Design Wall Monday, November 25, 2019

Are you getting ready?  My cookie cutter pilgrims are and probably Mimi's for our dinner.  No family this year at my home, but thanks to Mimi's there will be leftovers!  Besides I will be getting ready for Frolic and the very first clue on Friday.

So let me remind you of the applique units that I have been working on for Bountiful.  I prep'd all the taupe fabric units.  All are being appliqued down first.
These are the first two blocks with applique done.
The vine portion has been stitched, but the leaf units are just with glue.
The other project that I am eager to finish, one with a due date, has been pinned.  This is my Sunshine UFO Challenge #4.  I will be practicing my stitch in the ditch.  Hope you are having fun this week as you get ready for your Thanksgiving Dinner and maybe Frolic Clue #1.

Sunday Stash Report, November 24, 2019

This is Sunshine UFO Challenge #4 that is to be finished before the next meeting.  Happily I am well ahead of schedule.  I sewed with Kathy and Kathy at Kathy's home yesterday.  I headed out for my second time to the monthly 3rd Saturday Sunshine Quilt Guild Sew In.  It was in part set for getting cuddle quilts sewn.
There were gifts for attending.  Selecting something from a basket of goodies and one large piece of fabric.  The larger piece will become a back for a charity quilt that will be made in the future.  I plan to use the FQs myself :)
Moving along on the applique for Bountiful (not yet named).  This is the first of four identical applique sections.  This is it for this fabric color.  There is more to prep in the other fabrics which there are four before they can be sewn in place.  In the back are the next three sections with the first vine in place and ready for stitching.

During the week the holiday table runners were received by Mom, Karen and Rita.  All were thrilled with their early gifts.  I think Rita is already decorating!

My special order of Autumn Love templates arrive at Memory Lane.  Trying to fit my visit there to pick them up along with a new square ruler and some Pelon my Mom uses to make purses.  I don't know if that trip can fit in until Friday.  A trip to Jennifer's (or her to my place) will need to fit in next week too.  The last of the craft items arrives on Tuesday from Kerry.  The craft fair is December 7 and 8 so time is important to have them in Jennifer's hands.  Time for me to get back to my happy place in the sewing room =^.^=

Nothing changes with my stash, probably won't for awhile.  The next one to claim used is Bountiful.  Enjoy your week ahead.

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  133.5 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  62 yards
Net used in 2019:  71.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 18, 2019

Bountiful applique!  I have the freezer paper papers traced and ready to apply to fabrics.  Starting with the lower right corner fabric.  The two stems start the applique, so they will be first.
On the left is the applique placement and on the right what it should look like when done.
Here are all the pieces temporarily fused down with the freezer paper.  I use both by the roll and by the sheet for the freezer paper.  The sheets are a bit easier to manage, but both work equally as well.  Trimming these units down to a width about 1/8" from the template then liquid starch and a good press between the Teflon sheet will make the edges crisp.
The background fabric is laid over the applique template on a light box and finally the prepared units find their place.
Here is the first applique to stitch.  My thread color is not what I would want, but I will hide the stitches such that it will not show.  Hopefully I will have a lot more to share with the next blog post on Sunday.

Have a wonderful week.   =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, November 17, 2019

Fall Whiskers is off to be quilted.  I still have his eyes to sew in place, but that will be quick.  Thinking on a name for this 12" x 12" project.  It is getting easier to work with wool and embroidery stitches on it.  This one is a 2019 UFO that can come off the list!

These two projects are ready completely for the Sunshine Craft table that will be 12/7 and 12/8.  There are three more yet to finish.  Arrangements will be made to get them in the hands of Jennifer.
Earlier in the week these arrived.  Sorry for the glow on the box from the flash :(  The Satin finished sheets are the finest in my opinion.  They are pricey, but for me it is worth the extra.

Mom sent me some her stash.  Apparently she's returning the greens which were from my stash originally.  Can't put a project where they were used, but Mom's memory is many times far better than mine.  The cute purse is also from her stash and her hands :)  The quality of her purses is awesome.

Kerry and I visited to three local sewing centers.  My goal was to get to Cozy and Central Sewing to redeem gift cards that were won as long ago as 2018!  I don't get out to this part of San Diego much.  At Cozy I spent more than the gift card.  The opportunity to get 30 percent off all the fabrics to make a quilt that is on my bucket list was irresistible.  I also picked up a couple of raspberry fabrics as well.  Central Sewing had tools that I could use.  I've been wanting a Teflon ironing mat for awhile now.  Just don't think to pick it up when I could do it easily.
The last stop was Memory Lane.  I'm so sorry to hear about Chris closing her doors after 14 years.  We both picked up some fabric, me the green and more raspberry fabrics.  The green and raspberry are for Frolic, Bonnie Hunter's 2019 Mystery that starts on Black Friday.  The black wordy fabric is just a stash I need it :)  I also called Chris back with an order.  She is still accommodating special orders at the 25 percent off price so the templates for Autumn Love were purchased.  I also got the 18 1/2 inch square and some Pelon for future projects my Mom creates.

On Tuesday Project 4 was called at the Sunshine meeting for the 2019-2020 UFO Challenge.  I am on track in finishing them and won't be derailed!  I also participated in the December BOM and have that sewn up already.  The white was provided.  Participants are to add a green and red holiday print to this fun block.  I am very pleased that the coordinators are offering smaller block sizes.  I am not excited when they finish over 9 inches.  It makes for such a large project because you want to use the entire win in one project.

So I have a little to claim as used, but more to claim as new.

Used this week:   .75 yards
Used YTD:  133.5 yards
Purchased this week:  10.5 yards
Purchased YTD:  62 yards
Net used in 2019:  71.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans Day

I have all the hand stitching of the wool done, but didn't have time to snap a photo.  What is left for an evening after Tuesday night is the facial features and the bow that attaches the star to the cat's tail.  I'm very pleased with my hand work on Fall Whiskers.
Bountiful is the next 2019 UFO to tackle.  These are the fabrics that I'll be using along with a photo of the pattern.
I was able to cut it all out and stitch up the flying geese that will make up the starts that are all over this design.  I will be trimming them during the week after Fall Whiskers is complete.

Tuesday evening is the monthly meeting of Sunshine Quilt Guild.  I'm looking forward to Jean Impey's presentation and all the other activities that will make up the November meeting of the guild.

Sunday Stash Report, November 10, 2019

Krazy Khristmas Konifer for Rita
Krazy Khristmas Konifer for Mom
Krazy Khristmas Konifer for Karen
These are all 2019 UFO finishes.  Fall Whiskers is also a 2019 UFO that will finish in time.  Bountiful that you will see tomorrow is yet another that needs finishing in 2019.  Golly, there are still more to finish...looking tough now that we are half way into November and Bonnie Hunter's Frolic starting up in just a couple of weeks!
This is the piece work in cotton fabrics for Fall Whiskers.  As mentioned previously this comes from a kit.  I would have chosen a brighter green print for the piece, but the center with the cat, pumpkin, moon, and star are the "stars of the show".
The wool is cut and fused in place.  I will be working on the hand stitching during the football games today.

Nothing changes this week =^.^=

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  132.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  51.5 yards
Net used in 2019:  81.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 4, 2019

Starting the next 2019 UFO this week.  This one is from a kit I picked up at Road to California Quilt Show.  It is by Calico Patch called Fall Whiskers.  It finishes at 12" square.  The Calico Patch booth had all sorts of cute patterns, but of course this one caught my eye =^.^=  I'm working my way into two areas of quilting that involve wool and small projects.  I have a bit more binding to do still and will work on that first.  

Oh you know I'll be pulling what I can from my stash for the just released Frolic! design that Bonnie Hunter has done.  Not sure I'll have enough of the green constant so it might mean a trip to Paradise Sewing and/or Rosie's.  Sorry to hear this week that Memory Lane is closing its store front later this year.

The weather has been treating us well in San Diego.  Hope it is doing the same from wherever you are reading about my quilting! 

Sunday Stash Report, November 3, 2019

I added to my stash this week, but fortunately it will go out quickly.  Since it will move out I decided not to add it to the status.  They are all fabrics to be used in the Sunshine Craft Show that takes place the first week of December.  Kerry has the five projects on their way to her now.  She will do the quilting and finish up one of the projects with her stash.  The light bulb embellishments will fill one tree that is plain.  The photo also shows a purchase of white and black buttons.  These will be for Kats' Kall; the eyes of the cats in the project.  It makes it easier for the quilting not to have embellishments in place during that process.

With instructions drafted by Connie from the Sunshine Guild I made one of the straw pouches.  It turned out pretty cute.  I added a button to cover the tacking of the Velcro underneath.  Thanks Connie!

I missed sharing a birthday gift that came from my Mom.  Meet Fabolo.  He is my second guy in my collection of Alley Cats created by Margaret Le Van.  Fabolo's pick up Line is "On looks fabulous!".  Thanks Mom!

These are the projects for hand stitching today during the football games.  All known Christmas Gifts that I plan to have in the recipients hands before the holidays so that they can be enjoyed during this year's holiday.

Nothing changes this week =^.^=

Used this week:   0 yards
Used YTD:  132.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  51.5 yards
Net used in 2019:  81.25 yards