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Stash Report – Week 42, 2015

First, the stash report!  Nothing added, nothing finished…

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 90.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 42.58 yards

This is real cause for celebration because I was at the LQS and spent several hours for the sew in yesterday.  I had two gift certificates for a total of $25.  That means there was nothing holding me back from buying fabric.  It wasn’t the selection because there were a ton that I loved and I could easily have bought them.  What really held me back was that I am trying to use my stash and I have no need for new fabric.  I want to eventually get to the point where I’m buying fabric for projects I’m working on.  I will not get to that point if I keep buying fabric without having a project in mind for them. In addition, I know that I will need to get backing for Celtic Solstice at some point.  I know I’ve already got backing for all the quilts ready for quilting as well as Hampton Ridge so Celtic Solstice will be the next quilt that I will finish and be needing a back for.  I just didn’t know how much I needed and didn’t feel the urge to get it while I’m nowhere near to finishing.  Which meant that I wasn’t ready to buy the backing.  At the end of the day, I’m keeping my gift certificates for the next really great sale when I can buy 10 yards for backing.

Celtic Solstice Step 6 Block A 6 done 10/17/2015

Celtic Solstice
Step 6
Block A
6 done
10/17/2015

On another note, I had a great time at the sew in.  I met 4 new ladies and we chatted and had a great time. I’m looking forward to the next sew in.  I also got step 5 of Celtic Solstice finished and started working on step 6.  I need to make over 50 of this block.  I know I said yesterday that I was going to take a break and start working on something else.  But, I got my mojo back for Celtic Solstice.  I think I’ll ride this wave and next time I feel like I’m bored or tired of this project, I’ll move to something else.  The blocks are forming together and this is the best part!

Here are all the blocks laid out and ready for me to chain piece!

Celtic Solstice Step 6 - Block A In pieces 10/17/2015

Celtic Solstice
Step 6 – Block A
In pieces
10/17/2015

Last week I was able to applique the ear on the dog for Raining Cats and Dogs – so the next step is to mark up the next section that needs to be appliqued.  I will not have time to actually do any appliqueing but I want to get the marks up and if I’m feeling it, prep the first piece for next time.

Raining Cats and Dogs doggy finally gots his ear on! 10/11/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
doggy finally gots his ear on!
10/11/2015

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Slow Sunday Stitching
~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 41, 2015

First, the stash report!  Nothing added, nothing finished…

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 90.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 42.58 yards

That was easy.  For Celtic Solstice, I spent time cutting yesterday.  I did a fail.  But thought I was so cool.  I  need more blue triangles so I went through my various bins for blue fabric.  I started with Bin #3…  If you don’t remember, Bin #3 was fabric scraps that were less than 5×7.  You can see the details in the bottom of this post.  I actually found a couple of bits to use.  Then I went through Bin #4 and found a bit more blue fabric.  But I still didn’t have enough so I went through the yardage bins!  And since I had pulled them out sorted through them so that they were in color ways.  I was able to get all the blues in one bin.  It was a nice process and I felt reacquainted with my stash again.  I petted the beautiful fabrics.  I also recognize that in the blue bin, I’ve got way too many mediums and a lot of neutrals.  But not a ton of dark.  So, if I get the urge to buy fabric, its nice to know what to add to the stash rather than just go buy willy nilly.

Why was that a fail?  Well, I realized after I pressed and cut all the needed triangles, it hit me that I pulled all the fabric I needed for Celtic Solstice and put it in its own project bin.  So I looked in the bin and confirmed I had a lot more blue fabric in the bin waiting for me to retrieve.  I didn’t need to do everything I did and spend a lot of quilting time (read: the whole day) looking for blue fabric On a positive note, I got to take my fabric out, let it breathe as I sorted through them and petted them before putting them back into bins.  And they are divided in general color ways – Blue, Red/orange/yellow, green/purple/rainbow/panels, white/black/grey!    I don’t need more fabric, I’m trying to lay low at the LQS but, let’s be real, you know the urge will come so it’s nice to know what I should get to enhance my stash.

I didn’t have a chance to applique the ear on the dog last week for Raining Cats and Dogs – so that’s still on the to do list.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 the collar is on next up - the ear 10/3/15

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
the collar is on
next up – the ear
10/3/15

 

But, my mojo is on finishing step 5 of Celtic Solstice so it may just stay in it’s little cubby hole until my mojo swerves back to this little puppy!

 

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Slow Sunday Stitching
~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 40, 2015

First for the stash report – +1 yard for the linen I bought last week.

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47 yards
Added this week: 1 yards
Added Year to Date: 90.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 42.58 yards

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 the collar is on next up - the ear 10/3/15

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
the collar is on
next up – the ear
10/3/15

And for a little perspective, here’s a picture of the entire block.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 as of 10/3/15

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
as of 10/3/15

That little collar was tiny!  It was probably between 1/8″ and 1/4″.

And the inner top of Hampton Ridge is done too!

Hampton Ridge Inner top is done! 10/3/2015

Hampton Ridge
Inner top is done!
10/3/2015

 

 

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Slow Sunday Stitching
Today we’ll be at a niece’s baby shower but before we head out, I’ll be stitching the ear on for Raining Cats and Dogs for Slow Stitching Sunday.
~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 39, 2015

Lobster Festival 9/26/2015

Lobster Festival
9/26/2015

We had a lot of fun at Lobster Fest yesterday!  The lobsters were delicious!  We were there pretty early.  The event started at noon and we were there at about 12:15 so the lines were relatively short.  There was a nice breeze and we found a table in the shade.  We met up with some friends and if you ever have a chance to get to the Lobster Festival in Redondo Beach, CA – take it!

 

Lobster Fest 9/26/2015

Lobster Fest
9/26/2015

I was confused at how they sold the food though.  First you had to figure out whether you wanted a lobster combo or not.  If so, you could order the combo and that will print out 1 ticket.  Then you figure out how many drinks and how many extras you wanted.  For example, in addition to the lobster combos we got a Lobster roll, a lobster taco, and lobster chowders.  We had to figure out how many tickets that added up to.  Each ticket was $4.  So the Lobster roll was 3 tickets, the chowder was 1 ticket, etc.  Once you paid for and received the tickets, you would go to the food lines.  There was one line for the combos, one line for the drinks, and another line for the bistro food (roll, taco, chowder, etc.).  At the food lines, you would give them the tickets.  It took me a good bit to figure it out but everyone was very helpful in explaining things to me.

On to the stash report!

LOOT!!! 9/20/2015

LOOT!!!
9/20/2015

Last Sunday I received loot at the New Member Tea from my guild – San Fernando Valley Quilt Association (SFVQA).  With all the fat quarters, and fat 8th’s I have about +2 yards to add to my stash.

Here’s the numbers this week:

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47 yards
Added this week: 2 yards
Added Year to Date: 89.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 41.58 yards

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Slow Sunday Stitching
Today we’ll be at a baptism but before we head out, I’ll be getting the dog on for Raining Cats and Dogs for Slow Stitching Sunday.
Raining Cats and Dogs block 7 - the tail is on 9/20/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
block 7 – the tail is on
9/20/2015

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Taking a break for family time

Korean BBQ @ KoreaTown 9/22/2015

Korean BBQ
@ KoreaTown
9/22/2015

My dad’s visiting us so we’ve been out and about all week long!  This upcoming week is no exception.  We’ll be at Lobster Fest today. And at a friend’s baby’s baptism tomorrow!  Monday, I’m at work but I’m thinking of sending him off to get a Thai massage.  Tuesday, we’re playing with the idea of all you can eat Mussells in Culver City.

I’ll be posting pics on Instagram.  Follow me @1000Needles for up to date pictures!

So – there will not be a ton of quilty stuff right now.  🙂  I’ll be eating and spending time with my dad!

Have a great weekend!

~Melanie