Monday, March 23, 2020

Design Wall

After some great finishes last week, which will go on the longarm to be quilted this week, I will be working on my checkerboard UFO. Strips are cut out below and sewing will start. This is a super easy pattern found on Red Pepper Quilts

Checkerboard fabrics

I am using a jelly roll of floral fabrics purchased a couple of years ago at a quilt shop in Massachusetts, and a dark grey chambray. 

DH also asked me to make a baby quilt for one of our landscapers, who has a baby boy due any day now. So I pulled out these leftovers from another project and will be putting together a quick quilt this week. So nice to use up the stash. 

Baby Quilt

Stay health and happy sewing!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

It has definately been a week of change, with the coronavirus taking hold of our country. But with the "Stay at home" mandate comes the opportunity to get more quilting done, and to join in with an online Quarantine Quilt Along! Hosted by Gudrun Elra of GE Designs, this included a free pattern called Elvira, pictured below, special guests and giveaways.

It started at 7am west coast time with our last installment at 3pm. I had my fat quarters pressed and ready to go, up at 6am with coffee in hand to get started. By 3pm, all the blocks done and I was putting it all together. This was a fun, easy project and it uses up a good amount of stash, depending on what size you make. I chose the crib size, using up 12 fat quarters for the front, with the remaining fat quarters going on the back.

Elvira- finished.

Also finished this week were my Twister Quilt, and two table runners with leftover blocks from the Night and Day quilt that was completed a few years ago. 


Night and Day Runners
All are ready to quilt with backing and bindings made.Yeah! I am using up my stash and getting to those leftover projects.

Used this week: 12.5 yards
Used YTD:  49.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  24.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  36.5 yards.

Have a great week, stay safe and get some sewing done!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Design Wall Monday

This week starts another of my 2020 UFO's called Twister, and was purchased many years ago. 

The center is acutally a panel of 3" squares, which I have added a border to. It was a "cheater" panel for  the Twister Quilt so that you did not have to sew all the squares together. This week I am in the process of cutting each row with the template and then sewing them back together. It should end up looking something like the quilt below, although mine will be a bit bigger.

Image result for Twister quilt

This is the second, (and last) Twister quilt that I will make, as the process involves cutting, sewing, cutting again and sewing the final top together. A little too much cutting and waste for me!

Have a great week and stay safe!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

Frolic is finally finished, and is also one of my UFO's for the year. 

It is a pretty big quilt at 85x85, and made with almost all fabrics from my stash. I even used up the extra pieces to make a few blocks to put on the back. I was a bit worried about the triangle borders fitting, there was a lot of bias in the quilt, but I was pleasantly suprised when it all went together pretty smoothly. One of the keys was to stay stitch the outer edges before putting on the inner border and triangle borders. It really helped to keep the edges from stretching.

Extra blocks

There were a lot of extra pieces left over, so I used up most in the blocks above. They will be part of my scrappy backing of 10" squares. Using up the Stash!

Purchased this week at Modern Quilts in Phoenix (a great store if you are ever in the area) was a navy blue for binding the Dear Jane Quilt, and a couple of greys for a future project.

Here are the updated numbers:

Used this week: 21 yards
Used YTD:  37.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 3 yards
Purchased YTD:  24.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  12.5 yards.

Finally in the black for the year! Check back to see what is on my design wall for the week.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hike up Pinnacle Peak

With all the rain this week in AZ, it was nice to finally get out of the house and do a little hiking up Pinnacle Peak. This is one of the more beautiful hikes that is close to our home, but is a bit strenuous due to the ups and downs. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom, and there was a lot of color on the trail.
Pinnacle  Peak


Path back up.


Flowers on the trail

More flowers

Yes, the desert is starting to bloom. In a couple of weeks it will be all the cactus blooming.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Design Wall

This week on the Design Wall is hopefully, the finishing up of Frolic. Along with that I will be cutting out the pieces for my next UFO Checkerboard. Below are the Dear Hannah blocks that were also completed during our Road Trip. I prepped about 10 blocks to take with me and this will be an on again, off agin project as we travel.

As I mentioned in my previous post, we spent Sunday in Joshua Tree National Park on our way home from Mammoth. On my Bucket list is to see all the National Parks before I die. Joshua Tree- check!
This Park is relatively small, with most of the attractions. Keys View gives a great vew of The Cochella Valley. The desert flowers were just starting to bloom in the lower elevations.

South Park Entrance

DH with Joshua Tree

Water in Barker Dam

Rocks in Hidden Valley

We had a great time and would definatley reccommend a trip there in the Spring or Fall. Too Hot in the Summer!

Stash Report

DH and I spent last week skiing in Mammoth and then took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park on the way home. Skiing in Mammoth was fun, though we were both a bit rusty and only lasted about 3-4 hours each day. The weather worked out perfect with spring conditions.

The Minerets

St. Anton's

This left a lot of time to get some sewing done, and I was able to get the entire center of Frolic completd along with sewing all the half square triangle borders.  It just barely fit on the floor in  out condo.Trimming and final completion will happen when we get home.

Center sewn together.

Stay tuned, this will be a finish to report for next week.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD:  16.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  21.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  -4.5 yards.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Design Wall

On the design wall this week while I am in Mammoth is, of course Frolic. Getting closer to being finished. Below are blocks all laid out on floor of our cabin. Just barely fits with table pushed  back.

Also I have been working on the Liberty pincushions, which are all sewn together, but will need to be stuffed and finished when I return. Looking ahead to my March UFO is #7 which is my Checkerboard quilt. Have the fabric all ready to go!

A Checkerboard Quilt and a Strip Piecing Tutorial - Red Pepper Quilts
Checkerboard quilt.

A lot on my plate this week! How about you?

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

Happy March! 

Not much to report this week for the Stash Report. Nothing finished and nothing added. This week finds me in Mammoth Lakes on a ski trip, where I also hope to get some sewing in. Will be working on Frolic and have now completed the sashing strips and will be ready to start sewing the blocks together. Excited to get this one finished!

When Frolic is finished, it will finally put me in the black for the year. Just need to stop shopping!

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD:  16.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  21.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  -4.5 yards.

Have a great day!

Monday, February 24, 2020

Design Wall

On the design wall this week is Frolic. Blocks are complete and will be working on the corner, blocks and setting blocks. There are a lot of steps to finish this one off, so it will most likely take most of my time this week, along with quilting Tannenbaum.

24 blocks complete

25th bock with wrong corner- will do some unsewing!

4 setting triangles ready to be sewn. 

Next project up will be my February UFO- Liberty pincushions! Small and hopefuly easy to complete!

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

February is flying by- one week left! I am happy to report a finish for the week, along with a few adds from my trip to Texas. First up, Tannenbaum is complete. The applique rows were completed at Brenda's house and quilt was put together on my return home.  It will be next up for the Longarm.

Tannenbaum was also my Janary UFO, just a little behind. Adds to the stash below. Some sale items from the quilt shop next to the Quilt Museum and from a visit to Quilthaus. Some for future projects, some just adds to the stash.

Updated numbers for the week. Still in the red, but more finishes on the horizon as I get back to working on Frolic!

Used this week: 9.0 yards
Used YTD:  16.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 7 yards
Purchased YTD:  21.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  -4.5 yards.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Texas Trip

Back from my trip to San Antonio to visit Brenda and Joanne. We missed our trip last year due to my move, so we were all looking forward to our get-togther to do a little sewing, and catching up. Brenda lives in San Antonio and Joanne flies in from Whitehorse, Yukon. We took a trip over to the Texas Quilt Museum, which had a display of Modern Quilts starting from the 1980's. Of course we had to stop for some Texas Barbeque for Lunch!
Texas Quilt Museum La Grange

Below are some of the Quilts from the Exhibit.

Brenda and I

We also took a trip over to the Polish Pottery warehouse, where we all found a few items that we could not live without. There was a lot to look through!

Image result for polmedia polish pottery outlet texas

It was a fun week, over too quickly. We will look forward to our next visit in 2021.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Design Wall Monday

Progress being made on Frolic. 5 blocks completed and they are looking good. Excited about finishing up this quilt.

Frolic Blocks
All rows are done for Tannenbaum, just need to finish up the two applique rows that are missing fromt the picture below. These I will be taking on my trip to Texas later this week, with the hopes of completing this quilt top when I return.

Finishes will happen soon in my Sewing Studio! Have a great week!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

A finish to report this week! I needed a panel quilt to bring to guild meeting this week and remembered I had one to make for DH. I purchased this panel along with a couple of corrdinating fabrics  a few years back during one of the Shop Hops in San Diego. So out it came and in one short afternoon I was able to put the top together!

Koi Panel Quilt
DH really loved this and I will be quilting it for him in the near future.

Also completed this week is the Block of the Month, also for Guild on Tuesday. Two blocks this month with a red/white theme for Valentines.

Sunrise Stitcher BOM

Still in the red, but moving in the right direction.

Used this week: 7.0 yards
Used YTD:  7.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  -7.5yards.

Happy Sewing this week!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Design Wall Monday

This week I will be finishing up the Quilting my RWB Dear Jane! This has been 5 years in the making and is almost done. It has taken the entire month of January, with all the custom quilting on each of the 169 blocks and 52 Triangles.

About 2/3 done.

Some of the blocks.

Scalloped border.
Next will be the binding. With the scalloped borders this will be a challenge for me.I will be super glad when this is finished and I can get on to other quilting projects. Thanks to all my clients for being so patient. Have a great week and Happy Sewing!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

February is here and still no finishes to reduce my stash. Working on too many projects at the same time, so this week I will be focusing on getting Tannenbaum completed and then head back over to Frolic.

Frolic in progress.
Tannenbaum is looking good. Blank Fabric in the middle is for applique that is being prepped.

3 more rows to go.

No additions this week, so no changes in the Stash. Still in the red for 2020.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD:  0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  0 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  -14.5 yards.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Design Wall Monday

Two projects are taking up the design wall this week.  First up is Frolic- Bonnie Hunter Mystery. Working on the last of the units in order to put blocks together.

Frolic- last unit.

Tannenbaum- Row 4 is complete. Row 5 is applique- so will be prepping that this week.

Tannenbaum Row 4

And just so things would not get boring, finished up the Heart Block below for My Longarm Club on Saturday. We will be having a BOM, with a drawing for the winner of all blocks.

Heart Block
All for this week- going to try to get blocks started for Frolic and next row complete for Tannenbaum.