Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thank you, Kathi! (and an update)

Lat month, I was the winner of the Linky Loot at the monthly Laundry List on Kathi's Design Originals blog.

I'm finally getting around to posting the goodies :)
I told her I was working on a red/white/black quilt [on the list below!] and was a sucker for any kind of button. So...black-and-white for my 9-patches, red for my snowball corners, and lovely vintage buttons to feed my addiction!

Thank you, Kathi - mostly for hosting the linky party, which keeps me at least somewhat externally accountable, but also for the thrill of a squishy envelope in the mail.








So, updating my list for November...

1. Finish crocheted baby blanket. Done!!



New #1 project: Cross-stitch picture of a sewing room. I've gotten this started - I keep it at work and use it to force myself to relax during my lunch break.



2. Work on blue-yellow quilt. I have a couple of blocks picked out.

3. Work on red-white-black quilt. I've found the bin, but that's all.

4. Work on applique quilt. Maybe another block or 2?

5. Make bibs. I either need to find the pattern I made, or re-make it from the drawing in my idea book. Not yet.

6. Continue menu planning. Not as consistently as I'd like, but working on it.

7. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff. Falling behind on this!
 

8. Finish t-shirt quilt. It's almost completely put together; I found another t-shirt that will work better than one of the squares that's already done, so I need to replace it. Done! I never replaced the last square but it's finished and it looks just fine.


9. Keep working on hooked rug. I've slowed down on this..
.

10. Find the orange fabric I need to finish the galaxy wallhanging. I found some, not sure if it's enough. I need to cut those squares.

11. Chart the Lovely Daughter's sorority letters for a needlepoint pillow. DONE!
New #11: Start working on the needlepoint pillow!

12. Stay off computer games. Most days! Not cold turkey yet, but I'm getting better at noticing when I'm going down the rabbit hole and getting OFF, which is at least better than staying on.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

2014 Stash Report Week 45


Yards in: 6
Yards out: 10.2
Cumulative yards in: 64.9
Cumulative yards out: 39.4
Net gain/loss: 24.5 GAINED

Spending since last post: ~$50
Spending this year: $455.32

T-shirt quilt: 52 x 71. I'm estimating ~30% of the front is stash fabric. The t-shirts never went IN to stash, so they can't come out :)
Estimate stash busted is 3.2 yards.

I also sent ~5 yards of scraps to The Lovely Daughter, for sorority-related crafts. Some of that may come back, but for now, it's out of the stash :)

Halloween costumes: I bought 2 yards of satin for the cape, and basically used all of it - so a wash. I bought 4 yards of black Kona cotton for the robe and hood, and don't count it "out" since it'll get deconstructed and used in future quilts. Same for the minecraft costume - all from stash, but I'm not done with it yet.





In other project news, I finished the flower square baby blanket! I really like the finished product.
Spending: $6.25 at the thrift store and ~45 at Jo-Anns. I'll update if I find those receipts again.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November Laundry List (and progress from this month)

Many thanks to Kathi for hosting a monthly linky party ~ accountability rocks :)

My list for November is pretty easy, as it's basically my list from October! R.eplacement projects are already lined up


1. Finish crocheted baby blanket. Totally doable. I've decided on 25 blocks with a border. All of the center flowers are done, and 16 (or 19?) have green borders. I've even started sewing them together.


New #1 project: Cross-stitch picture of a sewing room I bought today :)

2. Work on blue-yellow quilt. More blocks done!

3. Work on red-white-black quilt. I've found the bin, but that's all.

4. Work on applique quilt. Not yet.

5. Make bibs. I either need to find the pattern I made, or re-make it from the drawing in my idea book. Not yet.

6. Continue menu planning. Not as consistently as I'd like, but working on it.

7. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff. Most days!
 

8. Finish t-shirt quilt. It's almost completely put together; I found another t-shirt that will work better than one of the squares that's already done, so I need to replace it. I still need to replace the last square and finish the top.

9. Keep working on hooked rug. I've slowed down on this..
.

10. Find the orange fabric I need to finish the galaxy wallhanging. I found some, not sure if it's enough. I need to cut those squares.

11. Chart the Lovely Daughter's sorority letters for a needlepoint pillow. DONE!
New #11: Start working on the needlepoint pillow!

12. Stay off computer games. Most days! Not cold turkey yet, but I'm getting better at noticing when I'm going down the rabbit hole and getting OFF, which is at least better than staying on.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Stash Report Week 42

Yards in: 24
Yards out: 0.4
Cumulative yards in: 57.9
Cumulative yards out: 29.2
Net gain/loss: 28.7 GAINED

Spending since last post: ~$52 ($5 admission to show; $27 on fabric, buttons, a book, and a pillow form at show; $20 for peltex and felt for the Karate Kid's Halloween costume)
Spending this year: $405.32

First, the usage:


 Just a cute little pumpkin tabletopper. Based on something I saw on the interwebs.

Purchased? Lots of stuff at the quilt show Calico Elephant tables.






Lots of lovelies, including a bag of white-on-white and cream-on-cream scraps, which I definitely do NOT ever have enough of.

I also spent much of this weekend making a Creeper costume for the Small Man. There were lots of starts and re-starts.

First, this - lots of green prints:
When he saw it, S. said it should be "not as different." ??? I'd seen the images, and was puzzled.

I went back and looked, and clarified: solids, contrast not a problem? Yes. So off to cut solids and almost-solids from the stash - and to clear what was used BEFORE cutting.

(At this point, I told TMOTH that I needed different fabrics, and he asked, somewhat facetiously, if I was going shopping. HA HA HA HA HA!!)

Next, I stayed with teh 5" blocks in solids  (just ignore the fuzz and cat hair):

WAY too big. So I cut 2.5" squares for the next step:



Much better. The whole thing fits over a box, with an eyehole cut out and a head-band that TMOTH had from some tool or another.

The Karate Halloween party is next Friday, so I didn't have next weekend to work on it!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Laundry List check-in

1. Finish crocheted baby blanket. This is ambitious - but it may be doable. We'll see. And I'm weaving in thread ends as I go :) - I have about 2/3 of the center flowers done, and 10 fully complete blocks. It won't be big - but it is a baby blanket after all!



2. Work on blue-yellow quilt. More blocks done!

3. Work on red-white-black quilt. I haven't found that bin yet.

4. Work on applique quilt. Not yet.

5. Make bibs. I either need to find the pattern I made, or re-make it from the drawing in my idea book. Not yet.

6. Continue menu planning. Not as consistently as I'd like, but working on it.

7. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff. Most days!
 

8. Finish t-shirt quilt. It's almost completely put together; I found another t-shirt that will work better than one of the squares that's already done, so I need to replace it. Replacing that square and finishing the top is on the to-do list for today. We'll see.

9. Keep working on hooked rug.
Yep. I need to cut some more strips, though.

10. Find the orange fabric I need to finish the galaxy wallhanging. Not yet. I also have a pumpkin tabletopper on the to-do list for today, so I'll be hunting for oranges.

11. Chart the Lovely Daughter's sorority letters for a needlepoint pillow. DONE!

12. Stay off computer games. Most days! Not cold turkey yet, but I'm getting better at noticing when I'm going down the rabbit hole and getting OFF, which is at least better than staying on.

2014 Stash Report Week 41

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 0.3
Cumulative yards in: 33.9
Cumulative yards out: 28.8
Net gain/loss: 5.1 GAINED

Spending since last post: ~$10 (I lost the receipt, but I bought a pillow form and new SM needles)
Spending this year: $353.32

I made a fleece flying squirrel using a free pattern from Wild Olive. I embroidered the nose and eyes instead of using felt and safety eyes, and reversed the arms and legs somehow :)




Sunday, October 05, 2014

2014 Stash Report Week 40

Yards in: 2
Yards out: 0.5
Cumulative yards in: 33.9
Cumulative yards out: 28.5
Net gain/loss: 5.4 GAINED

Spending since last post: $3.30
Spending this year: $343.32

Spending? Plaid and gingham and yellow fabric from the thrift store, some black fleece, plus a jacket pattern.

I threw away about a third of a yard of flannel-backed moire (no clue why it was in my stash) and used another 0.2 yards on these two blocks:

The blocks are for our monthly guild raffle; so if I win, there'll be yardage coming in tomorrow :)

I'm making progress on blue and yellow blocks. I finished the complicated block I started last week, plus two more.




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue and Yellow

I'm working on a blue and yellow sampler quilt ~ and the more I do, the happier I am.

This is what I had done before this weekend:

I made this block over the weekend:

And this block last night ~ I might decide to rip and resew, it's a bit wonky ~ but it was a struggle just to get it to this point :)

And this block tonight:

Finished size is 12 inches, so I'm thinking 5 x 6 blocks with sashing might be big enough.