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!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Making progress on Dear Jane. Five more rows to go and then on to the triangles.

  
Stay cool and have a great week! Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

A small finish this week for the Laundry room. This panel has been hanging around for awhile, so I finally decided to get it quilted and will put up in our new laundry room. The panel was purchased from Keepsake quilting awhile back. 


Nothing added this week, but that will soon change with a shipment from Fabric.com that is on the way!

Used this week:  2.5 yards.
Used YTD:  60.5 yards.
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 41.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 19 yards.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Design wall this week, making slow progress on my Dear Jane. I have been so glad to have the Long arm back up and running that my focus has been on the quilting part and not the sewing. Finished up two quilts for Sandi and two for me! Next up will be Julie's quilt.

First 3 rows with sashing.
I did have to do a bit of un-sewing as a couple of the blocks were out of order and one was twisted in the wrong direction. I will have to pay closer attention to what I am doing.😃

Have a great week and Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

No finishes yet! Have not made too much progress on my Dear Jane Quilt. We did not get back home until late on Tuesday, and I spent the rest of the week finishing up the quilting on the Opportunity Quilt for Sunshine Guild. I needed to get it done and back to Sandi, so she could put the binding on. It will be displayed at the San Diego Quilt show in a couple of weeks. Below is the Quilt and some close ups of the quilting. I like the way it turned out and hopefully it will sell a lot of tickets.





While in San Diego, I had to make a trip to Rosies! Found a number of fabrics for the Prairie Star project. Now I just need a few more darks.


So here is the damage for the week:

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  58 yards.
Purchased this week:  10yards
Purchased YTD: 41.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 16.5 yards.

I will need some quick finishes to get the used numbers going again! Have a great week and Happy Sewing!
T

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

No finishes for the week. I spent most of the week in Sacramento visiting family, and today I am off to San Diego to see the Grand kids! My sister and I did visit Quilters Quarters in Sacramento, so there were a few adds to the stash, along with finding a cute pattern for a baby quilt for new niece Avery.

Pearls Quilt.
The Pattern is called Pearls and is by Zen Chic. The fabric store did not have the pattern or any of the fabrics, so I was able to find the pattern Fat Quarter Quilt Shop on line. The fabrics are no longer available, so I am using a different fabrics for this quilt. It is super easy and should go together quickly. My sister found this super cute Halloween kit to make up and will be sending to me to quilt.

Costume Makers Ball

I also found a couple of fabrics for the Prairie Star quilt and some fun backgrounds.



Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  58 yards.
Purchased this week: 4 yards
Purchased YTD: 31.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 26.5 yards.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Dear Jane is back! And ready to be put together. This week I have started all the sashing strips for my Red/White/Blue Dear Jane. The blocks were all completed about a year ago, and I finally feel like I have the time and space to tackle the big job of putting in all together. Below are the first 8 rows on the design wall, with a couple of strips of sashing.

First 8 rows on design wall.
I am using the method that was posted here by Aunt 'Reen. This seemed to me to be the easiest way to attach the 1"strips to keep it all square and lined up. Check back later this week to see my progress.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Happy August and another finish. Sew Many Strips is complete! Nice to have this one done, using up a lot of my 1 1/2 inch strips. Into the quilting Que is goes. Hope to have my Longarm back up and running tomorrow.
Sew Many Strips

Next up- a UFO that needs to get finished, now that I have some time on my hands. Check back tomorrow to see what is on my Design Wall.

Sew Many Strips was a big finish- 20 yards, and nothing in this week. Starting to make a dent in the stash.  Still on the hunt for fabrics for Prairie Star.

Used this week:  20 yards.
Used YTD:  58 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 30.5 yards.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Design Wall Monday

Here is an update on Sew Many Strips. Side Borders done, working on corner blocks and then it will all come together. Almost finished!
Sew Many Strips
Corner  blocks
Tomorrow I will be heading to Mulqueen's Sewing to work on quilting the Opportunity Quilt for Sunshine. My Longarm will not be up and running until next week, so Keith offered for me to get it started in the shop. Looking forward to checking out all the fabrics also! Have a great week!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

Nothing finished and nothing added this week. Hope to change this week with finishing Sew Many Strips. A trip to Mulqueen's sewing may also add to the stash as I am in search of fabrics for my next up project, Judy Niemeyer's Prairie Star.


This will be a challenging project that I have always wanted to make and now that I have the time and a great wall to hang it on, it will be next up! No change in the numbers. Check back to see progress on Sew Many Strips.

Used this week:  0 yards.
Used YTD:  38 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 10.5 yards.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Design Wall

On the design wall this week is Sew Many Strips. The center blocks are done- if you remember I had only finished one block back at our retreat in May. Now I have all 64 blocks done and will be sewing them together and working on the outer border. I have used up quite a bit of my 1 1/2 strips on this one.


This quilt finishes at a queen size, but I may be making it a bit bigger to fit on the King size bed in our guest room. It is nice to be back at my machine. I am loving my new studio. Now if I could just get the Longarm up and running. More on that story in an upcoming post. Have a great week!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday Stash Report

I finally am back to sewing with a finish to report. Under the Influence is done and ready to hit the que for quilting.

Under the Influence.
It is nice to finally have something complete and to report some usage from the stash. Next up will be Sew Many Strips, so check back to see how it is progressing on my design wall.

Used this week:  10 yards.
Used YTD:  38 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD: 10.5 yards.

Monday, July 15, 2019

New Design Wall.

My studio is almost complete. You can see the design wall leaning up against the wall, ready to be mounted on the wall.

Sewing/longarm stations.
DH helped me to get my new design wall in place. I used some directions that I found here. I did modify the size, making it a little be narrower to fit the space. I also used batting instead of a flannel sheet. I also ended up taping the batting to the back instead of stapling. I did tape the two boards together in the front- next time I probably would not do this, as you can see the tape in the front.
Up on the wall.
Finished!
With quilt on the wall.
I like the way it turned out. It ended up 96" tall and 72" wide. I only did it 72" wide, as the longarm would have sat in front if it was any wider. It should fit most quilts that I want to make with room to spare at the top for something else. The Quilt pictured will be the 2019-2020 opportunity quilt for Sunshine Quilt Guild. It will be the first to be quilted once the longarm is running. Still have a few things to hook up to get it running.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trip to Sedona

DH and I have spent the last days, week, getting unpacked and organized in our new house in Scottsdale. We took today, our Anniversary to head to Sedona for lunch and a trip to the Dairy Queen in Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is a two hour drive away and it was a nice getaway for the day.





The pictures do not do justice to how beautiful Sedona is- it is like being in a National Park. We had lunch at the Mesa Grill at the Airport. The food was great and outside they were grilling a pig and ribs for Happy Hour later in the day. It smelled great!


We stopped at Kachina House, where Judy gave us a great history on the different kind of Indian pottery and artifacts that they carry in their store.


Unfortunately no quilt shops on this trip. The only quilt shop was in the process of closing and did not have much left. Sad to see as we had visited this shop on a previous trip many years ago and it was a beautiful shop. Our last stop was the Dairy Queen in Oak Creek Canyon. A beautiful drive and dessert at the end.  Our next trip back to Sedona will be in the fall, where we plan to stay a couple of days and get some hiking in.

DH enjoying his hot fudge sundae.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my NQR post. Next up, the design wall goes up in the Studio!