Design Wall Monday, March 20, 2023

I would love to share what I am working on, but you know challenges are lots of times a secret reveal.  Well that is the case with the Sunshine Quilt Guild 2022 - 2023 Challenge.  This is the color pallet to be used along with something black, white, or shades of them.  No other colors!

My project is coming along nicely.  I still have a long way to go =^.^=

Since I can't share anything with my sewing are my two orchids enjoying a bloom time.  The larger one was a complete surprise that it decided to bloom twice and then the smaller one has not yet bloomed, but there are several surprises on their way.

I have a busy week and can't wait to get back to my sewing machine!  Hope the weather doesn't hamper your activities this week.  I have a feeling that I will be walking in the rain.

Sunday Stash Report, March 19, 2023


Well I am changing my stash numbers quite a bit lately, but not necessarily with deductions.  Of course one has to purchase to create so this week has me adding a bunch.  When I was at Rosie's two weeks ago getting more emerald greens, medium purples, and a couple of neutrals...I failed to pick up a few oranges.  Emerald Chilhowie California King Size needed more than my stash could handle.  This should be enough!

I also picked up a few other fabrics that were on a good discount to fill my declining neutral stash.  The green dot is for the back of Mom's red flower panel project.

I also picked up some fabric for the Sunshine Challenge project, but certainly I can't share them here.  I have been working on this project over the weekend and will be during the week ahead.  Tomorrow's Design Wall post might be a bit of a mystery =^.^=

So the changes this week are certainly more on the adding than the reducing =^.^=

Used this week: 4 yards 
Used YTD: 37.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 14 yards 
Purchased YTD: 30.75 yards
Net used in 2023: -6.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, March 13, 2023

Continuing on with the blue panel from Mom's stash.  I brought together a matching FQ that she had with two blue prints, a solid yellow, and a solid white.  This one is closer to looking more finished.  I used the bonus triangles from the flower flying geese in the quilt top to make two additional top outer borders and the two bottom corners.  Only one of the two top borders is shown, but there is a second flying geese border that will go above the white/flower flying geese in the solid yellow.  The yellow that I had so much of was also a previous project failure.  It is quite successful here.  I prepared binding and had enough for a back too.

I will be mailing the three flower panel projects out along with binding for a table runner that Mom has that needs it just as soon as I can manage the time.

Have a great week=^.^=


Sunday Stash Report, March 12, 2023


This week I worked on three panels from my Mom's stash that needed to be made up into kits for her to stitch.  I will be traveling for a visit in late April and want to get these done before hand.  Each of the three panels were similar with the same flowers but the borders around them were different.  Of course I didn't want to make the same design with each of them =^.^=

Using my stash to complete each one into a lap size worked out well.  This is the red panel.  I have had this stripe from an earlier project for a long time.  It worked out perfect.  (Mom will be doing the ironing!).  Of course this is not the final design.  An inner border of solid white and an outer border of red/white dots will finish the top.  I have a green for the binding already made.  This one will need a back.

I struggled with this one.  I didn't have enough fabric to be very creative unless you consider the borders being only on the top and right.  This was the green panel.  I found a gold in my stash that had been purchased for different project.  After the audition for the initial project was determined a failure it collected dust in my stash.  It is one that would have worked, but that time just didn't come.  Out it came from stash and into Mom's green panel project.  Perhaps some decorative stitching by the quilter will work out for the two blank spots on the right.  I had a back and enough gold for binding.

Well you can see what's going on with me.  I am working on the blue panel now.  Mom's panels meet my stash!  

Used this week: 6 yards 
Used YTD: 33.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 16.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 16.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, March 6, 2023

Today has me working on Broken Daisy placemats started in a Sunshine Workshop in January.  I have the first of two done.  The second one is under the needle having the melons and swish sewn in place.  Not sure I can make it to four, but will definitely be trying.

I still need to put Kolony up on a rack to get a complete picture of the project.  I have it all done except for the label.  I'm wise about using my expensive fabric paper, darn stuff costs a bunch.  This is one big quilt!
I am continuing to work on Emerald Chilhowie.  With the recent purchase of greens, purples, and neutrals I am back in business =^.^=  Two more done...20 more to go.

I am also working on my Sunshine Challenge project, but that is surprise you will need to wait to see!  That is it for now, have a wonderful week ahead.  Mine includes Jury Duty on Thursday...what fun.

Sunday Stash Report, March 5, 2023


I got to Rosie's on Friday just before they closed.  Probably a good thing as I was certainly ready to shop.  Before leaving home for my hair appointment at noon, I grabbed the twenty blocks already finished for the Emerald Chilhowie and the paint strip for Sunshine Quilt Guild's challenge.  Finished my hair appointment then headed down the busy I805 then I8 to the best place in town to buy fabric.  Arrived shortly after 2pm and was the last to leave before they closed up at 3pm.  

I think I am set for finishing Emerald Chilhowie.  The greens and medium purples should be just right for adding to what is already made.  My design wall is ready for the next 22 blocks!  Aren't these fabrics luscious?

The white/teal dot and the teals along with my stash will get me what I hope for the challenge project.  It is due for display and judging at the May meeting.  I already have my design figured out.  Now it is time for sewing!  Of course you will not see this project as it goes together...after all it is a surprise =^.^=

There is a lot to change my stash count this week.  It will be sometime before you see another change, but rest assured my Pfaff is humming!

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 27.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 12 yards 
Purchased YTD: 16.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 10.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, February 27, 2023


These are the last five blocks that have been finished.  I'm running out of fabrics!  Looks like there will be an addition to the stash on next week's calculation.  Do you have a favorite among these five?  Mine has to be the last one.  I like the lighter hint of purple and the brighter setting.  I'm trying to spread the amount of blocks that are with lighter purple and lighter settings in among the darker fabrics.  This will be leading me to make appropriate selections of new fabrics that will be a must before I can continue.  
I did the math with the end result being that today I'm not even halfway done making these blocks.  Halfway would be 21 blocks.  The blocks are 15" finished with sashing 3" finished.  Then there is a small 1.5" inner border and finally a 3" outer border.  All of the sashing and both borders are pieced.  This will be a BIG quilt!  Six blocks across by seven blocks down and all the sashing and borders.  Oh my gosh.  I'm sure this will end up the largest quilt I've made to date.

March is coming...let's hope the weather is a little less wet and cold!

Sunday Stash Report, February 26, 2023


So excited to get Oh Say...Can You Sew! back from quilting.  It had a little bit of an issue arriving from Kerry.  It did come safe and sound.  Now I'm working on the binding.  I chose a blue print to match the bright blues used in the quilt.  I have one side done already, turned the corner (which came out perfect), and on to the second side.  This one is big at 84 x 104 inches.  It will definitely keep me with DH in my favorite chair, both cats snuggled around me as the binding is stitched.

These are pieces for the next blocks to be stitched.  There are five sets with the middle portion of four already finished.  I'll be working on the middle of the fifth next.  These area all lacking the HSTs so they will be cut next to complete these blocks.

I like the purple in this block.  One strip will give me enough for two blocks where the hint of purple comes in.
Here comes the HSTs of emerald green and neutral.  I'm off to the races!  Next stop twenty blocks =^.^=

Nothing changes the numbers, but as you can see I'm working on it!  Have a great week ahead and enjoy the first days of March.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 27.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 4.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 22.5 yards 

Design Wall Monday, February 20, 2023


13 blocks for Emerald Chilhowie grace my Design Wall right now.  I have four more cut and ready to stitch.

This photo is less the HST units, but you can see that there is a lot of pieces to each block.  To the front side of the table are the four blocks each row left to right is the making for the four 4-patch and the four 9-patch units needed for one block.  On the back side of the table are the rest of the units for the four blocks each row top to bottom.  I like to assembly line stitch in batches.  Four blocks worth in this case fills up the surface space on my sewing table.

This past Saturday was the day the new mom received her Stars of the Forest quilt.  She was quite happy with the quilt.  This is a photo of the happy parents to be on either side of the grandma who gifted the quilt.  Below their smiling faces is a full on photo of the quilt.  It was real fun to make it bringing in the paper piecing technique I enjoy.  Which animal is your favorite?  The mom to be says hers is the fox!  Good luck parents to be =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 19, 2023


Block 8

Continued making the blocks for Chilhowie this past week.  Several of them were already cut and ready to sew.  Assembled that I had prepared and then starting cutting more.

Block 9

Block 10

Block 11

Block 12

I made one other, but forgot about those four matching to the HSTs setting pieces and of course I didn't have any more of the HST fabric to make them.  So I sent out to see if my stash would find it miraculously :(  No such luck!  I think it may have been from my Mom's stash.  Oh well these were options I found and then guess what my final selection was...

Block 13 with Options

You would think the one on the top would be perfect...not!  So you take a stab at a good match...I'll put them out there one by one.

Option 1

Option 2
Option 3

Well?  I decided that I didn't like any of the three.  So instead I will use...

The fabric from the center four blocks.  Something to be discussed years to come...just why did the quilter make this block different :)  Frankly, making the Bonnie Hunter designs all scrappy as I tend to do no one will be the wiser =^.^=

Today I will be working on the next four blocks.  Twenty is my block quantity goal before I do the math to see how far away I am from what I need to make a 102" wide by 112" long quilt.  Nothing changes my stats again this week.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 27.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 4.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 22.5 yards 

Design Wall Monday, February 13, 2023


Block 5
I haven't put the blocks on my Design Wall yet.  I still need to figure out how many blocks I will need to make for a California King bed.  I am thinking it needs to be the size of the flat sheet plus a couple of inches that will be taken up in the quilting.  At this time I know I need a bunch =^.^=

Block 6

Block 7
The triangles above each block are to be fit into the sashing.  Each set of 4 triangles need to match the HSTs in the block.  The sashing will be neutral, green, and more 9-patch units as in the block.  I have a few more blocks ready to be assembled.  Well, what do you think so far?
I made sure today to finish the January Sunshine BOM coordinated by Christy.  The white was provided along with the instructions.  Participants were to make one red/white and one black/white block.  I like the way these turned out.  Sunshine meets tomorrow with Dawn Heese as our Speaker.  Everyone is excited about Dawn.  If you want to know more about her head over to her website Linen Closet Designs.

Hope you have a nice Valentine's Day and enjoy the rest of the week.

Sunday Stash Report, February 12, 2023


Block 1

The first block has been sewn together.  I like the color distribution so I will continue in this fashion for the rest of the blocks.  I already tapped my Mom's emerald greens.  My stash is nearly tapped out as well of emerald greens.  Darn, guess I will have to go to Rosie's!  I am off next Friday.  You might find me in the greens when Rosie opens her doors =^.^=

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

As you can see I am moving right along!  Nothing changes my stats this week, but I forecast a change for my next report.  Hope you are doing what you want today.  Whether it be watching the Super Bowl game, the Super Bowl commercials, Super Bowl half time show, or in your sewing room.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 27.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 4.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 22.5 yards 

Design Wall Monday, February 6, 2023


These are the first of the blocks that I will be playing around with the fabric placement.  Lots of emerald green now!  None of these units have been sewn together, but will be once I am happy with the look.  I have another few blocks ready to put on the wall and then there will be more to put together after those.

This project is going to take some time.  Thankfully I have about four months to get it done.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, February 5, 2023

As you can see I have been busy putting units together for Chilhowie.  Above two photos are 11 blocks worth.  I already had three blocks done; so now there are 14 ready to assemble.  There are 16 in the original design.  I am not certain, but think I will need eight more and perhaps another two borders.

I did make a silly mistake, but not too bad.  The 4-patch units on the bottom left are the correct size.  The top right were made too big!  No need to take them apart, just need my rotary cutter to trim to the correct size.

I will share my project tomorrow on Design Wall Monday.  For now there is nothing to change my stats.  This project will take some time to stitch.  It is a commission project for a wedding gift.  The colors are in the wedding celebration.  I suppose it will be a nice reminder of the special day for the bride and groom.

Used this week: 8.25 yards 
Used YTD: 27.25 yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yards 
Purchased YTD: 4.75 yards
Net used in 2023: 22.5 yards