Sunday Stash Report, January 31, 2016

I have nothing to claim either way this reporting.  I am making headway on Kaffe Kisses.  Saturday found me working on the fifth color combination that is green.  I am still working out how the blocks should be set.
Orange Blocks Combination 4
Green Blocks Combination 5
Kaffe Kisses Wall
I have Kanton Kull Chapter 1 done in time for the month.  This is a project Kerry and I are working for a BOM or more appropriately Chapter of the Month as this project is described.

Also done is the binding on Krystal Kreek.  This is a Bonnie Hunter design that went together pretty fast.  One of the awesome use up scraps projects that I found possible with my stash.  Yardage has already been accounted for on this one.

It is hard to see, but the snowflakes have all been prepared with felted wool to be added to Krystals.  I will be stitching these down over the next week or so.  There are two different designs that will float around the quilt's top.  This too yardage has been accounted already.

So I close this post with nothing used and nothing gained.  I am working my way towards a finish of Kaffe Kisses.  I hope you check out more projects through the links today at Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016: -8 yards

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hump Day progress...  

I have all the HSTs for Konstitution Month 1 done except clipping the dog ears and pressing.  This much progress wouldn't have been possible without my lunchtime quilting buddy.  Thank you Bonnie!

I have made some headway on Kanton Kull Chapter 1.  It has become painfully important to trim each and every unit as they are made.  There has been a lot of reverse stitching on what you see so far.  You would think a lesson would have been learned...  Well I certainly have learned it now after the HSTs not fitting quite right.  Tomorrow will have me sewing these back together and attaching a second time.  =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, January 25, 2016

These are the fabrics that will become Kaffe Kisses.  My Chic Kisses project from the workshop I took at 2016 Road to California Quilt Show this past weekend.  I may add in a few more black/white fabrics not sure at this point.

The first four units that make up one block.  I am still deciding how I will set the blocks together.  The black/white strips and the wedges at the bottom are cut for the next units pictured below.

There are four matching prints and four matching solids.  As you can tell from the fabrics I have six more combinations to cut and stitch.  The units get squared up quite a bit during the unit construction.  The four units above still have the final square up to do before the block of four units is assembled.  I will be working on this project until February 1st when the next UFO is called by

On Friday night Kerry had a cutting party after our workshop and dinner.  We cut out all the fabrics for our Union Blues project.  We split each of them up into 11 monthly kits.  The first three months will have us making 720 2" finished HSTs in various shades of blue and brown with a cream neutral.  So this month 240 HSTs for my Konstitution!

I still have Kanton Kull aka A Prairie Gathering to stitch yet this month...oh my I sure have a lot of sewing to get through before the end of the month.  Linking up with Patchwork Times.  Enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, January 24, 2016

This week's purchases will be one of the largest this year I think.  I ended up buying most of the fabrics for my 2016 Road to California Quilt Show workshop.  The workshop was lead by Some Kind of Wonderful Jenny Pedigo.  Jenny took us through the Chic Kisses pattern that uses the Quick Curve Ruler.  A friend lent me her QCR but I quickly determined that this was a ruler I needed for myself.  I even went to their booth after the workshop and purchased the Mini QCR as well.
Purchases at Rosie's Calico Cupboard 
I was able to get going bright and early on Friday morning with the Rosie's fabrics and some others from my stash, but decided after learning more about the project that I wanted more Kaffee Fassett fabrics and matching solids.  Also having a couple more neutral gray prints would be good for the setting curve units.  My project will be a bit more scrappy than the planned project.  So off to the vendors during lunch break!
Purchases at 2016 RD2CA Quilt Show Day 1
The fabrics on the right fit nicely in my 2016 RD2CA Quilt Show Workshop reusable bag.  You must know this bag is incentive from the organizers to BUY!  I've pretty much ruled out the second fabric from the top, but the others will fit real well in my Kaffe Kisses quilt.  The two rulers and patterns are a result of the workshop.  The curves sew in very nicely using them.  Aren't the luggage tags just too cute and of course my cat figurines?
Purchases at 2016 RD2CA Quilt Show Day 2
After looking at the fabrics all together for Kaffe Kisses it became clear that even another piece of neutral gray print would be good along with another solid and matching prints for two more blocks variations.  This will give me nine blocks for my project instead of 16 (a would be 92" x 92"  The triangles-on-a-roll 2" finished HSTs are for the Union Blues (my Konstitution) and the real cute little Bow Tie pattern will work well using up scraps.

Kerry and I always have a great time leaving town to do our favorite thing for a few days.  We help each other spend our money =^.^=!  So here are my crazy numbers for this stash report.  Looks like I better get to sewing and out of the negative.  Linking up with Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  0 yards

Used YTD:  25 yards
Purchased this week:  19.25 yards
Purchased YTD:  33 yards
Net used in 2016: -8 yards

Design Wall Monday, January 18, 2016

Well as it ends up I didn't get too much sewing done Sunday.  Mostly chores until early afternoon when I went to Rosie's!  I needed some fabrics for my Friday workshop at Road to California.  The workshop is called Chic Kisses led by Jenny Pedigo.  Jenny will be a new designer for me.  I went online looking for others who had made this project and their results.  I found one much more scrappy and decided to go this route.  These are the fabrics I will be using for my yet to be named project.  Some of these fabrics come from my stash which is a good thing =^.^=

It will be the first time using Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  On the right the first six fabrics are paired up.  Each of the blocks has a focus fabric and a matching solid.  The last two don't have a mate yet.  Depending on how the first three look sewn up it might be that the pink and blue solids will be their partners.  The black and whites along with the six fabrics on the top left are the scrappy part of my project.  Lastly, the solid white and the light gray tucked in the middle will be my setting squares and backgrounds.  Kaffe Kisses comes to mind as a project name...any other ideas?

Kalvery Month 1 was completed.  I am happy with this start.  Kanton Kull will be started this week.  I have the pieces cut.  We shall see how far I can get with just a couple of evenings sewing before Road to California weekend.

There is more to be seen today through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, January 17, 2016

I have been purchasing up a storm this past week.  What fun I've had!  The great times are just starting because this weekend brings Road to California Quilt Show where lots and lots of vendors will be enticing onlookers to buy, buy, buy!  Without further ado here is what came home with me this week...

These are purchases primarily for Kalvery also know as Freedom Rings.  I have the first month nearly sewn.

There are four more 4 1/2" blocks to sew before I can say Month 1 is done.  I purchased the pattern much later than the release so finding fabrics in the collection was a bit tough.  Reds, beiges, and a blue finish off what I was lacking.  The other two charm packs will be for projects I'll be making during the year.  This fabric was purchased at Fat Quarters in Vista, CA.  I do like this shop, but it is a bit far to get to unless I do so from work.

This pattern arrived from Keepsake Quilting.  It is one of my Christmas gifts from my DH.  It has directions for three different sizes.  I'm trying to decide if I want to make the large size a bit larger so that it will fit my king size bed.  If not I'll be making the throw.

Pam Buda was Sunshine Quilt Guilds speaker on Tuesday.  She had so many things I liked and couldn't pass up.  This purchase was for a kit and pattern that made three small projects.

Pam also had a nice fat quarters collection that will come in handy with lots of projects that I plan to do stitch over the year.  And last another pattern that will come from the scraps of current projects.  I like how the middle of each start is "stringy".

Today I am stitching.  I have lots of binding to put stitch down around quilts.  Kerry has given me four of them recently.  Two are charity quilts I helped my Mom finish.

Then there is Krystal Kreek and Komatose finished.  I did just get Komatose so first up is trimming down the extra batting/back.  I have the binding ready to put down only need to ready the sleeve.

If I can get through the binding and the last four blocks of Kalvery today, I have Kanton Kull (A Prairie Gathering) Chapter 1 ready to stitch.  It took quite a while to cut all the pieces for this block, but its going to be a beauty.

Kastaway waits for me!

Hope you have a great day today and the rest of this week.  I have a workshop for another new project on Friday at Road to California.  It is going to be a busy week...  Linking up with Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  25 yards
Purchased this week:  13.75 yards
Purchased YTD:  13.75 yards
Net used in 2016: 11.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, January 11, 2016

I stitched on Kastaway most of the day.  Had a few breaks to give my neck and shoulders a break.  As much as I tried to keep relaxed while machine appliqueing it just wouldn't happen.  I used a gray invisible thread for the blanket stitching on the pieces.  I have the cat all done except for her eyes, tail, and bow.  I have also added the final pieces, the stars, to the project.  I am just about out of thread so a stop until more can be purchased.  I am using a tearaway stabilizer.  I am very pleased with the way my Pfaff is working with the invisible thread.

Just now beginning two of the three projects where a section will be done each month.  These are the projects I hope to work on at the same time as Kerry.

Kalvery month 1 is two 12" blocks and six 4" blocks.  I am short on red reproduction fabrics.  We didn't purchase the entire kit so a run to Fat Quarters in Vista is in the schedule for my lunch break.  I will be cutting out the second block later tonight.  The design is called Freedom Rings by Red Crinoline Quilts.

Kanton Kull is the second project.  This project was purchased as a kit.  I haven't started cutting yet, but all is set to begin.  This project is A Prairie Gathering by Pam Buda.  Speaking of Pam Buda...she is the speaker at tomorrow's Sunshine Quilt Guild.  I do like her work and wished it were possible to attend the Wednesday workshop she will lead.  Work just gets in the way right now =^.^=.

Later this week I'll be sharing Konstitution.  I have a kit for this one too!  It is Union Blues by Etter Chelair.  Hopefully I can figure out some way to break this design down into monthly segments.  More on project three later this week.

Take time today to see what's going on with other quilters through the links at Patchwork Times.

Sunday Stash Report, January 10, 2016

Today marks 29 years of marriage for my sister and brother-in-law.  (I'm in the red with the maid of honor privilege, holding up the bride's gown.)  Happy Anniversary to you both!

Kontentment finished this past week.  I am so excited that not one piece of fabric was purchased to put this project together...not even the back!  This beauty is staying with me.  Excited to finish it up with a scalloped border once the quilting is done.  Quiltville once again creates an awesome design.

Today I will be working on Kastaway.  This will be my first experience with invisible thread on my new machine.  I have my fingers crossed that all works well.

What a great start to 2016!  Hope you have time to visit other quilters using their stash at the links on Patchwork Times.

Used this week:  25 yards
Used YTD:  25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  0 yards
Net used in 2016: 25 yards

Saturday, January 9, 2016

I had an oops that fortunately I discovered before quilting :)!  I had a unit turned the wrong way.  Did you happen to notice it from the photo in my Monday post?  I am so very happy to have it found and fixed.  Today I'm putting on the borders.  There are two.  The first is a 1 1/2" yellow and the second is a 5" black.  Once the project is quilted the black border gets scallop shaped.  I have done this once before on Kushona.  It may appear challenging, but it really is pretty easy.  I plan to have it ready to add to Kerry's Quilting queue on Tuesday...  Let's just say that I am content with Kontentment =^.^=

Squares within Squares 2
For Tuesday's Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting my BOM is done.  We were provided the center square.  The instructions directed adding a small scale matching print and a white-on-white.  Not sure stripes meets the criteria, but the fabric matched very nicely.

These two Frixion pens came as a surprise in my mailbox yesterday.  I had been speaking with my Mom about them recently.  I have never used them, but heard good things from others who had.  Thanks Mom, I will have a chance to see what I think of them.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing Kontentment with borders...

Design Wall Monday and Allietare Mystery Linkup, January 4, 2016

Yesterday the setting triangles were assembled and positioned around Kontentment.  The four corners were simple HSTs in red.  As the day progressed the blocks were sewn into on-point rows.  I will be stitching the rows together later tonight.

In the meantime I have been auditioning the inner border.  The bright yellow pulls out the fewer bright yellow fabrics in the blocks nicely.  I think it is a winner!

These are the three fabrics that will finish Kontentment.  The red will be for the binding.  I sure have enjoyed Bonnie Hunter's 2015 Winter Mystery Allietare.  I have been doing her annual mystery since 2008.  I sure hope she shares her talent with us again later this year.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times and Bonnie at Quiltville.  The holiday break is over for me; it is back to work today!


Sunday Stash Report, January 3, 2016

Today is the first reckoning of 2016 with our fabric stash.  Mine starts with a bunch of zeros!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  0 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  0 yards
Net used in 2016:  0 yards

I am busy working on Kontentment today.

I have all the blocks done and ready to cut into some red yardage for the triangle that goes into the setting block units.  The pieced units were done in earlier parts of the mystery so assembly should go swiftly.  Then the on-point setting will be the next step.

I do have a little bit of a dilemma in selection of the inner "yellow" border.  I have four fabrics to choose between.  I really like the bright yellow as a first choice.  I am thinking it might be too bright though.  Next is the muted one at the top, but it might be too muted.  Decisions, decisions...  An audition is coming.  Hope you tune in tomorrow to help me make the right choice.

Kastaway piecing was finished.  This glamour kitty is all decked out and ready for whatever adventure comes her way. 

Steve, December 2005
I close my post today in reflection of my brother Steve.  It is always a difficult day even though eight years have rolled by without him.  Hugs to Heaven...