Category Archives: Quilting

Stash Report – Week 11, 2018

It’s been a couple of weeks and life has been a bit hectic every weekend.  Last weekend I was away at another guild workshop.  This time I attended a class with Pat Blair on Free Motion Quilting.  And that Friday night attended another UFO Party with some friends.  I had these practice sandwiches I made that I finished off with some binding and am now using as place mats.

Don’t look at them too closely. These started out as a practice quilt on my midarm back in the day.  After quilting, I cut them up into placemats and they’ve been waiting to be bound ever since.  I finished 3 of them and that’s about 1 yard used.  Woot!  Then at the workshop I used up 7 practice sandwiches.

This weekend, I made this cute little bag… and it used 2 FQs!  So, are you counting, that’s about 5 yards used!  14 FQs (Practice sandwiches) + 2 for the baggie = 16 FQs/4 = 4 yards plus the 1 for the mats. 🙂

baggie
3/18/18

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 5 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net used for 2018: 0.75 yards

For yarn: I am almost done with Kayla’s Weasley sweater.  I’m about to make the same thing for Jacob but in blue and silver.  Since I need a little break between the two sweaters, I’m in no rush and told my LYS to order it when they next do their main order. In the meantime, I’m going to start a new project and bought 3 skeins from my LYS.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 3 skeins
  • Added year to date: 14 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 9 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/4/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/18/18

I am almost done with this project. I’ve got two of those dark green circles to applique down and then do any other extra embroidery stitches.  Then I can move on to Block 9!

~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 09, 2018

No fabric in or out.  I was able to get the back finished for Celtic Solstice and then I trimmed it to square it up so now I have to measure it again to make sure it is still 120×120.  But I’m another step closer to quilting it.  I had an itch to work on another project yesterday but didn’t so I hope I find the time to put work on something today.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: I bought one ball this week but it’s for a planned sweater.  One ball does not a sweater make so… I’m currently making a sweater for my daughter and it’s in the final stages. I’ve got a few more inches of the sleeves to knit and the neck and I’ve got to seam all the pieces together.  I’m hoping it will be done in a couple of weeks. The next sweater in the queue is for my son. So I’ve placed an order for the main color but decided to get the contrasting color for the letter while I was at the shop placing the order.  That’s the one ball.  🙂

In addition, I finished my February socks and while each sock is about 30g I used Knit Pick Felici and each ball is 50g so in this case, I used 2 balls!

Warm and Snug Socks
Knitting Expat
Cosy Sock Club
February, 2018

 

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 2 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 1 skeins
  • Added year to date: 11 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 6 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/25/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
3/4/18

~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 08, 2018

 

QuiltCon is this weekend and so far… I haven’t bought any fabric yet.  🙂  Let’s see if that continues for today…

I also took a trip last weekend to Tahoe and… I didn’t buy any fabric… WHO AM I?????  It helped that I couldn’t find a quilt shop in the area and when we made it to Reno on Sunday all the shops were closed. My pocketbook was thankful. My closet was grateful.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: I did make it to a couple of yarn shops.  There was a yarn shop in South Lake Tahoe and Jimmy Beans in Reno.  None of the other yarn shops in Reno was open on Sundays so I didn’t go crazy.  Just 3 skeins added to the stash!

 

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 3 skeins
  • Added since last time: 3 skeins
  • Added year to date: 10 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 7 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/18/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/25/18

 

~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 07, 2018

I know I go on and on about the same things… but I rarely win things and Sunday’s is a stash report.  I won this basket of about 17 yards and again I’m not going to add it to my stash report. In the past I usually do so I get an accurate report at the end of the year of what came in and out.  But this year I’m being more particular because I’m trying to be more mindful of what I buy and bring in.  Which I can’t be with winnings.  I want to enjoy my winnings but it would be disastrous for my stash report and make me feel a bit low about it.  So I’m not going to add it this time around.  I’m not sure if that will be the case for always but it’s the case for now and probably for this year’s reports.  Other than that I have not purchased anything or finished anything.  I’ll take those numbers!  woohoo!

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: Since I’ve finished the Martine Hat!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

You can find details as to the yarn and pattern on Ravelry.  I’m mellies1000needlz on Ravelry. But that’s one skein used.  It didn’t take a whole skein but I’m counting it as a whole skein.  It would be too cumbersome for me to count in grams or yardage.  So I make it easy on myself and only count the number of skeins used.  The leftover gets put in a bag and I’ll use it somewhere else later when I get around to it.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 1 skeins
  • Used year to date: 3 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 7 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 4 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/11/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/18/18

Slow progress but progress nonetheless!  I’m in Tahoe this weekend so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to play with this piece while I’m here.  I did take it with me just in case as I really want to get a bit of hand work 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

 

TGIFFF, 2/16/18

I do not have a finish very often so when I do… I must celebrate!

Martine Hat
2/14/2018

 

The family and I are off to celebrate the 4 day weekend at our favorite place in the whole wide world – Lake Tahoe! We were hoping to catch some snow but it doesn’t look like that will be happening.  Oh well.  My plan is to find a quilt shop, a yarn shop, and possibly a needlepoint shop.  I’ve taken a carload of projects with me (who needs clothes anyway?) and I hope to get a lot of crafting done. 🙂

~Happy Friday!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 06, 2018

A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

The other side of
A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

You can find details of this easy project in the previous post.

For this post, I can add 2.5 yards in the USED column! yaas!!!!

 

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 2.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 4.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 4.25 yards

For yarn: nothing added and nothing used. but something is coming close!!!!

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 2 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 7 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 5 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

Here is what it looked like last weekend:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/4/18

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/11/18

I finished the bottom stem and the stem on the left.  I have one stem remaining to stitch on and I can move on to the next thing.  I’m not sure what that will be but I’m thinking the blue buds of the flowers.

~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

 

TGIFF, 2/9/18

Finally, I have a finished.  This post should really be TGIFFF for Thank GOD it’s FINALLY Finished Friday!

A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

The other side of
A quilt…
untitled for practice quilting
2/9/2018

Last Friday at the UFO Party, I brought this old project with me.  It really wasn’t meant to be a project. A long time ago, when I had a mid-arm, I practiced quilting on this project. I just slapped together two pieces of fabric that I loved and quilted.

Afterwards, it sat around for years waiting for me to do something with it.  I finally took it to the UFO Party, trimmed it and attached the binding.  This past week I bound the other side and buried the ends.  Now I’m going to put it in my Gift pile with my other finished projects to be pulled out when I need a gift for someone.  I’ll attach a label at that time so I can personalize it when I have a moment.

Thank God its Finished Friday!  Now I can spend the rest of the weekend doing other projects. 🙂

~Happy Friday!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 05, 2018

I finally got a little thing finished.  That’s my pillowcase from Friday’s UFO Party.

an old pillowcase
2/3/18

I’m very happy to finally have something in the “Used” column.  🙂

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 1.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 1.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 6.75 yards

For yarn: I caught Voolenvine’s recent update and I have 7 skeins to add to the stash.  I had to get a few skeins of Gothday Cake as well as Feyre and Rhysand.  I need to knit faster!

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 2 skeins
  • Added since last time: 7 skeins
  • Added year to date: 7 skeins
  • Net ADDED for 2018: 5 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

I was able to work on my stitching last weekend!  Here’s the photo from last week (which was really from the last time I worked on it…a few months ago)

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress

And here’s what it looks like now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress
2/4/18

I didn’t take a pic of the whole block… just the part I worked on which was the bottom stem.  I hope to finish the bottom stem today.. a stitch at a time…

~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

 

Crafting with friends

It’s so nice to craft with other crafters once in a while.  Yesterday, I went to a UFO party and took a number of older projects with me.

First, I tackled this …

untitled
2/3/2018

I don’t even have a name for this project.  When I still had my mid-arm I was practicing on this.  I simply slapped two pieces of one yard fabric that I liked (with batting in the middle) and quilted it with the mid-arm.  I can’t remember exactly but I think it was this piece that told me I had a problem with the frame and the machine.  Anyway, I don’t have the mid-arm anymore and this piece was just laying around waiting for me to trim and bind it.  At the UFO party last night, I trimmed it and got the binding on one side of the quilt.  I plan on getting the other side done pretty soon.  I don’t know what I’ll be doing with this quilt yet but I think it will be waiting for the right recipient.

The second project I tackled was this:

an old pillowcase
2/3/18

Many years ago, (around 10), I made and gave away pillowcases for Christmas.  I had a handful at the end of it that I never finished.  I probably had 2-3 cut and ready to be pieced.  Those have since made their way into other projects or into my scrap stash.  This particular piece was all pieced together except for the final french seam.  I just never got back to it and it sat around since then.  I pulled it out one of the times I organized my stash recently and it was in my UFO bag.  Today it is finished!  woohoo!

And finally, my third project:

The Maxwell Bag handle
2/3/18

This is one handle for my Maxwell Bag.  I finally finished sewing the fabric together on the handle.  Here’s how the Maxwell Bag currently looks:

Now that the handles are done, I can continue with the finishing steps.

It was a fun and productive night.  I hope to do it again and in the meantime, I will go through and pull out some old UFOs to work on at the next party.

~Happy Crafting

~Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 04, 2018

So… Road happened and of course, I bought stuff.  I must say though that I didn’t go crazy like I could have gone.  I bought 6.5 yards of fabric and it’s fabric I couldn’t get here.  At least not easily.  I bought imported Asian fabric with fun prints. Here’s an example of what I got:

I love it. It’s linen and something I’ll probably use in a cute bag but I’ve been collecting linen over the last few years and haven’t used it.  I’m sure none of you do this! 😉  I do not know what I’m going to do with it yet.  I did spend a few hours this weekend making the back for Celtic Solstice and I’m almost done.  This past week I’ve been piecing scrap fabric together and making fabric.  I have enjoyed it.  At first, my intention was to use the made fabric for the back of Celtic solstice as these scraps were all the scraps from making the top.  But it was looking like a hot mess.  I was enjoying the piecing though so I kept going even though the more I did the more I decided not to use it for the back.  Now I’ve got a bunch of mini blocks that I could probably cut down to match them all to a particular size, attach it to coordinating strips and then create a little top. Or I can save them and create scrappy crazy quilts. I don’t know. But it’s gotten me out of my funk and into my sewing again.  So much so that I am almost done with my back. I ended up taking the larger chunks of Celtic Solstice fabric that I didn’t cut into and piecing the together.  I’m at about 93″ x 90″ and I need it to be closer to 120″ x 120″.  I believe my top is at 115″ x 115″.  It’s been awhile.  But that’s the measurement in my head.  I’m pretty sure it’s correct or at the very least not bigger than it. I had to connect with my Bernina dealer to make sure it would fit on their long arm for when I go in to quilt this.  So I’m getting closer to having a finished.  I hope that comes soon.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 6.5 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8.5 yards
  • Net added for 2018: 8.5 yards

For yarn: I finished my Resfeber Socks!  So that’s another skein used.

Resfeber Socks
Knitting Expat
Wanderlust Sock Club
January, 2018

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 1 skeins
  • Used year to date: 2 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net USED for 2018: 2 skein

Slow Stitching Sunday

I have a family thing to go to today.  I’m going to try to get some stitching done today so we’ll see.  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a picture of the block I’m working on for Rainbow Garden so here is where I am at the moment:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 8 – in progress

~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