Sunday Stash Report, December 31, 2023


This is a UFO for Sunshine Challenge.  Excited to finish this during the week.  I had it all cut and ready to stitch so assembly was pretty quick.  This pattern comes from the 2022 Jolly Box from Fat Quarter Shop.  It finishes at 44" x 59".  Haven't figured out a name for it yet...there is still time before a label is made.  First things first; a trip to Kerry's Quilting.

Another from Fat Quarter Shop, 2022 Spooky Box.  This one finished quick too as it was already cut and ready to stitch.  It finishes at 42' x 42".  It is a 2023 UFO that will also make its way to Kerry's Quilting.  No name yet on this one either.

I am most excited to finish off the year with these two in the used status.  I have been working hard to get UFOs done before starting another project.  Sure could use some help with 'K' naming all you clever minded friends.  Hope you have had a great let's ring in 2024!  Happy New Year.

 Used this week: 16 yards 
Used YTD: 182.0yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yard
Purchased YTD: 86.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 95.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 25, 2023

The reason for our 99 cent for three month Peacock App purchase played out Saturday evening watching the LA Chargers a-l-m-o-s-t win against the Buffalo Bills.  Frankly, we were not surprised by the outcome.  The Chargers have to turn around with a change in the coaching staff and the return of our quarterback and all the other first string players hurt and sitting on the bench.

During the game I started cutting out Sew Gifted from Fat Quarter Quilt Shop 2022 Jolly Box.  I picked up both the background and the backing during Sunshine Quilt Guild's 2023 Quilt Retreat.  I didn't want to use the suggested turquoise background.  This green check fits my decor better.  I will probably use a red for the binding.  I will be sewing this fast project up during the week and look forward to having it for Christmas next year.  (For those following, I will get to the Halloween project Scary Faces...seems there is always something moving this back...that's why it is a UFO more than likely.)

Today I am cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for a meal for two.  We like a good moist turkey and it is taking up too much space in the freezer!  There are gifts to unwrap and telephone calls to make while the turkey bakes.  Perhaps a pumpkin pie...

Hoping your Christmas is as special as your friendship is to me.  Merry Christmas all!

Sunday Stash Report, December 24, 2023


During the week I reconstructed one of the Turkey Tracks set of bocks.  There was not as much contrast in one of the fabrics so I took them apart and added a lighter fabric.  As you will see from the end result it works out better for my project.  The new set is located in the top right corner and second from the left fourth row.

Then Saturday the set of blocks arrived that I was waiting on to receive.  Christmas will be remembered and a good addition of red/cream will get worked in.

The next few hours will have me busy getting ready for Christmas Eve dinner.  Christine and Ray are to arrive at 3pm.  They will be bringing scalloped potatoes, brussels with bacon, and dinner rolls.  Prime rib roast, corn pudding, fruit salad, and all the accoutrements from our home (including horseradish sauce for the roast).  Pudding might the dessert of choice today as there have been a lot of sweets served out lately =^.^= 

I hope you have everything in place for your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!  May you have a wonderful holiday.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 166.0yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yard
Purchased YTD: 86.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 79.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, December 18, 2023


These are the Turkey Tracks blocks I won from October Sunshine BOM.  There was another turned in that requires some rework that I haven't gotten to yet.  There were no scraps of this entry so it may need to be abandoned since the finished size is off and I am not sure I will be able to fix them (dark and light blocks) without a little extra fabric.

This is one that was turned in unfinished.  I added the background fabric and will sew this up soon.  One more to be turned in to me is out there.
Scary Faces is the next project planned for sewing.  This is a 2023 UFO that will certainly be done quickly as all the units are cut.  Halloween 2024 will be here before you know it and this project (yet to be named) will be ready!

Enjoy your week before Christmas!

Sunday Stash Report, December 17, 2023

Katerskill is complete.  I have a backing still to find.  White will be the binding, but I'm not planning to cut it and prepare until a back is located.  I want to get something bright white and blue with a vintage look.  I did see a toile in Etsy that I liked.  I have contacted FrenchConnectionsNC to see what they might have with a bright white background and either light or blue pattern.  Anxious to hear from them as they have a very nice toile collection.  This is a 2022 UFO and a Sunshine Guild Challenge that I would very much love to have off to quilting by the end of the year or close to the beginning of next year.

Not sure if you remember me making the Turkey Tracks block that was October's BOM coordinated by Pam.  These were definitely blocks I hoped to win ** and guess what? **  I DID =^.^=  So happy to bring them into my sewing room.  A couple need to be completed and a few will not work out with the others, but once I have one that is still coming I am ready to put this beauty together into a top.  I have the perfect back from one of Sunshine sponsors who sold goods at the meeting, Fantabulous Backs.  So good was the buy that I got two 3 yard 108" pieces.

The Sunshine Guild Meeting was our holiday pot luck and games night.  Five of us played a fun game passing a sewing themed gift around and left and right.  We ended up with each others surprise gifts.  I liked mine that was made by Pam.  I'd be happy to share the game story if you have interest as this photo will be most difficult to read and besides it is two pages in length.  A very cute little purse for sewing supplies.

Next I set up and completed the top Sunbonnet Babies.  This one is a Sunshine Guild Challenge as well as a 2024 UFO.  This turned out so cute.  The light teal sets each block off along with the perfect dot for the sashing and borders.  I have the same light teal prepared for the binding.  Loved the cross stitch work.  Thanks to my Mom who provided the stamped kit (a UFO for her) and Kerry for much of the embroidery floss.  The back will be the same dot as the top.  It is ready to make its way to Kerry for what ever she can dream up for the quilting.

Used this week: 17.75 yards 
Used YTD: 166.0yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yard
Purchased YTD: 86.5 yards
Net used in 2023: 79.5 yards

I am happy with this week's use of stash!  Enjoy your week =^.^=

Design Wall Monday, December 11, 2023


Sunbonnet Babies has been cut into 9" squares.  The recipe calls for 3/8" seams!  I guess the kit can be considered "vintage".  Funny enough the recipe didn't lay out instruction for the inner border as it is shown on the cover, but I wanted that look.  The pieces for the blocks were cut just shy of 2" to account a bit for the suggested seams.  The important part is to sew over the blue stamped guide lines that are around each block.  The blue stamped "x" are covered by the floss.  According to the recipe the blue should wash out.  No ironing or the blue is sealed.  Suits me fine as my finger pressing is usually my preferred method LOL.

The multi-colored white strips will be the sashing and outer borders.  This one is getting close to a completion.  I am not sure it will be done before the end of the year.  If it does it will need to be replaced from the 2024 UFO List which is where it currently stands.  Katerskill is going to finish!

I have the Sunshine Quilt Guild Meeting on Tuesday.  Anxious to find out the end result of our craft booth time at Crest Community Center's Craft Fair.  This is also our holiday meeting with all kinds of fun food.  Too bad I am on a restricted diet for a procedure on Thursday :(  I am bringing a pineapple upside down bundt cake for all to enjoy.  I plan to sneak a piece for after the procedure.  It smells and looks awesome!  I will share the fun events that are planned for this year's holiday meeting!


Sunday Stash Report, December 10, 2023

Katerskill is assembled into rows.  Next up the rows.  I only need time to do this task.  I wonder if I wish hard enough that Santa Claus will bring me sewing time...wouldn't that be wonderful?  The last row is pinned to the its row above, which is why you see some tips popping above it.  The design calls only for side borders, but I don't like that look.  Mine will have top and bottom borders.  It also finishes with a white binding.  Not sure about a white binding.  I am considering a blue to match the HSTs.  There is some time for this decision.  What would you do?

I am off today to see the American Ballet Company perform the Nutcracker.  This will be a new experience for me.  I am told the Company is one of the best and the Choreographer one of the best also.  I am looking forward to the costumes of course picking up my past talent of making costumes for dancers.

Stash numbers stay the same for now.  Nothing used and nothing brought in.  Hope your week is a grand one =^.^=

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

Design Wall Monday, November 4, 2023

All the pieced blocks are assembled now.  It is time next for sewing the blocks into rows.  I hope to get to it this week.  Perhaps there will be a finish this year.  I really like this project, but it is time to move on to the next one.

Meanwhile in my TV comfy chair the Ducks cross stitch work continues with the completion of the second block.  Dancing Duck knows how to strut the stuff!  The third one of this project of 12 starts this week.  Check out the Kite Flying Duck's progress next week.

Happy week everyone =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, December 3, 2023


Finished the Little Red Truck tree skirt.  With the addition of the outer print border and the "snow" it ended up with a size that worked under the tree.  Kosmo is showing off!

The 2023 Jolly Box arrived from Fat Quarter Quilt Shop.  This box has a cute project that is candy canes with bows.  There will be a need for a background; not so certain I want the suggested denim blue cotton.  The fabric pack is too light for white and there is a lot of red...hmmm.  I have the charm on my purse and the thread ready to use.  The pins and needles will certainly be used.  The last item are holiday potholders; not really my thing.  All in all it was a good mystery box.

This bag of buttons from my Mom (with many of them starting from me) allowed me to make some holiday ornaments.  They will be placed on the tree that will be used at the Crest Craft Fair where Sunshine Quilt Guild will have a booth.  

I really like the trees, not so sure about the icicles.  I also donated a few other ornaments to help fill up the tree.  Met up with Kathy on Saturday to pass them off as I will be attending the Nutcracker ballet in Orange County the day of the craft show.

Nothing rotates the numbers this week.  Katerskill continues assembly.

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

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