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December 11th, 2017 - Lost in La La Land

No, not the movie. Just life. Lots of stuff has happened and I finally feel like talking about it.

I don’t post that often and shortly after my last post in March, my oldest brother died suddenly. He had a lot of health issues and while I wasn’t shocked that he died, it still was a very sad time for my family. I took him to all his doctor’s appointments, doled out his medication and tried not to argue with him about stuff (he was a schizophrenic with some really weird theories). The rest of my family was shocked because they didn’t realize the extent of his other health issues besides the mental illness. He had 4 children and 4 grandchildren with another one on the way. His daughter was stuck out west pregnant, unable to fly home to attend her dad’s funeral. So sad! My husband was his power of attorney and executor of his will. We have been working on that and boy is it a long process!

Just before all this went down, another brother (I had 7 of them) was diagnosed with lung cancer. The worst kind that a person could get. Small cell lung cancer that ended up metastasizing to the liver and the brain. It was sad as he was just 55 years old, seemed to have everything going for him and he even won a lottery 11 years ago. Anyway he had a round of radiation and a couple of chemo treatments and the doctors did some tests and discovered that the brain cancer wasn’t responding and there was nothing more they could do. He passed away in September.  So sad to see how cancer affects a person and how it just eats away at the body and soul. My brother went peacefully surrounded by his wife, brothers and sisters. He had no children but numerous nieces and nephews that loved him dearly. It’s been a very tough time for my family and my mother.

And then my oldest son has been diagnosed with epilepsy. He had his first seizure in August and has had 2 more since then. The doctors can’t find anything wrong with him. The mysteries of the brain. His biggest concern is the medication makes him tired. And he can’t drive so that leaves all the driving to his wife and they have 2 small kids. This sudden seizure thing seems to happen to quite a few people and I never knew this until my son had a seizure. I hope and pray he doesn’t have anymore of them.

In light of all this, I kept on quilting. Some days it was hard to find enjoyment in something you love doing. I managed to quilt quite a bit. I started making things on the “Kits to Make” list. There are 43 things on that list. Kits, BOMs and projects that I have the pattern and fabric set aside. Of those 43 things, I have made 13 things this year. One of the BOMs was from 2002/2003 and there’s a lesson in there. Make all those kits and BOMS up just in case there are missing fabric pieces or poor instructions. If you wait too long, #1 the fabric is out of print, #2 the shop is no longer in business and #3 the pattern is so old that there isn’t a picture of it on the internet anywhere. I think the internet wasn’t even invented then. Not all these items are quilts but quilt related stuff like thread catcher kits and pin cushions and not on the list is my tuffet and the mini tuffet. Better update that list. Is anyone interested in the Civil War Tribute BOM? I will sell it no problem. I don’t know why I bought it, not my kind of quilt at all! And I just looked in the drawer where this BOM is and there is another kit to make that’s not on the list. OH NO!!!!!

Most of the 13 quilts are quilted but that’s another list. The “To Be Quilted” list has 52 items on it. No I didn’t make them all this year. There are 25 items quilted, so that leaves me with 27 items to be quilted plus whatever is on the other list. Plus I keep adding to the “To Be Quilted” list as I make things spur of the moment. It’s like a never ending cycle. I won’t get bored that’s for sure.

And then there’s the sewing room reorganization project. In mid August, we got some bedroom furniture for the spare room. there was a Ikea Expedit bookcase in the room and a double bed. My husband decided one night while I was out visiting my brother, that he should rearrange the furniture and take that bookcase downstairs and put it in my sewing room. Can anyone say CHAOS! OMG! And then to top it off, my oldest son had a seizure that night for the first time. By the time I got home and looked in my sewing room, there was stuff everywhere. Lucky for me, I kept all my fabric in Rubbermaid bins and tubs, 27 of them, so that part was somewhat okay. You couldn’t sew if you tried. It took me a couple of months to get it organized. And it’s way better than it was before. I can see 90% of my fabric whereas before I had to pull out the pile of tubs and search through them to find fabric. Plus when you move things in your basement, even though it’s finished, there are always those creepy crawly centipedes to deal with. Now the bins are gone and there are no hiding spots for my buddies. They come right out to see me. And then they end up………… No gory details here.

Okay, this post is way too long. I will try to post some pictures tomorrow. I have to get a refresher course on this. Have a great night!

March 13th, 2017 - Design Wall Monday

It has been a very long time since I posted anything here. Here is one of the quilts I am working on. It’s Urban Abacus by Sew Kind of Wonderful using the Quick Curve ruler. I saw it made in Jane Sassaman fabrics and just loved it. So after much searching, I found 9 different prints that worked well together. Mind you, I only needed 1/4 yard of each print even though I bought a full yard or 2 of the ones I liked best. Now I might be making a few  more of the same thing. We will see how this one finishes up, I have 4 more rows to add. I worked on this at the Hearts to Holly retreat last weekend and ran out of white pieces. Must have counted them out incorrectly.

March 12th, 2017 - The Stash

Just a quick little post. I went to a retreat last weekend and felt like I didn’t accomplish much. Mostly gabbing and playing catch-up with everyone. I had a good time and the weather was great for driving the 4 plus hours to get there. I didn’t buy any fabric while I was there either. That is a first for me!
Fabric used since the last time: 35.58 yds
Fabric used YTD: 87.1 yds
Fabric added since the last time: 16.25 yds
Fabric added YTD: 20.25 yds
Net fabric busted: 66.85 yds
I feel good about my purchases. No stash enhancements, mostly backings. My mom gave me a gift card for the local quilt shop and I went in there and could not find something to buy that wasn’t fabric. Thankfully there’s no expiry date on it!
Have a great week!

January 29th, 2017 - The Stash Week 4

So I hardly post anymore but that’s okay. As long as I’m quilting, all is good. We have been babysitting both grandkids most weekends and are enjoying every minute of it. One day, this won’t be the place to hang out so until then we are loving it. 

 During the weeks of this month, I’ve been sewing away like crazy. Made 3 tops, 3 backings, started on a Christmas gift and started on another quilt. I can’t decide which I want to work on. As soon as I cut fabric for a quilt, I count it as out of my stash. I even purchased fabric to go with some I picked up last year. Great find on eBay. Too bad there’s shipping charges but I didn’t buy it for the price, I bought it because it’s what  I wanted. It was still cheaper than fabric here in Canada.And it goes with this fabric from last year.
Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this month and YTD: 51.52 yds

Fabric added this month and YTD: 4 yds

Net fabric busted: 47.52 yds

 By the way, I didn’t actually use all that fabric, I gifted 26 yards to a new quilter. And it really didn’t make a dent in my stash. I hope to be ahead this year. I finished last year in the black with 0.42 yards. My final total was 161.93 yards used and I added 161.57 yards. Ever since I started doing Stash reports on Judy‘s site,  I’ve added more than I’ve used by 221.93 yards. This year I hope to make that zero. Here goes!

Have a great week!

September 18th, 2016 - MIA and The Stash

I guess I have not posted for a while (July) but I am still sewing, buying fabric and trying to use up this gigantic stash. I have made 10 pillow cases (great stash buster), made a few bindings, made a few tops and another great stash buster, made quite a few backings. My friend with the long-arm is going away so I better get some tops quilted while she’s away.

 Now for those numbers.

Fabric used since the last time: 41.56 yds

Fabric used YTD: 130.43 yds

Fabric added since the last time: 31 yds

Fabric added YTD: 101.99 yds

Net fabric busted: 28.44 yds

  I still have too much fabric, too many scraps, too many kits, too many books, rulers, gadgets and way too many projects in my head. One day I am sure that I will get it all done. Until then I will keep posting about it and enjoying the good life. Bye for now!

July 17th, 2016 - The Stash

Hey, long time, no post on blog. What’s up with that! Anyway, here I am after a long absence. I’ve been busy, doing all kinds of stuff but not getting enough quilting done. Oh but I’ve managed to buy fabric, too much in fact. So here is my current status report.

Fabric used since the last time: 21.24 yds

Fabric used year to date: 88.87 yds

Fabric purchased since the last time: 23.65 yds

Fabric purchased year to date: 70.99 yds

Net fabric busted: 17.88 yds

I’ve been to 2 shop hops. Imagine that! At the first one, I really tried not to buy fabric but one shop had some Jane Sassaman fabric for 7.99/meter. In Canada that’s a great deal. So I bought some. Then I was looking for a particular piece of black so that involved buying a few different meters. And since everything was on sale, I bought some tan flannel for backing. The 2nd shop hop was a lot better. I only bought a jelly roll.  Now I need to get busy and sew like a mad woman. Later!

April 10th, 2016 - The Stash

Just a quick post. I know it’s been awhile but I just seem to be busy all the time. Mostly babysitting the little munchkin. I thought I’d do a stash update here in the quilting basement.

Fabric used since the last time: 12.91 yds
Fabric used YTD: 53.03 yds
Fabric added since the last time and YTD: 37.04 yds
Net fabric busted: 15.99 yds

I’m still in the good. I have plans to make a few more quilts. Most of the ones that I’ve finished lately has been all accounted for or it was someone else’s fabric.

See you all later!

January 29th, 2016 - The Stash

So I said I wasn’t going to buy any more fabric. Right! That didn’t last very long. But (there’s always a but) it was on sale and it’s not really for the stash. I received a 50% off coupon in my email from Fabricland, which is the only fabric store here in Windsor ON besides a quilt shop. How pathetic is that! In fact, it’s the only non-quilt shop within an hour drive. So with coupon in hand I went in to buy some cozy flannel for backings for comfort quilts. One coupon entitled you to 50% off, one cut of fabric. I wasn’t sure if I could use multiple coupons so I thought I would wait and ask before I got the fabric cut. That store sometimes has some really crappy fabric but this time I was in luck. I bought some nice quilt quality flannel in a marble tan. I went back the next day and bought a grey and black check that would really cute on the back of a pink quilt and got 50% off again. I then thought I had enough flannel to do a few quilts but I was talking to my friend and she said it wasn’t often that you could get such a coupon. So I went back again the last day of the sale and bought more flannel, a really nice marble yellow. I guess I was lucky I only printed 3 coupons off that email or I would have acquired even more fabric.

I received a gift certificate from my son for the local quilt shop. I was going to use it to only get gadgets or fabric for comfort quilts. But then I thought it was a gift for me so I should buy something I want. So what did I do? I went to the shop and bought some greys to do the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle. It’s not Moda fabric but I’m hoping it will look awesome. Once I get a few blocks made, I’ll be posting a picture.

On that note here are my numbers for the last month.

Fabric used since the last time: 40.12 yds mostly backings for comfort quilts

Fabric used YTD: 40.12 yds

Fabric added YTD: 35.79 yds

Net fabric busted: 4.33 yds

It’s amazing, I’m still in the good!

January 3rd, 2016 - It’s A New Year

Here we are in a new year. Once again, I’ll see if I can keep track of fabric used and fabric purchased. Since starting a stash report in 2009, I’m amazed at how my fabric purchases have added up. In 7 years of posting, I’ve used 1273.95 yards of fabric, purchased 1486.305 yards of fabric with my stash accumulating 212.355 yards of fabric. Plus the 6.5 yards I received as a gift for Christmas or my birthday (just days apart). So that stash total should be 218.855 yards.

Right now, all I want to do is start some new projects but I’ve got mending to do for my son. I already hemmed 2 pairs of pants, labelled my grandson’s clothes for daycare and now I just need to mend some pants. Once I get that done, I’m starting something new. Oh but I need to make a t-shirt sample quilt for a class I’ve been asked to teach. And then I can start something new, I hope.

My youngest son bought me a $100-gift card for the local quilt shop and I have a loyalty card for $25- for the same shop. Fabric is calling me. I do need a few non-quilty items so I hoping to use them to buy said items and leave the fabric there. Obviously, I’ve purchased enough fabric there and with the Canadian dollar tanking, fabric prices have really gone up. The last fabric I bought there was 17.87/meter plus tax (13%). Can you believe that? Usually I buy a lot of fabric in the States but with the dollar the way it is, that’s not even profitable for me. I guess I better start using up this gigantic stash until the dollar gets better. Besides I have no money anyway. We finally finished our kitchen after 3 years of not having one. Well a really small one and now it’s still smallish but loads of counter space and still empty cupboards.

Until next week. Toodles!

 

September 24th, 2015 - My Etsy Shop

I’ve added a few new items to my Etsy shop, TheQuiltingJunkie. Ever day I will be adding an item or two for your shopping pleasure. The prices may seem a little high for US shoppers but they are all in Canadian dollars. Translate that to  33% less (depending on the current rate) on the US dollar. Happy shopping!