Design Wall Monday, June 18, 2018

Kandiyohi is all finished except the trimming.  Well...its time to start a finishing touch with the 9-patch border.  The units on the wall aren't sewn together yet.  This is just to get me started.

These are the units ready for sewing.  I took the time to trim them which does make it nice when everything matches up.  I will be working on this border for a bit =^.^=

Saturday Kosmo and Kassy received a package from KitNipBox!  It is full of WalK in the Woods-themed toys.  They've been having fun with the bird and certainly Kosmo loved the treats.

Hope you have a perfect week!  DH has a birthday this week...

Sunday Stash Report, June 17, 2018

Today I'd rather be in Abell, MD celebrating Father's Day with my Dad.  I phoned this morning to wish him a happy day.  There is a house full of family surrounding him which is a great thing.  Plans are set for a cookout done by Chefs Mike and Atta.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and salmon with potato salad along with other great food prepared by Chefs Mom, Karen, Barbara, and Leah.  Happy Father's Day Dad =^.^=

This week I've been working on Kandiyohi.  Earlier in the week I worked on assembling the second half of the rows.  Thursday I dropped in to Paradise Sewing for some neutrals in the yellowish side to continue making the 75 or so 9-patches that will go into the border.  The piece on the right will be the background for the final 2017 UFO.  Yes, Kontingency is way behind getting done.  I'm going to small size it as I like the design of the lap size, but want end up with a smaller size.  There will be more on Kontingency in later posts.

I have quite a few more complete, but here's the start to the 75...  I thought I was done with 1 1/2" teal and brown so I'm digging not too far down into the 1 1/2" scraps.

This week also brought me a surprise from Mom.  She knows I'm all over cat socks and these are just purfect for Independence Day!  Thanks Mom!  (It's one of Karen's cards too.)  This week there is a change to my stash count.  Three yards of neutrals that will quickly be counted out as used.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  3 yards
Purchased YTD:  18.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  44.5yards

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 February UFO
2017-2018 Sunshine Quilt Guild Mystery Border Challenge
2018 February UFO
2017-2018 Sunshine Quilt Guild Mystery Border Challenge

I'm happy to finally share two projects that were kept secret until last night at Sunshine Quilt Guild's June Meeting.  Kongure took spotlight; voted Favorite Pieced Border.  Thanks Sunshine Members for voting for me.  

Two FQs and a label came my way as a prize.  

Plus, A FQ and a label for each entry.

I did purchase three FQs at $.25 each...what a steal.  I can always use a neutral!

Then came the door prizes that luck was with me once again.  I won one for having worn my name badge and the other was a nice one from three sponsors of our guild; Sew Pro's, Central Sewing Centre, and Cozy Quilt Shop.  I'll be sure to get thank-yous out real soon.

Also coming home with me is a thank-you gift from the Guild for participating in offerings through the membership year.

I certainly came home wealthy with quilty things.  This was a great membership year!

Design Wall Monday, June 11, 2018

Kandiyohi doesn't look much different than yesterday.  The bottom five rows and the sashing that separates them is sewn together.  The top half is yet to go.

I'm anxious for tomorrow's Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting.  It is the last of this membership year since we don't meet in June or July.  There will be a pot luck and judging the mystery quilt challenge.  I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone did with their projects. 

There are three birthdays to recognize today.  My nephew, brother and sister-in-law all celebrate today.  I hope there are plenty more ahead for each of you.

Today Kassy and Kosmo have their one year check up.  They aren't going to like getting into their carriers =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, June 10, 2018

Kutarug is complete.  After sharing with Sunshine members on Tuesday it will replace the quilt that is currently on our bed.  This was a huge effort, but the results are awesome.  Here's a close up of Kutarug.

Now that you see the detail imagine having made 3,920 1 1/2" hour glass units!

Most of the day I worked on Kandiyohi.  All the rows are sewn and I have begun sewing them together.  I didn't make it to a quilt shop for more of the neutral fabric so nothing changes my stash this week.  There will be a change next week...

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  47.5yards

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My kitties turn 1 today!  I guess technically they are cats now, but they will always be my kitties!

Here is Kassy (short for Katastrophy).  She is quite the pistol.  She is the smallest and the quickest of the four Abyssinians we've called our babies.  The funniest antic Kassy does is a pirouette off the wall near the light switch.  You can tell by her body movements when she's about to spaz out as DH will claim.  Of course anything on a stick will get her attention.  Oh, Kassy will drop everything for a chance to catch the light of a laser pointer...she can hear the toy as we reach for it...even if we don't immediately engage the beam.

Here she is watching the birds at the feeder.  I got her attention just for a moment for this photo.

Kosmo is quite the lover.  Give him your lap and he'll gladly keep it warm for awhile.  He's our talker and the biggest of our Abyssinians by a long shot.  At first I considered that I might be feeding him too much, but that just wasn't the case.  What we find so funny about Kosmo is that he'll just decide to sprawl out on his side anywhere at the oddest of times.  Plastic springs can entertain him for quite awhile.  He's been known to retrieve them for you to toss again and again and again.  DH says his biggest volley was 11 times.  He is a bit selfish with his stuffed toys, especially the yellow bird and the squirrel, and the skunk, and the green worm.

Here he is rooting out the treats I hide for him on the cat tower every morning.

So Happy Birthday to my kitties!  The next bag of kibble will be for Cats 1 year and older :)  But let's first get into the Gerber Lil' Sticks =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, June 4, 2018

I know I should be working off my UFO list, but I wanted a little bit of a change in technique.  This project is from Wombat Quilts called Snowballs and Stars.  I used the foundation pieced designs for May 2016 BOM with Sunshine Quilt Guild.  I haven't seen the winner's project that used pinks.  Hope she finishes it!  Kerry and I both want to make one of our own.  We've swapped black and white fabrics because we all know variety is the best choice for us scrappy quilters =^.^=

I found a few more black and white fabrics to what accent color should be used.  Anything will work!  I'm sitting on my floor next to my green stash...

Kandiyohi is coming along nicely.  (Sorry for the photo being so crooked.)  Only units to stitch together are the setting triangles.  They are oversized and that right corner looks a bit off, but that is because the first two diagonal sashings are sewn together.  Kerry finished her project first and she mentioned how easy it can be to get the sashing wrong.  I've been paying a lot of attention to it.  I'll be standing back to make sure the units aren't too similar too close to each other.

These are the pieces that are left that will make my On Ringo Lake complete.  Then it will be on to the creative border I mentioned yesterday.

Sunday Stash Report, June 3, 2018

Kandiyohi Part 8 is complete.  Today I'm working on Part 9 which is the last of the parts.  These 50 blocks will go on point and use the sashing from Part 3 plus the new pieces in the part.

The aqua gets cut in half and the use of a new ruler comes in to play.  Kerry enlightened me to images of different ways to finish On Ringo Lake.  I'm all over this one that will have me making more 9-patches; perhaps 70 plus.  This is Bonita Elkins Yeager's creation.  In my design I will change the corners, but this one just sparkles like turquoise jewelry don't you think?

I'll need to pick up some more neutral in the shades used so far.  I just might need to visit Beverly's one last time.  I've been avoiding going there because it saddens me so much.

I finished DH's birthday present so there's something to report as used this week.  Kerry has Kraft (Drink Up by Robert Kaufman Fabrics) for quilting.  She located a very cute Beer and Bubbles quilting design for it.  Riverbank is the variegated thread that will be used.  I'll be getting it back with enough time to bind it.  Pictures will be shared soon.  No purchases this week!

Used this week:  11 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  47.5yards

Design Wall Monday, May 28, 2018

I mentioned last week that a secret birthday quilt was being made for my DH.  He seldom ever goes into my sewing room.  Well at least that is what I had thought.  He apparently does roam the house...  He let me know that he liked the quilt that I was working on.  Yep the secret is out!

I have been working on Mom's projects, but did put Drink Up (not yet named) on my Design Wall when I returned from the sewing retreat.  It has been up all week and not until today was it noticed.

The remaining sashing is all that's yet to be sewn.  Kerry knows that this one is coming with a short need date.  June 24th is not too far away for it to be finished.  Now if you have any ideas for a "K" name I am all ears...

Remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms.

Sunday Stash Report, May 27, 2018

This week has been using up fabric that could be used as backings for the many UFO projects that Mom brought with her this trip.  Besides the retreat sewing, anything she brings with her is hopefully finished before she leaves (less the quilting).  Kerry will get all the projects next.  I'll put the appropriate bindings on and send them back to Mom.  She saves and I find a little more room in my stash containers.  This year she brought and finished four table runners, two charity quilts, and on family gift.  A fifth table runner is about half complete that I will finish.  These are the last few days of her nearly three week stay hence not much of my projects were worked on.  There will always be time for my sewing.  If you have time check out all her projects on her blog at Sew What Else?

As for my stash, hard to calculate, but I'll call it 7 1/2 yards.

Used this week:  7.5 yards
Used YTD:  52.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  36.5yards

Time to get back to Mom!

Design Wall Monday, May 21, 2018

Let me start from the last units finished.  This is Kandiyohi Part 7.  It took previous parts and put them together.  There are 200 of these units!

Kandiyohi Part 6.  Once again a previous unit was assembled to the melon triangle that was cut in this part.

I worked on a birthday project for DH, but can't share it until after he opens his gift.  It is "toast worthy"!

These are trinkets that are often times left at the retreat on each of our sewing areas.  Many creative gals in and attached in some sort of way to our group.  The photo in the frame was last year's retreat group photo.  This item was shared by my Mom for everyone...from the hands of my Sister's scrap booking talent.  I'll be replacing it with this year's group photo that I shared yesterday. 

I also was lucky to win not just one, but two door prizes.  Candi our guild's retreat coordinator always keeps us happy with fun sewing notions and games.  I've always wanted a finger pressing tool and the strip pack will make up into something wonderful.  Until next time =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, May 20, 2018

There was a bunch of sewing going on during the quilt retreat, but nothing finished.  Of course I did need more fabric when it came to a quilt shop run to Primitive Gatherings.  I also had to have a pattern!

Chrome yellows are hard to find so four FQs of them and the two purples were all that came home with me.  I am working very hard not to purchase since I have so much awesome fabrics in my stash.

Now don't say OH NO Another Crazy Project!  Good Golly! by Susan H. Garman tickled my fancy.  Not sure when this one will start, but Kerry says she'd love to swap units with me.

Bonnie won the seven Candy Cat blocks she's sure to be excited when her project is completed.  Lot's of very wild and crazy cats!

Janet won the Candied Pineapple blocks which there were plenty.  I made four, but by far the one I added sunglasses to was the talk of the blocks turned in.

I'll share progress on Kandiyohi on my Design Wall post tomorrow.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  44.75 yards
Purchased this week:  1.5 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  29 yards

Design Wall Monday, May 14, 2018

Kandiyohi Part 5 is complete.  Once again pressing should take place.  Oh do I dislike the iron!

Part 6 was easy to cut.  It is already for the teal/brown Part 4 pieced triangles.  All of this project is headed to the quilting retreat that starts Thursday.  Mom and I will be enjoying the company of 24 others for the weekend.  The weather promises to be nice which is a plus.

This is a recent pattern I picked up from Tina Curran called 100 Houses.  Hey Janet want to make a bunch and swap?  This project finishes at 24" x 24".  The units (houses) finish at 2".  Going to use a bunch of scraps on this one.

Have a great rest of your week!