Design Wall Monday, October 26, 2020

Here are all the HSTs for the next UFO I will be working on.  UFO #2 is Prairie Winds by Pam Buda.  Yep another one of Pam's designs.  These units are trimmed down to 2" and will finish in the project at 1 1/2".

The purple friendship star units have already been trimmed down.  There are a lot to trim, but I do like the exactness that comes from taking the time.

You would never think my project with it's Mardi Gras colors would come from her project!  This one should be pretty quick...  Have a wonderful week this last one in October 2020 =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, October 25, 2020

Shortly after waking this morning there was a heavy shower that maybe lasted for two minutes...  Weather sure has been getting closer to what it should be this time of year for San Diego!  Enjoying the cooler weather.

I have two completions to claim this week YIPPEE!  Irelyn's quilt and the blue quilt are both done.  Both need 'K' names...  They will be off to Kerry's Quilting tomorrow.  Kerry is expecting them and will rush them through her lovely quilting.

Irelyn's quilt is very soft looking.  Color selections come from Kaitlyn that match Irelyn's bedroom.  Irelyn is due the first part of November and I'm hoping to have it to Kaitlyn and David before her birth.

The blue quilt will be on hand.  I had already pulled the blues from my stash potentially for Greyson's quilt.  Tiffany liked a different shade of blue instead so Greyson got his quilt with those shades.  Since they were already pulled I chose to make them up.  I had fun with the back on it.  Just didn't have enough so a little improvisation took place.
I must share my concern about dye lots in fabric and how different they can be.  My stash enhancement arrived on Thursday to have enough background to finish the blue quilt.  When the package was opened the fabric looked much darker than what was already in the project.  It was noticeably darker!  Now I pondered on what to do as most of the project was already into blocks.  Not happy!  I thought I would need to scatter the darker fabric around the top and hope for the best.  Not happy!  Then I took a look at the back of the fabric to see if it would match better since sometimes that is possible.  HAPPY DANCING!
This is the back of one of the blocks.  Notice the difference of the top piece?  This is the front of the darker background.  Big difference, right?
Here is the front of the same block.  Notice the same piece at the top?  This is the back of the darker background.  Worked out in the end =^.^=

I did get a birthday card and gift from has been in the mail since the last week of September.  Yep that is right.  It should have been here according to USPS by 10/3.  The package ended up back at Rita's address, label torn away.  Rita mailed it back out and it finally arrived.  The Candy Cat project might just have to grow as this fabric will definitely be used to make a block.  Love the card too.  Thank you Rita!

I also got a kitty t-shirt from my Mom.  Most of you know I'm from Maryland.  How perfect is this?  It says "meowyland".  Thank you Mom!

This week there is a change in both used with two project finishes and purchased with the fabric needed to finish the blue quilt plus some time I'll be using it front side out!

Used this week:  14 yards
Used YTD:  127 yards
Purchased this week:  2 yards
Purchased YTD:  23.75 yards
Net used in 2020: 103.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 19, 2020

The extra background purchased for Irelyn's quilt worked out to be right (or so I hoped) for the third Gray Stone Farm project that will be made.  This one doesn't have a home, but will be on hand for when that announcement comes around.  When I got to cutting the background low and behold it was a bit short...urgh!  Being a new fabric a quick purchase remedied this.  Now all I have to do is sew as much as I can and wait for 1/4 yard to arrive.  This is part of the 2020-2021 Sunshine Quilt Guild Challenge...  I need it completely done before the next meeting 2nd week of November or pay the penalty.  Gosh darn I am the coordinator so I can't have that happen =^.^=

There are two blocks.  I have enough and all sewn of the block on the left.  The right blocks are sewn up to the fabric I'm short of.  Hurry Laundry Basket Quilts!

I have sewn Irelyn's quilt together and at the "adding some enhancements" stage.  This is the first of three flowers that will be appliqued to it.  I've already discussed with Kerry the quilting pattern to look for and she will choose the right color thread.

I have Prairie Winds #12 UFO cut out so it might be that it comes under my needle this week.  These hands of mine don't stay idle!  Enjoy the week ahead.

Sunday Stash Report, October 18, 2020

This is Kopernikus ready for me to give the last hand stitches.  Love me some hand stitching!

I was with Kerry on Friday as she was visiting for the weekend.  We sat at Oggi's in Santee on their patio for several hours just catching up.  We had not been together since last year.  Thank goodness for video chatting to keep us close.  She had been traveling lately and came across these treasures plus some Huckleberry Jam and a Huckleberry Scented Candle. Thank you Kerry!

I did have some enhancements this week.  Primitive Gatherings background fabric that I thought would work for Gray Stone Farm Blue project.  It is 1 1/2 yards, but I ruled it out for the intended purpose.  The print is a bit too dark for the blues.  Not a huge loss as it can always work for another project.  The Gray Stone Farm Blue project is similar to two others like it that I gifted.  I just like the pattern and had already pulled a collection of blues from my stash that didn't work for Grayson's quilt.  The other one is the one in pinks that is being gifted to Irelyn.  The magazine was an unexpected gift from Primitive Gatherings.  There will likely be a project coming from it in my sewing room in the future.  Thank you Primitive Gatherings!

I also used the remaining Amazon funds from a birthday gift card received from my parents.  Kerry gave this idea to get a new light box.  So that's what I did along with a new pair of Kai scissors.  This light pad has three brightness settings, a much longer cord and a much larger surface.  It is on 1/4" wide and light as a feather.  A far superior light pad than the relic it replaces.  It will get some immediate use when I get back to Autumn Love.

So this week I add to my stash and still have nothing used.  I am working to have two finishes for the mail this week to Kerry for quilting.  If this happens I'll be able to show progress to using up my stash next week.  Until next time =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  113 yards
Purchased this week:  1.5 yards
Purchased YTD:  21.75 yards
Net used in 2020: 91.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 12, 2020

 You could say that I'm a bad, bad girl for not attaching labels to my quilts!  I don't print out on the expensive fabric sheets until I have four quilts ready for a label.  Well somehow or another I missed printing a sheet or two or...  Tonight's hand sewing will be applying labels.  The labels on the bottom are for quilts displayed in various parts of my home.

On my Design Wall today is the soft, pretty baby quilt for Irelyn who is expected in November.  I'm ready to put the blocks together into rows and a completed top.

There is a design enhancement that is being considered.  Thinking to put some posies on it, maybe three in various locations.  Hope your week is wonderful =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, October 11, 2020

These are the thiry cat blocks made for my Candy Cat project.  Although I worked at the black and white kitty with the Mickey Mouse background he just isn't working.  I really want the black and white kitty AND I really want the Mickey Mouse background...just can't use the two fabrics in the same block.  Might have to make two more blocks using each fabric and introduce two new fabrics.  The two that don't get used on the front will make their way to the back.  As much fuss as this block has been golly!  One reader thought to call it "camo cat".  I think this would make a cute name for my project Kamo Kat =^.^=  

I've taken this project off the wall for now.  Irelyn's quilt is there now.  Anxious to get this baby quilt into the hands of Kerry, back to me for finishing touches and in the mail before she's born in November.

My weekend was spent binding.  Kalpana (39" x 39") was first to finish.  I used left out blocks in the sleeve.  Kerry put a very pretty design on it with silver/grayish thread.

Kandles (27" x 33") was second.  I'm sharing the awesome quilting Kerry did on this one.  The candles just glow!  Bonnie will get this as a gift for Christmas.

Kropper (41" x 49") finished this morning.  I had some left over units to put in the sleeve for this project too.  By far this was a real doozy to find a name.

So another week goes by without a finish.  My attention will be to get something done this week!  No changes, but I do have one coming to both USED and PURCHASED =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  113 yards
Net used in 2020: 92.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  20.25 yards

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


My front doors have been adorned with creations from my sister, Karen.  Today is her birthday by the way.  I sang the birthday song...someone needs to do it :)  If you happen upon her make sure you wish her a happy day.

So this is the awesome birthday dinner enjoyed on Monday.  Loved every raw morsel!  The roll at the top left are called X-Girlfriend.  These are made without rice and are so velvety in the mouth.  The right top green roll is called Wonder Woman.  Then there is our usual salmon skin handrolls and the third roll is one of our favorites made with a crispy softshell crab.  At the top is a sashimi salad.  The birthday wine glass had to make it's appearance along with a good white wine.  Excellent dinner =^.^=

I had time to make Cat Candy Block #28.  This is a Halloween Cat.  Sort of went around and around trying to figure out if it's ears should be a polka dot or a stripe.  Either looked good with an orange polka dot or purple body.  Well you see the result.

I've been struggling with this block.  The block was just too blendy.  So I changed the eyes.  I think it helps.  What do you think?  Do I move it to the back?

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Design Wall Monday, October 5, 2020

I woke up to this special birthday wish :)  A hand made card by DH.  I also got a nice surprise in my inbox!  Lorna's was the call for dinner, but turns out they are closed on Mondays...sushi instead!  Okay with me...

Last week on Wednesday I received this suspicious package from the United Kingdom with no note, but knowing it was my birthday coming I suspected a gift.  Friday I learned it was from my Mom.  A nice collection of 10" wools that I might use in the future.  Mom and Dad also gave me a surprise in my inbox!  I'm told there is another package coming to be on the look out for it.

On Friday I received a package from Kerry that included three quilts I knew about and a special little gift.  I had picked this pattern out at RD2CA earlier this year.  Kerry also gave me a surprise in my inbox!

Saturday brought me another package from Karen.  A nice top and two packages of socks.  I love getting socks!  Can you see the cats?  She also sent one of her hand made cards.

Thank you everyone who called, texted, and emailed...not to mention FB posts.  It sure means a lot to me that you are thinking of me.

Now on to my Design Wall...nothing but Candy Cats =^.^= to share...  

I started off with sets of fabrics ready to make the last five.

With these two done I have only three to make yet.

I have decided to remake the white and black kitty.  His eyes are just lost.  Hopefully this will work...stay tuned!

Until next time...

Sunday Stash Report, October 4, 2020

I was first thinking to call this project Koolish, but because it was a mystery kalpana meaning imagine seemed more appropriate.  I will be using Koolish at some point rest assured.  So Kalpana it is =^.^=  On Friday the mail brought me from Kerry's Quilting three projects.  Kalpana is one of them.
This one is Kropper.  Again there was a suggestion to call it Kondiments because of its colors, but I wanted to retain the designers image of her husband farmer and his tractor along with her hobby of quilting.
Kandles is the third that arrived.  This one has some very special quilt designs; I think four different ones.  I asked Kerry to make it like the designer had quilted her project and Kerry did just that.  This is will be a gift for Bonnie.
I have been working steady on Cat Candy blocks until yesterday.  This one came from Sue.  She decided to gift it to me.  Sue calls it her "White Walker".  Come back tomorrow and check out progress on the last five blocks to be made.
I have all the blocks done for Kaitlyn's baby quilt.  I will be moving Candy Cat from my design wall to assemble it.  This project is composed of two block units.  There are 40 of each unit.  I have plans to add a little girly touch...  Kaitlyn and David have decided on a name for their bundle of joy coming in November.  She will be Irelyn Marie.
To close this post off...another installment has arrived for Beware It's Halloween!  This month Midway Wool sent spiders with their webs.  There are four to be made.

Nothing changes stash this week, but should be a change with the finish of Irelyn's quilt next week =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  113 yards
Net used in 2020: 92.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  20.25 yards