Design Wall Monday, August 8, 2022

All the units to build the 20 blocks are complete, plus two extra.  Wonky Wishes also needs sashing.  I figured out 2 1/2 yards should be enough.  Next sale will get what is needed.

This will be used for the Wonky Wishes back and binding.  $3.00 a yard clearance...awesome!

This is the remaining 2 1/2" squares.  They will go back in the strip stash.  More 2 1/2" squares could be cut from strips that are on hand, but this pattern is too labor intensive for more.

These are the next 1" finished HSTs to prepare.  There are lots more that will need to be done even after getting this batch done.  O Say...Can You Sew! has all month to finish Clue 5.

Have a wonderful week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, August 7, 2022


Continue working on O Say...Can You Sew!  Right now I have about a third sewn and cut up.  I did mention my target for Clue 5 is 1152 1" finished HSTs.  I do have a bunch more from scraps pulled out of my strips stash.  I still have the 3 1/2" strips to look through.  There will be more on this tomorrow.

My Ukraine support quilt (aka, Hearts of Hope) made it to Long Beach International Quilt Show drop off over the weekend thanks to Candi.  Here she is with quilt in hand at the booth.  Thank you ever so much for helping out with this Candi!

Friday night was a night for starting all the wool ornaments of 2021 UFO #4.  There are a bunch of ornaments that make up this UFO.  We were watching Gray Man on Paramount+ while this Polar Bear was being prepared and stitched.  The most stitching will be on the sweater.

Most of the week was spent working on Wonky Wishes blocks.  There are a lot of 2 1/2" units to be made that turn into 6" blocks.  It takes four 6" blocks to make one 12" block.  I will be making a total of 20 blocks.  I am nearly there!  More on Wonky Wishes tomorrow!

Lots to see tomorrow if you have the time.  Until then have a great Sunday=^.^=

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 131.5 yards 
 Purchased this week: 2 yards 
 Purchased YTD: 48.5 yards 
 Net used in 2022: 83 yards

Design Wall Monday, August 1, 2022

So how many 1" finished HSTs do you think are in the photo?  I will give you a is less than a 1/3 of what is needed to satisfy the units necessary for Clue 5, O Say...Can You Sew!  If I had sewn another 72...  Now that is two hints!  Don't fret, the answer is on Lisa Bongean's blog post today for Clue 5.  Let me say there are a whole lot more to go before the next Clue is released a month from now (the first Monday of the month).

As I video spoke to my parents from the floor of my sewing room yesterday more blue was pulled from my stash or mistakenly called trash by my Dad.  (The three of us got quite a laugh by his honest mistake.)  The fabrics on the right are new blues from my sewing room stash.  Next to look for anything in my 2 1/2" strips stash.  Pretty sure I have already taken from here, but worth the look!

Wonky Wishes was in my look too.  It took most of the evening to pull for it.  I will be making a size similar to Hopscotch Butterscotch.  Doing this will make the back a little easier to achieve from my stash or if needed purchase on a good sale.  Wonky Wishes, no matter how many I make, will be for charity too.  What you see makes the 20 12" blocks.  It gets sashing and a border as well.  At the rate you see above it will take a lot of Wonky Wishes projects to use up my 2 1/2" strips.  I may need to rethink a project that uses up more fabrics!

Not a year goes past that Steve isn't remembered on his Birthday.  He has been celebrating in Heaven for many years now, but it doesn't change a thing when August 1st rolls around.  I believe Steve is celebrating with the angels this day!

Sunday Stash Report, July 31, 2022


Kaleidoscope Klippings
28" x 41"
Kaleidoscope Klippings is finished.  This project comes from the scraps of the original project Kaleidoscope.  Kaleidoscope was a project purchased from my long ago trip to Houston International Quilt Show.

54" x 64"

There was quite a bit of fabric leftovers taking up space in my stash.  No longer!

With hints from Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings on one of her recent YouTube videos; Clue 5 for her project O Say...Can You Sew! has commenced.  The formal release is tomorrow.  (Those of you who haven't pulled off Clue 4 get to it or pay for it after today.)  Clue 5 has us using foundation papers, 1" finished in blue and neutral fabrics.  I am using the same fabrics as previous clues and adding in when needed.  Looks like I will need to add in some blues.

Trying real hard to use up "scaps", but sometimes a bit of enhancement is necessary.  There was a 20% discount on Andover Fabrics recently with Fat Quarter Quilt Shop.  I took advantage of two white with blue low volume prints.  These can be used for O Say...Can You Sew! and another soon to start project called Kondensation (aka Winter Blues by Bonnie Hunter).

That is it for now.  Later today plans are in work to start getting the 2 1/2" strip stash drawer into manageable units for Wonky Wishes.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 131.5 yards 
 Purchased this week: 2 yards 
 Purchased YTD: 48.5 yards 
 Net used in 2022: 83 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 25, 2022


Little clues along the path of comleting O Say...Can You Sew!  This one however wasn't exactly a walk in the park.  It was easy putting together Clue 3, but lots of work made more by not having finished Clue 2 =^.^=

All 31 blocks are done now.  Clue 4 is finished.  I am completely ready for the next Clue that should be released in a couple of weeks.  Now on to something else.

Hope your week is full of happiness.

Sunday Stash Report, July 24, 2022

 I have been working on Clue 3 of Oh Say...Can You Sew! project by Primitive Gatherings.  Clue 3 combined Clue 1 and Clue 2 added four 3 1/2" neutrals to make the block.  The Clue calls for 31 blocks.  I had only stitched part of Clue 2 (the red star tips) so I needed to make more of these to finish Clue 3.  I am still working on Clue 3 today.

Really was simple just lots of star tips before I could move on.  Above are the units for Clue 2.

Then there was the trimming...these were made oversized to allow for the perfect 3 1/2" finish needed.  I am happy Lisa Bongean had us make them this way.  Yes it does take time to trim, but the results are worth the effort.  (The blue nine-patch units are from Clue 1.)

Putting Clue 3 together.

Clue 4 was another nine-patch, but this time in red.

Kerry sent back Kaleidoscope Klippings during the week.  I have trimmed it down and will be hunting for the best binding option from my stash.

Nothing to turn the numbers one way or another this week.  It was certainly nice for the past three Stash Reports using 17 yards each week.  I feel like a slacker this week!

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 131.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 46.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 85 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 18, 2022


The time has come to sew together Clue 3 and Clue 4.  I will be cutting fabrics this week to get this project up to the last clue before the next one comes out.  A project that who knows how many clues will come before we can see what this mystery unveils!

Enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 17, 2022


The last of the Hopscotch Butterscotch quilts is finished.  This is the third one made for charity.  Jennifer got me going at her party and I just kept on making them.  Happy to reduce the 2" strips!

I picked this up for the back.  It was 40% off; not bad.

Saturday brought a box of fabrics from my Mom.  Her guild had a "yard sale".  Now I need to find a 2.5 inch scrappy quilt pattern that will use all the different strips in my stash. =^.^=
This piece from Mom has been in her stash for years.  Something made her purchase yardage of apple theme fabrics.  Hopscotch Butterscotch #2 will use most of this piece up.  I will still end up with more of this; will need to figure out what to do with it next.

This will be the last 17 yard used week!

Used this week: 17 yards
Used YTD: 131.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 2 yards 
Purchased YTD: 46.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 85 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 11, 2022


I finished the Milk Cow quilt project.  I like the look of the binding which is the fabric of the cow in the bottom right.  The farmyard animal quilting design sets off the theme of the quilt perfectly.  The baby boy arrives later this year so I am well ahead of arrival.  It will be on its way to Maryland this week.

Not too much progress on Hopscotch Butterscotch #3 this week as my attention was focused on getting the Milk Cow quilt complete.  I left it on the Design Wall, but did manage to cut the pieces out for the sashing, corner stones, and inner border (not in the photo).  Now I will be back to the sewing room working on this finish.

Now that my 2" drawer of strips is manageable it will be time to hit the 1.5" and 2.5" strips.  (The baggies hold 2" squares in the different color groups.)

No matter how much you make from scraps there will always be more =^.^=.  Hope your week is as fabulous as you want it to be!  Happy Anniversary Kerry and Joe...

Sunday Stash Report, July 10, 2022

Moving right along with Hopscotch Butterscotch #2.  I finished this one and am on to #3.  I took #2 down off the Design Wall and put #3 up.  Truthfully, these are so scrappy that they don't really need to go up on the Design Wall.  It is nice to step back and see how far along you have stitched.

Here is #3.  I have this pattern down where I hardly look at the pattern.  I am so pleased to have my 2" strip drawer nearly emptied!

This is the fabric I pulled from my stash for the sashing (blue/white dots), corner stones (red), and inner border (white).  The units are all cut.  I will be working on the final touches this week.  It sure is nice to have 17 more yards into a quilt.  =^.^=

Used this week: 17 yards
Used YTD: 114.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 44.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 70 yards


Design Wall Monday, July 4, 2022

 Happy 4th to everyone.  This is the last of the samller pieces 2" that will make up Hopscotch, Butterscotch #2 and #3 four patches.  I have also cut more 2" neutrals.  

Part of the neturals come from Bonnie.  She gave me lots of scraps from a project she worked on several years back.  These are all batiks.  You do mix your cotton fabrics of all kinds into your scrap projects...don't you?  There are more to cut from Bonnie's scraps, but those scraps are a bit darker.  I am certainly not one to pass up a good scrap!

I took Tuesday through Thursday off this week to make it a nice break from work.  Monday a Holiday and Friday my off Friday.  All this comes down to lots of sewing!

DH and I worked together to add a third shelf for my Margaret Le Van Alley Cats collection.  I am already thinking there should be four shelves!

I hope you have a wonderful week=^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 3, 2022


The first of three stash busting charity quilts is done, Hopscotch, Butterscotch by Bonnie Hunter.  Most of the fabrics came from the Sew Party hosted by Jennifer.  I added most of the piano key border pieces, sashing,  burgundy conerstones, and the inner border.  All the blocks came from Jennifer's stash.  I really like the way its turned out.  I will look through my yardage for a back.  One piece is already in the plan, but I will need to add some extra to make it work.

Hopscotch, Butterscotch #2 is already to be moved to my Design Wall.  My Mom gave me the black w/white pin polka dot that will be used for the sashing, Karen gave me the bumble bee that will be used for the inner border.

Hopscotch, Butterscotch #3 is already in progress too..when Kosmo decides to move away from the sewing machine!

So there is a change to my stash count.  Hopscotch, Butterscotch #1 takes 17 yards!  This is not getting my UFOs done, but I am enjoying watching my 2" squares and strips being cleared out from the bin.

Used this week: 17 yards
Used YTD: 97.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 44.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 53 yards

Design Wall Monday, June 27, 2022


Here is where I am today with Hopscotch.  I have two more corners to build before I start putting all the sashing and rows and inner border, and piano key outer border together.  Yes, I am ready to give this a finish.  My steps along the way...

Each block takes five four patches
Let me tell you about all these rail sets...URGH...  I was supposed to make a total of 80 units not sets.  Oh well, I do have enough scraps to make two more projects...LOL!
These were the blocks coming together.
These were my choices for sashing and inner border.
The first two of 18 more blocks.
Piano key dark fabrics.  There is a size problem in the instructions.  It was easy enough to correct.  The longer piece should be 6" not 6.5".  The smaller 4.5" piece gets a 2" square on top.

I hope your week goes smoothly this last days of June.  Do you have any plans for the 4th of July?  Take care =^.^=