Design Wall Monday, July 26, 2021


Mistletoe is coming along nicely.  I do enjoy sitting with DH watching TV, currently Westerns LOL, while stitching.

The mail carrier has brought me some fabric...  Guess I'm going to blow my stats again!  This time fabric is coming for the Primitive Gatherings Stitch Along.  I won't be working on this project for awhile.

Sunday Stash Report, July 25, 2021

I have this one done now.  Jovial is a free pattern by Moda.  It has 3-Dimensional trees and pinwheels.  Mine was made smaller to accommodate for the lack of more background fabric.  This size is perfect for me since it gives me the opportunity to practice the 3-Dimensional technique and create a new project.  I've yet to figure out a name for this 2021 UFO Finished project.

Next on my UFO list to do will be Kofi.  I have much of the fabrics set aside, but only one unit less the center circle done, but I'm told it can be tricky by Kerry.  Kerry took the workshop with me at Road to California.  We were learning a new technique with this one too.  I plan to set mine a bit differently than Kerry did.  The options are endless on how one can set their units.  Kerry's project is HERE.

During the week my Liberty Box arrived from Fat Quarter Shop.  I'm happy with everything that came in the box...especially the Aurifil threads.  Stars & Stripes quilt pattern are what the fabrics are intended to make that came in the mystery box.

Most of my time has been spent on Mistletoe applique so make sure you tune in on Monday so you can see where I'm at on it.

So there are some used and some adds for this week.

Used this week:  7 yards
Used YTD: 143 yards 
Purchased this week: 4.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 176 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -33 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 19, 2021


Jovial is on the Design Wall.  Yes it looks like a chunk is missing in the bottom right corner, but seams between all the units is not complete.  It is likely that I won't need to cut into more of the border yardage...we shall see.  I always find it amazing how much fabric is taken up in the seams alone.

Yesterday I shared the pattern and fabrics planned for the 2021 UFO #7 project, but changed directions a bit.  I decided against the gray fabric and went for the light blue.  I also added in a second green.  The gray would have worked along with the border, but gray in a Christmas setting just didn't seem to work in my head.

My version of Jovial is smaller because I made as much as possible with the background fabric I had.  Hated to see this fabric finish from my stash.  It is from Laundry Basket Quilts and I could have gotten more, but NO!  Trying to use it up, not get more.  I can see a finish coming to post next Sunday.  YIPPEE!
The trees and pinwheels are dimensional...oh Kerry is going to love me :) when she goes to quilt it...  Yes just below the Jovial units is the backside of Mistletoe.  Mistletoe is waiting for more applique to be placed for stitching.

I have a car service and smog on Wednesday along with a lunch date on Friday.  Friday is also a big day for Matt (Greyson's dad) and Matt's dad as they go for the kidney transplant needed by Matt.  Friday is also my sister-in-laws birthday.  Keep Matt and his dad in your thoughts on Friday.  Have a wonderful week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 18, 2021


Wanted to get my seventh 2021 UFO started...and possibly finish before July turns into August.  Jovial is my selection from my remaining 2021 UFOs.

The postman brought some goodies this week.  More Aurifill threads and sewing machine needles.  Aurifill threads in Happy Colors was a pretty good deal through EBay.  Vintage Christmas month 8 also came ahead of month 7.  I'm so far behind it doesn't matter.

Kerry was in town over the weekend so we went to Rosie's.  I picked up a new pattern (like I really needed it) along with the binding fabric, some stash building yellows, and American Gathering fabrics that will be used when I get to the Stitch Along that is going on using these fabrics at Primitive Gatherings.  If you want to participate in the Stitch Along go to their site.  This week (and every Thursday) a block is released.  Block 6 was the last one.  All previous blocks are available still for download.  So there you have my changes to stash; not too bad.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 136 yards 
Purchased this week: 1.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 171.5 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -35.5 yards

My applique work on Mistletoe is coming along nicely.  I'm stitching the stems first which are needed for the foundational parts of the design.  Eleven down out of 32.  I can usually get to two an evening.  

Design Wall Monday, July 12, 2021


Now all the rest of the applique!  The same "sprig" as what is in the triangle portion of the feathered star background will be repeated around the border.  Eight "sprigs" on each side.  At the rate of the "springs" in the center block this will take four weeks if I keep the pace.  More likely I will back off a bit and work on another simpler project during this time, just to mix up techniques a bit.

I still need a "K" name for this project...any suggestions? 

I have the July UFO to get started to keep on track.  Maybe I will get Jovial started.  Mom has sent me a bunch of neutrals that I can select from.  Scraps for the trees and pinwheels shouldn't be a problem.  Only problem I can see looming is the right border to mix with all the scrappy trees and pinwheels.  I already have a back.  Maybe I'll start with finding a border fabric and work into the trees and pinwheels =^.^=

Enjoy your week!

Sunday Stash Report, July 11, 2021


This is how my week started with Mistletoe.  I stitched and stitched on the applique of the centerpiece to this project.  Everyone has been wondering what was to go in the center green square.  DH suggested a yellow smiley face...just like him to mention something so silly.

My much waited for threads arrived from Laundry Basket Quilts.  I Christmas Collection as you can see from the cover is the project Mistletoe that I have been working on.  I needed the reds for the red berries as my red threads were not the right shades.  For those of you who don't already know the blue threads will be for Michigan when the time comes.

More done of the applique.  Can you notice that only berries remain to be stitched in place?  I have really enjoyed working with this new applique technique using Avery Label paper.  Happy how the label paper adheres through the entire process of stitching.  This method is a keeper for anyone who likes needle turn.
My finished center now ready for the rest of the top assembly.  Then as much applique as you see in the center, eight different leaf sprigs will be on each side of the outer border.  It took me a week to start preparing to finish these eight.  If I keep the same tempo...four weeks more of this project.  For those who continued to read you get to see where I am today.
Nothing changes stash this week.  Come back tomorrow and see how far I get today on my Mistletoe.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD: 136 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 170 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -34 yards

Congratulations to Kerry for becoming a new grandma for the fifth of her grandkids.  Kerry and her DH celebrate an anniversary today.  Check out her Sunday Stash Report because she will likely have more to say about these events and her sewing throughout the week too.

Have a wonderful week =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, July 5, 2021


This is the center unit of Mistletoe.  (It is actually square.)  I have ended Monday with this much finished since beginning on the applique stitching Friday.  Most of the progress has been done today.  As you can see all eight vines are in place and one vine set is completely done; the one in the middle on the left.  The corner and bottom sets need another berry.  I have red berries to add in these two units.  Yes, you do see a pink berry in the top right.  I had enough pink thread on my needle so why waste it?
This is where I was at the end of Friday.  It was a work day for me so besides setting the vines up in the places they should be stitched down, little more was done.

Saturday morning we left early to visit our friends Chris and Rebecca.  They have a lovely home in Idyllwild that is just a couple of hours away north and east of San Diego.  It is a little town with all kinds of cute shops and eateries.  Very touristy so a busy place the holiday weekend certainly.  We did stroll around town and picked up sandwiches for lunch, but that was it for being in town.
This is the same photo of the center as the first one.  Kassy's toes...  I will be spending my sewing time with applique this week.  It is a short work week for me; today being a holiday and Friday being an off Friday.  Just three days this week!

Enjoy how you spend your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 4, 202


Happy 4th of July!

I have two finishes to report this week.  My fireworks for this Independence Day Celebration, because I have not had anything to report as used for a while.  All the movement of my fabrics have been in the purchased.
Finally, my Laundry Basket Quilt 2021 Mystery Quilt now named Michigan is complete all except the applique.  I have some of the pieces prep'd but much more to go and sew in place.  This will take quite sometime as I will be doing needle turn with the Avery Label paper.  I purchased a yard of Blue Sky - Bubbles - Full Moon Blue Sky fabric for the vines and my left over blue fabrics will be the leaves and flowers.  I will share again when there is significant progress.
Mistletoe is a finish too less the applique.  Loads of pieces are prep'd and like Michigan I will share progress when there is significant progress.  The center will be the first to work on.  It looks as if there is a neutral border around the center, but goes away once the green background and Ohio Star units are sewn together.  It gets a neutral outer border using the same fabric that is the background for the center feathered star where more applique will be applied.

Here are the fabrics that arrived this week from Stitchin' Heaven.  The blue will be used for the vines of Michigan that I spoke about earlier.  The next two are the backs for Mistletoe and Michigan.  Stitchin' Heaven had a very nice sale on Laundry Basket Quilt fabrics early in the week and I needed the backs eventually =^.^=

If you have any ideas on naming either of these two projects, I am all ears!

Starting the second half of 2021 here are my stash stats.

Used this week:  33.75 yards
Used YTD: 136 yards 
Purchased this week: 11 yards 
Purchased YTD: 170 yards 
Net used in 2021:  -34 yards

Have a wonderful week =^.^=