Stash Report – Week 35, 2016

Nothing in and Nothing out!  Great news.  I will be adding this week though because I sat down to do the borders for Missing Ivy only to find that I didn’t have enough for Fabric 1, Fabric 2, and Fabric 4!  I don’t know what I did but I am guessing I didn’t buy enough from the beginning.  It’s so frustrating because I’m going to have to get different fabric.  I’m hoping that I find fabric that matches colorwise but not necessarily the exact fabric.

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date:  51 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 71.625 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2016: 20.625 yards

For the Budget: 

Spent this week: -$0-

Spent year to date: $3,983.08

For the yarn stash:

Still haven’t finished my socks yet.🙂

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to date: 300 yards

Added this week: 0 yards

Added year to date: 1248 yards

Net Added for 2016: 948 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I plan to work on A Rainbow Garden again today!  Here’s what it looked like last week:

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 scraps of wool that I don't want to throw away. 8/14/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
8/14/16

Here is how it looks now:

 

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 ...in progress... 8/21/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
…in progress…
8/21/16

I finished the inner purple centers last week and I’ll be working on the next light purple centers today.  I hope to have enough energy and time to get the center part of the right leaf on as well.  I don’t know how I lost it last time but I found it in my wool scrap bag.🙂

Until next time…

 

 

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

 

A year later…

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I found this index card stuck on my side cabinet near by sewing station.  These were my current projects back in August 15, 2015.  A year later, 3 of those projects are finished completely (quilted, bound AND labeled).  The last one is the 4th project, Hampton Ridge, and it’s sitting here waiting for me to quilt it.  I got the back pieced a couple of weeks ago.  I trimmed the batting last weekend.  I decided to rent the long arm at my local sewing machine shop and see how that goes.  I’ll be there this afternoon.

~Happy Quilting

Melanie

 

Cross Stitch, a weekly update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last week…

Mama's Bukid 8/18/2016

Mama’s Bukid
8/18/2016

Here’s what it looks like now..

Mama's Bukid 8/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
8/25/2016

I was listening to Hobbies Up To Here Podcast recently and in one of the episodes (I can’t remember if it was this last one or the one before) Dori and Katie were talking about cross stitch projects and how the back is ‘supposed’ to look.  I know I heard of this from my grandma when she first taught me how to cross stitch.  But both her and my concentration then was to stitch evenly, make it look nice, and finish things.  Now that I feel like I’ve gotten into a groove and I’m working on my project pretty consistently, I think I can up my game and start working on my technique so that the back looks good too.

If you didn’t hear the podcast and have no idea what I’m talking about, the idea is that a good cross stitch is one where the back looks just as good as the front.  I believe all the loose ends are tucked into the project and there aren’t rat’s tails or nests all over the place.  I don’t know all the details so I think I’ll do some poking around the internet and find out what this really entails.  In the meantime, here’s the back of my current project.  Please don’t judge me too harshly – remember, I never cared about my back and I’m only just looking into it now.  I think as a maker, hobbyist, crafter, I’m always looking at ways to improve my technique.  I don’t know if making the back look nice will translate to the front and if it really matters, but I’m going to be working on this project anyway so I might as well as look into it.  I know early on in my cross stitch days, I tried to make the back look nice and I got frustrated and gave up.  At that time, I decided that I didn’t care about the back and that as long as the front looks good, we’ll leave the tails where they were.  That may very well happen again.  We’ll see!🙂

Mama's Bukid ... The back... 8/25/2016

Mama’s Bukid
… The back…
8/25/2016

 

Melanie

My Goal for 2016 for cross stitching is to get the “welcome” project done and get started on my farm piece.

Fabric Tuesday, 8/23/16

Happy Tuesday!

Spooky Halloween Row 3, Block 4 8/23/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 3, Block 4
8/23/16

Spooky Halloween Row 4, Block 1 8/23/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 4, Block 1
8/23/16

 

Sorry it’s so incomplete!  This is all the piecing for these two blocks and I’ve got to appliquè the rest of it.  It’s going to take awhile until we get to these blocks so ya’ll will just have to wonder what this will look like. ;0

 

Linking with   and Fresh Poppy Designand Scraptastic Tuesday

~Melanie

 

 

 

Maw-valous Monday!

Spooky Halloween Row 3, Block 3 8/22/16

Spooky Halloween
Row 3, Block 3
8/22/16

I’m slowly working on the piecing for Row 3 and 4 for Spooky Halloween.

Here was my list last week:

  • Hampton Ridge – prep the batting … I want to get this on the frame this week — the batting is ready but this is not yet on the frame.  I’m actually contemplating renting time on the long arm at a local sewing machine shop.  I’ll let you know how it goes… 
  • Celtic Solstice – hold off on this as Missing Ivy’s border prep is being worked on as my leaders/enders while I work on Spooky Halloween pieced blocks and Have yourself a Quilty Little Christmas… done… I finished what I could do for leaders/enders and now I’m back to putting together the rows for block b. 
  • Missing Ivy – prep this border as my leaders/enders … done… the pieced border is done and now I’m ready to move on to the next step of Missing Ivy. 
  • Provence – hold off on this one
  • Spooky Halloween … Row 2, block 1 – continue to applique more pieces and get a pieced block done.  I’m tired of not getting anything finished for this quilt even though I’m working on it.  Handwork is so slow and I need to get a pieced block done so I feel like I’m making progress here.  I just picked up Row 4 so I’ve got pieced blocks I can work on in Row 3 and Row 4. … started working on getting the pieced blocks done. 
  • Have yourself a Quilty Little Christmas … create my project page and Month 3: block 1 … done (woot woot!)

So this week, here’s my target:

  • Hampton Ridge – quilt this
  • Celtic Solstice – work on this as my leaders/enders while I piece Spooky Halloween together.
  • Missing Ivy – start putting the borders on
  • Provence – press the blocks and figure out what’s the next step for this.
  • Spooky Halloween … get all the piecing done for Row 3 and 4 and continue appliquè Row 2, block 1

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Check out more at  and  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and Bits 'n Bobs and  Monday Making and  Ems-scrapbag

 

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 34, 2016

I came very close to buying fabric this week.  My LQS sent an email early Friday morning announcing a flash sale of 30% off all repro fabrics.  I am going to need backing fabric for Missing Ivy soon and I can live with pretty repro fabrics on the back of that quilt.  But I held off.  I haven’t yet calculated how much fabric I will need for the backing and if I bought it at the sale I would have over bought to compensate.  I haven’t decided what I’ll do for backing but I decided not to buy it yet.  I am in the red by 20+yards and I still need to get through quilting Hampton Ridge to bring those numbers back down.  Quilting will probably not happen until next weekend.  The plan is to trim the batting today so that I can start quilting Friday afternoon.  I’m planning to do a simple meander for the quilting and my hope is that it will go quickly.

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date:  51 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 71.625 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2016: 20.625 yards

For the Budget: 

Spent this week: -$0-

Spent year to date: $3,983.08

For the yarn stash:

Still haven’t finished my socks yet.🙂

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to date: 300 yards

Added this week: 0 yards

Added year to date: 1248 yards

Net Added for 2016: 948 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I plan to work on A Rainbow Garden again today!  Here’s what it looked like last week:

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 All pieces ready to go 8/7/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
All pieces ready to go
8/7/16

Here is how it looks now:

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 scraps of wool that I don't want to throw away. 8/14/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6
8/14/16

I really enjoyed doing the blanket stitch on that lower left flower piece.  I should have stopped when I finished but I tried to do one more and did the flower piece on the right.  It doesn’t look as nice.  That’s my learning lesson to stop when I’m feeling good and not try to push myself too far at one sitting.  Here’s a close up of the piece I liked:

A Rainbow Garden Block 6 8/14/16

A Rainbow Garden
Block 6 – loving those stitches! 
8/14/16

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

 

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

 

Summer is over… :(

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! August kit -  Block 3 8/20/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
August kit –
Block 3
8/20/2016

Happy Saturday, friends!  It’s a wonderful thing to be caught up!  Here is Block 3 of my current LQS’ BOM Have Yourself a Little Quilty Christmas! based on the blocks in Lori Holt’s Quilty Fun! Now I can put it away and not think about it until 9/14 when we pick up the next kit.  If I remember correctly, this is a 6 month project so we’re halfway through.  If you missed the previous posts from this week, here’s a quick peak at the previous finishes:

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! August kit -  Block 2 8/19/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
August kit –
Block 2
8/19/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! August kit -  Block 1 8/17/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
August kit –
Block 1
8/17/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! 8/15/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
8/15/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! 8/15/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
8/15/2016

Sorry for the shadows on the pics.  Now that I’m caught up with this BOM, I’m going to focus next on my Spooky Halloween blocks.  This is another BOM offered through my LQS.  It started a month or two before the Christmas one and the idea is that we will have the top done by Halloween.  hahahaha… I don’t think so.  To be fair, there is a lot of appliquè in this project and I’m not a fast appliquè-er.  And, I’d rather enjoy the process than try to get this thing done quickly.  So, I plan to concentrate next on all the blocks I can piece together.  I’ll still appliquè a bit when I have time which tends to be on the weekends.  I believe I have the 4th kit in my project bin but I haven’t yet pieced all the blocks in the 3rd kit.  I’ll be working on those next. As I’ve been mentioning, I’ve been piecing the pieced border for Missing Ivy as a leader/ender for the last week or so.  It’s almost done.  I probably have 4-5 more to put together and it will be ready to finish and put on to Missing Ivy.  Once that is ready, I plan to finish that step and move on to the next one.🙂 Things are progressing very nicely.

Back to school hit us hard this past week.  It’s the girl’s second week of school and the boy’s first week.  And sheesh were we all tired.  We had a couple of school meetings to attend in the evenings – a volunteer mixer at my girl’s school for those of us interested in volunteering and looking to find out what kind of opportunities there were.  And a new parent to my boy’s middle school.  And a couple of dinners with friends.  I think I overscheduled and I’ll need to be more careful now that we’re back to school.  Children grow up so fast and I’m trying not to think to hard on that.  So, today we’re hosting an End of Summer BBQ and Swim Party at our house.  :)  Later today, I’ll be driving around picking up all the food I ordered while the hubby gets the grill going.  I am going to enjoy the heat before it starts cooling down!

~happy quilting friends!

Melanie

TGIF, 8/19/2016

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Have yourself a little quilty Christmas! August kit -  Block 2 8/19/2016

Have yourself a little quilty Christmas!
August kit –
Block 2
8/19/2016

Was able to finish Block 2 in the August kit for Have Yourself a Little Quilty Christmas!  I’m hoping to get Block 3 done tonight so I can work on some Spooky Halloween blocks next week.  It’s all about the seasonal quilts at the moment!  I am still working on piecing the borders for Missing Ivy as my leaders and enders, so I haven’t given up on the rest of my projects.🙂

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Happy Quilting Friends!

Melanie