Stash Report – Week 1, 2014

I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks.  I was supposed to be on vacation from 12/23 – 1/6 and things didn’t go quite as planned.  I got sick my first day off.  12/23 and I was in bed feeling awful.  I am much better now but I have a lingering cough that will not go away.  My kids got sick. My mother got sick.  My sister got sick and our big family party on Christmas day found a lot of us sick.  This will probably be known as the Christmas with the most sick people ever for our family.  Then I had to rush down to LA on the 26th and the 27th because one of my work projects wasn’t progressing well and I needed to push it along.  We made it just in time and overnighted the last package late that Friday afternoon.  I came home that evening and packed for our year end family retreat in Reno, NV.  We left on Saturday, the 28th.  The last week has been nice.  Just my hubby, me and the kids.  Some of my cousins and my sister considered joining us but they all decided not to.  While we would have enjoyed their company, we also enjoyed the privacy and doing whatever it was we felt like whenever we felt like it.  My kids and hubby are pretty easy.  We spent the week vedging out.  We walked around the golf course a bit and played in snow.  We ate a lot and found some great places, namely a sandwich place called “Capriotti’s” and a crepe place called “Creme’s”.  We tried a bunch of different buffets but didn’t enjoy any of them as much as we enjoyed the Harrah’s buffet in Tahoe.  We have always loved that buffet since our very first visit in 2004 and we always try to go there whenever we’re in the area.  We didn’t go skiing or snowboarding but the kids were able to go sledding and tubing for the very first time.  They enjoyed it and now that we have all the clothing for a snow trip, we’ll try to go a few more times before the season ends.  There hasn’t been a lot of snow in this area yet and even though its January, apparently it’s still early in the season.  There wasn’t a lot of snow and hopefully the area gets more.  I’d really like to make it out for a day trip or two before the season ends.

So that’s my little quick update on what’s going on with me personally.  In terms of my quilt life, I didn’t do much towards the end of the year what with getting sick, spending Boxing Day in LA and rushing back to get to Reno.  But I did take my sewing machine and a few projects with me to Reno.  I laid claim to the dining table and worked on a few things.  I finished Hampton Ridge Block 8. I finished A Rainbow Garden Block 2. And I tried to do MoonGlow Block 1 when I realized that its foundation piecing and I didn’t print the parts I needed to do that.  The rest of my time I worked on Celtic Solstice.  We got Step 5 on 12/27 but for some reason I didn’t feel like doing it.  Well I know the reason.  I wasn’t at home and all my fabric was in my travel fabric case and it was all mixed up with the other projects I was working on.  So I was feeling disoriented with not having everything in an organized fashion.  And since I was working on this on 12/30 instead of Friday or Saturday like I normally do, I went back to Step 1 and finished the rest of those pieces.  I got all 244 blue/white triangles pieced together.  I moved to Step 2 and got stuck.  I really hate those chevrons.  I only had 8 done when I started and in the 3 days I’ve worked on them, I only finished 132 pieces.  I need 244.  I didn’t spend all day working on them so I need to cut myself some slack but I just want them done! 😦  I want to move on and I want to get this quilt finished fairly soon.  On New Year’s Day Bonnie posted the finishing instructions and, ta da, it looks like my Dancing With The Stars UFO that I started at PIQF last October with Linda Ballard.  It’s not exactly like it as the middle part of the circle is different but it’s very similar.

I did visit a couple of quilt shops in the area and I added to my stash at the end of 2013.  But since I didn’t post the final stash report I feel like I don’t have to count it. 🙂  But here’s my numbers for the year just so I have it –

Used 2013: 41.25 yards
Added 2013: 199.25 yards
Net Added for 2013: 158 yards

And for 2014, I never counted the fabric I cut for Step 2 of Celtic Solstice so I have a bunch.  Woohoo – I’m in the black.  🙂  And my goal in terms of stash for 2014 is to buy fabric for projects not just for the hell of it.  I’ll allow myself 2 or 3 grab bags for 2014 because I just love getting those things.

Used this week: 4 yards
Used year to Date: 4 yards
Added this Weeks: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Used for 2013: 4 yards

Well here’s to a great 2014!

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~gone quilting!

Melanie

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