I know. Another few weeks of me missing in action. First work started getting busier again and second, I was working on the same things. I felt like I was repeating myself, and third, it’s playoff time! My Clips are down 2-1 in the second round and every other night it’s a nail biter as we scream and shout at the TV.
I finally finished the snowball blocks for the above quilt, Dancing with the Stars, by Linda Ballard and pieced all the blocks together. Next is the border and I need to audition fabric. Hopefully I can find something in my stash. When you see my numbers below, you’ll see that I need to seriously find something in my stash.
First during week 22, I bought 10 yards for backing for my Jan Krentz quilt “Diamond Quilt”. Then during week 23, Tula Pink’s Curiouser and Curioser arrived at my house. That’s another 25 yards of gloriousness.
Now that the Orange quilt is finished, next up on the to be quilted list is Glam Clam. I pulled it out of my bag of quilts to be quilted, but I will not be able to touch this again for a couple of weeks. Now that we are all vaccinated, I will be visiting family in Northern California this upcoming weekend.
Even though I finished the Orange Quilt last weekend, I didn’t have time to post my Sunday Stash so I’m adding the 1/2 yard used for the binding. And nothing added. I still have my 40% coupon for my LQS burning a hole in my pocket so I will be using that baby before the end of the month.
I am knitting more even though it’s just on my morning socks and on my Weasley sweater. I’m a little more than half way through the front panel of the Weasley sweater. I’ve targeted to do 10 rows per week so that I will have the front panel finished by the end of June.
As a reminder, I didn’t make the top. I bought it at a guild treasure hunt many years ago. Someone gave the top away. I thought it was a great way to practice my FMQ. I do not make a lot of quilts each year because life is busy and I enjoy the process. This particular year I was very much into FMQ and I was intent on practicing my FMQ. Practicing on a quilt top I purchased seemed like a great idea. I think I bought it for $5. I can’t remember. But I thought it was cute and now I have a quilt ready to gift if I need a gift. Well, many years later and it was still sitting in my bag of quilt tops.
This was the year that I put it in my queue to quilt. It was quilted with my Bernina Q20 (sit down long arm).
I pieced the back and I used fabric from my stash. The only thing I couldn’t find in my stash was a good binding fabric. I decided I wanted an orange to match the darkest orange in the top and I didn’t have anything in my stash. So at the last anniversary sale from my LQS (the one just a few weeks ago), I purchased this fabric.
I’m really happy with it.
And now it is finished. And I took a picture and posted it so it’s not just finished, it’s finished Finished FINISHED!
Happy celebratory dance all the way around.
I tried hard to get this done in time for Sunday Stash but I didn’t so it will be in next week’s post.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My main goal for quilting was to get the back ready for my Orange quilt top. I did it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I finished knitting Water Lily.
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.