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October 28th, 2018 - The Stash

I only managed to get one thing completed this week from my latest purchases. I made a flannel quilt top from the layer cake.

 

 

This little missy helped me with the layout. She was really good at smoothing out the blocks. I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe she will turn out to be a quilter like her grandma.

 

 

 

 

 

This was our final layout. I found the pattern from  Missouri Star. Nice and simple and most of all, quick. I love all these flannels from Maywood Studios. All 42 pieces were different, no colour repeats. It makes for an easy layout.

 

 

 

 

This is the corner of the completed top. The blue border is the same as the backing fabric and the outer border was some flannel I had left from another quilt. All Maywood studios, which was kind of cool. I love their flannels!

 

 

 

 

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 8.48 yds.

Fabric used YTD: 161.48 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 218.33 yds

Net fabric busted: -56.85 yds

I might get my ‘Net Fabric Busted’ to be zero by the year’s end. Hey, you never know. That’s at least 5 complete lap sized quilts. I better get busy with that. And stay out of the fabric shops too!

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch front, I managed to sew for 17 hours this week. I actually sewed every day this week except for last Sunday. I cleaned my sewing room but you would never know. There’s still lots of stuff in it. I also started scaling down on my other crafts. I have tons of rubber stamp supplies I’d like to get rid of but my grandkids love to play with all that stuff. I did get rid of 2 bags of yarn and a bag of fabric scraps. My niece uses all that kind of stuff at the day care she works at.

I’m linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report and with Kate at Life at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge.

Well until next week. Maybe I will be at zero!!!!

 

 

 

October 21st, 2018 - The Stash

OMG! I bought more fabric! Am I nuts? But it was so much fun that I didn’t even realize that I actually bought some fabric. I  even went to a quilt show and didn’t buy any fabric. I went to a quilt shop to exchange a item that didn’t work and bought a ironing board cover but no fabric.

Then as I was walking out, there was a bolt of sale fabric with my name on it, so I bought some. Some being 5 plus yards! As soon as I figure out what fabric to use as setting triangles, it will be cut up into a few comfort quilts.

 

 

 

 

Then at another quilt shop,  I browsed too long and bought more fabric. Nice soft cozy flannel from Maywood Studios. I love their flannels! I bought the layer cake and backing fabric. Again, another comfort quilt. Just need to find the right pattern and it will be used up.

 

 

 

 

When I was at the quilt show, I bought the book “Mini Wonderful Curves” and the ruler. While shopping I found the kit for the cover quilt, Color Love. I am planning on making this quilt at an upcoming retreat.

 

 

 

 

And then I found this very cool fabric. One has silver stripes and the other has dots. It might be Christmas fabric or it might not be Christmas fabric. I have the perfect pattern for it. Wait and see!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a quilt I made using my stash. Except for the backing. It’s all quilted up using Pretty Paisley pantograph from Willow Leaf Studios. I love how it looks and I’m sure my sister-in-law will love it too.

 

 

 

 

 

Now for those magic numbers.

Fabric used this week: 13.7 yds

Fabric used YTD: 153 yds

fabric added this week: 21.08 yds

Fabric added YTD: 218.33 yds

Net fabric busted: -65.33 yds

So much for trying to get the net fabric busted to be 200 yards to the good. Next year, I hope!

As for the 15 Minutes to Stitch, I’m not quilting as much as I would like. I managed to sew 15 hours per week for the last 3 weeks. Not bad but I’d really like to sew more. I have tons of fabric to use!

I’m linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report and with Kate at Life In Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew.

Have a great week!

 

September 30th, 2018 - Sunday Stash and Sewing Report

There is not much going on over here in the stitching department. Too much drama in this house for me to stitch. My son’s family is splitting up and there are 2 little munchkins in the mix. My son cannot drive due to medical reasons and all I seem to do is drive back and forth across town. Yup, my car is getting lots of miles put on it which doesn’t matter much because it’s warranty has expired.

And that’s another story. I bought a 7 year warranty in December 2011. So you would think it expires in December 2018. But that’s not the date the manufacturer uses. They use the date the car is put in service which was August 2011. So shame on my for not noticing it sooner. The other issue was that it was in for service in April and they said the noise was from the winter tires. We changed the tires and it still had the same issue, wheel bearing, but we were so busy and couldn’t get the car in until last week. Well, seeing as it’s not under warranty anymore and even though it was in for the same thing, it would cost us over 1000- to get it fixed. Boy, was I mad! Still am. Needless to say #1-I am never buying a car from Windsor MINI, here in Windsor ON and #2- I am never buying a MINI again. Too many issues with getting it fixed. When it comes time to buy another car, it’s going to be a car that any mechanic can fix.

So in the sewing department, I did not buy any more fabric. Woo hoo!! I did manage to use a few yards and I finished a stitchery that I have been working on for a few years now.

Not a very good picture but Cool Guys is done! Ready to be quilted.  It seemed to take forever to stitch all those snowmen faces and hats.  The noses where supposed to be appliqued pieces of material, I think, but I chose to outline stitch them in orange perle cotton just like the snowmen. The coolest part about this quilt is the only fabric from my  actual stash is the white and the dark blue border. The center blocks , the light blue outer border and the small blue and dark blue checked border are all from a bag of scraps I bought from Island Batiks. It’s the fabric that’s left over from when they make 10″ squares. I can’t believe how much fabric was in there. I didn’t count it in my stash because I wouldn’t know how.

And I used some of it for a  border of another stitchery project too. Plus there’s more than enough to make a quilt or 2. Best deal on fabric ever!

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 3.78 yds

Fabric used YTD: 139.3 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 197.25 yds

Net fabric busted: -57.95 yds

I made this Mondo Bag this week. I have it listed on my Etsy site, TheQuiltingJunkie. I have a few of the Quilt Smart panels to make a few more. I was thinking of making a Christmas one and maybe a scrappy one, just to use up some scraps.

In the 15 Minutes to Stitch department, I seem to sew in spurts rather than every day. I managed to stitch on average 2.3 hours per day. Some days I don’t go in my sewing room and other days I sew for hours. On the days I don’t sew, I feel all antsy, like I should be in there using some of that fabric. I am a little crabby on those non-sewing days. What I would really like is to sew every single day, all day with no interuptions.  Right and I’m the tooth fairy too!

I’m linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report and with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew.

I hope everyone has a great week!

September 9th, 2018 - No Stash Busting Here

That’s right. There’s no stash busting going on here. It seems that there is a lot of stash enhancing going on. Since my last post, I have accumulated 57 plus yards of fabric. Most of it was on sale! Woo hoo! But now I need to sew like a crazy person to meet my goal of busting 200 yards of fabric. I will start on that next week.

 

This is the second time I have made this quilt. It was a great machine embroidered applique design I bought off Etsy. Very well designed and digitized.   Next time, I’m making it in colour.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 8.04 yds

Fabric used YTD: 135.92 yds

Fabric added this week: 57.94 yds

Fabric added YTD: 197.25 yds

Net fabric busted: -69.37 yds

There are 16 Sundays left this year and I need to use 269.37 yards of fabric. That amounts to 16.83 yards of fabric used each week. Now what can I make in a week, 16 times to reach my total? On my mark, get set, go!

Now on the 15 Minutes to Sew front, I think I’ve got that covered. Too bad I didn’t use much of my fabric this week. I had to go to a family baby shower and my mother-in-law wanted me to make a few things. She bought the fabric and we sewed for 38.5 hours, making up little baby things.

 

We made 5 self-binding receiving blankets, 3 bibs, 3 burp cloths and 4 nighties (2 newborn and 2 – 6month sized) I also embroidered 4 onsies.  I think I spent more time figuring out how to hoop and embroider the onsies than making all that other stuff.  And let me say that not all the designs you can buy off Etsy are created equal. But I enjoyed making the stuff just not the clothing part. Give me quilts and blankets or just let me embroider the clothes but don’t ask me to make those tiny little clothes. Much too fiddly for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

No pictures of the embroidered onsies. I forgot and it was so last minute that I had to stuff them in the basket. Plus I had to hand sew on the label on the quilt I made. Can’t forget that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway since I last posted, I have managed to sew for 12 hours week one , 20 hours week two  (and I babysit the munchkins for 4 days) and last week, 38.5 hours. I think I even managed to get 15 minutes in every day. Yes, life is good!

I am linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report and with Kate at LifeinPieces for 15 Minutes to Sew.

Have a great week!

 

 

August 19th, 2018 - What’s Going On

And that would be, nothing much over here. I can not seem to get in to the sewing/quilting groove. Weeding and cleaning the garage seem to be the only things that are getting done. Even with access to my friend’s long arm machine, I am not feeling very quilt-like lately.  I have made a few wallets but that’s about it.

 

Instead of going to bed, I was goofing around, trying to snap a picture of a few of the wallets I have made.  I really enjoy picking out fabric combinations for these wallets. I’ve even tried vinyl for the first time in the grey Mini NCW.  I have a few of these wallets posted in my Etsy shop, TheQuiltingJunkie if anyone is interested. My next venture is to try to make a few bags like the Double Flip Shoulder Bag from Emmaline Bags.

 

On the fabric stash department, not much going on. But I really want to go to a fabric shop!  And then again, I do not wan to go to a fabric shop. I have enough fabric to last a year or two or three or… You get my drift.  I did use a little bit of fabric making wallets but not much. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 3.8 yds

Fabric used YTD: 127.88 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -11.63 yds

I would like the “Net fabric busted” to be 200 yards.  So I am going to be busy sewing up a storm the next couple of weeks. I have a baby quilt due by September 8th and someone just messaged me about a custom quilt order.

As for the 15 minutes to Stitch situation, not much sewing is going on here.  For the past 4 weeks, I’ve sewed 41.6 hours in total. That averages out to 10.4 hours per week. This week I hope to spend a bit more time in my sewing room.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for the 15 minutes to Stitch and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report.

August 13th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Here it is, my week already. I have not even had a chance to make any of the blocks in this quilt along. Time is flying by so fast this summer. Today, my neighbour motivated me to clean out the garage. The van is loaded up with stuff we are getting rid of – 5 years of junk, ready to go!

My block is all about being Canadian. Living in a border town, we are very American here. There’s only one local Windsor tv channel so most of the local news and weather comes from Detroit. I love going over there shopping and visiting family. It’s just that sometimes I think we should be more Canadian and be proud to show it, hence my block. My sister lives in the US and all her quilt patterns that come with an American flag are changed to Canadian flags.

Here’s the link to my block.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Seasons Block

 

July 22nd, 2018 - Slowly but Surely

I’m slowly getting out of the negatives. No fabric purchased but hardly any used. It’s a step in the right direction. I did sew but it was at my friend’s house on her long arm machine. I ended up getting 3 quilts quilted.

I finished this beauty. I just love the simplicity of it. The binding is all by machine which is my new binding method. If it was a show quilt, then I would do the binding the traditional way. I drew this quilt out on EQ7. I usually draw it out on a piece of paper but I really need to learn the software.

 

 

A funny story about the room colours. I stayed at a B&B in London On about 4 years ago and there was this room done up in greys and white. Very calm and elegant. No visitors  were in the room so I snapped a few pictures of it. Then  later in the year, I was in Barrie ON, shopping with my sister-in-law, and I saw a comforter in a home store very similar to the quilt I just made. I totally forgot about these pictures until Thursday when  I was looking for some pictures and I came across these pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I must have had this colour scheme in my head for all these years and didn’t even know it. All I need now for my room is a new lamp and mirror in these kind of colours. I love the way it looks and so does my husband which is a score for me!

 

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: .64 yds

Fabric used YTD: 123.88 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds (even though I was tempted by new Christmas fabric at the LQS)

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -15.43 yds

As for the 15 Minutes to Sew. I managed to sew every day but Wednesday for a total of 22 hours. I feel like I didn’t sew at all but I quilted instead.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report.

Have a great day!

July 15th, 2018 - The Stash

The Stash which never seems to get any smaller even though I do sew.  No fabric was purchased to make this cute Safari Friends baby quilt. This picture looks blurry but I think it’s just the grey and the white that makes it look that way. Anyway, I had to learn how to do machine embroidery applique which was super easy in the end. And now that I made and sold this quilt, I’m going to make another one for a niece. Hopefully all from the stash as I have loads of grey and white fabric.

 

Isn’t this the cutest giraffe ever! There were 22 thread changes in this design. First time I did all 22 but the second one I used a light coloured thread to do all the tacking down of fabric and then only changed the thread to do the satin stitching. Much quicker.

 

 

I just finished this quilt in three days. All that’s needed is a label. Started on Thursday evening and had the binding on last night. It’s maybe the fastest quilt I ever made.

 

 

A little close up of the quilting. The pantograph is Hot Cocoa by Urban Elementz. It’s my favourite go-to pantograph for comfort quilts. I just love the motion in it and it’s quick and easy to quilt.

 

 

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 9.61 yds

Fabric used YTD: 123.24 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -16.07 yds

I’m slowly getting out of the hole. I cannot buy any more fabric this year. That’s my story and I really am trying to stick to it.

On the 15 Minutes to sew challenge, I have not sewn every day. The first week of July, I only sewed for 2 hours. But last week, I sewed for 27 hours. The only day I missed sewing was Wednesday. I was tired from having the munchkins for 2 days. I managed to sew on Tuesday with them here. There was a lot of stopping to tend to them but I sewed for 4 hours in total.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to sew and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report.

Have a wonderful week!

 

 

July 1st, 2018 - Happy Canada Day

 

Happy Canada Day to all! You will be seeing a lot of this block this summer. It’s my block for the 2018 Canadian Summer Quilt Along. Check out the quilt along here. Week 4 starts soon.

 

 

I’ve been good in the stash department and a little bit lazy in the sewing department. It’s just a little too hot here in Southwestern Ontario to do anything. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

 I have a custom quilt to finish and I hope to be done tomorrow. But I did make this last week. My grandson is going in to grade one and I was trying to think of something I could get him or make to mark the occasion. He’s in to Super Mario and I had the bright idea to make him a hat. YouTube here I come! Very easy to make and the whole time the video was on, Mario music is playing in the background. You can’t help but smile as you are making it. I made the child’s size but it was too small so I had to make the adult sized one. I think he loved it.

 

Here’s my numbers

Fabric used this week: 9.08 yds

Fabric used YTD: 113.63 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds but I was tempted by a closing sale

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -25.68 yds

On the 15 Minutes to Sew front, I managed to sew for 16 hours a week. I think that’s pretty good seeing as I feel like I haven’t even been sewing at all.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew and Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report. Have a great week and be safe!

 

June 21st, 2018 - Machine Embroidery Applique

I have never done this type of embroidery before. I bought an applique pattern off Etsy from The Applique Place and then watched a how-to video from YouTube. I really had no clue how they did this but now I know. So very cool!

Now that was a really simple, not complicated like I was envisioning. Who knew! I can’t wait to do some more and see how they look. I think I even have some applique embroidery designs that I was nervous to try out. Look out world, more to come!