Thursday, March 31, 2016

I made a huge amount of progress before going to sleep.  This had to do with getting in the sewing room earlier...we had leftovers!  What's not to like with spaghetti the second night?
Kalvert Kliffs
March UFO
I took a suggestion from Janet about the inner border.  I do agree that a light fabric might be a better choice.  I was pretty partial to the green so I found another fabric where there was just enough to do the job.  I have the main top sewn together right now.  The inner border will go on later today and then of course the pieced units for the next border.  The more I look at this project the more I think that the pieced border will finish Kalvert Kliffs.  A dark green fabric is on my mind for the binding when the time comes.  Not sure if Marti at can wait for my finish late tonight.  I'll warn her it's coming...=^.^=...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I have been working on finishing Kalvert Kliffs by the end of March.  I am not so sure it will happen :(!

Starting after dinner and kitchen cleanup, I only had one pieced border unit sewn.  All fortunately were cut into the pieces I would need.  Some of the squares were marked for the sew line, but most were yet to draw.  I had that done when KoKo came to sit with me.

You see he is pondering what I will use for the inner border...  From the fabrics that remain that are big enough there is green...

or red...

or blue...

Sorry but there wasn't enough room on the wall for setting the pieced border units next to the third choice.  Do you have a favorite?  The inner border is 2" finished so it will be the same size as the units that make up the blocks.  After the pieced border another solid border is part of the design.  It will probably end up being black.

The calendar isn't standing still =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, March 28, 2016

Did you locate all the eggs?  Did you find the golden egg?  Yes, I suppose these are questions for the children in our lives...  Did you have an Easter egg hunt at your house?  We enjoyed dinner with family and I didn't have to cook more than one scrumptious apple pie!

Kalvert Kliffs
I have my March UFO up on the design wall.  The units are still in pieces, but I'm pretty certain this will be the layout for Kalvert Kliffs.  The pieced border is still yet to stitch.  I should get some good time in tonight.
Kaffe Kisses
Binding Options
I showed you Kaffe Kisses completion yesterday, but I would like to hear opinions on a binding.  I once thought a diagonal would be a good choice, but now with all the wildness perhaps the solid green is better?

See more projects through the links at Patchwork Times.  Enjoy the last few days of March.

Sunday Stash Report, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!  I don't have opportunity too much to display this cute Buggy Barn design.  It was a fun project to make.  The buttons and bow really dress up the cute bunnies.  Hope your day is as beautiful as it is here in San Diego.  I'll be celebrating with DH's family.  During the one and a half hour drive I have Kommon Kongregation to hand stitch.
Kommon Kongregation
It has been a long time in the "how shall it be quilted" stage, but alas it turned out gorgeous.  I'll share a close up of the quilting once I have the binding in place.  Believe me the wait was well worth what Kerry carried out!

Kaffe Kisses
I have a finish this week FINALLY out of the red.  22.25 yards YIPPEE!  See more stash movers through the links of Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  22.25 yards

Used YTD:  52 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016: 19 yards

Design Wall Monday, March 21, 2016

I didn't spend much time stitching this weekend.  I did manage to eek in sewing 12 units of Kaffe Kisses together and trimming them down.  It is hard to see my accomplishment, but they are the units on the right.  I am still not sure I like the four gray units coming together in the middle.  Perhaps making two more with a different solid would look better.  Time will tell =^.^=.  The more that goes together the easier it will be to decide.

The first four blocks of 60 are sewn for Kalvert Kliffs.  I will be putting four of the same color together, but there are two other colors involved; green and blue.  That's it for now!  There are more design walls to see through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, March 20, 2016

I am working on getting the pieces of Kaffe Kisses into blocks.  The first step is putting the halves of the units together, next the trimming...

These blocks have already been trimmed.  I have ten done to this point.  There are a total of 36 blocks.

Kalvert Kliffs is coming along too.  The stack on the left have finished the first stitching.  The stack on the right are ready for the needle.  It is a rather swift process once the sewing lines are down.

This is the finished unit.  Looks like I am on track for a finish of March UFO by the end of the month.

Nothing to change the stats this week either.  Still have the red negative number to report...time for a change is just around the corner =^.^=  Hope your week is off to a good start.  See more stash movers through the links of Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  29.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016: -3.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, March 14, 2016

Month 1
Month 2
Month 3
720 HSTs finished through three months.  On to assembling into Sixteen Patch Blocks for Month 4 and 5.  There are a total of 49 to assemble.

Kalvert Kliffs has a start.  There is quite a lot of marking to do on one of the neutral 5" squares.  I will be working on this over the next couple of days.  You sew on the lines then cut the square in half both ways to end up with three HSTs and two solid squares.  In the middle you can see the finished block.  This is my UFO for March with 52Quilts.
Last but not least, the binding is ready to put on my Mom's Expect the Unexpected project.  This is a big quilt coming in 84" x 98".  TV time with DH is ahead!

Hope you have time to see other projects through the links today at Patchwork Times.  Happy sewing =^.^=.

Sunday Stash Report, March 13, 2016

Did you get up at 2 a.m. to reset your clocks...I certainly did not!  As a matter of fact I slept in...unfortunately Koko did not =^.^=

Removing Papers
Tip Trimming
Month 3 Complete
I spent the morning opening up the HSTs that are for Month 3 of Konstitution.  This is a completion, but won't claim it as used until the entire project is finished sometime later this year.

The rest of the day will be cutting the 5" squares of neutrals for Kalvert Kliffs.  I have a bunch of 5" strips ready for the next cut.  I have to make 120 pairs of neutrals to match the 120 pairs of darks.  Next step is subcutting and assembly of the 5" dark/neutral pairs.

Kaffe Kisses
Layout #1
Those that viewed and commented on in my last post, thank you!  #1 layout for Kaffe Kisses is the favorite so it will be.  Sewing these sections together will start soon.  Kalvert Kliffs needs the design wall.

I picked up during the week the very pretty orchid called Black Sapphire.  It is the one that is nearly blue.  These five grace my island counter in the kitchen.  I am struggling with the variety on the far right.  It is a different type of orchid that I haven't had much success with.  

No finishes to report yet.  I sure am anxious to see the numbers turn BLACK!  Link into Patchwork Times if you have time.

Used this week:  0 yards

Used YTD:  29.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016: -3.25 yards

Friday, March 11, 2016

Which layout of Kaffe Kisses do you like best?  I'm struggling...
Kaffe Kisses
Layout 1
Kaffe Kisses
Layout 2
I am anxious to have Kaffe Kisses off the design wall so Kalvert Kliffs can take its place.  I have all the dark fabrics selected and first cuts made.  The first cut was ~5 1/2" by 11 1/2" just in case the selvage was in the length.  The final measurement will be a pair of 5" squares.
Kalvert Kliffs
Last 11 Darks
Kalvert Kliffs
Next to cut are the neutrals.  I have all the fabrics pulled and ready for their first cuts.
Kalvert Kliffs
I hope to have something done during my long weekend to share on Monday when I link up with Patchwork Times.

You know how excited we get when the postal person brings us a package that is unexpected?  Well I got an awesome one today from my friend Janet.  She gifted me a mini that she made from a bunch of HSTs that I gifted her not too long ago.  Thank you so very much for having me in mind.  I already have it on display in my sewing room so that I can gaze at it often.  You certainly made my day a happy one =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, March 7, 2016 selected the project to be worked this month.  It will be #2.

Picture of Pattern
Chesapeake by Pat Speth
Kalvert Kliffs will have its turn on the sewing table.  (Calvert Cliffs is a town that meets the Chesapeake River.)  There is a lot of sorting through my stash for the right darks.  A Twin is in the making.  I will be using nothing but stash and will need 140 pairs (that's two) of 5" squares.

57 rectangles that will make two 5" squares is what I have now, but there is more to cut.

I'm planning reds, blues, and greens as a start.  If the stash won't give me what's desired black might enter in.

So what do you have going on in your sewing room?  See more projects through the links at Patchwork Times.  

Sunday Stash Report, March 6, 2016

52" x 71"
Today my day has been spent binding.  Binding, sleeves, and labels to finish Kurosity and Kristoff.  Sleeve and label to finish Kwill.  Plus several more labels that have been waiting to be printed for other projects.  You do know the cost of those nice fabric sheets =^.^=.
50" x 62"
58" x 58"
During the week I finished the applique work for Bonnie.  

The Sunshine BOM was done too.  

No finishes to report yet.  I sure am anxious to see the numbers turn BLACK!  Link into Patchwork Times if you have time.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  29.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards

Net used in 2016: -3.25 yards