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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Sunday, September 21, 2014

T-shirt quilt

I'm making a quilt out of my mom's Wildlife Trust t-shirts. First, ironed lightweight fusible interfacing onto the back and cut around the images, and squared them up. Next, sashed around each blocks with an assortment of mostly florals, a few bird or bug prints.


The blocks all got trimmed to 18.5 inches by using my 12.5 inch square and long 6 inch rulers.

I laid them out on the bed and was happy!




I made a few adjustments after sewing some of the blocks together, and hope to finish up after I get the Small Man his bath.

Way more fiddly that I usually piece, but worth it.

2014 Stash Report Week 38

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 0
Cumulative yards in: 30.4
Cumulative yards out: 26.0
Net gain/loss: 4.4 GAINED

Spending since last post: $25.04
Spending this year: $318.10

22.93 at Michael's - a couple of Iris storage boxes and yarn. 4 skeins for a shawl, one for a baby blanket.

2.11 at Jo-Ann's for a skein of yarn.

I got the yellow at Michael's and the green at Jo-Ann's.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Laundry list check-in

It's been a couple week since my last check-in, so...

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.
2. Finish beret and start scarf to match. DONE! I'm almost to the point of running out of one of the scarf yarns, at which point it will be finished.
 
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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wish me luck :)

I've started thinking about sewing again, not just quilting.

So I'm entering this contest: http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=3403024535&group=0&frame_type=a&blog=4351495&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Even if I don't win, I'm still starting to collect patterns - the thrift store in Damascus has them for a quarter!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Stash Report Week 37

Yards in: 0
Yards out: 2.65
Cumulative yards in: 30.4
Cumulative yards out: 26.0
Net gain/loss: 4.4 GAINED

Spending since last post: $2.11
Spending this year: $293.06

Scrappy girly quilt, 34 x 44. Not a UFO, just a yen to sew :) 2.35 yards busted, by my math.

















I used a striped fabric that had been in my stash for a LONG time - I think it was inherited from my Memaw.

Prairie points - I'm still thinking about doing some straight-line quilting in that solid pink border.

Kitty pillow done - 0.3 yards busted.













I used a tone-on-tone cat print to make the box, since I was using biggish scraps of a black twill and didn't think I would be able to get a long strip out of the twill.

My only crafty spending [for me ~ I bought TMOTH a woodburner for his birthday] was some cream yarn from the thrift store [for Groot's pot at some point] - $2.11 total.

I also started working on a t-shirt quilt from my mom's nature t-shirts. That won't bust as much stash as you'd think - the t-shirts never got counted as "stash" - but I'll have a back and sashing to count.

I'd have more done if I hadn't worked outside today, but it was slap-dab gorgeous out, and the patio needed weeding :)