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May 13th, 2019 - What A Scrappy Week

That’s right. Last week was pretty scrappy. You know I’ve been cleaning my sewing room, trying to organize the chaos and there’s this bag of binding scraps. I use up all the little black pieces but what do I do with the rest. Well this was my first project.

I started with the brights, pressing and organizing by width and length. I thought I should make a rainbow rug for the spare room. Not all from scrap binding, but all except one yellow strip are from the scrap bin.

Now what to make with this pile.

I thought these were mostly guy colours. We need a guy comfort quilt. What about a scrap binding quilt. In guy colours. Yeah that’s what I made!

Not all fabric used was a piece of scrappy binding. The black sashing and cornerstones are from my stash. I will be making a scrappy binding to go with it. Maybe that bag will finally be empty.


April 28th, 2019 - Slow Stitching, Stash Busting and 15 Minutes To Stitch

I finally finished up Spool Snowmen. I had to sew on 23 buttons for their eyes and noses. I didn’t have the right needle and my fingers are sore from trying to push a blunt ended needle through the fabric and batting.

Then I blanket-stitched their noses on. First I had to make them. The pattern has a button pack available but it’s quite pricey so I thought I would use wool. But I didn’t have any orange wool, just some yellow. I ended up colouring the yellow wool with a orange sharpie. My fingers look like I was in the Cheezies. I love using what I have on hand. Makes me feel good!

The eyes and noses are from my button find on FaceBook. Someone was selling a giant box of buttons for $40- and I bought it. I spent a day sorting out the buttons by colour and clipping off any threads I found. Once again my hands were filthy. I make sure to wash the buttons as I use them.

I also finished up the stitching on this Crabapple Hill project.

Now all I need to do is decide pillow or wall hanging. Then get it done!

I finished up a couple of Christmas table runners/ wall hangings. They needed to be quilted and bound. That’s 3 things off my UFO list.

I put a lot of quilting in to the Snowman Trio. It was all layered and basted, ready to be quilted. I blanket-stitched the larger raw-edged applique and straight-stitched the small pieces. A little stippling in the background. The side borders are holly leaves, the top border is snowflakes and spirals from a Lori Kennedy book and the bottom border is layered trees that I chalked on. I really like how it turned out.

This one, Snow Happens, was getting done until my old machine started skipping stitches. I must have ripped out the stippling 3 times before I gave up. On the borders I stitched-in-the-ditch and then it’s all stippled around the snowmen. Binding on both pieces is all by machine. I love my Bernina #71 foot for binding. It is a lap-seam foot but someone figured out how to use it for binding. What a genius! I love how the binding turns out. And instead of spending hours hand-stitching the binding down, they are done! Now to move on to other exciting projects.

As for stash busting, I failed. Oops! I made a quilt for a shop and got paid in fabric. That’s okay as I do have a plan for it. More wallets. Just in time for Canada Day.

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 6.32 yds

Fabric used YTD: 57.89 yds

Fabric added this week: 6.6 yds

Fabric added YTD: 25.8 yds

Net fabric busted: 32.09 yds

And on the stitching front, I have managed to stitch 27 hours this week. I really range in my daily stitching times. Some days it’s only a hour or 2 but then there are those marathon days where I get in 5 to 8 hours. I love those days the best!

I’m linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report, with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge and with Kathy at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Have a great week!

April 21st, 2019 - Happy Easter

Just a quick post. My mom broke her leg so I’ve been running back and forth from the Complex Care place and home. Craziness! And I have managed to sew every day fro the last 2 weeks. Imagine that! Lots of hand stitching has been done while I sit around waiting for doctors and geriatric nurses to meet with us. And I’m still not finished my latest embroidery. Almost done but not yet.

One the stash front, all I’ve been doing is quilting a few quilts while my friend was away and getting the bindings on them. Three quilts out of the 6 quilted in the last month are already in use. I did sign up for a monthly box of goodies and I’m thinking I don’t need it but the price was right. Maybe quilty gifts for a few quilty friends. Or wallets in funky new fabric. Who knows? And I didn’t include it in my totals yet. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 1.94 yds

Fabric used YTD: 51.57 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 32.37 yds

Linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces and Donna at quiltpaintcreate.

April 8th, 2019 - Squirrel!

Yesterday, I finished up the binding on 2 quilts. I have one project on the go but it doesn’t interest me today. I really should be cleaning the house and that doesn’t interest me either. But I saw a picture of a quilt on someone’s blog yesterday and I’m all gun ho to make it.

It’s from Jamie at L’ FAIR QUILTS I decided to make it a little smaller. Jamie’s version shown here measures 62×86 and that’s a little large for comfort quilts from The Quilters Three. I cut 2 rows off to make it 62×74, a perfect size. I need 50 plaids for the 6.5″ and 4″ squares. I dug around in my stash and I have 55 different homespun plaids. How cool is that! Now to start cutting all those fabrics. I will cut 2 at the same time. Our group needs some guy quilts and this is perfect.

April 7th, 2019 - New Additions

And it’s not fabric. Although I did sign up for a monthly box of goodies from Atelier Fiber Arts in Canada. For $35- CAD, which includes shipping, I get 2.5 m of fabric, thread and some other goodies. I thought it was a great deal and it’s small enough pieces of new prints that would be ideal for wallets. I think I will do this for the rest of the year and see how it goes. Some of the fabric and goodies will be gifts.

But the new addition is a Bernina 770 QE.

I’m very excited to have this awesome machine. There’s a big learning curve here but lots of YouTube videos to make it all so easy. I need to get my table reworked and have the machine set in. Once I get a large piece of Lexan (thick plexi-glass), my neighbour will do the changes for me. He is the best neighbour a person could have. He made my table originally and is ready for this challenge. My son works at a tool shop and will have the Lexan cut to the exact shape to fit the bed of the machine. Then the sewing and quilting will really begin.

I have not done much sewing as both machines were in for service. The 770 got a clean bill of health seeing as I bought it used. How can a person have this machine and want to get rid of it? I jumped at the opportunity. Anyway my Bernina 450 needed service and cleaning. It will be my back up machine and will be used for embroidery as I didn’t get the module for the 770.

In the stash department, I did a bit of sewing on my Featherweight. I had to sew something. So I started sewing 2.5″ squares together and made this quilt top.

Just thinking I need to put a few borders on this to finish it up. The only stash I used was the black, the rest from the scraps. Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 1.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 49.63 yds

Fabric added this week” 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 30.43 yds

I bought a couple of king-sized flat sheets to use for my Dear Jane quilt top and backing but I’m not including them in any totals. I also bought another sheet to use as a backing for another quilt. We will see how that goes once I get it quilted this week.

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I have managed to stitch 24 hours in Week #1 and 28 hours in Week #2. Only missed one day of stitching. Lots of organizing and batting cutting going on in my sewing room. I need to make room for that big machine.

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 and happy stitching!

March 24th, 2019 - Using Up The Stash

And it does not appear to be getting any smaller. I wanted to finish up some small projects that need a little quilting but my machine needs servicing as it’s skipping stitches. So I started cleaning up my scraps from a few projects.

I had all these weird angle pieces from the Sheep Shape quilt and I thought I should sew them together. I made the diamonds and then had to figure out how to make the solid white pieces. I looked a few things on the net and needed a specific ruler. Checked my ruler list on my phone and low and behold, I had the right ruler! That’s the second time the ruler list has come through. Anyway, all the white is from the scrap bins. The only fabric from the stash is the pink and green borders.

Then I decided to work on a kit. Oh but this kit needs some crazy quilt stitches. My machine did not skip a stitch during this process. Only when straight sewing or trying to do a little free motion.

I made this wall hanging which ended up being way too big for any walls in my house. It’s not quilted yet so I’m thinking of taking it apart and maybe making a 4 patch table topper/wall hanging and a few pillows. Very undecided about it. Here’s a close up of one of the blocks.

I love all the stitches along the edges. Most came out great but a few really pulled the fabric in. I didn’t use stabilizer but lots of starch. Next time, I will use a stabilizer. I also cut out 2 wallets that sit there, half sewn. I got tired of unpicking the top-stitching. I have since taken my machine in for service. I’m hoping in the upcoming weeks, I will be able to cut out a few kits and get them all prepped for sewing. Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 6.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 48.46 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 29.26 yds

Now on to the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge. During the first week, I managed to stitch every day for a grand total of 23 hours. Last week, I only managed to sew for 10.5 hours. I missed 3 days but in my defense, I do have some sort of cold thing and am on antibiotics, trying to clear up the congestion in my lungs. I don’t feel all that bad but I don’t feel like sewing.

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 and enjoy this spring like weather. I hope it lasts!

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!