Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Stashbusting Statistics

Wow!  I knew August would be a great month for using up fabric -- I just didn't know how good it would be!  And, I bought a bit of fabric too. 

Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year


Color me tickled pink!  The biggest part of this is the queen sized Trip Around the World quilt I showed here. And, I finished another donation quilt that I'll be showing later this week. 

I've been goofing off for the last few days and really haven't spent all that much time in the studio.  Therefore, to make sure there is at least one photo on the blog I'm showing a quilt that is being donated to an auction at church.  I enjoy donating my quilts to great causes.  It makes room in the house for more quilts and it raises funds for causes I support.  I finished this one a few years ago.  I'll probably make a new label for it and that's all I need to do.  I like this quilt but I've never used it as I have so many other ones. It is a disappearing 9 patch.  

This was a group quilt (in a way) where all participants were given the same oriental fabric.  We each made 9 patches and then swapped the blocks. I forget how many blocks we got but I eventually sliced them up and made this quilt.  I imagine I added some extra blocks.  I do remember how much I like/d the yellow I used for the binding. 

Today I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social.

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8 - 31 - 2015

ARGH!  Calendar change coming up tomorrow! Oh August where did you go so fast? 

Here's what's on the design wall today. I'm working on 2014 Row by Row.  Rather than have a long skinny quilt I've decided to break up some of the rows and add the blocks to the side of the quilt.  Unfortunately, not all blocks are the right size so I'm adding some blue sashing around the blocks to bring them up to the correct size.  Here is a fish (from a Maryland shop)block and the ice tea block from Quilter's Corner in Richmond. I have some lemon fabric to use to appliqué a lemon slice on the edge of the glass. I should probably do that before I set these together and add to the rest of the quilt. 

I didn't have a leader ender project to work on while I was finishing these blocks so I took out my Easy Street Mystery from several years ago.  Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Quips and Snips runs a terrific free mystery every year from the Friday after Thanksgiving until about New Years.  The quilts are usually big -- queen size, lots of pieces and she encourages using scraps and fabric on hand.  Sometime in October she will be giving us information about fabric colors and approximate amounts.  You don't have to use scraps or her colors or even make as big a quilt as she does but it is so very much fun to work on it.  

These blocks scream lime to me.  I know they have some black and white prints around them and some grey four patches.  They are a long way from being finished.  I've used up most of my lime green working on this quilt.  I have most of the smaller units done so it is time to build the blocks.  What I hadn't done was cut 169 3-1/2" squares of lime green.  I finished cutting them yesterday.  I plan to take this project on retreat in 31 days. (I'm not anxious or anything!?) I'm trying to decide whether to separate the units needed for the two blocks.  Still haven't decided whether to do that or not.  It might help so I can make sure I have everything I need to sew it together.  I prefer to cut at home and have kits to work on.  Time will tell. I need to decide on what part to do as a leader ender now that these units are to this stage.  Do I start Block A or do I finish Block B? 

Decisions, decisions. But now, on to my goals from last week. Not bad, but I didn't get everything done. Sigh. 
Week of August 24, 2015
Finish piecing 2014 Row by Row √ making progress
Load and quilt donation quilt
Load and quilt Dorothy’s R, W, and Blue quilt Oops!
Mail blocks to Joan/FCQEquilter Blocks done but not in the mail
Make backing for soccer quilt√ and quilted!

And this week's goals:
Week of August 31, 2015
Finish piecing 2014 Row by Row
Load and quilt Dorothy’s R, W, and Blue quilt
Sew Talking Turkey blocks together
Mail blocks to Joan
Bind soccer donation quilt

I'm linking up with Main Crush MondayMonday Makings and Design Wall Monday. (not up yet, I'll come back later and add it.)  Take a look at what others are doing this week. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sometimes It All Comes Together

The long arm quilters in my guild, Country Piecemakers, have agreed to quilt small donation quilts for $5. a quilt.  I like doing these small, fast little quilts.  I get to try designs I haven't used before or thread or... you get the idea.  They are fast and fun to my thinking.  Dorothy gave me this darling little quilt to do for her at the last meeting.  Everything came together beautifully.  
I picked a design called Inkblot Flowers.  I used Omni thread that was a sage green. (Honestly, I never would have picked a contrasting thread if I was doing this as hand guided.) I believe the batting is Quilters Dream Poly.  I was so tickled with it I sent Dorothy a text with a picture (in fact, the picture above) when I first started it.  She liked it too.
Finished, ready to return to Dorothy and let her finish it off.  And the back... The picture is a little dark but I love the definition this combo has given the quilt.  

Next up on Ruthie is my little Soccer Bears quilt. I'm not sure what batting I will use on it.  It depends what I have in the leftover batting tote.  The front is really busy so I doubt I'll get this definition but the back is a lightly mottled cream so maybe the back will look like this.  Check back in the next few days to see what happens.  Of course, I need to decide on the design before this can get going!

I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday. Take a look what others are working on now.

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8 - 24 -2015

After finishing my trip around the world quilt I gave myself permission to start a new quilt.  I had put several fabrics together on one of my desks several weeks ago thinking they would make a great baby quilt for donation to the NICU.  Janet, our NICU contact and quilting buddy, says that there are more boys admitted to the NICU than girls.  Something around 4 boys for every girl.  So I always try to make quilts that would be appropriate for boys.   Here's what I made this week. 
The block is called Bright Beginnings and has a partial seam to start it.  The best part is all of it came from my stash.  The bear soccer fabric was purchased with a donation quilt in mind.  The rest was leftovers from other projects. 
It came from More Quilts for Baby: Easy as ABC by Ursula Reikes.  I've made many, many quilts from this book and the other two by Ursula: Quilts for Baby: Easy as ABC and Even More Quilts for Baby: Easy as ABC. I know I bought the first one in 1994 or so when I was working in a quilt store. I added the other two as they came out.  These were my go-to recommendations when someone came into the store wanting to make a baby quilt. The designs are cute, quick and easy.  All three are still sold today, although Quilts for Baby is the only one sold as a paper copy, the other two are offered as E-Books.  The nifty part about the quilts is that each design can be made bigger and doesn't have to be a baby quilt.  It's the fabric choices that make the end results a perfect baby quilt.  

I think I'm going to go through each book and make one of each design.  I know I've made many of them through the years but this will be more deliberate. I'll keep you posted. 

I did great on the goals last week:
Week of August 17, 2015
Finish quilting Trip Around the World quilt (TAW)
Continue working on Talking Turkey and 2014 Row x Row
Embroidery Day at Dorothy’s√ except we pieced instead of embroidering
Make the binding for TAW √ and it is done!!! Whoot!

And for this coming week: 
Week of August 24, 2015
Finish piecing 2014 Row by Row
Load and quilt donation quilt
Load and quilt Dorothy’s R, W, and Blue quilt
Mail blocks to Joan/FCQEquilter
Make backing for soccer quilt

I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday, Monday Makings and Design Wall Monday.  Take a look at what others are doing this week. 

Happy Quilting All!