Design Wall Monday, August 22, 2022

This week I am back to making 1" finished HSTs.  I have quite a few done already out of the 1162 that need to be made for Clue 5.  Once this last group is sewn and counted in with the others I will learn how many more need to be made.  I am getting close!  This is the project that I will take with me to work on because Clue 6 will be released real soon and I want to be ready to start in on it.  I think this project will be a total of seven clues from what I am seeing on the website.

I take off for Maryland to visit with my parents and sister.  I hope to see my Brother-in-Law, Nephew, Niece and her family too.  It has been a year since I was back.  Thank goodness video calls help to keep us close during the long intermissions.  Mom has fabric to manage into projects.  I hope to have her making Broken Courthouse Steps too!  Dad may have me doing some projects around the house.  One thing for sure with Dad and the weekends with Karen that a puzzle will be on the dinning room table!

Now to get the packing for nearly two weeks started=^.^-

Sunday Stash Report, August 21, 2022


Wonky Wishes has come together nicely.  This one was fun to create, but as I have mentioned a bit labor intensive to make more.  This one has a red back.  I was happy to be able to get the back and the sashing from Holly Lobby at 40% discount.

This is the first Broken Courthouse Steps.  I had a piece of fabric large enough for two backs; so this first and second projects will have it. The pattern is addictive!

This is another finish, the second Broken Courthouse Steps.  I have one more cut into the units.  When finished there will be three of these with LOTS more 2 1/2" strips still available for more charity projects.  I will be looking for another pattern that goes together fast and uses lots of strips.  With these four quilts I can at least comfortably close the 2 1/2" strips stash drawer!

Used this week: 22.25 yards 
Used YTD: 153.75 yards 
Purchased this week: 3 yards 
Purchased YTD: 51.5 yards 
Net used in 2022: 102.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, August 15, 2022


The first of many Christmas ornaments is finished.  The Polar Bear is darling.  Besides the woll to make him there were all sorts of leftovers.  I've already pulled out two more to work on.  These next two use fabric glue and are not poly filled.  More a craft sort of project than sewing.  Watch out they are coming to you soon.

Hobby Lobby's 40% off all yardage started again this week.  I purchased (from the right) the sashing fabric for Wonky Wishes, a really cute unicorn print in pink and purple for the charity quilt in similar colors that was made over the weekend, and finally a small piece for continued 1" finished HSTs for O Say...Can You See.  A very good shop!

There was a package from Kerry waiting for me after work and my brief shop at Hobby Lobby.  She cut out all the "stripes" for the Kolonization.  You may remember this one from Primitive Gatherings, a Stitch-Along that she brought to us in 2021.  Kerry used her Accu Cutter to start me off on this 12 flag block quilt project.  More om Kolonization coming too!.
You might just be able to make out the quilting design on the first of three Hopscoth Butterscotch.  It really looks nice with both the front and the back.  Kerry picks the pattern and the thead on the charity quilts.  Nice work!
I still have the trimming down and binding to put in place, but it will happen in turn.  Meanwhile I'm working on the next Broken Courthouse Steps.  I just love how this project is using up 2 1/2" scraps.

Enjoy your week=^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, August 14, 2022


This is just the pattern for using up 2 1/2" strips.  Kerry found it and I am happy she did.  It can be made in several settings, but because my projects will be so scrappy I decided on this layout.  In just a couple of days these 20 blocks are assembled and ready to be sewn together into a top.  The pattern is called Broken Courthouse Steps.  

There will be several more of these coming out of my sewing room.  The units already pulled from stash ready to use for the second quilt.

This cute project is the result of a day with Sunshine Quilters making cuddle quilts for the charity the guild supports.  The fabrics are from a kit that Tanya (the guild's cuddle quilt coordinator) assembled.  The pattern is called Keyhole. 

Today, besides getting ready for the second Broken Courthouse Steps, the units will be sewn together to make the 12 1/2" blocks for Wonky Wishes.  As soon as I can get my hands on a good sale, 2 1/2 yards of a neutral will be cut for the sashing.  I do like the design, but it is a bit labor intensive without a lot of fabric being used to clear my 2 1/2" strip stash.

Nothing to claim as used quite yet!  

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

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!