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Monday Madness – 1/18/2016

Happy MLK Day!

I’m still working on quilting Tell It To The Stars!  Another post with no pretty pictures since they all look like this:

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I’m almost done with quilting the light blue.  Next color is green.  Then the borders.

I’m heading off to Road2CA this week.  I’m taking some classes and attending some lectures.  I’m really excited but not as excited as I was when I attended PIQF years ago.  Not sure why.  I think it has to do with my energy levels these last couple of weeks.  I have been in a crafty slump and I’m just trying to work through it by plugging along and focusing on one or two things.  For quilting, that is quilting Tell It To The Stars and piecing block A of Celtic Solstice.  I’m sure it has to do with the scrapbook mess that has taken over my sewing room.  Maybe I’ll have some time today to scrapbook those pictures I printed last week.  In any case, I’m focusing on hand work at Road2CA.  I’m taking a hand quilting class and a hand applique class.  I need to get my act together today and pack up my stuff.

I’m looking forward to a great week!

Check out more at  and  Patchwork Timesand Cooking Up Quilts and Bits 'n Bobs

Have a great week!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 3, 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

Another woohoo!  I didn’t spend any money this week on crafty stuff!

Spent this week: $0.00

Spent year to date: $14.72

I also didn’t buy more yarn, And I didn’t finish anything yet.

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 worked on embroidering the gray floss on the windows.  Today, I’ll work on getting all the gray floss embroidered on and maybe even start working on the next color to embroider.

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

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

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

Weekend Lineup

Not much crafting going on around here lately.

I am in a crafty slump.

It has to do with the scrapbooking stuff all over my craft room.

I did get all the orange quilted on Tell It to The Stars!  Yay to small achievements! 🙂

I think I’ll go rearrange my closet so I can stick the scrapbooking stuff in there.  I did order pictures so at least once I get them I can start scrapbooking again.  I’m sure once I start using the stuff again, I’ll be able to get it in some kind of organized method that will help me move forward.

Here a pic to remind you how messed up the room is…

sewing room 1/1/2016

sewing room
1/1/2016

 

~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

I started going through the bags and boxes of scrapbooking stuff… Here’s a pic to remind you of what my sewing room looked like:

sewing room 1/1/2016

sewing room
1/1/2016

And I was easily overwhelmed.  I decided to work on quilting Tell It To The Stars and was able to get all the dark blue parts quilted.  This morning I’m working on the orange parts.

But I started going through those bags last night and realized that the reason my scrapbooking stuff is organized in this way was because I used to be a Creative Memories consultant and I would drag all my stuff and inventory all around the state with me.  I would have weekend scrapbooking events at my mom’s house, at my house and wherever people let me in.  So everything had to be packed up and ready to go at all times.  When I stopped doing that, I never reorganized my stuff so that it was in a user-friendly environment.  It was always just easier to keep it in the bags and just drag them with me from house to house.  I’m seriously overwhelmed with all my stuff.

There are three main sections of my scrapbooking stuff:

#1 – the memories – these consist of all my pictures, the kids drawings, the knickknacks I’ve kept with the sole purpose of adding them to our scrapbooks.

#2 – the tools – these are the cutters, the rulers, the pens, etc.  These are all in one of those bags.

#3 – the supplies – these are the pages and stickers and papers and I’ve got a ton of these that are still in their original packages.

I don’t know how I’m going to store all this stuff.  I know I want to get back into scrapbooking this year so I need to figure out a way that is organized and user friendly.

Also, if you are interested in seeing what I’ve got, let me know and I’ll start posting them.  Last night I threw away a few of those bags as I emptied them out and I cringed.  I know there is someone out there who might want them.  The bags will be too expensive to ship but if you’re local to the Los Angeles area, it’s yours.  All the other stuff can be shipped out easily.

Have a great crafty Saturday!

~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