Monday, March 30, 2020

Design Wall Monday

This week DH and I are staying close to home and sheltering in place, as our Govenor in AZ just issued the order that will officially start tomorrow. The quilting of  Frolic, along with working on my Checkboard UFO are on the design wall this week. Sections are sewn and cut and blocks ready to put together.

I am also joining up with Bonnie Hunter for her Unity Quilt Along. This will be a Mystery quilt with a part released each monday. Of course I hope to use up more of my stash for this one!

Check back to check on my progress! 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Stash Report

Hope this finds you all well and enduring the stay at home order with lots of sewing. This week I finihsed the baby quilt and even got it quilted. Now to bind and have ready for the new baby.

Sky Pilots
Also finished this last week were the four applique blocks for Heart and Hand. I will be picking out the next four to complete this month. Always good to have some handwork while watching TV.

Numbers are getting better! Have a great week and stay safe!

Used this week: 5.0 yards
Used YTD:  54.0 yards.
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  24.5 yards.
Net Fabric Used YTD:  29.5 yards.

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:  24.5 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!