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..
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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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014 Stash Report Week 39

Yards in: 1.5
Yards out: 2
Cumulative yards in: 31.9
Cumulative yards out: 28.0
Net gain/loss: 3.9 GAINED

Spending since last post: $21.92
Spending this year: $340.02


The yardage was skull fabric for new pajama pants for the Small Man.

He approves of them! I likely could've gotten away with just a yard; I had about half a yard left over. Not sure what I will eventually do with half a yard of skull-patterned knit fabric...


I also finished a small baby quilt that had been a UFO for a LONG time - most likely late 80s/early 90s.


Close-up of the fabric - pretty classic 80s "country" prints:

And there's a fun dinosaur print on the back!
Overall size is 32" x 32", which by my calculations is a yard busted, all from stash.

The spending wasn't all for the fabric, thank goodness - it was from the $2.97 table. But G Street also had a set of pink scissors on sale, and I also bought a piece of felt for flying squirrel paws and some pink perle cotton. Also a dollar at the thrift store - a pattern, styrofoam balls, and some hair clip bases.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

October Laundry List

First, a check-in from September:

1. Make ginger-peach jam and start basil vinegar this weekend. DONE! I got a funnel to get the vinegar back in its original bottle. I still need a local source for clear glass bottles. The ginger-peach jam? Abso-freaking-lutely awesome.  

2. Finish beret and start scarf to match. DONE! Except for weaving in a few more yarn tails. I spent almost the entire hour at the older kid's karate class last night working on this! Next project, I'll remember to weave as I go..
 
3. Finish scrappy rose-pink quilt. DONE! I'm still contemplating some straight-line quilting in the border.

4. Work on blue-yellow quilt. Nope.
5. Work on red-white-black quilt. Nope.
6. Start applique quilt. STARTED! About 5 blocks done, if I count the one that's more blue background than green background.

7. Make bib and burp cloths this weekend for upcoming baby shower. [The bib will be a test for a fair entry - I have the pattern drawn up but haven't made one yet.] Burp cloths are done! I still need to make the bibs.


8. Get back to menu planning. DONE. Even if I don't follow it all the time, it helps keep me on track.

9. Spend at least 5 minutes EVERY DAY going through crafty stuff. NOPE! Maybe a couple of days this got done.

10. Start t-shirt quilt. DONE
11. Keep working on hooked rug. DONE
12. Stay off computer games. I've managed this the past week, and have been able to get lots more done. I was ok at this for a couple of weeks, but back-slid this past week :(   I just need to get back on that horse again. I've managed for two days ~ and it's all just one day at a time, right?


Now - what's next?

The dirty dozen - some continued, some new. And I'm not counting the baby blanket-let that I'm quilting today so I get a UFO finish before the end of the quarter.


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 :)


2. Work on blue-yellow quilt.

3. Work on red-white-black quilt.

4. Work on applique quilt.

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

6. Continue menu planning.

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

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. 

9. Keep working on hooked rug. 



10. Find the orange fabric I need to finish the galaxy wallhanging.

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

12. Stay off computer games. 


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