Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Quilt history blog

http://quilthistorytidbits--oldnewlydiscovered.yolasite.com/aunt-martha.php

I can't pin this blog, so I'm posting it here in hopes I'll be able to find it again.

Monday, February 09, 2015

2015 Stash Report Week 6

Yards in: 3.5
Yards out: 4.0
Cumulative yards in: 3.5
Cumulative yards out:  4.3
Net gain/loss: 0.8 USED

Spending since last post: $27.88
Spending this year: $27.88

A little bit to catch up on...

Three spends since the last post.

1. Trip to Jo-Ann's - $10.33 for a yard and a half of fleece to back the hearts quilt and half a yard of Kona grey for our guild challenge quilt. 

2. Trip to the LQS - Capital Quilts - for thread to quilt The Lovely Daughter's friend's quilt. Also two FQ for letters for TLD and her little :) Total was just under $12 (I also bought a tote bag which doesn't "count" for the $$ tally).

3. Trip to the thrift store (I've cut back to only the first weekend of the month allowed!) and spent $5.55. A few beads, a few bits of fabric (~1 yard), some beads.

But I had a finish! Technically not a quilt, since it's only two layers, but I used all of the fleece! A comfort blanket for a friend who just got a scary medical diagnosis. I used this Heart Block tutorial.

Ralph helps (not).
 Done! quilted in the ditch.
 Red polka-dot binding - all by machine.
 Fleece backing - it's REALLY hard to find non-juvenile fleece.
Progress was made on a UFO started end of the year:

 This needs borders; then hopefully I can piece a backing.

I also started a quilt for a different niece:
 and a challenge quilt, that is very much like the other just-finished batik quilt.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January Laundry List/December update

Combined! updates from December and going thru to January.

1. Catch up/keep up with Women of the Bible blocks. Nope. Still on the list for January.

2. Work on blue-yellow quilt. Nope. Still on the list for January.

3. Work on red-white-black quilt. Nope. Still on the list for January.

4. Work on applique quilt. I did at least one complete block, and completed the center of a flower block . Still on the list for January.

5. Make bibs. I either need to find the pattern I made, or re-make it from the drawing in my idea book. Nope. Still on the list for January.

6. Continue menu planning. Some. Still on the list for January. It was a cub scout requirement, so the Small Man did one week.

7. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff.
Nope. Still on the list for January.
 
8. Work on minecraft quilt for the Small Man. Nope. Still on the list for January. I did make him the minecraft pillowcase for Christmas!

9. Keep working on hooked rug.
Nope. Still on the list for January.

10. Cut squares from orange fabric and work on the galaxy wallhanging. A few. Still on the list for January.

11. Start the Lovely Daughter's sorority letters for a needlepoint pillow. Nope. Still on the list for January.

12. Stay off computer games. DONE. Now to keep it up.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

2015 Stash Report Week 1

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 0.3
Cumulative yards in: 0
Cumulative yards out:  0.3
Net gain/loss: 0.3 USED

Spending since last post: $0
Spending this year: $0

Yeah! Starting the year with a small finish! a couple of potholders from a stripset for a baby quilt that didn't quite work out.





I also cut into some fabric for quilts for the coming year - one for a friend of The Lovely Daughter's, and one for a new great-nephew.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2015 goals

1. finish 15 projects.

2. Spend 15 minutes a day sewing/creative activity OR in organizing the craft supplies

3. 5 a day. Every day, throw away or find a home for 5 things.

4. Keep blogging.
 
5. Participate in the weekly stash report and keep my $10 per week budget - but focus that budget on things I really need. Less buying stuff "just because" ~ so stops at the thrift store will have to drop from weekly to monthly.




6. Try to keep up with the challenges I've signed up for.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Word of the Year

For 2015, the word of the year will be:  VISION

Last year's word was NOW, and the year before that was PROGRESS.

At some point soon, I'll work on goals for this year. Right now, I'm putting the old superstition of what you do on New Year's Day, you'll do the rest of the year - so cleaning and sewing!

Goal recap for 2014

Last year's word was NOW, because I have a BAD procrastination habit. It's gotten a little better, although not as better as I'd like!


My goals were:
1. finish 14 projects.
I actually finished more than this - at least 6 things right before Christmas!!

2. Spend 14 minutes a day sewing OR in stash management.
This one just didn't happen. "Sew every day" is a nice goal, but I don't know that I'd ever get there. I think this year I'll set a weekly goal instead.

3. 2014 in 2014: Sometime around the time things got crazy last year, I stopped keeping track, but I'm pretty sure that although I didn't reach my 2013 things goal, much more left than in previous years. This year, I'm shooting for 2014.
I stopped keeping track at some point this year. It just gets hard to track and keep count. I still have some of Mom's things that need to go to charity, and some of *my* things that need to go, but I won't try to keep track of numbers this year. 

4. Keep track of what I'm doing by starting blogging again - I feel much more productive when I have a record of what I've done.
I'll call this one a win, even if by a nose. More posts in 2014 than 2013!!

5. Participating in the weekly stash report will help me manage my stash. I'm also setting a $10 per week budget (that I feel no compulsion to spend) but I want to make sure that I'm not spending more than I think I am. The $10 includes EVERYTHING, not just fabric -thread, storage stuff, equipment, gadgets.
Not weekly stash reports, but often enough. Although I still came in adding more than I used! And as for spending - I came in under $520, again, by a nose ~ but without really trying to *not* spend. 

So. Not so bad. New goals maybe later today, maybe over the weekend. Still working through them.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2014 stash report Week 52

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 9.2
Cumulative yards in: 69.9
Cumulative yards out:  57.9
Net gain/loss: 12 GAINED

Spending since last post: ~$30?
Spending this year: $515.32

The spending this time is a guess. I'm pretty sure I bought yarn, and I spent $0.75 on some sueded cotton at the thrift store :) And I just spent another $10 or so on notions at the thrift store here in Florida.

Fabric out:
1. Pillowcases!
TARDIS pillowcase for the Karate Kid (with a photobomb from Small Man). :
It's BIG. There's a custom-made pillow form inside :) 25" wide by 52" long; 3.6 yards


Minecraft Creeper pillowcase for the Small Man (made from his Halloween costume!): 22 x 40" long; 1.8 yards

















Kitty pillowcase for the Lovely Daughter, 1.3 yd. No photo, but a lovely Laurel Burch pastel.

2. A couple of table-runners for my sister-in-law:
Colors that match a foyer cabinet she has, some vintage fabrics, about 10" x 45",  0.7 yards.


Musical fabric, from a bunch of strips I got for quilt show volunteering a few years ago. Total is about 12" x 60", 1.3 yards.


3. Two FQ for next year's UFO challenge, 0.5 yards.