Monday, December 2, 2019

Design Wall Monday

This week I have two projects on the design wall, or more like in pieces next to the sewing machine. Nine patches finished and moving to next step for the Shamrock table runners. 



Also in the works this week is finishing up the first clue for Frolic- Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Next clue to be released tomorrow.



December is the month to start getting together my UFO list for 2020. I know I have many projects in the works that need some finishing up, including quilting and binding. I know 2020 will be a busy quilting year!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are recovered from a busy holiday weekend. This was the first Thanksgiving weekend in 40 years, that I did not have to work in the store, and I enjoyed every minute of it! No shopping for me- except a few purchases on-line. 😄

Tree runners
A finish for the stash report this week, with the last tow of my tree table runners done. All 5 are now done and quilted, in the binding stage, with labels ready and will be mailed off later this week as early Christmas presents for family.

Also in the works this week is the first clue for Bonnie Hunter's mystery Frolic! Join in the fun! Strips cut for the first clue, with sewing to come this week. Friday will be the next clue release.


Updated numbers below:

Used this week:  6 yards.
Used YTD:  128.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 84.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 45 yards.

Have a great week and hope you get some sewing time in!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Design Wall

On the Design Wall this week are the last two tree table runners. Quilting of the other 3 is also going on. Hope to have all finished by the end of the week.



Next up will be the Shamrock table runner, also a holiday gift.


Looking forward to the first clue to be released on Friday for Bonnie Hunter's new mystery. You can find all the information here. Hope your week is short with the Thanksgiving on Thursday. Happy Sewing!


Sunday, November 24, 2019

Stash Report

Happy Thanksgiving Week!
Two more of the Tree Runners are finished, so a small reduction in the stash.



These will be holiday gifts, so next up quilting and binding. Two more to finish this week.

Used this week:  6 yards.
Used YTD:  122.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 84.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 39 yards.

Enjoy your week!




Monday, November 18, 2019

Design Wall Monday

On the Design wall this week are the tree table runners. Hope to have them all sewn together by the end of the week. On the Long arm is one of the tree wall hangings that Sandi and I are making for the craft fair for Sunshine Quilt Guild. You can check out the other finished wall hangings at Kwiltnkats.




This is the fourth one quilted, with one left to go. Working on binding for #3 and my plan is to have all 3 done and in the mail to Sandi this week. In between I will be working on the Tree Table runners. We are supposed to have a couple of rainy days on Tuesday and Wednesday, so hope to make good progress on all my projects. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

 Just back from a trip to San Diego to visit family and friends, so no sewing this week and nothing finished. A few additions were made with a trip to Cozy Creative Center and Memory Lane with Sandi. Unfortunately Memory Lane will be closing at the end of the year, so sad to hear of yet another quilt shop closing.

Adds to the stash include the pinks and greens below, purchased for Bonnie Hunter Mystery that will start next week, the day after Thanksgiving. You can find all the information here. Her Mystery quilts are always fun and she gives great directions, with a lot of  tips and tricks. I have never been disappointed with the final quilt.

Greens

Pinks

Also purchased was a neutral that I will use in a future Laundry Basket Quilt Pattern.


Sandi's Mom, Betty, gifted me with the cute purse below and some sewing fabrics for my stash. She always makes great purses and is so generous.

So here are the numbers. I better get busy with some finishes!

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  116.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  9 yards
Purchased YTD: 84.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 33 yards.

Have a great week and Happy Sewing.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday Stash Report



One small finish this week, one of the Tree Table Runners. I am still working on sewing the other 4 together, in between quilting the Tree Wall hangings. Three are done with two more to go. I did not get to putting the borders on my Under the influence quilt- so no finish there yet.

It will be a short week here in Scottsdale as I am off to San Diego on Wednesday to see family and friends. Looking forward to my trip, but probably won't get too much sewing done.

Updated Report:

Used this week:  3 yards.
Used YTD:  116.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 75.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 42.0 yards.


Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A walk up Pinnacle Peak



Image result for pinnacle peak

We live close to Pinnacle Peak and can see it from our front yard. This is a well know landmark in the Scottsdale area and is a park with a challenging hike. DH and I decided to hike it today and made it all the way to the end and back- about a 4 mile hike with  a lot of ups and downs.

At the top.


View of Valley
The Peak.


With all the ups and downs of the trail, think stair master, we were pretty tired after this hike. But it was worth it for the great views that you get on all sides of the peak.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Nothing on the design wall this week, but pieces are cut out to make 4 more of the tree table runners. These will be given as Christmas gifts to some of my family members. 


Hope to have them sewn together this week, but I will also be working on quilting all the Tree wall hangings for Sunshine Quilt Guild. Below are the first two that I will tackle. There are 3 more after these.




Sandi over at Kwiltnkats put them all together from blocks that I won many years ago. They all turned out great and will go into the craft show in December.

Have a great week and happy sewing!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Stash Report

Happy November!!
Hard to believe there are only 58 days left in the year and we will be into the next decade!

Nothing used this week, but a couple of adds to the stash. I needed a couple of fabrics to complete the Christmas tree quilts that Sandi and I are finishing for Sunshine Quilt Guild. Sandi has mailed them to me for quilting, and hope to get them done this week when they arrive. Check out her blog at Kwiltnkats to see what we are working on.

Christmas Fabrics
The fabrics below are for my Under the influence quilt. Still needed an inner border, the blue, and an outer border. Hope to get this on and finished this week.


Updated numbers below:

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  114.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  8 yards
Purchased YTD: 75.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 39.0 yards.

Have a great week and don't forget to check out Bonnie Hunter's new mystery for this winter, called Frolic. You can get more information here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Gammill Quilt With Confidence Tour


Selfie!
I was lucky to be able to attend one of the two day Gammill classes up in Flagstaff this week. Even though I have a computerized long arm, I decided to take the hand guided class. The class was super informative, gave a lot of practical instruction with time to spend practicing on the machines. I came away with a better understanding of how and where to begin practicing, and what skills I needed to become more proficient at to improve my hand-guided quilting.

Overview of class.

Practice Machines
Our instructors Karen and Sharon were extremely skilled and did a great job teaching. I would definitely recommend taking a class if you have the chance.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Stash Report

Nothing finished this week and no adds to the stash. Working on Christmas Tree runners. First one is almost complete and looks like a tree from a Dr. Seuss book. This one in blues and greens with batik background. Four more are cut on and will be sewn together later this week.
Wonky Trees.

We are off to Flagstaff tomorrow, where I will be attending Gammill's Quilting with Confidence Tour. I will be taking a class in hand guided quilting- hope to add a few more tools to my quilting tool box. Looking forward to learning something new!

No changes in the stash, but still a little over two months to make a dent.

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  114.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 67.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 47.0 yards.

Have a great week and happy sewing!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Design Wall Monday

October is flying by, time to think about some quilty gifts for Christmas. Sandi over at Kwiltnkats made this super cute tree table runners, and has inspired me to get to work on mine. 


On the design wall this week are the next 4 blocks from the Ella Deacon Quilt. I will have to wait until November 15 for the next 4 blocks. 

Ella Maria Deacon Blocks 5-8

Hope you have a great week and get some sewing in! On to my next project!


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Stash Report

Brown's Mountain
DH and I have been out and about exploring our new home here in Scottsdale. There are a lot of  great hiking trails near by and we headed to Brown's Mountain yesterday morning. We ended up walking about 5 miles and made it almost to the top of the mountain. We are enjoying the access to many different activities here in AZ.
View of Pinnacle Peak from Brown's Mountain

No finishes to report this week, but getting ready to start on a couple of small projects. A small add to the stash from Old World Quilt Shop in Cave Creek and is the closest shop to my new home. This shop specializes in wool applique, but also has a nice selection of reproduction and traditional fabrics. I purchased the fabrics below for my Ella Marie Deacon Quilt. I am trying to use mostly fabrics from my stash, but was a little short in greens and golds. 


Below are my first four blocks for this quilt. The second four were released this week and I will be getting those done quickly so I can move on to another project.



These blocks finish at 9" which is a nice size to work with. The next batch of blocks include an applique block and other colors will be added in, blue, pink, black. The quilt is predominately red, green and gold.

Updated numbers for the week:

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  114.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  1.5 yards
Purchased YTD: 67.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 47.0 yards.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Stash Report

Finally a finish to report. Pearls Quilt for Avery is done and awaiting quilting. Hope to get it on the longarm this week, put on binding and label, and off to its new owner!



Updated Stash Report below:

Used this week:  8 yards.
Used YTD:  114.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 66.0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 48.5 yards.

Happy Sewing

Monday, October 7, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Not much of a change on my design wall this week. Still working on Pearls Quilt, sewing down all the circles. I have one more row to do. Thought I would share another project that I have been working on: Putting labels on all my quilts.

Quilts needing labels
I had a number of older quilts, mostly small ones that needed labels. I have finally had the time to go through them all and make labels. On my labels, I will put the name of quilt, size, and date made, adding the month if I can remember. I will also put a picture of the original quilt and the name of the pattern designer. With some of my older quilts I could not remember the exact date made, so I guessed. I also did not have pattern designers for some of them.


Above is the label program that I have been using for a long time to label my quilts. I do not think it is available through HP anymore, but you can find on Ebay.


Labels made up and ready to cut down and sew. I get 4 per page and use EQ Printables fabric sheets, satin 283 thread count. I have found that these work the best and hold up when washing your quilt.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Nothing finished this week and nothing added to the stash! Working on the pearls quilt, sewing down 81 circles with mono filament thread. It is taking way longer than I thought.  Below is a Block of the month that I am starting this month over at Sentimental Stitches. 

Ella Marie Deacon Quilt
Blocks finish at 9 inches, so a nice size to work with. Four blocks will be released each month starting now, for 21 months. There are 85 total blocks with both pieced and appliqued blocks. Not sure how many I will make as the finished quilt is 106x106!

Numbers for this week:

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  106.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 66.0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 40.5 yards.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Design Wall Monday

This week I am still working on Pearls for Avery, but getting closer to a finish. Circles are cut out and placed. I am almost pleased with how they look. Next step sewing all the circles down.



Also working on quilting Sandi's Chic Kisses- She has named it Kaffe Kisses as she used mostly Kaffe prints for this quilt. Pictures to come! Have a great week!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday Stash Report.

No finishes this week. Have only additions. The remainder of Fabrics purchased for Prairie Star arrived. This will be a big project and a pretty ambitious one for me. I have not worked on  Judy Niemeyer project for awhile and the instructions are pretty detailed. It is all paper pieced.



The Fabrics that I am using are a bit different than in the photo above. There are 18 different fabrics in this quilt




Updated numbers for the week! Happy Sewing!

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  106.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  14 yards
Purchased YTD: 66.0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 40.5 yards.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Design Wall

On the Design Wall this week is Avery's quilt. The background squares are all placed, and I am cutting out all the circles that will go on the squares. I will then machine applique them all down, sew squares together and add borders! Yes a simple quilt with a very fun result. Just have to get going...


The pattern is called Pearls. I am off to get the circles cut out!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Stash Report

A finish this week, but no reduction in the stash as all the fabrics were given to me. This quilt is called Macy's Quilt. Blocks and fabrics were gifted to me from my Macy's team for my retirement.  The Blocks are printed with the different companies I have worked for along the way: Macy's, Robinsons/May and May Company.  I added the star setting, setting triangles and borders. I will be quilting with a star pattern and hope to get on the Longarm in the next week or so. Have a custom quilt to finish for Sandi first!

Macy Quilt
No changes in the Stash this week, but will be adding in the fabrics purchased for Prairie Star next week, and hoping for another finish soon.

Used this week:  0yards.
Used YTD:  106.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 52.0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 54.5 yards.

Have a great week!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Design Wall Monday

This week on the Design Wall is what I am calling my Macy's Quilt. The blocks were given to me as a retirement gift, along with extra fabric and I am working on setting them with sashing and more red stars. Here is what is done so far. Blocks finish at 14", so quilt will be on the larger side once the setting triangles and borders are in place.



I like how it is looking so far and hope to have this one complete by the end of the week.
Check back to see my progress!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

This week is a big finish week! Dear Jane is done- well except the quilting part. The top is done and will be ready to put on the longarm in the next couple of weeks after a few other projects are complete. I am also still debating on the scallops. It will most likely be a last minute decision when I get ready to quilt,

RWB Baby Jane

A couple of adds to the stash this week. Sandi was in Maryland and brought back some batiks for my Prairie Star project.


Also this great neutral with girls on it. This will be a fun one to use in a future scrappy quilt,


Dear Jane uses a lot of fabric! About 20 yards in the backgrounds alone. It is nice to finally claim this one for the Stash Report

Used this week:  46 yards.
Used YTD:  106.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  3.5 yards
Purchased YTD: 52.0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 54.5 yards.

I missed posting last week, as I came down with a kidney infection and was in bed most of the week, so no sewing. 😞😞😞 Back in action this week and looking forward to another finish!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Design Wall

The center of DJ has all its sashing. Now to sew the rows together and on to the Triangle Borders. I am feeling a finish in the near future!



Happy Sewing!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Happy September! On our way to fall and we are looking for some cooler temps here in AZ.
Nothing finished yet to claim for the stash Do have an add as the fabrics for Avery's quilt arrived! These are going to look so pretty in her quilt!




Here is the damage for the week. Looking forward to a finish to get the numbers back up!

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  60.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  7 yards
Purchased YTD: 48.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 12 yards.

Have a great week and Happy Sewing!