Monday, December 30, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Happy Monday! 

December is winding down fast. It is hard to believe it will be  New Years Eve tomorrow and we will start a new decade on Wednesday. On my design wall this week is the finished half square triangles for BH Mystery, and finished block for Ella Marie Deacon Quilt.

Up next are more 6 more blocks for the EMD Quilt while waiting for Bonnie to release the next clue.
Happy Sewing!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Stash Report

This will be the last Stash Report for 2019! Hard to believe that 2020 is just a few days away. Hope that the last decade was good for you!

No finishes to report- just a few works in progress. Working on Clue #5 for Bonnie Hunters Frolic Mystery. This will go into 2020 and will hopefully be my first finish for the new year. It is also on my UFO list which you can find here.

Below are Clue 5 half square triangles all ready to sew together.

Also in the works are two blocks from Ella Marie Deacon Quilt. One more block done, another almost there for month 3. This week will be for catching up.

Final Stash Report for 2019! Looking for better usage in 2020.

Used this week: 0
Used YTD:  134.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 97.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 37 yards.

Have a great week!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Two days until Christmas! It has sure come up fast. Hope you are all ready and enjoying some sewing time.

Clue 4 is finished, so this week I will be working on Ella Marie Deacon Blocks. I am a little behind, and have 8 blocks to complete before the next release on January 15th. These should be fun, some pieced and a couple applique.

Blocks Month 3

Blocks Month 4

This week I will also be working on quilting my RWB Dear Jane quilt. I see a lot of stitch in the ditch with this one. 

Merry Christmas to all! 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Nothing added and nothing finished this week. Working on Frolic Mystery and almost caught up on on the clues. Looking froward to being off for the holidays- the first time in almost 40 years that I am not working in the store! It has been quite a change, but I am enjoying every minute!

Frolic Clue 2

Frolic Clue 3

Clue is cut out and ready to sew. I will be ready for clue 5 on Friday!

Frolic Clue 4

Hope you are all enjoying your holiday's!

Here are numbers- one more stash report to go for the year.

Used this week: 0
Used YTD:  134.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 97.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 37 yards.

Hoping for better results in 2020!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Design Wall Monday

This week is for catching up on Bonnie Hunters Mystery Quilt, Frolic, and with hopefully getting back to the Ella Marie Deacon Blocks of the month. I am two months behind as of today- but with all the Christmas table runners complete, I will now have time to get caught up.


Strips for Clue 2 and Clue 3 were pulled mostly from my strip box, the raspberry strips were cut from yardage. Hope to use up all my stash for this quilt. There is still time for you to join in. Check it out here.

Check back to see if I am making any progress! Nine days left until Christmas!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Stash Report

Back from San Diego! A quick trip but, had a great time with family and friends. We celebrated an early Christmas and my DD gave me some fun sewing gifts below. 

Liberty of London pincushion and sewing roll.

Sewing roll- great for traveling!
Also received a pincushion book and some lavender scented filler. Fun projects to make!

My friend Sandi, over at Kwiltnkats, gifted me with two fun sewing ornaments.

On to my stash report. Only adds this week, with purchases from Memory Lane Quilt Shop. Chris will be closing her shop at the end of December, so there is still time to get some great bargains.

Laundry Basket Fabrics
Laundry Basket Fat Quarters.

These fabrics will be used for one of my UFO's for 2020, Tannenbaum by Edyta Sitar
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Updated numbers below- two more weeks to make a difference!

Used this week: 0
Used YTD:  134.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  12 yards
Purchased YTD: 97.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 37 yards.

Have a great week!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Design Wall Monday

This week will be a short sewing week for me, as I am off to San Diego to see the Grand-kids, and we will be celebrating our Christmas a little early.  In the works this week will be Clue 2 of Frolic Mystery from Bonnie Hunter. Clue 1 is completed below.

Clue 2 will be using raspberry and neutral strips. Not sure how far I will get this week, but hope to get caught up next week.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Stash Report

A couple of finished this week! The Shamrock table runners are complete and will be on the longarm next! These are Christmas gifts and need to get completed ASAP.

A small add to the stash, a deep red for binding my Believe quilt, and a raspberry to add to the Frolic fabrics.

December is flying by and it will be time to get together my UFO's for 2020. I have some ambitious projects in mind, so stay tuned.Used this week:  6 yards.

Current numbers for 2020:
Used this week: 6.0
Used YTD:  134.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  1 yards
Purchased YTD: 85.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 49 yards.

Have a great week!

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.



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

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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

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!