Design Wall Monday, December 10, 2018

And then there were seven.  Just nine more to assemble.  Kilkenny Kat is looking good.  I have all the things done that are needed for the shipment to Road to California.  I have all the labels sewn in place that have been printed.  Kraft which was done in June finally has its origins attached =^.^=
Part 3 of Koldplay (aka #Good Fortune) is finished in part :)!  Don't you like the alligators that I have deemed a good neutral.  I've had that piece of fabric for years.  It has finally found a home!

It would be so nice to have off today to finish the exciting projects I am working on.  Oh well, the Holiday Break is just around the corner and this week is a short one.  Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, December 9, 2018

Six blocks done so far.  I have decided on Kilkenny Kat for my project.  It means tenacious fighter which seems appropriate for a patriotic project.  Not sure of the layout, but I learned from my friend Mary who has the String Frenzy book in hand that there is the design for Dawn's Early Light inside.  I don't have the book right yet...Santa Kerry let the gift out of the bag =^.^=
These are more pieces of the units needed to complete the project.  I rummaged through my scrap stash to find more red and blue for making more 1 1/2" red patches and blue portion of the HSTs.

Today I will be spending time sewing on labels.  Not sure you are a miserly as me, but I do my best to have four labels to print before I run the expensive silk label paper through my printer.  Kraft, Kapricorn, Kanton Kull and a self created blue ribbon with winning details for Kurry are to be sewn down.  There is also a blank cover label for Kurry to be sewn down before it makes its way to Road to California.

I pulled green scraps for Koldplay my Bonnie Hunter #Good Fortune.  Green and neutral are in Part 3.  More on my Part 3 tomorrow.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing changes my stash statistics this week.  Not too many more in December...this might be all that will be used this year...  Enjoy your Sunday!

Design Wall Monday, December 3, 2018

Dawn's Early Light by Bonnie Hunter at the start.  This one is a 2018 UFO.  One block was sewn and much of the pieces cut; some in units as well.  Anxious to put this one together.

The neutral strip pieced blocks come from a swap I coordinated not too awful long ago.  My friend Bonnie help remove some of the paper during lunch.  We also counted to learn how many more would be necessary for the 15 blocks that are planned for my project.  I wonder if this will be one that Bonnie has a pieced border for in her new String Frenzy book.  Anyone have the book yet and know the answer?

This one is Part 1 of #Good Fortune.  As you notice at the top of the photo I have fabrics for making many more of these 2" finished four patch units.

The blue came in with Part 2 of #Good Fortune.  Lots of HSTs.  And yes there is more to make and fabrics ready for cutting.

These are the tools of #Good Fortune that have been used so far.  The two on the left perform the same task for cutting the HSTs.  I am preferring the one on the bottom as it is easier for me to use.  It is the shape that I like.  Do you have both of them and which do you prefer?
I received GOOD new about my Road to California Entry.  Kurry was accepted into the 2019 Quilter's Showcase.  I am abundantly excited!  I will be getting it prepared for shipment as it must be with them by December 21st.  I will share more with you about Kurry in the coming days.  Wish me as much success as with the San Diego Quilt Show appearance where it took a Blue Ribbon.

Enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 2, 2018

Kyanite awaits borders.  I finished all the blocks planned to make.  The project Straits of Mackinac by Bonnie Hunter is much larger.  Mine will finish somewhere I suspect around 72" square.  Once I have my hands on her new String Frenzy book the border will be made and attached.  Until then it will wait in its project box.  Thanks Faye for the name suggestion.

My focus for the next few weeks will be on Good Fortune with Dawn's Early Light filling in the sewing gaps.  Both of these projects will be made about half the size that Bonnie Hunter enjoys making and bringing to us.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, November 26, 2018

No photos to post today.  I have been working on Kyanite, Bonnie Hunter's Straits of Mackinac.  Lots of units to put together and a must for me to move on to Good Fortune.  Part 1 was released and fabrics are being pulled from my 1 1/2" strips.  Love to use up that size.  Before I have Kyanite done...Part 2 of Good Fortune is sure to be released.

Hope your design wall is full of fun =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, November 25, 2018

Well I have been quite busy with Kyanite (Bonnie Hunter's Straits of Mackinac).  I plan to get the blocks finished and wait until I have the new book String Frenzy in hand to calculate the borders.  I have about nine more blocks to have the units for my project.  Only the top right block has been sewn together.  You can see the "storm" design coming can't you?
Can you believe that I am using all of these tools throughout the process?  True we always use the two outside rulers with every project, but the inside four don't come out too often.  When they do...boy is the job of cutting and trimming made easier.
My cut strips stash is getting smaller as I work which is a good thing =^.^=  I may have to break into the yardage that is sitting in the project basket soon!
So I am certain you have seen the flutter of quilters busily working on their #Good Fortune.  I have pulled my 1 1/2" red scraps and started a bit on the 1 1/2" neutral scraps.  Kerry and I plan to share stash for the project.  I am not in the best way on the reds.  I will work with what I have then the rest will either come from Kerry or a local quilt shop.  I will be making 4-patches in Part 1 of the project.  I hope to be further along than where I am today when Part 2 is released on Friday.
This is a Churndash block for the December BOM at Sunshine Quilt Guild.  The white was supplied. Participants provide the bright.  Don't you love the white on white background fabric.  (You may say "I have seen this before"; you would be right!  There was enough for one 3" square to put in Kyanite.)
Last to show this week is Kanton Kull.  Pam Buda is the designer of this beauty.  The monthly kits were offered at Country Loft.  Kerry and I got into purchasing the kits each month at about month four.  I have yet to make the bonus quilt with the leftover fabric scraps, but it will be done!  These red scraps have a home until the bonus quilt project is done.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, November 19, 2018

My new project.  Just love the blues and aquas in this one.  Any ideas on a "K" name?

Bonnie Hunter created the design she calls Straits of Mackinac.  I learned that this is one of the designs she has published in the soon to be available String Frenzy.  The book is due out in December.

These are the neutrals along with the blue and aqua fabrics that I am cutting.  I am excited to only have one white on white among the neutrals.  All of the others are novelty neutrals.

After Sunday's sewing this was all that was left to make more units

This is the border.  Fun way to finish off the string triangle in a square blocks.  I think I will have the String Frenzy in hand when the time comes to need it.  For now the main blocks are enough to keep me stitching!

Sunday Stash Report, November 18, 2018

I was a lucky winner at Tuesday night's monthly Sunshine Quilt Guild meeting.  Besides being all wrapped up with a nice silver bow - this basket contained a 

  • 22"x 34" Big Matt cutting mat
  • Olfa 45mm rotary cutter
  • Plastic Cube for rotary cutter
  • String Along Stars pattern
  • Handi Press mini iron
  • Wild Goosechase novel
  • Magnetic Wrist band (for pins)
  • Honey Bunn fabric strip bundle
I was able to get the second charity quilt finished.  Had the volunteer from the YWCA Battered Womens Shelter wait until I could finish the last 15" of binding!
Friday I started my next 2018 UFO project.  This one is another Bonnie Hunter design from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks series, Straits of Mackinac.  I will be using the blue aqua 5" strip blocks from a swap I coordinated with nine others.  Above is the first of 16 blocks.
Here are the neutrals I will be using.  Looks like a lot, but remember a scrap quilt is as good as its variety.
The rest of the blocks in assembly.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  Hope your week is thankful =^.^=

Design Wall Monday,

Today I have Knightley on the table cutting batting.  I am also working hard to complete a second charity quilt.  I didn't make time for a photo to be taken of this cute dragon print with a solid teal mixed in to bring out the colors of the dragons.  I plan to finish it off with a solid red binding.  All the last minute must get dones before Tuesday night.  Sunshine Quilters meet and it is also my time to turn quilting projects over to Kerry.  Kapricorn is my Show and Share.

Not a very robust post, but you get the idea how busy this night is for me!

Sunday Stash Report, November 11, 2018

This is Kapricorn all complete.  I'm anxious to have something to share with my Sunshine Guild sisters on Tuesday night.  Wish I knew who won the BOM of this pattern I offered in pink at the Guild awhile back.

Finally complete with this one.  It is a 2018 UFO offered by Bonnie Hunter called Night of Indigo Blue.  Knightley is the name of my project, unless before I create the label something I like better comes along.

Adding the inner border allowed for the Square in a Square units to fit in just perfectly.  All said there were:

  • 72 9-patch units
  • 71 String snowball units
  • 48 String border units; some with gold tips and some not
  • 4 String corner units
  • 86 Square in a square units

I started with a lot of this for the back, but not quite enough.  Most of my day today was spent on making the "quite enough".  I used all the remaining blues from the project.  (I'll share the back with you in a later post.)  In the end 17 3/4 yards came from my stash.  It will be interesting to see how close I came to Bonnie's number should she publish the pattern.

It is always a good week when there's fabric to be counted in the USED stat!  Love that I broke 100 in the Net used in 2018 =^.^=

Used this week:  17.75 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 6, 2018

Kapricorn came back to me from Kerry yesterday...
Along with Kanton Kull.  You know I'll be binding real soon.
The Design Wall has Night of Indigo Blue still on it.  I got to my sewing room too late for any quilting.  I did select my fabric for the Block of the Month for Sunshine Guild.  It will be due next Tuesday.  It is Bonnie Hunters Florabunda pattern.  It consists of five 4-patches and four HSTs.  Flowers in my stash are extremely few and far to find!  You early rises enjoy the morning sunshine an hour earlier...

Sunday Stash Report, November 4, 2018

It's looking like a finish...  The table is empty!
I took two photos of the project because it just covers too much of my Design Wall to capture it entirely.  The border unit at the far left is for the bottom.  I ran into a little of an issue which prevents me from claiming a finish.
You may recall that I was working from Bonnie Hunter's photos to create my project.  So my measurements weren't exactly right when I started to put on the square in a square border.  The height of the first border units should have probably been 5-1/2" unfinished.  Mine are 4-1/2" unfinished which meant they didn't fit correctly, too big for the center.  So I will improvise by adding a small second border that is 1-1/2" wide.  That should work perfectly to fill the gap.  Fingers crossed for Monday night sewing.  I still lack a name...  Until next week when it is sure to change to my Stash Stats for this week =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  121 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  82.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 29, 2018

These will all go into my Night of Indigo Blue project.  I'm to the part where more needs to be cut and assembled.
Although it is hard to see the papers in the foreground are for more of the snowball and first border units.  Wish me luck on finishing this as yet named project during the week.  I'm anxious to be working on something new!
You can see in this photo the progress I have made to date =^.^= Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, October 28, 2018

At the end of another week for stash counting.  I still have my Night of Indigo Blue on my wall.  I have all the units done for the top border of square in a square blocks; just no room to put them above the string border.
The final two rows, both string and square in a square borders are being assembled.
Getting very close, but nothing yet to count.  This leads me to how much to count!  There will need to be a little bit of math to calculate the yardage since only photographs got me to this conclusion.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  121 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  82.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, October, 22, 2018

It may not appear like much of a change from yesterday's viewing, but it is.  I've added to my Night of Indigo Blue with more units.
I assembled seven snowball units,
two star pointed border units,
two plain border units,
and eight square in a square units.
I have marked and cut more pieces to make additional units of nine-patches, string units of all three units, and square in a square units.  These are fabrics for more nine-patches and square in a square units.
I will raid the neutral and blue stash yet again tomorrow.  With my 6 1/2" square there is some trimming to do too.  Still a way to go, but closer each day.

Hope that your week's spectacular!