Sunday, December 26, 2010

Stash Report - Dec. 26, '10

Fabric in this week:     22 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     170.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:   0 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      142 yds.

Stash busted:   -28.75 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.

Santa was very good to me. Then I was very bad. Here is a shot of my Christmas loot. Also in the background are the gingerbread houses my kids put together yesterday evening. They had a blast.

I had 4 jelly rolls come in plus a small fat quarter pack. I also bought backing fabric for my Wild Thing quilt which I managed to get on the quilt frame but I wasn't able to quilt it because I did not have the right color of thread. So all in all it was 22 yards.

Before Christmas I finished one quilt for hire, one minkee throw for my MIL and one fleece throw for my DIL. Too bad none of that counts. I did manage to get the applique done on the basket blocks then get the center of the quilt sewn together.

I have been working on the borders but had to stop and iron a bunch of leaves. I still have a bunch of leaves to go but progress is being made. I am able to do some of the applique in the border but I will have to attach the border before I can finish all the applique. That will be a pain.

I did not meet my goal of breaking even. I am glad the quilt police will not come and take me away. Although DH may take away my Visa. I am waffling as to whether I will do the stash report next year. I will probably keep track of what fabric comes in and goes out but I just won't tell. How about you? What are you doing?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all

Merry Christmas to all and to all may you feel His spirit in your life. I hope you have a great day with loved ones creating cherished memories. Love to all.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stash Report - Dec, 19, '10

Fabric in this week:     15 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     148.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:   0 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      142 yds.

Stash busted:   -6.75 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.

This is the piece that put me under again. Not very exciting.
A bolt (15 yds.) of Kona Snow. Love the stuff. I don't regret buying it in the least. I go through this like crazy. In the week since I bought it I noticed that it has increased in price 80 cents a yard. I am glad I got it when I did.

I quilted two quilts for hire last week. One was unexpected. A neighbor of my DIL wanted a quilt quilted that  her 10 year old daughter had made. I named an outrageous price thinking that would discourage them. I was surprised when she showed up here with the quilt, batting and backing. Shoot! I was stuck. I wish I had taken a picture of the top. It was made up of large strips, about 12 x 42" with borders that were very friendly. (They stood up and waved) Also the borders at the corners were missing fabric. They had not been cut long enough and were just left empty in the corners. Hummmmm. The backing was a minkie type fabric. I did an all over pattern of loops and stars since the daughter loves stars. When I got to the end the backing was 2" too short at the top and 6" too short at the bottom. Hummmmmm. I contacted the mom and made a couple of suggestions. She elected to have me do some surgery. I folded the border up and made a tuck so it came out even. I top stitched the edge of the tuck down then cut out the extra underneath. Because of the tuck I was able to take extra fabric and fix the corners. It was not show worthy but it looked pretty darned good after I finished with it. I think I earned every penny on that quilt. Good think I quoted high. My DIL delivered it and said the mom and daughter were ecstatic. The little girl was screaming  about how wonderful it was.

I have a Merry Go Round quilt on the machine right now. This is the third one of these in a week and a half. They were all made by the same person. It is made from Origins jelly rolls. I plan on finishing this on Monday and then doing a small throw for my MIL. I just thought of it on Saturday. Why can't inspiration strike sooner?

I managed to get all of my circles prepped for the basket quilt. Now I am working on the leaves. Soon I will be able to start putting this together.

Lori wanted to see some blocks so I did some applique on the basket blocks. Here you go Lori, this shot is for you.

I hope you will be able to get some quilty stuff done this week. I hope to finish the leaves. Then there is that Christmas thing. I made pans and pans of caramel and toffee on Friday and Saturday. Now I need to package and deliver it. Mostly I need to get it out of the house. Have a great week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stash Report - Dec. 12, '10

Fabric in this week:     0 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     133.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:   8 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      142 yds.

Stash busted:   8.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.

This was a pretty good week. I quilted two quilts for others, finished all 15 of the tiny totes and held my first blog give-away. All totaled that is 8 yards out. I did push a buy button but it hasn't shown up so I won't count it until it does. It was all Hancocks of Paducah's fault with their 20% off sale. A bolt of Kona snow just jumped in my basket. I was down to my last 2 yards and I do need it but it wrecks havoc with my efforts to reduce my stash. Oh well. I don't have to count it yet.

And would you believe that I am working on CIRCLES? Yup, lots of circles. The good thing is there are not as many circles as in my DWR. These go on my basket quilt. My goal is to finish prepping them this week.

This week I will be quilting another quilt or two. Then my quilt group will be exchanging gifts. This day is almost better than Christmas. We know what we love and use and it is so much fun. I'll have to share photos of my bounty. Have a great week.

Friday, December 10, 2010

And the winner is.......

ME! I am the winner because of all the great people I have met in the blogging universe. Thank you one and all for the very nice comments and support.

Now, I have entered all 15 names in a bowl and I would have my dog choose a winner if I had a dog. No cat either. Therefore my DD gets to do the honor. She is very cooperative. I don't have to chase her down the hall and she never barks. Good DD.

The winner of the fat quarter stack is Dortha. Congratulations. Dortha doesn't have a blog but she did leave an email addy.  Thank you all for entering

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Year Blogging Anniversary Give-Away

I picked up this lovely Riley Blake Isabelle fat quarter bundle over a month ago to be my first ever give-away prize. I wanted to celebrate my first year blogging. Now technically that would have been in October but in keeping with my good intentions the drawing will be in December. As Toad the Wet Sprocket sang "It's hard to rely on my good intentions."

I am serving up this bundle that has twenty-four fat quarters. That is six yards for your sewing pleasure. If you would like to see the whole line check it out here. The sign up period will end on Friday, Dec. 10 at 9:00 pm Mountain Standard time when I will be drawing a winner. To enter leave a comment. Just one entry per person. The winner will be chosen by random. Please be sure I will be able to contact you. If you are a no contact blogger please list your email or blog addy.

I hope I have remembered all the specifics. I feel like I should have that guy talking really fast at the end of car commercials but I don't know what I would have him say. Maybe I should add that winning this could harmfully effect your stash reduction efforts. But no, I won't go there. Good luck.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stash Report - Dec. 5, '10

Fabric in this week:     5.25 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     133.75 yds.

Fabric out this week:   9 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      134 yds.

Stash busted:   .25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.

Last week I showed the pattern Wild Thing that I bought and the two Bliss charm packs. I was determined to get that top put together before today. As I was looking at the pattern I decided that it was not big enough. If I make a quilt I want it big enough to go on a bed. So I did a little calculating and figured that if I bought two more charm packs I could make 80 blocks and get the quilt up to 80 x 96". Off to my LQS I went and bought the charm packs and the fabric for the borders. That was the 5 1/4 yards that came in. I was able to use most of that plus 3 yds. of an off white background that I had. I started working on the top on Tues. afternoon and finished the last border on Friday afternoon. Let me tell you, this was one easy quilt to put together.

I have been working on my gifts for my quilt group. We will trade gifts on the 15th. I decided to put together the Tiny Totes by Happy Zombie. These little things are seriously cute. I cut out enough for 15 and have sewn up 4 already. I cut up 2 yards of stash for these but I will count it next week when they are all sewn up. One of the reds I used had 1997 printed in the selvage. I think that one had aged enough. (Just want to let you know the red really isn't that bright. It is a deeper more luscious red.)

I need to quilt a charity quilt that is on my machine and then I can put Wild Thing on and get it quilted. The good news is that I am back in the black.....just barely. But I will gladly take that. Woohoo.  To give me an extra boost I am going to have a give away, my very first. I will post it Monday morning and have the drawing on Friday so it will help my stash report. Any suggestions or hints on running a give away will be appreciated.

One of these days I need to get going on my Christmas shopping. That is not nearly as much fun as sewing tiny totes. How is your shopping coming?