Design Wall Monday, December 26, 2022


This one is complete except for the label that will go on later today.  It is the Sunshine Cuddle Quilt Kit project for either January or February depending on what works best.  The binding really worked well for mine.  Tanya, the Cuddle Quilt Coordinator, has made an additional amount of kits to add to the eight I already made so there should be plenty to go around.

Sorry for the angle of this photo.  O Say...Can You Sew! is a big project.  I have the top all together now.  I will put solid 6" borders on it to seal in those cute little stars in the sashing.  This quilt should finish at 83" by 103".  Need a name for those interested in helping me out; keep the "K" :)  I like a 108" backing from Blank Quilting.  It is Starlet a small star tonal in white.  I also plan to get enough for the borders.  Next post I'll show you the back of this big project; you will see why it took so long to get it together.  Now on to the commissioned baby quilt =^.^=

Hope your last week of 2022 is calm before 2023 kicks in!

Sunday Stash Report, December 25, 2022


Have you found everything under the tree?  It is a very bright, beautiful day in San Diego.  We have wished our families a Merry Christmas and shared a few gifts.  Kind of a quiet holiday this year.

Part Five of #Chilhowie came together easily enough.  I may have to be making these blocks over with the fabric positioned a little different.  I had hoped the block would be more emerald, but it is reading more orange instead.  I only made three block sets so I'm not too upset that it didn't turn out as I had hoped.  I will try again now that I know how it is going to come together.  Those orange squares in the middle will need to be emerald!

Part Four is cut and waiting time under the needle.  I have been focusing on O Say...Can You Sew!  Looks like I'll start off 2023 with a large amount of fabric used instead of finishing 2022 with a bang =^.^=

I'll give you a sneak peak at the baby quilt with just one of the six characters.  Hope your day is full of joy!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 19, 2022

I haven't started on this project yet.  It is my Sunshine BOM WIN from December's meeting.  This one arrived in the mail to add to the others.  It will be one wild project with all the bright colors everyone used.  I am still working on O Say...Can You Sew!  There sure are a lot of pieces to the sashing and there is a lot of sashing too.

Hope this week isn't too hectic for you with less than a week before Christmas =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 18, 2022


I was lucky enough to win Sunshine's Block of the Month this week.  There are some who will be giving me there's at a later date, but a pretty good win of the Grandma Mae's Economy Block.  There sure are a lot of colors so expect a colorful project when I can get these together.

Kerry is in town, we exchanged Christmas gifts on Friday when we spent a good portion of the day together.  She knows I have been working towards the red truck theme in my home for Christmas decorating and look what she gifted me!  A big smile crossed my face when I opened the gift.  The two FQs are also special as they are Holiday themed cat fabrics.  I have been spending in Hobby Lobby of late, so you see a gift card for me to enjoy a purchase on her!

Nothing to change the numbers this week.  With only one more Stash Report in 2022...I doubt there will be a change.  I will be trying though with O Say...Can You Sew!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 12, 2022


I'm tardy on Part Four.  Just when I had caught up!  Holiday season, this, that, and the other are getting in the way from my sewing =^.^=.  I will be preparing two baskets for the live auction at Sunshine Quilters December meeting that is tomorrow night.  One has a theme of red and silver; the other is gold.  Both are filled to the brim with sewing notions along with one Holiday item.  I hope they both bring in lots of green for the guild's bank.

What's on my design wall this week is still O Say...Can You Sew!  I've been working here and there with the sashing units.  There are a lot of them all needing 1" units sewn in place diagonally then flipped.  Each corner of the 1 1/2" sashing.  The sashing units then come together to make an Ohio Star.  This project is so large I can't even get all of the blocks on my design wall at one time.  If you look closely you can see the sashing units I am trying to explain.

I hope you are having a super week...get that sewing time in when you can...such a great stress reducer for us quilters!

Sunday Stash Report, December 11, 2022

I have been busy with Bonnie Hunter's #Chilhowie Winter Mystery.  I am not making the full project as of yet.  The colors were changed a bit and I want to make sure it will pass the test.  Above is Part Three.  I will let you in on a little secret...I made these first with orange where the green is.  It dawned on me that the mistake had been made when I started on the last pair of eight unit.  Orange called out in the Bonnie Hunter colors is where my color changed to green.  Out came my seam ripper...urgh.  I have to really pay attention because my color changes are so slight it is easy to mess up =^.^=

This is Part Two.  I messed this one up too.  I didn't get to stitching the square units that you see in green, but I cut out enough in orange.  Orange called out in the Bonnie Hunter colors is where my color changed to green.  Caught the mistake before the seam ripper had to come out!

Part One was done correctly from the beginning, probably because I didn't have Aqua in the project bin.  Aqua called out in the Bonnie Hunter colors is where my color changed to orange.

You would think I'd learn a lesson about my changes in color choices by Part Three!  I will be going slower with cutting and sewing for Part Four that is released on Friday.  Friday is the day each of the parts is released and will continue like that until around New Years.  Are you ready to think we are just weeks away from 2023?

Nothing changes my stash this week.  I am hoping to get O Say...Can You Sew done before the end of the year.  Don't know of any other "Big Used" projects that will finish or anywhere even close.  Have fun in the coming days with all the parties you are likely to attend.  My next one is later this afternoon.  Cheers!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 5, 2022

Fabrics for #Chilhowie.  The neutrals are on the ivory side, the green takes the place of the orange, the purple is the purple, and the orange takes the place of the aqua.  I hope the oranges capture the colors of a sunset well enough.  Chilhowie is the Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery this year.  I am always happy with her color selection and moving the green to the color (orange) used the most in the Mystery isn't too much of a stretch.  Also replacing the aqua with the orange that is used the least in the Mystery.  I plan to play along with the part releases each week.  I do need to catch up a bit before Friday =^.^=  I won't be making nearly the quantity of units until I know that I like my changes.

These are the fabrics for Part 1

These are the fabrics for Part 2

I am excited to get this project under the needle.  If you want to learn more about the mystery head over to Quiltville and look for the tab marked Chilhowie Mystery!  There are several holiday events this week that I will need to prepare for.  The first is a potluck on Thursday and the second on Friday is a work cocktail and plated dinner celebrating five-year increments of company anniversaries.  I am certain to be one of the large anniversaries with 35 years.

Sunday Stash Report, November 4, 2022

I've been working on the sashing for O Say...Can You Sew! over the week.  If you look you can see some of the sashing filling up the spaces between the blocks.

This is what each of the units look like.  The pile of neutral strips combined with the 1" units in the bowl make the sashing that when added with the 1 1/2" squares just above the cutter make a star.  This is going to take some time for certain.  There are two more rows of blocks that won't fit on the Design Wall to add to this beauty.

I spent the day with Sunshine Quilt Guild Members at Summer's Past Craft Fair today.  We did really well with all the fun items that Members made for the event.  I'm told that we brought back a whole lot less than what was taken.  Success!

Nothing changes my numbers this week.  Come again and visit tomorrow and you will see what I have cooking besides O Say...Can You Sew!  Enjoy your week ahead.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 28, 2022


Oh Say...Can You Sew! Clue 7 is all cut and ready to sew.  I'm hoping there are 640 1" squares...  I will be sitting down and counting to make sure.  There is still more blues if I fall short.  That is a lot of 1" squares don't you think?

What's been extra great is that Chilhowie is using 1 1/2" strips too.  Anything less than 9 1/2" will be used in Chilhowie.  This is Part 1 that was out on Black Friday.  I'll be changing out the aqua for emerald green shades and the deeper oranges for a lighter orange.  The neutrals will be more towards the ivory side.  So a few tweaks in Bonnie's colors.

Nothing else happening in the sewing room but my projects!  The charity work for now is at a stay until I get to binding when Kerry has a chance to get some of the quilting done.  I know she's been working on one of her quilts where she is doing a custom design.  I have been asking much on the charity side from her =^.^= 

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday Stash Report, November 27, 2022

It was a week where not much sewing was accomplished.  It likely happened to you with it being Thanksgiving.  Family arrived on Thursday for the meal.  We met for the first time Kelsey who is engaged to our nephew Cody.  Six of us sat down to give thanks.  Rita said a lovely grace.  The three new dishes I tried out for the meal turned out to be favorites for our group.  Both Kelsey and Rita asked for the farro recipe.  The cauliflower recipe was passed on to Rita.  The traditional gravy recipe was very good, but Tim still claims his mom's is the best.  I have been trying to get close; it seems like I won't be able to come close.

Rita helped me make eight kits for Sunshine Quilt Guild Members.  I didn't add any of the fabrics purchased for this project to my stash so I'll not claim any of it used.  I'm happy to be able to make the kits.  Hope each of the kits get made and wind up in the hands of a child that needs the comfort.

So no change to my stats this week.  I'm off to look at Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery, Chilhowie.  I have yet to pull fabrics together.  Time to get going!  I plan to make half the project for now in the colors she suggests.  I also plan to cut the sashing units for Oh Say...Can You Sew! while the Chargers play.  Hope you have a wonderful week ahead=^.^=

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 21, 2022


Let me start with the arrival of the 2022 Jolly Box from Fat Quarters Quilt Shop.  The shop has an offering a few times a year that is themed for a specific holiday.  You can see all the red and green goodies in this Christmas box.  They also include a pattern with part of the fabrics included along with a discount for what is needed to complete the design.  If you zoom in close the pattern can be seen.  I will probably make it if a background fabric can be found in my stash.  The discount is a nice one, but it would be nice to use up my stash.

I have the fourth part of Autumn Love done.  I think the scarecrow block is next to work.  Part five here I come.

I've been spending lots of time on this project. I am making this one first to get the instructions right.  It is using two different designs for the layout.  Once I have the instructions right I will be preparing as many as ten kits for Sunshine Quilt Guild Members to make if they choose for a philanthropy project.

I hope to put in the mail this week four projects to Kerry.  It has been a busy week for me=^.^=  Hope yours is a little bit slower paced!  Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday Stash Report, November 20, 2022

Not really giving Kosmo and Katastrophy baths, but we are getting the homestead ready for company this week.  I have some finishes nonetheless =^.^=

These two were the first of several new fabrics brought home with me this week.  The clouds fabric is for a charity project for Sunshine Quilt Guild.  I'll be making several quilt kits with it and a lot of my stash.  It is a sailboat project, but you will need to visit tomorrow to see it.  The second fabric is the back for Scattered Leaves 1.  Both fabrics were on sale at Hobby Lobby; the one on the bottom 75% off.

The top fabric is from Rosie's.  I decided on something with teals and blues because this top used many of the shades in it.  My Design Wall is cluttered so the view is from my sewing cabinet.  This is a directional fabric...must remember when I sew it together.
I also picked this one up for a Sunshine Charity quilt.  The kit I picked up has everything except the back.  This polka dot flannel fits perfect with the dalmatians don't you think?
These fabrics will go with the clouds.  You must come back tomorrow for my Design Wall post for the reveal of the cutest little sailboat project.

I have also worked on Autumn Love this week.  I have the fourth week almost done.  This is the third Harvest Block with still one more to stitch.  There is some trimming to do before this one gets stitched together.

I almost pulled the wallet out for an Accuquilt Go Big cutting machine.  The sales are great right now.  I know I'd use it, but the dies are so expensive and the starter kit has sizes I'd likely not use.  Kerry has one and loves it.  The problem is I'd want five dies right off the block.  If I got just two I'd be trimming the units down and as you see there goes the idea behind having the right die.  What to do?

I'll update my stash count from what was last week a bit later.  Time to get to work so the Accuquilt Go Big with it's many dies could come to fruition!

Used this week: 7 yards 
Used YTD: 184.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 6.75 yards 
Purchased YTD: 62.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 14, 2022

I am back to working on Autumn Love.  This is Week 4 Harvest Block.  There are four Harvest Blocks and this one is the first.  (The blue is part of the little design wall.  The actual block stops after the hash fabric.)

It is a bit blury, sorry.  This is another part of Week 4.  I have the heart stitched down now.
I have had these done for quite awhile now.  All three of these designs make up Week 4.  Now to get the Harves Blocks sewn together.  My project for this week =^.^=

Hope you are getting ready with recipes for next week.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday Stash Report, November 13, 2022


Keyhole 3 is finished and ready for quilting.  Kerry might find some cowboy inspired quilt design for the stitching.  Perhaps a teal thread?

Keyhole 4 is finished and ready for quilting.  This one is the favorite of the four made so far.  Zoom in and see the theme border...

Scattered Leaves 2 is finished too.  Maybe Kerry has a maple leaf quilt design for the stitching.  Just about any color would do for the thread.  The back of Scattered Leaves 2 is a mustard color.  A piece that has been in my stash for quite some time.  I am still looking for a leaf theme border to use on Scattered Leaves 1.  I purchased the back at Hobby Lobby on Saturday for Scattered Leaves 1.  Scattered Leaves 1 is coming together, but not quite there yet.

At Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly I did pick up another charity quilt kit.  This one is Boca Blocks a design that Lorna found and put together kits for.  It was really simple.  The fabrics were all provided, even the binding.  I did a search for just the right back and nothing was to be found in my stash.  This project's back is part of my searching for the week along with some leaf theme.

Last but not least, November's BOM from Sunshine Quilt Guild coordinated by Tanya Aloff.  The design is called Grandma Mae's Economy Block.  I had the gray fabric close at hand on my sewing table from another project.  With the swirlly design that matched the provided background not to mention the different color...perfect!

So I have been busy finishing and have lots to change my stash stats this week.

Used this week: 12.25 yards 
Used YTD: 177.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 1.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 56 yards 
Net used in 2022: 121.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, November 7, 2022


This really cute Wild Blue Yonder quilt was worked on during the Fall Back Festival that took place yesterday at the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego.  It was used to demonstrate hand stitching a binding.  There was an interactive attraction that was tying a quilt, showing hand quilting, and offering chances on this year's Opportunity Quilt along with sharing Sunshine's Guild Membership, Lectures, and Workshop opportunities.  It was a fun time.

On my Design Wall is the third Keyhole project.  I like this combination of colors.  A beige binding is planned and the back will be the same cowboy theme flannel.

Also on my Design Wall are two Scattered Leaves projects.  The two are auditioning a border.  I think the second project wins this pumpkin border that was gifted to me from my Mom.

This basket has the makings of the fourth Keyhole project.  This will probably show itself on next week's Design Wall.

Tomorrow is Sunshine Quilt Guild's monthly meeting.  I have lots to take with me tomorrow.  The weather is supposed to be rain.  I sure hope it stops between 4pm and 9:30pm when I will be out on the road.  Have a great week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, November 6, 2022


This week the project from Kerry kept coming!  My Kandy arrived and so did a few others.

My hope is to get them done before Tuesday.

Today I'm sitting with Lorna at the Fall Feast in the Gaslamp District of San Diego.  We are showing hand sewing with an opportunity for interactive with tying a quilt.  I will be offering chances on Sunshine's Yearly Opportunity Quilt.  This is the first time in a couple of years that the Fall Feast takes place and a first for Sunshine to have a booth.  The three quilts pictured will be the hand sewing that I will be stitching.

I'm working hard on spinning the stash numbers with the second Keyhole project and the two Scattered Leaves projects.  Check in tomorrow to see these project in work =^.^=

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 165.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 1.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 54.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 110.75 yards