Design Wall Monday, October 21, 2019

Sunshine 2019-2020 Challenge Project #5 is done.  I have to admit that my quilting is rudimentary, but the result works to hold the three (top, batting, and back) together AND it looks pretty good.  I surrounded with stitch in the ditch each of the 20 blocks and then surrounded each of the four patch blocks within the blocks.  The back is from my stash so that will be counted as used and the binding is left from a previous project.  It will be part of the quilts turned in for the charity supported by the guild.
This project is a Reusable Straw Pouch that a guild member designed to use as a fundraiser at a craft show to be held in November.  I will be making one and helping her proof her instructions along the way.  I have only gotten this far.  I hope to get to it in earnest this week.  She scrambled to put process to paper and now I have been tardy in getting back to her.  Soon I promise =^.^=

I spent all Sunday in my favorite family room chair hand stitching.  Binding Challenge Project #5, securing sleeve on Kaffe Kisses, and putting labels on four different recent finishes.  All caught up with hand stitching for now.

I wish you a good week and will be back with something new to read on Sunday.

Sunday Stash Report, October 20, 2019

Kaffe Kisses is finished.  I have the sleeve and the label ready to hand sew, one of my projects for during the football game later today.  This isn't the style of quilt I'd usually select, but it was fun trying something different.
Finished also is the October Sunshine BOM.  Cute little churn dash block where the background was provided and the churn dash was directed to be a bright fabric.

The Cat's Meow is coming along nicely.  Auditioning the framing blocks and considering the outside border fabrics.  Definitely think the gray paisley is the way to go between these two options.  I just cannot get the white to work with the wordy background fabric.  One last option versus the gray paisley is a solid gray.  I am liking the gray paisley so we shall see.  Any ideas for a name for this project?  Keeping with the "Ks" =^.^=
I did have a 2-3/4 add this week.  It will be enough for a backing one day in the future.

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  122.75 yards
Purchased this week:  2.75 yards
Purchased YTD:  51.5 yards
Net used in 2019:  71.25 yards

Come visit tomorrow to see how The Cat's Meow is coming along.

Design Wall Monday, October 14, 2019

I have been working away on a few projects.  This is Cat 3 of my 2019 UFO The Cat's Meow.  The units are just placed about where they would be, but final placement on the background has not been determined.
This is Cat 4.  The paper is a fusible called Barely There that I have come to like a bunch.  The units are on the wrong side of the fabric for now.  I will be cutting the parts of this cat during the week.



Last Friday I received Kaffe Kisses in the mail from Kerry.  During yesterday's football games and later tonight's football game there will be some binding.  I am sharing some of the quilting that Kerry used.  Several are from patterns made for the double wedding ring design.  I am very pleased with the custom work Kerry accomplished.  When I get the binding done the project will be shared with you.  The binding is the same green as in the blocks.


2019 - 2020 Sunshine Challenge #5 top is done.  The pattern (Framed 4-Patch) and kit was prepared by Tonya, Sunshine's Cuddle Quilt Coordinator.  I will be getting some appropriate kid themed backs from Tonya for the remaining six projects, but this purple will work for now for #5.  The pink thread will be used for the quilting that I will be doing.

Have a terrific week ahead.

Sunday Stash Report, October 13, 2019

Here is where some of the new purchases were used.  Two FQs were needed to get the lower part of the face and the stripes on Cat 2's back.  Yes this is how the stash builds =^.^=
The other two FQs are for the background of a table runner for my Mom.  It is a St. Patrick's theme.  These four FQs were purchased from Paradise Sewing in Poway, CA.
This past Tuesday was the monthly Sunshine Guild meeting.  Because I had my name badge on an entry into the drawing got me this cute door prize.
I am participating in a UFO Challenge for the membership year.  Seven UFOs were identified with one being due at each meeting or a $1 penalty must be paid.  My UFOs are all cuddle quilts from kits Tonya the coordinator built.  I will be working on this one today.  It is #5.  All UFOs must be completely finished.  My quilting skills will be challenged since usually Kerry does all my quilting.  There just won't be time to get them to her and back to me.

Let me close with my stats for this week.  I hope your already middle of October week is everything you want it to be.

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  122.75 yards
Purchased this week:  1 yards
Purchased YTD:  48.75 yards
Net used in 2019:  74 yards

Come visit tomorrow to see if I got #5 UFO done along with Kaffe Kisses and The Cat's Meow.

Design Wall Monday, October 7, 2019

I started with these fabrics for four cats.  DH mentioned brightly colored cats...well I think these fabrics will make that happen.
This is the first cat.  It takes six different fabrics.  Eyes and whiskers will be added in at the end.  There is a piece that gets the words "Meow  Meow  Meow" below the feet of the cat.  I will be experimenting with my sewing machine again.  It does lettering quite nicely.  Each block will finish 10" square.  I haven't yet decide on the sashing.  I have quite a stash for finding something that will work.

Happy Birthday Karen!  I hope your day is as terrific as you =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, October 6, 2019


The football games of today had me hand stitching "Joy".  It is a mug rug from a kit that I picked up somewhere along the line.  I used thermal batting so it should hold the heat off any surfaces.  DH says its too nice to put his mug on..."aren't I afraid it will get stained?"
During the week Kerry sent me back Koach.  It was also finished during the day.  Just in time for Halloween.  The background reminds me of a stormy evening.
The last Krazy Kristmas Konifer project was finished.  All three that were made are on their way to Kerry for quilting.  She should receive them on Tuesday.

Nothing changes the numbers this week, but I do plan a stop at Paradise Sewing tomorrow on my way home.  There are a couple of bright greens I'd like to find to work with my next project The Cat's Meow!  Wait until you see these kitties =^.^=

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  122.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  47.75 yards
Net used in 2019:  75 yards

Come visit tomorrow to see the next project 2019 UFO.

Design Wall Monday, September 30, 2019



The third Crazy Christmas Tree project is well on its way.  There have been some unfortunate delays getting it to the finish as I had expected on Sunday.  This Krazy Kristmas Konifer will be done before the week is concludes.  Karen gets this one =^.^=

Hope your week ahead won't be as sore as mine will be in the next couple of days.

Sunday Stash Report, September 29, 2019

It is nice to show both starts and finishes...wouldn't you agree?  Let me start with a finish.  Knock Kneed (Florence Flamingo by Elizabeth Hartman) is done.  I really like it with the stripe binding.  I played around with the idea of a black flamingo after making all nine in pink.  There is such a thing, the last sighting of one was in the Akrotiri Environmental Centre on the southern coast of Cyprus April 8, 2015. This is thought to be a result of a genetic condition which causes it to generate more of the pigment melanin, turning it dark rather than the usual pink color.
When you have the blocks made you might as well use them.  This is the back where that ninth pink flamingo was fitted into the bottom left corner.




Now for the starts and finishes that I will be claiming this week =^.^=  These are gifts for Christmas that Karen and Mom will get the early part of December in time for displaying this holiday season.  I have already shared the red version that Rita will be gifted.  These were fun to make, nearly addictive.  The green version is my second with this pattern.


These fabrics are what I am sewing on today.  The third for the pattern is a mix of the green and red trees which is nearly done.  The fabric at the top is the back.  Since I spoke to Karen first she had first selection.  She'll be happiest with the mixed version.
Finally I will share a birthday gift for myself;  a Hot-fix Applicator Kit.  All this fits into the black bag.  Purchased through Amazon from Afantti.  I haven't used it yet, but the three Krazy Kristmas Konifers (Crazy Christmas Trees by Karla Alexander) will be bedazzled along with Kastaway.  Thanks Heather from Peachy Pages for helping me out with a cute name.

Used this week:   9.75 yards
Used YTD:  122.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  47.75 yards
Net used in 2019:  75 yards

Come visit tomorrow to see the next project I'll be taking on.  The Cat's Meow by Country Appliques; another 2019 UFO.

Design Wall Monday, September 23, 2019

Starting a new project from the 2019 UFO List!
The first step in making the trees crazy.
There are four to be made.  Each will be cut down to 9" x 14 1/2".
The sashing comes from the left over pieces of the first cut.  The red rectangle is one of four that make up the trunks.
So what do you think?  I have to sew the trunks on and the sashing yet, but this project is nearly complete.  The backing is at the top of the first photo.  Red from one of the fabrics used in the trees will be for the binding.  This project goes to Rita.

Hope you have a great start to Fall =^.^=



Sunday Stash Report, September 22, 2019

Koach finished this week along with two other small projects.  None of these from the 2019 UFO List :(
This Spooky Ohio Star is Sunshine Quilt Guild's September BOM.  Participants were provided everything except the center block that had to be Halloween themed.
This Christmas Joy Mug Rug comes from a kit that I can't recall came from.  I practiced the blanket stitch on my Phaff; all but the smaller pieces.  I couldn't trust myself except for by hand the leaves, top of ornament and the three berries.  I will sandwich it between some batting and do an outline of "JOY" for the quilting.  The stripe will be the binding.
I will spend my Sunday hand stitching Knock Kneed.  There is lots of open background on this project and the stripe border will help finish it off correctly.

I have a new project starting.  Come join me tomorrow for a look at Krazy Khristmas Trees.  This one is a 2019 UFO.

Used this week:  4.25 yards
Used YTD:  113.00 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  47.75 yards
Net used in 2019:  65.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, September 16, 2019

Koach blocks are finished.  There were two changes to the pattern as distributed.  I swapped the coloring of the pumpkins from primarily white to orange.  The original design had only three orange pumpkins.  So now you might have figured out the second change to add in a fourth white pumpkin in the bottom right corner.  The space was to be a solid background fabric.  A change in some of the busy background fabric that is a dark gray by the way, will take place before it is sewn into rows.  The first change will be to rearrange the two nearly identical on the top row. 
There were several units left that will be sewn up and made as part of the pieced back.  The pumpkin block finishes at 6" which will give me almost enough for a top to bottom section.  Since the back uses what is left of the background another 10" needs adding to be large enough for the project.  This one isn't too big finishing at 36" square.  Koach will finish during the week and be counted as USED fabric next Stash Report on Sunday.  Janet O came up with the great name Koach.  She was thinking about Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach...just too clever! 

My next project needs to be a 2019 UFO or my goal for the year will certainly never come to pass.  Until next time =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, September 15, 2019

Kalypso finishes this week.  I would have liked to finish off the outside storm at sea pattern, but ran out of the background fabric.  A small effort to find something suitable took place with no avail.  Everything else tried competed with the design.  There is probably some other alternative that could have worked, but nothing I tried was making me happy =^.^=  It finishes just 3" all around smaller which is okay with me.  The light blue will be the binding once Kerry has it quilted.  Kalypso goes in the mail to Kerry's Quilting before the month is out.

Used this week:  11.75 yards
Used YTD:  108.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  47.75 yards
Net used in 2019:  61 yards

Design Wall Monday, September 9, 2019

Fit to Frame (YTBN) has two more finished blocks.  The 5+ hours to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast and back allowed for much of this to be stitched.  The two on the right were finished this trip
The binding and sleeve are in place now on Kreate.  It is a cute project that will find a place in my work space where I spend most of my time nine hours away from my sewing room.
Kilkenny Kat is now with binding and sleeve complete.  I shared it along with Kreate at my Mom's quilt guild meeting which I was fortunate to attend.  There was a special presentation from the Quilts of Valor representatives from the area.  They were very interested in the design along with Bonnie Hunter enthusiast.

I'll be heading to my quilt guild's first meeting of the 2019-2020 membership year on Tuesday.  It is an Ice Cream Social!  I'm going to resist the temptation =^.^=  Kreate and Kilkenny Kat are planned for Show and Tell.  The rest of the week I hope to finish up Kalypso and dig into Koach.

Enjoy your week ahead.