Sunday, August 8, 2010

Quiltathon & Sunday Stash Report August 8th 2010

Fabric added this week:  0 yards
Fabric added YTD:  147 yards
Fabric used this week:  4 1/2 yards -  (3 1/2 for June mystery backing, 1 yard for Planet Patchwork mystery border)
Fabric used YTD:  91 yards
Net used for 2010:  -52 yards

A productive week (mostly weekend) for me.  Started by cutting into a cute little birthday cake.  I loved the candles my daughter choose, it's my exact sentiment when I'm asked how old I am.
My birthday present  arrived Friday afternoon, just in time to start the Quiltathon.  The sewing table, not the machine. :-)  The custom insert will ship in the next three weeks.
Sewing from Friday afternoon until Saturday evening yielded 50 16- patch blocks made from 2" scrappy squares.  These squares are cut as I come across scraps and they been accumulating for a while. It was the perfect project since I just wanted to sew.

By Saturday evening, I was tired of these scraps and a little frustrated since by this time I kept coming across the same prints.  Time to work on something different.  My Planet patchwork top was nearby.... Two borders with cornerstones were added.
Once this top was completed, I decided to prep the backing for the June mystery from Judy at patchworktimes . I used two 64 inch panels to get a 64" x 84" piece. 
I'm a little tired, but I had lost of fun!.  Now to go and find a suitable backing fabric for the Planet Patchwork top and take a batting inventory, if I have big enough pieces I might get these two tops sandwiched soon. Maybe in time  for next Sunday's stash report.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Stash Report August 01, 2010

Fabric added this week:  4 yards
Fabric added YTD:  147 yards
Fabric used this week:  4 yards
Fabric used YTD:  86.5 yards
Net used for 2010:  -56.5 yards
I didn't quite reach my goal from last Sunday. I wanted to finish the Planet Patchwork Lucky stars mystery top, but I still need to add the borders. 

My little peanut likes it!  She kept seating on top of it when I was trying to get it flat on the floor for a photo session.
My sister made 3 more tote bags.  This one is from a big commercial pattern maker, (It reminded me how much I dislike them) Good thing it was bought on sale for $1.99.  It definitely is not worth more than that.
It doesn't help when your "student" refuses to follow instructions.  She says "I'm creative and I need to do things my way" and I said: " Sure, creativity is great and a wonderful talent, I wish I had more of it, but good workmanship is just as important".  I feel that good pressing, straight seams and using the right tools makes a better finished product and ultimately a happier "artist" but she didn't agree.  I guess I need to be more tolerant and accepting, so I did my best and gave her space and my blessings to do as she pleased.  I have to admit, she did a good job with her totes.
She is happy! And so am I.  Some of the older fabric left my stash, my sister found out that when she says to me: "please hem my pants, all you have to do is tuck and sew here" I feel just as pressured and forced to do something against my will as she did when she refused to measure, mark, and otherwise follow any directions or instructions.  LOL!
Overall, it was a great week, next week can only be better.