Sunday Stash Report – Week 9, 2021

Staycation Finally – a finish! 2/25/2021

It’s done! I’m so happy as it’s the first finished finished finished quilt I’ve had in over a year. The last one was Celtic Solstice and after a brief search discovered I finished that one in Feb, 2019! So it’s been 2 years since I’ve had a quilted, bound, labeled, and WASHED quilt. Yes, I washed this one as soon as I got the label on. I’ve already counted the front and back fabric used but I haven’t yet counted the binding so I’m letting myself count .75 yards used this week.

This post was prepped a few days ago and scheduled to publish today as the hubby and I are off to explore Fresno’s Blooming Trail. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m hoping the flowers on the fruit tree are abundantly blooming.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: .75 yards
  • Used year to date: 10.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 17 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 6.75 yards

For yarn:

I am still working on my knitted top, Water Lily.

Water Lily Back 12/20/2020

I still do not have a more recent picture. I finished knitting the front left side and I’m working on knitting the back neck part. I’ve already kitchener stitched the left front and left back together so I’m very very close to a finish. I did a little bit of a try on before I started stitching the front and back together to make sure it all fit right and it did. I’m hoping once I finish getting it all together it still does. One can never tell until it’s all done and blocked. Anyway, this project has been over a year in the making so I’m very excited about this finish. And I am loving how it wears. I’ve not needed to use the extra skein I bought just in caseys so I’ll have plenty to use for a different sweater project.

I can’t call this a finish yet so my numbers remain the same.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net added for 2021: 1 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Moo Creamery in Bakersfield, CA

A couple of months ago, the hubby and I and some friends trekked ourselves up to Fresno to check out the Blooming Trail. I’ll talk about that experience another time. But on the way up, we stopped at Moo Creamer in Bakersfieldm CA for lunch.

My friends and I found this spot while on a quilt retreat in 2019 (before all hell broke loose and all our retreats got cancelled) and we’d been dying to go back since.

The food was excellent and it was nice to know that it wasn’t just a fond memory and wonderful quilty weekend that made us feel like it was a great place to eat. It actually was a geat food experience. It was a little uncomfortable because their mask adherence and social distancing standards were not the same as in LA so we were a little uncomfortable. (they had indoor dining). We chose to sit outside in the far corner with about 6′ to the closest person. Thankfully our waiters were somewhat compliant with the mask wearing. Most of the patrons were not wearing masks and I felt like an outsider.

On to the food.

Moo Creamery French Toast

Hubby got French toast with honey butter (extra) and a side of eggs. The French toast was so very good. If we were not in public, the hubby would have done his happy food dance.

Moo Creamery Sticky Toffee Pudding

I got a couple of dessert stuff. I wasn’t hungry for lunch as I had a late heavy breakfast. I’m not so attached to Moo Creamery’s regular food (lunch dinner breakfast) – Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. It’s just not worth the calories, the money, and the room it takes in my tummy. Espeially when I can fill my tummy with desserts. So I got the sticky toffee pudding and the affogato.

was very similar and also very good. it had the same bread used on the french toast with pecans cinimmaon whip cream

Moo Creamery Affogato

affogato was our top choice our first time coming and it was

as good as expected. a definite pleasing sensation.

Moo Creamery Spicy Garlic Fries

spicy garlic fries – was also good but I could have done with out it. i can’t eat spicy so …

Grassy Creek, Clue 4 – Finished

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Finally! This clue has taken me forever to finish.

Grassy Creek Clue 4 – Finished 2/21/2021

I had a guild workshop to take – maybe 2 workshops? I had Jan Krentz in January and Alex Anderson in February so those two classes threw in a couple of projects in the middle of this clue and I was only able to do a little bit each weekend. It was slow progress. Now it’s done and I’ll be out of the house this weekend and will not be able to touch my sewing machine until the first weekend in March. I will be doing a bunch of handwork so my hands will still be busy.

Clue 3 – 12/26/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Clue 2 – 12/12/2021

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

2021 Crafty Plans, February Update

February is almost over and I’m finally getting to my crafty plan update. I went into extensive detail on my plans here, for quilty here, for knitty here, and for cross stitch here.

Here’s the short list:

Quilts –

  • Jan Krentz – Diamond Star
  • Bonnie Hunter – Grassy Creek – this is the only project I’ve made any progress on and I’m on clue 4. See here for the most recent post.
  • Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Radiant Jewel
  • Gardenvale
  • Allietare
  • Civil War Diary Quilt

Hand work

  • Hawaiian block – finished top. At the moment, it’s hanging around where I can enjoy it. I think it will be a pillow but for now I’m letting it sit while I contemplate what I want it to be.
  • Raining Cats and Dogs – I work on this every week but it’s a slow slow process. I’m stitching the buttons on and doing some laborious hand quilting. This is going to take forever.
  • Rainbow Garden – I’ve not touched this in about a year.
  • Simple Days BOM – I started this and you can see my update here.
  • Halloween quilt – I’ve not touched this in many years. 🙂

Handwork was not on my crafty list at all but it seems that is what I’m drawn to at the moment. We have to go where the creativity takes us. 🙂

Knitting

  • My Weasley Sweater – my Q1 goal was to knit the back and I finished that. So I’ve set this aside until Q2.
  • 24 days of Christmas Shawl from Jimmy Bean – finished! I’m working on weaving the ends.
  • Water Lily
  • Beanie for Kayla
  • Tranquil Mist
  • Orient Express
  • Blue Hat

Cross Stitching

  • Gamer Nouveau – I’ve worked on this almost exclusively and I’ll need to provide you with a more current update. I worked on it so much I have no urge to stitch on this at all. But I’m so close to a page and row finish that I’m feeling like I may just keep going until I do.
  • A Stitch In Time
  • Shades of Red
  • Autumn Owls – a bit of work on this. Not enough to see much of a difference
  • Titania
  • Tsuru kame – a couple hundred stitches put on this one. Again, just not enough to actually see change. 🙂
  • Unicorn

And I realize that I didn’t even mention my to be quilted list… here.

  • Staycation is done… practically. The binding has been sewn on by machine but I’m working on applique’ing the label. My goal is to get that finished before we head out of town on Friday.
  • Good Fortune
  • Glam Clam
  • SoCal Quilt Run Area 4 Mystery Quilt from 2012
  • SoCal Quilt Run Area 4 Mystery Quilt from 2012
  • Provence
  • saved top from the august treasure hunt some years ago

I hope this isn’t so boring for you as it’s simply a short (but very long) list to quickly refer to everything I’m working on.

Happy Crafting!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 8, 2021

Binding is on but not yet finished Staycation 2/21/2021

This is the last weekend I will have to work on this quilt which means I have through tonight to finish binding. I tried hard to get it done for this post so I can get at least add .75 yards to my used portion but alas, it’s not going to happen. After this post, I’ll be going back to the sewing room to finish it up. Luckily this is one where I will be machine binding to the back (from the front) so it should be a quick finish.

label is on… kind of Staycation 2/21/2021

I even have the label on so once the binding is done, all I have to do is finish applique’ing the 3 open sides and it will be done, done, done! Or as one of my guildmates say, Finish is the best word in the dictionary!

Next weekend, my hubby and I and another couple will be heading up to Fresno to check out the Blooming Trail. So I’ll probably schedule a post to go up (hopefully with Staycation as a finish!)

Not much to post but I’m working and making progress on the various projects I’ve got going.

In summary, it’s a zero used and a zero added — and that, my friends, is great numbers indeed. 🙂

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 17 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 7.5 yards

For yarn:

I am still working on my knitted top, Water Lily.

Water Lily Back 12/20/2020

I still do not have a more recent picture. I finished knitting the front ride side and I’m now working on the front left side. This is so close to being finished that when I’m working on it I find it hard to stop. Voolenvine had some great yarn in her update this week.

voolenvine’s yarn: Love Song

But I restrained myself from this purchase. As you can see it was very hard for me to do so. So – I get big kudos for saying no to this beautiful yarn.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net added for 2021: 1 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Simple Days BOM, Step 1

The first step was released the end of January. It took me awhile to get started. I had to pick and buy fabric (yay!) and pull out my light box.

I debated whether to piece the block first or do the embroidery and chose to do the embroidery first. Later as I was stitching the blanket stitch I decided I was all wrong. I should have pieced the block first so that I could do the embroidery exactly where I wanted it. Now I’m going to piece the block as is and if the embroidery is not quite right I would just have to be ok with it.

I say embroidery but all I’ve done so far is appliquéd the fabric pieces in and blanket stitched it. I used DMC perle cotton. I had it on hand and I wanted to use it. I don’t like stitching with it so I don’t know if I will continue to use it. Sometimes I like the look of the perle cotton and sometimes I don’t. I guess it just depends on what I’m feeling when I’m looking at it. For the embroidery part I plan to use dmc floss. I almost got sucked into buying Aurifil thread 28w or 12w just because and I am thankful my practical self was able to pull me away from the urge and close that website. Maybe one day I’ll check it out. I hope so. But not this time.

The second step comes out soon, 2/25, I believe, and I’ll be behind. but that’s ok. I enjoy the quiet slowness of hand stitching.

And before I leave you, here’s the important links: Simple Days Embroidery BOM

Always Crafting,

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 4a

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about this project. And less you think I have put this to the side since the reveal, I have not. I’m just not getting a lot done when I work on it. I saw the reveal and I love how it looks. I switched out my fabric so I’m curious to see how it will look with my fabric choices. I’m slowly working on Clue 4.

Grassy Creek Clue 4 – half done? 2/14/2021

Clue 3 – 12/26/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Clue 2 – 12/12/2021

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 7, 2021

Staycation is quilted. It’s not yet bound or labeled so it’s not a finish. But I think I reached a good step in the process and I could put the front and back in the USED part of my report. Finally. I have so many multiple projects in all kinds of craftiness that finishes are a long time coming.

Staycation Quilted Not Bound 2/13/2021

Don’t look too closely at the quilting. I’m learning how to do ruler work and playing with different designs. My quilts are definitely not perfect and each one is a practice for the next quilt. Perfection is a long way coming but improvement happens all the time. 🙂

I made another mask for the hubby. He was still not happy with the last one so I made a new one and he didn’t like that one either. But, the boy liked it so after a few tucks here and there and a bit of adjustments to the elastic, he has a new mask that he likes. I finally broke down and made the Olson mask for the hubby. He liked the mask but the elastic was too big. So I had to make some adjustments there until it was the right size. A version of the Olson mask was one of the first set of masks I made and I absolutely disliked making them. There was too much cutting and too many pieces that it took forever to finish one. But the hubby was not happy with any of the easy to sew masks that I like making more. And so far it was a success. So in addition to the 2 I made previously and the 2 now, that’s a total of 4 masks, which I estimate to be about 1/2 yards of fabric. So between Staycation and masks, I’ve got 8.5 yards used.

That’s great numbers. 🙂 I didn’t have a chance to post my stash report last week but the week before I warned you that I was joining a new BOM called Simple Days Embroidery BOM and I was buying fabric to go with the look I was trying to achieve. I went to my LQS and managed to buy 10 yards of fabric. Insane. I bought a bunch of Tilda fabrics in the newest line, woodland creatures (I think). I bought fat quarter sets that my LQS had as well as yardage of my favorite, 3 yards of a creamy solid and an extra yard of something I loved that I couldn’t go home without.

Tilda fabric – Woodland Creature … samples
my favorite one.

So, it’s a plus 10.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 8.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 10 yards
  • Added year to Date: 17 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 7.5 yards

For yarn:

I am working on my knitted top, Water Lily.

Water Lily Back 12/20/2020

I do not have a more recent picture but I finished 2 pattern repeats of the back lace and on the front I’ve split for the v-shape and I’m working on the lace on the right side. I’m concerned about running out of yarn. Unfortunately, Voolenvine doesn’t have this base, Lore, anymore so there’s no way to get more. Lore is a luscious base of merino, cashmere and silk. The next best think is Voolenvine’s Wolke base which is made up of merino, cashmere, and nylon. It’s close enough but without the shine of silk. Her last update had this colorway (dragon tears) in her Wolke base so I had to snag one just in case I ran out. And I couldn’t just buy 1. I bought 6. That way I have enough for a cardigan if I wanted to make one. 🙂 Anyway, I’m almost done with this project so I hope to have a finish soon and have something to add to the used numbers.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 6 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net added for 2021: 1 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Persimmons and Plumerias

I love persimmons. But I won’t buy them. My mom has a persimmon tree and I try to make it up north (a 6- 8 hour drive) during persimmon season but I don’t always make it. Some years she ships me as many as can fit in a priority mail large box. Last fall my parents came to visit during a brief spell when California loosened up a bit of the stay at home policies. And they brought me some. My mom’s persimmons rarely (if ever) have seeds in them. Probably because we eat them before the seeds form.

Later in the season, my daughter’s friend brought over a huge bag of persimmons that I shared with some of my friends. Her persimmons were much smaller than my moms. They were still very good. And they had a lot of seeds. Each one. So the first couple of persimmons I ate, I saved the seeds, wrapped it in wet paper towel and put it in a plastic bag. The date was 12/19/2020 and put it away. I forgot about it.

The other day, my hubby found a plastic bag and was about to throw it away when he noticed the seeds sprouted. And when I opened it up, I had 5 seeds germinated.

Persimmon trees

This was the urgent planting I had to do over the weekend during the brief bit of sunshine instead of quilting staycation.

Since I was out I cleaned up a bit in the garden and poked around at my plants. To my amazement, one of my plumeria stalks had this…

plumeria 1/31/2021

I’m not a well versed gardener and I just dabble taking the easy way whenever something comes up. Anyway, my friend Rosemary, has a lot of plumerias as well as orchids. Last summer, she gave me 5 stalks of plumeria and I planted them in containers because we were planning on moving. Anyway, 3 survived and this is one of them. I had no idea what this thing was so I sent this picture to Rosemary who said it’s a flower head! OMG. I’m so excited. Hopefully it continues growing. We’ve had a lot of rain and cold temperatures lately. Nothing like what is experienced elsewhere in the US but in my part of California, colder and rainier than what I’m used to.

I love having a little garden and planting in my life again. My family has gifted me numerous fruit trees and plants. I have a java banana tree, meyer lemon tree, mexican mango, calamansi, cherimoya, brazilian guava, and atis (sugar apple). Most of these were grown from seed by one of my aunts and I will not see fruit for a long time. But it’s a fun thing to have. I want to get blueberries and strawberries planted soon. 🙂

Always,

Melanie

Cross Stitch: Gamer Nouveau

Gamer Nouveau 1/31/21

Here’s a close up of what I’ve worked on recently:

Gamer Nouveau 1/31/21

And how it looked the last time I showed a picture of it.

Gamer Nouveau 1/6/2021

My goal for 2021 is through row 3 and I calculated the numbers, I have to do 100 stitches every day. Or, 700 stitches per week. I’m not sure if I can sustain those numbers working on one project every day but, so far, I’m on track. But I still need to finish row 2 which is where I’m at right now.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie