Design Wall Monday, September 20, 2021


I am definitely happier with the pink and red berries for Block 2.  After correcting the fabrics of Block 2 I moved on to Block 11.  

The last of twelve blocks for Fit to Frame a 2019 UFO and my only UFO to finish except those of 2021 that remain.

I have my hands on the awesome new designs from Bonnie Hunter.  Can't wait to get my needle into these two.  I ordered more Aurifil thread this week.  I really do like using it for the applique.

Finally this antique top came my way last week.  I as does the giver, Christy, hated to see it not finished.  It is entirely hand sewn, but that's where it will stop :(.  Kerry will stitch it up close to what would be used for a lone star at that time.  There are a few spots that I may try to remove or maybe not.  I plan to pick up a piece of muslin for the back.  It really is lovely and a stitched well piece.

Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, September 19 2021


Finally a finish!  Kofi is done and ready for quilting.  I really like the look created in the border with the blades.  I have a bunch of blades left that might end up on the sleeve =^.^=  This project was started in January 2020; about time its done.  Now on to picking another 2021 UFO to get finished!

In the meantime stitching continues with Fit to Frame, as of yet not named.  Once Kofi was down I moved Fit to Frame over so that I could work more with block placement.  I have tried to keep the backgrounds mixed up along with the color choices in the blocks.   One thing for sure the berries in the third row down on the far right must change.  I've been preparing some darker pink and a red fabric instead.  

The last to stitch is Block 11.   I next need to figure out if I was sashing or not.  Kerry used a cheddar fabric for her version.  I really want to keep this small so I'm thinking no sashing as the designer intended.  These blocks are trimmed down to finish at 6" in the quilt.  I will definitely have an outside border so we shall see after some Design Wall magic.

Used this week:  8.5 yards
Used YTD: 151.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 182.25 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -30.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, September 13, 2021


Block 7 is in work for Fit to Frame..  I will be using this block to share with a couple of friends the use of Avery Labels for applique.  Becky McDaniel who was a guest speaker in May brought the idea of Avery Labels versus freezer paper.  This method has been around for awhile with Google search telling me perhaps 2013.  Anyway I love it!  The sharing of process is scheduled just before the Sunshine Quilt Guild meets on Tuesday.

Here is where I am today.  I'll have to say that it has been hard to stop working on this project now that I am so close to a finish.  I started this project in April 2017.  Only one block left after this one.

Have a great week!

Sunday Stash Report, September 12, 2021


Happy Sunday!  It is half time on the first Sunday of NFL football.  Watching the Chargers and the Washington Football Team (will they ever decide on a name?) face off in a game that so far looks ALL Chargers!

My Stash Report brings in more for Vintage Christmas BOM that I believe might be its last installment from Stitchin Heaven.  I am still only sewn through Month 1...darn it.  This time it is Month #8 that includes the sashings and cornerstones.

I am putting my effort into Fit To Frame, 2019 UFO, and Kofi, 2021 UFO.  Fit To Frame needs a name for those who might have one to suggest.  Ten of the 12 blocks are done now with the latest finish of Block 10 (bottom left).  This one has to be my favorite.  I am already on to Block 7, but we'll leave more information on it for tomorrow.

Kofi's piecing is done.  I never could figure out the corners so solid black fabric will suffice and really it does look correct.  I have to sew the units together and hope that my pieced border will fit.  It shouldn't be too hard to correct if it doesn't.  I never heard from Anelie Belden the quilt's designer.  I sure hope she's okay.

The last of my sewing this week has been to make a sample and create the instructions for Sweet Apple block.  I was introduced to this block at my Mom's Quilter's By the Bay Quilt Guild meeting.  My Sunshine Quilt Guild was needing a member to pick up September BOM coordinator.  So this fit right in; easy-peasy.  It makes into such a cute wall hanging or quilt whether it be for a teacher, a friend, or yourself.

As you can see I have been pretty busy since returning from Maryland/Virginia a week ago.  It was a wonderful trip!  I had the opportunity to see all of my family in the area.  Austin has a brilliant new job.  Greyson is such a cutie!  Matt is healing well.  Karen, Scott, Tiffany, Mom and Dad are all doing well.  Puzzles, QBB Monthly meeting and a visit to the Pinkerton farm were the best.  Two dinners out to celebrate birthdays.  Oh my what a time.  Only bad part was not being able to holler BINGO on two separate nights trying (both Karen and Mom did).  I was even thrilled with all the weather which thankfully took place when we didn't have to be out in it.  Ida was in the area, but our part of the woods saw mostly wind, lightening, and thunder (on both sides of the hurricane).  I timed it right flying in and out before all the storms.  My flights were packed full of delays and people, but we will leave this discussion for another time!

Not quite ready to spin the numbers.  Getting closer to a 2019 and 2021 UFO finish that is near.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 182.25 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -39.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, September 6, 2021


On my Design Wall once again is Fit to Frame.  This is a 2019 UFO that I am still working on.  Two blocks were finished on my vacation and that leaves three more to go.

These are the three and I think I'll work on the one with all the leaves next.  The Avery Label method made this very easy.  I used my Aurifil thread on these blocks and like the results.

I just might be able to finish this project in 2021!

Sunday Stash Report, September 5, 2021

This was the day to travel back to home.  The day started out with a 6am alarm.  Karen drove for the next 1 1/2 hours to get within range of Dulles International.  We arrived in plenty of time for an enormous breakfast at Bob Evans.  The flight had me through Denver with a short delay because our pilots hadn't arrived as expected.  This trip certainly had a lot of reasons for delay =^.^=
I was able to finish the second of Fit to Frame blocks I had brought with me on the trip.  
The first finish was completed half way through my stay.
When I arrived this had arrived from Fat Quarter Shop in Buda, TX.  They had sent a 20% off discount that I took advantage of before my vacation and the coupons expiration.  Secret Stash Neutrals will work for just about any project...not to mention I have at least one in the queue to make.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 1.25 yards 
Purchased YTD: 182.25 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -39.25 yards 

Design Wall Monday, August 30, 2021

Dad is headed all the way to the century mark this week.  It seems so incredible that he continues to be in such great shape.  He loves testing his wits with this game show.  I'm so happy that I've been able to return to celebrate your birthday with you.

I've been working on Fit to Frame while visiting.  I also am sewing down the binding and label on Kringle's Koming that will be given to Greyson tomorrow.  Mom had some labels to sew in place that I did too.  

Hope your week is as happy as mine will be.

Sunday Stash Report, August 29, 2021

Today is Mom's Birthday and I am with her to celebrate!  It has been way to long for a visit to be sure.  I hope to spoil her today!

I left Kofi on my Design Wall until I get back.  This is the last of my work.  I have an email out to Anelie (the designer) to see if she has ever tried to do what I want.  Maybe I'll get lucky :)

No change in stats this week...  I'm having way too much fun with family hugs =^.^=

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 181 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -38 yards

Design Wall Monday, August 23, 2021

Kofi this morning.  I haven't decided yet on how the border will end up.  I am really leaning towards a solid black=^.^=

Making blade after blade after blade....  The border of Kofi is going to use a lot of them!  

This was a good place to take a photo.  It is coming along nicely.  I was a bit worried about how the center should work with color placement of the blades.  I reached a version I liked.  What do you think?

I have been trying to get the blades to sit right in the border corners, but after too many to count fails I might just throw in the towel.  The pattern wants prairie points to finish and I don't.  I did try it but wasn't happy.  I want a 6" border with blades.  The tricky part that I can't grasp is the corners.  It seems so simple...why can't I figure it out?

I have a busy week ahead that involves Southwest Airlines!  Look out family this girl is heading East =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, August 22, 2021


Karen to the rescue with a name for Jovial...  How about Kringle's Koming?  Spell check doesn't like it, but I love it!

Here I am busy getting the binding ready.  I will be tucking this in my suitcase to work on and finish before meeting Greyson for the first time.  Tiffany will need to put it away until Christmastime when it will make more sense to have this holiday quilt about the house.
Kringle's Koming arrived on Thursday from Kerry along with this fabric that will be used in the American Quilter's project.  The American Quilter's Stitch Along is at block 10 with only two more blocks to go.

As for my stash update...another week to see the same figures.  Kofi is in full swing so I am hoping for a change soon.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 181 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -38 yards

Design Wall Monday, August 16, 2021


Time now for working on Kofi a 2021 UFO.  First I had to get familiar with how this project was done.  I had a few blocks made, but when it came to putting together the next block...OH MY!

The melon block is what I was working on in the first photo.  This pattern is called Split - Blade by Anelie Belden.  It takes a clever approach to making Dresden shapes.  The pattern has you using 2 1/2" strips or a jelly roll.  I used 2 1/2" Island Strips Paisley Dot Earth Tones in Batik for my print and a coordinating Batik mostly from my stash for the Dresden blades.  Black backgrounds are so striking and I had lots of black to get me through the 6 1/2" backgrounds.  Anelie has her own templates called fast 2 cut Templates.  This one of course uses the Dresden Plate template.

I have lots more to go.  I will be making two blocks of each fabric set.  The remaining blades will be used in the border and if you choose you don't have to bind it!

Head back on Sunday to see my progress.  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday Stash Report, August 15, 2021

Last week I worked on preparing my "in flight" projects.  I'll be heading East soon for a long in the waiting trip to see family and friends.

I am back to Fit to Frame project using this time the Avery Labels.  As long as my glasses keep from fogging up with my mask on I should be able to get through a lot of the base applique.  Then I'll set up there for the flight home.  I am about half way through the blocks.  This is a UFO from a previous year...

It may not seem like much was accomplished, but work had me pretty busy.  Nothing added or eliminated from my stash count this week.  We have Don and Rita coming for the night and two days this weekend.  We will be staying in.  Spaghetti and fixings on Saturday for dinner.  Baby backs and chicken thighs with jasmine rice on Sunday.  We will even run the dishwasher!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 181 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -38 yards

Design Wall Monday, August 9, 2021


I finished Mistletoe (2021 UFO)!  I'm so excited to have the applique done.  I'll be getting the backing together then it is off to Kerry for the magic she creates.  I hope we can figure out something awesome for that center square.  It demands attention!

This is how it was left on Sunday.  I hade all the leaves sewn down only needing seven berries to finish up.  Time got against me and had to call it quits for the day around 9:45pm.  Tuesday had me at the work site and getting to bed early is a must on these days.

Now that Mistletoe is done...what next you ask?  I love my light box.  I used it so much during Mistletoe that I couldn't just put it back in it's box.  I'll be preparing the units for Fit to Frame (2019 UFO).  Two of the remaining six are up for preparing for my trip East.  A girl can't keep her hands idle...

These are the fabrics I'll be using.  Once these are prepared for my travel companions...Kofi (2021 UFO) is next to work on.

Of course I can't share too much!  This project will have me busy at my machine for awhile.  Progress to show as days go on.  Return to see what's happening with Kofi on Sunday with my post.  Take care and have a beautiful week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, August 8, 2021

 I've been working on this every day.  Getting a bit closer to finishing the applique.  This was taken on Friday and since then I've made a lot of progress.

I had to make more Unit A leaves to keep going.  I learned that the applique for Michigan (you remember that gorgeous blue and white project) takes the same size Unit A and Unit D fortunately, so there is no chance for wasting Avery Label paper.

I got more Aurifil thread at a pretty good deal.  I think these are the last ones I will get for awhile unless I need a particular color.  I've built up my collection pretty well now.

Kosmo hopes that you celebrate International Cat Day today.  I'm sure your kitty would love a chin scratch =^.^=

No changes to stash this further in the red :)  Hope you have a wonderful day.  If you have time check out Mistletoe tomorrow on my Design Wall Monday post.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 181 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -38 yards