Design Wall Monday, March 18, 2019

These two projects are done.  Soon they will be on their way to Mom.  We both took a workshop late last year with my Mom's sewing guild, Quilters by the Bay.  The one below could be used for either a table runner or a wall hanging.  The technique is similar to a bulls eye, but instead flowers.  In browsing the internet I learned they are called French roses.  HERE is a link to several on Pinterest if you are interested.
I have been referring to them as Sunflowers because of the fabric that was used.  Kerry did a wonderful job with the quilting.  It allows them to ravel, but just enough since she stitched around each layer of the flower (there are four).  Stipple in the background and a nice flower pattern in the borders.
It is difficult to see the ravel, but after one wash with a pair of flip flops (Mom's suggestion) along with 20 minutes in the dryer there is a ravel!
I'm working more on Starburst.  Enjoy your week ahead =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

My flight was not meant to be this time.  You may recall that my original plans had me in Maryland mid February.  Due to weather in the area the flight was cancelled and rescheduled for mid March.  Weather again plagued my flight that was to leave this past Wednesday.  Determined it was rescheduled to start two days later on Friday.  Then the cancellation of all flights using the 737 Max 8.  This time just wasn't in the cards.  I took it to mean I wasn't supposed to travel...
So here I am in beautiful San Diego during one of the nicest weeks so far this year.  Just finished my daily walk with the sun shinning and 79'!  I am about to put some thread in my just started Starburst project.  Above are two inch HST to be made into 9-patches.  There are four of these to be made.
The will surround this lovely block which inspired this project's name.  There is no yardage yet to be claimed.  When it does it won't be much since its finished size is 24 inches square.  It will be good to get another 2018 UFO done.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  25 yards
Net used in 2019:  10 yards

Until next time =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, March 11, 2019

Checkerboard Stars is ready to assemble along with the next two.  I'll likely work on this one first.  It is small as are the two that follow.  Checkerboard Stars finishes at 24 x 24.

Starburst will be second unless I get tired of red :)!  Starburst will finish at 24 x 24 too.  Both Checkerboard Stars and Starburst are Pam Buda designs...without "K" names...hint, hint =^.^=

This one is by Lori Bongean called Winer-ific.  It finishes at 19 x 19.  The applique will wait for my return.

This is the applique project, Fit to Frame by Lori Smith, that I have prepared for stitching.  These blocks finish at 6".  The one on the left above was my first block that was stitched during a flight right about this time in 2017.  Not sure when the second block was stitched, but it was probably during a 2018 flight east.  The bottom two are what I will be working on this year.

This one has the trunk in place to start the trip.

This one has no stitching started.  Not sure I like how light the pink berries are on this one.  There might just need to be a change!

Always something at the ready to keep me busy.  Wish me a good flight, great weather, and the rest is covered...awesome good times with my family.

Sunday Stash Report, March 10, 2019

Kandiyohi is finished completely.  This one is very big at 90 x 104. I will get a better photo once I put up my portable quilt rack.  This makes the third quilt that sits on the floor for the finished photo.  The teal thread used for the quilting is awesome in the feather design.  It shows up real nice against the brown fabric.  You can see more of my finished projects at my website

Nothing to claim either way this week.  I've been getting ready for Sunshine Quilt Guild March meeting and my travel.  Three small projects by Pam Buda, two 6" applique blocks and binding for two sunflower quilts are ready for the doing.  Anxious to be on my way to my parents.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  25 yards
Net used in 2019:  10 yards

Until next time =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, March 4, 2019

Kosmo seems to like the purple shelter bed =^.^=  Kassy was in it a bit before, but you do know how difficult it is to have the camera ready!

He gave it a go around before the first photo was taken.  Kassy did the very same thing.

It took 150 feet of rope.  Frankly, I think the size is more for a Maine Coon cat or a Cocker Spaniel size animal.  It was an experience to make it.  Think I will try another one soon.  I still have a bunch of 1" strips of purple left in the bag.

I finished February Sunshine BOM before calling the evening quits!  Hope your week is fabulous =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, March 3, 2019

The sides are taking shape!  It seemed large enough to begin the sides.  I was thinking another 4" for the base, but my cats are already fitting inside nicely.  Big enough =^.^=  I have to get some more rope before I continue.  There is already 100 feet of rope in what you see.  The purple scrap bag is emptying quite nicely too...  I have no idea how to count fabric used so I won't.

Kilkenny Kat is all packed and ready for Kerry's Quilting.  I also did a bit more work on Knightley and it's in the bag too.

Kontingency is finished completely now too.  You can see more of my finished projects at my website

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  25 yards
Net used in 2019:  10 yards

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Kilkenny Kat is finished.  This smaller version of Bonnie Hunter's Dawn's Early Light worked perfectly for me.  It gave me an opportunity to sew the design, use blocks from a swap, and use up some long time scraps.  Of course it also gave me an opportunity to use up my Mom's blue scraps and visit the blue shelves at a couple quilt shops!  With this finish I end up with half of my 2018 UFOs finished.

The next two projects, both 2018 UFOs, Checkerboard Stars and Starburst.  Both of these designs are by Pam Buda and a Christmas gift from 2015 from my DH.  The are smaller projects which should go fairly fast.  I have Checkerboard cut out already...let the stitching begin =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, February 25, 2019

I tried to get this done today, but just wasn't meant to be.  After cutting the inner border and putting it on, next came the outer border.  It was already going on 20 minutes past my time to hit the sack...  I'm so excited everything fit just perfect.  Kilkenny Kat will be traveling to Kerry's for thread, quilting design, and quilting next time we are together.  Another 2018 UFO complete!

These are the Old Italian Blocks ("X" Blocks) that have been turned in so far from Sunshine Quilt Guild members.  There are 61 so far with the rest expected to be turned in at the March meeting on the 13th.  I am coordinating the 2019-2020 Sunshine Opportunity Quilt.  It is a design by Kim Diehl called Warm Wishes.  We switched it up a bit adding wool for the applique parts.  It promises to be fabulous.  Chances will be available in September. 

Anxious to get back to the purple rope pet bed that I started on Saturday.  With Kilkenny Kat nearly finished I will be seeing purple soon =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 24, 2019

On Saturday several of the Sunshine Quilt Guild members learned how to make rope baskets.  Lorna was our instructor.  I'm measuring how long it might take to make pet beds.  It is inexpensive enough and I certainly have the scraps...  It takes clothesline rope, 5/8 to 1 inch fabric scraps, and lots of thread.  You wrap the rope with the fabric and join two rope/fabric with a zigzag stitch. The clothesline rope is polyester, but you can use cotton.  It can be found easily enough at Walmart or Home Depot along with other locations.  I plan to make the first one 16 by 20 inches at the base.  What you see in the photo is about 10 by 14.

The clip you see at the end is very important.  It holds all the wrapping secure until you sew it.  I'm anxious to get back to this project when Kilkenny Kat finishes.

Speaking of Kilkenny Kat, let's check out what I have today.  I was so concerned about the spacer inner border not being the correct size.  Silly me to question the knowledge of Bonnie Hunter!  (Dawn's Early Light, String Frenzy book.)  The middle is sewn and the outer border is too.  What is left is adding that 1 1/2 inch spacer.  It will be a creamy color.  I had hoped to claim it this week, but I will leave it for next week.  Monday I'll finish this up and get back to my purple pet bed.

On an earlier post I mentioned making a matching pillow case for the quilt, Kraft, I presented DH for his birthday last year.  I followed the pillow case burrito method.  It is a snap to put together with this method.  He was certainly surprised to get this today.  He really likes when I sew for him :)

I couldn't have been happier to get a special gift from Chewy.  I have purchased from them a few times.  They have an area to set up a profile of the furry family members one purchases for.  Well I did that when I created my account.  Chewy took it upon themselves to have these painted from the photos that were posted.  I love them.  Everyone I've mentioned this surprise gift to has been as much surprised as me.  Anyway they look exactly like Katastrophy and Kosmo.  Of course I sent a thank you and heard back from Chewy how happy they were received.  Chewy is a great company in my opinion.  Have you known any company that would give you a surprise such as this?

I do have a purchase to grow my stats :(  I finally received (from China) a FQ bundle of light grays from Quilters Bay.  The fabric is okay, but likely had I known where it was coming from wouldn't have purchased.  It took a looooong time to get to me.  The price was right, it was a special that they do periodically on color.  Light grays are something that I use often for backgrounds.  A good enhancement if you are okay with the wait.

For this week my used is a zero and the purchased grows :( -

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  1.75 yards
Purchased YTD:  25 yards
Net used in 2019:  10 yards

Finally let me share a sneak peak at Kandiyohi.  I got this back from Kerry on Friday.  The thread choice was fabulous for the project.  It is done in a feather design.  Can you see it?  I'll share this big quilt that was On Ringo Lake from Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery with you when the binding is in progress.  First comes trimming...

Until the next time. Enjoy your day =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, February 18, 2019

Kilkenny Kat
2018 UFO
This week Kilkenny Kat is the main focus.  I'm working on the sashing and borders.  Mine is a much smaller version of Dawn's Early Light by Bonnie Hunter. 

There is a 1.5 inch sashing to add between the blocks and four borders.  Three of the four borders are just 1.5 inches.  Two of those finish the Friendship Star (white star red background units). 

The last border is quite a lot of piecing, but perseverance will see it done.  What I like about this design is the using of 1.5 inch pieces and lots of it.  The neutral string blocks were from a swap I coordinated several years ago.  (There are no more units left from the SWAP now.)  Mom has helped me with her navy fabric.  I purchased a few more navy fabrics, but it looks like I'll need more still...

Enjoy your week everyone =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 17, 2019

I purchased a yard of Cheers fabric from Robert Kaufman to make a matching pillow case to Kraft.  It was used as the backing.  I'll be using the burrito style of assembly in the case making.  Ever heard of it?  A link if you want to check this method out.

The weather just wasn't cooperating for a trip to my parents home.  I vacillated between going and staying until the last minutes before deciding to reschedule.  So far the weather reporters were wrong for the area.  Cold there, but no snow or freezing rain has hit so far.  The next possible day of bad weather will be Wednesday that would be the day my sister would make the road trip to my parents area.  Friday was the second possibility of snow that would be the day to return to board for the flight back home.  Just too many possibilities for bad times.  Rescheduled my trip till the middle of March; should be safe then.

For this week my used is a zero and the purchased grows :( -

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  1 yards
Purchased YTD:  23.25 yards
Net used in 2019:  11.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 11, 2019

2017 UFO
I am working to ready Koldplay 2019 UFO for taking to Kerry's Quilting.  Tomorrow is Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting where I'll be seeing Kerry.  Kontingency is finished with quilting and comes back to me.  I will be sewing on this project during my flight to visit with my parents.  Guess what I'll be doing Wednesday evening? 
Checkerboard Stars
2018 UFO
I also plan to take two projects that are not started 2018 UFOs, small, and kitted.  These are designs from Pam Buda.  The naming game has begun =^.^=
2018 UFO
I'm sure to get several of the Old Italian Blocks back from members of Sunshine for the 2020 Opportunity Quilt that I am coordinating for the Guild.  The BOM for March will be offered too.  I have Kreepy Kins and Konstitution to share.  It is sure to be a good night with Lynn Mann as our speaker.
Kreepy Kins
2018 UFO
2017 UFO

Until next time.

Sunday Stash Report, February 10, 2019

Koldplay is finished.  First of the list I'll soon create for projects to be sewn in 2019.  I made my Bonnie Hunter #GoodFortune five blocks square instead of seven blocks square.  It finished rather late today, but I was determined.  I will be looking through my stash for a suitable back.

During the next few days I will be deciding what project to take with me to my parents.  There are some early for me nights to fill up.  I will be leaving for Maryland on Saturday for a week.  Anxious to be there!

This week I change the stats with the yardage used in Koldplay!  I'm back in the black =^.^=

Used this week:  14.5 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  22.25 yards
Net used in 2019:  12.75 yards