Design Wall Monday, June 25, 2018

All the borders are sewn now.  The far right two are to be trimmed.

Trimming to 5".  Next will be to trim the top.  Finally, measure top and border lengths to calculate the inner border.  That's when the brain work comes in =^.^=

If all goes as planned Kandiyohi will finish this weekend.  Hope your week is perfect!

Sunday Stash Report, June 24, 2018

2018 UFO
Perhaps I should have saved this for tomorrow's Design Wall post, but my excitement to share is at the top!  The quilt top is on the wall on it's side.  I have one side done and most of the top and bottom.
border units
The are the pieces staged to make more.  Once the pieced border is done I'll be using Bonnie Hunter's instructions to calculate the inner border.  The corners MUST finish with a 9-patch.  More on this tomorrow!
67" x 68"
DH got his birthday quilt on Friday.  He was very happy, a big smile followed by a kiss!  Of course he wouldn't let me take a photo with him with it, but I will catch that one day and share.

The wreath's at the door have been replaced with ones more fitting Independence Day.

Of all the places to find them CVS!  With one of the coupons from the garland of a receipt you get when you purchase something there was a $10.00 off coupon which made the price right for the pair.

Nothing changes the numbers this week.  Being that we are approaching the midyear I better get busy to come anywhere close to previous years.  Those two new members of the family have gotten the attention and rightfully so =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  3 yards
Purchased YTD:  18.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  44.5yards

Design Wall Monday, June 18, 2018

Kandiyohi is all finished except the trimming.  Well...its time to start a finishing touch with the 9-patch border.  The units on the wall aren't sewn together yet.  This is just to get me started.

These are the units ready for sewing.  I took the time to trim them which does make it nice when everything matches up.  I will be working on this border for a bit =^.^=

Saturday Kosmo and Kassy received a package from KitNipBox!  It is full of WalK in the Woods-themed toys.  They've been having fun with the bird and certainly Kosmo loved the treats.

Hope you have a perfect week!  DH has a birthday this week...

Sunday Stash Report, June 17, 2018

Today I'd rather be in Abell, MD celebrating Father's Day with my Dad.  I phoned this morning to wish him a happy day.  There is a house full of family surrounding him which is a great thing.  Plans are set for a cookout done by Chefs Mike and Atta.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and salmon with potato salad along with other great food prepared by Chefs Mom, Karen, Barbara, and Leah.  Happy Father's Day Dad =^.^=

This week I've been working on Kandiyohi.  Earlier in the week I worked on assembling the second half of the rows.  Thursday I dropped in to Paradise Sewing for some neutrals in the yellowish side to continue making the 75 or so 9-patches that will go into the border.  The piece on the right will be the background for the final 2017 UFO.  Yes, Kontingency is way behind getting done.  I'm going to small size it as I like the design of the lap size, but want end up with a smaller size.  There will be more on Kontingency in later posts.

I have quite a few more complete, but here's the start to the 75...  I thought I was done with 1 1/2" teal and brown so I'm digging not too far down into the 1 1/2" scraps.

This week also brought me a surprise from Mom.  She knows I'm all over cat socks and these are just purfect for Independence Day!  Thanks Mom!  (It's one of Karen's cards too.)  This week there is a change to my stash count.  Three yards of neutrals that will quickly be counted out as used.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  3 yards
Purchased YTD:  18.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  44.5yards

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2018 February UFO
2017-2018 Sunshine Quilt Guild Mystery Border Challenge
2018 February UFO
2017-2018 Sunshine Quilt Guild Mystery Border Challenge

I'm happy to finally share two projects that were kept secret until last night at Sunshine Quilt Guild's June Meeting.  Kongure took spotlight; voted Favorite Pieced Border.  Thanks Sunshine Members for voting for me.  

Two FQs and a label came my way as a prize.  

Plus, A FQ and a label for each entry.

I did purchase three FQs at $.25 each...what a steal.  I can always use a neutral!

Then came the door prizes that luck was with me once again.  I won one for having worn my name badge and the other was a nice one from three sponsors of our guild; Sew Pro's, Central Sewing Centre, and Cozy Quilt Shop.  I'll be sure to get thank-yous out real soon.

Also coming home with me is a thank-you gift from the Guild for participating in offerings through the membership year.

I certainly came home wealthy with quilty things.  This was a great membership year!

Design Wall Monday, June 11, 2018

Kandiyohi doesn't look much different than yesterday.  The bottom five rows and the sashing that separates them is sewn together.  The top half is yet to go.

I'm anxious for tomorrow's Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting.  It is the last of this membership year since we don't meet in June or July.  There will be a pot luck and judging the mystery quilt challenge.  I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone did with their projects. 

There are three birthdays to recognize today.  My nephew, brother and sister-in-law all celebrate today.  I hope there are plenty more ahead for each of you.

Today Kassy and Kosmo have their one year check up.  They aren't going to like getting into their carriers =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, June 10, 2018

Kutarug is complete.  After sharing with Sunshine members on Tuesday it will replace the quilt that is currently on our bed.  This was a huge effort, but the results are awesome.  Here's a close up of Kutarug.

Now that you see the detail imagine having made 3,920 1 1/2" hour glass units!

Most of the day I worked on Kandiyohi.  All the rows are sewn and I have begun sewing them together.  I didn't make it to a quilt shop for more of the neutral fabric so nothing changes my stash this week.  There will be a change next week...

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  47.5yards

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My kitties turn 1 today!  I guess technically they are cats now, but they will always be my kitties!

Here is Kassy (short for Katastrophy).  She is quite the pistol.  She is the smallest and the quickest of the four Abyssinians we've called our babies.  The funniest antic Kassy does is a pirouette off the wall near the light switch.  You can tell by her body movements when she's about to spaz out as DH will claim.  Of course anything on a stick will get her attention.  Oh, Kassy will drop everything for a chance to catch the light of a laser pointer...she can hear the toy as we reach for it...even if we don't immediately engage the beam.

Here she is watching the birds at the feeder.  I got her attention just for a moment for this photo.

Kosmo is quite the lover.  Give him your lap and he'll gladly keep it warm for awhile.  He's our talker and the biggest of our Abyssinians by a long shot.  At first I considered that I might be feeding him too much, but that just wasn't the case.  What we find so funny about Kosmo is that he'll just decide to sprawl out on his side anywhere at the oddest of times.  Plastic springs can entertain him for quite awhile.  He's been known to retrieve them for you to toss again and again and again.  DH says his biggest volley was 11 times.  He is a bit selfish with his stuffed toys, especially the yellow bird and the squirrel, and the skunk, and the green worm.

Here he is rooting out the treats I hide for him on the cat tower every morning.

So Happy Birthday to my kitties!  The next bag of kibble will be for Cats 1 year and older :)  But let's first get into the Gerber Lil' Sticks =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, June 4, 2018

I know I should be working off my UFO list, but I wanted a little bit of a change in technique.  This project is from Wombat Quilts called Snowballs and Stars.  I used the foundation pieced designs for May 2016 BOM with Sunshine Quilt Guild.  I haven't seen the winner's project that used pinks.  Hope she finishes it!  Kerry and I both want to make one of our own.  We've swapped black and white fabrics because we all know variety is the best choice for us scrappy quilters =^.^=

I found a few more black and white fabrics to what accent color should be used.  Anything will work!  I'm sitting on my floor next to my green stash...

Kandiyohi is coming along nicely.  (Sorry for the photo being so crooked.)  Only units to stitch together are the setting triangles.  They are oversized and that right corner looks a bit off, but that is because the first two diagonal sashings are sewn together.  Kerry finished her project first and she mentioned how easy it can be to get the sashing wrong.  I've been paying a lot of attention to it.  I'll be standing back to make sure the units aren't too similar too close to each other.

These are the pieces that are left that will make my On Ringo Lake complete.  Then it will be on to the creative border I mentioned yesterday.

Sunday Stash Report, June 3, 2018

Kandiyohi Part 8 is complete.  Today I'm working on Part 9 which is the last of the parts.  These 50 blocks will go on point and use the sashing from Part 3 plus the new pieces in the part.

The aqua gets cut in half and the use of a new ruler comes in to play.  Kerry enlightened me to images of different ways to finish On Ringo Lake.  I'm all over this one that will have me making more 9-patches; perhaps 70 plus.  This is Bonita Elkins Yeager's creation.  In my design I will change the corners, but this one just sparkles like turquoise jewelry don't you think?

I'll need to pick up some more neutral in the shades used so far.  I just might need to visit Beverly's one last time.  I've been avoiding going there because it saddens me so much.

I finished DH's birthday present so there's something to report as used this week.  Kerry has Kraft (Drink Up by Robert Kaufman Fabrics) for quilting.  She located a very cute Beer and Bubbles quilting design for it.  Riverbank is the variegated thread that will be used.  I'll be getting it back with enough time to bind it.  Pictures will be shared soon.  No purchases this week!

Used this week:  11 yards
Used YTD:  63.25 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  15.75 yards
Net used in 2018:  47.5yards