Design Wall Monday, November 27, 2023

I did put all the blocks together from the HSTs made from the first batch.  Somewhere along the process I lost a HST so more had to be made to continue.

This is the second batch ready to be cut up.  I haven't had much time to work on Katerskill this past week.  Certainly a time when there is all kinds of things to do besides sew.  I hope to get back to this tomorrow.
Did you get started on Bonnie Hunter's Winter Mystery?  I will be pulling and saving the different parts of this one.  I want to concentrate on my UFOs right now.  I still have UFOs 2022 and 2023 yet to complete.  I will be making my project in Bonnie's colors.  My batiks are calling out to be used.  Plan to start with them then hit the rest of my stash.

 Have a great last week of November...can you believe it?

Sunday Stash Report, November 26, 2023


I finished sewing up these two blocks that are the November BOM.  I really like how they turned out.  I'll definitely put my name in the drawing to be the winner at Sunshine December Meeting.  Thanks Pam for such a fun block.

I purchased this fabric for the binding of my Christmas truck tree skirt.  I will be cutting on the bias to give it the perfect look.

Just started a new cross stitch project.  This is the first finish of 12 9" blocks.  The project is all ducks doing fun things.  The next block is a dancing duck.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 148.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 1 yard
Purchased YTD: 86.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 61.75 yards

Hope your Thanksgiving was a fabulous event!

Design Wall Monday, November 20, 2023

Not much yet to share on Katerskill (Blue & White Delight by American Patchwork & Quilting).  This is a re-create of a Vintage Indigo project.  I used one of the three suggested indigo blue fabrics.  All the units are cut and ready to assemble.  This should go quick...the quilting design will probably take longer :)
This shows the layout...easy peasy!
Kauldron is completely done.  A long time overdue.  This is a 2022 UFO that I am very happy to have finished for next Halloween.
This Sunshine BOM for November is coordinated by Pam.  It is called Turkey Track.  Pam gave each of us a FQ that participants were to match up with either a light or a dark.  I chose a dark (brown) to go with the gold (from Pam).  This may be a BOM I want to win!
I'll close with Kassy and Kosmo in their favorite places before the laundry gets sorted for washing.  Kassy comes running when the laundry basket comes out!

Enjoy your week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, November 19, 2023


Month 8 of the Lucky Stars was taken to stitch at the meeting since no one wanted to volunteer to take it on.  It was the last of 12 months that needed someone to assemble.  I like foundation piecing and what's not to like about making a star.  The project is the next Sunshine Opportunity Quilt for the membership year 2024 - 2025. 

I got Kasper (Boo! project) finished.  Since the 2 1/2" squares were all randomly stitched together a few needed to be changed out for another.  With all the variety one would not think two same fabric units would end up right next to one another.  I had at least three that needed to be changed out.  I am happy with the result =^.^=  The black print used in the ghosts eyes will be used for the binding.  Before next Halloween I will have three new projects to display.  I have another three Halloween projects that are waiting for me.  Oh how I love sewing for Halloween.

I thought for certain this all too cute acorn fabric would be a perfect addition as a background for the Kork, my Acorn Soup project, that is waiting its turn under the needle.  As it turns out all the fabrics are in brown, rust, tan, orange, and cream colors; green acorns just won't work.  I only purchased a yard, but it just may work for the back since the completed project is just 33" by 39".  (Good idea Mom!)

Used this week: 4.25 yards 
Used YTD: 148.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 1 yard
Purchased YTD: 85.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 62.75 yards

Don't spend all your time in the kitchen this week!

Design Wall Monday, November 13, 2023


This doesn't look like much, but it is about to!  This is Month 9 of the project Lucky Stars.  It will become nine blocks of three different designs.  The project is the next Sunshine Opportunity Quilt for the membership year 2024 - 2025 (I hope I have this right =^.^=)  Of course I will be sharing when there is something more to see from my efforts.

Kauldron came back to me from Kerry.  I just love the quilting design called Tangled for this project.  Looks like wind whipping across the quilt.  I have the sleeve and binding in place.  This will be the next to hand sew.

I am working towards having the Lucky Stars Month 9 finished for Tuesday's November Sunshine Quilt Guild meeting.  Guess you know then what I will be doing tonight!

Enjoy your week.

Sunday Stash Report, November 12, 2023


My Little Red Truck tree skirt whipped up pretty fast.  The slit and hole to get it around the tree will be done after quilting.  I have eight black circles to applique in place yet for the tires.  The pattern called for buttons as the tires.  On discussion with Kerry it seemed a good idea to just applique them.  So while I watch the game today that will happen.  I hope to have this in the mail to Kerry tomorrow morning.

I picked this fabric up for the binding and the back, but have second thoughts on it.  My trucks aren't as red as this fabric and then I started thinking of the red bleeding.  So I have changed my mind on using this fabric.  Instead a back using the white in the skirt and another look for a check that is a little less bright red for a binding.

So for this week I'm still going to claim the yardage for this project even though there was a swap and a purchase for the binding yet to come.

Used this week: 3.5 yards 
Used YTD: 144 yards 
Purchased this week: 1.5 yards 
Purchased YTD: 84.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 59.5 yards

Enjoy your week =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, November 6, 2023


I managed to get three more of the connector block assembled.  Star of Hope has made it to the Design Wall.  You can see there are a lot of empty spots between all of the stars.  This will be on my Design Wall until I can start and finish the Little Red Truck Christmas tree skirt.
This is a photo of the skirt.  It doesn't finish as large as hoped so the plan is to add a 2 1/2" piece to the bottom of each section.  A decision will be made on whether or not it will be more of the same background or a white fabric that has Christmas words in red and green across the fabric in straight lines.  For now though the time to find fabrics in my stash and cut the pieces begins.

I will need to find something for the binding and the back.  I don't have anything that will work like I want.  The truck and tree blocks are paper pieced.  Units are all cut and it is now time to sew =^.^=  That time is of course something I am finding quite difficult to find!

Sunday Stash Report, November 5, 2023

Here's the first of 23 more stars for the Star of Hope project.  It does take some time to assemble just one!

No changes this week to stash.  I'm trying to get in a Christmas tree skirt project so it is looking right now that Star of Hope will take a back seat.  I have also been working on Katerskill that will also take a back seat.  Oh my so much I want to do and so little time!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 140.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 83 yards
Net used in 2023: 57.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 30, 2023

Not on my Design Wall yet, but this will be the next up.  My project will be called Katerskill.  It is from a pattern put out by American Patchwork and Quilting in their August 2021 issue called Blue and White Delight.  It is a re-create of a vintage indigo quilt.  I am using Blue Annabella collection by Renee Nanneman (Andover Fabrics) for the blue and a solid white.  The recipe calls for 280 HSTs so I made the decision to use triangles on a roll paper to make quick work of the piecing.  With two strips of both fabrics nearly half of he HSTs will be made.
Two of the strip sets have already been sewn, cut apart, dog ears trimmed away, and papers pulled away.  The other two strips have been sewn at this stage and ready for the next step.
This is a photo of the soon to finish project.  A simple two color quilt that will finish at 68" x 80".  Hopefully this year I will finish another 2022 UFO.

Have a fun Halloween tomorrow.  =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, October 29, 2023

I was able to accomplish my goal this week.  The twenty five Star blocks were finished "ahead" of the release of the recipe for the Connector block.  Just made it as Bonnie Hunter will release it tomorrow.  These are paper pieced blocks which I enjoy making.  The two middle rows of the Star block are seven pieces of fabric each which takes a bit of time to stitch.  Happy to be in this place today.

These were the last four Star blocks to stitch. 

It is always a surprise to see how much trims off the unit.  This is the trimmings of just those four blocks.

Nothing to change my stash count this week.  The piecing for the Connector block looks to have lots of pieces so they may take a bit of time to stitch up.  In the meantime though I will be starting another older project.  Come back tomorrow to see what I am up to next.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 140.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 83 yards
Net used in 2023: 57.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 23, 2023

My last four blog posts have shown Kauldron...time for something new?  This is the first of the 25 star blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Star of Hope project.  It has one more block design that makes the design.  This secondary block instructions will be available on her Quiltville website next Monday.  My goal is to have all 25 star blocks done before then.  I am enjoying this change of design and color from Kauldron. 

Here I have my dark blue points and the light blue centers in the cutting phase.
I am mostly using white on white and white along with white for the backgrounds.  I did find these fabrics with a touch of blue that I will use too.  I will be needing more than what has been cut so far and these fabrics will add interest.

More light blues were found too that will keep the project more scrappy than by using the same fabrics.

So there is a sample of my change in Design Wall this week.  At this point I am fairly certain another Halloween project will be on it this time next week.  I have at least two kits cut up and ready for the needle!  Enjoy the last full week of October 2024 =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, October 22, 2023

Kauldron is finished and ready for the beautiful quilting Kerry will do for it.  I will have this one in my home next year for Halloween =^.^=

Don't you just love the backing fabric?  This is the last project I have that used this fabric line.  I think in total I have made four different quilts with it.  Each and every one of them different.

I have the binding all set too.

This very cute pattern by Fat Quarter Shop is all cut and ready to sew.  Isn't much too it, but it is that much closer to its turn under the needle.

In the meantime occupying the needle is Bonnie Hunter's design Star of Hope.  I hope to have all 25 6 1/2" star blocks done by next Sunday.  She will be releasing the second block of this two block design on Monday.

I looked all through my rulers to find the 60 degree angle to make the shapes for the foundation pieced units.  There are three different shapes to make the star block.

I have plenty enough blues to make for a very nice variety.

The first two are done with more hopeful completions the rest of today.  Check me out tomorrow to see how many more this weekend holds for me.

So with the completion of Kauldron I have something to change in my stash count this week!

Used this week: 15 yards 
Used YTD: 140.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 83 yards
Net used in 2023: 57.5 yards


Design Wall Monday, October 16, 2023

On my Design Wall is Kauldron.  A very close to completing 2022 UFO =^.^=  All that is left now is the outside borders.
The 3" strips are sewn together.  The trusty tape measure, ruler, and rotary cutter ready for the next step.  Wait till you see the fun back waiting for the top to be post you will see it!

I hope to cut out Boo!  I have found that it is such a pleasure to have projects cut and waiting to be sewn.  Kerry taught me this and am I happy she did.  So anyone plan to do the Bonnie Hunter Star of Hope Sew-Along?  The Intro and Part 1 are available now.  Part 2 will be available in about two weeks.  I plan to make it.  Paper foundations have been printed...fabrics pulled...sewing time not quite!  And by the way her Winter Mystery Intro comes out on 10/31 with Part 1 posted on 11/24.  A very busy time for Bonnie.

Enjoy your week ahead.

Sunday Stash Report, October 15, 2023

I have Kauldron to the row assembly.  There are 1 1/2" sashing strips to be added between the rows.

With Kosmo's assistance I am getting the strips together.  The project is wider than the usual WOF so the seams of the strips will be a bit staggered which I believe is a good thing.  They would be more visual if they were stacked up.  There will be three rows of sashing.

Nothing to claim this week, but perhaps next week as this project looks pretty close to done.  Just a bunch of long seams to go.  It gets outer borders of the same background fabric.  Getting anxious now!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 140.5 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 83 yards
Net used in 2023: 57.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, October 9, 2023

Up on my design wall is Kauldron.  I am working on the cutting the background that will pull this project all together.  This is a 2022 UFO that will finish pretty soon.  It will be nice to get this one done and ready for Halloween 2024.  I had hoped it would be for this year, but realistically I do not see that happening.

I put the stem on Kianti.  I used three strands of embroidery floss in a chain stitch pattern as called out in the pattern.  I am not so sure it is thick enough for the size of the flower and leaves.  Might have to try this again with six strands.

This is the kit that came in the 2023 Spooky Box from Fat Quarter Quilt Shop.  I do like this is already in work.  It will be ready for Halloween 2024 too.

I learned from Kerry a way to store embroidery floss that I though ingenious.  In the back you can see how I had been storing my collection of floss.  I had floss from Lilly, American Thread Company, Coats and Clark, and DMC.  This collection came mostly from my grandma and a bit from my mom.  My grandma was quite the cross stitcher in her day.  Anyway, today you can purchase plastic bags with a hole in the bottom corner and loop them through a key chain.  I sorted everything by color into several key chains.  When a project is started it is easy to identify if you have the design color and put all the project's floss on a separate key chain.  This allows for a portable way to keep the floss you are using right at your finger tips and store partially used threads in an organized manner.  There is also a white label to use a marker and pen in the color code if you wish.  My sorting is all done now and ready for the next cross stitch design that interests me.  I sure ended up with a lot of brown American Thread Company #1047.  I wonder what grandma had in mind...

Tomorrow is October Sunshine Quilt Guild monthly meeting.  I will be coordinating the October BOM and a scribe for the question to the members, "What was your best quilt-related gift?"  There are also challenges to sign up for since I missed the September meeting.  It will be a busy night for me for certain =^.^=

Take care friends and have a wonderful week.