Design Wall Monday, December 31, 2018

I stitched on Kyanite nearly all day.  The sashing is going to take some time to finish.  There were some string border units stitched as well, but the 2 1/2" pieced triangle in a square is going to be around for awhile.
It is a good thing that there are other projects for a bit of variety in my sewing.  Koldplay Part 6 finished.  Waiting now for the next part to be released of #GoodFortune.  Making only half seems to be cheating =^.^=
Last Saturday I stitched in Lakeside with some of the Sunshine Guild girls.  We discussed the wool parts of the next opportunity quilt and kitted the "X" blocks. 
We also have our first yo-yos completed.  Members will be able to participate in the assembly of next year's project.  The current quilt will have a winner in June and tickets for this one will be available in September.

I'll let everyone get back to waiting for the famous ball to drop in Time Square.

Sunday Stash Report, December 30, 2018

This week there has been work on three projects.  Kyanite is the only one that I have everything I need to stitch.  I love how this one is coming out.  That small unit in the lower right corner is part of the sashing.  I need to make a whole bunch.  I haven't calculated yet how many, but the quantity will be less than the project Straits of Mackinac from Bonnie Hunter's String Frenzy book.  There are 50 done and another like amount part done.  The original project calls for over 500 of these 2 1/2" units.  The solid aqua square is also part of the sashing.  The last part of the project calls for a string border and a unit that finishes out the pattern.  Even though this was on the 2018 UFO should be a first to be done in 2019.

Christmas gifts from Mom.  Mom knows how I always need neutrals.  As a matter of fact strips have already found their way into Part 6 of Koldplay (#GoodFortune).  I can always use sharper flower pins too.

Last purchase of 2018.  FQ for Kilkenny Kat from Rosie's.  When I was at Rosie's getting FQs for Sunshine Quilt Guild's next opportunity quilt, this navy came home with me too.  I didn't spend any time looking for more navys since Mom has a package coming my way with several pieces from her stash.

Kilkenny Kat's string border saw a little bit of stitching along with a few units stitched but not yet trimmed.  These get cut in half once from corner to corner and a red strip joins the two pieces back together.  I am wondering if going scrappy on the red makes sense or too busy.  The design wall will come in handy for that determination.

These fabrics for Sunshine Quilt Guild's next opportunity quilt were cut and kitted on Saturday.  Invite will be extended to the members to help with it's making.  There will be more on this project tomorrow.  Tickets available September 2019.

No final finishes for 2018.  There are a lot from the 2018 UFO list to carry over into 2019 =^.^=  For my last Stash Report of 2018 not so bad.  It could have been better, but I still managed to move fabric out and not in!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  .25 yards
Purchased YTD:  44 yards
Net used in 2018:  94.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 24, 2018

Part 5 of Koldplay is complete.  Today I have had enough time to have each part released so far at half way.  It is good to be where I want to be with the project.
The holiday pillow case is done for Tim.  Look close to see all the cats and dogs among the Christmas decorations.  I was determined to use that stripe!

Time now for a little bit of holiday baking =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 23, 2018

This past week I did some shopping for Koldplay (#GoodFortune).  Paradise Sewing in Poway, CA, had a good deal when I stepped up to the register too!  These blues and neutrals were needed for my project.  I picked up enough of the blues to enhance Kerry's project as well.  Bonnie has released up to Part 5 to this point.

Navy blues were added to my cart too for Kilkenny Kat (Dawn's Early Light).  I'm going to be needing a bunch for the string border that is all blues with a single strip of red through the center of each unit.  Mom has some to send me that I look forward to getting.  I will be getting back to this project when Bonnie's mystery is done.

These items which we won't talk about until a certain someone has opened her Christmas gift came home with me too.  DH has already come up with a name for this one, Krackle.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  4.25 yards
Purchased YTD:  43.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  95 yards

I will likely be shopping in the coming week, but for now this is what will be added to my 2018 purchases.  One more week of 2018!  You ready for 2019?

Design Wall Monday, December 17, 2018

This is Part 4 of Koldplay (#GoodFortune).  I have lots of oranges in the two shades Bonnie suggested.  The units on the left are finished except for the paper removal.  The units on the right are ready for trimming down to the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 size.

Today I will be working on a Christmas pillow case.  Once that project is finished there may be some time for sewing additional units of Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.  My goal is to make half the units required for the project.  Then determine if I want the whole enchilada!

Enjoy your week ahead =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 16, 2018

This is all the blocks that I had planned to make for Kilkenny Kat (Dawn's Early Light) until I saw Bonnie Hunter's layout.  I just might have to make some more...or...try to make the border work for the sixteen blocks made.

These were the last units to be made.  I have exhausted my navy fabrics so there will need to be some purchased for the awesome string border she has designed.  Oh I love my String Frenzy book =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  1 yards
Purchased YTD:  39.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  99.25 yards

What you see above is for Koldplay.  I picked the fabrics up at Paradise Sewing.  Half of each of the four pieces will go to Kerry for her #GoodFortune.  Not too many more reports in December...Enjoy your Sunday!

Consider this a sneak peak at a pillow case.  One of the greens for Koldplay will "play" well with the kennel fabric in red.  I'll be working on this tomorrow.

Design Wall Monday, December 10, 2018

And then there were seven.  Just nine more to assemble.  Kilkenny Kat is looking good.  I have all the things done that are needed for the shipment to Road to California.  I have all the labels sewn in place that have been printed.  Kraft which was done in June finally has its origins attached =^.^=
Part 3 of Koldplay (aka #Good Fortune) is finished in part :)!  Don't you like the alligators that I have deemed a good neutral.  I've had that piece of fabric for years.  It has finally found a home!

It would be so nice to have off today to finish the exciting projects I am working on.  Oh well, the Holiday Break is just around the corner and this week is a short one.  Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, December 9, 2018

Six blocks done so far.  I have decided on Kilkenny Kat for my project.  It means tenacious fighter which seems appropriate for a patriotic project.  Not sure of the layout, but I learned from my friend Mary who has the String Frenzy book in hand that there is the design for Dawn's Early Light inside.  I don't have the book right yet...Santa Kerry let the gift out of the bag =^.^=
These are more pieces of the units needed to complete the project.  I rummaged through my scrap stash to find more red and blue for making more 1 1/2" red patches and blue portion of the HSTs.

Today I will be spending time sewing on labels.  Not sure you are a miserly as me, but I do my best to have four labels to print before I run the expensive silk label paper through my printer.  Kraft, Kapricorn, Kanton Kull and a self created blue ribbon with winning details for Kurry are to be sewn down.  There is also a blank cover label for Kurry to be sewn down before it makes its way to Road to California.

I pulled green scraps for Koldplay my Bonnie Hunter #Good Fortune.  Green and neutral are in Part 3.  More on my Part 3 tomorrow.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing changes my stash statistics this week.  Not too many more in December...this might be all that will be used this year...  Enjoy your Sunday!

Design Wall Monday, December 3, 2018

Dawn's Early Light by Bonnie Hunter at the start.  This one is a 2018 UFO.  One block was sewn and much of the pieces cut; some in units as well.  Anxious to put this one together.

The neutral strip pieced blocks come from a swap I coordinated not too awful long ago.  My friend Bonnie help remove some of the paper during lunch.  We also counted to learn how many more would be necessary for the 15 blocks that are planned for my project.  I wonder if this will be one that Bonnie has a pieced border for in her new String Frenzy book.  Anyone have the book yet and know the answer?

This one is Part 1 of #Good Fortune.  As you notice at the top of the photo I have fabrics for making many more of these 2" finished four patch units.

The blue came in with Part 2 of #Good Fortune.  Lots of HSTs.  And yes there is more to make and fabrics ready for cutting.

These are the tools of #Good Fortune that have been used so far.  The two on the left perform the same task for cutting the HSTs.  I am preferring the one on the bottom as it is easier for me to use.  It is the shape that I like.  Do you have both of them and which do you prefer?
I received GOOD new about my Road to California Entry.  Kurry was accepted into the 2019 Quilter's Showcase.  I am abundantly excited!  I will be getting it prepared for shipment as it must be with them by December 21st.  I will share more with you about Kurry in the coming days.  Wish me as much success as with the San Diego Quilt Show appearance where it took a Blue Ribbon.

Enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 2, 2018

Kyanite awaits borders.  I finished all the blocks planned to make.  The project Straits of Mackinac by Bonnie Hunter is much larger.  Mine will finish somewhere I suspect around 72" square.  Once I have my hands on her new String Frenzy book the border will be made and attached.  Until then it will wait in its project box.  Thanks Faye for the name suggestion.

My focus for the next few weeks will be on Good Fortune with Dawn's Early Light filling in the sewing gaps.  Both of these projects will be made about half the size that Bonnie Hunter enjoys making and bringing to us.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, November 26, 2018

No photos to post today.  I have been working on Kyanite, Bonnie Hunter's Straits of Mackinac.  Lots of units to put together and a must for me to move on to Good Fortune.  Part 1 was released and fabrics are being pulled from my 1 1/2" strips.  Love to use up that size.  Before I have Kyanite done...Part 2 of Good Fortune is sure to be released.

Hope your design wall is full of fun =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, November 25, 2018

Well I have been quite busy with Kyanite (Bonnie Hunter's Straits of Mackinac).  I plan to get the blocks finished and wait until I have the new book String Frenzy in hand to calculate the borders.  I have about nine more blocks to have the units for my project.  Only the top right block has been sewn together.  You can see the "storm" design coming can't you?
Can you believe that I am using all of these tools throughout the process?  True we always use the two outside rulers with every project, but the inside four don't come out too often.  When they do...boy is the job of cutting and trimming made easier.
My cut strips stash is getting smaller as I work which is a good thing =^.^=  I may have to break into the yardage that is sitting in the project basket soon!
So I am certain you have seen the flutter of quilters busily working on their #Good Fortune.  I have pulled my 1 1/2" red scraps and started a bit on the 1 1/2" neutral scraps.  Kerry and I plan to share stash for the project.  I am not in the best way on the reds.  I will work with what I have then the rest will either come from Kerry or a local quilt shop.  I will be making 4-patches in Part 1 of the project.  I hope to be further along than where I am today when Part 2 is released on Friday.
This is a Churndash block for the December BOM at Sunshine Quilt Guild.  The white was supplied. Participants provide the bright.  Don't you love the white on white background fabric.  (You may say "I have seen this before"; you would be right!  There was enough for one 3" square to put in Kyanite.)
Last to show this week is Kanton Kull.  Pam Buda is the designer of this beauty.  The monthly kits were offered at Country Loft.  Kerry and I got into purchasing the kits each month at about month four.  I have yet to make the bonus quilt with the leftover fabric scraps, but it will be done!  These red scraps have a home until the bonus quilt project is done.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, November 19, 2018

My new project.  Just love the blues and aquas in this one.  Any ideas on a "K" name?

Bonnie Hunter created the design she calls Straits of Mackinac.  I learned that this is one of the designs she has published in the soon to be available String Frenzy.  The book is due out in December.

These are the neutrals along with the blue and aqua fabrics that I am cutting.  I am excited to only have one white on white among the neutrals.  All of the others are novelty neutrals.

After Sunday's sewing this was all that was left to make more units

This is the border.  Fun way to finish off the string triangle in a square blocks.  I think I will have the String Frenzy in hand when the time comes to need it.  For now the main blocks are enough to keep me stitching!

Sunday Stash Report, November 18, 2018

I was a lucky winner at Tuesday night's monthly Sunshine Quilt Guild meeting.  Besides being all wrapped up with a nice silver bow - this basket contained a 

  • 22"x 34" Big Matt cutting mat
  • Olfa 45mm rotary cutter
  • Plastic Cube for rotary cutter
  • String Along Stars pattern
  • Handi Press mini iron
  • Wild Goosechase novel
  • Magnetic Wrist band (for pins)
  • Honey Bunn fabric strip bundle
I was able to get the second charity quilt finished.  Had the volunteer from the YWCA Battered Womens Shelter wait until I could finish the last 15" of binding!
Friday I started my next 2018 UFO project.  This one is another Bonnie Hunter design from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks series, Straits of Mackinac.  I will be using the blue aqua 5" strip blocks from a swap I coordinated with nine others.  Above is the first of 16 blocks.
Here are the neutrals I will be using.  Looks like a lot, but remember a scrap quilt is as good as its variety.
The rest of the blocks in assembly.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards

Nothing to change my stats this week!  Hope your week is thankful =^.^=

Design Wall Monday,

Today I have Knightley on the table cutting batting.  I am also working hard to complete a second charity quilt.  I didn't make time for a photo to be taken of this cute dragon print with a solid teal mixed in to bring out the colors of the dragons.  I plan to finish it off with a solid red binding.  All the last minute must get dones before Tuesday night.  Sunshine Quilters meet and it is also my time to turn quilting projects over to Kerry.  Kapricorn is my Show and Share.

Not a very robust post, but you get the idea how busy this night is for me!

Sunday Stash Report, November 11, 2018

This is Kapricorn all complete.  I'm anxious to have something to share with my Sunshine Guild sisters on Tuesday night.  Wish I knew who won the BOM of this pattern I offered in pink at the Guild awhile back.

Finally complete with this one.  It is a 2018 UFO offered by Bonnie Hunter called Night of Indigo Blue.  Knightley is the name of my project, unless before I create the label something I like better comes along.

Adding the inner border allowed for the Square in a Square units to fit in just perfectly.  All said there were:

  • 72 9-patch units
  • 71 String snowball units
  • 48 String border units; some with gold tips and some not
  • 4 String corner units
  • 86 Square in a square units

I started with a lot of this for the back, but not quite enough.  Most of my day today was spent on making the "quite enough".  I used all the remaining blues from the project.  (I'll share the back with you in a later post.)  In the end 17 3/4 yards came from my stash.  It will be interesting to see how close I came to Bonnie's number should she publish the pattern.

It is always a good week when there's fabric to be counted in the USED stat!  Love that I broke 100 in the Net used in 2018 =^.^=

Used this week:  17.75 yards
Used YTD:  138.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  38.5 yards
Net used in 2018:  100.25 yards