Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Stash - 05/21/17

I was a little sad to see that Judy at Patchwork Times wasn't going to do Sunday Stash anymore, but I decided that didn't mean I couldn't still report my results. And then I learned that quiltpaintcreate is going to continue the stash report for now, and I am very happy about it!!! This was a productive week, I finished my coin quilt flimsy and my bee block, both which will count in my used column. We had no purchases and both Sharla and I made progress on our #100days100blocks2017 project. And I made my purchase for #MayIsForMakers2017

First up lets see what I made for my 100 days project.  I'm really liking how these blocks look. I'm still using mostly stash fabrics with the exception of what I purchased last week. It is so much fun to pick out the fabrics for each block, and get to use some pretty small scraps. There are some fabrics that will appear in only one block because that was all the fabric I had. My favorite block to date is the middle block on the second row, but I have to say I'm really loving them all.


Sharla is keeping up as well. We've found some fabrics in our stash to add to her selection to give her some more choices. We laugh every time we see her blocks next to mine, because they are so different, but yet the same. Sharla does not sew fast and she was a little concerned about keeping up, but so far she is doing a great job of it.


We have been watching all the blocks on Instagram and are amazed at how different they all are. Some are more traditional fabrics, and some very modern. We were talking last night about how you could do this project again with different fabrics/colors and have it look totally different. I wonder if they will have a 2018 version...mmm something to think about.

For my #MayIsForMakers2017 pattern I chose one I've looked at often since it was released. It is called Bundle Buster by Quilting Jetgirl. I love her patterns, but this one I like because it makes great use of fat quarters with very little waste. I have a ton of bundles, and this one should help me put some of them to good use. Here is the photo from her web site.


Now it is time to see what got done this week. I showed my coin quilt on Friday, and I still have to stay I'm loving it. And I also got my bee block in the mail. It was a fun block to make, but I don't think I will be making a full quilt like it, because my baby dogs wouldn't like it much. They think cats are bad, really really bad.



So let's talk numbers

Fabric Used this Week: 6 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 111  yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 68 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 43 yards used

The numbers are going in the right direction this week, which is a good thing. Sharla and I were rearranging some things yesterday and she noted that even though we've accomplished a lot this year, our stash doesn't seem to be dwindling much. I think we are going to have to work harder and faster to make a dent. I'm hoping to get some work done on the memory quilts this week, but I know I won't get them completed. So unless Sharla finishes her True Colors quilt, this is probably where we will stand for the month. Which isn't a bad place to be. Next weekend is a long weekend and we plan on doing a lot of sewing, but I'm not sure any of it will be able to be reported as completed. Either way we will have fun doing it. I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I am linking up with quiltpaintcreate.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Finish - 05/19/17

I'm excited about today's finish because it is the oldest UFO, well that isn't exactly true, I have a couple of tops that are older, but no other UFOs or fabric bundles older than this one. I received a jelly roll for Christmas in 2012 from Tom and Mecca. I knew right away I wanted to make a coin quilt out of it, and so I sewed the strips together, then sub cut those into groups and made the groups into columns and then it sat and sat and sat. I couldn't make up my mind on what to use for the sashing. I thought black, then grey, then white, and then another batik, but just couldn't commit to any of them. Every time I would straighten the sewing room I would find these and think I need to finish that, but then I would go around and around with myself on what color to do for the sashing.

I knew that if I was going to get it done, I needed to put it on my list for this year and it became my May top to complete. Even then I still debated about what color to use for the sashing. I wanted something that would highlight the great colors of the jelly roll, but also blend in some too.


I finally took the strips an laid out on my long arm and then put the Kona Card and Bella Solids card that I have up against them, and finally picked Washed Black by Bella Solids. Then I had to order the fabric, so I started off a little late, but since it was only sashing it went together really quickly.

I finished the quilt on Monday, but the wind was blowing really hard, so no chance to photograph it. Then Sharla was sick, then errands after work and then rain predicted. I tried to snap a couple of photos before the rain came, but the wind was still playing tricks on me.


Every time I fixed one corner another one would curl up, so I gave up and said this is as good as it is going to get. I really love the colors in this and I think it is going to be a nice size lap quilt when I'm done. Since I had already dropped Sharla off at work it was just me against the wind and the wind won.


This is my one monthly goal for May, so yeah I met my goal. I'm still making progress on the #100days100blocks2017 and will show everyone week two block on Sunday. Sharla has battled a bug a couple of times this month, so she she has some work to do, but she is staying current with her 100 blocks too. I will link this up with Elm Street Quilts at the end of the month. And I am linking up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict,  Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Thank Goodness It's Finshed Friday @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework and Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts. And I'll be back on Sunday to report my numbers for the week and show you our blocks for the week.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Stash - 05/14/17

Well there isn't too much to report this week. No finishes because we've mainly been focusing on the #100Days100Blocks2017. So far we've posted every day on time, which means we've finished 8 blocks as of today. If you've been following along on instagram you've already seen these beauties, but if not here are my blocks so far.


And here are Sharla's blocks to date.


Now I will readily admit I stole/modified someone else's idea on photographing the blocks. I've seen some very cute props photographed with the blocks (I love the doggies best), but my favorite was by @ohsewquirky_nancy who used scrabble tiles to spell out the block number. I really loved that idea, but knew I wouldn't be so fond of it when it got to seventy eight. So I went looking and found some numbered scrabble tiles and they arrived on Friday night. So now our blocks photos are numbered. And as you can see above, I'm using the tile racks to from extra photo fun. I can see these getting a lot of use in the future.

Now for purchases, Sharla and I both needed some solids for this project, not lots, but some. So we went to the local quilt shop on Saturday and picked up some. I added more prints, because they didn't have the solids I needed. Since mine is a scrappy quilt I didn't need to match anything other than did I like it. But we made a pack that we could not purchase more than 10 FQ each and we stuck to it. I picked 10 and Sharla picked 7, here is what we purchased.


Also it is time to show my May Is For Makers 2017 purchase for this week. I chose a pattern that I've had pinned for a long time. I loved it from the first time I saw it, but kept putting off purchasing it because I didn't have the perfect fabric for it. I still don't have the perfect fabric, but I don't care, I'm bought it anyway. It is call Bubble Bath by My Quilt Infatuation. I love her patterns, in fact I bought one last year in May too.


So now it is time to talk numbers, and the numbers are creeping the wrong way, but I did make some progress on my coin quilt, and I'm hoping to have the top done by next week, which will help the number go back in the right direction.

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 105  yards
Fabric Added this Week: 4 1/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 68 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 37 yards used

I'm not thrilled with those number, but I'm not too mad either. Hopefully they will start creeping the in the other direction again soon. For today I'm going to link up with  Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash and Sunday Stash #224 with Molli Sparkles. And then I'm going to get busy sewing and see if I can change the direction of these numbers.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Stash - 05/07/17

Another week where my numbers go in the wrong direction. But it was a necessary purchase...aren't they all. It was a busy week and as per normal for me, I decide to jump in feet first on something at the very last minute. But more on that later.

First nothing used this week. I did work on one of the memory quilts this week, but that is all and it wasn't finished. Sharla didn't make any progress on her True Colors quilt either. So a big goose egg in the used column this week. I did purchase some fabric, I needed sashing for both my coin quilt which is my May project and my zombie quilt which is my June project. I decided to use the same fabric for both. So I purchased some Washed Black Bella Solid. Nothing fancy, but it will work for what I need.


Now it is also May Is For Makers 2017 and I wanted to do my part to support independent makers. Last year I bought some great patterns during the 2016 round of MayIsForMakers. This year they have even extended it to include any type of maker, yarn dyers, bag makers, pattern designers, jewelry makers, but I will most likely stay in the quilt pattern range.

My first pattern is one I've had pinned for a long time. I love that is it simple and a great way to show off some of those beautiful large print fabrics. It is Craftsman by Amy Smart. I think this is one that even Sharla will love.


Now I also purchased something else this week and that is Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book. I watch last year as people did the #100Days100Blocks on Instagram and was very intrigued by it. Then I saw GnomeAngel was going to do another round and I thought about it, but said no I don't want to to it. Then I saw another post about it and then another and Friday I decided I wanted to do it. Now it starts today and I didn't even have the book. I could get a digital copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble, but I really wanted the book. So I paid a little more and purchased it from my local quilt shop. Then I talked Sharla into doing it with me.


Now we had to decide on fabric, get some cut and start making blocks. We want to get a little ahead because life gets crazy around her sometimes. Our only rule was we didn't want to buy new fabric for this project. Sharla immediately thought of fabric she had purchased and came up with two different possibilities. She had a bundle called Best Day Ever and she had two mixed bundles that were mainly made up of a line called Fancy. We dug them out and she ended up choosing the Fancy line. I went through my FQ stash and found 5 or 6 others that would go with hers including several solids. I decided that I was going to use my stash of low volume, blacks, grays and pinks to make mine. Once the fabric decisions were made, I went to work cutting. I've cut 8 blocks for Sharla and 7 blocks for me, and Sharla has block 1 done. I still have to sew mine. I will show the blocks we get done weekly here on this blog and daily on Instagram.

So if you want more info about the 100 day quilt along check out GnomeAngel's blog, or the hashtag #100Days100Blocks2017 on Instagram. If you want to learn more about MayIsForMakers2017 then check out Lindsey Rohodes blog.

Now it is time to show my weekly numbers

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 105  yards
Fabric Added this Week: 5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 63 3/4 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 41 1/4 yards used

Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash and Sunday Stash #223 with Molli Sparkles. I hope ya'll have a wonderful week.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

One Monthly Goal - May Goal

It is time to set my goal for May (and Sharla's too). We did very well for April, Sharla finished her Lula Magnolia quilt and I finished Callie and Beau's quilt. I finally got to post about Callie's quilt yesterday, because it arrived in Houston, safe and sound. I am so glad that cat is out of the bag.

For May I'm going to finish the flimsy of my coin quilt. Which is my oldest UFO. It was a jelly roll gifted to me by Tom and Mecca in 2012. I made the coin strips almost immediately after getting the jelly roll, but then I couldn't decide on what I wanted to use as sashing between the columns. It got put away and never finished. But I finally decided to use Washed Black Bella solid, because I think the black will make the other colors pop. The fabric for the sashing arrived this week, so I should be in good shape. I decided to use the same black for Hollywood's zombie quilt, so I went ahead and purchased for both. So hopefully this one will be done quickly. Here are the coins laid over my long arm machine.


Sharla switched her pick for May and is working on Bistro, which is her oldest project and it dates back to 2008. It is a fat quarter bundle and right now Sharla is debating on what pattern she wants to use. I'm thinking she will go for Big and Tall or Cheaper By The Dozen because she wants something simple and quick. Sharla claimed the fabric was mine until we stumble across this photo from Christmas 2008 and look who is holding the bundle.


Now to tell the truth, Sharla and I both have extra goals this month. We would both like to finish a second top if at all possible. Sharla is close to finishing her True Colors flimsy, so that goal should be easy for her. I am hoping to finish the third memory flimsy and get the second on quilted. Big goals, but we do have a three day weekend this month that Sharla is turning into a 4 day weekend. So anything is possible. And we also decided to join the #100Days100Block2017 challenge which is making 1 block a day for 100 days using Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I will write more about this tomorrow and hopefully have the first block done (since it start tomorrow). For now I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal. If you want to see what others are doing check out her linky party.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Finish - 05/05/17

It is time to show everyone Callie and Beau's quilt. They have it in their hot little hands and love it!!!! So now I can show it to everyone else. And be prepared, there are lots of pictures today. Just a little history on the quilt. They asked me to make them a signature quilt for their wedding. Everyone signed blocks instead of a guest book, and then I put the blocks together and quilted them. Here is a picture of the setup at the wedding.


And here is the finished quilt. We took it back to the gazebo and I photographed from one side and Sharla from the other. The funny thing is the pictures look so different just because of the angle of the sun.


I used my standard corner label, which I like because it is sewn in with the binding. I also like that I can print it on my computer so it is more readable.


Now the only place on the quilt with Callie and Beau's name was going to be the label, but I thought it needed their names on it somewhere else. So I did a little paper piecing and added something to the back (and I didn't tell Callie/Beau, so it was a surprise).


I think my favorite block is the one that the signer added a batman to the block. Unfortunately part of it was in the seam allowance, but it still makes me smile every time I see it.


I love the way it looked on the swing with the sun on it. I think this one shows the colors the best of all the shots. I was a little afraid of an all solids quilt, this is my first one, but I think it turned out wonderfully. Callie picked the colors, and as always she did a great job.


After taking the photos at the gazebo we called Mecca and Tom to see if they wanted to see it before I sent to off to Callie and Beau. No one answered their phones, but since they are often outside on the weekends we ran over to their house, but no one was around. So we took a couple of photos on their bridge. We posted one showing only the backing, but here is one of the front. And yes we went back later that night so they could see it before it was boxed and shipped.


Over all I'm happy with the quilt and Callie and Beau love it which is all that matters. I learned lots from making this one. I learned that I should have taped the edges of the blocks because to many people wrote into the seam allowance. I learned that people gravitate to certain colors, I was surprised by how few people signed the red blocks. I learned that Callie and Beau are very patient people, because they waited two years for this quilt, but I'm hoping that it is something they will enjoy for 50 years or more. And lastly I learned that working with solid colors isn't nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Here is the last picture for today.


So that is all for today, I'm going to link up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict,  Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts. Hopefully we will have more to show you next week.