2010 At A Glance, December 29, 2010

2010 had me extremely busy, a year that can’t be topped by any other. I finished all ten of my 2010 UFO Challenges, a few donations, a couple commissioned, and some gifts. All of these quilts were quilted by Kerry’s Quilting. Here’s my list of completions:

2008 Krusin’ Kwilt, Cruisin Quilters Run 2008, 2010 UFO Project

2009 Krusin’ Kwilt, Cruisin Quilters Run 2009, 2010 UFO Project
Adel’s Betty Boop Tree Skirt, Christmas Patch Tree Skirt by Christina McCourt
Casabarka, The Truth About Cats and Dogs by Kristy Duncan
Warm Wishes
Flip Flops

Golden Nugget, Carolina Christmas by Bonnie Hunter
Grateful Dead 2, Own Design, Commissioned, 2010 UFO Project
Kajun Krest, Fleur-de-Lis by Quilters Paradise, 2010 UFO Pattern
Kaleidoscope Krazy, Evening Star by Peggy Martin
Karibbean, Blue Moon by Karen Montgomery

Karmel Kolors, Carmel Skies by Lynn Mann, 2010 UFO Pattern
Karoly’s Quilt, Design by Judy Warren-Tippets
Kastanets, Mood Swing by Brenda Henning
Kastanets’ Kin, Linda’s Twist by Brenda Henning
Kataloochee, Smokey Mountain Stars by Bonnie Hunter, 2010 UFO Pattern
Katching Kisses, Romantic Getaway by Cozy Quilt Designs

Katerpillar, No Such Thing As An Ugly Fabric by Lynn Mann, 2010 UFO Project
Keeping Kool, 2009 Row Challenge Sunshine Quilters
Kristmas Knights, Christmas Lights by Bonnie Hunter
Kite’n Kaboodle, Quiltmaker Magazine Jan/Feb 2010
Klondike, Spruce It Up by Karen Montgomery
Koala, My Blue Heaven by Bonnie Hunter
Kollette, As the Geese Fly by Cozy Quilt Designs, 2010 UFO Pattern
Kool, Brrrr! by Susan Kass Johnson
Koraline, Catweena by JoAnn Mullaly
Korsage, Petal Pop by Cozy Quilt Designs
Kotton Kandy Kocktail, Strip Cocktail by C.E. Designs
Kranial, Arcadia by Kari Nichols
Kraps, 2005 Round Robin Challenge Canyon Quilters
Kandy Korn, Peaches and Dreams by Judy Laquidara
Kreepy, Any Witch Way by Marilyn Larson
Krimson Khat, Dove in the Window by Glad Creations
Kriss Kross
Krossroads, Promised Land by Bonnie Blue Quilts, 2010 UFO Project
Krumbs, Fun With Bricks by Bonnie Hunter
Kufflinks, Chain Reaction by Lynn Mann, 2010 UFO Pattern
Kupid, The Big Easy by Linda Ballard
Kupkake!, Hey Cupcake!... by Custom Creations

In late July I started recording my fabric yardage through Patchwork Times website. My stats are pretty impressive having used 146 3/4 yards and only purchased 17 yards during that time. I took three sewing workshops, three quilts entered in the San Diego Quilt Show, and two quilts requested for possible publication in a future magazine. As the year draws to an end Kottonwood Kurl and Kamel Kountry are on my sewing table. 
Kotton at Clue 6

Kamel Kountry at Clue 4
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Design Wall Monday, December 27, 2010

As 2010 draws to a close I'm working on Bonnie Hunter's current mystery called Roll, Roll Cotton Boll.  Bonnie has released up to Clue 6 so far with two more to go.  I have all the sewing done where we combined Clue 1 with the brown triangle on both sides and assembling Clue 5 into units of 5.  I am at the pressing and dog ear snipping part.  Sure has had me at the ironing board for awhile.  You can see that I have quite a bit done, but loads more to go.  I have decided to call my quilt project Kotton.  This name seems to be very suitable as it keeps with the project's name.  Here's what Kotton Clue 6 looks like as I begin my Monday.

I will be getting to Clue 4 and the last Clue 5 of Old Tobacco Road when I have all of Kotton's Clue 6 finished.  Photos of my Old Tobacco Road project will be posted soon.

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Sunday Stash Report, December 26, 2010

The last Stash Report of 2010!  I wish that I could go out with a bang, but Bonnie has had me busy with Roll, Roll Cotton Boll (RRCB) for six weeks now.  I have also been trying to keep up with one of her earlier mysteries, Old Tobacco Road (OTR).  Sewing is finished with Clue 6; now at the pressing stage and snipping the dog ears.  There is a lot of this to do that's kept me standing at the ironing board.  Finnaly, Bonnie is having us put the previous clues together. 

All of this RRCB sewing has left OTR in the dust...darn!  I'm still at Clue 4 with it (only Clue 5 left).  I've got off this week and should be able to finish it up before Clue 7 of RRCB is released on Friday.  I won't be able to claim any stash as the year closes, but I should be coming in with my first 2011 report with a usage.

I couldn't resist two purchases this week.  One was from a LQS called Amidon Quilt Works; it was their "bolt of the day".  Just love the red holiday batik, don't you?  The second purchase was from online with Batiks Etcetera and Sew What Fabrics.  They had a special of 40% off one item.  I have been eying the Timeless Meringue Treat Strip pack for months.  It now sits in my neutral stash ready for a future project.  I did get four quilty Christmas gifts; two packages of  Printed Treasures Sew-On Inkjet Printable Fabric, Heat Press Batting Together Fusible Cloth Tape, a 20% discount off a quilting project at Kerry's Quilting, and a Gift Certificate at another LQS called Rosie's Calico Cupboard (destined for neutrals).  Thanks Mom, Dad, and Kerry.

So here are my totals to end the year that for me started the last week of July when I started recording.  My numbers are respectable.  Hey, guess what I figured out...this coming week purchases are not reportable in 2010!  I'm hoping to take advantage of this!  Bigger numbers are ahead in 2011.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 146.75 yards

Purchased this week: 3.75 yards
Purchased YTD: 17 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2010: 131.25 yards

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Count down to Christmas!  Just a few days left until packages are opened and best of all my holiday time off!  I have finished Clue 5 well technically almost...  There are 300 to press and nip the dog ear off of that completely finishes the step.  I'm really excited about how the constant red looks with all the neutrals.
I thought I would share my Christmas Tree with you and photos of my Christmas Quilts that are hung around my home.  We have family arriving Christmas Day.  Seven of us will sit down to a feast that is certain to turn out just right (still trying to figure out the menu).  I hope Santa comes down our chimney with a big bag of surprises.  
Sewing Room, Christmas Cactus in the Canyon

Sewing Room, Kristmas Tree  and Charlie's Tree, 2007 Canyon Guild Challenge

Dining Room, 2006 BAE Guild Block Gift Exchange

Entry, Christmas Tree

Living Room, 2003 BAE Quilt Guild Block Gift Exchange

Living Room

Hall Way, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 2006 Canyon Guild Challenge

Hall Way, Kabins in the Woods, 2006 UFO Project

Hall Way, Kool

Family Room, Klondike, 2009 BAE Quilt Guild Block Exchange

Family Room, Kolony Kalling

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Design Wall Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Monday!

I've finally had some time to work on Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll Clue 5.  I had about six hours for the most part uninterrupted sewing; got quite a bit done.  I cut out all 600 of the half square triangles with my Easy Angle Ruler.  Half of these are sewn together already!  Shouldn't take too much time to sew the remaining pieces together that I'll work on tonight.  Next step will be cutting all the dog ears off of these and then there's the ironing...  Just maybe I'll be done with this clue tonight.
I have not had any time to work on Old Tobacco Road Clue 4, but now that the decorations and gift getting, wrapping, and some put in the mail are done...it will be back to sewing.

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Sunday Stash Report, December 19, 2010

I have not had a minute to do any sewing since this time last week.  I've been to several holiday functions, the mall shopping for the holiday gifts that will be placed under our tree and sent East to family.  Clue 4 for Old Tobacco Road (OTR) sits ready to assemble and Clue 5 of Roll Roll Cotton Boll (RRCB) is screaming out to me to work on.  Then there's the Christmas tree that is yelling "Hey, put some decorations on me!".  Times a ticking for Santa's arrival, the family that's coming Christmas Day and all it's holiday trimmings...including the banquet that I have planned.  Santa won't be happy if he doesn't have cookies on his plate when he arrives!

I did spend several hours this week putting together my 2011 UFO Challenges.  The first one that I have broken up into several parts will be "kept accountable" through Patchwork Times.  The others will be played with my quilting sisters; there are nine of them...projects that is.  I'll share them with you as New Year's rolls in on January 1st at 12:01 am!

Since what sewing I have been doing is two Bonnie Hunter mystery projects current (RRCB) and former (OTR) there isn't any stash to report again this week.  It's coming though...

Used this week: 0 yards

Used YTD: 146.75 yards
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 13.25 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2010: 135 yards

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Patchwork Times 2011 UFO Challenge, December 17, 2010

Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a 2011 UFO Challenge that starts in January with the selection of the first UFO (Unfinished Object).  Today participants are to list their projects and assign each a number.  The rules are pretty general in how and what you choose to challenge your self to accomplish.  So here's a little about my challenge and how it will work...

I've selected a project that I'll call Kourageous.  I've had thoughts of making a quilt using animal theme prints into exotic flower patterns for about three years.  I started collecting various animal theme prints during the annual Cruisin' Quilters Run that's held in San Diego County each March back then (2008).  In Maryland during a visit to my parents home I stumbled upon a subdued patterned black batik at a Quilt Show that was in Annapolis that my Mom and I attended.  Seems to me it was from Calvert Quilt Shop who vended at the show.  I also picked up a subdued hazy black/dark brown batik at Rosie's Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop which is one of my local fabric shops.  So as you can see I've been collecting fabrics. 

Next began my hunt for foundation pieced exotic flower patterns.  This has turned into the largest part of this project..  I found a book called 24 Flower Quilt Blocks for foundation piecing by Linda Causee that's terrific.  I've seen them available on Amazon.
I've also gathered patterns from Claudias Hasenbach Quilts who does some beautiful foundation patterns.   My challenge will be to make a block using these fabrics each month.  I'm still trying to find other more exotic flower type foundation patterns that might replace what I'm posting today, but if a number is called I'll be making that block.  Any changes will be to ones not yet started.  Since I only want nine blocks the numbers 10 to 11 will be non participating months or if I change my mind and decide I need more blocks.  So here are my 2011 UFO Challenge Selections.

 #1  Bellflower by Claudia Hasenbach - 81 pieces, 16 sections - Due March 31, 2011 DONE

#2 Flax by Claudia Hasenbach - 74 pieces, 13 sections - Due July 31, 2011 DONE

#3 Heartsease by Claudia Hasenbach - Due November 30, 2011 IN WORK

#4 Meadow Clary by Claudia Hasenbach - 99 pieces, 21 sections - Due April 30, 2011 DONE

#5 Meadow Buttercup by Claudia Hasenbach - Due October 31, 2011

#6 Lily by Linda Causee - 146 pieces, 23 sections - Due January 31, 2011 DONE

#7 Iris by Linda Causee - 169 pieces, 25 sections - Due August 31, 2011 DONE

#8 Larkspur by Linda Causee - 188 pieces, 21 sections - Due June 30, 2011 DONE

#9 Lily of the Valley by Linda Causee - 150 pieces, 17 sections - Due May 31, 2011 DONE

#10 Cranesbill by Claudia Hasenbach - 82 pieces, 13 sections - Due February 28, 2011 DONE

#11 Pansy by Linda Causee - 232 pieces, 23 sections - Due September 30, 2011  DONE

#12 Violet by Linda Causee - Due December 31, 2011

Potential Blocks

Blue Flower

Flat Pea


Calla Lily


Corn Poppy



Morning Glory

Red Clover


Thistle 1

Thistle 2

Lady-of-the-Night Orchid

I've got nine more 2011 UFO Challenges that I'll be working to accomplish during the year.  These will be posted on my blog soon.  Come back and see how I progress on all my challenges.