Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Kilkenny Kat is finished.  This smaller version of Bonnie Hunter's Dawn's Early Light worked perfectly for me.  It gave me an opportunity to sew the design, use blocks from a swap, and use up some long time scraps.  Of course it also gave me an opportunity to use up my Mom's blue scraps and visit the blue shelves at a couple quilt shops!  With this finish I end up with half of my 2018 UFOs finished.

The next two projects, both 2018 UFOs, Checkerboard Stars and Starburst.  Both of these designs are by Pam Buda and a Christmas gift from 2015 from my DH.  The are smaller projects which should go fairly fast.  I have Checkerboard cut out already...let the stitching begin =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, February 25, 2019

I tried to get this done today, but just wasn't meant to be.  After cutting the inner border and putting it on, next came the outer border.  It was already going on 20 minutes past my time to hit the sack...  I'm so excited everything fit just perfect.  Kilkenny Kat will be traveling to Kerry's for thread, quilting design, and quilting next time we are together.  Another 2018 UFO complete!

These are the Old Italian Blocks ("X" Blocks) that have been turned in so far from Sunshine Quilt Guild members.  There are 61 so far with the rest expected to be turned in at the March meeting on the 13th.  I am coordinating the 2019-2020 Sunshine Opportunity Quilt.  It is a design by Kim Diehl called Warm Wishes.  We switched it up a bit adding wool for the applique parts.  It promises to be fabulous.  Chances will be available in September. 

Anxious to get back to the purple rope pet bed that I started on Saturday.  With Kilkenny Kat nearly finished I will be seeing purple soon =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 24, 2019

On Saturday several of the Sunshine Quilt Guild members learned how to make rope baskets.  Lorna was our instructor.  I'm measuring how long it might take to make pet beds.  It is inexpensive enough and I certainly have the scraps...  It takes clothesline rope, 5/8 to 1 inch fabric scraps, and lots of thread.  You wrap the rope with the fabric and join two rope/fabric with a zigzag stitch. The clothesline rope is polyester, but you can use cotton.  It can be found easily enough at Walmart or Home Depot along with other locations.  I plan to make the first one 16 by 20 inches at the base.  What you see in the photo is about 10 by 14.

The clip you see at the end is very important.  It holds all the wrapping secure until you sew it.  I'm anxious to get back to this project when Kilkenny Kat finishes.

Speaking of Kilkenny Kat, let's check out what I have today.  I was so concerned about the spacer inner border not being the correct size.  Silly me to question the knowledge of Bonnie Hunter!  (Dawn's Early Light, String Frenzy book.)  The middle is sewn and the outer border is too.  What is left is adding that 1 1/2 inch spacer.  It will be a creamy color.  I had hoped to claim it this week, but I will leave it for next week.  Monday I'll finish this up and get back to my purple pet bed.

On an earlier post I mentioned making a matching pillow case for the quilt, Kraft, I presented DH for his birthday last year.  I followed the pillow case burrito method.  It is a snap to put together with this method.  He was certainly surprised to get this today.  He really likes when I sew for him :)

I couldn't have been happier to get a special gift from Chewy.  I have purchased from them a few times.  They have an area to set up a profile of the furry family members one purchases for.  Well I did that when I created my account.  Chewy took it upon themselves to have these painted from the photos that were posted.  I love them.  Everyone I've mentioned this surprise gift to has been as much surprised as me.  Anyway they look exactly like Katastrophy and Kosmo.  Of course I sent a thank you and heard back from Chewy how happy they were received.  Chewy is a great company in my opinion.  Have you known any company that would give you a surprise such as this?

I do have a purchase to grow my stats :(  I finally received (from China) a FQ bundle of light grays from Quilters Bay.  The fabric is okay, but likely had I known where it was coming from wouldn't have purchased.  It took a looooong time to get to me.  The price was right, it was a special that they do periodically on color.  Light grays are something that I use often for backgrounds.  A good enhancement if you are okay with the wait.

For this week my used is a zero and the purchased grows :( -

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  1.75 yards
Purchased YTD:  25 yards
Net used in 2019:  10 yards

Finally let me share a sneak peak at Kandiyohi.  I got this back from Kerry on Friday.  The thread choice was fabulous for the project.  It is done in a feather design.  Can you see it?  I'll share this big quilt that was On Ringo Lake from Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery with you when the binding is in progress.  First comes trimming...

Until the next time. Enjoy your day =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, February 18, 2019

Kilkenny Kat
2018 UFO
This week Kilkenny Kat is the main focus.  I'm working on the sashing and borders.  Mine is a much smaller version of Dawn's Early Light by Bonnie Hunter. 

There is a 1.5 inch sashing to add between the blocks and four borders.  Three of the four borders are just 1.5 inches.  Two of those finish the Friendship Star (white star red background units). 

The last border is quite a lot of piecing, but perseverance will see it done.  What I like about this design is the using of 1.5 inch pieces and lots of it.  The neutral string blocks were from a swap I coordinated several years ago.  (There are no more units left from the SWAP now.)  Mom has helped me with her navy fabric.  I purchased a few more navy fabrics, but it looks like I'll need more still...

Enjoy your week everyone =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 17, 2019

I purchased a yard of Cheers fabric from Robert Kaufman to make a matching pillow case to Kraft.  It was used as the backing.  I'll be using the burrito style of assembly in the case making.  Ever heard of it?  A link if you want to check this method out.

The weather just wasn't cooperating for a trip to my parents home.  I vacillated between going and staying until the last minutes before deciding to reschedule.  So far the weather reporters were wrong for the area.  Cold there, but no snow or freezing rain has hit so far.  The next possible day of bad weather will be Wednesday that would be the day my sister would make the road trip to my parents area.  Friday was the second possibility of snow that would be the day to return to board for the flight back home.  Just too many possibilities for bad times.  Rescheduled my trip till the middle of March; should be safe then.

For this week my used is a zero and the purchased grows :( -

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  1 yards
Purchased YTD:  23.25 yards
Net used in 2019:  11.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 11, 2019

2017 UFO
I am working to ready Koldplay 2019 UFO for taking to Kerry's Quilting.  Tomorrow is Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting where I'll be seeing Kerry.  Kontingency is finished with quilting and comes back to me.  I will be sewing on this project during my flight to visit with my parents.  Guess what I'll be doing Wednesday evening?
Checkerboard Stars
2018 UFO
I also plan to take two projects that are not started 2018 UFOs, small, and kitted.  These are designs from Pam Buda.  The naming game has begun =^.^=
2018 UFO
I'm sure to get several of the Old Italian Blocks back from members of Sunshine for the 2020 Opportunity Quilt that I am coordinating for the Guild.  The BOM for March will be offered too.  I have Kreepy Kins and Konstitution to share.  It is sure to be a good night with Lynn Mann as our speaker.
Kreepy Kins
2018 UFO
2017 UFO

Until next time.

Sunday Stash Report, February 10, 2019

Koldplay is finished.  First of the list I'll soon create for projects to be sewn in 2019.  I made my Bonnie Hunter #GoodFortune five blocks square instead of seven blocks square.  It finished rather late today, but I was determined.  I will be looking through my stash for a suitable back.

During the next few days I will be deciding what project to take with me to my parents.  There are some early for me nights to fill up.  I will be leaving for Maryland on Saturday for a week.  Anxious to be there!

This week I change the stats with the yardage used in Koldplay!  I'm back in the black =^.^=

Used this week:  14.5 yards
Used YTD:  35 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  22.25 yards
Net used in 2019:  12.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 4, 2019

Koldplay is looking great.  I'm very pleased with its finished size.  I reduced Bonnie Hunter's #GoodFortune (the 2018 Mystery) from 7 blocks square down to 5 blocks square.  There might be a few pieces to make yet for finishing the border.  I don't know how many more until the units are sewn together.  Not long now until a finish =^.^=

In case you are wondering...that is Happy Place sneaking into the photograph.  Likely I'll take it off the design wall and work on Kilkenny Kat next.  So that you remember Kilkenny Kat is Bonnie Hunter's Dawn's Early Light.  It will be a smaller version too.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, February 3, 2019

Today is Super Bowl.  We will be sitting in front of the television with friends watching the game.  If it gets to bad to watch Konstitution is ready for me.  This is a big quilt!  I'll be working on the hand sewing of binding for a few hours.

The backing and batting are cut to size and ready for the magic Kerry performs.  There will need to be some sampling of thread and the choosing of quilting design for Kyanite.  I have the fabric from my recent purchases at RD2CA for the binding when time comes.

Sorry for the darkness of these photos.  I took them early in the morning when the light wasn't the best.  As dreary as San Diego has been since Thursday with all the much needed rain fall...the days haven't been very bright.  I will take one better soon of Kreepy Kins that you can see on my website.  Until the next time =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  20.5 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  22.25 yards
Net used in 2019:  -1.75 yards