Friday, April 29, 2016

This is what Months 1 through 3 have produced.  There will be one more row of stars and an eagle strip that finishes Kalvery.  There will be some rearranging of he blocks once all of them are made.  As it turns out this is a seven month project =^.^=

I have some cutting to do tonight when I get home.  The weekend is upon us!  Happy Friday...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kalvery Month 3 is complete.  I really like how the fabrics play together in Block 6 (the bottom large block).  Tomorrow I'll be working on Month 4.

Hope you have a terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I have the first two of Kalvery complete.  There will be paper removal and trimming during my lunch break today.  Block 6 and the remaining five little stars are in the plan for stitching later tonight.

Kanton Kull Month 3 is complete.

Hump Day is here!  Yippee =^.^=

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This is Block 5 or the first of two large star blocks for Month 3.  Took most of my limited evening time trimming the units, but this part is well worth the effort.  Notice I used my flying geese Bloc-Loc ruler this time.
Block 13 or the first of six for Month 3.  Days are ticking!  Enjoy Tuesday =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, April 25, 2016

I certainly could have used one more full day of sewing...these weekends (even the three days) end way too soon!

Kissin' Korner
April UFO
I did have a finish and some rolling of the stash stats yesterday.  My April UFO, Kissin' Korner finished.  Lucky me too that I have enough of the blocks left to make a second quilt unless I come up with another use for 72 shoo fly blocks.

January UFO
Kontentment is ready for the scalloped borders that the design by Bonnie Hunter called Allietare suggests.  I am pretty certain a single red fabric will be the binding.  There is a consistent gray and I do have enough for it to be the binding, but that red is calling out to me.  First things first though, chalking in the sew lines with the scallop template.

Kontentment and Kanine Karnivores came home with me on Saturday from Kerry's.  She did such nice work on the Buggy Barn design Nick, Knack, Paddywack.  I have captured parts of the quilting.  Can you make out the words around the border?  Kerry's not done yet though.  I will be putting the eyes on the four cute dogs in their dog houses then some more detailed quilting around the eyes will complete the quilting.

Lots of projects going on in my sewing room...many with month end deadlines!  Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Much more to see there today if you have time.  Enjoy your week.

Sunday Stash Report, April 24, 2016

Cactus Blooming in my backyard
Today is a good day!  I have a finish, which of course means a change to my stash stats...  Today is a good day!

Used this week:  10 yards
Used YTD:  88.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016:  55.25 yards

Kissin' Korner
50 1/2" by 60 1/2"
April 2016 UFO
This project was fun for me.  I like the smaller pieces and the finished size is good too.  Bonnie Hunter's Kiss in the Corner is FREE on her website if you have the desire to make one for yourself.  The design of Bonnie's is to have a small inner red border and a larger outer border of blue both scrappy.  I decided against the two borders as I wanted to keep it small.  Alternatively a red binding will work for my project when the time comes; not certain if it will be one fabric or scrappy...
Kanton Kull
Month 3
I spent the rest of Sunday getting up-to-date with my BOMs.  I am a bit behind on these two, Kanton Kull and Kalvery.  Both are the March projects.  Kanton Kull needs one more piece added and Kalvery is in the "trim" stage.  April isn't over yet so there is still time for me to get on schedule.
Month 3
Month 3 (Done)
Enjoy other projects today with the links on Patchwork Times.  Come back and see how much progress I can accomplish before April finishes.  I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.  Unit then enjoy time in your sewing room!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kissin' Korner
2016 April UFO
I have Kissin' Korner laid out on my Design Wall.  Where the "kisses" come together a blue 2" square gets added.  I will add this piece as I sew.  What a BUSY project!

This is what is left excluding the blue 2" squares in the top right corner...  You might wonder why there are so many shoo fly blocks remaining...  Once again I was so into the project that the instructions were misread.  (I have done this before some of you may remember.)  Actually the printed page separated the instructions from the example so I ended up making double the requirement.  Seems a second Kiss in the Corner is in my future =^.^=

Today I will be sewing the blocks into vertical rows and then the vertical rows into a finished top.  Maybe an email to Bonnie Hunter is in order.  Perhaps she has an idea for 72 extra shoo fly blocks...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Yesterday DH and I tried a new fruit.  I've been noticing this odd fruit in the produce section for some time and Tuesday while picking up the weekly groceries one made its way into my cart.

I'll admit I asked the produce keeper how to determine if it was ready to eat, how to cut it, and what it would taste like.  He was precise about everything; soft like a peach, slice in half and scoop out, a cross between a kiwi and a peach.

Honestly I was a bit surprised when this white flesh and black seeds appeared after the slice!  With a spoon it scooped out easily.  It was rather bland when I anticipated more of a sweet flavor.  It is however good for you in moderation.  Here's what I learned about it from the internet:

Discovering Dragon Fruit

Botanical name: Hylocereus undatus
Who knew there was a plant with a flower like an explosion of flame, which produces a beautiful but short-lived fruit with the appearance of a brilliant pink rosebud? This is the pitya – dragon fruit – indigenous to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Vietnam. Obtained from several cactus species, its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit with moisture in the arid climates where it grows.
Some dragon fruits have red or yellow skin (which looks a little like a soft pineapple with spikes) and white or red flesh, but always the beginnings of overlaid leaves, similar to an artichoke, and an abundance of small, black, edible seeds. The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear, and it has a crunchy texture.
While it may seem a little strange at first, it's easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh, or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin. Eat only the white part with seeds, removing any residual pink parts, which are bitter.

Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruits have a surprising number of phytonutrients. Rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10 percent of the daily value), polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. The benefits are realized in a number of ways, from a strengthened immune system and faster healing of bruises and wounds to fewer respiratory problems.
Dragon fruits have zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can be more easily broken down in the body, helped by vitamin B1 (thiamin) and other B vitamins. The phytochemical captin, used as a medication to treat heart problems, is present in the fruit itself, and an oil in the seed operates as a mild laxative.
The seeds of dragon fruits are high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk.
However, consume dragon fruit in moderation because it contains fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts.

After dinner I settled into my sewing room.  The corner units were in production.  Units are all finished.  
The first blocks are on adorning my Design Wall.
Here is what the Design Wall will look like shortly!  Yeah it is a short week for me...  Tomorrow will be a lot of up and down on the step stool =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, April 18, 2016

I have all the blocks done except 16.  The Bloc Loc rulers have been tools for trimming and cutting the threesy.  In the photo below the small triangle to the left and right of the blue center threesys are the "kiss". It started as a 1 1/2" square and finishes pretty tiny.

Time to put them up on my Design Wall!  This design, Kiss in the Corner by Bonnie Hunter, has been a lot of putting together...  Not to much longer and my Kissin' Korner will be complete.

There are plenty more projects to enjoy today through the links at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash Report, April 17, 2016

Kissin' Korner
April UFO
I am working on using up my stash as you can detect from the finished units on the left.

The grayish backgrounds that are being used and the yellow for the main block continue to disappear.  I did mention that all of this comes from my stash, but further excitement comes from most of them being strips and not yardage.  I save 3 1/2" to 1 1/2" strips and pieces.  This project uses noting larger than 2" and it does use quite a bit of 1 1/2" for the "kisses".

Nothing to roll the numbers either way, but that time is getting closer.  Enjoy other projects today with the links on Patchwork Times.  Come back and see how much progress I made today.  I'll be linking up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.  Unit then enjoy time in your sewing room!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  78.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016:  45.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, April 11, 2016

Had a good sewing day yesterday.  I have most of the sashing pieced, but a long way to go yet on the block.  I can see right now some "kisses" that will need to change.  The fabric color just isn't strong enough against the light gray backgrounds.
Kissin' Korner
April UFO
I had hoped to finish sewing the March BOM on Kanton Kull.  I was pretty involved with Kissin' Korner that time just slipped away on yellows and blues.
Kanton KullMonth 3
There will be more sewing tonight!  See other projects today through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, April 10, 2016

Nothing to change my stash statistics today, but I'm working on it!  The skies in San Diego look like they'll open up at any moment.  A great day (as if none other are...) for sewing.  The laundry is going and I'm just now sitting down to a productive day assembling all the parts I've been cutting this week for Kissin' Korner =^.^=

There are a bunch of parts for the units that makes up the design.  Love that I can use my 2" and 1.5" scraps.  Of course the easiest would be to use strips, but my stash isn't large on strips.  I have mostly squares so the sewing will be a bit more.

I had some HSTs on a roll paper available so I used it to create some of the 350+ HSTs that this project requires.

This is the "kiss".  It's the small square on the tips of the sashing.

These are the finished units I have right now.  Looking forward to a bunch more before the day is done.  Kissin' Korner is my April UFO...lots to do yet!

Wanted to share a cute quilt that I saw this week on Facebook.  I think there needs to be a kitty curled up with them.  See how others are using up their stash through the links at Patchwork Times.  Enjoy your week!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  78.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016:  45.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, April 4, 2016

There is not much to share today.  I did get Kalvert Kliffs back assembled yesterday.  Never enough time in the sewing room =^.^=

This is my April UFO.  The Bonnie Hunter design called Kiss in the Corner!.  I have nothing going except some full containers of fabric...  With a little luck it will all come from my stash.  I already have a "K" name selected; much thanks to the name Bonnie calls her project.  Come back to see how my Kissin' Korner progresses.

More to see today through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, April 3, 2016

Used this week:  26.25 yards
Used YTD:  78.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016:  45.25 yards
Kalvert Kliffs Back
I had something to change my stash statistics today!  During the week I finished Kalvert Kliffs that was my March UFO.  Today the back is being assembled.  I am using a fair amount of what was left.  For those that didn't see my finish...
Kalvert Kliffs
Saturday I had planned to visit my friend Kerry for a sew day, but it didn't work out like planned.  Instead I spent the day at home.  Of course that meant sewing =^.^=  I put together the back for Kaffe Kisses.  Again leftover fabrics from the quilt's top.  Once again for those who missed seeing Kaffe Kisses finished (and yardage claimed last week)...  My friend Janet sees eyelashes in the design LOL!
Kaffe Kisses Back
Kaffe Kisses
I finished the binding on Kommon Kongregation early in the day on Saturday.  Kommon Kongregation had leftover fabric from the outer border, a Laurel Burch whimsical cat theme, along with a leftover half from one of the top's blocks that was cut in two.  I wanted to share the quilt again along with the quilting that is "oh so awesome" by Kerry.  It took awhile to figure out what to do, but once decided it's spectacular.  My up-close photos aren't the best.  Kerry used five different designs.  I captured four of them.  The fifth is at the corners where the setting triangle is half the size.
Kommon Kongregation
Seven Sister's Block Quilting
Inner and Outer Border Quilting
Today I'll be working on finishing the back of Kalvert Kliffs, laundry, and the dreaded taxes.  If time permits my stash will see some reduction with fabrics I'll be pulling for my April UFO, Kissin' Korner.  More to learn on Kissin' Korner tomorrow.  See others using their stash through the links of Patchwork Times.  Hope you have a great day! 

Friday, April 1, 2016

I did it!  Introducing my March 2016 UFO...Kalvert Kliffs =^.^=

Wow did this UFO reach the timeline by just 1 1/2 hours.  I've had some close ones to the deadline, but this one has to be the winner.

Kalvert Kliffs is a design by Pat Speth.  Pat is the author of Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts.  It is part of the Five Inch Is a Cinch pattern line called Chesapeake.  I finished mine one row at the bottom less and decided against an outside solid border.  I will probably bind it in a dark green to match the floral print inside the inner border.

Find time to link up with Marti's website for the UFO Parade she hosts.  There are sure to be lots of awesome projects to see today!

Don't let anyone get you today on April Fool's Day...