Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stash Report Week 11

Used this week:6 yards
Used YTD: 64.75 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 17 yards

Net:  -47.75 yards

Not quilt related but still sewing this week. Why do people think that just because you have a sewing machine that you can or will do anything? This 1st pic is of the snowmobile covers that I patched. Hated to say no because they are good friends but told the hubby that he is not to take on anymore "mending" jobs. There was almost 4 hours time in these and a yard of fabric. Do you realize how much quilting time was lost? lol Not too mention switching over the machine to do these and the dust and dirt that ensued with 2 leather needles and having to buy heavy duty thread. Took me another hour to clean my machine and get it back to normal, that is piecing mode!

This is my National Quilting Day project. It is from Quick Quilts, April/May 2013. In the magazine it is called Tribecca and the cutting took much longer than the sewing! I am calling it "Wild Child". It is totally from my scraps from my first Swoon quilt. It is for a friend retiring from work. I had made a quilt for his first grandson several weeks ago and he told me the only problem with the quilt was that it did not cover his feet. This one will! It is off to the quilter tomorrow as there is too much on my plate before I need to give it to him. I left off one row after trying to arrange it so that I liked it and it is still plenty big.  

My Guild Round Robin. I added the green and yellow checkerboard. I told the owner that there would be payback for using such a large panel! She just smiled at me.

Got this months Round Robin and it is much smaller and much more my style. Fun! We get to see ours in April at the reveal! 

Make sure you check out the other Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

As Always,


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Stash Report Week 10

Used this week: 2 yards
Used YTD: 58.75 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 17 yards

Net:  -41.75 yards

Finished this tote for a swap. 

Had a sew-In yesterday. It was the perfect day to do it. Rained all day. The good part is that most of our snow melted. The bad part, it can't decide what to do this morning, mostly snow but turns to rain every once in a while. "Spring will come, Spring will come, Spring will come" is what I keep saying over and over. 

To take our minds off of the subject, we sew!

 Helping with decision making-quilters always have an opinion.
 Hey, look at me!
 Hardly heard a word from her.......

 This is what I am talking about. Baskets for Spring!

And I brought Hazel out today. She was feeling a little left out. Have I told you about her? Growing up my Grandmother lived with us for a bit. Grandpa had passed away. She had the downstairs apartment in our house. She was a wonderful seamstress and made many things for us. She was a "working" Mom. A Vice President of a company in St. Paul way ahead of her time. 
I loved to watch her sew and always wanted to learn. She said to wait until I was older. She taught me to hand sew. I made Barbie clothes. I had gotten a panel of fabric with pre-printed Barbie clothes on it. It had a cutting line and a sewing line. I did a few outfits and then decided one day that it would go faster if I used Grandmother's machine. I waited until the coast was clear and managed to get downstairs with no one catching me. I got the machine out and started sewing what I had "pinned" together. Yep, put a bog ol' scratch front and center on that machine. Panicked and put everything away!!!! About a week later, it was discovered by her and she was upset to say the least. I was asked if I had done the deed. I LIED! I was 9, I saw no other choice. It took me about 3 weeks to confess, the worst 3 weeks of my life. After I admitted it and apologized, she began to teach me the correct way to use it. 
She eventually remarried (to the best man from her 1st wedding) and moved. When she passed away, we received none of her belongings. Her husband then died about ten years later and we got many of her things returned including this. I was in my 20's, had a new Husqvarna/Viking 6690 which I loved and was not into old things then. lol I kept it stored away until about 15 years ago, had it cleaned up and used it as my back-up. My husband has replaced the plug end but otherwise she is totally original! She is now my traveling machine. She is so consistent, beautiful stitches and if anything goes wrong I can usually fix it in a couple of minutes. Oh and the scratches I made are now only part of her charm and my memories of Grandma Hazel!

This is what she produced. Look at some of those center squares, they have been in my stash forever!
There was food, fun and laughter. Can't wait for the next one!

On the agenda this week:
Dog sitting Lucy's favorite cousin
Guild Meeting - gotta go finish the Round Robin

As Always,


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Workin' Wednesday

Some darn stomach bug has attacked me this week, off and on, so not much to report.

Workin' on a couple of things:

For a "Spring" tote bag swap. I have enough fabric to do one more item, just have to decide.

Another baby quilt. Just thinking about whether to do a green border or just bind it in the green. I feel like the green snowballs are just floating with no anchor.

As Always,


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stash Report Week 9

Used this week: 7.75 yards
Used YTD: 56.75 yards

Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 17 yards

Net:  -39.75 yards

Last month for pillowcases, made 5 but no pics now.

For my swaps: This is the FQ swap I added the black and the linen along with the backing for the machine cover. I hope she likes them. I made an organizer, pattern Classmate by Terry Atkinson, a machine cover by me and a picushion/scrap bag by me. The FQ's Lani sent sure were bright, the pic does not do it justice. You almost needed sunglasses. I added the basket for her embroidery supplies, 2 FQ's and a Dresden ruler

My next swap was a pincushion going to Heather. I wanted something "Springy". Another one that I made up as I went. I included a couple of goodies. I think I will do another one for me. 

Finished this table topper up from a workshop I took last fall from Maple Island Quilts, Debbie Bowles. She taught us the most amazing way to do curves. Really thought I was not going to like the workshop, not my style you know.....LOVED IT!

I named this one "Skipping Stones

These are a couple of other pics from the workshop.
 Debbie with some techniques.

Answering questions. Is that quilt not beautiful?

First block I did - Pagoda

....and the runner from them. It is more stunning in person

Second runner completed. I actually got 2 from the fabric I brought. One went to a charity auction and brought in $45.00. I was impressed!
I also made the one from her pattern "Carnival" but can't find a pic for it.

What I am working on: A Mystery by Little Bits of This & That. Gathered everything last summer along with the clues. Great baby girl quilt don't you think? She has a new one and I think I will catch up on that today also.

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As Always,