Author Archives: Melanie

PNW College trip, day 2

We headed out Sunday morning a little later than we wanted. But after a day with family and eating, I was okay with it before getting in a car for a long drive. Our goal was Eugene, OR to see University of Oregon.

The furthest north we’ve gone together was Redding, CA and there was a burger place we discovered. I found it and we enjoyed ourselves for lunch.

The drive went on and on. California is really big. But we finally made it into Oregon

Oregon has a lot of trees and small communities from what we could see off the freeway.

I found it very beautiful. I would love to come through and enjoy the campgrounds and trails at a more leisurely pace.

We had dinner at Bao Bao House really close to our hotel. We had watched the Disney short, ‘Bao’ on Disney+ the day before and we were in the mood. The food was exceptional. The flavor explodes in your mouth with every bite.

It was about 8:30pm when we drove into Eugene so we found ourselves a hotel along the river and decided to save the college for day 3.

Melanie.

Happy Thanksgiving!

TurkeyCartoon

We are still on our PNW college tour. I haven’t posted much about it but I’ve prepped them just so I would remember what happened and they’ll get published eventually.

While we’ve had memorable experiences and I’m grateful for a lot. -a whole lot… I really miss quilting. The past few years we’ve been holed up – and not just due to Covid. I have spent Thanksgiving week quilting and I didn’t bring any with me on this trip- not even any hand work! I have knitting and cross stitch.

Tomorrow is the start of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt and I will not be participating. I will collect the clues for a future make. My friends picked up the paint chips for me. they are so sweet and I’m thankful for them this year.

~Happy quilting!

Melanie

College Trip with youngest, day one

My youngest is a junior in high school and with Covid we’ve not been able to do the things we did with my daughter. So we packed up the car and headed up to the PNW (Pacific North West). But first we took a pit stop in the Bay Area to wish my mom a happy 70th.

She would not appreciate a picture of her here so instead you get a cutie picture of my niece and my doggie.

It was nice being with family again.

This was yesterday. And today we are getting ready to head up to Portland.

🥰

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 36, 2021

I know. Another few months of me missing in action. First work started getting busier again and second, I was working on the same things. I felt like I was repeating myself, and third, it was NBA playoffs! And my Clips made it to the Western conference for the first time ever. I was in front of the TV a lot in June.

I finally finished the snowball blocks for the above quilt, Dancing with the Stars, by Linda Ballard and pieced all the blocks together. I finished the borders and the quilt top in July. Then I went to my first retreat since covid the first weekend of August and finished the Scrappy Star around the Corner top and the week after, finished the Radiant Jewel quilt top. In total that’s about 15 yards finished. I’m so happy to have finished those but I’ve been buying up since my last post –

First during week 22, I bought 10 yards for backing for my Jan Krentz quilt “Diamond Quilt”. Then during week 23, Tula Pink’s Curiouser and Curioser arrived at my house. That’s another 25 yards of gloriousness. And my guild had their annual (except 2020) treasure hunt in August at a member’s back yard. It was wonderful to see everyone but I added a ton of fabric. I didn’t even count it. There were 3 bags worth.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who hosts the Sunday Stash.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 14.75 yards
  • Used year to date: 45.75 yards
  • Added since last time: 44 yards (plus 3 bags)
  • Added year to Date: 87 yards (plus 3 bags)
  • Net added for 2021: 41.25 yards (plus 3 bags)

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

I recently finished my morning socks but I still need to weave in the ends and take a picture. so I’ll wait to add that when I’m able to take a pic.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 9 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 3 skeins

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

2021 Crafty Plans, recent Updates and September plans

Another late post… like really late. Life has been insane.

As always, 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 – At some point, I started working on this project again. I applique’d a center star and chose my border fabric. I plan to get the border done in April
    • Finished the top! 4/25/2021
  • Bonnie Hunter – Grassy Creek – I finished Clue 4 and I need to get started on Clue 5. See here for the most recent post.
    • Recently finished clue 5 and I’m working on Clue 6. My goal is to get this finished before the next mystery quilt comes out in November. 🙂
  • Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – finished top! 8/7/2021
Scrappy Stars Around the Corner 8/7/2021
  • Dancing with the Stars – I pulled this project out because Linda Ballard will be coming to our guild in 2022 and I want this quilt finished when she comes.
    • Finished 7/17/2021
Dancing with the Stars – 7/17/2021
  • Radiant Jewel – Finished top 8/14/2021
    • I need to take a pic of the final top. This picture below was the picture I took when I had all the blocks on the design wall and was moving parts around for the final design.
Radiant Jewel – right before the top was finished
  • Gardenvale – no progress
  • Allietare – no progress
  • Civil War Diary Quilt – no progress
  • Judy Niemeyer = Double Wedding Ring quilt – no progress

Hand work

  • Hawaiian block – finished top. At the moment, it’s hanging around where I can enjoy it. I’m still enjoying it so I’m in no rush to do anything with this project.
  • Raining Cats and Dogs – no progress
  • Rainbow Garden – no progress
  • Simple Days BOM – you can see my last update here. no progress
  • Halloween quilt – I’ve not touched this in many years. 🙂

Knitting

  • I’ve not done a ton on my knitting…. I finished a pair of socks but I still have to weave in ends.
  • My Weasley Sweater – pulled this out to work on in August and I haven’t started on it. I am now way behind and may not get this done in my goal of xmas.
  • 24 days of Christmas Shawl from Jimmy Bean – finished! I am done weaving in the ends, so I need to get this blocked and then do my glamour shots.
    • still need to do my glamour shots. weather has been perfect to do this but I’ve not had the time to do so.
  • Water Lily – finished knitting! I’m working on weaving in the ends during my Thursday knit nights.
    • the ends are woven in and I need to do my glamour shots; I still need to do this.
  • Beanie for Kayla
  • Tranquil Mist – Now that it’s April and the Weasley sweater is back on the priority daily list, this project was shifted down to a weekly project to be worked on on Thursday knit night.
    • pulled this out 6/13/2021 and started working on this until the end of the quarter.
  • Orient Express – I work on this one weekly and it’s still small enough that I enjoy it.
  • Blue Hat – pulled this out of hibernation, wound the second skein of yarn and have picked this back up for knit nights.

Cross Stitching

  • Like my knitting, I’ve not been stitching much either.
  • Gamer Nouveau – did a bit of this but I’m not going to make my goal for the year. I’m way behind and the goal was way too aggressive for the amount of time I save for stitching.
  • A Stitch In Time – no progress
  • Shades of Red
  • Autumn Owls
  • Titania
  • Tsuru kame
  • Unicorn
  • Bountiful Blossoms

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

  • Staycation – is finished! got this done before February ended!
  • Good Fortune
  • Glam Clam – I’ve got a few clams quilted but it’s not yet done.
  • SoCal Quilt Run Area 1 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’m calling this my Orange quilt top and since this was at the top of my to be quilted pile, this is the one I’m working on next. I hope to get this finished in March but with 2 workshop classes and a very busy work schedule, I’m not going to be upset if I can’t finish it. I just want to be sure to work on it every weekend to help push me forward on getting this done!!!
    • This top is being quilted right now. I plan to be done quilting next week and will work on the binding, label and picture.
    • This was not done in time to be a finish in April. But I’m plugging along. I have the inner part quilted and my plan is to finish this in May.
    • This is done. 5/10/2021
  • Jan Krentz – diamond quilt – finished April 2021 and added to the to be quilted list…

Short List – May goals

  • Top 3 piecing quilts – Grassy Creek, secret project, 45 & Life to go
  • Hand work – Simple days, Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Knitting – morning socks, Weasley Sweater (sleeves)
  • Cross Stitching – just do a bit on my weekly project every day (whatever tiny decisions selects)
  • To Be Quilted – Glam Clam

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

2021 Crafty Plans, May Update and June plans

Another late post…

As always, 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 – At some point, I started working on this project again. I applique’d a center star and chose my border fabric. I plan to get the border done in April
    • Finished the top! 4/25/2021
  • Bonnie Hunter – Grassy Creek – I finished Clue 4 and I need to get started on Clue 5. See here for the most recent post.
    • I haven’t touched this since I posted this. Dancing with the stars jumped the line.
    • Clue 5 has two parts and I finished the first part. I’m almost done with Dancing with the stars so I’m going to finish that before pulling this out again.
  • Scrappy Stars Around the Corner – no progress
  • Dancing with the Stars – I pulled this project out because Linda Ballard will be coming to our guild in 2022 and I want this quilt finished when she comes.
    • I finished the inner top 6/13/2021 and I’m starting on the border next.
  • Radiant Jewel – no progress
  • Gardenvale – no progress
  • Allietare – no progress
  • Civil War Diary Quilt – no progress
  • Judy Niemeyer = Double Wedding Ring quilt – I started this with my Sunday quilty friends in January 2020 at a monthly class at one of our local quilt shops. Then covid happened and the world shut down. I got all the rings done and in October 2020 met with the teacher to help me get to the next step. But I didn’t touch it again until now. In fact, it wasn’t on my list of things I wanted to get done this year. But then the teacher set up a zoom session and suddenly, this is now on the list.
    • This was added to my list this month. My friend and I started this project in January 2020 with the intention of doing it together. But I’m very much a process crafter and I’ve not enjoyed working on this with my friend. When the pandemic hit, we put a pause on working on this because we were going to a monthly class that helped us move this along. That obviously ended in March 2020 and we hadn’t felt comfortable going back when they resumed classes. We tried last fall and got our next steps and started actually moving forward soon after the cushion project was done. Unfortunately, I’ve not enjoyed it. I am a bit competitive and working with someone brings that out in me. I feel like it’s a race when it shouldn’t be. This is all me and nothing to do with my friend. As a result I am setting it aside. I don’t want to feel that kind of pressure when quilting.

Hand work

  • Hawaiian block – finished top. At the moment, it’s hanging around where I can enjoy it. I’m still enjoying it so I’m in no rush to do anything with this project.
  • Raining Cats and Dogs – I continue to work a bit on this every Sunday. I wish I had the time to do a bit of quilting every day as I need the practice. It’s been a long time since I’ve hand quilted and I’m slowly starting to get back in the groove. I forgot how much I like hand quilting.
    • I’ve not worked on this all month. The cushion class took over and then I was struggling to catch up on the Simple Days BOM so this got waylaid. I will want to bring this out again.
  • Rainbow Garden – I’ve not touched this in about a year. I still haven’t touched it. … still not going to touch it.
  • Simple Days BOM – I started this and you can see my update here. I’m a little further along but I haven’t posted about it yet so I that’s something I need to do.
    • I still need to post an update.
  • Halloween quilt – I’ve not touched this in many years. 🙂

Knitting

  • My Weasley Sweater – my Q1 goal was to knit the back and I finished that. So I’ve set this aside until Q2.
    • Now that it’s April, I’ve started working on the front.
    • Finished the front panel this week, 6/9/2021.
  • 24 days of Christmas Shawl from Jimmy Bean – finished! I am done weaving in the ends, so I need to get this blocked and then do my glamour shots.
    • still need to do my glamour shots. It’s been a surprisingly overcast April so I’ve not had a chance to do this.
    • It’s going to be in the hundreds this week so hopefully I have time to pull this out, block and take picks.
  • Water Lily – finished knitting! I’m working on weaving in the ends during my Thursday knit nights.
    • the ends are woven in and I need to do my glamour shots
  • Beanie for Kayla
  • Tranquil Mist – Now that it’s April and the Weasley sweater is back on the priority daily list, this project was shifted down to a weekly project to be worked on on Thursday knit night.
    • pulled this out 6/13/2021 and started working on this until the end of the quarter.
  • Orient Express – I work on this one weekly and it’s still small enough that I enjoy it.
  • Blue Hat – pulled this out of hibernation, wound the second skein of yarn and have picked this back up for knit nights.

Cross Stitching

  • Gamer Nouveau – I haven’t touched this in weeks. I tried to get that one page done and didn’t and now I haven’t touched this. This is why focusing on one project doesn’t work for me because then I tend to not want to touch it for a long time. I’m trying to get over this.
    • I picked this up again and did about 300 stitches last week. (April)
  • A Stitch In Time – I am working on this one and I’m trying to get a diagonal done before going back to Gamer.
    • I worked on this a few weeks ago and I’ve set it aside for now. (April)
  • Shades of Red
  • Autumn Owls
  • Titania
    • I worked on this for one night last week (April) and that was it. Time to move on.
  • Tsuru kame
  • Unicorn
  • Bountiful Blossoms
    • This was supposed to be a new start last October but with the move happening at that time, I never got it started. It came up on my Tiny Decisions App for this week so I started it this week.
Titania

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

  • Staycation – is finished! got this done before February ended!
  • Good Fortune
  • Glam Clam – this is under my Q20 needle as I quilt this one. I took a ruler work class and I’m using each clam to practice a different motif.
  • 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’m calling this my Orange quilt top and since this was at the top of my to be quilted pile, this is the one I’m working on next. I hope to get this finished in March but with 2 workshop classes and a very busy work schedule, I’m not going to be upset if I can’t finish it. I just want to be sure to work on it every weekend to help push me forward on getting this done!!!
    • This top is being quilted right now. I plan to be done quilting next week and will work on the binding, label and picture.
    • This was not done in time to be a finish in April. But I’m plugging along. I have the inner part quilted and my plan is to finish this in May.
  • Jan Krentz – diamond quilt – finished April 2021 and added to the to be quilted list…

Short List – May goals

  • Top 3 piecing quilts – Dancing with the Stars, Grassy Creek, Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
  • Hand work – Simple days, Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Knitting – morning socks, Weasley Sweater (front)
  • Cross Stitching – just do a bit on my weekly project every day (whatever tiny decisions selects)
  • To Be Quilted – Finish the orange quilt (finish quilting, add the label, do the binding, take a nice picture and post about it) – done.

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 24, 2021

Linda Ballard "Dancing with the Stars"
Glam Clam Finished Top 1/13/2020

I know. Another few weeks of me missing in action. First work started getting busier again and second, I was working on the same things. I felt like I was repeating myself, and third, it’s playoff time! My Clips are down 2-1 in the second round and every other night it’s a nail biter as we scream and shout at the TV.

I finally finished the snowball blocks for the above quilt, Dancing with the Stars, by Linda Ballard and pieced all the blocks together. Next is the border and I need to audition fabric. Hopefully I can find something in my stash. When you see my numbers below, you’ll see that I need to seriously find something in my stash.

First during week 22, I bought 10 yards for backing for my Jan Krentz quilt “Diamond Quilt”. Then during week 23, Tula Pink’s Curiouser and Curioser arrived at my house. That’s another 25 yards of gloriousness.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who hosts the Sunday Stash.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 31 yards
  • Added since last time: 35 yards
  • Added year to Date: 78 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 47 yards

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

I finished the front panel of my Weasley Sweater. So now I can work on Tranquil mist during the last couple weeks of the quarter. 🙂

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 9 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 3 skeins

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Cross Stitch: Gamer Nouveau

Gamer Nouveau 5/13/2021

Last week, Gamer came up on my Tiny Decisions App. And if you remember, my goal for 2021 was to finish row 3, which after some calculation, meant I would need to do ~700 stitches per week. I can tell you that that’s not going to happen. I struggled hard at the beginning of the year to do the 700 stitches per week and after a couple of months, put it away until now.

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

Gamer Nouveau 5/16/21

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

Tuesday of week 21, 2021

Dancing with the Stars – block A

Short List – May goals

  • Top 3 piecing quilts – Dancing with the Stars, Grassy Creek, Scrappy Stars Around the Corner
  • Hand work – Simple days, Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Knitting – morning socks, Weasley Sweater (front)
  • Cross Stitching – just do a bit on my weekly project every day (whatever tiny decisions selects)
  • To Be Quilted – Finish the orange quilt (finish quilting, add the label, do the binding, take a nice picture and post about it) – DONE

How I did last week –

  1. Cross Stitch – I stitched on Gamer twice last week.
  2. Knitting – do 10 more rows on my Weasley Sweater and do the heels on my morning socks. – I did my 10 rows on the Weasley sweater and I finished the second heel on my morning socks.
  3. Gardening – watered the plans every other day or so
  4. Quilting:
    1. orange quilt top – get label and binding ready – done. I just kept going and finished the quilt. 🙂
    2. simple days, continue to embroider the 3rd block of the January clue. – I’m back in love with this project. Another one of my guild mates is working on this and I love what she’s doing. It’s inspiring me to move forward on it.
    3. Dancing with the stars – continue piecing more of Block A – I finished piecing all of Block A! So I set this aside while I worked on Grassy Creek
    4. Pull Out Grassy creek and start clue 5 – which meant I was able to pull this out, figure out where I was on Clue 5 and keep going. I’ll need to cut more fabric on the small 9 patches to get this part of the clue finished. => I have cut some more fabric and will start piecing again.

This Week:

  1. Cross Stitch – this week: Ariadne
  2. Simple Days – I have two zoom sessions with the cool quilty people on Tuesday and Wednesday so I plan to do a little on both days.
  3. Grassy Creek – Get the itty bitty 9-patches done. I will need to cut more fabric and I’m fussy cutting scraps so it takes much longer than strip piecing but it thrills me to no end to use up as much scraps as possible.
    1. I have 7 -9 patches done so quite a few more to go. I’m doing these the long hard way to use the most of my itty bitty scraps. I plan to keep working on this for now and will not move on to dancing with the stars until this is done.
  4. Dancing with the stars – figure out how many of Block B I need and start working on it. => haven’t done this yet.

Happy crafting, friends!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 20, 2021

Glam Clam Finished Top 1/13/2020

Now that the Orange quilt is finished, next up on the to be quilted list is Glam Clam. I pulled it out of my bag of quilts to be quilted, but I will not be able to touch this again for a couple of weeks. Now that we are all vaccinated, I will be visiting family in Northern California this upcoming weekend.

Even though I finished the Orange Quilt last weekend, I didn’t have time to post my Sunday Stash so I’m adding the 1/2 yard used for the binding. And nothing added. I still have my 40% coupon for my LQS burning a hole in my pocket so I will be using that baby before the end of the month.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who hosts the Sunday Stash.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: .5 yards
  • Used year to date: 31 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 43 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 12 yards

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

I am knitting more even though it’s just on my morning socks and on my Weasley sweater. I’m a little more than half way through the front panel of the Weasley sweater. I’ve targeted to do 10 rows per week so that I will have the front panel finished by the end of June.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 9 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 3 skeins

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie