Design Wall Monday, January 18, 2021

 I had fun with Mom on Sunday putting all 16 blocks on the wall for Krooked Kreek during a FB video chat.  The size I am making is 16 blocks rather than 25 blocks in Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek design.  I felt it necessary to remake one set of eight of the HSTs that you can see in the corners.  The gray was just too light for my liking.  She did caution us on this...

It is sort of funny that I ended up needing to purchase some paint at Sherwin-Williams on Saturday so while I was there the paint chips were found which Bonnie mentioned in the beginning of this mystery.  I did okay with the five fabrics (green, gold, orange, red, and gray) except for the gold and orange.  These two, especially the orange, I went a bit brighter.  They still have the fall colors...just the beginning of fall when the colors of the leaves are the brightest.

There is no room on my Design Wall for the border and sashing pieces until the blocks are sewn together, so the sewing table has the start of them.  The "hole" is where one of the blocks will go.

I started the Mystery knowing it was going to be smaller.  Half of the units were made.  Since the design will take another two blocks; two more were made and there is more to be made of the gray sashing unit (gray strings you can see above between the red rectangles.  Today's sewing is making ten more of these units.  The last and final border is also gray strings.  Guess I will be making lots of gray strings over the next few days.

Hope that today you think about honoring Martin Luther King's memory and his mission.  We definitely could use more unity, peace, and kindness.  Enjoy your sewing=^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, January 17, 2021


I have the heart done and off to Lorna for Sunshine's BOM January offering.  This one was coordinated by Carolyn.  I started off with just three scraps from my strip stash.  I'm always low on reds.

During the week this FQ bundle arrived from Missouri Star Quilts.  I already have a plan for five of these FQs.  The table runner that unfortunately will not be ready for Valentine's Day this year.  On the bright side it will be early for next year!

Not too much going on this week due to being assistant painter to DH while he painted some parts of the exterior of our home.  We really like how it has turned out.

Adds to my stash this week include the two gray fabrics I already shared with you and these lush reds.  There is still more fabric on the way...I better get something finished soon =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  0 yards
Purchased this week:  9.5 yards
Purchased YTD:  17.5 yards
Net used in 2021:  -17.5 yard

Check back tomorrow to see what will be on my sewing table =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, January 11, 2021

Today came the fabric ordered for the sashing of my Candy Cat project.  I found it at Blue Sheep Boutique in Fort Worth, TX.  Jenny was so helpful.  It is a medium gray towards the blue rather than brown or gray which is just what I wanted.  The second piece also from Blue Sheep Boutique; just because I like it and believe it or not my grays are thinning out after Grassy Creek and soon Appalachian Autumn (both by Bonnie Hunter).  I am also sharing some of my gray stash with Kerry whose making these same two projects and setting up for another Bonnie Hunter project called Silver Linings that uses grays.  Now mind you there is still grays to be had!

I have been spending time getting ready for two events that take place tomorrow for Sunshine Quilt Guild's January meeting.  I am going to coordinate a game and the ongoing 2020-2021 Challenge - UFO Incentive.  The game should be fun...some of my readers have already played it...just a week ago at their Guild's January meeting.  Everyone turned in photos of their UFO #7 project this month so no one will have to pay the $1 penalty.

During the week I will be working on the Sunshine Quilt Guild's BOM.  I have already started searching through my scraps for 2" reds.  Of course there will always be something else to work on.  I got the February six blocks for Vintage Christmas project, ready to start the last part of Candy Cats...shall I keep going =^.^=

Have a great week!

Sunday Stash Report, January 10, 2021


My sewing focus this week was on Month 1 Block of the Month with Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt.  This BOM is coordinated by Stitchin Heaven.  If you are interested in a BOM there are so many administrated by Stitchin Heaven.  You are sure to find one to your liking.  The Manger scene was the most difficult; there were so many tiny pieces!  I was determined to get the first six blocks done before the next (Month 2) six were delivered.  Missed it by a day, but still felt accomplished!

Bonnie Hunter revealed the finish of her Grassy Creek 2020 Winter Mystery (Krooked Kreek).  I do like what I see; surprised that the string blocks would be the sashing and not the border!  Always nice to have a surprise.  Looks like beyond green squares...more gray strings are to be made.  I have the green squares cut; will be making 16 blocks instead of the 25 in the pattern.  This means making two more of everything I have made previously.  Easy!

Kai table runner finished.  Happy dancing...Sunshine #7 is in the books!  Mom will be happy with this cups table runner.

Kreepy Kompanions table runner finished.  Happy dancing.  Mom gets this one too for her Halloween season table.  This one is a bit long, hope it fits okay on her table.

As I anticipated there were two receipts of fabrics this week.  Laundry Basket Quilts Signature Style Fat Quarter Bundle arrived.  24 FQ that I am totally happy with.  Most of these will go in the Sonnet project.  I also got thread from Joann.

The other fabric received from Fat Quarter Shop.  Four half yard pieces of the very cute new released Animal Crackers line.  Nothing else this past week to claim, but there is more coming :).  So my stats change to putting me in the red...urgh, but soon to be changed.  Krooked Kreek is getting close and it will be my first 2021 UFO!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  0 yards
Purchased this week:  8 yards
Purchased YTD:  8 yards
Net used in 2021:  -8 yard

Check back tomorrow to see what will be on my sewing table =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, January 4, 2021

Krooked Kreek Part 6 is nearly complete.  I got all the string units sewn and trimmed.  Carol Doak's Foundation Paper is still on the back of some units.  It needs to come off before adding the "wings" as Bonnie refers to the corner triangles in neutral for this unit.

Photo of Karla's Project

My next project is a UFO for 2021.  Crazy Hearts table runner by Karla Alexander.  Wow are the instructions a bit hard to follow.  I'll have to follow each step carefully on this one.  It doesn't look too complicated, but the instructions are =^.^=  This project once finished will be another for my parent's table.  Mom loves to put the "holiday" table runners out. 

Mom sent me another thoughtful gift.  This one will be added to my 2021 UFO list specifically the Christmas Ornaments UFO.  This one UFO item has lots of ornaments to be sewn.  Most of them are wool kits :)

Sunday Stash Report, January 3, 2021

Krooked Kreek Part 2

Krooked Kreek Part 3

Krooked Kreek Part 4

Krooked Kreek Part 5

Working diligently now on Krooked Kreek, Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek.  I am caught up to Part 6 and so very excited about it.  My project is half the size for now.  I really hope to make it a smaller version, but we'll have to see how the design looks when the last Parts are released.  This coming Friday might be the last one...she never tells us when to expect the reveal!

This is the BOM for Sunshine Quilt Guild that went into the mail yesterday.  Susan is the coordinator for the December BOM.  She's hoping the winner might choose to make it a Quilt of Valor donation.  We were to choose a Red/White/and medium to dark Blue for the units.

A Christmas gift from my parents brought a wool pressing mat into my sewing room.  I have been interested in one of these for quite sometime now.  I haven't noticed the wool smell that some have complained about.  According to the packaging it is possible to notice the smell that eventually wears away with time.  I must not have such a sensitive nose.  It has worked out great with my first use.  It works great to hold down the seams while you press.

I sure have been doing my part in helping Small Businesses!

Rossville Quilts and Bernia from Rossville, IN is the distributer for this purchase of Braveheart and Evergreen fabrics (right).  The Quilt Basket from Bend, OR is the distributer for this purchase of Evergreen Layer Cake (left) for Mistletoe.

RebsFabStash from Moscow, ID is the distributer for this purchase of fabrics designed by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake.  It will become the backing for either Mistletoe or Jovial that are 2021 UFOs.  My purchase was less than $5 after my October Birthday Gift Card from Kerry.

Laundry Basket Quilts from Oxnard, CA is the distributer and designer for this purchase of fabrics.  It will be part of Mistletoe.  Another very nice purchase less than $5 after my Christmas Gift Card from Kerry.  This is the only fabric that arrived in 2021 so far and it is a gift so it doesn't count as a purchase YIPPEE!

I do have two more orders coming from Laundry Basket Quilts and Fat Quarter Shop from Buda, TX that won't arrive until sometime this week that will be my first purchases of the year.  I am also building for a project called Sonnet.  I needed low volume neutral prints and the Signature Style FQ Bundle should work nicely.  I am particularly looking for low volume neutral prints that work with cinnamon.  There is still a search for these to be done in my stash yet.  Sonnet is a new project for Kerry and I that we will start sometime in 2021.  I can't say the Fat Quarter Shop purchase is meant for a project!  It is the cute Animal Crackers collection all in neutral colors that builds my stash by two yards.

Fortunately all of these purchases were received before 2021...that magical time between the last Stash Report of 2020 and the first Stash Report of 2021.  So I start the year off with zeros; already knowing next week that the last three stats below will change =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  0 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  0 yards
Net used in 2021: 0 yard

2020 At A Glance, January 1, 2021

Well 2020 has been quite the year.  Most found time to get in a whole lot of quilting.  I continued to work from home starting mid-March.  Me, an essential worker, went in to the  office once a week, but fortunately I was able to work from home the rest of the time.  It was a bit rocky from home, but eventually all things IT worked out and allowed me to smoothly work from my home office.  Needless to say not much extra time in the sewing room =^.^=

In this crazy year of stay-at-home directives from California I was able to complete 37 projects; which is up from four in 2019.  164 yards of cotton moved through my Pfaff Performance 5.0.  Yet another year of crazy "K" names. KavortKandlesKopernikus, Kweens, Kandi, Kolor Katchers, Koils, Klarchen, Kollective Kolors, and Karefree were names of my 2020 UFOs plus others you will see below.  Thanks to Google searches and my Sister for coming up with such fitting names.

Kollective Kolors

I was able to complete four of the 2019 UFOs along with all of the 2020 UFOs slated for completion.  Darn that I couldn't finish the last 2019 UFO that is Fit to Frame (still needs a "K" name).  My 2021 list is set and you can view it now on my blog (look for the tab at the top of the home page).  There are many wool projects in my UFO list this year.  Hopefully I can find time to work them.  Fit to Frame did get attention in 2020, just not enough to finish.

I participated in my guild's, Sunshine Quilt Guild, UFO Challenge too.  I made a charity quilt benefiting the YMCA's Battered Womens Program supporting Becky's House during the seven months of the membership year.  I also finished several of my Mom's UFOs and a couple of my orphan blocks projects that supported the same program.  Other than the 2020 UFOs listed above here's the other finishes that took place.  You can see them through the links if choose =^.^=

Sunshine UFO #3, 2019-2020 Challenge
Shamrock Table Runner, 2020 UFO
Sunshine UFO #2, 2019-2020 Challenge
Kruella, 2019 UFO
Sunshine UFO #1, 2019-2020 Challenge
Flying Geese Demo, Orphan Blocks
Kalypso, 2019 UFO
Sunshine UFO #6, 2019-2020 Challenge
Kwenched, 2019 UFO
Kadaddle, 2019 UFO
Krispin, 2019 UFO
Kloves, 2019 UFO
Sunshine Charity, Orphan Blocks
Kalpana, Mystery
Kropper, 2019 UFO
Kandles, 2020 UFO
Kambray, Sunshine UFO #3, 2020-2021 Challenge
Keziah, Sunshine UFO #2, 2020-2021 Challenge
Sunshine UFO #4, Orphan Blocks, 2020-2021 Challenge
Sunshine UFO #5, Orphan Blocks, 2020-2021 Challenge

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 160 yards (2019, 142.25 yards)
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD:  23.75 yards (2019, 68 yards)
Net used in 2020: 132.5 yards (2019, 74.25 yards)

This first day of 2021 has me at Part 6 of Bonnie Hunter's 2019 Mystery, Grassy Creek.  My project will be called Krooked Kreek...get the "K" change up?  I can't resist a Bonnie Hunter Mystery =^.^=.  Appalachian Autumn and Winter Blues are already in my want to make queue!

As always I look forward to your help in naming my projects with the must "K"!  I close this year hoping there are more great finishes in 2021.  Happy New Year!