Sunday, April 23, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  69.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  18.625 yards

I always have a slow start at my quilting when we return to our northern home.  My basement quilting room is much cooler than the rest of the house, and feels even colder after spending time in the sunny south.  We spent our first weekend home with our younger son and family, when our grandson learned to say Grandma and Grandad, and this weekend our older son came for a visit.  We enjoy getting caught up on all their news.   

I attended my guild executive meeting this past week, and got caught up on all the news.  We'll be having a quilt show in June 2018, so now I have to get busy making some items for the boutique.

Hopefully I'll get my quilting mojo restarted soon....

Here's all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Friday, April 21, 2017

ON THE NEEDLES 21 APRIL

I've been settling back into my northern home, including my quilting area.  I'm still trying to find homes for all my new treasures, and have been continuing on my plan to use my cut strips to make room for more.  I hunted through a basket of leftover units and I've been stitching the smaller ones together into usable block.

In the evenings, I've been knitting - something I do from time to time.  I always wanted to try entrelac, and found an interesting pattern while net surfing.

I found a large ball of variegated yarn and started knitting.  These colours will go with my new winter coat that I bought in the fall.  I may have to wear it someday, so I thought I should be prepared!  I wish the colour change was a little longer, and I can't wait to get it blocked.....

Check out the knitting progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  2.875 yards
Fabric used year to date  69.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  18.625 yards

I completed another baby quilt made from a printed panel.  The backing is flannel with a train print - I've had it for a while, just waiting for the right project.

This will be my last report for a couple of weeks.  We'll be on the road north next week, then I'll be unpacking, restocking the larder, and hope to visit our grandson (and his parents) shortly after.  I wish we lived closer, but we don't want to move, and this allows them more time with my daughter-in-law's parents.  We'll make a few trips after we arrive home, then fewer over the summer, then a few more in the fall.  They may visit us when they take their holidays, and we hope to have our grandson stay for a week without the parental units!

DH and I managed two evening visits to Disney World this week.  Attended Fantasmic at the Studios, and Illuminations at Epcot.  That will be our final visit until the autumn.

My Wednesday quilting group shared several quilts this week, and were bringing all their questions to be answered, and problems to be solved.  For some it was the last quilting get-together of the season, and for others, there will be one more week.  I took lots of pictures, and shared them with the members.

We are getting together today, to share lunch with 3 other Canadian couples who were all posted to Tyndall AFB in Panama City FL at the same time.  My friend and neighbour is hosting the group.  She is cooking a turkey today, to serve cold for lunch tomorrow.  I made potato salad, 2 loaves of French bread, a chocolate coconut bundt cake, and raspberry coconut bars for dessert. Another friend is providing a salad, and the fourth will be making salmon dip to have with drinks before lunch.  We're all looking forward to catching up on all the news.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  4 yards
Fabric used year to date  66.75 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  15.75 yards

My used fabric was for pillowcases.  Our sewing day made 223 pillowcases for area children's hospital.  The only other sewing I did was to cut the yardage for tablecloths for DS2's use at work.  I didn't add the fabric to my stash report, so I can't claim it as used.  I serged all the edges, then turned and top stitched the hems.  I was able to use the differential feed on my serger for the round cloths, just eased the fabric enough to turn and stitch with no puckers.

I've been baking this past week.  I made 4 loaves of whole wheat bread, 2 French loaves to take to a dinner party, and 4 loaves of cinnamon raisin, fruit bread.  Three of these were gifted to neighbours.  I wanted to use the fruit before packing up to head north.

Company is coming tonight.  We plan to go out for dinner, and I have made an apple crisp for dessert, to have with some vanilla frozen yogurt.

Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A SUCCESSFUL PILLOWCASE DAY

Our clubhouse began humming, as members of my quilting group and their friends and neighbours began to get set up early for our 2nd annual pillowcase day.  By 11am, we had 4 sergers, 10 sewing machines, and 10 non-sewing helpers ready to begin.


The Tampa Bay area coordinator for the Cases for Smiles charity came, loaded with lots of pre-cut pillowcase kits to add to the ones donated by our group.  She made sure everyone was busy, and supervised the non-sewing workers. 
 
They pinned the "kits" together and kept the machines humming along.  They also picked up the cases when each step was finished, and took them to those who were turning them, pressing them, and then delivered them back to those sewing to continue with the next step.  


The 4 sergers were kept busy, as we tried to complete each of the pillowcases.  Near the end of the day, we also had some finished using a French seam - one extra step.

We took a short break for a quick lunchtime snack, sharing some chocolates and bar cookies, then it was back to work!  The coordinator counted the finished pillowcases, and packed them into bags of 50.  By 3pm, we had completed 223 pillowcases, beating our record.


 We carried the heavy bags of completed pillowcases, along with the rest of the supplies to the coordinator's vehicle, then waved good-bye.  Everyone slowly packed up all their gear, and we straightened the clubhouse - putting chairs back and searching for forgotten items.  I'm sure everyone was tired, but thinking about all the children that will sleep on the pillowcases at the area's childrens hospitals kept a smile on everyone's faces.  

We're looking forward to doing this again next year.
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MY LATEST FINISH

I finally talked DH into being a quilt holder, so I could get a picture.  He's been so busy lately - 6 band performances in the past week.  They've been visiting all the local nursing homes before the band members begin heading to their northern homes for the summer.

The block pattern was ladder star, from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville, in her "Addicted to Scraps" column in Quiltmaker magazine.  I used the leftover half square triangle units, along with some 4-patch blocks, for the border.


I did basic quilting in the blocks, and had fun making swirls in the neutral borders.  I used a variegated King Tut thread from Superior, colour #921 Cleopatra  
It had Variegated Colors:LIME-RED-ORANGE-AQUA-PURPLE, which coordinated with the Egyptian fabric I used on the back and binding.



You can see a bit of the backing showing in this picture. 

My quilting group, along with several other volunteers from my southern community will be making pillowcases for Cases for Smiles tomorrow.  I got my serger out, oiled it, put in new needles, cleaned out all the lint, so I'll be ready to sew from 11-4.

Now off to pack up all my supplies......

Sunday, March 19, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 13 yards
Fabric used year to date  62.75 yards
Fabric added this week  15.5 yards
Fabric added year to date  51 yards
Net used 2017  11.75 yards

I almost went into the red this week - totally not my fault!  My quilting group were out for our annual lunch and shopping trip on Wednesday.  The brought a card and a lovely gift of 62 fat quarters! It was a lovely surprise, but I had to hurry and finish my quilt to compensate for the huge influx of treasures!  Picture soon.....
  This week we are having a pillowcase sewing day for Cases for Smiles.  We hope to finish as many as we did last year.  We have lots of helpers, including some non-sewers, who press, pin, trim, fold and count the completed cases.

I hope to finish a couple more baby quilts before it is time to pack up and head to our northern home.  We always get so busy near the end of the season - lots of invitations to share meals with friends.

Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A SMALL QUILT DISPLAY


Last Sunday, our southern community had their annual Variety of Talents night.  In the past, it was purely a performance show, with singers, dancers, musicians etc.  This year the idea was to show other talents.  My quilting group was asked to set up a display, along with the Swedish weaving group, the wood carvers and both of the painting groups.  
The attendees were able to look at all the displays before the concert began.  My friend and I took the opportunity to share our love of quilting, let people know just what the group does, and advertise our annual pillowcase sewing day.

Of course, I forgot my camera, but a friend took a few pictures of the quilting display.  We placed chairs on top of a row of tables, and draped them with some larger quilts.  We also had smaller projects on tables in front, including runners, bags, pillowcases, etc.
It was fun to see some of the projects that we made this year, as well as a few from previous years.
A few people were disappointed to find out that nothing was for sale!  Unfortunately, I know what people are willing to pay for a quilt!  They don't know how much fabric costs, and want the labour for free.  Most of the people in my group quilt for family, friends and donate quilts to many different charities.



STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 7.125 yards
Fabric used year to date  49.75 yards
Fabric added this week  14 yards
Fabric added year to date  44.5 yards
Net used 2017  5.25 yards

My stats are up and down like a see-saw!  Another internet sale found me last week.  I didn't catch DH's cold and cough, but have been feeling just a bit stuffy, with little energy all week - I think that made me weak enough to be lured in by a sale!

I took pictures of my last two finishes this morning.....
 The row quilt uses a pattern by Lori Holt.  I added a border from Judy Laquidara's book, "60 Pieced  Quilt Borders".  It was a sew-along a couple of years ago.  Since I was determined to use my scraps this winter, I used lots of 5 in squares, 1 1/2 inch strips, and all the background fabric was cut from small pieces that had been hiding on my shelves for quite a while.  I did have to cut into some yardage for some of the larger pieces, and for the final gray border.

I was inspired by Nann's Ripple quilt shown here.  It uses 1 1/2 inch strips, so I pulled all my pre-cut full width strips, and was able to make a smaller quilt, only 5 x 6 blocks.  I even used leftover binding strips for both quilts too!

Check out other's progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 14 yards
Fabric used year to date  42.625 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  30.5 yards
Net used 2017  12.125 yards

Finally back in the black and hope to stay there!  I finished my row quilt, spending last night checking for missed thread tails.  I'll try to get a picture posted tomorrow.....

Our community is having a "Variety of Talents" show this evening.  I is usually musical, with some dancing.  This year they decided to showcase other art forms in a display for everyone to see before the performance shows.  The quilting group was asked to participate, along with the Swedish weaving group, the wood carving group, the watercolour painting group etc.  I've been collecting quilts and other articles that we have made over the past couple of  seasons, and will be heading down to our clubhouse to get set-up by 5pm.  The performances begin at 7, and people will begin arriving around 6 to get a "good seat" for the show.  I just have to remember my camera to get some pictures of the displays!

DH has a cold with a cough, and his voice sounds really gravelly.  Fortunately the band doesn't perform until Wednesday this week, so he's hoping that his voice will be up to the performance.

Check out all the progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  28.625 yards
Fabric added this week 5 yards
Fabric added year to date  30.5 yards
Net used 2017  -1.875 yards
 
More backing fabric added this week, so I'm back in the red!!!!
 
I've been a bad blogger lately, but I've been working in any few spare minutes that I can find.  It seems like we're busy from morning to night. I did get another quilt top pieced, this time from scrap 2 1/2 inch strips - thus the need for more backing fabric.
 
The block pattern is called Ladder Star and is one of Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps in Quiltmaker magazine. 
Whenever I had a few minutes, I'd cut pieces for a block, then when I had 2 cut, I'd stitch them together.  I made 48 blocks, along with many bonus half-square triangle blocks, (stitched as leaders and enders),which I used in the 2nd border. The only "new" fabric used was for the 2 plain borders, but was also from my stash.
I really have to find some time to pin-baste quilts - I now have 3 waiting!
 
Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times

Sunday, February 19, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  28.625 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  25.5 yards
Net used 2017  3.125 yards
No visible progress this week.  DH and the band have been busy, entertaining at 3 nursing homes last week.  Add in a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom with friends, and my quilting day, and the week just flew by.  I'm still trying to find time to pin baste my 2 completed quilt tops.  I've been making blocks for another project, using 2 1/2 inch strips from my bin.  I'm getting close to the 48 blocks that I need for the next scrappy quilt project.
This week the band plays another 3 days, with my quilting day on Wednesday, another Disney day planned with friends, and 2 quilt shows to attend on the weekend as well.  I'll try to squeeze in a bit of quilting too!
Check out the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Used this week 7.25 yards
Used year to date  28.625 yards
Added this week  13.5 yards
Added year to date  25.5 yards
Net used 2017  3.125

I finished another baby quilt, made from a cloth book panel, yesterday, so I didn't have to go back into the "red" again!  My fabric order from Connecting Threads arrived, with backing fabric for 2 more scrap quilts that I have waiting to be quilted, and a couple of sets of 2 1/2 inch strips for another project.

Yesterday morning, I managed to get both backs pieced, pressed and starched, ready to pin baste.  Now I just have to find time when DH isn't off entertaining at the local nursing homes, and when there is a quiet time at the clubhouse, so I can use the large tables.

Saturday morning, DH and friends entertained at a fund-raiser for a local charity at their walk-a-thon.  Thomas Promise is a local charity the provides food to homeless students on the weekends, when the school meals are not available.  They receive a backpack full of ready to eat food.  The charity is currently providing 1000 to 1600 bags of food to students in our county, each week. 

Check out all the progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.
 

Friday, February 10, 2017

ANOTHER SMALL FINISH

I finished the quilting and binding on Wednesday.  I used a cloth book panel, cut out the individual pages and added sashing and cornerstones.  When using a book panel, I look for one that doesn't have a very obvious beginning and ending.  This one worked really well, as did a book of opposites that I used last year.
The bad news is that my backing fabric for 2 more quilts arrived this week, so I'll be back in the red again on Sunday!

I have a second baby quilt almost completed, but 2 days at Disney World, and my quilting group on Wednesday used lots of my time this week - all things I enjoy.  DH and I go to Disney often, enjoy the fresh air, the stroll, the people and the entertainment.  I dislike walking, as I prefer to ride my bike, but I get lots of exercise on our Disney days.  I should get a step counter to see how many steps we take!
Back to quilting as soon as my cakes come out of the oven.  My neighbour gave me a starter for Amish friendship bread, and mine was ready to go today.  I discovered that you could freeze the starter, so I put it in cup size containers and save to use later.  This way my neighbours don't run when they see me coming!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  8.125 yards
 Fabric used year to date  21.375 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  12 yards
Net used 2017  9.375 yards

Thanks to completing my spinning spools quilt, I am well on my way this year, until my next order of backing fabric arrives!  
I pin-basted two more baby quilts this week, and have completed all the "stitch in the ditch" quilting.  Now I just have to get on with the rest of the quilting in each.

Yesterday was spent in the kitchen.  I made cranberry sauce - I have a great recipe for cranberry ginger cookies, and never have enough sauce leftover when we have a turkey, so I made this batch just for cookies!  I also made a pot of calico beans to take to our neighbours' Superbowl party today, along with some French onion bread.  I made a batch of granola bars, and some raspberry coconut bars to take along for those with a sweet tooth.  DH and I aren't great football fans, but we have fun with the gang, and enjoy watching the commercials each year, and eat lots of food that we only indulge in at Superbowl.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A BUSY DAY WITH MY QUILTING GROUP

Today was our weekly quilting get-together.  15 busy quilters met at our clubhouse for 4 hours of sewing, visiting, sharing, etc.   A few people dropped in for a quick visit, and to see what we are working on this week.

Several were piecing their row quilt parts - lots of little pieces.  Several were working on their own choice of projects.  A wool applique project was cut out and prepared for blanket stitching, and some hexagons were being hand stitched together.  I brand new quilter cut the pieces for her first quilt, and another cut pieces for a baby size quilt that she wants to try to machine quilt herself!   

We also had a visitor drop in to ask about our pillowcase sewing day, scheduled for March - she saw the information in our monthly newsletter.  Last year, my group completed 201 pillowcases in 4 hours, and we hope to do as well this year!  The Cases for Smiles coordinator will be attending, so we are looking for lots of volunteers. 

 I had another finish this week.  I was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's "spoolin' around challenge" from a couple of years ago, and I made 192 spools, using 1 1/2 inch strips from my scrap bin!  I decided to make them into blocks, and used more 1 1/2 inch strips for sashings and cornerstones.  
The two gold borders were made from cut-off backing fabric from a quilt I completed in the fall.  The middle borders were more 1 1/2 inch strips, joined together and cut to length.  The binding is also scrappy, with leftover 2 1/2 inch strips stitched together.  I kept the quilting simple, stitching in the ditch around the blocks and the spools, as the quilt was busy already.  I was able to use just over 8 yards of scraps to make this top!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  13.25 yards
Fabric used year to date  13.25 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date 12 yards
Net used 2017  1.25  yards 
I'm in the black this week, but I just squeeked in!  Since I hadn't done any machine quilting for a while, DH and I pin-basted a baby quilt panel when we were pinning the other 2 quilts.  I use it to "warm up" my quilting muscles, including my brain......


I outlined many of the elements in this cute panel, then stitched loops and swirls in the pink gingham-look border.  The quilt has pink gingham-look flannel on the back to make it cozy for a new baby.  It will be donated to my guild for the Hugs program at our local hospital.

 For the pinwheel quilt, I stitched double circles looping back and forth in each block.  I used a neutral thread in the light blocks and a variegated thread in the dark blocks.
The plain border was stitched with simple leaves, forming a zig-zag pattern, and then large swirls in each of the outer border blocks.
 I finally have my first two finished for 2017.  The top and binding of this quilt was made entirely from my stash of pre-cut charm squares (5 "), while the border and binding was made from leftover backing fabric from a previous quilt.  The backing fabric was part of the order that arrived last week.

Check out all the progress shared at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  0 yards
Fabric added this week  12 yards
Fabric added year to date 12 yards
Net used 2017  -12 yards

 Most of my purchases this week were backing fabrics.
Now I just have to find time to get them pin-basted.  They are all pressed and starched ready to go, and the binding is prepared as well.

My group wanted to work on a "row quilt" this winter.  I hunted through my files to find one that I liked and that could be made from scraps!  Back in 2012, Lori Holt offered a "row along" on her blog, a Bee in my Bonnet.  I had saved all the instructions for future use.  I've been busy sewing a row or two each day, enjoying the challenge of using my scraps before cutting into new fabric.  The pattern has 13 rows, consisting of 7 wider rows and 6 narrower rows.  





Since I wanted to use more scraps, I decided to change the final borders.  I hunted through my favourite resource - 60 Pieced Quilt Borders - Mix & Match by Judy Laquidara, and decided on border option #35.
I was able to dig into my 1 1/2 inch strips to make these cute 3 inch blocks.  All the neutrals in the quilt are cut from leftover strips, or from small pieces of fabric that have been in my stash for a long time.



Check out everyone's progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 0 yards
Fabric used year to date  0 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  0 yards
Net used 2017  0 yards

What a boring report - same old, same old!  I've been working hard every day, but not completing any projects.

I have 2 scrappy quilt tops completed, and the binding prepared for each.  I've ordered backing fabric, that should arrive soon, so I'll be able to finally have a finish this year!

I have a third scrappy top started, but it has been on hold while I work on the row quilt with my group - also using scraps!  

I think I see a trend - trying to use lots of pre-cut scraps this year.
My bin of 1 1/2 inch strips has shrunk by 1 1/2 layers out of three.  My 5" charms stacks are about half used, and I've even made a dent in my 2 1/2 inch strips.  I made scrappy binding for one of the quilt tops.  I also have a stack of 4-patches, made as "leaders and enders" using 2 inch squares, that will be turned into quilt blocks soon.

Check out the progress shared on Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week 0 yards
Fabric used year to date  0 yards
Fabric added this week 0 yards
Fabric added year to date  0 yards
Net used 2017  0 yards

 I'm not off to a good start this year.  I still have to figure out what I plan to use for backings for the quilt tops that I've completed so far.
My time has been taken making the first 2 of 13 rows for my group's row quilt.  I have to try to make samples of the next few rows, so I can stay ahead of the group.  I've also spent some time with some of my newer quilters, helping with problems.

We had a visit with our cousins from Jan 1-4.   We talked, laughed, played Sequence (a board game), and ate way too much food.  DH and I are back to our normal diet.  I cooked a turkey dinner while they were here, so I made turkey soup with the bones yesterday.  We're having it for lunch today, and 5 containers of soup headed to the freezer.  We also packed up some turkey and gravy for later meals as well.  DH wants me to make more cranberry sauce!

See everyone's progress at Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

STASH REPORT SUNDAY

Fabric used this week  0 yards
Fabric used year to date  0 yards
Fabric added this week  0 yards
Fabric added year to date  0 yards
Net used 2017  0 yards

I'm following Judy's lead, and starting the year with a clean slate!
I've been keeping track since 2011, and my grand total used in the past 6 years is 683.875 yards.  During 3 of those years, quilts shops in my area closed, and had awesome sales that I just couldn't resist.
 
I'm busy cooking my turkey today, along with sausage dressing, giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and rutabaga casserole.  Good thing we only eat this once or twice a year!  Our cousins are coming to stay for the next 3 days, so I thought it would make for easy leftovers.....

I finished my zigzag blocks yesterday, and need to plan the layout before stitching them together.  I'll have to see what I have for backing fabric, as I will soon have 3 lap quilts ready to quilt.

Happy 2017, and check in with Judy's blog, Patchwork Times.