Stash Report – Week 22, 2017

Nothing Used. Nothing Added.  I’m slowly working on projects but can’t add to my stash report just yet.  I’m binding Missing Ivy so that will be in the finished department soon and those numbers will bring me closer to the black side.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
6/4/2017

I got a lot of progress done on this block and I’m loving it again.  I need to put the last two of the leaves and then I’ve got 4 flowers to stitch on.  I have some finishing stitches to embroider on and then it’s done.  I hope to get this done this week.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

LAFS: Margot Pyjamas

 

Margot Pajamas
Still not done…

I’m still working on my pajama pants.  I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the next steps and was unsure as to how to proceed.  I just followed what was written even if I didn’t truly understand what it meant and whether I was doing it right.  ;0

And I didn’t take the best pictures. I sewed the pant legs together.  First I sewed each back piece to the front pieces to get 2 separate single pant legs.  Once you’ve pieced them together, you’re supposed to do a zig zag stitch.  I don’t have a serger so I did the zig zag stitch. I don’t know if I did them correctly.  

The instructions said we could press to the back side or press open. I’m not sure how I could press this open so I just pressed it to the back side.

Then I sewed the right leg to the left leg by sewing the crotch part together.  I left an opening for the drawstring but for some reason in my head I needed two openings so in the end I had one in the front and one in the back.  I realized what I had done and then sewed the opening in the back closed.

The last thing I had energy for was to sew a rectangle around the drawstring hole to reinforce it.  It’s not the best work but this is just practice so it is what it is.  🙂

I have to sew the top, put the drawstring together and then sew the bottom.  Then it will be done.  I hope I get this done before I head out to my parents house in a couple of weeks.

Happy stitching!

 

~Melanie

Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 3

Conscript Law

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

See details of this quilt on my project page: Civil War Diary Quilt.

 

I needed 12 HSTs. I couldn’t figure out how much to cut the squares to get a finished 1.5 HST.  I couldn’t figure out how to get EQ7 to tell me how to do this.  If you know, please let me know.  To be fair, the program comes with tutorials and things and I’ve only watched the first video.  I plan to spend time each week learning the program but I’m not there yet so… it’s the user, not the program.  Anyway, this site calculates it for you.  All you need is to enter the finished size of the HST and it will tell you how big to cut the squares.  Since I needed 12 HST I chose to use the 4 HST method. 🙂

The blocks in this quilt will finish at 6″.  I cut my squares to 4″.  To be exact, it would have been cut at 3-3/8″ but I cut it larger to trim down.  I trimmed the HSTs to 2″.

Then I needed to make this little block:

That baby is probably about a 3″ square.  I trimmed it down to a 2″ square. I do not know the name of the unit.  There probably is a name for it.

To get 4 of these I needed to cut:

  • 2-4″ squares of the red and the white
  • 1 – 4″ square of the turquoise, then cut on the diagonal twice for 4 triangles

For the red and white squares, I put the right sides together and drew a line on the diagonal. sewed a quarter inch from each side of the line; cut on the line and then cut on the diagonal. you’ll get a total of 8 half triangles. put aside the ones with the white fabric on the left and keep the ones with the red fabric on the left.

Then I center the turquoise triangles onto the red/white triangles and sewed on the long edge.  I press fabric into the turquoise but I assume you can press in the method you like.

Then I trim to 2″ squares. And put all the little pieces together to make the final block.

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

 

And here’s my back so you can see what that looks like:

Personally, and I don’t mean to brag, but I am so amazed at how far I’ve come in my quilting journey.  I’ve been quilting for about 10 years now and I’m loving how my points are matching and how flat this block is.  I’m happy that I took the time to learn the steps and practice and learn things over again.  Practice makes perfect.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I love how my journey is progressing. 🙂

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 21, 2017

The weekly stash report is being hosted at Quilt Paint Create’s site.  Thank you for hosting!  I enjoy it each week even though I’ve been out of the loop the last few weeks.

I pulled fabric to make my Maxwell Bag –

The outer and inner parts put together

It’s not finished yet so I’m a little hesitant to add the usage.  However, it’s almost done and I’m afraid if I do not add it now, I will forget to add it later.  And I really do not know how much to count as usage.  I pulled fabric from my scrap bins.  I’ve had these little owl scraps and other beautiful pieces forever and didn’t want to put it in a scrappy quilt.  I didn’t want the fabric to get lost in a scrappy quilt.  I love how they are being used in this bag.  Anyway, I’m just going to say 2 yards because there was a lot of fabric used and bits thrown away.  I could grab the pattern and get the real amount of yardage to add but I am too lazy right now.  So, I’m just going to say 2 yards for now and when I get together with the ladies to finish up this bag I’ll count up the real amount of yardage for my stash report.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
5/20/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
5/27/2017

Happy Saturday!

 

I was able to snag a picture with somewhat better lighting.  And I do not know why I’ve never done this before but watched some cross stitch tutorials on you tube.  I just had it on auto play.  This morning I realized that I watched all my regular podcasts/vlogs and was looking for something new.  Since I picked up my long term cross stitch project, Mama’s Bukid, I searched out cross stitch videos.  I’ve said this in past posts but in case you didn’t know, I learned to cross stitch in the 90’s with my grandma and I’m working through the crush of projects she and my mother purchased for me.  So my projects are dated and I never explored further than what my grandma taught me.  It didn’t even cross my mind.  Except that I’ve been watching a lot of podcasts lately and a number of them have mentioned cross stitching and some interesting ideas like starting, finishing, etc.  So while I was cross stitching I started watching.  I plan to integrate some of the new to me techniques to see if I like them and will let you know what I find.  In the meantime, here’s my current progress and it looks like the images in the sky of the bukid are changing.  It is exciting to see.  Somewhere I lost the picture that came with this project so it’s a mystery to us.  I know I liked it.  I know my mom picked this out.  I hope we still like it when it is finished. ;0

This last week my hubby’s uncle passed away.  The family is still recovering from the sudden passing of my brother-in-law so it’s really sad and heartbreaking to have this happen as well.  My heart goes out to my MIL and my cousin-in-laws and all the family over there.  Unfortunately, my hubby will not be able to make the trip back to the Philippines again as there’s just no money for a second trip and he’s not able to take the time off work again.  This last week was just his 2nd week back after almost 1 month off.  We will do what we can from here.

On a happier note, I took a bag class at my LQS.  It was for the Maxwell Bag by Abbey Lane.  The picture above is the picture of the bag on the pattern.  Here is picture of my bag still in progress:

 

The outer and inner parts put together

I’ll have to post about it separately as there is just too much to talk about…  It was supposed to be 2 evening sessions but it looks like we’re trying to get a 3rd evening thrown in so we can finish the bag.  I hope that happens soon.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I’m very excited to have a long weekend and enjoy the time crafting.  Tonight the hubby and I plan to join friends at a JoKoy comedy show.  It’s the first time we’re watching one of his shows.  We’ve seen him on an Adam Carolla show in Vegas one year but never on his own.  I’m excited to be doing something different.  Other than that, I’ll be crafting all weekend.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

LAFS: Margot Pyjamas

Here’s my learning lesson this weekend – look at next week’s project when I’m done with this week’s project.  That way I can gather my materials before the day I actually want to work on the project.  Again, I needed 2.5 yards of fabric for the pyjamas and again I didn’t want to dive into my stash to find 2.5 yards of something.  This time, I actually trekked it to my LQS.  I considered going to the big box store since I didn’t want to spend the money on quality quilty cotton but I decided to spend the money.  I love my LQS and while I don’t have a lot of money, I was feeling generous and have a bit more burning a hole in my pocket.  I look at it as donating the funds to keep my LQS open.  Obviously, I can’t do this all the time.  But when I can I will.

I wash my fabric before I use it.  I’m not going to into whether I should or not.  I know a lot of people don’t and it probably doesn’t matter one way or another. But I choose to wash my fabric so before I can use it I have to put it through the wash.  So I spent my sew day this weekend looking for fabric at my LQS, washing and prepping it.  On Sunday, I was able to get some things prepped but I didn’t actually get to any sewing –

Of course, I forgot to take pictures until the very end when I packed everything up for my next sew day.  Which I hope will be this upcoming weekend!

I fell in love with this owl as soon as I saw him peeking at me at my LQS.  The pattern called for 2.5 yards but I wanted to make sure I was able to fussy cut the owls and foxes perfectly so I purchased a bit over 3 yards.  Here’s where I diverged from the instructions detailed in LAFS (Love at First Stitch).    The pattern wanted me to cut on the grain which would have been had the length of the pajama leg parallel to the selvage.  If I followed this, my owls would be sideways on my legs.  Not the image I wanted.  So I cut it from selvage to selvage.  Since I’m short – just about 5′ – this was fine.

I had big post it poster paper that I used to trace over the pattern.  This time around I cut with scissors on the line and the fabric.  There were three options listed in the book.  The second option was to use the pattern to trace on the fabric and the third option was to use tailor’s chalk or something on the fabric and then cut with that.  I think I’ll choose the third option next time.

Here are the front of the legs.  I have the back cut too.

I’ve got a bunch of bits to add to my stash and use in quilts and other projects.

Very important – I labeled the front legs and the back legs before I put them away.  If I didn’t do that I would totally forget which was which and I would spend time trying to figure it out.

~ Happy sewing!

~Melanie

Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 2

Oath of Allegiance

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 2
Oath of Allegiance
5/20/17

My blocks will finish at 6″ once pieced into the quilt top.

There are faster ways to put this block together but since I’m only doing 1 block and not 50 of them, I cut each individual square at 1-3/4″ and then pieced them together.  First in pairs, then in squares, and so on until the block was done.

I’m still loving it!

See the first block and all the details on my project page at Civil War Diary Quilt.

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 20, 2017

It’s been about 10 weeks since I last posted a stash report.  And I really do not have much to say other than over the last 10 weeks, I attended my LQS anniversary sale, I was gifted a ton of yardage, and I didn’t finish anything other than a few drawstring bags.  I didn’t count anything in or out but I want to start back at it.  So I’m just going to say that I added 15 yards net in the last 10 weeks.  It might be over or under but if I try to be accurate I’m never going to jump back on this saddle.  And I really want to get back on this saddle.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 7.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 15.5 yards

A few weeks ago I was about to give up counting stash altogether.  But since then I’ve gone to my LQS a number of times and bought more fabric.  Some of it was for projects I was working on or planning like my Civil War Diary quilt but there was a lot that I bought just to buy.  That’s when I knew I was in trouble and that I had to get back to my weekly stash reports.  I recognize that I purchase more fabric when I’m not quilting.  So by the third visit I decided to stop going to the LQS and really start using that time to quilt.  In addition, I also decided not to count my craft spending any more.  It really doesn’t help me reduce my spending and it just makes me feel guilty about how much I do spend.

Since I last posted a Stash Report, Judy decided to do away with hosting the linky for the Sunday Stash Reports.  Where is everyone posting now?

 

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7
4/30/2017

And here I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

I’ll be working on that big center flower today and hopefully get that done.  I’ve still got a bunch of little pieces to add so I’m not sure how much longer it will be before I can count this block finished.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie