Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fun at the quilt show

My little Children's Activities area:

Some vindication: "The Music Men" won second place in the Viewers' Choice voting in the Beatles challenge quilts.

The Karate Kid got some SSL hours doing Security and being general muscle:

The Karate Kid's quilt was hanging in the show as well:

Last year's Ultimate Guild Challenge entry (at least part of it). Mine is the lower left, abstract umbrellas and fence.

"Amish Diamonds" is on the right. It was started as a guild challenge a few years ago, but grew too big. Ellen R. also had an Amish-inspired quilt entered, shown on the left.

Haiku quilts from last year, all hung together.

Bloomin' challenge, "Purple Haze."

I'm whupped. We had IHOP for dinner; the Small Man went to the circus with his best friend and joined us there. More Advil, and then bed, I think.

Lots of quilt show purchases.
Two yards of yummy blue ginkgo batik:
A half yard of black and white.
Two fat quarters of 30s reproduction.
TWO bags of scraps, maybe two yards each?
And I won a raffle basket, which included, among other things, 11 fat quarters.
Total estimate:  eight yards

Used since last post: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 22.4 yards
Added since last post: 8 yards
Added year to Date: 17.6 yards
Net Used for 2012: 1.8 yards

At least I'm still in the black, even if not by much!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quilt show, day 2

No photos yet :(
I got to the show, turned on my camera, and got the dreaded "battery exhausted" message. It's charging now, so more pictures tomorrow. I do have one - this is a yard of batik I bought. I may go back and buy another yard piece, or check on availability of more yardage. I adore it completely.


I also bought a half-yard of black and white, a bag of scrap pieces, some delicious teal size 8 pearl cotton, a new [to me] brand of hand sewing needles to try, and some cinnamon-scented lotion for The Lovely Daughter.

Rain tonight, and I'm wiped out. One last day tomorrow - the Karate Kid is coming along to work security and as muscle to earn some Student Service Learning hours.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Stash Report April 22, 2012 - Earth Day!

Our quilt show take-in was yesterday. It went really well - we finished half an hour ahead of schedule!! That meant I could actually go home and take a shower before the high school musical!!!!

And I FINISHED the quilt for the Ultimate Guild Challenge: All We Need Is QUILTS! Granted, finishing it required staying up until 1:30 am Wednesday and Thursday nights, and until 3:00 am Friday night - but done it is!

At 40 x 40, my calculations wing up somewhere around 3 yards, Plus the third of a yard or so I used to put the sleeve on the Karate Kid's quilt that I forgot about until yesterday morning.

Used since last post: 3.3 yards
Used year to Date: 22.4 yards
Added since last post: 1.8 yards
Added year to Date: 12.6 yards
Net Used for 2012: 9.8 yards

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Stash Report 2012 - April 8

A busy week, and woo-hoo! Back on the plus side of usage!

Used since last post: 8.5 yards
Used year to Date: 19.1 yards
Added since last post: 1.8 yards
Added year to Date: 12.6 yards
Net Used for 2012: 6.5 yards

The breakdown for used or out the door:
2.1 yards batik strip set to Secret Sister (and no hating for the re-gifting - it was a really nice set of strips, similar to Bali Pops from a LQS, but I hadn't used it in over a year and it needed a home where it would be loved and quilted)
6.3 yards (est.) used in "Checkmate" - binding finished at karate on Saturday!
0.1 yards (est.) for hanging sleeve for "Amish Diamonds"

The breakdown for additions:
2 FQ from *my* secret sister
~3 FQ in from the giveaway box at guild
~1 quarter yard from the thrift store - bright pink with Japanese characters
~1/3 yard crabby print from thrift store
(I'm not counting the piece of rayon that may become a skirt, depending on how it washes)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

A finish!


After *cough/snort/mumble* years, this quilt for the Karate Kid is finally done - I finished the binding during karate this morning! I still need to tack on a hanging sleeve and label for the quilt show, but it's DONE!!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Fun at spring break

It's been a quiet spring break here.

TMOTH's dad and two of his brothers arrived Monday night. Tuesday, we went to downtown DC so FIL could see the WWII memorial. We had an awesome day - FIL was pretty well tuckered out by the end of the day, but hopefully he had a good time.


I took advantage of the time off to finish the pieced border of my Beatles challenge quilt. I need to applique some leaves and flower centers, then it'll be ready to start quilting.

I sent TMOTH and The Lovely Daughter off to the museums today - Views of Mt. Fuji at the Sackler, and the Peacock Room at the Freer.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Stash Report 2012 - April 1

Used since last post: 2 yards
Used year to Date: 10.6 yards
Added since last post: 1.5 yards
Added year to Date: 10.8 yards
Net Used for 2012: -0.2 yards

The bloomin' challenge quilt for the guild show is done - need to post a pic at some point. Just needs a sleeve and a label.

1 yard of blue kona added that wasn't used in a boy scout flag and about half a yard of secret sister gifty fabric.

I should have the middle kid's quilt finished soon, in time for the show. Quilting is done, binding is in progress.