Category Archives: Quilting

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

Sunday Stash Report – Week 11, 2021

Back for the orange top 3/14/2021

Happy Pi Day!

My main goal for quilting was to get the back ready for my Orange quilt top. I did it!

Orange Quilt Top Quilt #2 – to be quilted 3/7/2021

I showed this last week and it doesn’t hurt to show it again. I also made a disclaimer. I didn’t piece this top together. I bought it at one of the August treasure hunts my guild does every year (except 2020). It goes to show you never know what you’ll find and what other people may buy/sell. I bought it with the intention to practice my FMQ and I think I’ve had it for 4 years now. A lot has changed in 4 years. But it’s out of my bucket and on the to be quilted stage.

I’m counting the fabric I used for the backing but cannot count the fabric used for the top. I estimate it to be about 3.5 yards. I used stash which is perfect. I pulled a bunch of yellows and oranges out and put them together and started with the yards or so of the lighter yellow. I loved the dark orange and paired it with the yellow batik. Last, the flowery orange and yellow fabric on the left really pulled it all together.

Next week, my goal for this quilt is to prep the batting.

Earlier today, I took a cushion workshop with Becky McDaniel. This first class was really a paper piecing class. I’m the tech person for my guild and was the moderator for the workshop. It was really difficult to both moderate and participate. But it’s done. we have to get all the pieces, pieced, and quilted by our next class in 2 weeks so I’ll be very busy doing that.

I haven’t bought more fabric. Not for want of trying – I just didn’t have the time to head to my LQS this week.

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

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 3.5 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:

I finished knitting my morning socks. I talked at length about them here and you can find more details on ravelry here. Note – you’ll need a Ravelry account to access the site.

Taffy Toes Sock 3/14/2021

I picked up another sock project but it was already started. According to the ravelry page I have for this project, I started it 12/23/2017. It must have been my Christmas Cast on that year. I knit a handful of rows and then put it aside. It’s out now and I’m finishing the ribbing.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 1 skeins (Taffy Toes sock)
  • 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 10, 2021

We had a wonderful time visiting the Blossom Trails near Fresno, CA. We took a lot of great pictures. Here is just one. And I’ll post a more detailed description with more pictures later. For now, it’s Sunday afternoon and I’ve got my Sunday Stash to report.

I made it to Mennonite Quilt Center, a quilt shop in Reedley, CA which is along the Blossom Trail. They have an online shop with aboriginal fabrics if you are so inclined. I purchased 1 yard of fabric and this project bag kit.

ByAnnie “Piecekeepers Project Bag” – Front 3/7/2021
ByAnnie “Piecekeepers Project Bag” – Back 3/7/2021

I purchased more things that I’ve since gifted or put away but I have to count the 1 yard. And since I sewed and finished the project bag this weekend, I need to mark the fabric used. I’m thrilled. I told myself when I purchased it that I had to get it started right away so it wouldn’t be one of the many bag kits I purchased along the years that are still sitting waiting to get done. We don’t need to talk about that. 🙂

In addition to the 1 yard purchased at Reedley, I also bought 2 yards yesterday at my LQS, Quilt Emporium. I’m taking a cushion workshop this month with Becky McDaniel through my quilt guild and I wanted 2 yards of a gray. I have lots of 1 yards of grays but I wanted 2 yards of a gray. I found what I wanted and got it. The workshop consists of 2 classes. The first is next weekend and it will get us started on piecing the project together. The second class is on 3/28 and will talk about putting the cushion together. I’m really excited.

Orange Quilt Top Quilt #2 – to be quilted 3/7/2021

And finally, this is what I’ve been calling the Orange quilt top. I purchased this a few years ago at one of the August Treasure Hunts my guild had with the intent to practice FMQ. It sat a long time. Now it’s time to pull it out. I can’t add the fabric to my “used” numbers because I didn’t make it. But I’ve pulled out some fabric to make the back and that will be fun to do.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up this afternoon.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: .75 yards
  • Used year to date: 11 yards
  • Added since last time: 3 yards
  • Added year to Date: 20 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 9 yards

For yarn:

I finished knitting Water Lily.

Water Lily 3/7/2021

Here’s a not great picture. But will have to do. I’m sorry for the crappy quality and the smudges on my mirror. It’s not finished finished finished but the knitting is all done so I’m counting it in my yarn numbers. I still need to weave in the ends, block it, and take my glamour shots. I love how it turned out. It’s slightly tight in the arm section and a little time in the armpit/boob area but other than that, turned out really nice. I love it and hope to use it often.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 3 skeins
  • Used year to date: 8 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 2 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 9, 2021

Staycation Finally – a finish! 2/25/2021

It’s done! I’m so happy as it’s the first finished finished finished quilt I’ve had in over a year. The last one was Celtic Solstice and after a brief search discovered I finished that one in Feb, 2019! So it’s been 2 years since I’ve had a quilted, bound, labeled, and WASHED quilt. Yes, I washed this one as soon as I got the label on. I’ve already counted the front and back fabric used but I haven’t yet counted the binding so I’m letting myself count .75 yards used this week.

This post was prepped a few days ago and scheduled to publish today as the hubby and I are off to explore Fresno’s Blooming Trail. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m hoping the flowers on the fruit tree are abundantly blooming.

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: .75 yards
  • Used year to date: 10.25 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 17 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 6.75 yards

For yarn:

I am still working on my knitted top, Water Lily.

Water Lily Back 12/20/2020

I still do not have a more recent picture. I finished knitting the front left side and I’m working on knitting the back neck part. I’ve already kitchener stitched the left front and left back together so I’m very very close to a finish. I did a little bit of a try on before I started stitching the front and back together to make sure it all fit right and it did. I’m hoping once I finish getting it all together it still does. One can never tell until it’s all done and blocked. Anyway, this project has been over a year in the making so I’m very excited about this finish. And I am loving how it wears. I’ve not needed to use the extra skein I bought just in caseys so I’ll have plenty to use for a different sweater project.

I can’t call this a finish yet so my numbers remain the same.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net added for 2021: 1 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Clue 4 – Finished

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

Finally! This clue has taken me forever to finish.

Grassy Creek Clue 4 – Finished 2/21/2021

I had a guild workshop to take – maybe 2 workshops? I had Jan Krentz in January and Alex Anderson in February so those two classes threw in a couple of projects in the middle of this clue and I was only able to do a little bit each weekend. It was slow progress. Now it’s done and I’ll be out of the house this weekend and will not be able to touch my sewing machine until the first weekend in March. I will be doing a bunch of handwork so my hands will still be busy.

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

Sunday Stash Report – Week 8, 2021

Binding is on but not yet finished Staycation 2/21/2021

This is the last weekend I will have to work on this quilt which means I have through tonight to finish binding. I tried hard to get it done for this post so I can get at least add .75 yards to my used portion but alas, it’s not going to happen. After this post, I’ll be going back to the sewing room to finish it up. Luckily this is one where I will be machine binding to the back (from the front) so it should be a quick finish.

label is on… kind of Staycation 2/21/2021

I even have the label on so once the binding is done, all I have to do is finish applique’ing the 3 open sides and it will be done, done, done! Or as one of my guildmates say, Finish is the best word in the dictionary!

Next weekend, my hubby and I and another couple will be heading up to Fresno to check out the Blooming Trail. So I’ll probably schedule a post to go up (hopefully with Staycation as a finish!)

Not much to post but I’m working and making progress on the various projects I’ve got going.

In summary, it’s a zero used and a zero added — and that, my friends, is great numbers indeed. 🙂

Go to more stash reports at QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 17 yards
  • Net added for 2021: 7.5 yards

For yarn:

I am still working on my knitted top, Water Lily.

Water Lily Back 12/20/2020

I still do not have a more recent picture. I finished knitting the front ride side and I’m now working on the front left side. This is so close to being finished that when I’m working on it I find it hard to stop. Voolenvine had some great yarn in her update this week.

voolenvine’s yarn: Love Song

But I restrained myself from this purchase. As you can see it was very hard for me to do so. So – I get big kudos for saying no to this beautiful yarn.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 5 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 6 skeins
  • Net added for 2021: 1 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Simple Days BOM, Step 1

The first step was released the end of January. It took me awhile to get started. I had to pick and buy fabric (yay!) and pull out my light box.

I debated whether to piece the block first or do the embroidery and chose to do the embroidery first. Later as I was stitching the blanket stitch I decided I was all wrong. I should have pieced the block first so that I could do the embroidery exactly where I wanted it. Now I’m going to piece the block as is and if the embroidery is not quite right I would just have to be ok with it.

I say embroidery but all I’ve done so far is appliquéd the fabric pieces in and blanket stitched it. I used DMC perle cotton. I had it on hand and I wanted to use it. I don’t like stitching with it so I don’t know if I will continue to use it. Sometimes I like the look of the perle cotton and sometimes I don’t. I guess it just depends on what I’m feeling when I’m looking at it. For the embroidery part I plan to use dmc floss. I almost got sucked into buying Aurifil thread 28w or 12w just because and I am thankful my practical self was able to pull me away from the urge and close that website. Maybe one day I’ll check it out. I hope so. But not this time.

The second step comes out soon, 2/25, I believe, and I’ll be behind. but that’s ok. I enjoy the quiet slowness of hand stitching.

And before I leave you, here’s the important links: Simple Days Embroidery BOM

Always Crafting,

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 4a

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

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about this project. And less you think I have put this to the side since the reveal, I have not. I’m just not getting a lot done when I work on it. I saw the reveal and I love how it looks. I switched out my fabric so I’m curious to see how it will look with my fabric choices. I’m slowly working on Clue 4.

Grassy Creek Clue 4 – half done? 2/14/2021

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