Category Archives: Quilting

Sunday Stash Report – Week 18, 2021

Orange Quilt Top – finished quilting this!

I finished quilting the orange top! And last weekend I purchased the binding just in time. I’ve already counted that yardage last Sunday Stash so this week is zero used, zero added. As a reminder, for those who are new, I purchased the top from my quilt guild’s Annual Treasure Hunt Sale many years ago so I didn’t count the top’s yardage as used. I did put together the back and I counted that a few weeks ago when I put it together. Next step: Binding!

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: 30.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 43 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 12.5 yards

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

I’m still not knitting much lately and about the only knitting I’m doing is my Weasley sweater. I haven’t even been doing my morning socks lately. It’s a new month though and I need to get back into things this week.

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 17, 2021

Jan Krentz – Diamond Star – finished top

This top is finally finished and I’m still not sure if that border goes with the rest of the quilt. But I love the border fabric and it’s done so I love the quilt regardless. The rest of the fabric was from my stash and the quilt was part of a SFVQA Guild workshop in last December (2020). It was our first zoom workshop and I didn’t know then but Jan is an excellent zoom workshop instructor. Since then we’ve had multiple and she was the best. Anyway, the middle top was 60″x60″ which is about 3 yards. I bought 2 yards for the border last week and used most of it. So I’m counting 5 yards used.

And this weekend was my LQS, Quilt Emporium’s 40th anniversary sale. The shop has been around for 40 years and Lisa has been the owner for the past 10 years. I learned how to quilt about 15 years under the previous owner, Linda. I’m so grateful for QE, Lisa for purchasing the shop when Linda retired, and all the ladies who are ready to help me whenever I go in. QE is well known for their civil war repros and they have quite a following. But over the last 10 years with Lisa in charge, they’ve added the modern fabrics while keeping their civil war repros. I always find something to take home with me. The above picture is me taking advantage of their anniversary sale. This year everything was 25% off with some things at 40% off. I bought binding for the next 5 quilts that are to be quilted as well as backing for 2 quilts. As a result, I have 19 yards added.

This has put me in quite a hole. But I’m very happy to have bought fabric for specific projects and saved money to boot. I shouldn’t need to come back but in taking part in the anniversary sale, I was able to get a coupon for 40% off one cut in May. So, of course, I’ll be coming back in May! 🙂

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: 30.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 19 yards
  • Added year to Date: 43 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 12.5 yards

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

I am working on my morning socks and my Weasley sweater. I haven’t had the wherewithal to work on any of my other knitting projects and that’s okay. My crafting is ebbing and flowing and the knitting bug will come again.

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 16, 2021

I started quilting the orange quilt. I’m almost done but I’ve still got a about 8 inches all the way around. Originally I was planning to do the borders a little different than the rest of the quilt but I decided that I will keep doing the same motif all around.

So no finish yet. But I plan to have the quilting done next week and then I can start the binding and the label.

I did buy fabric yesterday. I finished my Jan Krentz quilt – except for the border.

Jan Krentz Quick Star 01/01/2021

I applique’d a center star and I purchased new fabric for the borders. I did go through my stash last week and didn’t find anything I liked for the border. And of course, I couldn’t just buy the fabric for the border. I had to buy other stuff too. So I added 4 yards.

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: 25.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 4 yards
  • Added year to Date: 24 yards
  • Net used for 2021: 1.5 yards

For yarn:

Nothing used, nothing added. 🙂

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 15, 2021

Pineapple block side of the cushion

Almost missed posting this! And I’m so happy to announce that I’ve finished my cushion.

Star of Jasmine side
Flying Geese sides…

So I’m not sure how to add up all the fabric. I bought 2 yards for the grey background and pretty much used all of it. I know it doesn’t look like much but you use so much when paper piecing. The purples were all bits and pieces from my scrap bin. Add on the welting, the handle, the zipper and the backing (that you can’t see), I’m going to guestimate 6 yards used. I really like the finished product and I learned a few new techniques for future projects. I may even make another cushion because my dog seems to have claimed this one.

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

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 6 yards
  • Used year to date: 25.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 20 yards
  • Net used for 2021: 5.5 yards

For yarn:

I feel like a broken record on this one. I’m not knitting as much but last week I knit on my morning socks 5 of 7 days. I only do about 1-2 rounds so not that much but just the fact that I’m getting to it, makes me happy. I also picked up my Weasley sweater again and I’m about 10 rows in. I hope to do 2 rows every day and then 6 rows on Thursdays during knit night. I’ve also enjoyed working on my Tranquil Shawl but I’m not very close to finishing. I only knit on this once a week for knit night. I really need to take a good day time picture so you can see how much I’ve done since last time but I’ve not got that part of my life together yet.

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

This cushion class, update #3

I really thought this would be done by now. Last I wrote about this was a couple of weeks ago, here. I had just started on the pineapple blocks.

Finished Pineapple blocks

Then I had to do my big stitch quilting. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not but I always try things at least once (sometimes multiple times, but at least once!) So I tried it on the flying gees.

And I loved it. I decided to big stitch all the blocks. With that decision, I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to get all the pieces done before the next class on 3/28. So I took my time and enjoyed the process. I figured I could watch the class, do the moving of the screens (I am the zoom person my guild looks to in these situations), and stitch. This would also take the stress out of having to try to keep up with the class as it felt like a race. And so that’s what I did.

I finished the big stitch quilting on all the pieces the Monday night after the class, 3/29.

If you read my Monday to do post, you’ll know that last week was a difficult week to get anything done. So here’s the little bit I got done after that.

I attached the welting/cording to both sides.

Friday night I put the zipper together. The instructor said this is the technique she was taught during home ec. I do not know how old the instructor was but I never took home ec. It was the easiest zipper technique I learned and I hope I remember to use this method the next time I put a zipper on.

Then I covered the handle with my fabric choice, which was the background fabric of the pieces.

Then I put the zipper (at the bottom), the handle and the side piece (flying geese) together. I loved the look but quickly realized that I had put the handle wrong side up. I ripped and redid.

So hear is where I’m at. I hope to get this finished this week. There is not much more left to do. I have to attach the side to the top piece and then the bottom to that, and that’s it. Hopefully it fits.

Happy Crafting!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 14, 2021

Current status of the cushion – the welts are on! 4/4/2021

Nothing used or added all week. I’m still working on my cushion but not has hard as I had been. I haven’t had a lot of crafting time as I’ve been working long hours lately. Hopefully that ends soon as I’ve hired some help. I wish they could have come on in March than in April but getting them computers took longer than normal. I see an end to these long hours coming but getting to that point will be a challenge. I’m not great at training and delegating so I will need to get over that.

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: 19.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 20 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 0.5 yards

For yarn:

I’m still not knitting as much as I like but at least I picked up my morning socks on a consistent basis. I also did some knitting on knit night. Now that it’s April and Q2, it’s time to pick up my Weasley Sweater and get started on the front piece.

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 13, 2021

I had about 5 yards of the backing fabric I used on my cushion project and gave what I didn’t use to my friend. Some of it was used by me and the rest is out of my stash and in my friends. 🙂 I’m off to my cushion class this morning so more later on where I am on that project.

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: 19.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 20 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 0.5 yards

For yarn:

No finishes this week. 🙂 I haven’t even been knitting because of the cushion class. I’m taking the last class soon after I post this so hopefully this will change this coming week.

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 12, 2021

Orange Quilt top and Back 3/20/2021

I don’t know if other people do it this way or even what the right way is, but I find this to be the easiest way to cut my batting, I lay the back down on my bed (or floor if it’s clean) right side down. I lay the top on top right side up (just like it would be when I put the quilt together). Then I put the batting on top and cut all around to make sure there’s several inches all around the top. Using a tape measure to measure the quilt and then cut the backing according to what I measured tends to be too cumbersome for me. So this is how I do it. And it’s done. The batting is ready for this quilt. Next week, my goal is to baste it.

And that’s it, I have no finishes and I have no purchases (or donations) or anything to add to my numbers. No ins and no outs, is great! It came close because one of my local quilt shops is having a 20% sale this weekend. It’s not the one I normally go to but is another that also supports my quilt guild so I would like to support it too. But I did a thing … I pre-ordered Tula Pink’s Curioser and Curioser line. I didn’t just pre-order it, I pre-ordered 1 yard of each fabric in the line. That’s going to be a plus 25 yards at some point when it arrives. So I didn’t go to the sale. So I guess I lied. I have a purchase but since I will not receive it until April, I’m not adding it until then. I’ve got to get this cushion finished so I can add those yards to my Used numbers and finish the orange quilt. I’ve never ordered fabric like this before so we’ll see if I like it enough to do it again or if it will be a let down. I would love to get Liberty or Tilda fabrics in much the same way but I could never bite the bullet on that one. Maybe this will be my gateway drug to that rabbit hole.

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: 14.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 20 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 5.5 yards

For yarn:

No finishes this week. 🙂

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 Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

This cushion class, Saturday update

Just a recap on the week and how it has gone. I’m not a monogamous crafter or even monogamous within the craft. I always have several projects going on at a time. And this is the first time in a long time, I have been working on a single project straight. I did have some knitting in there since Thursday is knit night but other than that, I’ve been working on this cushion. And to be honest, I’m not enjoying it. I absolutely hate not having the time to cross stitch or work on other quilty projects and being on a deadline. But I still want to have everything ready to put the cushion together so I’m putting my big girl panties on and moving forward. I am liking how things are turning out. I just don’t like rushing.

As you know from Tuesday’s evening post, I completed the Star of Jasmine.

Becky McDaniel Cushion Class Star of Jasmine step 1 3/15/2021

And on Tuesday, I was halfway through the flying geese.

Becky McDaniel Cushion Class Flying Geese step 2 3/16/2021

I finished the flying geese on Wednesday evening.

Step 2 – Flying Geese blocks Finished 3/17/2021

Thursday was knit night so did no quilting. On Friday, I finished putting the Flying Geese blocks together to make a long string of them.

Flying Geese String 3/19/2021

I finished the evening by starting the pineapple blocks.

Pineapple Blocks Just started 3/19/2021

I know. They don’t look anything like pineapple blocks yet. I have to do 4 and they were going pretty quickly when I was working on them.

I did make it TomatoMania (which I mistakenly called Tomatania) Friday and picked up several tomato plants, a couple of peppers, an eggplant, basil, and strawberry plants.

I also (as planned) spent a lot of the day today (Saturday) out in the garden as it was a nice 70 degrees here in Southern California. It’s been in the 40’s at night the past few weeks so I haven’t wanted to plant anything but I think it’s starting to warm up. A little bit. I did as much as I could until I ran out of soil. I totally misjudged how much soil I would need. Rookie mistake. So now, tomorrow, I’ll need to run over to the nursery to pick up more soil for my containers.

Planter #1 black cherry tomato in the middle, basil, marigolds, and parsley (seeds) 3/20/2021

And I got the batting prepped for the orange quilt top.

So tonight I will continue to work on my pineapple blocks. The plan is to finish them by tomorrow, Sunday and to create a new plan for next week. 🙂

Happy Crafting!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Clue 5a

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I am doing a little bit at a time on clue 5. I cannot remember when I started this clue. It must have been before last week but then we were in Fresno so maybe the week before that? I don’t know. I haven’t done much.

Grassy Creek Clue 5 – just getting started 3/16/2021

I made a couple for kicks. Then I settled in on cutting. I know it would be really easy to cut strips and then sew them up until I get these 9-patches but I’m using up scraps. So I have a bunch of purple scraps (all colors really) but I pulled out the purple ones and cut out the bit of square I needed. I tossed a bunch of bits which make me happy. It takes longer to do it this way but I’m all about the process and using up my little scraps so this is how I do it. I’ve finished cutting all my smaller pieces and have pulled out the bigger pieces to use. Soon I’ll be done and will cut neutrals. the pinks have already been cut and set aside.

Clue 4 finished –

Grassy Creek Clue 4 – Finished 2/21/2021

Clue 3 – 12/26/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Clue 2 – 12/12/2021

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie