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Stash Report – 11/10/13

I’m back from Los Angeles!  Nothing used and nothing added this week – but not for lack of trying.  I intended to go to my LQS in Los Angeles (I really miss those ladies) but just didn’t have time.  Why do quilt shops close so early?  I can’t leave work early enough to go and by the time I’m ready their closed! 😦  It is good that I didn’t go anyway.  I wanted to get fabric for Celtic Solstice but I haven’t yet got the paint cards for colors so I would have just been buying fabric blind.  I also didn’t have time to go through my stash and pull out the fabric I had so —- It’s good I didn’t go. 🙂

I was able to get a lot of the hand work done on block 6 of Raining Cats and Dogs.  I finished applique-ing everything in Los Angeles and all I have left is the embroidery.  I plan on getting that done today.

When I returned from my trip I had two packages waiting for me:  A couple of Aurifil threads from The Quilt Bear:

Aurifil Thread Club The Quilt Bear #1243 - Purple #2710 - Pale Blue

Aurifil Thread Club
The Quilt Bear
#1243 – Purple
#2710 – Pale Blue

I’m part of the Aurifil Thread Club from The Quilt Bear. It has been a great way to build my thread collection without having to go through the agonizing mental anguish I go through each time trying to figure out which color to buy.  If I do not need a particular color I do not buy it.  But then when I’m quilting or piecing – I just use what I have.  I do not stop to go to the store to buy something that matches.  This is especially true when I’m playing in the moment.  For recent projects I have been able to go to the collection and actually match my thread.  It has been great and actually made this investment worth it.  Aurifil isn’t cheap but the thread club is $20/month and includes shipping!  I do not know how they do it but if I went to buy the thread locally it would cost me $12/spool +tax.  If there are some colors I do not use – it’s okay because I never know what I’ll need when.  One time my mom used some to patch something up and even my daughter used some when she got into making her hair bows.

The second package contained this:

500 Quilt Blocks by: Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green

500 Quilt Blocks
by: Lynne Goldsworthy and Kerry Green

It’s cute and pretty and some eye candy for those nights when I want to quilt but can’t for whatever reason.  Great for inspiration!

Yesterday I was a workhorse in organization and cleaning.  I put away my summer clothes and pulled out, washed and put away my winter clothes in my dresser.  I’ll be working on the kids clothes today.  I also cleaned my office/sewing room and pulled all my stuff/crap from the curio and re-organized. I had been feeling slightly discombobulated whenever I looked inside the curio.  Nothing was labeled and I kept going through things to find whatever I was looking for.  So I pulled everything out, put projects in their plastic bins, labelled them, etc.  I think it looks pretty and now I have room to get more stuff!  

The Curio on 11/10/13

The Curio on 11/10/13

My fabric stash is located elsewhere — this just contains my BOMs and 2 quilt tops ready to be quilted, current projects I’m working on, and even some recent UFOs from PIQF that I haven’t yet added to my UFO list.

I was also able to get Easy Street‘s back done and I’m working on basting it now.  My sister brought back our big folding table yesterday so rather than spray baste like I was planning on doing I am using that table to pin baste.  I haven’t pin basted on a folding table before so we’ll see how it goes.  I’m not able to clamp to it to keep everything tight and secure.  I ran out of pins so I’ll have to head out and get more.

Stash count: **I started counting 5/23/13…

Used this week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 32 yards
Added this Weeks: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 153.25 yards
Net Added for 2013: 121.25 yards

see more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Wish I was quilting!

Melanie

What’s going on? It’s Saturday already?

I find myself this morning with a little time to actually update ya’ll on what I’ve been up to this week.  Wednesday passed me by before I realized that I forgot to do my WIP Wednesday post.  So, here’s an update on what I’ve been able to accomplish with my Get It Done list for this month –

  • First Quilt – October goal: Hand quilt border #2 and #3.
Border #2 is done and I’m working on Border #3.  I try to work on this one daily doing one string at a time while I watch TV with the kids or hang out with the hubby.  Lately I have been too tired and not in the mood to pick this up and quilt it.  I know it is going to take longer than the month of October to finish this border because it is bigger than the previous two borders and I plan to quilt it more than the other two.  That may be why I haven’t been as diligent to pick this up every day.  I want to try swirls but the other two borders are pretty much straight hand quilting and I’m afraid it might look weird if I start doing swirls at the very end.  What do you think?  Should I just do it?  
  • Easy Street – October goal: Get the backing done and baste it
I’m working on the backing now.  I’m actually half way done with it.  I pulled all the leftover fabric that I had and pieced them together.  I’m not sure I have enough though and I am going to try to finish the backing this weekend. 
Block #9 is done!  I finished it yesterday after work.  I want to start on the next block and have already pulled it out of that pile.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get any of this started but my daily task includes hand applique and without this I will not have any hand applique to do. 
 
Block 9 - Done Raining Cats and Dogs

Block 9 – Done
Raining Cats and Dogs

LInking up with Quilt Story to share.

I haven’t touched this one at all.  I haven’t pulled fabric or even looked at the instructions.  I think this one will wait for a little while. 
  • Secret Project #1 – FINISH THE TOP, QUILT AND BIND!
I have two more borders (the top and the bottom) and that finishes the top.  I’ve got to get the backing pieced together.  Since this top involved two jelly rolls and I had a couple of coordinating charm packs, I basically am piecing all my leftover fabric together.  I’ve got a bunch of the rows completed for the back and once the top is really done I can size up the back so that I’ve got enough fabric pieced together.  I want to get both the top and back done this weekend.  
 

PIQF!

Pacific International Quilt Festival is coming up.  It starts Wednesday night and ends Sunday.  As I’ve posted previously, I’ve signed up for a few classes and I’ve been prepping the materials and supplies for each class.  I have only one class left to prepare for and I’ll be doing that this weekend. I wasn’t planning on going shopping but I was told that I HAVE TO GO shopping at this show. 🙂  So I cleared out my credit cards and saved some and I plan on checking out what is there.  I was told to check out the wool booths and to be sure to purchase LIGHTs.  Apparently while there are local shops I can purchase wool from here, it is difficult to find the light variations.  I was also told to get the thread/yarn necessary to applique wool from here as the selection and the price at the show is better than anywhere else.  I was given some more guidelines that I wrote down somewhere so I hope to be able to get some good stuff.  I’m so happy to have met really helpful ladies in my guild who can give me such insight!  I went to the Long Beach quilt show for a couple of years but didn’t have this kind of help so I pretty much just bought kits that caught my fancy.  While that is okay – I think I’m growing as a quilter.  I’m becoming more interested in the different tools that are showcased and how I can use them to help me with my quilting.  This is exciting for me and I’ll try to document this as much as possible!

WIP Wednesday – 9/25/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

I’m a little late with this post. I kept meaning to post this but I’m off to LA tonight and had to get a ton of stuff done before I left. Nothing quilty today but I was able to get my quilt on over the weekend.

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – still working on this. I have about 5 more pieces left to appliqué and the embroidery to do. I’m not sure if I’ll have the time while I’m out of town to work on it but I brought it with me just in case. My goal is to work on it a little bit everyday. If I get it done then great, I’ll be thrilled. If not, I’ll just keep working on it.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2 – I’m actually almost done with this. But with me being out of town I will only have one or two days before the end of the month to do the last few. I’m not sure if it will get done. Oh well…this is the same as raining cats and dogs- just keep going and eventually it will get done.

3. Easy Street – I woke up Saturday morning just wanting to get this one done. So even though this isn’t on my to do list this month I worked on the border and got it all done! Now it’s time for the backing. I actually need to go through stash and will probably get to this next weekend. Those are mitered corners, folks! I wish I had thought to take a picture of them but I didn’t. I’ll have to remember when I get back home. It’s been awhile since I did mothered corners so I needed a refresher and checked out the tutorials online. I don’t think I saw any one that did a great job but what I did see brought back enough memories that I was able to put it together.

Easy Street Completed Quilt Top! with borders

Easy Street
Completed Quilt Top!
with borders

What’s on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.

Stash Report – 9/22/13

I got the Easy Street Top done! Not just done but I added the borders to that top so it is really done!  And I cut up some fabric to prep for PIQF which is why total used this week is 9.5 yards!

Now for Easy Street I’m prepping the backing, then I’ll baste, and then quilt!  I’m really trying to get this done before Bonnie’s next mystery quilt.  I’m having a bit of a worry about basting.  In the past, I’ve basted on the floor – throw the quilt down, tape and pin as best as I could.  Jacob’s quilt was pretty easy as it is just a crib quilt.  Kayla’s was harder being much larger.  In both cases, I really didn’t care whether I scratched up my floors or not when I pin basted them.  In fact, I cannot remember it even being an issue.  This time around, we just got new floors and I wouldn’t want to accidentally scratch them up.  I was thinking about our dining room table.  And while I know it would scratch that piece up a lot more than the floor, our table it not pristine anyway.  It’s pretty damaged already.  But the pin scratches would make it even uglier than it is now.  And since it’s not mine but my momma’s, I don’t want to mess up her things if I can help it. If it was mine- I wouldn’t care.  So I’m thinking about spray basting as an alternative.  I’m doing some online research about it and a couple of the quilting classes I’m reviewing on Craftsy mentioned it.  Have you spray basted before?  Are there any tips and pointers you can give me?  I’m prepping the back now so I’ll probably be basting in a couple of weeks.

Here’s the most recent picture of Easy Street.  It didn’t have borders yet and it’s the same picture as last week but it was raining yesterday and I couldn’t get a good picture.  I believe today will be better so if it is I’ll take a picture later and add it on.  Until then, we’ll have to be happy with this pic. 😉

Easy Street All blocks pieced together no border and not yet quilted

Easy Street
All blocks pieced together
no border and not yet quilted

Stash count: **I started counting 5/23/13…

Used this week: 9.5 yards
Used year to Date: 27 yards
Added this Weeks: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 141.75 yards
Net Added for 2013: 114.75 yards

see more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

WIP Wednesday – 9/18/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – Because I spent the entire weekend away from my sewing machine I was able to get a lot done on this baby!  I’ve got about half of the pieces appliquéd down.  I’ve got one blue piece and all of the grey pieces left to do.  I still do not know if I’ll finish this this month though as I’ve got a lot to prep for PIQF and my Rainbow Garden BOM came in – if it wasn’t for the fact that I do not have any of the thread I apparently need I probably would have started it as soon as it came.  But I’ve got to wait for it.  More on that later! 🙂

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2 – I’m working on the third side which should be done by my next WIP Wednesday post.

3. Easy Street – All of the rows are sewed together!  Yippee!!  The next thing is to add the borders but that will be on next month’s Get It Done list.  I’ve got to finish this month’s list before I start working on the next step!

Easy Street All blocks pieced together no border and not yet quilted

Easy Street
All blocks pieced together
no border and not yet quilted

4. Missing Ivy AKA Road to Brenham quilt with Judy at Patchwork Times – so all I wanted to do for this month was to get all my fabric.  I did and at the recent Camp Stitch with my guild I was able to start on step 1.  I didn’t finish it and again – I forced myself to stop as I’ve got additional things to do this month.

So – what’s left on my list…

5. Lucky Star BOM – I finished the 12.5″ block for the December practice block.  My points match better and the bulk wasn’t as bad.  I manipulated the bulky areas to help with keeping the points together and reducing some of the bulk.  It’s still not fun as I timed it and it took me an hour and 45 minutes to finish this block.  The pieces were already cut too!  I hope that it gets faster as I gain more experience because that is a long time to spend on one block!  Of course, it does look nice…

Lucky Star BOM December 2012 Practice Block 12.5"

Lucky Star BOM
December 2012 Practice Block
12.5″

and finally – the last thing on my Get It Done List –

6. A Rainbow Garden BOM – I must say the ladies that work at Primitive Garden are very nice and helpful.  After a bit of a snafu with my order they shipped the pattern and block pieces on Friday, 9/13/13.  I wasn’t expecting it until well – today.  But I received it on Monday, 9/16!  I do not know who they paid at the post office but that was FAST!  For anyone who is considering doing a mail order BOM – try to select something that you have experience in.  I realized when I got my package that I have no experience with wool and I had no idea what I needed to do.  I realized that with a mail order BOM I just wouldn’t – couldn’t really – get the same help that I expect with an in person – local quilt shop BOM.  Well – lesson learned.  I should have known that but with the excitement I had with BOM in July and August I wasn’t really thinking about that – I was just excited to have a BOM delivered to me in the mail!  But now I have to figure out how to applique wool!  I did what any person does in this day and age when confronted with something they do not know how to do – I Googled it.  And found out that I probably need a different needle and I need particular thread (or in this case threads).  So I emailed the ladies at Primitive Garden and ordered the thread that I would need for this month’s block.  Once I have that package, I can start working on this block.  I’m a little disappointed that I can’t tear into it now and start working on it but c’est la vie – I used my time wisely and started prepping my materials for the PIQF classes I will be taking in October.

What’s on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday – 9/11/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – I’ve got everything basted down and all I need to do now is applique all the pieces and embroider.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to get this one done this month but that’s okay.  The last block took me three months to finish so I’ll just concentrate on getting a bit done at a time.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2 – Finished quilting 2 sides of Border #2.  If I keep up at this rate, I should be able to get Border #2 quilted this month.  I decided not to do anything special with Border #2 other than the normal quilting I’ve been doing with the rest of the quilt.  If I finish quilting and I still have some time left in the month I may had a center swirly line in the middle of Border #2 to give it some flair but only if I have time to do so.

3. Easy Street – I’ve got all the blocks sewed in rows and now I’ve just got to get the rows pieced together.   I’m planning on putting a little border just to set it off a bit.  I was planning on quilting this on the long arm but I may just quilt it on my little Bernina.  I think straight quilting would be fine since the quilt itself is so busy.  Especially since it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to actually get certified on the Long Arm until November and then I will still need to practice.  I really want this one done this year and if I stick with the long arm idea, I do not think that that is going to happen.

4. Road to Brenham quilt with Judy at Patchwork Times – After last week I checked my fabric and realized that I didn’t have all the fabric.  I was missing the background fabric.  Well, thanks to my stash I was able to pull everything I needed from my stash (5 yards!) So all in all, I’ve set aside about 15 yards for this project.  Also, I’m changing the name of this quilt to “Missing Ivy”.  As I said in that quilt’s page, I am making it for my daughter because she is missing her old school a lot.  This quilt is being done in her old school’s colors.  The school’s name begins with Ivy so that’s why I’m calling it “Missing Ivy”.

Thanks for reading!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 9/4/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 9 – I finished piecing the background and tracing all my pieces last Monday (Thank you Labor Day for the extra time quilting!) I started basting down the pieces yesterday but only got one piece down.  I’ll continue to baste down pieces and hope to get this part done this week if not sooner.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #2.  I’m almost done with 1 side!

3. Easy Street – Finished Block B this last weekend and laid out the entire thing on my floor – I do not have a design wall big enough to fit this monstrosity!  It’s the first quilt my dad has seen me lay out and he was amazed at how all the pieces fit as I was laying down each block.

4. Month by Month – my September Get It Done Goals included getting this quilted on the long arm.  I’ve never quilted on a long arm before and my LQS – the further one away – rents out their long arms.  Since I battled quilting Kayla’s Thirties Quilt with my little Bernina I wanted to check out this process with Easy Street.  It’s a pretty quilt but it’s big and I don’t want to use my little Bernina on it.  I also do not want to use that as my first quilt on a long arm.  So this quilt “Month by Month” – as it was my first practice quilt for machine piecing will be my practice quilt on a long arm.  In order to rent out the long arm, I have to take a class to become certified to rent.  I’m not available the next class date (9/14) so the next one after that is Oct. 26.  The weekend after PIQF.  I’m not sure if I could swing doing Quilt stuff two weekends in a row.  I do have to spend time with my family and work wise – October is one of the busiest months in the year.  The next one after that is Nov. 2.  So I’ve got 10/26 on my calendar as I’d rather get it done sooner.  However I’m not going to register for the class until we get closer to then.  I would say that I did as much as I could for this goal this month and I’m moving it off to October’s list.

5. Road to Brenham quilt with Judy at Patchwork Times – I’m pretty sure I’ve got all the fabric.  I purchased the darker blue and the lighter shade of blue and yellows.  I pulled some fabric from my stash to see how they play together.  I’ll have to check the fabric requirements and see but if I could get Easy Street done soon maybe I’ll get started on this.

Thanks for reading!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 8/28/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I didn’t get a lot done the last week as I’ve been out of town.
1. Raining Cats and Dogs – I got a lot done on this one since its all hand applique and easy to do while travelling.  I surprised myself in that I finished everything that I brought with me.  I was disappointed that I didn’t bring more so I could finish the block – but how was I to know!  Usually I do not even take it out of my suitcase so I’m happy that I was able to finish what I did.  As of today, everything is basted and I just need to applique a few items down.  I’m almost done with the stem, then I’ve got 3 leaves, the flower, and 1 umbrella.  I’m really trying to get this done this month since it’s been on my get it done list these last 3 months. 🙂

2. my hand quilt – I still need to get through half of that inner border.  I finished one side of the border on Monday and I’m hoping to do the other 3 sides over the next few days.

3. Easy Street – I plan on touching this one over the weekend so we’ll see how much I’m able to finish.  I really want the first two done this week so I’ll be working on those before I touch Easy Street.  But those are hand work and this one is machine work.  And I easily get tired of hand work when I’m in the presence of my machine so I will probably just jump between these three projects depending on my mood.

On a personal note – the kids start school today so we’re all excited.  Not only is it the first day of school but it’s the first day at a new school.  They’re scared and nervous and I’m right there with them.

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 8/21/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’m at Oakland Airport waiting to board my flight to Los Angeles and decided to stick with the program and let every one know my WiP progress.  I’m still working on my August goals:
1. A little bit of applique on Raining Cats and Dogs – not nearly where I want to be at this point but it’s all I brought with me on this trip so hopefully I’ll have a lot of it done by the time I get back up north.
2. Kayla’s Thirties Quilt – It’s all done!  yay – I finished it on Monday as quickly as I could.  Kayla wanted to use it right away.  She wouldn’t even let me wash it.  However – it’s been way to hot here in Fremont so it’s nicely folded at the edge of my bed waiting for her to take it.
3. Easy Street – Bonnie Hunter combined a bunch of things on that final step, didn’t she?  I finished the 16 blocks for the first block on step 8 but I still have to do the next one.  Then it’s time to combine it all.  I’m pretty sure that it will not be done this month but I am well on my way to finishing that top pretty soon.
4. my hand quilt – I still need to get through half of that inner border.  I’m back up north Monday, the 26th.  Ideally that would still be enough time to get what I need done before the end of the month but I’m not sure.  Kayla and I have taken to watching the first season of Once Upon a Time so it’s definitely possible. 🙂

Well – I’m off to LA!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

Staycation is over with a vengeance…

today's sewing area / living room/ easy street gone wild

today’s sewing area / living room/ easy street gone wild

My staycation is over!  I’m sad but I’m happy to be at work getting all the things I need to get done done.  Here’s how I left my sewing area last night.  I really wanted to get the first Easy Street block from step 8 done (all 16 of them) but wasn’t able to do it.  I have one last row to finish on that block and they are done.  So Easy Street has gone wild in there.  There is the fabric on the piano, row 5 on the ironing board, the rest of the blocks are on the sewing table and then fabric on the little center table underneath the sewing table.

On a finish note – I did get the binding done on Kayla’s thirties quilt last night.  I started the label.  It’s almost done and then I’ll sew it onto the quilt.  I’m doing that part by hand just because its easier for me to.

I’ve decided to baste all the little pieces of Raining Cats and Dogs but I only had enough patience to do 3 pieces yesterday.  We’ll see if I have time to do some after work.  My momma wants to watch a movie later and my uncle is coming over, then I absolutely MUST go to yoga tonight so I probably will not get anything done.  But I hope to get something done if only a little thing. 🙂

I am going to try to continue to post every day now that I’m starting to get into the habit.

 

Have a quilty day!

Melanie