Archive for March, 2010

March 28th, 2010 - Stash Report Week #13

Nothing added, nothing used that counts. I quilted 2 quilts and put the binding on 5 quilts but it was all previously counted. Next week I have plans, BIG plans. Right!

Fabric added YTD: 28.94 yds

Fabric used YTD: 86.79 yds

Net fabric busted: 57.85 yds

 Have a great week.


March 21st, 2010 - Stash Report Week #12

Spring has sprung! Yipee! That means no more snow or does it? Well I certainly hope that’s what it means. I noticed a lot of flowers coming up in the garden and I had better get out there to clean up a bit. Or should I just stay inside and quilt. I’d rather quilt but I can get my hubby out there if I tell him exactly what needs to be done. He’s been pretty good at helping with the garden the last couple of years. And he really likes the way it all looks when the flowers are blooming and it’s all peaceful and serene sitting outside in the gazebo. It’s a great place to do binding or handwork. We even put up a light and fan. Enough of that, it’s too cold to go out today and it looks like it rained or something yesterday.

 We went up to my sister’s on Thursday and the drive up was great but that cold weather came uninvited. While we were driving home late last night, early this morning, it was snowing a bit and then it turned to rain. No precipitation in northen MI but it was a little colder than Thursday. Oh well, at least there wasn’t a blizzard. 

 I just got this back from Maryanne at Canadian Machine Quilters. I just love this quilt and it’s going in the keep pile for that someday/maybe  I’ll have a daughter-in-law or a grand-daughter. Or maybe I’ll just keep it for myself. This pattern is from Mum’s The Word  and it uses a jelly-roll for the plates and yo-yos for the centers.

 Maryanne quilted around each plate and yo-yo with a little quilting in the veins of the plates. She also quilting in the sashing which doesn’t really show up and in the big triangles I asked her to quilt an outline of the plates. I wanted it to look like it was hand-quilted which I think it does. She asked if I wanted some stippling around the plated but I like it the way it is,

 I also got this quilt back from Maryanne. It was a BOM from Rose Cottage Quilt Shop in Amherstburg ON and I think it’s a few years old. But all I have to do is put some binding on it and it will be another finish for this year. I’ve been making the binding and labeling it as I make the quilt but I didn’t do that with this quilt. Probablly because it just going to be black binding and I have a bolt of it.

  I don’t know if you can see this but it’s quilted in Steam. Maryanne thought it was a bit too big for this quilt but I didn’t mind it. I like the way it looks in the black border and you can’t really see it in the busy blocks. I love red, white and black quilts. This is the third one I’ve made and I hve more planned. I always wanted to make a baby quilt in these colours but it’s parents have to want or like it too.

 I also made this little baby quilt for someone my brother-in-law knows that had a little girl. He just asked me on Monday if I had any more baby quilts and he needed two so I had to get busy and make them. I’ve had this pink flannel for a while and it’s been crying to be put in to a baby quilt. I like 2 colour quilts.

 I made this one also. It’s almost entirely from my stash except the backing. The pink and white one is all from my stash. These are quick and super easy baby quilts to make. They’re all soft and cuddly and take no time at all to make. I had all the strips cut for this one so all I had to do was sew it up.

 I also finished up this beauty and it’s now gone to a good home. My neighbour wanted it for her daughter’s 21st birthday. She was really surprised to receive this one. Her mom had her come over and look at a few quilts to see what she liked. It’s interesting to see what the younger generation likes or doesn’t like.

 And because I liked it so much, in my travels this week, I bought some more of the fabric to make another one. I really like the way the brown and blue look together. Not my usual colours but sometimes you have to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

 Now for the numbers of the week.

Fabric added this week: 11.69 yds

Fabric added YTD: 28.94 yds

Fabric used this week: 21.52 yds

Fabric used YTD: 86.79 yds

Net fabric busted: 57.85 yds

I’ve been trying to keep up on my quilts this week. I made the backings for 2 large quilts and sent them off to be quilted. I also made a comfort quilt that I just have to quilt myself. And with the 2 baby quilts, I used quite a bit of fabric. Now just to use the rest of it and clear out some of this stash. I might be getting a long-arm machine the first of the year and if I get it, I need to clear out a lot of stuff out of this room. My husband just wants to move and have a room big enough for all my stuff but I thought this would be a good reason to get rid of all the non-quilting stuff.

I hope everyone did a lot of quilting yesterday for National Quilting Day. I put the binding on 2 quilts so I got my fix in. Have a great week.


March 14th, 2010 - Stash Report Week #11

 Okay I’m back, once again. Too many things are going on in my family and I don’t get enough time to quilt. But I’ve been working on that yesterday and maybe later on today.

 Here’s the very pink baby quilt I made this week. The baby’s room is in pink and brown and I was trying to see if I could make a quilt in those colours. I had the right pink but not the brown. I was thinking of going and getting some brown nut I managed to restrain myself. It helps when you want to make something right now and the store is closed, so you use what you make do with what’s on hand. I forgot to take of picture of the blue and yellow one I finished the week before. And it’s all from my stash! 

 Fabric added this week: 0 yds

 Fabric added YTD: 17.25 yds

Fabric used this week: 5.91 yds

Fabric used YTD: 65.27 yds

Net fabric busted: 48.02 yds

 I even made a top for a comfort quilt but haven’t taken a picture of it. I’ll wait until it’s all quilted and bound. I would like to get it done this week while I’m on vacation but you never know what may come up. Family. I’m going to the quilt shop this afternoon to get the final BOM and the 2 monthly applique  blocks that I decided to join in on. Why? Like I need to do anymore stuff. but it gives me an excuse to go to the shop and see what’s new and to drool over that fabric I want but am not buying. If I say it enough will it come true? I hope so!

  Have a great day and an even better week.


March 7th, 2010 - Stash Report Weeks 8,9&10

 No, I haven’t fallen of the face of the earth. I just took a little break from the blogging and quilting world. It was a “sit on your butt” kind of break, no motivation to do anything but watch tv and play computer games (bejeweled blitz on facebook). But I did manage to finish one quilt and put the binding on another. So I guess it wasn’t all bad. The only bad thing I did was buy 12 yards of fabric but it’s all for the backings of two quilts. Once I have them all prepared for quilting I can add them to my busted numbers.

Fabric added this week: 12 yds

Fabric added YTD: 17.25 yds

Fabric used this week: 4.16 yds

Fabric used YTD: 59.36 yds

Net fabric busted: 42.11 yds

 Have a great week and maybe I’ll have some pictures of my latest finishes tomorrow. Hope to see you then.