Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time to update my numbers--

Stash In-- 114.00 yards yds
Stash out--18.00 yds
Stash in YTD--163.25 yds
Stash out YTD--95.00 yd

Stash is ahead 68.25 yards!

Oh my!!  In addition to the 100 yards in boxes I bought 2 yards of lights, 9 yards of neutral backgrounds, one yard for a binding, and two yards for borders.  There was nothing in my stash for the borders, and I wanted the binding to match the border, and I had used all that fabric.  The neutral backgrounds were on a clearance table, I paid average of $2.50 yd for them.  A four yard piece and a 5 yard piece.  I have a couple new starts where I would like all one background that is a neutral print, and these will work perfectly.  My stash never has enough lights, I have to consciously buy them.  Please see everyone's stash reports at Patchwork Times.


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday--Green!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016
One of my favorite colors--GREEN!!

There will be more green blocks next week.  Please see everyone's green projects at SoScrappy.

No blogging here for a while.  Life has been busy and I've had a miserable toothache.  Dentist visit earlier in the week and antibiotics.  A tooth is cracked, not a good candidate for a root canal.  An extraction was scheduled, but it miraculously quit hurting and so the extraction is being put off until a new dental insurance year. (July 1st)  I'm hoping to avoid paying the $930 out of pocket!  The camper has been moved to my spot in Yankton, next week I'll be back at the Visitor Center.  Its a unseasonably COLD weekend, freeze warnings for tonight.  Is winter never going to end??  And its been raining.  We had ponds on the lawn!

I had a finish too--Alletaire!!!

Lorri2Rs climbed some rocks at Falls Park in Sioux Falls so I could take a picture.  Thank you 2Rs!   With all the rain the Falls were very pretty--

Laura Beth and Nick held the quilt so i could take another picture--

I'm kinda proud of it.  Can you tell??

While in Sioux Falls I had an afternoon out with grandson #2.

Playing at the mall.

There was a chocolate fountain where we ate, that was a hit!  Grandson #2 missed Grandson #1.  No one to play or fight with.  But we had a good time.  

Borders were sewn on two tops this week--

A Bricks & Stepping Stones.

And Cozy Cabins.  They can go in the TBQ (to be quilted) pile.

There was also stash enhancement.  MAJOR stash enhancement!!

It doesn't look like much you say?  Oh--you are so wrong!!  Three priority mail boxes stuffed full.  Everything from FQs to yardage.  No good way to measure it, I weighed it.  At 3.5 yard per pound, that was 100 yards!!  A box of green, brown, and chicken fabrics.  Green and brown stash is used quickly here, those are favorite colors.  And chickens, well, I love chickens and plan a chicken quilt this year.  I am so happy to a fellow quilter who thought of me when this fabric was offered for sale.  Thank you Teresa!!  

Projects boxes have been labeled and ready to take to the camper.  Not sure if I'll get much sewing done this week, mostly putting things away and getting back into the routine.  


Design Wall Monday and Weekly goals

Monday, May 2, 2016
Barn Dance blocks are on my wall--

39 six inch blocks are done.  Whew!  I made a few mistakes as I went--

But I fixed it--

Once in a while I don't see the mistake.  Sally T politely asked if the "broken ladder" was a design element?  (Top left hand block)

AAACCCKKKK--NO!!  Thank you Sally T!!  I am very happy when someone points these mistakes out to me!  I might complete a quilt and never notice.  (Remember the Ribbons quilts?)  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Weekly Goals

Borders on one top
Green Jacob's Ladder blocks
Fold more stash and put it away
Quilt a top
4 patches for another Bricks & Stepping Stones top

Its looking to be a busy week.  The rain has stopped, but the lawn has standing water in places.  Luckily we have no water in our basement.  Most our neighbors have hoses to the street.  I need to clean the camper and get it ready to take to Yankton. So I'll take it as it comes, can't do much about the weather anyway.  


Rainbow Scrappy Saturday-More Orange

Saturday, April 30, 2016
More orange Jacob's Ladder blocks--

5 Orange Jacob's Ladder

I love orange, there will be more blocks by next week.  Please see everyone's orange efforts at SoScrappy.

Time to check on my weekly goals--

Cozy Cabin blocks sewn to a flimsey--twosies are now foursies
Album Blocks sewn to a flimsey-YES
Orange Jacob's Ladder blocks-YES
Sew one more row on Bricks and Stepping Stones flimsey-YES
This weekend is more sewing, maybe borders on a top.  I just have to think what size etc to cut them.  The Cozy Cabin blocks are wonderful mindless sewing.  Pluck them off the design wall, sew, press, and pin them back up!  And I'm working on the 39 6" Barn Dance blocks.  Slow going because my backgrounds are scrappy neutrals.  Lots of little bits to cut/sew/press.  But I'm loving it, I love the blocks so I'm sure I'll love the quilt.
Rainy and cold again today.  All last week and probably most of this week.  41F with rain is cold!  Neighbors must be having problems with water in their basements--lots of hoses appearing to the road/storm drains.  We never have that problem, I think our house was well tiled when it was built.    


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, April 25, 2016
It was a busy weekend!  Here is some of what I worked on--

Jared Takes a Wife
Jared Takes a Wife blocks done using pinks, oranges, browns, and neutrals.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Lorri2Rs and I were at a retreat featuring Bonnie Hunter!  We had SO MUCH FUN!  Two days for me, Saturday making Jared Takes a Wife and Sunday making My Blue Heaven.  I learned how to use the Easy Angle and Companion Angle for My Blue Heaven.  Learning "new" methods/tools is not something I enjoy, but this is a time and fabric saving method.  My Blue Heaven is to use up some of my blues.  I shared blues with 2Rs and Sandy.  They shared back, the dent in my stash is very very very small.  Rats!  

Bonnie shares many "pearls" (quilting tips) during her classes.  One that stuck in my mind is "cut ON the line" which means when you measure to cut--that cutting line is ON the fabric, not beside it.   Its a tiny smidge that over many small pieces adds up!  Bonnie is lots of fun--a very dedicated teacher--I can't imagine how tired she must be at the end of four days of classes.  

Bonnie had several items to sell, I bought this--

A "chair" for my phone.  My phone goes missing a LOT and maybe this will help.  A few pictures from the classes--

 A serious chain piecer!

 Our classroom was big--50 quilters.

Bonnie did a demo on how to decide on those "iffy" fabrics--are they a light or a dark?  Sometimes it depends on where you are going to use them--if you held them next to the dark red w/neutral block--they are a light.  In another quilt they might be a dark.  And if you think they "muddy" the contrast--don't use them!  Or perhaps turn them over and use the "wrong" side.  There are no wrong sides--you paid for it--its YOUR fabric!  We also learned how to "web" your blocks/quilt, and "leaders and enders". 

Saturday evening was a trunk show/lecture.  Bonnie explained how her Scrap Users System works using this visual aid--

Scraps are cut into 1.5", 2", 2.5", and 3.5" strips.  You can make ALL the blocks on this quilt using those dimensions.  It was definitely the "method behind the madness" moment.  The free patterns on her website are made using these pieces.

Will I make leaders/enders a part of my process?  Probably not, I get distracted by them.  Will I web my top/blocks?  Sometimes.  But learning the "whys" and "how to's" will keep me from being too close-minded!

Class participants came from all over--meet Paula, who was from Rochester MN and so much fun--

Paula, can you come sew with 2Rs and I?  You fit right in!

 This is Sandy.  Sandy--I'm glad I know you!!

This is where 2Rs and I sewed.  Its a rare picture--Lorri is sitting at her machine (reading emails on her phone)!!  She is a social butterfly--flits around the room talking to everyone.  That is her favorite part of retreats.  Notice the dish of chocolates on our table, quilters can't sew without chocolates!

And the requisite "Bonnie & Me" picture--

Thank you Bonnie for a wonderful weekend.  Your website is a "go-to" treasure trove of patterns, how-to's, and useful information.  Please check out  Another big thank you to the Siouxland Samplers Guild of Sioux City IA for hosting this retreat.  

Weekly Goals--

Cozy Cabin blocks sewn to a flimsey
Album Blocks sewn to a flimsey 
Orange Jacob's Ladder blocks
Sew one more row on Bricks and Stepping Stones flimsey

Its going to be a busy week, warm enough to work outside.  Stash needs to be put away, piles of fabric are everywhere.  



Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, April 18, 2016
This weekend Lorri2Rs and I made these blocks--

 Its a free pattern you can get here--

2Rs and I made enough blocks for two quilts.  She had a box of 1.5" strips and the black centers were cut from a chunk of scrap fabric.  All the blocks came home with me to play with.  Its my kind of pattern--no diagonals, no background, and ANYTHING goes for fabric!  We only made a small dent in the 1.5" strips.  Not what we planned to work on this weekend but it was more fun!  Simple mindless sewing, just what we needed.  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

It was also city wide rummage sale where 2Rs lives.   We didn't think we'd go but then a couple Sweat Shop ladies had stopped at one and said the magic words--OLD SEWING MACHINE.  Away we went and Lorri2Rs is the proud new owner of this machine--

Pfaff 360
Oh its a wonderful find!  All the parts, the manual, and it sews like a dream!  She dusted it, new needle and sewed all weekend with it.  The needle moves from side to side and it zigzags too!  It has a free arm, the bed collapses down out of the way, and the extension fits right on the end.  The case reminds us of a bowling ball bag, but the parts all fit in there.  Not as light as a Singer Featherweight, but much lighter than most machines.  A wonderful machine to travel with.  

And speaking of travel, 2Rs and I are retreating in Sioux City IA this weekend, Bonnie Hunter classes.  We're ready to have fun, our projects are ready, I just need to cut a few pieces of brown fabric and oil/pack a couple of sewing machines.  I'm driving so can pack extra machines for "just in case".  

Weekly Goals

Barn Dance blocks
Orange blocks
Sash album blocks
Finish sewing Bricks and Stepping Stones blocks together
Cozy Cabin Blocks

I'm leaving on Friday so not sure how much sewing I'll get done.  Whatever I do will be progress.  Its raining and everything is greening up.  Lots of outside work to do now.  


Sunday Stash Report

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Time to update my numbers--
Stash In-- 10.75 yards yds
Stash out--11.00 yds
Stash in YTD--49.25 yds
Stash out YTD--77.00 yd
I'm ahead 27.75 yards!

An order arrived this week--

A Minion panel and coordinating fabrics!  Laura Beth requested a Minion quilt for Maxwell.  I love Minions, I may have to order a panel for myself!  Please see everyone's stash reports at Patchwork Times.