Sunday, May 30, 2010

Stash Report - May 30, '10

Fabric in this week:     0 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     50.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:      9.5 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      58 yds.

Stash busted:   7.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
This was a great week. I was able to get my large Jelly Girl put all together. I started on Monday and finished it on Saturday. Yea me! I am back in the black. Next week will be pretty good too because I sewed up the backing and have the quilt on the frame. When I get the top quilted I will count the backing. 
Not a lot done on the double wedding ring quilt. I think the total for the last two weeks is 200 circles basted and 350 circles starched and pressed. I am going to make that quilt my focus for June. 

I also did some sewing that was above and beyond the call of duty. I altered the length of two pairs of dress slacks for my DS. He is headed off to Washington DC for a summer internship screening on Monday. I used to do a lot of clothing construction but not any more. Getting the hems sewn was almost more than I could stand but I persevered and they are finished. Yea! Too bad that won't make any difference in my stash report. 

I hope everyone has a great Memorial day celebration. I hope it warms up so we can grill. Last Monday we had snow. Crazy. I also hope I can sneak off and do some quilting. Will you?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stash Report - May 23, '10

Fabric in this week:      8.5 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     50.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:      0 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      48.5 yds.

Stash busted:   -2.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
More fabric in that out. I bought backing and borders for my Jelly Girl and that was 40% off. I don't feel bad about being in the red this week. Hopefully that will change next week.
 I did finish a project. It is the auction quilt for my bee. It is Jelly Girl. I didn't count any of the fabric in or out for this quilt. Mine will look just like this only bigger. This one used 1 jelly roll and mine will use 2. Almost everything for the auction quilt (and mine) was on sale. The jelly roll was half off, borders 40% off and the backing was 75% off. I think it should be called Bargain Jelly. 

I quilted it using a panto I picked up at HMQS it is Splat by Anne Bright. I thought it was whimsical and I really didn't want to spend a whole lot of time since I also pieced it. Someone else will get the privilege of binding it. 
It measures about 70" square:


Close up:


This week my goal is to get MY Jelly Girl top put together.

I have been having a great time reading the blogs of people who are at Quilt Market. Wow. Lots of cool stuff coming out soon. I love seeing all that is posted. I guess I had better sew up my stuff so I can justify getting some of the new stuff. 

Have a great week sewing.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Stash Report - May 16, '10

Fabric in this week:      .75 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     42.25 yds.

Fabric out this week:      .75 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      48.5 yds.

Stash busted:   6.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
This was a good week as far as finishing a project. Not so much for stash busting. I bought 3/4 yard to bind the Licorice Allsorts. I sewed all the blocks up for my bee's auction quilt and I managed to baste and press 200 circles. So some progress made on several fronts.

I want to tell you about the Licorice Allsorts quilt. It is from a pattern by Lydia Quigley (The Rabbit Factory). I did change the border. When my son was getting married I asked them what they wanted in a quilt. DS said he wanted one like my Chimney Swallows quilt I had given to my parents. That quilt was the hardest quilt I have ever done. (See picture below) I told him that wasn't going to happen. I asked him what he liked about the quilt....the pattern, the colors, the quilting. He liked the colors and the design didn't matter. So black and brights became the theme.
Chimney Swallows quilt
I really didn't have a lot of brights in my fabric collection so I began to buy a few fat quarters here and there. In Oct. '08 DH had a conference in Pittsburgh, PA so I went along but stopped in Hershey where I have a DD going to school. One day while she was in class I took her car and did my own local shop hop. I mapped out a 90 mile route and went for it. I think I hit about six or seven shops.

Now keep in mind this was Oct and the leaves were turning such fabulous colors. I was in and near Amish country. The drive was out amongst farms and through wooded areas. It was absolutely breathtaking. At each of the shops I picked up a good variety of brights and at Sauders I bought 10 yds. of Kona black. It seemed fitting. When I look at this quilt it brings back the memory of my fall color drenched shop hop. I wish I had taken pictures. Oh well.

I had the top pieced by Jan. '09 but then it sat around waiting for me to figure out how to quilt it. I knew because of the colors what ever I did the quilting would not be very visible. I finally did circles around the main blocks with my Circle Lord and some 3/4 circle/loops in the border. The happy couple is glad to get it but since we are headed into summer it won't be used for awhile. Besides, they really don't get it until I take it to quilt guild this week.

If you look really hard you can see the border quilting and a shadow or two of the circles. I knew it wouldn't show very well.

I hope to get the Jelly Girl top put together this week and more circles done. It doesn't sound like much stash busting but ya' gotta do what ya' gotta do. I hope you do well this week.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Stash Report - May 9, '10

Fabric in this week:      1 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     41.5 yds.

Fabric out this week:      8 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      47.75 yds.

Stash busted:   6.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
Well I managed to get some sewing done this week. Not a whole lot but some. Last week I mentioned I would be sewing up a back and using 9 yards. I bought the backing last September. When I sat down and ran the numbers I figured I really needed 8 yards. When I measured the fabric I found I only had 7. Oops. Since this is a gift for my son and his wife (their wedding quilt that is 19 months late....oops again) I decided that just sticking something else in would not be the thing to do. I went online and found just what I needed and ordered a yard. It was delivered Thursday and I sewed the backing up Friday evening and got the quilt on the frame. Here is a peek.
I had a great time at the quilt show. I took a bunch of classes, enjoyed the quilts on display and wandered the vendors mall. Lots of pretty stuff and neat stuff but I have come to the conclusion that I already have it all. Or all that I need. I did not buy any fabric, thread, or tools. I bought a bottle of machine oil (how exciting is that?), a Christmas wall hanging pattern (my dd who LOVES Christmas made me) and three pantographs. I also bought 14 of ______________ for my gift to my quilting bee friends next Christmas. I would tell but I think one or two may read my blog.

As far as circles go I was able to get 200 pressed while visiting my MIL yesterday afternoon. That puts me at half way. Woohoo! Only 1,000 more to go. I hope to get more done this week. Maybe I will even do some applique but that will involve changing the thread on the sewing machine. You know I have timed how long it really takes to make the change (less than a minute) but it still is such a deterrent to switching projects. How hard is it really?

I hope you all have a great sewing week.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Stash Report - May 2, '10

Fabric in this week:      4 yds.
Fabric in YTD:     40.5 yds.

Fabric out this week:      0 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      39.75 yds.

Stash busted:   -.75 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
I find I am not busting much stash but I am sewing up the stuff I buy quite quickly. I can easily justify that I am not adding to my stash. The 4 yards in is background for my Jelly Girl quilt. I will bust about 9 yards soon. I am going to put my son's wedding gift quilt on the machine next. They have been waiting over 18 months. It is about time I delivered. Anyway the quilt is huge and the backing will use about 9 yards. That should get me out of the red.

I have done a lot of applique prep work this week. My double wedding ring needs 2,092 1" circles. To get perfect circles I run a basting stitch around them then I use the starch/press method. This week I basted 1,000 circles and pressed 800. Can you say circle overload?

The bee that I belong to does a small quilt that is auctioned off for the large quilt guild that we all belong to. This year I had the bright idea of doing a Jelly Girl quilt just like the one I am doing for myself. I picked up an extra jelly roll (50% off) just like mine. I was able to sew a few strips together and in turn a few blocks. I think it will be cute. These blocks are for the auction quilt. Haven't worked on mine yet.

I was able to quilt two charity quilts this week. This coming week I will not be so productive. I am signed up for several classes at the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS). I am so excited I can hardly stand it. I plan to be tough and not buy any fabric. Now as far as tools and thread go.....all bets are off.

Have a great week. I can guarantee I will.