Monday, October 28, 2013

Baby quilt done!

Finished size 35 x 49.

A simple 4-patch using some mother goose (the yellow) and teal squares, set with pink.
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Pieced backing with a fun animal print.
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Stash busted: 3 yards!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Stash Report Week 42

I somehow got off a week in the numbering from missing some weeks, but should be back on track now.

We FINALLY got to go back to work on Thursday, but I got a lot done before then (and after then, as well).

I finished my daughter's BFF's graduation quilt:
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6.7 yards OUT!

I also made a grim reaper robe for Halloween for the Small Man. I bought 2 yards of costume satin for the body, but found some polyester gabardine for the sleeves and hood in the stash. Probably 0.5 yards used of the gabardine, and 1.7 yards of the satin.

The Karate Kid wanted a Russian fur hat (Ushanka). I used this link as a starting point:

I made a prototype of a nice wool blend herringbone lined with cream fleece with a circular crown, but he thought it was "too square." The next model (not yet finished) is a velvety black, with triangular darts and then an x-shaped seam in the crown. That one passed muster. The final version (for the costume) is a soft brown fake fur, lined with a brown Kona cotton. It just needs a red star and some gold braid to make it more Russian-looking. Estimates for the two hats that were finished are about 0.6 yards each.

Yards in this week: 2
Yards out this week: 10.1
Cumulative yards in: 13.3
Cumulative yards out: 42.5
Net gain/loss: 29.2 USED

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quilty furlough activities

First, another machine to clean. This is a Singer 15-91 that is simply awesome for free motion quilting. But it had been neglected for a while.
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Quilt under the needle:
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Cotton had to help quilt:
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I had a large-scale black and white print (what on EARTH was I thinking ?!?) that worked really well for binding:
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Binding and backing:
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Ralph had to help bind:
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Finished quilt, busted stash! 68 x 73 starry quilt for my Lovely Daughter's BFF. Total yardage busted is 6.7 yards by my calculation. That'll cancel out the 2.5 yards of the black floral I bought to finish the top and then some. A little blurry :(
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I also started working on an OLD UFO. My grandmother and I found these flannel blocks in a thrift store at some point. She passed away in 1988, so I've had them a while.

You can see how very wonky they are - hand-sewed strips of flannel:
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I'm trimming the unsewn sides to "square", and then sewing the hand-sewn sides with generous seam allowances:
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Final blocks will be trimmed to squares once they're completely surrounded by flannel - blue and beige.
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I also bought tickets for the Van Gogh exhibit at the Phillips tomorrow ~ we'll take the Lovely Daughter and head off on the Metro once both boys are off to school.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

2013 Stash Report Week 40

Yards in this week: 0
Yards out this week: 0.5
Cumulative yards in: 11.3
Cumulative yards out: 32.4
Net gain/loss: 21.1 USED

The half yard is an estimate - I used up some awful simpering baby print flannel to make a buffing wheel for TMOTH.

The starry quilt is on the machine - quilting in progress; at least half way done. Looking to have a BIG number in the used column next week.

Friday, October 04, 2013

My furlough week, so far

After shut-down on Tuesday morning, I started working on a double Irish chain quilt. I really just needed something almost completely mindless.

I had a bunch of 2.5 inch pink squares in a bag'o'squares I'd bought at the white elephant sale at a local quilt show a couple of years ago. I found a big piece of floral that was bundled with some flannel as a backing, but I decided that backing wouldn't go with that quilt all that well. So it became the major part of the top. The Lovely Daughter told me I should use teal/turquoise with the pink and cream, so I pulled a chunk out of the stash.

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Entire top:
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Close-up of the border:

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Again, all from stash. A pink that's a little darker than most of the ones in the top, and a butterfly print that's a little more green but still has some blue tones in it, and works with the rest of the top. I have a darker tan/brown batik that I think will give me enough for the binding.

Today I need to clean and oil my machine for the sit-and-sew tomorrow, and make sure I'm taking all that I need for a day of sewing - this time with friends!

Linking to Nina's Off-the-Wall Friday even though this is about as NON-art-quilty as it gets :) Hoping it will help get my mojo back.