Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stash Report for Week 22

It’s been a while since I did a stash report. Things have just been a bit busy around here.

Since my last report, I’ve added more fabric for my guild’s challenge for next year…so that’s 3 more yards in. I think there is one piece of fabric I bought that won’t work for the challenge, so that will probably end up going onto my shelves to be used for something else. But, the remaining challenge fabric will sit until I’m ready to do something with it. I have an idea, so I’m still looking for more fabric to add to that stack of fabrics. So don’t be surprised if the numbers continue to go up!

I also picked up another yard of fabric to start an embroidery project…Vintage Skate from Crabapple Hills Studio…

This will be the centerpiece of a quilted wall hanging. I’ve gotten a little bit of stitching done on it already. I do hope to finish it up this summer.

As far as fabric out…I used up about one yard of fabric this month for my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Other than these projects, I’ve mostly been working on my 9-Patches, and I won’t count those fabrics out until I’ve completed the tops.

Stash Report Week 22 of 2015

Used in 2015:            18.00 yards

Added in 2015:          30.75 yards

Total net used 2015: 12.75 yards

Red means I added more than I used
Black means I used more than I added
Goal: Use more than I add

I will be linking up at Patchwork Times for the Stash Report.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Done With Green

…at least for now. Here is the sum total of what I did for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the month of May…

I actually got a lot more done than I anticipated. I’m pretty excited about that!

This week I completed the paper pieced cat and one of the Rainbow Forest trees…

At the moment, I’m sticking with one green tree. I might make more later, but I think I’m going to just make one of each color now, then see where I’m at by the end of the year. This is going to be a wall hanging and I have some ideas for it, but I don’t want it to get too big. Here are all the trees I have done so far…

This week I also finished the Sampler blocks and the green postage stamp block. Here are all the postage stamp blocks I have so far…

No blue one, I know. I have it partly put together from January, and the remainder is cut out. I guess I’ll get it finished for June with light blue…it does have some light blues in it.

Also, here are all my Rainbow Sampler Blocks plus the alternate blocks I’m using…

I will frame the alternate blocks with the Kona Snow background. I’m really pleased with how they are turning out.

Finally, I did get two green hexie flowers stitched this week…

I’m pretty pleased with the progress I made for the month of May with my greens. For next month, I’ll try to work on the same projects. I already have my blue fabrics pulled out and I have some hexie flowers cut out. That will give me some hand work to do in the evenings.

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Friday, May 29, 2015

This Week in Stitches

Not a lot of stitching went on this week. I didn’t even pick up the Vintage Skate stitching, but I did finish a fifth HocusPocusVille block…

Pretty cute, huh? With a sharp eye you can see that I haven’t stitched up everything on these blocks. For example, this block has two bats traced above the building. There are also some blocks that have places where French knots should have been made, but I didn’t do them. That’s because when I’m done (after making and quilting the quilt, probably), I plan on adding beads and buttons to the quilt. I plan on making the buttons (bats, cats, birds, etc.) with Sculpey clay. We’ll see how it goes. I also have some seed beads to add in some of the places where there are French knots. For example, in the next block I’m doing below, there are circles around the sign that says “Used Brooms”. I will stitch beads around the sign rather than adding French knots or stitching the circles.

Here is the block I’m doing for June…

This is the actual pattern page. I have it traced on fabric, but it’s easier to see on the pattern. Also, this is the 12th block in the pattern, but I’m doing it now…because it was on top of the stack of traced patterns so it was the next to grab J

The only other hand stitching I did this week were two hexie flowers for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Today I’ll be out on the hunt for some fabrics for a quilt guild challenge, and some batting and backing fabric for a quilt that needs to get done. I thought it would be easy to find the fabrics I need for the challenge, but it isn’t. I’m hoping to find some solids today that match my colors. We’ll see how it goes. Hope you have a great day!

I will be linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching and the Vintage Stitchery Party. Head on over for some lovely projects.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALYOF Finishes Party

For A Lovely Year of Finishes for May, my goal (#2 at the Goal Setting Party) was to complete fifty 9-Patch blocks from the fabric of my dad’s flannel shirts. Well, I didn’t quite get there.

As a reminder, I’m planning on making two 9-Patch quilts for my two sisters from the flannel shirts I brought back from my dad’s place in April after he passed away. When we were going through my dad’s closet, my oldest sister thought it would be great if I made us all quilts out of his shirts…there were DOZENS! I don’t know how many shirts one man can wear, but it did give me lots of fabric. Most of his shirts are dark colors, so for contrast, I ended up purchasing some light flannels to make up the 9-Patches. I bought two different light flannels, so I’ll use one light color for each of the quilts. Here is what is actually completed so far…

I have completed 18 blocks total and I have 16 partially pieced on my sewing table. I’m chain piecing, so I have quite a few going at once. I know there are a few days still left in the month and I could get more done, but it’s not going to happen. Anyway, I’m a ways from 50 so I’ll have to declare this goal incomplete. I’ll probably push this one into June.

So, that’s it for me. I will be linking up at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts for the May Finishes Party. Head over for some great projects.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stitching Right Along

I took my embroidery with me when we went camping last week, but of course I didn’t get a lot done.

I started out working on HocusPocusVille, and I got this far on the fifth block…

…when I ran out of floss. I didn’t bring any extra. Can you believe it?! So, I pulled out the Vintage Skate and did a little bit on it…

I just did the bit around the “Winter” button, and started on the pine needles. I plan to get more done this weekend.

Yesterday I worked at our quilt guild annual quilt show (the 35th one!), and I wandered around for a little bit before my shift. I hope to get some photos up in the next few days. Until then, head over to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. I will also be linking up with Super Mom - No Cape for the Monday Stitchery Link Up Party. Check out the lovely embroidery projects there.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

RSC – Green Days

We were out of town for most of this week, but I was able to put together a few more alternate blocks over the last couple of days, and I was able to put together the second Sampler Block…

Pardon the big blurb of a shadow in the lower right of the photo!

I think I am caught up with colors for the alternate blocks for the Rainbow Sampler Quilt. I had a few problems with my alternate blocks, so I may be rebuilding them before they go into a quilt. I obviously had some issues with my seam allowances, though I thought I had it figured out. Seams still didn’t always match. However, I like what I’ve done so far. I’m going to have to get out the previous months’ Sampler Blocks and put everything up on the design wall with the alternate blocks to see how it all looks. I’m getting excited about this going together!

Other than that, I spent some time on Thursday starting to piece the green postage stamp block. Next week I’ll need to finish that up and get the cat and tree blocks done, along with the final green Sampler Block.

That’s about it for the week. I will be linking up at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for May. Head over for some lovely projects.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Green Saturday

I was able to work a bit with some greens this week. I made some alternate blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler Quilt…

These are three green alternate blocks with the first green sampler for May. As you can see, I’ve decided to go with a small Sawtooth Star for the alternate blocks. I will frame them in the Kona Snow background fabric. I saw a similar quilt last month in a magazine and decided that was what I wanted to do with the Sampler Quilt. So, I’ve gotten three green ones done.

I also started some for the previous months of this year…

The blue and purple ones are done (the upper left star is actually a blue-green color in real life) and I have started piecing yellow and pink stars. I should have them done and caught up by the end of May.

Today is an out and about day. We are going RV shopping. Not that we’re going to get anything new today, but we have been discussing getting something smaller than our monstrous 5th wheel; so we are kinda, sorta, maybe looking at something else. We’ll see what we come across. We are taking off camping tomorrow, so it will give us more time to discuss whether or not we really want to get something smaller or stick with what we have. We’re really waffling on this one. Anyway, we need to run out and get our stuff done this morning, because this afternoon is going to be a typical spring afternoon…hot and humid. Not the best for walking around an RV parking lot. We’re hoping for some rain this afternoon or evening, but the chances are not looking great for today. We have had no rain at our house all month, and the grass is starting to show it. A good soaking this afternoon would be nice.

I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Head over for some lovely projects.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stitching Away

I’ve gotten a little ways on my stitching this week. I was able to finish up the 4th block for HocusPocusVille…

I also started Block 11…though it’s the fifth block I’ve worked on this year. I traced them all out early last month, and this one was on top of the stack so it’s the one I grabbed. This is the traced block before I started stitching…

I also started a new embroidery project…like I need another one! I bought this Vintage Skate pattern from CrabApple Hills Studio…

This is an embroidered panel in a quilted wall hanging. My family skates, so I thought this would be cute for inside the front door during the winter months. I’ve had some skate decorations hanging there forever, but they’re looking their age so I thought it was time for something else.

So, I got it put together and traced and tinted, and this is what it looks like ready to stitch…

I did do some stitching on it yesterday, and hope to work on it more over the weekend, along with HocusPocusVille. 

I’ve prepared this skate pattern differently than any other embroidery I’ve done in the past. I’m using a white on white patterned fabric (I usually use solids) and I doubled the fabric rather than backing it with muslin. I don’t know why I did it that way, I just did. Maybe I was too lazy (or excited and impatient about starting a new project) to get out some muslin and wash it. I also spray basted the fabric together, which so far hasn’t been a problem with stitching.

I also normally use Pilot Frixion pens to trace out my patterns because they come out so easily with heat…and my tracing and embroidery mistakes disappear with the iron! Because the tinting method requires pressing the fabric after tracing, I used a brown .01 Pigma marker…AAAAAHHHH! Scary! I get a bit nervous using permanent markers. But, it actually turned out just fine. J

Then, once the tracing was done, I got down to the tinting. During an organizing frenzy in my sewing room a few years ago, I cleared out and donated all the crayons that I had in there. After 30+ years of crafting, 10 years of being a Girl Scout leader, 10 years of homeschooling, and having a kid who received crayons as gifts every holiday and birthday, I had SCADS of crayons around the house. So, I cleared them out. That meant that I had to go out and buy a brand new pack of Crayolas for this project…J So, I colored in the pattern, somewhat following the color recommendations, and then heat set the crayon. I tell you what…it was kind of like magic. The crayons are so waxy when going on the fabric, but once you heat set them, they kind of mellow out and melt into the fabric. The fabric ends up nice and smooth and you can’t tell there is anything on the surface.

So, that’s my week in stitching. As I said, this weekend will be devoted to stitching the skate and HocusPocusVille. We’ll be heading out camping this weekend, and this stitching is all I’m taking to do…kind of forcing me into working on them! There is also a good chance for rain while we’re gone, so I will likely have time to sit and stitch.

I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Check out all the lovely projects there.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stash Report Week 19 of 2015

Used in 2015:            17.00 yards

Added in 2015:          26.75 yards

Total net used 2015: 9.75 yards

Red means I added more than I used
Black means I used more than I added
Goal: Use more than I add

Well, I’ve gone into the hole. But hopefully not for long. I added up the flannels from my dad’s shirts and that was approximately 12 yards worth of fabric added to my stash. I also picked up 5 yards total of light colored flannels so I can make 9-patch blocks with the flannels. So hopefully most of that will go out of here by late summer or the fall…whenever I get the quilts done. Good news…I did finish up the flannel quilt for the trailer this weekend, so that’s 5.25 yards out for the backing and binding. Yay! Now we can use it when we go camping in a few weeks. It still can get cold enough at night to use a quilt to snuggle.

As far as the rest of the week in the sewing room goes, I am getting back into the swing of things. I’ve been working on HocusPocusVille, and I’ve gotten some work done on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I also did make two 9-patch blocks from the flannels…

That’s about it. I plan on spending time today on HocusPocusVille, so I better get some other things out of the way first.

I will be linking up with the Stash Report at Patchwork Times…and I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

My Favorite Green

I love green. It is probably my most favorite color! I love all shades of green, and boy, do I have them in my stash!

First, here’s the best green of all…

This was the view from the front door of my trailer last weekend when we went camping at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Tennessee. I love when the trees start opening up their leaves in the spring. Our trees here in the Tennessee Valley have had their leaves out for a few weeks, but on the Plateau they are still just opening. It was so nice to get away and get refreshed for more sewing after a rough April.

And I did get a little sewing in this week! Yay! I was able to complete the green Sawtooth Star in a Sawtooth Star Sampler Block…

I really like how it turned out.

I also got my greens cut for my postage stamp block…

…and my fabrics picked out for my green Rainbow Forest Trees and my paper pieced cat. I was actually able to find 100 different fabrics for my squares for the green postage stamp block…I told you I liked green!

That’s about it for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for this first week in May. I’m looking forward to getting more RSC projects done this month. I’ll be linking up at SoScrappy for the Saturday link up. Head over for some lovely green projects!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Getting Back in the Swing

April was a rough month, but I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of things around here. I actually have worked on some stitching in May! Yay!

I finished up this little redwork BOM from Jenny of Elefantz…

This was the only stitching I did last weekend while we were camping. The rest of the time was spent reading, walking/hiking, and doing a lot of nothing! It was really what I needed. J

Since I’ve been back this week, I was able to make a little progress on HocusPocusVille…

This is still block 4, so I’m one month “behind”. I plan on spending time on it this weekend. Maybe even enough time to finish it!

I also started binding my flannel quilt for the trailer on Thursday. I do plan on finishing it this weekend…

…sans the kitty, I hope. She does like to help.

That’s about it for hand stitching this week. I better get back to it! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes: May Goal

My goal for ALYOF for May is to piece 50 9-patch blocks. I think I can do it.

I have this stack of flannel from cutting apart my dad’s shirts (there are 2 or 3 that are plain cotton shirts, but I’ll go ahead and use those too)

When my two sisters and I were going through some things in my dad’s closet, they pulled out about a bazillion flannel shirts (OK, maybe many dozens!). One of my sisters mentioned it would be great if I made a quilt from his shirts, so I pulled out the ones my brother-in-law didn’t want to keep (he only wanted a few) and brought them home. With the exception of one or two, they all read dark. But I really wanted to make a 9-patch quilt from them, so I ordered some light colored flannels (I couldn’t find many flannels around here at this time of year). Those flannels have arrived and I can get started on cutting a whole bunch of 3 inch squares. I plan on the blocks being 7-1/2 inches (unfinished) and laying them out 9 blocks by 11 blocks, for a total of 99 blocks. I’ll make two quilts - one for each sister – so I’ll need to make 198 blocks. I think if I work in 50 block increments it will be better for my sanity. So, that’s the plan. I have a long-ago-started quilt I’m making for my bedroom that has plaids/homespuns/flannels in it, so any extra fabric from my dad’s shirts will go into that so I’ll have some of his shirts for myself.

Aside from that, May will be pretty busy with camping twice, vet appointments, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, guild meeting and Board meeting, capped off with our Guild Quilt Show over Memorial Day Weekend, but I hope to complete a few other things in the sewing room.

Participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge – The color for the month of May is green. I have plenty of green around the sewing room, so I’m looking forward to using it up. I’ll be working on the same projects I’ve been doing since January. I may double up on some of them, making a set of light green and a set of dark green.

Vintage Kitchen BOM from Jenny of Elefantz – this is a quick little redwork embroidery project that won’t take too much of my time. I love how they’re turning out and look forward to putting them together later this year.

HocusPocusVille – I want to finish up the fourth block of HocusPocusVille and complete a fifth block. April was a bit messed up for my so I’m a little behind (my) schedule for this project. I’d like to finish one block per month.

And I think that’s it. I have lots of other projects I can pick up if I need something different, plus I have several Ronald McDonald House quilts here that need to be quilted. I finally have the large quilt frame up for my long arm, so I will probably load one of my larger quilts and have that available to work on this month as well.

I hope you all have a wonderful May! I’ll be linking up with the May Goal Setting Party for A Lovely Year of Finishes at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts.