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Stash Report – Week 22, 2017

Nothing Used. Nothing Added.  I’m slowly working on projects but can’t add to my stash report just yet.  I’m binding Missing Ivy so that will be in the finished department soon and those numbers will bring me closer to the black side.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
6/4/2017

I got a lot of progress done on this block and I’m loving it again.  I need to put the last two of the leaves and then I’ve got 4 flowers to stitch on.  I have some finishing stitches to embroider on and then it’s done.  I hope to get this done this week.

~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 21, 2017

The weekly stash report is being hosted at Quilt Paint Create’s site.  Thank you for hosting!  I enjoy it each week even though I’ve been out of the loop the last few weeks.

I pulled fabric to make my Maxwell Bag –

The outer and inner parts put together

It’s not finished yet so I’m a little hesitant to add the usage.  However, it’s almost done and I’m afraid if I do not add it now, I will forget to add it later.  And I really do not know how much to count as usage.  I pulled fabric from my scrap bins.  I’ve had these little owl scraps and other beautiful pieces forever and didn’t want to put it in a scrappy quilt.  I didn’t want the fabric to get lost in a scrappy quilt.  I love how they are being used in this bag.  Anyway, I’m just going to say 2 yards because there was a lot of fabric used and bits thrown away.  I could grab the pattern and get the real amount of yardage to add but I am too lazy right now.  So, I’m just going to say 2 yards for now and when I get together with the ladies to finish up this bag I’ll count up the real amount of yardage for my stash report.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 20, 2017

It’s been about 10 weeks since I last posted a stash report.  And I really do not have much to say other than over the last 10 weeks, I attended my LQS anniversary sale, I was gifted a ton of yardage, and I didn’t finish anything other than a few drawstring bags.  I didn’t count anything in or out but I want to start back at it.  So I’m just going to say that I added 15 yards net in the last 10 weeks.  It might be over or under but if I try to be accurate I’m never going to jump back on this saddle.  And I really want to get back on this saddle.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 7.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 15.5 yards

A few weeks ago I was about to give up counting stash altogether.  But since then I’ve gone to my LQS a number of times and bought more fabric.  Some of it was for projects I was working on or planning like my Civil War Diary quilt but there was a lot that I bought just to buy.  That’s when I knew I was in trouble and that I had to get back to my weekly stash reports.  I recognize that I purchase more fabric when I’m not quilting.  So by the third visit I decided to stop going to the LQS and really start using that time to quilt.  In addition, I also decided not to count my craft spending any more.  It really doesn’t help me reduce my spending and it just makes me feel guilty about how much I do spend.

Since I last posted a Stash Report, Judy decided to do away with hosting the linky for the Sunday Stash Reports.  Where is everyone posting now?

 

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7
4/30/2017

And here I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

I’ll be working on that big center flower today and hopefully get that done.  I’ve still got a bunch of little pieces to add so I’m not sure how much longer it will be before I can count this block finished.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Slow Stitch Sunday

Yesterday, I took her Glam Clam class with Latifah Saafir.  It was fun and exciting.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures because I’m awesome like that.  😉  And today, I’ve got family in town so I just wanted to get this out this morning!  My slow stitches for today –

Block 7 of A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

 

Here’s where I am now:

4/30/2017

 

see more hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Slow Stitch Sunday

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update on this project but I’m still slowly working through Block 7 of A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - in progress 2/26/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – in progress
2/26/2017

Here’s where I am now:

I’ve got half a leaf to finish here.  And there’s more to do before I can stitch down the center flower (see below).

I’m starting to enjoy this again.  It was a slog a few weeks ago.  And I struggled just to get it out to work on.  But now my sew-jo is coming back and I am loving how this is turning out.

see more hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 9, 2017

I was able to make it to the shop and finish quilting Missing Ivy.  Of course I forgot to take pictures again!  But I quilted everything except the dark blue border.  I decided to do those on my domestic at some point this month.  I hope to get those done in time for the April guild meeting.  The next one is next Monday and I am not going to push myself to get it done by then.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

I cut up some fabric to make more drawstring bags.  I hope to get the two for this month made.  I don’t like how the drawstrings are coming out and someone suggested a different material than what I had been using.  I’ll have to head over to the big box crafty store to see what’s available and try some out.  All other updates have been done on the knitting front and that will wait until my Knitting Tuesday post.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 7.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8  yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: .5 yards

For the Budget: 

I was able to catch Voolenvine’s update yesterday and was lucky enough to check out with some things.  That added to my spent section this week.  And I got in on a yarn of the month club with lolodidit.  Other than that I was able to control myself this week.  I’ve been watching a number of knitting podcasts and every time they mention some wonderful yarny goodness I feel the need to check them out.  So far I’ve gotten lolodidit, yarn ink , legacy knitz and some other ones.  On my wish list are: AndreSueknitz, and A Homespun House.  I really do not have any space for more yarn (my yarn space is very tiny indeed) so I’m trying really hard to knit my current projects and use up my fabric making quilts and bags.  But if I can catch an update and check out with 1-2 skeins, I’ll be happy. To be fair, I am trying to knit 12 pairs of socks this year and I do not yet have 12 skeins of sock yarn.  So… I think I can buy more sock yarn until I do. 🙂

Spent this week: $64.75

Spent year to date: $887.75

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - in progress 2/26/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – in progress
2/26/2017

 

Hopefully will get those other 2 leaves down today.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 8, 2017

I was able to finish another couple of drawstrings so that’s a bit used this week.  I didn’t take a picture.  Yesterday, I was in the middle of quilting Missing Ivy when the machine decided it needed a time out.

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

I forgot to take a picture of it on the frame.  I had just finished up one bobbin and put in a new one when it just stopped.  And we couldn’t get it to work. So my quilt is at the shop waiting for Monday when the service guy will be in to take a look at the machine.  Hopefully I’ll be able to come in next Saturday to finish up the quilting.

And finally, I made a zipper pouch.

My first zipper pouch 2/26/17

My first zipper pouch
2/26/17

I started making two but the other one had a bit of a mishap so I’m left with one.  🙂  I love it.  I did learn a few things that I would do differently the next time around.  First, I want the stitched edges by the zipper to be a bit more defined.  I was using Aurifil 50w and it’s too fine for what I want it to look like. I tried Aurifil 40w and it still didn’t produce the look I wanted.  I am planning on trying different stitches on my machine to see if one of them will give me the look I want.  Second, I want the little handle to be more centered on that top part.  And third, the interfacing I used is a little too thick to my liking.  I’ll use it until I run out as it’s what I’ve got but when I run out I’ll be searching for something thinner for these pouches.  The fabric was from my stash and was something the girl had me buy a long time ago somewhere.  I don’t know where and I don’t know when.  But I’m happy to be using my stash!

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 1.5 yards
  • Used year to date: 7.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8  yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: .5 yards

For the Budget: 

I’ve been supporting the knitting industry this year.  First, I’ve been buying different tools to see which needles I like the best.  I think I’ve settled on HiyaHiya sharps as DPNs and the fixed circulars.  I love how smooth the yarn works through them and the sharpness of the metal tips.  I still use my bamboo DPNs when I need the yarn to have some grip on the needles.  I also still use my interchangeables from KnitPicks. But spending money for the right tools is important.  It has prevented a lot of the hand, wrist and arm ache I get when I knit a lot.  Of course, I still have some pain when I don’t listen to my body and keep knitting instead of taking breaks.  But in addition to that, I’ve been buying yarn.  That will have to stop soon as I’ve got no space for it and I cannot possibly knit all I’ve got this year.

Spent this week: $a gazilion

Spent year to date: $823

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I continued to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!  Normally I post this in the morning but I didn’t have a chance to update the blog until now.  So you’ve got the pics in real time! 🙂

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - close up 2/19/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – close up
2/19/2017

And here’s where I’m at now:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - in progress 2/26/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – in progress
2/26/2017

Two of those leaves are appliqued down.  I’ve got 2 more left and I hope to get those finished next Sunday.

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 7 2017

2/19/17

Missing Ivy Finished top! 10/10/16

Missing Ivy
Finished top!
10/10/16

Nothing used, nothing added.  I was able to schedule time on the long arm for this coming weekend to quilt Missing Ivy.  It will probably take me another few weeks to get the binding on and count that as truly finished.  But that’s okay.  I’m another step closer to being finished.  I’m still working on the drawstring bags and I hope that that will be done before I go back to the real world on Tuesday.  Then I can add it to next week’s stash report. 🙂

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 6 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 8  yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 2 yards

For the Budget: 

I spent money again this week.  I haven’t counted it all up but I joined some yarn clubs and other things.  Nothing I received yet so I need to go through and figure it all out.  I’m not doing well with my crafty budget so far this year.  😦  I think I need to rethink the purpose of this section and see if it is truly doing what I intended for it.

Spent this week: $a gazilion

Spent year to date: $385.07+ a gazilion

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last Sunday:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - in progress 2/12/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – in progress
2/12/2017

And here’s where I’m at now:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - close up 2/19/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – close up
2/19/2017

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 6, 2017

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2/12/17

I got new fabric.  One of the members of my mini-group was distributing fabric from her recently deceased mom’s stash.  I got three yards of both the blue and beige fabrics with the quilt block names and 2 yards of the tan flower fabric.  I can see project bags out of these.  And my baby girl finished another pillow case.  Thank goodness because that really helped my count this week.

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 6 yards
  • Added this week: 8 yards
  • Added year to Date:0  yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 2 yards

For the Budget: 

Even though I got free fabric this week, I’ve been spending too much time shopping for yarn and all things knitting related.  I joined in the Knitting Expat’s New York Sock Collection.  In addition, I joined A Sweet Sparrow Yarn Club called “A Year in Middle Earth”.  This season the theme is hobbits.     And I bought some yarn at Joann’s for a project I’m crocheting for my son.  Luckily my LYS (local yarn shop) had to close early last Tuesday and knit night was cancelled.  Otherwise, my spending would have been more.  This spending cannot continue as it is going.  But for now, I’m okay with it.  Maybe next month I’ll go on a spending diet.  I am enjoying watching my friends at LifeAsIInterpret and Declutteringthestuff with their #LeanSpendingMonth and while I admire them, I’m not ready to go there.  I have been slowly getting rid of stuff this month as I am playing my own game of get rid of something every day in February.  But it doesn’t help that I’m buying a bunch of knitting stuff.  Part of it is that I don’t know what my favorite needles are and I find that some needles I’m getting are not great.  What do you do with tools that you buy for a project and then realize that they’re not the tools for you?  I’ve got a bunch of knitting stuff that I’ve gotten the past few months that fall into this category.  For now, I’m keeping them because I am using them.  But once my project is done, I’m not sure.  I guess I’ll keep them for now and see if I may use them for a different project.  But, as of today, I do not think I’ll be knitting socks on #1 needles again.

Spent this week: $156.68

Spent year to date: $385.07

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!  I wasn’t able to work on this project last Sunday becaue of the Super Bowl but luckily Monday night was mini-group night and I usually work on my wool applique when I’m at my mini-group.  Here’s my process from Monday night:

Here’s where I was last Sunday:

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And here’s where I’m at now:

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - in progress 2/12/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – in progress
2/12/2017

 

A Rainbow Garden Block 7 - close up 2/12/2017

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – close up
2/12/2017

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Stash Report – Week 5, 2017

 

2/5/17

While I have nothing used and nothing added this week, my baby girl finally started working on pillowcases that we bought fabric for last fall.  She finished 1 pillowcase and that took up 2 yards.  I’m sure I’m being overly generous in the yardage but that’s my jam to keep things simple.  She has another pillowcase pinned up and ready to sew.  Since that’s not finish that’s not going to be added in the used portion but hopefully it will be done soon.  She has a third pillowcase cut up but not pinned or anything.

For the fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 4 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date:0  yards
  • Net USED for 2017: 4 yards

For the Budget: 

I’ve been going to the yarn shop on Tuesdays to knit my kimono sweater.  It’s kind of bad since I’m surrounded by pretty yarn and stuff.  This time I had the girl with me and we found some yarn on sale.  She wanted to make a sock like me so, of course, I had to get the yarn for her and buy her needles to use the yarn.  We ended up not liking the needles we got so I got another set of needles to try.  This week messed up my budget but I am learning which needles I like to use for sock knitting and which needles I don’t like.  I am hoping that I’ll be able to use these needles I don’t like for other projects.

Spent this week: $79.70

Spent year to date: $228.39

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… here’s what I did last Sunday for A Rainbow Garden!  I’m not going to be able to do any slow stitching today.  We’re having friends over for Super Bowl Sunday.  I do plan on spending tomorrow with my mini group working on Block 7.  I spent the time I dedicated for hand stitching prepping the pieces for Block 7.  Here’s my process this time around:

 

Step 1 – trace the images onto freezer paper

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I used a light box.  I traced right side up with a sharpie.

Step 2 – cut the freezer paper so that the pieces are grouped together

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Step 3 – press the freezer paper onto the corresponding wool fabric

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Step 4 – cut on the line.  The picture shows my regular paper scissors but I ended up using my fabric scissors.  It’s a big no-no since I was cutting on freezer paper.  But I wasn’t happy with the quality of the cut on the wool so I sacrificed and used my fabric scissors.  The results of the wool ended up being much nicer but … I generally wouldn’t recommend doing this.

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Step 5 – remove all the freezer paper

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These are a LOT of little pieces for this block.  But now all the pieces are ready to be appliqued on the block.

 

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie