Monday, March 2, 2015

I found it! I found it!

My missing quilt has come home! Apparently I even made a backing for it. And then I carefully folded the backing up with the quilt inside it. And in one of my cleaning fests, I placed that backing fabric back on the shelf, thinking it was unused.

Hunting for backing for my neutral quilts today, I pulled this out and found a surprise inside!!

Badly in need of ironing, but the quilt is there and the backing is pieced, so now it's hanging - quilt side out - in my "to be quilted" closet.

It's design wall Monday today, but nothing has changed there. I still have my second neutral quilt on the wall from this post. I've been working on catching up on a Mystery quilt, so I have lots of blocks parts made and filed away in little baggies, but nothing to show yet.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stash Report - March 1

I was out at a local quilt shop retrieving a quilt today, and I found this flannel fabric.

Crabapple Hill - Whooterville
Isn't it just PERFECT for this pattern?

Look at these owls.  So adorable.  Now I just need to pick my fabric for the front, to coordinate with this backing fabric.  And hope I bought enough of it, too.

Crabapple Hill - Whooterville

That was not good for my stash report however. Especially when I fess up to the 3 yards of background I picked up for another project. I probably only need 1/2 of it, but I didn't know and I don't want to run out partway through that quilt.

So, my stash report for this week.
5 yards - backing for toes in the sand
4 yards - dark neutral quilt
1 yard - binding for baby quilts & placemats

5 yards - owl backing
3 yards - neutral background for modern quilt

10 yards out, 8 yards in. Still headed in the right direction!

Stash totals for the year:
80.5 yards in
68.25 yards out
Total: 12 1/4 yards in

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Block Progress

I have finished the top I was working on, and put together all the blocks for a second complementary top.  This quilt pattern is from "Modern Neutrals" by Amy Ellis.

For the second quilt I reversed the dark and light fabrics, so the overall effect is a slightly lighter/brighter quilt this time. Once I get all the new blocks put together, I'll have to take pictures of the two quilts in the same location so that the lighting is the same.  But for now, I think I do like the lighter one better.
It's also time to add up my blocks for the month, for the 350 block challenge.  I thought it was going to be a slow month, but I surprised myself.  These are all the blocks I made this month:

6 arrows - block lotto
4 blocks - 60 degree triangle samples
3 blocks - finishing pyramid quilt(that's a guesstimate, since the quilt doesn't have traditional blocks)
20 blocks - neutral quilt
20 blocks - second neutral quilt
16 blocks - guild mystery

That's a total of 69 blocks completed this month.  And (69+74) = 143 blocks so far this year.

I'm linking up at WIPs be Gone today, and at the 350 block challenge.  

Friday, February 27, 2015

More UFOs Finished

I found a few more small projects that were piled in a corner of my sewing room.  Cleaning up is great for turning up long-forgotten items.  First, there's this table runner.  I made this ages ago (2 years?) as part of a 60 degree triangle experiment. Now that I think about it, this would have been a great sample for my 60 degree demo a couple of weeks ago.

It just needed 1/2 the binding sewn down, so that is all taken care of now

I also dug out these placemats.  I made these for a colour challenge last fall, but only finished one of them.  Now all 4 are done and ready to be donated.

You can see in the closeup the ruffle that I added down one edge. This was a tutorial I found on pinterest, but the source of that seems to have disappeared.

And one more UFO on the way to finishing.  I finished quilting this top today, so it just needs binding now.

I'm linking up at TGIFF today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Found some UFOs

In the process of cleaning my sewing room in order to replace the carpet, I found some old UFOs.  These 2 little quilts were intended for donation at a guild, for NICU babies.  All I had to do was add the binding, so I found some suitable fabric and stitched them up.  All done and ready to donate (after a quick spin through the washer, since they've been collecting dust for over a year).

I also found some placemats and a table runner, so those are next on the list for finishing. Just some hand stitching to do there, then I'll take them to the Modern Guild meeting for donation to Meals on Wheels.  No pictures of those until they are done.

And, I've been working busily on 2 new projects, of course. Step 5 & 6 of the guild mystery quilt are now complete.  So many interesting variations of the blocks we made here. I can't wait to see how it all comes together. But still 2 more steps before the assembly.  We'll see those next month.

I have put together the rows of my neutral quilt, and started version two. This one will reverse the light/dark sections so I can see how the alternate arrangement looks. I actually had enough fabric to make the new one the same size as the original, so I'll have 2 48x60" quilts when I'm done.

Now that the guild mystery is all caught up, I need to figure out what is next (other than the second neutral quilt). I think I should probably get caught up on the Border Creek Station mystery, so I'll pull that out next time I'm in the sewing room.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday - Feb 23

My design wall hasn't changed much since Friday. I do have the last 4 blocks made for this quilt, but not pressed yet.

That doesn't mean I haven't been quilting, however. I finished longarming a customer's quilt yesterday.  And did some work on the binding for one of mine while I caught up on a TV show last night.

And I did manage to get all these blocks done for the guild mystery quilt. One more set of blocks to go and I'm all done the February clue.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to this week.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stash Report - Feb 22

I had a finish this week, so I have some new yardage to report out. And my willpower continues - nothing came in this week.

2 yards - batik baby quilt
3/4 yard - binding for 2 quilts (Bonnie Hunter/One block wonder)

I just need to finish stitching the binding down on the two quilts, and I'll have real finishes to report for this year.  And now I'm looking at the two quilts coming together on my wall (posted here) and wishing I had counted the fabric before I started cutting. I'll have to figure out how much I used for them.

Stash totals for the year:
72.5 yards in
58.25 yards out
Total: 14 1/4 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing this week.