Design Wall Monday, January 22, 2018

The two new projects from workshops at Road to California grace my design wall momentarily.  Kutarug remains all encompassing until its finish.  The blocks are the first two of several to make Magic Mariner's Compass by Janna Thomas (the Bloc-Loc Queen).  These blocks use the KIS and TIS rulers.  (Kite in a Square and Triangle in a Square.)  Kerry and I both used the 3" size for our projects.  I am using all scraps so as many blocks as can be made with the background is the plan.  The background is left over from my sister's quilt's backing that was made for her last year, Kloggs.  This workshop was on Wednesday.
Antique Rose Star was the Thursday workshop with Barbara Black.  Yardage requirements didn't suggest Charm Packs, but that is exactly what I did.  It worked out fairly well.  The class was for a 3" Marti Michell kite template OR you could make it with a 2" template...guess what Kerry and I used... 
We used Barbara's template then scoured all the vendors trying to locate our own during our lunch break.  Can you believe out of the 225 vendors we couldn't find one?  The only downside to using Charm Packs is that you are limited in identical fabrics, but the upside is that the fabrics are similar which gives lots of movement.  Having two of the same Charm Packs works best.  I added in the plaids to move them from my stash!  Won't be able to continue this project until a template is in my sewing room, no worries though I have Kutarug to finish!  Not certain how large my project will end up, but the technique was fun and the making not difficult.
These two were a nice diversion to Kutarug!  Hope that you enjoy your week ahead.  I have a Cat Show to ready Kosmo and Katastrophy for a win!  Wish them a good adventure and ribbons galore!

Sunday Stash Report, January 21, 2018

My wallet wasn't emptied on fabric this year at Road to California Quilt Show.  Space was made available in Kerry's trunk to bring a new sewing machine home.  This is the high end Janome "workshop" sewing machine.  I think a pretty good deal was had from the show purchase.
The laundry can wait!  I set it up for a test drive on Friday.  It just hums along producing great stitches.  The purchase came with the portable table too!  Am I happy?  YES!
These were the other items that came home with me.  The Bloc-Loc rulers are part of my Christmas goodies from Kerry.  The pouch is the perfect size for my collection of Bloc-Loc rulers.  I like to keep them all together.  It replaces a Ziploc bag with many holes from the strong tips of the rulers.  The scissors were BOGO; a steal!  Up at the top of the photo is DH's birthday gift.  This is a fabric add that will quickly be a fabric used.  He's going to love the beer themed lap quilt.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 0 yards
Purchased this week:  11 yards
Purchased YTD:  14.25 yards
Net used in 2017:  -14.25 yards

Enjoyed friends company, even one from Maryland!  Kourageous wasn't displayed in the best of locations.  It was too far away to see detail and for it to elicit the ooh and aahs that being up close would have done.  No ribbon, but positive comments from the judges.  Makes me want to work harder the next time.  I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the show too.  Already planning on the trip next year and this year's event isn't even over.

Kerry and I took two workshops this year.  Two new projects to finish adding to my increasingly list of UFOs.  Having multiple projects going at the same time is just not my style, but it is happening.  Visit tomorrow to see the starts of these projects!

Design Wall Monday, January 15, 2018

And the planning for two new projects starts with the pulling of fabrics from stash!  There will be two workshops that I will participate in at this year's Road to California Quilter's Conference & Showcase 2018.  Up above are fabrics I will use in the workshop by Barbara Black called Antique Rose Star by Machine.  I have four charm packs and plaid yardage in the light, medium, and dark values required.  Not sure how these will all play together, but every effort will be made to make them work.

These fabrics are for Magic Mariner's Compass workshop by Janna Thomas.  There is some Sta-Flo starching to get these ready for the workshop.  Janna Thomas is the Bloc-Loc Lady that I've taken many workshops from.  You know how much I love their numerous rulers.  The TIS and KIS rulers will be used for this project.  The next time you see a blog post you'll see my first block.

I have no names picked out for these two help me with "K" names!  Kourageous will be judged soon if not already.  Wish me an exciting email in my box on Wednesday when winners for this year's show are announced =^.^=  Look for me at the show.