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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.

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!

June 10th, 2018 - More Fabric

There is never the right fabric in my stash. I want to make a quilt for a friend who is into biking and I can’t believe that I don’t have any bicycle fabric in my stash. So I went shopping and found the perfect guy bike fabric. Plus I needed to get a fat quarter pack for my contribution to the 2018 Canadian Quilt Along. I didn’t even count that in my stash because it’s already mailed out.

Now isn’t that the perfect fabric? And a nice flannel backing too. Plus I bought a lot of grey fabric at the shop hop that will go great with this one.Once I finish my quilt top in greys, this will be the next one up. Of course, neither of these quilts are on my list of quilts to make but will be added on the Tops to Quilt list.

 

 

Here are this weeks numbers.

Fabric used this week: 8.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 104.55 yds

Fabric added this week: 5.42 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -34.76 yds

I also made 2 Necessary Clutch Wallets (NCW) this week. I have so many fabric combinations that I could possibly make that it’s slightly overwhelming. Too bad one wallet uses only about 1 yard of fabric.

 

The black and silver NCW is listed on my etsy store, TheQuiltingJunkie.

 

 

 

This one I made for a friend. She helped make it too which is a good thing seeing as I sewed the main piece and thought something was wrong with it. I even topstitched it too. Then I realized I forgot to sew the flap on. What a dough head! Too much talking going on! Anyway my friend unpicked that mistake and then I sewed it back together the right way.

 

 

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch front, I sewed for a total of 22 hours this week. Some days, I don’t get to sew at all but I certainly make up for it on the days I do sew.

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

 

April 15th, 2018 - Spring?

How about this wacky weather! My sister came for a visit last Saturday and was supposed to go home today but is stuck here until the weather improves. Not that it’s all that bad here in Windsor, just rain right now, but Northern Michigan is a mess. I bet most of Michigan is closed due to inclement weather. At least she’s getting in a really long visit with family and friends.

Now about that stash. We went on a mission yesterday to see if we could find a Kona solid called snow. It’s not white but slightly off with a hint of yellow in it. No one here carries Kona, mostly Northcott solids and I certainly don’t buy that colour, only white because that goes with black the best, so she couldn’t shop my stash. Anyway, I ended up buying more fabric. Some white batik from Cantik and raspberry Toscanna from Northcott and I just love the colour. I will be sure to prewash that before I use it. Here are my numbers and I’m still in the good. Whew!

Fabric used this week: 2.46 yds

Fabric used YTD: 80.09 yds

Fabric added this week: 5.77 yds

Fabric added YTD: 75.91 yds

Net fabric busted: 4.18 yds

As for the amount of time spent in the sewing room, I’m here for hours most days but I’m not working on my stuff but helping my sister get many of her UFOs done. I think we finished 4 already and will probably finish a few more before she gets to go home. That’s okay because I will be cutting out fabric for stuff for my Etsy shop. I’ve collected most of the materials to make a load of items to sell. Wallets, bags, little quilts and the like. So my time spent sewing has been a lot less than normal.

April 1-7 2018: 11 hours

April 8-14 2018: 19.5 hours

It’s still a far amount of time and I’m very fortunate that I’m retired and can spend all this time down here, sewing away in my space with the diffuser misting out Peace and Harmony and my music playing in the background.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for the stash report and Kate at Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew.  I hope everyone has a great week and spring gets here someday. Tomorrow would be nice!

April 1st, 2018 - Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. But this weather here is something else. I can remember being a kid and getting the new Easter outfit that did not involve a winter coat. Today, here in Windsor ON, it’s a bit brisk. It was 32 when I went out this morning and now at 1:42 it’s 37. Certainly doesn’t feel like the first day of April. Can I put the snow shovels away yet?

On to the fabric department. I didn’t post last week because ……. That’s a who knows why, what was I doing, can’t remember anyway. At least I wasn’t shopping for fabric. But I did cut up a lot of fabric for backings. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 14.06 yds

Fabric used YTD: 77.63 yds

fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yds

Net fabric busted: 7.49 yds  Oh Yeah! Back in the black again!!

I didn’t even sew that much in the last 2 weeks. I clocked 11.5 hours and 19 hours.  Now to get back in the groove again.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate and Kate at Life In Pieces.

Have a great week!

March 18th, 2018 - Nothing New

Happy International Quilting Day, a day late! Just a quick post. I got my sewing machine back. From being deemed “not worth fixing”  with the repairs being around $1000- US and “you should just buy a new one”,  my machine was up and running for the tune of $200- Canadian. I think I’m going to email Bernina about that store’s manner of doing business. On the other hand, the shop where I got my machine fixed was amazing. The store owner was so great about the whole machine thing. I would recommend Hyggeligt Fabrics in St Mary’s ON to everyone. And it’s a real cute shop too. Loads of Kaffe Fassett and Liberty of London  fabrics. Plus Bernina machines that are now on my wish list.

When I got home on Friday evening with my machine, I set it up and started on a quilt top that I’m kind of in a hurry to get done. I stayed up until 4:45 am and finished the top. And my machine was stitching away, working just fine! Today, I’m heading over to my friend’s house to put it on the longarm and get it done.

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 21:45 yards there’s 5 backs in there

Fabric used YTD: 63.57 yards

Fabric added this week: 0 yards

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -6.57 yards

Next week, that negative number better be in the positives as I will be making more backs and doing some quilting on my machine. And the number of hours quilting will be amazing too. Last week I managed to sew for 27.5 hours. I made 2 quilt tops and added borders to a table runner/wall hanging in that time. I will post pictures when I’m done quilting these items.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Stitch and Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for my stash busting report. Enjoy your week!

March 11th, 2018 - More Fabric

 

Last weekend I went to a retreat in Charlevoix, MI and it was a load of fun. People, sewing and food. What more could a girl ask for! We just missed a snow storm on the way out of Windsor on Thursday and the weather was perfect for the rest of the weekend. You never know when some snow is going to mess up your weekend plans. This is the view of Round Lake off the balcony.

 

 

On the way up, we stopped at Delphine’s in Gaylord. What a beautiful shop! Loads of different fabrics. All I bough was a piece of cork and this Dumb Dots fabric. Silly name but it’s perfect for a project I have in mind.

 

Anyway, I really didn’t get that much sewing done. My younger sister, Connie, decided she wants to learn how to quilt and came to the retreat. I cut out a jelly roll quilt for her and she did a fantastic job for a newbie. Most of the terminology she is familiar with from listening to me and my other sister, Annette, talk about quilting. One more border to go and she has a top done. Then to show her the actual quilting process.

I put sashing and cornerstones on an old BOM but miscalculated the fabric and didn’t even have enough to finish it. That was Friday. On Saturday, I pieced together a Simply Squares body and didn’t bring any borders. so that was half done. Then I started putting the borders on an old stitchery project and called it quits. I finished it up at home on Monday.

 

 

On the fabric front, I visited Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix Mi, my favourite quilt shop, and made a few purchases. Just a few, 25 yards is a few, right? I needed white on white, I have none. And I just needed some Pete the Cat fabric for my grandson.

 

 

And then the next day, I went back for a spool of thread and bought some rainbow fish fabric. It’s very sparkly and I thought it was perfect! for what? Logan, my granddaughter will love it!  So I bought some.

 

 

 

Look at these numbers. I better do something or else.

Fabric used in the last 2 weeks: 15.15 yards

Fabric used YTD: 42.12 yards

Fabric added in the last 2 weeks: 27 yards

Fabric added YTD: 70.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -28.02 yards

On Friday, I finished Piece, Love and Applique by LizzieBCreat8ive designs. Cute pattern and it used over 14 yards of fabric. lots of applique and piecing. Now to figure out how to quilt it. The store sample was quilted with these flowers in the borders and that it what attracted me to the quilt in the first place. Apparently the woman who quilted it no longer does quilting for others. What a shame, it was really beautiful!

 

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge, I’ve been pretty busy. he week of Feb 25 to Mar 3, I stitched 37 hours. Almost a full time job. But I was at the retreat so there were long hours involved. last week, I stitched 25 hours, my part time job. I probably stitch around 4-5 hours every day. And that doesn’t count computer time either, even though it’s usually quilt related.

Linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate and Kate at Life in Pieces. See you next time.

February 25th, 2018 - The Sewing Room

Just a quick post. I’ve been working on a real oldie BOM from LizzieBCrea8ive called Piece, Love, & Applique. It’s very time consuming as I have to do some applique on every block.  And on my mother’s machine. Oh how I miss my Bernina. I should hear something this week.  This BOM would have taken less time if I did it every month when I originally purchased it.  I will post pictures when I’m done. Right now I’m up to Block 7, halfway done. I didn’t include it in my stash report but once again when I’m finished I will do the math. I did cut out some sashing for another old BOM where I actually have the finished blocks.

Fabric used this week: 2.46 yards

Fabric used YTD: 26.97 yards

Fabric added this week: 43.14 yards

Fabric added YTD: 43.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -16.17 yards

In the sewing room, I’ve been sewing almost every day.  I managed to sew for a total of 30.5 hours with no sewing at all on Saturday. I took my grandkids to a birthday party for my great nephews and I was just too tired to do any sewing after that. I will certainly make up for it today.

I’m linking up to QuiltPaintCreate and Life In Pieces for the stash report and 15 Minutes to Sew. Have a wonderful week.

 

 

 

February 18th, 2018 - This Week in My Sewing Room

I feel like I haven’t done anything since I finished “On Ringo Lake”. I think because that quilt was really intense, meaning large, nothing can compare to it. Anyway, upon looking back, I did make 48 blocks, sailboats and chain blocks, as a block exchange for an upcoming retreat. And then I decluttered my cutting table. I must remember to do that every time I finish a quilt. Right!

I did purchase some fabric for the retreat blocks as I do not have any white on white fabric. I can’t believe it but I used most of it in On Ringo Lake.   And this is what my numbers look like this week.

Fabric used this week: 2.64 yards

Fabric used YTD: 24.51 yards

Fabric added this week: 6.5 yards

Fabric added YTD: 43.14 yards

Net fabric busted: -18.63 yards

Here’s my On Ringo Lake quilt top. The setting triangles need trimming but that can be done when I decide to quilt it. I need to figure out a backing. I have a piece of fabric, 5 yards and I need 5.5 yards so I will need to do some piecing.

 

 

 

And here’s my regatta. I also made 24 chain blocks but never thought to take a picture of them. These were supposed to be batiks but the person running this retreat said as long as they were brights, she was fine with that. What I made out of batiks was the boats and the masts.

 

On the 15 Minutes to Sew challenge, I’ve done pretty good this week. I managed to sew 31 hours. Sometimes I can’t believe how much I sew.

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

Have a great week!

 

 

February 11th, 2018 - My Week in the Sewing Room

Well, it’s been a good week. No emergencies of any kind!  I took my mother to the doctor for a follow up appointment and she was good. Blood pressure was still in the low range and her breathing and O2 levels are great. No specialist required. Except for her early January hospital stay. She finally gets to see the surgeon on Tuesday. Hopefully all will be good there. Who wants to go through another colonoscopy after having colon cancer treatment. Not her! She said she’s tired of the whole thing and I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. We will see.

On the fabric front, last week I purchased a load of flannel and it’s all washed up, ready to be used as backings. I need to cut it up because I have no place to put it. All the drawers are full and to think I needed to buy more. I’m a little OCD in the matching department and it has to at least go with the front of the quilt for me to use it. No using the wrong shade green or blue for me.

I managed to cut out 2 jelly roll quilts, one for my sister and one for me because I liked her colour choices. I’ve never made a jelly roll quilt before. Now I want to make another one. These are great as comfort quilts because they are super fast and easy but still really nice when you pick the right colours. My go-to quilt pattern for comfort quilts is Simply Squares and now I think it’s a jelly roll quilt.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for my stash report.

Fabric used this week: 8.54 yards

Fabric used YTD: 22.87 yards

Fabric added this week and YTD: 36.64 yards

Net fabric busted: -14.77 yards

I’ve been sewing most days except for Thursday and Saturday. But looking at  my total hours, it doesn’t really matter. I had appointments on Thursday and the grandkids on Saturday and they are still here as I write this. Friday I sewed for 9.5 hours, trying to get On Ringo Lake done. And it’s not done but will be this week. I don’t like to start another project until the one I’m working on is done. So the push is on because I’m going crazy with all these ideas and patterns and fabric to create something new.

I’m linking up with Kate at LifeinPieces for 15 Minutes to Stitch.

Sewing or related activities Sunday to Wednesday : 16 hours

Sewing on Friday: 9.5 hours

Total hours: 25.5 hours

Oh and I had a call about my sewing machine. Apparently it needs a spring that controls the feed dogs and then the tech can see why it doesn’t zigzag on the right once he replaces the spring. So far $7.50 for the spring and $140- for the cleaning/service. I hope it is just a timing issue. Fingers crossed!