Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I am coordinating a block swap of Unit 2 and Unit 2 from the Bonnie Hunter design Midnight Flight.  The swappers are starting to send them in now.  These are from Joan.  Anxious to see who finishes next...  I am about half way finished.  I decided to sew the extra seam to make bonus triangles.  Kerry wants my blue bonus triangles for her Scrap Crystals project (also a Bonnie Hunter design).  I will end up with the purple bonus triangles for some future project.

So today I've conceded in the knowledge that I will not finish the "chosen number 2" UFO for this month.  I have been working at it, but there is way too much to do for this design riddled project.  I should have been working on it throughout the year instead of this busy for me month =^.^=.  The photo on the top, center block, was made yesterday.  I'll be adding it somewhere to the growing number of blocks that I have assembled.  There are three smaller block designs to be added that when four come together finish the size of a large block.  Somehow I need to figure out which large block design I like over all the others and make four identical.  Trust me there is a long way to go!  See a photo of this Janice Ellertson and Jodel Yover design called Beauty 'n Check.
Koncentric Konnection

I do however have a UFO to swap out for this month.  It is number 3 on my Twelve in Fourteen list.  It was made earlier this year and gifted to my great nephew, Logan.  This project comes from a workshop I attended at Road to California, Harmony Square by Linda Ballard.  The pirates in the border are a HUGE hit with Logan (1 year old) and his older brother Luke (3 year old).  I'm told they use it to lay on in front of the their favorite videos and television programs.

Kaptain Khorous
This leaves me another month to finish Koncentric Konnection which should be just about right!

Design Wall Monday, October 27, 2014

Krazy Kookoos
I was quilting with friends this weekend at a retreat.  Since I had begun my Krazy Kookoos project on my traveling sewing machine; I decided to continue with the birds.  The 3" blue border also goes at the bottom.  The blue is also planned for the binding.  I need to plan with Kerry to see how to handle the quilting and the rick rack.  Each of the birds gets a button in the middle of the white circle that finishes the eye.  I don't have quite enough so a trip to either Michael's or Jo-Ann's will be part of this week's activities.  I also need to pick up about a yard more of the large green rick rack from Paradise Sewing.  The project by Buggy Barn called Bird Brain has you make 20 birds, but only 17 are used.  The other three will be assembled in some sort of manner of wall hanging.  I'd like to have this project done before my next Buggy Barn workshop that is on November 8th.
Koncentric Konnection
On Sunday I worked a bit on my Beauty 'n Check project by Janice Ellertson and Jodel Yover.  This is my UFO for October.  I have a plan for how to determine the layout that has been giving me all kinds of grief.  All the corner background pieces are going to go up first.  Then as I make the pieces of the blocks I can better decide what colors need to go where as well as what color combinations I need to make.  I'm still trying to figure out which one block will be made four times to create a continuous wheel.  I just may be switching numbers for my October UFO...

Sunday Stash Report, October 26, 2014

Rug 2
I have a finish!  Not something you would usually see on my projects finished, but Rug 2 was finished on Thursday evening.  I still have to sink in the tails of the knots.  Rug 2 is for in front of my kitchen sink.  It matches Rug 1 that has been in front of my nook door since its finish early last year.
Rug 1
These rugs are 2' by 4' when finished.  I am using up lots of scraps to make them.  Each uses around 17 yards of fabric.  Yes, I know you are adding up the cost of each one...let's not think of labor time either.  Just think of it as using fabric pieces that likely would not be used and time for relaxing.  It is quite rewarding when they finish and are so durable.

Here are my stats for this last week of October 2014.  Doesn't seem like I'm making a dent in my fabric stash this year.  You can tell that I'm sewing though!  See other projects through the links at Patchwork Times.  Happy Sunday.

Used this week:  17 yards
Used YTD: 193.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD: 154.75 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2014:  39 yards