Design Wall Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!  Watch out for all the trick or treaters tonight.  Hope the weather is good in your neighborhood.  Growing up in Maryland it was sometimes not so pleasant, but don't recall ever not filling up my sack with as many treats as possible!
I put together Kourageous Meadow Buttercup on Sunday.  I'm happy with the results.  It ties in the August block just as I'd hoped it would.  Wonder what November has in store for me?  This is Kourageous so far January through March on the top row.  Row two is April through June.  Row three is July through September and finally October at the bottom. 
After finishing the flower block I moved on to putting the binding and sleeve on Kolonial.  This is what I've got to look forward to after dinner...lots of binding.  Kolonial on the left and Kondor's Klutch on the right.  Both of these are Bonnie Hunter patterns Jamestown Landing and Hawk's Nest.
I found no time to work on Katnip Krazy yesterday.  Except for preparing the 38 1" ears for the mice border.  I will be using Steam A Seam 2 and a satin stitch for applying them.  Rickrack whiskers are next and then time to put it all together.  I'd like to have the top assembled by Thursday...we'll see.
Deadline met with October's UFO and excitement in seeing Kolonial and Kondor's Klutch finish is taking priority in my sewing room.  Check out other quilters' projects this week on Patchwork Times.   

Sunday Stash Report, October 30, 2011

The calendar moves on...only one more day to the month of October 2011!  Time stands still for no one.  Wish the weekends would slow down a bit though (wink)!  I've got so much hand binding to do right now.  Kolonial just finished quilting, now trimmed, sleeve prepared and as you can see binding in work.  I think I'll have enough of this hand dyed by me deep pink.  Kolonial needs 366" to get around this Bonnie Hunter Jamestown Landing design.  I've got right around 385"; keeping my fingers crossed with the corners and joining the ends its going to be tight.  Kondor's Klutch is also awaiting its time.  Perhaps tomorrow will be a big binding day that sees both of them done.

I got the individual sections of Kourageous Meadow Buttercup sewn on Friday.  First thing tomorrow is assembling the sections.  This shouldn't take too long as there is only 18 sections.  Pictures on this newest flower on my blog tomorrow.  Just in time for the due date!
This week I have continued and now finished the applique of the stems and leaves on Katnip Krazy.  Yesterday Kerry let me use her Bernina to add the centers to the flower blocks.  My 1172 Phaff doesn't have a blanket stitch.  A big thanks Kerry!  It took a bit of practice to get the stitch right, but by the third center I was feeling pretty comfortable.  Twelve centers done in a few hours, not bad.  I am on to the cute mouse border today.  I hope to have the top assembled for Buggy Barn Club that meets on Thursday.

Today's report has nothing used and nothing purchased.  Next week there will be a change; yardage for Katnip Krazy is real close.  Hope your finding ways to use your stash.  Look at what others are doing to use theirs at Patchwork Times.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 214.5 yards
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 108 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2011: 106.5 yards

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So happy that we have reached the middle of this week.  It happens to be a 4-day work week for me.  I am hoping to finish my UFO on Friday.
Kourageous Meadow Buttercup October 11 UFO with Patchwork Times
I'm continuing to work on Katnip Krazy.  Thanks so much to everyone leaving such nice comments about this project.  It is a fun one that has me doing lots of different techniques.  The applique portion is a bit slow for me, but it is moving along steadily.  I would like to have the top done for next Thursday.  That's the day the Buggy Barn Club meets at Amidon's.
I have Kondor's Klutch ready for hand sewing.  I just love the way the scrappy navy binding will finish.  I'll be showing you this Bonnie Hunter's Hawks Nest design soon.
I'll leave you with some Fall quilts that are around my home.  Hope you are having a nice last week of October 2011!

Sunshine Quilt Guild 2006 Round Robin Challenge

Kornukopia by Quiltmaker Falling Leaves Sep/Oct 04 designed by Erin Wilcoxon
Yellow Brick Road Halloween

Komet by Bonnie Hunter Star Struck

Design Wall Monday, October 24, 2011

Moving along on Katnip Krazy.  I'm busy appliqueing the stems and leaves in place.  Right now I'm working on the light green thread.  Will move onto the medium green next.  Then a stop by a local quilt shop for a matching thread to sew down the dark pieces.  That will leave me with the pinwheel flower centers that are all olive green wool except one that is ivory. 

Kondor's Klutch will keep me busy with sleeve and binding.  I've got to put the sleeve together and machine both down then it's on to navy thread.

This is my first priority!  This last week of October will have me starting and finishing Kourageous' 10th flower block Meadow Buttercup.  Nothing else to share right now.  Hope you have something fun to work on this week!

Sunday Stash Report, October 23, 2011

YIPPEE!  Today's Stash Report has YARDS USED!  [Although I did find a Quilter's Yard Sale that added just a bit...:(!  I'm getting ready for Bonnie Hunter's Yearly Mystery don't ya know?  Need three strong colors and I'm positive a neutral.  I'm thinking dark browns, light browns and perhaps a green and ???  Got any suggestions on a third?]

I have Kolonial done and at Kerry's for quilting.  Can't wait to get it next weekend if all goes to plan.  Kolonial will get a variegated pink thread and the back is 10.5" squares...all fabrics from my stash!  How wonderful is that?  Pictures are of the top on the floor so they aren't the best.  I'm so pleased with the results. 

I have Kondor's Klutch back from Kerry.  I'll be using the dark blues that were used for the back (10.5" squares) as binding.  I think it will look real nice against the cheddar orange triangles that finish the edges of Kondor's Klutch border.  There will be pictures of Kondor's Klutch just as soon as the binding is on.

I made it over 100 yards used this year so far.  I've got plans for several other completions using only stash...looks good for getting the Net Used in 2011 somewhere around 150 yards...  Wish me luck!  So this week here's my report:

Used this week: 16.75 yards
Used YTD: 214.5 yards
Purchased this week: 4 yards
Purchased YTD: 108 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2011: 106.5 yards

Check out other quilters using their stash at Patchwork Times.  Happy Sewing!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Collector's Edition Volume 4, October 19, 2011

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 4 with more fabulous blocks from 100 creative designers is just about ready to hit the newsstands.  The blocks keep getting better and better with each issue.  Volume 4 is supposed to be full of bird and animal designs.  I've got the first three volumes and will certainly add Volume 4 to my library.

Mark your calendar for Nov. 7-11 for the 100 Blocks Volume 4 Blog Tour at Quilty Pleasures. You'll meet many of the designers with chances to win an issue and fantastic prizes. Watch for it at quilt shops and on newsstands November 15.

Has anyone made a quilt from any of the previous three volumes?  

Design Wall Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday has been a Katnip Krazy and Kolonial day!  Between loads of laundry, breakfast, exercise, tidying up around the house, lunch, and dinner a bunch of sewing on these two projects was done. 

Katnip Krazy is laid out the way it will be put together.  I've got all the flower centers and stems figured out and all the mice for the border in full production.  Next step will be to applique down the flower centers, stems and leaves.  They are all prepared for Roxanne's Glue Baste It which will be started today at my lunchtime break.
Kolonial was laid out on the floor and stacked up in rows ready for assembly just before dinnertime.  I was able to get the first two rows together before a break to season up the chicken for hubby to barbecue.  Baked beans ready for heating, peaches ready for serving, and table set...time for putting together another row...heck why not!
Eat, clean up, prepare lunches for today, and get breakfast fixings ready for the start of another work week.  5:45am...YUCK...comes way too early for me!  There was still three more hours of prime sewing time before lights out at 10:00pm.  I have the first three rows and all the sashing or the odd numbered rows assembled.  Next up is the even rows which are the Dark and Light Star rows; four of them.  Finally the last sashing row and the bottom row which I'm sewing together into units like the Dark and Light Star rows; seems faster for me to to it this way.
Tonight is Canyon Quilters of San Diego monthly meeting.  I'll be leaving from work to meet up with friends (also members) for dinner first.  Don Lin "Mr. Quilt" provides our lecture for the evening.  It's a Friends Come Free meeting...  If you are in the area and want to come by we start at 7:00 pm and the lecture starts at 8:00pm.

I'll be busy again on Tuesday evening.  Want both of these projects finished so I can move on to something new.  Check out other quilters' work today by way of Patchwork Times.  Happy Sewing!

Sunday Stash Report, October 16, 2011

Nothing to report as used, also nothing to report as purchased.  A good sewing week on Katnip Krazy and Kolonial.  (I'll have pictures of both these projects on my Design Wall post tomorrow.)  The photo is of Kalm all finished.  Do you think it feels Zen?

These next photos are from The Back Country Quilters Quilt Show that was this weekend in Ramona, CA.  The quilts are hung fairly close together so it was difficult to get full quilt pictures.  I hope you enjoy the show as Darlene, Sue, and I did.

This quilt is made with Horse Show Ribbons as a keepsake for her daughter. Clever idea!

The stockings had fake fur on them!

Komfort Kove was in the show.  It is the second one in from the left.

This was my favorite display.  They were all doll quilts.
Let me close with my report for this the third week of October.

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 197.75 yards
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 104 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2011: 93.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 10, 2011

Here's my October UFO with Patchwork Times.  The Meadow Buttercup design in her Series "Big Quilt of Nature - Wildflowers" by Claudia Hasenbach.  This will be my fourth flower by Claudia that has made its way into my Kourageous project. 
I have selected these fabrics.  It will take four greens, three "animal", and the background fabric.  There are 89 pieces that make up 18 sections.   After the pansy block last month...a walk in the park!  These itty bitty paper pieced projects need to be done with my work horse Pfaff machine.  I asked several friends that have been keeping up with the designing of Kourageous and everyone decided the dark brown in the middle was the best dark to use.  It holds up well against the background and compliments the browns in both of the other "animal" fabrics.  I had thought I'd make the October block with black and white fabrics, but changed my mind deciding to bring out the colors of the Flax flower block that I put together in July.

Besides working on my October UFO...Kolonial will hit the floor and then make its way to the sewing machine "in rows" this week.  I've got another four day work week with only one evening unavailable to sew.  All looks good for having Kolonial ready for quilting this weekend.
Tuesday night is Sunshine Quilt Guild where our lecture guest will be by Bette Runnels.  I've made a quilt of Bette's design a few years back.  A Hawaiian design from her Kapa Hawai'i pattern.  I'll be bring this project that night for sharing.

Friday I'll be at the Ramona Quilt Show where Komfort Kove will be on display.  This will be the first time I've shown a quilt at this event.  If you are in the area and have time the show goes Friday and Saturday.  It isn't a huge show, but the quilts are real nice mostly from members of the Ramona Quilt Guild.  There are a few local crafters who vend along with a bake shop.  If you happen to be there make sure you say hello.  I'll be wearing a polo shirt with my kwiltnkats logo embroidered on the left shoulder.

Hope your week is full with needle and thread.

Sunday Stash Report, October 9, 2011

My Mom and Dad sure know how to put a smile on my face when selecting birthday gifts!  An added bonus is that gift fabric purchases don't get added to my stash report!  What more can be said about this except a big thank you!  My used this week comes from a back I put together for my Mom's charity quilt.  Kolonial is still yet to be counted and Katnip Krazy isn't too far behind.

Used this week: 5.25 yards
Used YTD: 197.75 yards
Purchased this week: 0 yards
Purchased YTD: 104 yards
Net Fabric Used in 2011: 93.75 yards

Today I'm getting done with the weekly chores, making a lemon cake that I'll serve with raspberries, and finding time to get in a swift walk on this beautiful crisp cool day in San Diego.  All of this must be done before we leave to join friends to watch the Chargers's that for positive thinking?

I got Kalm back from Kerry's Quilting (pictures will come soon).  The quilting pattern really continues the feel of the quilt's design and the Zen feel of the colors.  Kalm is the quilt I took at a workshop on circles at Quilt in a Day in La Costa with JoAnn Lamb guiding us through her design What Goes Around.  I need to figure out what I have left for the binding.  Hopefully it's one of the tans although the pink could work too.

I do have lots of pictures to share with you from the first weekend in October.  It was a very quick viewing of the annual Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show.  It was a lovely day for it too.  The event is held in Old Town Temecula which is an area known for wineries and more currently olives.  Of course this means lots of taste testing spots for both wine and olive oil.  The quilts are hung all over town from the buildings and the businesses have a very profitable day selling their merchandise.  Quilters Coop was a must to visit and there is a wool shop that just opened up for a future trip.  The Show is held the first weekend of October.  Mark your calendar for next year.  Enjoy the pictures....

Hope your sewing week proves to be what you've set out to accomplish.  Or can find your way to getting lots of it done.  See how everyone else is doing with their stash at Patchwork Times.