will just leave it that way.

Check out the rest of the design walls at Judy L's site.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Stash report 5/22/2011

Yippee!!!  No new fabric and enough usage to put me in the black for the first time this year.

Used this week...5 1/2 yards
Used year to date...17 1/4 yards
added this week...0 yards
added this year   13 yards

Net used...4 1/4 yards

The colors aren't quite true in this photo.  I'll get a better photo in the daylight.  This is the back for a yellow brick road pattern quilt from Atkinson Design.  It is one of my favorite quickie quilts.  

Monday, May 16, 2011

design Wall Monday May16, 2011

Another week has sped by; where does it go?

I finished the Linus Project quilt top that I was making from some donated material.  I think it is a little 3 yard kit from Fabric Cafe.  It is nice and bright and happy.  It was quick and easy.

Check out the other design walls at Patchwork Quilts.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Design Wall Monday May 9, 2011

My design wall is empty today but I wanted to show off these "old" quilts.

My small group of quilting friends exchanged strips several years ago and we all made log cabin quilts.  Amazing how many different looks resulted.  I do not have photos of the others but I will try to get them on my computer so I can share them with you.  We all put our quilts in the Arizona Quilters Guild show and it was so cool seeing them all hanging togethers!

The quilting was done by my friend, Sharon Brooks.  Her work is outstanding and I'm so glad she is a friend and quilting buddy.

This next quilt is very similar.  The strip swap was repeated with a guild chapter I belonged to at the time.   Sharon Brooks quilted this one as well using designs you may recognize.  I can't remember the designer off hand but will check it out and acknowledge her later.

I made this quilt for my Mom.

Check out the other design walls on Judy L's site.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Stash report 5/8/2011

Happy Mother's Day to all my quilting buddies.

I got the backing assembled for my Ladybug Hugs Quilt and it is at the quilters.  My new great niece was born on May 3rd and of course, she is just gorgeous.  Her name is Julia and she looks just like her 3 year old brother, RJ.

I have already made the binding and cut the remaining fabric up for my scrap collection.  I have even used some pieces in my current leader and ender project.

Used this week...5 yards
Used year to date...11 3/4 yards
added this week...0 yards
added this year   13 yards

Net gained...2 1/4 yards

I have started another Linus Project Quilt from a friends contributed stash.  I won't count the yardage as it will all be used this week.  Here's a peak at the blocks and backing material.

Check out the other stash reports on Judy L's site.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Ode to Scraps

I have wanted to get involved in scrap quilting for a long time.  I have played with it on and off.  I had heard of leaders and enders quite a while ago at a guild meeting.  It made sense and I tried it a little but mostly tried to plan my planned quits so I could use those pieces as leaders and enders.

Several years ago, some quilt buddies and I took a Scrap Theory class.  I even bought the "special" ruler.  After getting home and starting to cut my scraps into useable pieces, I realized that the theory used different sizes then the standard 2 1/2" etc.   The scraps sizes would work the same in that they played well with each other,  but they did not easily equate to the usual pattern sizes.  I don't mind occasionally doing the math but not for each and every quilt.  Anyway, I sort of abandoned cutting up my scraps.

I did have lots of 2 1/2" strips from several swaps I took part in.  The strips mostly resulted in log cabin quilts-easy to do, great looking but been there, done that!

So, after reading all these blogs through Judy L's Patchwork Times, I have once again caught the scrap bug and this time I am going to follow through on it.  I got out some of my scrap related books and patterns and even bought Bonnie K. Hunter's books.  So, my research is done and I'm doing it!!!!!!

This UFO is about 5 years old.  It is a Debbie Caffrey worms pattern.  Our small group was working on it at a retreat.  So, now it will be a leader/ender project.

I have started cutting into my 2 1/2" strips (for a few squares) and my stash-about an hour a day.  I feel so good about what I have accomplished and where this is going.

Thank you all for your inspiration and your ideas.  I just love this little corner of blog land!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

stash report 4/24/2011

We are having a lovely day here especially for all those who celebrate Easter.  The little ones in the house next to us were out early hunting for eggs.  They were so cute.

My stash report is pretty boring- all that came in went out again.

Some of my quilting buds decided to make quilts for the Linus project.  Kathy decided to bust her stash big time and donated gobs of fabric.  A group of quilters and friends got together for sewing, partying and kit making.  I sure missed a good time.  I did wind up with 2 of the kits.  Here are the results.

The last photo is the pieced backing for the quilt above it.  Aren't they so cheery.  I hope they will make some child's day easier.