Thursday, September 29, 2016

It is all about Kloggs right now.  This won't be a UFO finish this month sadly.  There just haven't been enough sewing days for me.  This is a King size finish if I didn't mention already.

The next pieces (the outside pieces pictured above) are ready for trimming.  I am referring to the units at the bottom with the square touching.  The other units are more of the middle that won't fit on my design wall.

The last to be sewn is the outside border.  It has some clever units that continue the design from the center of the quilt.  This will be my project through the weekend.  Likely this will be a finish on Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Sunday Stash Report, September 25, 2016

I have been doing a bit of sewing this week.  There is a finish to share, a possibility for a bimonthly opportunity quilt, and Kloggs.

The finish is a promised Halloween quilt for the Buh Boys.  My nephew's sons, yep there last name is Buh that is pronounced Boo, will get this quilt that I personalized in part to fill up some of the panel's candy corn background.  The two boys are young with the oldest just starting first grade this year.  They shared a quilt I sent them last year; now they will be able to have one of their own.  Kerry will be quilting it this week with the pattern Ghostly in white thread.

I'll have the binding ready when Kerry is done.  The quilting should give it an eerie feel as the ghosts fly around on all the different colors.  I just love using stripes on the diagonal for bindings.  

Next up is a possibility for Sunshine's November/December Bimonthly Opportunity Quilt.  Kerry and I are using up our SWAP projects in this quilt if we decide to go forward.  It is a Bonnie Hunter design called Charlotte's Basket from her String Fling book.

Kloggs is the big project I am spending my time on.  While I assemble the blocks for the second border.  The project has three borders with the last one being dark blacks.  As I gaze at my design wall I wonder about the fabric choice for the inner border.  Dark blacks are suggestion from pattern that I will probably stick with.

So for my fabric stats this week a reduction in my stash =^.^=

Used this week:  3.5 yards
Used YTD:  149.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  100.5 yards
Net used in 2016:  49 yards

Friday, September 23, 2016

We've welcomed in Fall this week.  The talk is that with Fall it is quilting time!  I can't wait to get back into the swing of sewing.  My quilting time has been pretty limited lately with everything else that has been going on.  That my friends is changing today...

Kalvert Kliffs
72" x 84"
Kalvert Kliffs was finished during the week.  The quilting on this one is lovely.  Kerry never disappoints me.  The quilting design is called Jovial Feathers and a maple color thread was used.  It reminds me of Fall so I am happy to have this up in my foyer right now.  Did you bring out your Fall themed quilts?  I have several of mine up which brings a smile to my face.
Kloggs In Work
102" x 120"
There has been no change this past week to my stash design wall continues to hold Kloggs.  I have most of the piecing done so it shouldn't take much time to finish.

First though, I am putting together a cute Halloween quilt for my nephew's sons Luke and Logan.  Last year they shared a Halloween quilt; this year they will both have one of their own.

If you want to learn more about Kalvert Kliffs and Kloggs use the Labels box on the right.  I hope to see you visit me on Sunday.  Happy Friday =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, September 12, 2016

Today I spent a lot of time on Kloggs.  This is a design by Lori Smith called Pinwheels for Caroline.  It will be a big king size quilt.  Either my Sister or I will end up with it on our bed.  My friend Bonnie gifted me the pattern a couple of years back.  Originally I had thought to make this one a smaller size, but no calculations and an abundance of fabrics not to mention two of us wanting a new quilt for our bed...
I have all the pinwheel blocks to through the first two seams with only one more sew. My Design Wall won't hold all of it that is for certain.  The next block to sew which is part of the border is the Northwind Block.
Today I took out my Fall inspired quilts and to my surprise found corks that I didn't know about.

Looks like another birdhouse will be under construction.  This one is the second made.  It was made with my Mom and Dad when I visited with them recently.  I already miss them and it hasn't yet been a week.

I will be enjoying the company of Sunshine Quilt Guild Members on Tuesday.  It is always a good time seeing and hearing what everyone else has going on.  Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, September 11, 2016

Paying tribute to those who served well including Bretagne.

Here she is on that fateful day.  This brave dog just recently moved on to the rainbow bridge.  There was an honorable departure for her.

She just mssed her 17th birthday.

You can read about Bretagne HERE.  To all of those two and four legged souls involved in the crisis my thoughts are with you on this day of remembrance.

As for stash...another one for building.  Last year I gifted Luke and Logan with a Halloween quilt promising a second one this year.  I was a bit worried there might be some possessiveness with just one being sent, but I was told they both were good at sharing.  Well share no more...

Isn't this panel just adorable?  The green dot will be for both the border and back.  The stripe will be for the binding.  The other two FQs are stash builders.

As for stash this 38th week of 2016. 

Used this week:  0 yards

Used YTD:  146.25 yards
Purchased this week:  3.25 yards
Purchased YTD:  100.5 yards
Net used in 2016:  45.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, September 5, 2016

It has been a big vacation week for me.  I've been at my parents home in Maryland celebrating both of their birthdays and their anniversary.  This is my annual visit and a good time of year to visit Maryland.  Dad spent a week before my visit collecting blue crabs for my yearly feasting.  We had around two dozen from off their pier when the cooking time came along.

Here we are picking the meat away from the shells after a steam bath for the larger males.  Those hands in the top right belong to my Dad and the chair pulled away from the table was my seat for the long arduous task of picking.  We ended up with about 18 scrumptious crab cakes.  Most of these made it to the freezer where they will be shared with my sister and future suppers.  Indeed I got my share later that evening along with hush puppies!  Mom opted for coconut shrimp as she's not too fond of crab...go figure.

Dad and I took in one night of dancing.  I've been away from dancing too long, but Dad enjoys kicking up his feet sometimes twice a week.  I'd certainly be going with him regularly if I were living in the area still.  (It isn't like riding a bike where you pick it up after your first spin.)  Dad has enough friends to keep him on the floor anytime he shows up.  The theme for this night was 60's and 70's.

There is a giveaway that my friend Kerry is running on her blog Kerry's Quilting. The giveaway finishes on September 10th so make sure you put your entry into the contest.  She gives all the details at the link HERE.

Nothing on my Design Wall to share this week.  I am anxious to get to sewing when I get home!

Sunday Stash Report, September 4, 2016

It is so much fun to go to a college football game.  There is so much excitement!  The unfurling of the Maryland flag by all the students was pretty cool.  Maryland won their first game YIPPEE.  My nephew is the Head Defensive Coach; his first position in this capacity.  A win was very important to him as you can imagine.

There is a giveaway that my friend Kerry is running on her blog Kerry's Quilting. The giveaway finishes on September 10th so make sure you put your entry into the contest.  She gives all the details at the link HERE.

As for sewing...well there hasn't been too much of that happening.  I have hand stitched six small quilts since I've been here.  There are three more I will stitch down for someone else to hand stitch since time isn't on my side to complete them.  They are all going to various places.  Three are spoken for by others, two are going to the Veterans Home and the rest to Project Linus.  The projects were all started in May.  Mom was sure happy to have these completed.

I have gone to two of my favorite quilting shops, Calvert and Michelle's Quilt shops.  I picked up a back for my Kalvery and fabrics for my September UFO that will be called Karduus.  I missed last weeks report, but nothing changed the numbers.

As for stash this 37th week of 2016. 

Used this week:  0 yards

Used YTD:  146.25 yards
Purchased this week:  10 yards
Purchased YTD:  97.5 yards
Net used in 2016:  48.75 yards