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March 10th, 2019 - Still Stitching

I finally have the time to do a blog post. I have not posted for 4 weeks. My plan was to post at least every 2 weeks when my grandkids are not here but sometimes that doesn’t work. Oh well. The only good thing is that my numbers look awesome and then you realize that’s for 4 weeks. Still, I managed to get some sewing time in except for one day out of 4 weeks. Overall, I stitched on average 3.5 hours each day. And I have not made any dents in this stash.

I made backings for 2 quilts out of the flannel I purchased in January. I made a binding for a comfort quilt. Then I just had to make this quilt from a picture I saw online.

It’s huge. This is why patterns are good. Sizes! I think it’s called Sheep Shape. Anyway, it will be for a very large baby.

Then I decided that I cannot make any more quilt tops until I get some of them quilted. So I started working on some kits that I have in my stash.

Ship Shape. And it’s a quilt. This is a paper pieced project that I thought was hard. Seeing as there are not that many pieces in each block, I was done in no time. On to the next kit.

Sew Square table runner (folded in half) Completely finished, just waiting for the fall to use it.

This little kit took me a whole 2 hours to make. And another quilt. There’s a date stamp in the selvedge, 2007, so I’ve had this for a while. Wonder why I never made it.

And another quilt! I just finished this one on Saturday. It’s only been in the stash since last fall. I can’t wait to quilt it and hang it up in my dining room! I love this quilt. Maybe that’s why it’s called Colour Love. It’s from the Mini Wonderful Curves book using the QCR Mini. I added a few fabrics as some of the colours in the kit didn’t work for me.

I better work on the kits that are table runners and smaller things that I can quilt myself. The “To Be Quilted” list has 30 items on it. Some I can do myself but my machine needs to be serviced as it is skipping stitches. I check all my seams to make sure there are no skipped stitches. Funny how I was just thinking that it must be about time to get it serviced and then it starts skipping. Then the service icon comes up. And the place I take it to is about 2.5 hours away. I was hoping to take it in when the weather gets nice. If that ever happens!

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used since the last time: 24.72 yds

Fabric used YTD: 42.27 yds

Fabric added since the last time: 2.2 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 23.09 yds

I’m linking up with Donna for the Stash Report at quiltpaintcreate and with Kate at Life in Pieces for the !5 Minutes to Stitch Challenge.

See you next time you visit. Have a great week!

February 10th, 2019 - Still Stitching

I’m still plugging away in the sewing room. I decided that I cannot make another quilt top until I get some of these tops quilted. And to try and use fabrics in the stash. Right! I went to a couple of quilt shops on Friday. At the first one, I checked on my wallet sales, I sold 2 and then I spent the money on some flannel for backings. At least it wasn’t for the stash.

 At the second shop,I went to pick up some buttons I ordered and bought some more fabric. Once again, it’s not for the stash but for a commissioned quilt. Funny thing about this quilt. A while back, I donated a quilt for a fundraiser and my friend from work won it. She now wants another one in similar colours for her granddaughters bedroom. Well, the first quilt was a BOM in these weird purple, greens and blues. I found some tiny leftover pieces, enough for a square or two. Nothing similar in the stash. So I bought some fabric to go with this quilt even though I didn’t have a scrap of the original fabric with me. Lucky for me, it was a  pretty close match.

Now for those numbers

Fabric used this week: 4.6 yds

Fabric used YTD: 17.57 yds

Fabric added this week: 17 yds

Fabric added YTD: 17 yds

Net fabric busted: .57 yds

Yippee! I’m still in the good. After I wash the flannel and cut it for backings, I will be back up there.

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I managed to stitch every day but one. The first week, I stitched every day for a total of 19 hours and last week, I missed stitching on Monday but managed to stitch all the other days for a total of 13.5 hours. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

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

Have a great week and stay warm!

January 27th, 2019 - The Year of The Stash

Or so I hope. So far, so good. I have not added any fabric even though I was really tempted yesterday. It was Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day and one of the shops had some great deals. But I resisted. Also I decided that I can’t make any more quilts until I get some of these tops quilted. So I have been playing around with some itty bitty bonus HSTs and making some itty bitty things from them.

How could you throw away that many cut off triangles? These are all from On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 mystery quilt. Now what to make with them.

Anyway, there are 1278 HSTs plus lots of other bits and pieces. And I had to press and trim all those HSTs. That took me a few days. If these blocks finish at 3.5″, how many do I need for a quilt? I don’t have enough to make a lap quilt but I’m sure there’s enough for a doll quilt or two. And lots of pin cushions. And it’s fun to try all the decorative stitches on my machine that I never use.

Even though I decided to not make any more quilt tops, I do have a few that are in the process of being finished. I finished up some Heart applique blocks that just need to be assembled and it’s a top. Plus 2 Christmas quilts that I didn’t finish from last year.

I finished this Christmas quilt top. My friend had this pattern and loved it but thought the instructions were over her head. So she asked if I could make head or tails of the instructions. So I had to make a quilt and see how difficult it was. The hardest part was the fabric selection. And then once I pieced the top together, I noticed I didn’t center the long skinny gifts correctly. Oh well, no one will notice once it’s quilted.

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used this week: 12.97 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Net fabric busted: 12.97 yds

In the 15 Minutes to Stitch department, I have managed to sew every day this year but 1 day. Even if it’s only cutting off the little dog ears from the bonus HSTs, I was in my sewing room doing something.

Week 1: 14 hours with no missed days

Week 2: 22 hours with no missed days

Week #3: 24 hours with 1 missed day

Week #4: 21 hours with no missed days

I think I’m getting the hang of sewing every day. Let’s hope I can keep it up.

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

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

Have a great week! Stay warm and toasty in your sewing room!

January 13th, 2019 - The Stash

I think this is my first post of the year. I hope everyone is having  a great new year so far. I know I am. I didn’t make any resolutions either and I feel really good about it. I just want to sew, use up my scraps and not spend too much on quilting stuff. I have spent the first 2 weeks of the year in my sewing room, organizing and tidying up. There was a bit of a mess from stuff I didn’t put away properly and I still have a few things to go through. I started a charity box and once it was full, before I changed my mind, I got rid of it. No second guessing.

I have a large bag of fabric swatches that I have not touched at all. I made a tote bag out of one pile and I do have a lot of ideas for the other piles. Seeing as it is mostly decorator weight fabric, I will probably be making more tote bags out of it. These will be some really fancy grocery bags.  This is my only fabric usage (lining) and finish for the year.

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used this week and YTD: .72 yds

Fabric added this week and YTD: 0 yds

Net fabric busted: .72 yds

In the 15 Minutes To Stitch department. I have sewn or been doing some sewing related task every day this year. I average 2.5 hours per day. Even if I’m too tired to start actually sewing, I forced myself to go do something. Hence all the organizing and cleaning.

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 challenge.

I hope you have a great week!

December 31st, 2018 - 2018 Final Stash and Stitching Report

I hope all is well and everyone had  Merry Christmas. My brother receiver the best gift of all, a new heart! He is doing well, up and walking about and he started physio-therapy today. The doctors are pleased with the new ticker, it’s working as it should. Many, many thanks to the donor and their family for this wonderful gift.

Now on to the quilting and stitching news. There really isn’t any. I did make a few stockings this year but that’s about it. Embroidered names and quilted fronts. I don’t think I even took a picture of them. And if I did take a picture, who knows where it is. My dear hubby bought me a new laptop for my birthday and I’m still learning all the great things it can do. Best of all, it works like it’s supposed to. My old laptop was possessed! Drove me crazy!

My final stash report of the year is as follows

Fabric used this week: 3.3 yds

Fabric used YTD: 196.94 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 257.23 yds

Net fabric busted: -60.29 yds

I have been keeping a running total year to year since I’ve been doing stash reports. So this year’s 60.29 yards added to the running total of 169.675 yards means I am 229.965 yards behind. But what that really means is I have to use 230 yards of fabric before I buy any more fabric. I really, really, really  would like to see if I could accomplish that in the coming year. I know I can do it. And think of the money I will save.

Now for the 15 Minutes to Stitch news. I stitched only 4.6 hours the first week and 12 hours last week. Christmas and family took over my house and time. My sister did come over and we stitched one evening. And when we start stitching and chatting, then we start laughing and then the hysteria sets in. Then no stitching gets done.  Anyway for the year I have managed to stitch on average for 2.75 hours per day. Next year goals are the same, at least one hour per day. I hope!

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

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Drive safe!

December 16th, 2018 - You Got To Have Heart

Great news today! My brother may be getting a new heart! He’s been in the  hospital awaiting a heart transplant for the last 3 months. It’s kind of a weird situation. You pray for him to get a new heart but then when you think about how he has to get one, it’s really sad. Mixed emotions all the time. We have to thank all those people who sign a donor card and their families for following their wishes. Have you signed your donor card?

Anyway on to the quilting side of things. I went to see my brother twice last week. Two hour trip and as long as I’m not driving and it’s daylight, I can stitch in the car. I  managed to stitch a few hours each time I went. But the first time I went, my 2 sisters went with me. The 2 hour trip there took us 4 hours. We had to make a stop at Pastime Pieces in Blenheim ON. What a cute shop! It’s in a little red barn on their property. I love that place so much, I wish I lived a little closer and I would shop there all the time. I ended up buying a couple pieces of really nice flannel for backings and some Kona Snow to go with a Christmas layer cake I purchased in the States. I have it cut out but I’m not including it in my totals until the top is done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I’ve made a few things in the past weeks. My son asked me to do some embroidery work for a Secret Santa gift. I bought the designs on Etsy and they are pretty cute. And I embroidered on a chef’s cook and that came out awesome. And I made a few placemats to go with the jacket. These are  the recipient’s  favourite Pixar characters.

 

 

 

 

I also finished this pillow up. I just bought the kit in November at Pastime Pieces, my favourite shop,  and worked on the stitching on my trip to London on Saturday. I had to hurry up and do all the finishing stitches before my sister left as I don’t have any 12 weight threads and I used some of hers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I  finished up this little stitchery, just needs a pillow form and little silver star buttons on the right boots. It will be all ready for next Halloween.

 

 

 

 

I have made over 100 items in the past year. I’ve been keeping track. I always feel like I am not very productive in the sewing room but since I’ve kept track, I can actually see how many items went through here. It’s amazing the number of things that I have made.

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used this week: 11.61 yds

Fabric used YTD: 193.64 yds

Fabric added this week: 28.9 yds

Fabric added YTD: 257.23 yds  (I need to stay out of fabric stores for a while)

Net fabric busted: -63.59 yds

Once I get the flannel washed, I will be making backings for a couple of quilts. I already cut into the Kona snow yardage and will be putting that top together this week.

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I think I’ve been doing pretty good. There were only 2 days in the last 4 weeks were I didn’t stitch at all. Week 1, I stitched every day for a total of 31 hours. Week 2 had me stitching every day for a total of 39 hours. Week 3 saw me at 35 hours. Last week was the only time I didn’t stitch every day. But I managed to get in 18.5 hours.

No stitching yesterday because I drove my son and his kids over to the States to go to Jurassic Quest in Novi MI. I think they enjoyed themselves. Lots to see and do but I kind of think it’s for kids that are a little older than these two. I would have liked to look at every exhibit and read all the info on each but these 2 were too antsy. Maybe from the car ride over. Anyway, they were all excited to show their mom the dino balloons we bought.

 

 

 

 

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

I hope everyone has a great week. And please think about signing an organ donor card.

November 18th, 2018 - Busy, Busy Life

Lately it seems that life is speeding by far to rapidly for me. Or I’m just too busy! That’s it! With my son moving back home and the grandkids here 50 percent of the time, I’m finding that I don’t have as much free time.

Last week, we made clothes for my grandson’s Wish Bear. I have never made bear clothes before or doll clothes either. I measured out the bear but forgot to add the girth so the shirt didn’t fit. If it was a flat bear, I would have been in luck. I slit it down the middle and it’s now an open front shirt. It even has a  facing along the front. The pants were too short in the rise and looked like real low riders with the bear’s butt crack, if he had one, showing. I made a new pair of pants the next day. Much better! I wish I would have taken some pictures. You would have laughed at my efforts. I can’t believe I can sew up quilts and not doll sized clothes. I’ve never even drafted up a clothing pattern before. Definitely not my forte.

I went to a quilt retreat 2 weeks ago and I had a great time. The hardest part about a retreat is deciding what to bring to work on.

I finished up the sashing on Sticks and Stones . The blocks are entirely from the scraps, all 1.5″ strips and 1.5″ squares. The black is from my stash. I could probably make 2 more quilts from those bins.

Another retreat finish. I drafted up the colour placement for this quilt, Stars over Scott, a free pattern from Jamie at L’Fair Quilts. I have made this pattern a few times and I wanted to try something. This is for the grandkids bedroom. I didn’t really want to make a pink or blue quilt so I thought I’d try a colour wheel look. I think the center needs work but it might just stay like this.. Not pink and not blue.

And lastly, I worked on another Urban Abacus using the Quick Curve Ruler.  I made all the blocks at the retreat, brought it home and finished it up last night. I also have another one cut out and ready to make. When I first saw this quilt, I had to make it. I love the fabrics. I think I have enough left to make another top. Nine fabrics and you only need a 8.5″ strip from each.

Now for the good stuff! What did I purchase while I was gone?

My first stop was at Delphines in Gaylord MI. I was looking for small Christmas prints and I think this layer cake fits the bill. It’s for a project, not the stash.

 

After the retreat was over, I stopped in Charlevoix MI and went to Hearts to Holly. They were having their anniversary sale and everything was 22% off. This is one of their Holly Bunches. Twelve fat quarters. And I bought 2 Holly Bunch patterns.

Plus. I bought 6 yards of Christmas fabric. Most of this is from the Peppermint Reindeer line form StudioE fabrics. The red and white stripe is from Timeless Treasures. And yes, it’s for the stash. Busted!

Now for those numbers. Yikes!

Fabric used this week: 20.55 yds

Fabric used YTD: 182.03 yds

Fabric added this week: 10 yds

Fabric added YTD: 228.33 yds

Net fabric busted: -46.3 yds

If I could cut the backings for 10 quilts, I might be in the positive numbers. If being the operative word!

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch front, I’ve tried to sew every day but some days I just can’t. I finished up my hand project and now I need to bring another one upstairs to stitch while the grandkids are playing. Week one I stitched 21 hours. Retreat week I stitched 44 hours and last week I stitched 22 hours. I guess I do stich a lot but I’d really like to stitch more. I have lots of fabric, kits and threads to use up. Really, I don’t need to add any more to the mix.

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

Have a great week!

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!