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Stash Report – Week 2, 2016

Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

I spent $14.72 last week to order pictures to scrapbook.  I haven’t printed pictures in so long.  So for my hobby budget report:

Hobby Budget Report

Spent this week: $14.72

Spent year to date: $14.72

My wrist and arm started hurting last week so I had to cut back on my knitting. The Rosie hat didn’t get worked on much.  So for my yarn report:

Yarn Report:

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to continue working on Raining Cats and Dogs.  Last week, I finished applique-ing all the parts and today I’m going to work on the embroidery.

Raining Cats and Dogs 1/3/2016

Raining Cats and Dogs
1/3/2016

 

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 1, 2016

What a way to start the first report of the year!  Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

As part of my 2016 goals, I want to start tracking my hobby spending.  I’ve set the budget for the year at $3,000 and I’ve allocated a bit for sewing machine servicing, spending money at Road, spending money at QuiltCon and a monthly allowance for bits and things.  I’m not looking to add fabric this year as I want to shop my stash first.  But I know that I’ll need some backing as I finish tops up.  I already have backing for the next 3 quilts so I’ll not need that for awhile unless I start quilting up a storm.  I know there are some things I want to get – inktense pens, for example, and creative grid rulers.  But I don’t NEED anything.  I also know myself and once I get to those shows, I’d want to buy.  So, best to set my budget now and be realistic.

Hobby Budget Report

Spent this week: $0

Spent year to date: $0

And Judy at Patchwork Times  added the yarn report to the sunday stash so I’ll add a yarn report as well.  I’m not a prolific knitter like Judy but lately I’ve been knitting a bit here and there while I watch basketball games with the hubby.  I do have a bit of a yarn stash and I want to use them up before I start buying more.  Nothing added and Nothing used so far.  I’m working on my Rosie hat and that should be finished soon as long as I work on it.  I only do 2 rounds at a time when I do work on it so it takes me a long time. 🙂

Yarn Report:

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to continue working on Raining Cats and Dogs.  I worked a bit on the cat yesterday but failed to take a picture.  I hope to have enough energy and time to finish the cat.  Here’s a pic before I started working on the final cat.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 2 cats down 1 more to go 12/19/15

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
2 cats down
1 more to go
12/19/15

I’ll also get some more stitching done on my Cross Stitch “welcome” project.

Cross Stitch  Welcome Project 12/20/2015

Cross Stitch
Welcome Project
12/20/2015

 

And afterwards, I will get more of the quilting done on Tell It To The Stars.  I’m working on the orange parts today and I hope to get all those orange parts done.

 

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Weekend Lineup

Today is my day to play with fabric and get some progress done with my projects!

#1 – Allietare!

Allietare Step 2 3 Sets completed 12/6/2015

Allietare
Step 2
3 Sets completed
12/6/2015

I didn’t get anything done for Step 3.  But I’ll just let that go.  I plan to get a couple of sets done for Step 4.

#2 – Tell It To The Stars!

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All of the background is quilted.  The next step is to get the dark blue parts quilted.  I already know this is not going to get done in time for Christmas and I’m okay with that.  I’m not happy with the quilting and I’m hesitant to gift this.  So, once the quilting is done, we’ll see how it looks and I’ll decide then what to do with it.

#3 – This week’s project is Missing Ivy.  Last time I worked on this project I completed Step #7.  The next step is Step #8. I’m least excited about this project than the other projects so I’ll be working on everything else first.  I’ll be more excited once I take it out of it’s hidey hole and start checking to see what Step #8 entails.

Missing Ivy Step #7 11/28/2015

Missing Ivy
Step #7
11/28/2015

 

#4 – Raining Cats and Dogs. I hope to get one more cat done.

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 1 cat down 2 more to go 12/15/15

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
1 cat down
2 more to go
12/15/15

#5 – My Cross Stitch project – “Welcome”.  My plan is to get more stitches done on letter “M”.

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#6 – I hope to get more rows knitted on the Rosie Hat.

Another ambitious list this Saturday but all I’ve got to do today is go to yoga! 🙂

Have a great crafty Saturday!

~Melanie

Weekend Lineup

The holiday is upon us…

This weekend I hope to jump on and start the second step for Allietare released yesterday.

Allietare! Step 1 11/28/2015

Allietare!
Step 1
11/28/2015

I hope to finish quilting the background of Tell It To The Stars!

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I hope to pull out Celtic Solstice because this is the week for it.

Celtic Solstice Step 6 Block A 6 done 10/17/2015

Celtic Solstice
Step 6
Block A
6 done
10/17/2015

I hope to finish the leaves for Raining Cats and Dogs.

Raining Cats and Dogs 2 leaves on 2 leaves left 11/29/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
2 leaves on
2 leaves left
11/29/2015

I hope to get more stitches on the Welcome project.

Welcome  Cross Stitch 11/29/2015

Welcome
Cross Stitch
11/29/2015

I hope to get more rows knitted on the Rosie Hat.

That’s a very ambitious list so I’ll take things slowly and do what I can.  Especially since today we’ll be heading off to downtown to a Tea Festival and then ending the day at a Clipper game.  Follow me on Instagram @thousandneedles to see the pics I share!

 

Have a great crafty Saturday!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 48, 2015

First, the stash report!  Nothing added and nothing finished!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47.5 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 98.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 50.58 yards

Here’s what I got done from yesterday’s laundry list!

On Raining Cats and Dogs.

Raining Cats and Dogs 2 leaves down 2 more to go 11/29/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
2 leaves down
2 more to go
11/29/2015

I quilted a bit more on Tell It To The Stars.  I need to do more than a bit but I find it tiring after each pass.  Then I’ve got all these other things I feel the need to get done that I never get back to it.

I finished cutting all but the background for Scrapitude.  I can do that throughout December.  I’ve still got 6 weeks left until the first clue. First, I need to decide what my background will be.

I didn’t have a chance to get back to piecing more HSTs for Allietare.  I have some units ready for piecing so I’ll be working on that later today.

Today, the plan is to continue quilting Tell It To the Stars, more HSTs for Allietare, and another leaf for Raining Cats and Dogs.  The next project I need to pull out is Hampton Ridge.  If I feel up to it and I have time, I’ll get going on that final side border #2.  I still do not have my piecing papers.  The quilt shop said they mailed it out a few weeks ago but I never received them.  I had some other mail mysteriously not get to me recently too so who knows what is happening.  The good thing is that they mailed me another set last Wednesday.  With the holidays upon us, I doubt I’ll get them in time to work with them this week.

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Weekend Lineup

Just a quick update on what I’ve actually done these last few days:

This week’s project: Missing Ivy – this week I worked on Step #7 and completed the 20 triangles.

Missing Ivy Step #7 11/28/2015

Missing Ivy
Step #7
11/28/2015

#2 – Tell It To The Stars – I have the background half quilted.

Tell It To The Stars Background is half quilted 11/28/2015

Tell It To The Stars
Background is half quilted
11/28/2015

#3 – Raining Cats and Dogs – I appliqued the 1st of 4 leaves.

Raining Cats and Dogs 11/28/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
11/28/2015

#4 – cutting a lot in preparation for Scrapitude 2016.

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#5 – And working on the first step of Allietare – there’s only about 15 HSTs there.  The gray looks a bit brown in the picture but it’s gray and the cream is a beigey cream.  But I enjoyed putting it together so I cut enough to do another 15-20 HSTs.

Allietare! Step #1 11/28/2015

Allietare!
Step #1
11/28/2015

Today, I’ll be working on quilting Tell It To The Stars more, do another leaf for Raining Cats and Dogs, cut more for Scrapitude.  Those are my top three projects.  I will probably do some cross stitching and if I feel like it, some more HSTs for Allietare.

Have a great crafty Saturday!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 47, 2015

First, the stash report!  Nothing added and nothing finished!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47.5 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 98.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 50.58 yards

Here’s what I got done from yesterday’s laundry list!

On Raining Cats and Dogs.

 

Raining Cats and Dogs Block 7 11/22/2015

Raining Cats and Dogs
Block 7
11/22/2015

For Razzle – I was able to finish piecing the blocks into rows.  Of course, I put it away before getting a good picture of it.  I got started on piecing the cornerstones with the sashes when I realized that I miscut them.  They’re supposed to be 3.5″ square but they’re not 3.5″ squares.  So, I will need to recut the next time this project comes into rotation.

The next project I need to pull out is Missing Ivy.  I will be going to the Clipper game today so I will not be able to get anything done today.  But this is the project I’ll be working on this week. The plan is to continue quilting on Tell It To The Stars.

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 46, 2015

First, the stash report!  Went to my LQS this past week and got yardage for that final side of border #2 of Hampton Ridge.  I know I got way too much at +4 yards.  But I didn’t want to cut and piece the border.  Even with that info, I’m sure 4 yards is way too much but I needed at least 3 yards.  So I played it safe.  Not a big deal.  Now I’ll have plenty of dark fabric to add to my  stash!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47.5 yards
Added this week: 4 yards
Added Year to Date: 98.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 50.58 yards

Here’s what I got done from yesterday’s laundry list!

On Raining Cats and Dogs.

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I know, the lighting is horrible but by the time I got around to taking a picture, the lighting outside wasn’t much better.  Anyway, if you can see the needle to right of the arrow, the remaining part to applique down is from that needle to the end of the stem towards the left. The plan is to get to that today so that next weekend I can move on to the next bit.

Celtic Solstice Step 6 Block A 11/15/2015

Celtic Solstice
Step 6
Block A
11/15/2015

 

For Celtic Solstice, I was able to get the three rows of Block A put together.  Now I get to pack it up and set it aside for next month.  I realized while I was working on these that it took forever because I was trimming dog ears and then piecing.  For that middle row, I was also pinning to try and get those points to match up with the middle of those 4 patches.

And I was able to get Tell It To The Stars onto the frame.

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Yesterday was very productive in my house.

Today, I’ve got a lot more running around.  The girl is cheering at her school’s open house so I’ve got to wake her up soon to get ready and go.  The boy’s harvest festival is today too.  But he is not interested in going and we heard that it is supposed to rain today.  If that’s the case, he will definitely not want to go out.  I’ve got yoga shortly and more studying.  I also still want to go to that store where I’ve got a coupon at (it expires today!).

Here’s my quilty plan of action:

  • Continue to work a bit on Raining Cats and Dogs.
  • Start the quilting on Tell It To The Stars on it.
  • Cut for Scrapitude 2016.
  • Pull Razzle out and get going on that project for this week.

I’m still uncertain about joining Bonnie Hunter’s mystery.  I know last week I said I was going to and now this week I’m not sure again.  I started pulling fabrics from my stash and I’m not sure I’ve got enough of the colors she chose.  I’m waffling, I know, but I love the community around the mysteries each year.  That’s the best part.  I just don’t think I’ve got the time. Well, we’ll see how I feel  on Black Friday.

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Stash Report – Week 45, 2015

First, the stash report!  Nothing In and Nothing Out

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: -47 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 94.08 yards
Net Added for 2015: 46.58 yards

I was out and about yesterday and didn’t spend much time in the sewing room.  I was able to take out my scraps (they are overflowing) and start cutting out the pieces I need for Scrapitude 2016 called “Scrappy Stars around the Corner”.  First clue come out in January but Charlotte released the cutting instructions some time ago.  Since I was between projects and my scraps need to be used, I started cutting the “medium to dark” fabrics.  They’re easiest to pull out from the scrap bins.  I’m about halfway through.  Hopefully I’ll get all the needed pieces cut before the first clue.  It all comes together so much easier when everything is cut beforehand.

I’m still uncertain as to whether or not to do Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery QAL this year.  I do not want to buy fabric so I will need to use my stash.  I’m going to start with my scrap bins first and then move over to yardage if I need to.  I like the color selection so I’ll play along for now.  The best thing about the QAL is the community that comes together for it.  I love being able to see everyone’s progress and sharing my own.  I still need to create a project page for this.

This past week, I’ve been working on the borders for Hampton Ridge.  The previous posts this week goes into the hurdles and challenges of border #2 but here’s the last picture of it before I packed it away.  It’s not a great one but it’s what I’ve got!  There is a third and a fourth border left and I may start working on the fourth border’s HSTs (350 of them) as leaders/enders of the other projects I’ll be working on in the next 4 weeks.

Hampton Ridge 3 sides of Border #2 on 11/6/15

Hampton Ridge
3 sides of Border #2 on
11/6/15

Woohoo!  Now I’m ready to put this aside for a month while I work on something else this week.

But first – an update on Raining Cats and Dogs.

I haven’t done anything since last week.  I only work on this project over the weekend and I was out yesterday.  I plan to get more of the stem appliqued down today.

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Today here’s my plan of action:

  • Get Bonnie’s upcoming mystery QAL’s project page up
  • work a bit on Raining Cats and Dogs
  • Finish the practice quilt on Bailey and get Tell It To The Stars on it.

I’ve already packed up Hampton Ridge and the next project is Celtic Solstice.  Remember Celtic Solstice?  I was getting so bored with it last month?  I’m still not excited to work on it but I’m heading into the home stretch and I’m making more of these blocks:

Celtic Solstice Step 6 Block A 6 done 10/17/2015

Celtic Solstice
Step 6
Block A
6 done
10/17/2015

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie