Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Stash Report - March 27th 2011

Fabric added this week:  5 1/2 yards
Fabric added YTD:  8 1/2 yards
Fabric used this week 3 3/4 yards
Fabric used YTD: 28 yards
Net used for 2011:  19 1/2 yards

On Tuesday, I realized I had forgotten  another niece was having a Baby Shower this Saturday(yesterday) Typical me, I waited to the last minute. Soooo I whipped up a baby quilt in record time! Started it Wednesday afternoon, a Trip Around the World top made in an couple of hours.  Left it alone on Thursday and Friday (I had overnight babysitting duty for the little peanut) and back to layer, quilt, bind and label on Saturday morning.
Learned a lot from this little project.  I wanted to make a quilt without using a neutral color such as white, tan or cream.  It kind of worked but I didn't think about that pink being repeated on the border and how it blends with the top.
Don't use a stripe fabric unless you have time to rip out patches with the lines going on a different direction.
 The label should have been made with a solid thread, the variegated thread worked great for the diagonal quilting, not so much for the label. 

Final lesson, machine binding should not be attempted when in a rush and having three people looking over your shoulder while tapping their foot and switching from pointedly looking at their watch and at you with dart shooting out of their eyes. I loved every minute of it!, I mean, the quilting not my sisters being mean to me. 
My well earned reward was 4 1/2 yards of white on white, (LOL) and one yard of a purple print.  I do need them for my next project!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Stash Report - March 20th 2011

Fabric added last 2 weeks:  0 yards
Fabric added YTD:  3 yards
Fabric used last 2 weeks:  1/4 yard
Fabric used YTD:   24 1/4 yards
Net used for 2011:  21 1/4

Again my favorite song: " no time to sew", my activities in the sewing room have been sporadic and whatever I managed to do; was done in the span of two weeks.    I worked on and off on the UFO #6B (from January) blocks, they are all done and waiting to be sewn into a top.  The violet baby quilt was finished with a meandering FMQ and a machine finished binding, even a label was made with my machine's font stitches.
The 1/4 yard was actually a fat quarter used to line a crocheted purse I made a couple of years ago. 

 The best part? It's brown!, I'm counting it against this month's Monochromatic Challenge.  I couldn't decide on which fabric to use, the indecision only lasted a few seconds and I settled on the one at the right
It was such a quick and easy task, I went "designer" and added a magnetic snap closure, LOL.  Anything to be in the sewing room if only for 20 minutes.
We had the yearly Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Pomona, CA last Saturday; I attended with a couple of friends and we had a blast.  Surprisingly, I wasn't tempted by any fabric or gadgets but was very intrigued by a pattern for a machine sewn faux Cathedral windows wall hanging.  I'll show a picture as soon as I get a new camera, (I had it all charged and ready for the festival but decided to drop it on the floor with the lens opened).

There is still hope for some sewing time this coming week; maybe work on this month's UFO challenge?  or last month's for that matter... sigh.  At least I get to see and enjoy other quilter's doings, I'm up for another cup of coffee and some reading.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Stash Report - March 6th 2011

Fabric added last 3 weeks:  0 yards
Fabric added YTD:  3 yards
Fabric used last 3 weeks:  2 yards
Fabric used YTD:  24 yards
Net used for 2011:  21 yards

Boy, the last few weeks have been a whirlpool of happenings that left no time or energy to get in the sewing room.  I'm so grateful that things are slowing down and somewhat back to normal.

Pin basting the violet baby quilt is the only sewing related thing I've managed to do in the last three weeks
I found a solid violet flannel to use for the backing and started the FMQ last night, but I ran out of bobbing thread,  I'll finish it tonight after I buy a new spool of thread.  I missed my sewing room!