Category Archives: Quilting

Stash Report – Week 02, 2018

So 2 things happened since last week.  The first, I found a coupon in one of my bags for my LQS. It was a Buy One Yard, Get One Yard Free card.  And the last day to use it was yesterday.  I could not let that go to waste. Second, I received a $50 pre-paid mastercard from a survey I took before Christmas.  I actually received it a while ago but must have thrown it in one of my drawers to look into later.  Luckily, I cleaned my junk drawer last week and found it.  What is a crafter to do but go to her LQS and buy a couple of yards of fabric.  I’ve still got a bit left on the card so I’ll be taking the balance with me to my LYS or maybe Road if it lasts that long.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 2 yards
  • Added year to Date: 2 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 2 yards

For yarn: nothing in and nothing used.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 0 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net for 2018: 0 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

Unfortunately, I will not be doing anything for Slow Stitch Sunday again. 😦  I have a family thing this afternoon.  But I’ll be spending a bit of time this morning piecing a back together for Celtic Solstice.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

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SFVQA January Workshop with Jodi Barrows

Today’s monthly workshop for the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association was with Jodi Barrows and her Square in a Square system.  I never heard of it before and was excited to learn how to do HSTs, Flying Geese, and more  – more accurately and quickly.  This is going to help me get more done faster.  I can see the potential and I’m so very excited.

You can learn more about her and her system here.  She’s a wonderful instructor.  She got her points across and helped those of us who got confused.  I’m excited to use her techniques for the upcoming projects I plan to make this year.

The best thing about the class I took was that it was a techniques class and I didn’t leave the class with a WIP or UFO.  I just made a bunch of blocks to help us learn the various options for the system.  I hope you can see the excitement in my words! 🙂

I enjoy my guild and while not all workshops are great, for the most part, I’ve learned something from the ones I’ve attended.  This workshop cost me $45 to attend, I bought extra stuff from Jodi because I found her system appealing.  But you only needed the square in the square ruler ($30 on her website) and her first book ($40 on her website).  So, this class was a pricey one but if I took this at a quilt show (like Road to California or PIQF) the class itself would have been at least $85 if not more (plus the ruler and her book).  I feel that a lot of traditional guilds get a bad rap and I know that there are probably not very nice traditional guilds out there.  But, my experience has been great with all the guilds I’ve been part of.

No eye candy today as I didn’t take any pictures during the class.  I was just having way too much fun!

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 01, 2018

I didn’t recap my year end results but I ended the year +79.25 yards for the year.  This was about 30 yards more for 2016 and 2015 primarily because I didn’t finish as much as I’ve finished in the past.  This year, I really must contain myself from adding more to my stash.

For the first stash report of 2018, Nothing In and Nothing Out.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 0 yards
  • Net for 2018: 0 yards

And something different I’m doing this year is to monitor my yarn stash.  I’m not going to track yardage but will track skeins.  I am restricting my purchases on yarn as well as fabric and the best way I’ve found is to monitor it like I monitor my fabric.  So for the first report of 2018: nothing in and nothing used.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 0 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net for 2018: 0 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

Unfortunately, I will not be doing anything for Slow Stitch Sunday. 😦  But I will be at our guilds first workshop of the year so I’ll be doing something very quilty today.  Hopefully I’m able to get it together and tell you all about it over the next few days.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 49, 2017

Nothing In and Nothing Out. And I do not anticipate anything being used for the rest of the year.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 44.75 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 79.25 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

I’m going to be working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt today.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

On Ringo Lake, Clue #2

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Clue #2
On Ringo Lake
12/03/2017

By Sunday evening I had about 35 of these flying geese done.  I hoped to be further along but with all the other things going on, I’m happy to have gone a bit done for this clue.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get a handful taken care of this week before clue #3 is released.

In regards to Clue #1 – I had cleaned up my sewing table and covered my sewing machine with the intention of going back in to do the remaining 18 I had left of Clue #1 but didn’t get around to it.  I think because it was cleaned up and covered.  So for Clue #2, I left all my pieces on my table and my sewing machine uncovered.  I hope to do a bit each day just to get some of the clue knocked out.

The official linky is here … http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2017/12/mystery-sunday-link-up-part-2.html

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 48, 2017

Nothing In and Nothing Out. And I do not anticipate anything being used for the rest of the year.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 44.75 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 79.25 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

I’m going to be working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt today.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

On Ringo Lake, Clue #1

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What a way to get myself picked up and out of this quilt slump.  And even better that the first clue is doable and not a hundred pieces of x. This year, as with last year, I looked at the colors Bonnie selected and I didn’t buy fabric for this QAL.  I opted to pull from stash.  And I chose to do so Friday morning once the first clue was released.  Since we were doing 1 and a half inch squares, I started with my small stash bin.

small stash bin
11/24/2017

This bin contains anything less than a quarter yard.  In actuality they’re usually scraps cut from other projects strips or things I’ve gotten from other places.  Anyway, I went through this bin first and pulled out browns, creams/whites, and turquoises.  Then I cut and pieced as many of the 9 patches as I could.  I came out with 8 complete 9 patches.

Cutting Table
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

Piecing (You can see staycation as my leader/ender for this section)
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

The first one
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

8 -9 patches
Clue #1
On Ringo Lake
11/24/2017

The rest of Friday I spent going through another larger bin labelled “fat quarters and smaller” and pulled anything turquoise and cream/white.  I had cut enough brown squares from the first bin so I didn’t need any more brown.  I’ll probably need more for the next clue but I’m sure I’ll be going through the bin again.  If I run out and need more I’ve got another bin labelled “fat quarter to 1 yard”.  and then I’ve got more bins that are full yardages and then a couple of bins labeled “2+ yards”.  The best part of scrappy quilts is the feeling of using up these smaller fabrics, making room and then going to the bins with the yardages and making more room.  I forgot about this feeling and I’m excited with quilting again!

By Sunday evening I had 32 patches done.  I hope to have the remaining 18 finished by Thursday.

The official linky is here… http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2017/11/on-ringo-lake-mystery-monday-link-up.html

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 47, 2017

The secret project is done so I’ve got a bit used.  Woohoo!  And I started a new project called Staycation.  I started it a few weeks ago at my guild’s monthly workshop.  It’s an easy enough project but I never cut enough to just sit and sew for long hours so every time I piece everything I can piece, I get up to cut as much as I feel up to cutting and stay relatively accurate.  I’ve got 2 of these “great blocks” ready to go.

Staycation
11/15/17

I have 6 halves of these blocks ready to go, which will get me 1 great block and half of another.  I need 4 for a lap size or 9 for a full/queen.  I started working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt on Friday along with the rest of the Bonnie Hunter fans and I’m using staycation as an leader/ender/break between sets of chain piecing for this year’s project, On Ringo Lake.  I’m inspired!

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 2.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 44.75 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 79.25 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

Same story on my Sunday Project, A Rainbow Garden, as last Sunday!  No progress, not even one stitch.  That’s just how the cookie crumbles, isn’t it?

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 46, 2017

Nothing in and Nothing Out.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 42.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 124 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 81.75 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

I was still not able to work  on my Sunday Project, A Rainbow Garden last Sunday and I hope I can work on it today! I have 2 projects left for Christmas and I want to get those done before the end of the month.  It looks like I probably will not get 1 of them done which I had already figured but HOPED that I would be close enough to get it done early in December.  I don’t think that’s going to happen.  I probably will get it done by Christmas though as I’ve been working on it daily.  The second project is probably going to get done because it is a small thing.  All that to say that my slow stitching has not been in the world of quilting but in knitting and cross stitching.  I’m still doing a lot of handwork just not the handwork I set aside for Sundays.  Oh well.  that’s just how the flow goes sometimes.

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

It’s mystery time! On Ringo Lake is coming from Bonnie Hunter!

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It’s that time of year again!  Who’s doing Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt this year?  Every year I tell myself NOT to do the mystery because I’ve still got 3 of them hanging out in various stages in my WIP/UFO piles.  And every year I get super excited as Black Friday approaches.  I look forward to spending the next few weeks putting cutting and sewing hundreds of pieces together.  I look forward to the community and the peacefulness of chain piecing.
I’ve participated in Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts for the last 5 years.
From 2012, here’s Easy Street:

Easy Street
July, 2014

My son claimed it.

Here’s 2013’s – Celtic Solstice

Celtic Solstice
2/6/2017

The top is done but I still need to get the back together and then I need to quilt it.  This is a LARGE quilt at 115″ x 115″.  I think it is too big for the long arm I usually rent over at Baron’s.  So I’m debating whether I should send it over to the quilter.  It’s going to cost a lot and that’s why I’m hesitating on getting that finished.

I frogged the mystery quilt from 2014, which was Grand Illusions.  I admit I didn’t like how this one turned out.  That’s okay. Everyone doesn’t have to like everything.  I liked the previous 2 and I liked the last 2 so I frogged it.  I was sad about the fabric but I’ve let that go.

Allietare!  was from 2015 and I haven’t worked on it since 2015.  I love how it turned out and I love the little bit of work I did on it.  So it’s hanging out until I get to it.

Allietare!
Step 4
12/20/2015
2 sets done

En Provence  – was last year’s mystery and I’ve got these separated in 3 bins.  I can’t remember why but like Allietare I loved it when it was revealed and I love the work I’ve done so far.  And so it’s waiting for me to spend time with it.

Bonnie Hunter’s
mystery quilt
En Provence
Clue #2
12/12/2016

So I really should not start another one.  But I’m going to anyway.  🙂

~Happy quilting!

~Melanie