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.
This top is finally finished and I’m still not sure if that border goes with the rest of the quilt. But I love the border fabric and it’s done so I love the quilt regardless. The rest of the fabric was from my stash and the quilt was part of a SFVQA Guild workshop in last December (2020). It was our first zoom workshop and I didn’t know then but Jan is an excellent zoom workshop instructor. Since then we’ve had multiple and she was the best. Anyway, the middle top was 60″x60″ which is about 3 yards. I bought 2 yards for the border last week and used most of it. So I’m counting 5 yards used.
And this weekend was my LQS, Quilt Emporium’s 40th anniversary sale. The shop has been around for 40 years and Lisa has been the owner for the past 10 years. I learned how to quilt about 15 years under the previous owner, Linda. I’m so grateful for QE, Lisa for purchasing the shop when Linda retired, and all the ladies who are ready to help me whenever I go in. QE is well known for their civil war repros and they have quite a following. But over the last 10 years with Lisa in charge, they’ve added the modern fabrics while keeping their civil war repros. I always find something to take home with me. The above picture is me taking advantage of their anniversary sale. This year everything was 25% off with some things at 40% off. I bought binding for the next 5 quilts that are to be quilted as well as backing for 2 quilts. As a result, I have 19 yards added.
This has put me in quite a hole. But I’m very happy to have bought fabric for specific projects and saved money to boot. I shouldn’t need to come back but in taking part in the anniversary sale, I was able to get a coupon for 40% off one cut in May. So, of course, I’ll be coming back in May! 🙂
I am working on my morning socks and my Weasley sweater. I haven’t had the wherewithal to work on any of my other knitting projects and that’s okay. My crafting is ebbing and flowing and the knitting bug will come again.
I started quilting the orange quilt. I’m almost done but I’ve still got a about 8 inches all the way around. Originally I was planning to do the borders a little different than the rest of the quilt but I decided that I will keep doing the same motif all around.
So no finish yet. But I plan to have the quilting done next week and then I can start the binding and the label.
I did buy fabric yesterday. I finished my Jan Krentz quilt – except for the border.
I applique’d a center star and I purchased new fabric for the borders. I did go through my stash last week and didn’t find anything I liked for the border. And of course, I couldn’t just buy the fabric for the border. I had to buy other stuff too. So I added 4 yards.
Almost missed posting this! And I’m so happy to announce that I’ve finished my cushion.
So I’m not sure how to add up all the fabric. I bought 2 yards for the grey background and pretty much used all of it. I know it doesn’t look like much but you use so much when paper piecing. The purples were all bits and pieces from my scrap bin. Add on the welting, the handle, the zipper and the backing (that you can’t see), I’m going to guestimate 6 yards used. I really like the finished product and I learned a few new techniques for future projects. I may even make another cushion because my dog seems to have claimed this one.
I feel like a broken record on this one. I’m not knitting as much but last week I knit on my morning socks 5 of 7 days. I only do about 1-2 rounds so not that much but just the fact that I’m getting to it, makes me happy. I also picked up my Weasley sweater again and I’m about 10 rows in. I hope to do 2 rows every day and then 6 rows on Thursdays during knit night. I’ve also enjoyed working on my Tranquil Shawl but I’m not very close to finishing. I only knit on this once a week for knit night. I really need to take a good day time picture so you can see how much I’ve done since last time but I’ve not got that part of my life together yet.
Nothing used or added all week. I’m still working on my cushion but not has hard as I had been. I haven’t had a lot of crafting time as I’ve been working long hours lately. Hopefully that ends soon as I’ve hired some help. I wish they could have come on in March than in April but getting them computers took longer than normal. I see an end to these long hours coming but getting to that point will be a challenge. I’m not great at training and delegating so I will need to get over that.
I’m still not knitting as much as I like but at least I picked up my morning socks on a consistent basis. I also did some knitting on knit night. Now that it’s April and Q2, it’s time to pick up my Weasley Sweater and get started on the front piece.
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.
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
I am still working on my knitted top, Water Lily.
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.