Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sewing Sunday

Two different size cozies for my tablet.  It feels good to have completed a couple of items.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sunday Stash Report and Unintentional Change of Plans

Fabric Added this week:  0 Yards
Fabric Added YTD:  0 yards
Fabric Used this week:  0 Yards
Fabric Used YTD:  0 yards
Net used for 2012:  0 yards

The stars and universe finally aligned for me and my quilting (Or so I thought). I had the time, solitude and desire to do something quilting related on New Year's Eve day, the days started with an enthusiastic and energetic search for fabric for the QTMystery NYE mystery.  Everything was going along great, I started building momentum and had most of the cutting done,  "humm, should I change my blade? it's kind of dull..Ok, a few minutes can be spared". "Wow, what a difference a new blade makes, nice! Just two more fabrics to cut then to the sewing machine, I can't Wait!".. 
BUMMMMMEEEER!, had to wait as my left index finger got in the way and the skin from the base of my nail to the finger tip was transfer from my hand to the space between that nice, smooth, sharp blade and the rotary cutter.   Ok, Quilty day over. 
Talk about unintentional change of plans!
It's all right, I should have been taking a nap anyway, now it was mandatory in order to recuperate from the extensive bleeding and throbbing pain.  Since I hadn't worked on my 2012 UFO challenge list, What better time to do it? Well, I didn't work on the list on  the same day but a few minutes ago.  The list is done and posted on the side bar, its all 8 UFO's that didn't get finished in 2011 plus 4 newer projects. Good thing too, since Judy opened the 2012 UFO List back up for just a few days and I still get a chance to sign up. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Stash Report - December 18th 2011

It's been several weeks since I had the chance or desire to work on anything.  Not one project, old or new, appealed to me all this time. Until yesterday! I wanted to work for a little bit on something that didn't require cutting into yardage, planning a color scheme, search a pattern, dig out UFO's or otherwise make any big effort or fuss.  I pulled a small container of strings and some paper for foundation, turned on my sewing machine.......

I made 36 blue string blocks for the Orca Bay mystery!
No fabric usage to count as these are scraps from older projects but it was fun!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Stash Report - Sunday November 13th, 2011

Fabric added since last report:  0 yards
Fabric added YTD: 52 3/4 yards
Fabric used since last report:  1/2 yard
Fabric used YTD:  91 3/4 yards
Net used for 2011:  39 yards

Jeez, only a measly 1/2 yard used in almost a month! At least I'm consistent with my feast or famine quilting habits. It all went down hill after trying to FMQ this quilt , the swirl pattern I tried, started too small and compact and by the time I emptied the first bobbin, it was big and erratic.  I balled it up in frustration and left it on a corner.  I plan on ripping it all out and start again, I just can't find the gumption to do it.
It look me a week or two to use my machine again, I made several blocks with some  old 1.25" half-square triangles
These little bits yielded 23 -  5 1/2" Dutchman puzzle blocks which I plan to turn into pincushions for Christmas gifts like this:
This is where I used that 1/2 yard of fabric, I made a prototype pincushion and tread catcher.
I think I will only make the pincushion and not the thread catchers, I would get bored before I finish even half of them. I'm also digging into the stash to find fabrics for two upcoming mysteries, Orca Bay Mystery from Quiltville and QTMysteryQuilts yahoo group.  My motivation is slowly coming back.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Stash Report October 16th 2011

Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added YTD:  52 3/4 yards
Fabric used this week:  10 yards
Fabric used YTD:  91 1/4 yards
Net used for 2011:  38 1/2 yards

Eleanor Burns book Irish Chain in a Day says it takes 8 3/4 yards to make a double Irish chain top for a double bed, so that's what I'm counting as  used to make this pink and white top
Then there was a yard of the border pink on my top I shared with my friend Pat, she is also using it in as a border on her latest quilt top.  The last yardage was used to bind my latest UFO (September) finish, I had prepared a scrappy binding when I finished the top a long time ago, but I feel it was too busy
Since I FMQ'ed it with a golden thread, I stayed with the theme and cut into a piece of a gold/tan, I like it!

I think it worked much better than the scrappy binding. I also decided to machine finish the binding for the sake of time since this is only my fourth UFO finish of the year, I'm behind 6, YIKES!.
 Here is another shot from a different section
Today, I'm concentrating  in finding a suitable backing for the double Irish chain top or at least a few pieces I can sew together.  Maybe finishing another UFO? 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

No Stash Report

I haven't done a stash report in several weeks, the reason? My daughter and granddaughter are living with us again. I gave up my 10' x 12' sewing room to them.  I now have a 60" wide corner in the living room as my sewing area
Instead of working on projects, I'm working on reducing the quilting supplies but most importantly, I'm working on adjusting to all the changes and challenges of having more people living with me.
The only sewing done around here has been done during the Saturday Quilting group, I've been piecing a double irish chain in pink and white, I just haven't taken pictures or thought about how much fabric has been used, maybe it will be back to normal in the next week or so.
I have been keeping up with other stash reports and I'm looking forward to reading today's, I'm heading over to Judy's  Patchworktimes blog as soon as I hit the publish button!.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Stash Report - September 4th 2011

No fabric bought or used this week, my stash remains the same as last week.  I didn't finish my August UFO either, I find that I don't have the right shade of green thread and can't make up my mind of what other thread to use or if a trip to the store is needed.  While I wait and since we didn't have a Saturday Quilting class and I stayed home, I pulled the 1/2 square triangle patches made while piecing this quilt back in January and February (NYE mystery)
At first I wanted to make a tote bag and made two of these panels, they are 19 1/2" square. Now,I think, too big for a tote but big enough for a couple of pillows, they would be perfect to use with the quilt (whenever it's finished)
I still had many patches and made this other panel (on the left).  This one is about 24" x 19" and I think if I add a couple of borders, it would be ideal for a bag to carry my cutting mat to class or a wall hanging.
I still had a few patches and made four broken dishes blocks that finished at 5" and four flying geese blocks also finishing at 5".  I added some sashing and borders to the broken dishes patches but I don't like it.  Wrong color and proportions
I still don't know what I want to do with the flying geese
I had lots of fun with these little  1 3/4" pieces, I have lots more from other projects and I want to play with them too.  I'm all alone in the house today, Yeah! Another day of fun in the sewing room!.