Had a pretty good fabric stash usage this week and didn't visit a single fabric store or quilt shop. A few runner tops were made, my pinwheel quilt top was finished and made backings for a couple of runners that I got quilted.
Last Thursday I attended a workshop through my day time guild. The workshop was making two quilts at once out of an easy strip set with a couple of simple cuts. The idea was very interesting so I decided to attend and do mine in scrappy Christmas. Not only would I not have to buy anything but I could finish the two quilts and take them to fall craft shows to try and sell.
The pattern we used is called Bamboo and Pinwheels. I have all the blocks made for both quilts and was laying out the first of the two quilts yesterday so hopefully can work on getting it pieced together this week. Of course this is the pinwheel quilt, the Bamboo quilt has both a totally different block look but it also will incorporate a small vertical sashing so no one will ever think they were both pieced at once.
I enjoyed both the concept and am really liking my results.
This week I need to:
1. Get binding on my fall panel quilt
2. Quilt customer table runners
3. Quilt customer quilt
4. Identify and make backings for several of my table runners
5. Work on sewing the blocks together for the above quilt.
Trying to get back in the groove of doing my Sunday stash report actually on Sunday.
This week I pieced a quilt from a 3 yard kit that I purchased at the Hershey Quilt show in July. I promptly cut the green fabric wrong and there is hardly an inch extra given so had to pull in a gold from my stash. I do think I actually like it better this way.
I also put a couple of borders put on this pretty Timeless Treasures panel that I have had for over a year. This has already been quilted and once bound will hang in my foyer for the months of October and November.
I went to a workshop on Thursday where with simple piecing and a simple cut you make blocks for two different quilts at once. Lots of fun and I am like the way they are turning out. Will be lots more yardage to count once those tops are complete.
Here are my current stats:
Fabric purchased this week: 0 (for a change)
Fabric used this week: 10.5 yards
Fabric purchased YTD: 133.75
Fabric used YTD: 236.25
Can you believe that it is September already? I sure don't know where August went. This is the first summer at college where my daughter only spent part of the summer at home due to a summer internship and I think that is why I feel like summer shouldn't be over already.
I have been trying to concentrate on getting a few things at least to the finished top stage the last week so I don't have so many pieces and parts floating around the sewing room. I did manage to get a few runner tops finished and the middle of a Christmas quilt all pieced and ready for borders.
Here are some of the runners I worked on and finished up the tops this week, posting those pictures as there currently is nothing on my design wall.
These fall runners were made from fall charm packs with a 1 inch strip added down the middle.
The Christmas runner on the left if finished (top) and the other still in process. These blocks were made out of left over binding strips and then the black and gold pin dot fabric was added for the snowball corners and narrow sashing. These were based off of a Missouri Star pattern where she made striped beach balls and thought they would also make great ornaments.
My current stats are:
Fabric used this week: 7 yards (runners and backings)
Fabric purchased this week: 2 more yards of the black and gold pin dot
Fabric used YTD: 225.75
Fabric purchased YTD: 133.75
I can't believe how long it has been since I posted. I guess to many things going on, especially on Sundays when I would usually post.
Had to move the daughter out of her college apartment the end of July and then back in last weekend, a weekend trip to Virginia Beach, a trip to the Hershey Quilt show and a variety of other things.
Because of all of that and working on several customer quilts I also didn't get as much sewing done as I thought I would in the last month or so.
I purchased over 9 yards of fabric at the Hershey quilt shop, 6 yards locally and another 3 when we went to the beach.
My current stats now are:
Fabric purchased in the last few weeks: 20.5 yards
Fabric used in the last few weeks: 17 yards (several table runners and backings)
Fabric purchased YTD: 131.75
Fabric used YTD: 218.75
Net fabric used in 2014: 87 yards
Going to strive to get a few more projects to the completed and yardage counted point. I always have a few things going at once but right now just far to many and have a new one starting for a workshop next week that makes TWO quilts at once. Plan on doing them scrap Christmas so I don't have to buy anything I can use up some of the smaller Christmas fabrics that I have left.
I have no clue why but I never got on here to post my Sunday stash report so will do that first.
Fabric I used this week was for 2 table runner tops, a couple of backings and gave a little wine themed fabric away to a friend. So my current stats are:
Fabric purchased this week: ZERO!!!
Fabric used this week: 5.5 yards
Fabric purchased YTD: 111.75
Fabric used YTD: 201,.75
Net fabric used in 2014: 89.75 yards
The zero purchase/added this week was great. I know I can't have that again this coming week with going to the Hershey Quilt Show on Saturday but I am going to try and go with a couple of "missions" so I only look for those fabrics. I know I won't totally stick to that but I do so much better when I have a mission to accomplish. Right now I will be in search of a sort of ugly green to go with some crab fabric I have. Will have to spend part of the week going through projects I have and see what else I can specifically look for.
As for the design wall part of my posting, unfortunately I don't have anything on there right now. I have several projects in the works (batik quilt for our bed, charm quilt for Mandy if she likes it and two charm fall table runners I stared on Thursday) but nothing on the wall right now.
I did decorate the trees on this table runner with crystals so thought I would show that.
I am not going to set any specific quilting goals this week. I have several small customer items to quilt so that will probably take a lot of my sewing time. In addition I have a couple of appointments this week, the bus trip to Hershey and also get ready to move the DD home for a few weeks. College apartments have an 11 month lease so she needs to move home for a few weeks and then the end of August back right into the same building, just a different apartment. It would be so much easier if her stuff could just be moved from one apartment to another but the building uses those few weeks of no one in the building to do all the maintenance, painting, repairs etc.
So will be a busy week, hope to work on at least one of my projects for awhile.
I wasn't to good about taking pictures this week but I did take a picture after I got the hexagon runner top done, this was inspired by Eleanor Burns visit to Fons and Porter show a little over a week ago. I like how the black makes it pop.
This is still on my design wall. No new projects in the works right now. Trying to get binding on a couple of runners, zig zag around the motifs on a couple of other runners, make some backings for the next few things to be quilted etc. Lots of progress but nothing much to speak about.
I did pretty good on my goals for last week. I quilted several table runners and a wall hanging and even got the wall hanging bound and decorated with crystals. I inventoried all the table runners I have so far for fall craft shows but still need to price and inventory all the lap/baby quilts. I usually wait till right before the shows and regret it so trying to get that done early this year and will then price and inventory the rest as they are finished.
Hi I am Kathie, I live in Southern Maryland and I started quilting 13 plus years ago as something to do while home for four weeks recovering from surgery. Little did I know that 13 years later I would still be quilting. I quilt for myself, make items for craft shows and long arm quilting for ladies of a couple of local guilds.