Design Wall Monday, February 28, 2022


I devoted this weekend of sewing to Koastline (aka Michigan, Laundry Basket Quilts).  I am eager to finish the border I'm working on tonight.  It is the top one with just a few Avery Labels to remove (on the top right).  I will go back and add the centers of the flower as well.  The last row will be set up during the week.  There is one more applique units to sew down across the entire applique border.  They are small berries the size of the flower centers.  Scattered about next to the vine.  At my current pace, maybe three weeks of work to go...anxious!

I may start Be Mine and Sweet Apple projects.  I've been setting aside reds, pinks, greens, browns, and the neutral that will be used.  Hoping my sister can find another yard of the fabric I hope to use for Be Mine.  She's on the hunt =^.^=

I hope February was wonderful and have a great March!

Sunday Stash Report, February 27, 2022


Keli was finished during the week.  It is a smaller size version of the Sunshine BOM for February.  There is a wall in my kitchen area where this one will go when it returns from Kerry.  Unfortunately, it isn't a UFO.  Fortunately, it is a project that had been on my Design Wall!

Kackling was also finished during the week.  There was some true design work done for this 2022 UFO.  I won six blocks from a Sunshine BOM that I won and made several more to reach the size desired.  Next how to use the checkerboard.  At first the checkerboard would be placed around each pumpkin.  Well this was just too busy.  Opted for solid black around instead.  

Then to break up the solid black would it be orange or green?  The orange won out as the green was to bring out the stems of the pumpkins, but they just didn't work.  I think because there just wasn't enough green, perhaps if I had put green in the checkerboard?  Didn't want to redo that work just to see.  I am happy with how Kackling turned out.  It too is with Kerry for quilting.

SPOILER ALERT!  If you ordered and haven't received your 2022 Cupid Box don't look!
Mine came on Saturday.  I love this mystery box.  All kinds of goodies!  Fabric for an entire project and a smaller version of a ruler I use quite often.

This is the last of the fabric I purchased for Acorn Soup.  Another project I am anxious to get working on.

So for my Stash Report a change again.

Used this week: 6.75 yards
Used YTD: 25.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 4 yards 
Purchased YTD: 16.25 yards 
Net used in 2022: 9 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 21, 2022


This is a smaller version of the Sunshine February BOM.  I made the units 2 1/2" cut versus 3 1/2".  It brought the size of the shamrock block down to 8" finished.  It is such an easy block to make so I made three with my scraps of course.  Added a complimentary setting (again all scraps) of 2 1/2" squares.  I tried adding pinwheels, also HSTs, but they were just too busy for the simple block.  So a simple pieced second border did the trick.  I'll be sewing this one together later tonight.

This one wasn't quite so easy...  I won six pumpkin blocks in Sunshine October BOM.  I made several more because the blocks are just 4 1/2 by 8 1/2"; six was not enough =^.^=  With some help from Mom and my sister over video chat a plan evolved.  Checkerboard around and in between the pumpkins.

As I started to make the checkerboard (units of orange and black at 1 3/4" unfinished) and put it on the Design Wall, it became clear that it was just too much!

This version came next.  All solid black sashing and the first border.  Followed up by the Checkerboard.  This version has good vibes at this point, but it might be nice to break up that black with something.

So I tried a Checkerboard as corner stones.  I'm thinking this isn't enough so an orange square instead?  I'm liking this...  I think it breaks things up a bit, don't you?  I had thought about a solid black last border, but I think that may be too much!

Anxious to get these projects done and move on to the Sweet Apple wall hanging before I tackle another UFO!  Hope you have a fulfilling week and Happy Presidents Day!

Sunday Stash Report, February 20, 2022


Let's start with the finishes!  This one is the oldest, Karryon, a 2021 UFO.  I just love how it turned out.  I had it mostly finished a week ago, but was delayed by not having enough fabric to finish the top and bottom borders.  

Well the fabric arrived on Saturday YIPPEE!  I cut the desired length and width, lastly sewed into place.  The backing that will be gray fabric with a bit of movement left over from a former project fit just perfect for Karryon.  I will likely use the same gray or perhaps a bright red for the binding.  

Kyushu, the first 2022 UFO to finish!  This is Bonnie Hunter's 2021 Winter Mystery.  I changed out the pink for salmon/orange fabrics.  I really like the end result!  Aqua will be for the binding, unfortunately not what was used in the 1/2" finished sashing because I don't have any more to make it around the smaller than the original design.  I did use a backing fabric that is likely one of the oldest yardage pieces in my stash.  Happy for for it to be used after maybe 10 years.

I also finished Sunshine's February BOM.  I liked it so much that I decided to make a smaller version.  Then there were three! Now what?

As long as I'm shrinking things down...this will be one of the next projects to work on.  Sweet Apple started from my Mom's quilt guild then made it to Sunshine's September BOM that I coordinated.  I wanted to make several of these blocks into a small wall hanging.  The pattern has been staring me down since September!  I've pulled the reds and browns for it from my strip stash and will add the greens not used from the shamrock project to put it together.  While I'm at it I also pulled reds to make two Be Mine projects.  One the full size for my niece and the other smaller for myself.

Another project that is coming along is the Sunshine October BOM Win.  I have been waiting for space on my Design Wall to find a complimentary setting to use.  That being said I made a few more pumpkin blocks with more oranges and greens coming from my strip stash.

I told you I was building up for Acorn Soup project.  The fabrics started arriving last week with just one more to be delivered.  These fabrics are hard to come by as the Squirrelly Girl line has been out for sometime.

This is what I have right now.  It is an applique project with the finished acorn block being 6".  I want to get one of the darker browns used in the project and then along with what I have can pull more fabrics from my stash to give the project a good variety.

Next up came back from Kerry.  I didn't make the top.  It was a project made long ago by a friend of a friend's mother I believe (Christy?).  I provided the back and Kerry did her magic!  The center was a bit difficult during the quilting process, but you'd never know it.  These photos are of it trimmed down.  I'll be headed to Rosie's to find an appropriate binding fabric; both Kerry and I think that red would be a nice compliment.

Along with the Lonestar quilt came shared fabrics from a basket Kerry won years back from Sunshine (or it could have been an auction).  We will both be making this table runner called Turkey Trot.

Have quite a bit of change to my counts...and it certainly is about time!  Out of the negative and on to more positive counts.

Used this week: 18.5 yards
Used YTD: 18.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 4.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 12.25 yards 
Net used in 2022: 6.25 yards

GoGo Secret Agent Feline

Katty Diva with Empty Glass in Chair

During the week I also got a couple of new Alley Cat figurines...  I have quite a collection going!  I just love these sexy cats by Margaret Le Van.

Design Wall Monday, February 14, 2022


Wishing everyone a love-full Valentine's Day!

Not much happening since yesterday with my sewing.  We entertained through the opening kick-off of the Super Bowl until nearly sleep time.  Always fun with friends!

Part of Mom's gift received on Saturday included this very cute pattern called Turkey Trot by Sandy Gervais, Pieces From My Heart.  It is a table runner, but I'm going to turn those turkeys around and make this into a wall hanging.  It suggested Riley Blake Designs fabrics.  My stash will work just fine.

This is the other pattern that Mom gifted me.  Oh WOW!  This is called Bird of Paradise by Judy Niemeyer,  This one looks pretty complex.  We shall see if this one comes to life in my sewing room!

Hope your week is wonderful!

Sunday Stash Report, February 13, 2022

Kyushu is looking great.  I have the top done out to the itty bitty aqua border.  The pieced border is yet to be sewn together.  Since I was going for a smaller size there was a lot of guessing on how many flying geese units would be needed.  I had to make six more to get around, but certain I will need more once they are sewn together.  I will wait on the middles of the borders to see if I need the larger or smaller unit that goes there.  In the photo above the larger unit is there on both sides; top and bottom are just holes for now.  Kyushu is a 2022 UFO.  The pieced border will start getting sewn together perhaps today after the Super Bowl.

I did work on putting Karryon together too.  I got the center assembled.  Knowing I didn't have enough background to continue the outer border I tried something else.

This would do I suppose; with perhaps a red flange to separate top from border.  I just wasn't feeling it, so I decided to try my luck to find more of the Timeless Treasures fabric.  Success!  Found it!  The fabric should arrive during the week.  I'll add the top and bottom and call it finished.  Karryon is a 2021 UFO.  What you see in the first photo will get the top and bottom borders.  No gray border for this project.

I have been looking at this design for awhile.  Each time I would run across it my thoughts would say...get it, you know you want it.  Well it to is on its way this week.  

I picked up several of the applique backgrounds and two of them arrived from Alaska Quilting Adventures this week...pretty quick I thought.  These are 1/2 yard cuts.  There are three others coming this week, more from eBay or ETSY shops.

Mom surprised us with these goodies.  Missing from the photo are some great tasting cookies made with oatmeal and butterscotch chips.  A recipe that my sister came across and couldn't get enough of.  We will be having some of these today as we Super Bowl graze.  The goodies in the photo are patterns, fabrics, socks, and masks.  Mom made the pretty masks =^.^=

Koastline is getting attention too.  The second border is nearly done.  A few pieces might get added while we watch the game.  Hope that you have something fun happening in your sewing room!  We are hoping for a Los Angeles Rams win =^.^=

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 0 yards 
Purchased this week: 1 yards 
Purchased YTD: 7.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: -7.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 7, 2022


Can you spot the mistake?  I'll give you a is almost in the center.  I finished putting it all together and thought to give it a final once over.  The design with the hour glass blocks has a whole lot of movement.  Well did you find it yet?

Thankfully event though it was sewn around four different seams it wasn't too hard to correct.  This second photo has it fixed and ready for the next step.  The quilt sides, top, and bottom need to be trimmed to make it straight for another aqua inner border the same size as the sashing.  

The final border are  made of these units mostly from Part 2.  I may need to make more of the top units so the fabric used in Kyushu has not been returned to their bins quite yet.  I'll be working mostly on Kyushu during the week.  I want to have it finished =^.^=

Laundry Basket Quilts caught my attention with this pattern called Be Mine.  This is heart month you know.  I have several red strips that this will work great with.  I also have a special family member who will just love it.

I hope you have a great week ahead.

Sunday Stash Report, February 6, 2022


My Design Wall is crowded with Kyushu so my sewing table doubled for this photo of Karryon.  Everything is coming along well.  These are all that need for the project.  There is a 2 1/2" border that will finish this small sized Bringing Home the Christmas Tree by Lori Holt.  Karryon is a 2021 UFO.

This is the second black car.  No words for its accent; instead a strip of holiday symbols of Christmas.

These words claim the holiday in green.  It is the second red car.

Finally, the second gold car.  The accent is holiday words although it is hard to see.   I am considering the placement of the cars, but I think what you see in the first photo is how it will end up.  This might be my first finish of 2022.  I worked on these most of the week.

Friday was my off day this week.  I took time out to place the vine and several leaves on Koastline.  I am still a long way from finishing this 2022 UFO, but it's coming along.  So nothing this week changes my stats.  All the way through the first month and nothing finished...

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 0 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 6.75 yards 
Net used in 2022: -6.75 yards