Sunday, January 27, 2013

Progress report Week 4

No photos this week :)

I can say that:
1. I maintained the neatness of the sewing space behind my chair in the dining room
2. After sewing today, I put everything away where it belonged
3. I got another Iris project box

We've all been so sick around here, just maintaining the status quo is a victory.

2013 Stash Report Week 4

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 0.1
Cumulative yards in: 2
Cumulative yards out: 13.2
Net gain/loss: 11.2 USED

I had a lot of waste trimmings that went in the trash today - making lots of little houses (see photo of one below). I'm estimating about 0.1 yards just based on the fact it looks about half a fat quarter.


Monday, January 21, 2013

The Lovely Daugher's quilt basted

Cotton approves.

Progress report week 3


I have most of the stuff moved up to the fabric shelves in the playroom, although a few bins are waiting by the stairs.

This is the major accomplishment:

The dining room table is CLEAR! (Well, now, of course, it has The Lovely Daughter's quilt on it in basting progress, but I couldn't do that until it was cleared off.)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

2013 Stash Report Week 3

Yards in this week: 2
Yards out this week: 13.0
Cumulative yards in: 2
Cumulative yards out: 13.1
Net gain/loss: 11.1 USED

Yay me!

First there was the heating pad cover, which used up a yard.

Then I bought two yards of blue at the LQS, needed for a border for The Lovely Daughter's cat quilt. I'm hoping to get borders on, a back pieced, and get it layered and basted this weekend. (It's a long weekend, so there's a chance!) Even though I needed (OK, wanted) another blue for the border - I'd searched my stash and didn't have enough of any blue that TLD would have approved of for the border - I didn't like that it would've put me in the hole for usage. I want to come out in the red this year!

DH's quilt was next on my finish-that-UFO list, though. The 15-91 was whining a bit that last time I tried to use it, so last weekend I oiled the heck out of it and let it sit. Yesterday, it was perfectly happy and I finished up a surprisingly small amount of quilting (with NO tension issues, yay!), cut the binding and sewed it on, and finished hand-sewing the binding last night! LOTS of yardage gets used with foundation piecing :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A finish!

This is a quilt for TMOTH. He got some of the blocks in a box for Christmas 2011. Please excuse the poor photos - I have the cheapest camera on the planet right now. I do have a good camera somewhere in the house; I just have to find it. Anyway, the quilt:


And part of the back, with a meander:


It's six feet square, so a lot of yardage out of the stash.
Back: 3.3 yards
Foundation: 3.3 yards
Pieced top: 4.9 (this is a guess, based on an average strip width of ~1 inch.
Binding: 0.5 yards

Grand total: 12 yards

It'll get used - our house is old and drafty, and since it costs a fortune to heat it, it stays fairly cool in winter. This is the Small Man napping this past week - it was virus week at our house:


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Marilyn, I stole your idea!

My buddy Marilyn posted this idea on her blog.

I immediately thought, "I'm gonna steal that idea!" So I did:


My version is quilt-as-you-go, since I had strips that I could use. It's WONDERFUL.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


I'm a list-maker, not so much a list crosser-offer. Here's an example ~ I came up with this list sometime last week of things I wanted to accomplish over the weekend.
- Find blue fabric for Lauras quilt (I found one piece and put it in the hamper to be washed. And I think I know where some more is.)
- Bring down bins of Lois fabric (Apparently I thought I put this in the attic. Well, no. I found one bin in the playroom, and I think there's another bin in the dining room.)
- Work on Joe's quilt (no)
- Find binding for Joe's quilt (I found some - not sure it will be enough and may have to find more)
- Start working on Elizabeth's quilt (I started pulling the pink and turquoise, so that counts, right?)
- Keep up with time commitments to the house (done)
- Sort seeds (no)
- Clear out space in basement for seed starting (no)
- Check if there is space in playroom for pegboard (no)
- Clear dining room table (good start made, but not yet clear)

Of course, I also managed to get lots of stuff done that *wasn't* on the list.

Progress Report Week 2

Remember last week:


Now it looks like this:


In addition to this sewing area in the dining room, I worked on the fabric squirreled away in the playroom for a while today.

The Lovely Daughter will bug me soon to fill out the FAFSA forms, so it's not clear if I'll get in any real sewing today. I hope so.

Stash Report 2013 Week 2

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 0.1
Cumulative yards in: 0
Cumulative yards out: 0.1
Net gain/loss: 0.1

The "Out" this week was tossing some small pieces that I didn't think were useful while working in the playroom putting stuff away. I should have some more out fairly soon - the cathedral window pillow is coming along faster than expected.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

This is what uninterrupted sewing time will get you

Waiting for kids is great time for hand-sewing. In two one-hour karate classes and one 15-minute wait at art class, the cathedral window panel went from this:


to this:


Thursday, January 10, 2013

The places I've visited

 Almost entirely the result of God-awful family summer vacations in "the camper." First a camper van, then a Winnebago. [shudder]

The US:

visited 46 states (92%)
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visited 9 states (69.2%)
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Also Mexico and England and Scotland, later on.

New Zealand is on the top of my bucket list!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Progress report Week 1

Since I count my stash reduction differently than some - it's not counted until it's DONE done - I wanted a way to track my PROGRESS.

This is what I've been working on this week:

I started this last year - there are snowballs that are the alternate blocks.

This is the sewing space in the dining room:

This is what it looked like last week:

Not a LOT of progress, but I can see a small difference.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Stash Report 2013 Week 1

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 0
Cumulative yards in: 0
Cumulative yards out: 0
Net gain/loss: 0

Easy peasy :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Starting Point

In order to see PROGRESS, I need to document where I'm starting from.

This is the sewing area in the dining room: 


This is the stash in our bedroom:


And the playroom: