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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!

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!

August 13th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Here it is, my week already. I have not even had a chance to make any of the blocks in this quilt along. Time is flying by so fast this summer. Today, my neighbour motivated me to clean out the garage. The van is loaded up with stuff we are getting rid of – 5 years of junk, ready to go!

My block is all about being Canadian. Living in a border town, we are very American here. There’s only one local Windsor tv channel so most of the local news and weather comes from Detroit. I love going over there shopping and visiting family. It’s just that sometimes I think we should be more Canadian and be proud to show it, hence my block. My sister lives in the US and all her quilt patterns that come with an American flag are changed to Canadian flags.

Here’s the link to my block.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Seasons Block

 

July 15th, 2018 - The Stash

The Stash which never seems to get any smaller even though I do sew.  No fabric was purchased to make this cute Safari Friends baby quilt. This picture looks blurry but I think it’s just the grey and the white that makes it look that way. Anyway, I had to learn how to do machine embroidery applique which was super easy in the end. And now that I made and sold this quilt, I’m going to make another one for a niece. Hopefully all from the stash as I have loads of grey and white fabric.

 

Isn’t this the cutest giraffe ever! There were 22 thread changes in this design. First time I did all 22 but the second one I used a light coloured thread to do all the tacking down of fabric and then only changed the thread to do the satin stitching. Much quicker.

 

 

I just finished this quilt in three days. All that’s needed is a label. Started on Thursday evening and had the binding on last night. It’s maybe the fastest quilt I ever made.

 

 

A little close up of the quilting. The pantograph is Hot Cocoa by Urban Elementz. It’s my favourite go-to pantograph for comfort quilts. I just love the motion in it and it’s quick and easy to quilt.

 

 

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 9.61 yds

Fabric used YTD: 123.24 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -16.07 yds

I’m slowly getting out of the hole. I cannot buy any more fabric this year. That’s my story and I really am trying to stick to it.

On the 15 Minutes to sew challenge, I have not sewn every day. The first week of July, I only sewed for 2 hours. But last week, I sewed for 27 hours. The only day I missed sewing was Wednesday. I was tired from having the munchkins for 2 days. I managed to sew on Tuesday with them here. There was a lot of stopping to tend to them but I sewed for 4 hours in total.

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 wonderful week!

 

 

July 1st, 2018 - Happy Canada Day

 

Happy Canada Day to all! You will be seeing a lot of this block this summer. It’s my block for the 2018 Canadian Summer Quilt Along. Check out the quilt along here. Week 4 starts soon.

 

 

I’ve been good in the stash department and a little bit lazy in the sewing department. It’s just a little too hot here in Southwestern Ontario to do anything. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

 I have a custom quilt to finish and I hope to be done tomorrow. But I did make this last week. My grandson is going in to grade one and I was trying to think of something I could get him or make to mark the occasion. He’s in to Super Mario and I had the bright idea to make him a hat. YouTube here I come! Very easy to make and the whole time the video was on, Mario music is playing in the background. You can’t help but smile as you are making it. I made the child’s size but it was too small so I had to make the adult sized one. I think he loved it.

 

Here’s my numbers

Fabric used this week: 9.08 yds

Fabric used YTD: 113.63 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds but I was tempted by a closing sale

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -25.68 yds

On the 15 Minutes to Sew front, I managed to sew for 16 hours a week. I think that’s pretty good seeing as I feel like I haven’t even been sewing at all.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew and Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the stash report. Have a great week and be safe!

 

June 21st, 2018 - Machine Embroidery Applique

I have never done this type of embroidery before. I bought an applique pattern off Etsy from The Applique Place and then watched a how-to video from YouTube. I really had no clue how they did this but now I know. So very cool!

Now that was a really simple, not complicated like I was envisioning. Who knew! I can’t wait to do some more and see how they look. I think I even have some applique embroidery designs that I was nervous to try out. Look out world, more to come!

June 14th, 2018 - Binding Love

I just love this new to me method of binding.

 

I made a 2″ binding. Sew it on the back and then use the #71 foot on my Bernina 450

 

 

 

 

Then stitched it down on the front. This foot guides the binding to the right spot, just covering your stitching.

 

 

 

 

And in no time at all, the binding is sewn down, all neat and tidy. This was my 6th quilt using this method. I finished the binding on 3 quilts in less than 4 hours.

 

 

 

And today, I gave Lindsay her birthday quilt about 8 months late. But you know what they say. Better late then not at all! The munchkins and their cat gave it their seal of approval.

 

 

See you all later.

June 10th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It starts tomorrow! Check it out at  Canadian Summer Quilt Along.  Anita LaHAy from Daydreams of Quilts put out a request for 12 blocks for this idea she had for a quilt along. ‘What Canada means to you’ was the theme. I can’t believe the blocks. Gorgeous!

Every week a new block comes out on Monday with bonus blocks on some Thursdays. And you don’t have to be Canadian to participate. Plus there are prizes too! Check it out here.

My block comes out in August.

Get your needles ready and your machines fired up for this epic event!

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.