Design Wall Monday, January 29, 2024


Krinkle is complete except for the label.  I love how it turned out.  This was a UFO that will be checked off the list and better yet ready for Christmas 2024.

I have been working on hand sewing this week.  Sit the "main event" is to be a surprise its first glimpse will be at the March Monthly Sunshine Quilt Guild Meeting on March 12th.  I'm real excited about this donation that is the Seasonal Bimonthly Donation which I signed up to be the donor.  Stay tuned in for a reveal about a month away.

I have more binding coming soon as I work through my UFOs for 2024 and eek earlier years.  They will all get done!  Enjoy your week ahead. =^.^=


Sunday Stash Report, January 28, 2024


During the past week, on the most wet day of San Diego in forever...I picked up fabric for binding this quilt.  It is one of my UFOs.  I wanted to be prepared for yesterday's final playoff games.  I enjoy watching television as long as there is something to keep my hands busy =^.^=

The 2024 Cupid Box from Fat Quarter Quilt Shop arrived on Saturday.  Love the pattern they designed this year.  The Finishing Kit came at the same time that made me happy too.  The fabrics are very cute for this project called Better Together.  The box also contained a collapsible heart bowl, pack of assorted buttons, thread, and scissors.  A bit on the lighter side of contents this box, but I suppose they are trying to keep the price right.  Time for some cutting when the binding is done.

I also made quite a bit of progress on the March/April Seasonal Offering for Sunshine.  I am responsible for cute project to raise funds for the Guild this time.  With enough sewing time this week it should be in a good position to mail it off to Kerry for quilting.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 0yards 
Purchased this week: 4 yard
Purchased YTD: 31.5 yards
Net used in 2024: -31.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, January 22, 2024


This cute duck finished last week.  I have to admit that I was anxious to use the necklace and bow floss color.

This sitting in a wagon duck finished up yesterday.  It was almost finished on Saturday night, but it was getting too late to keep going.  These when close to finishing are like the last paragraphs of a good book!  There are only three more for this project till a finish.  Next up is a duck in a raincoat.  

Kerry had these three quilts with her when we met up last week.  I have them trimmed down; with the first two from the left (Kooky and Kasper) complete with sleeve and binding.  I will be working on these two first.

Krinkle needs a half yard of fabric for the binding.  I had a couple of reds that could have worked, but wanted a brighter red.  There will be a half yard added to next week's stash report for this project.

Several of you know about my love of  cat themed socks.  Kerry also brought these for me.  Purrfect!  So let me finish up for now.  I will share with you progress on projects that are currently in work next week that will include Pole Star (RD2CA class project) and UFO status.  Until then have a great week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, January 21, 2024


This past week was Road to California Quilter's Conference and Showcase at the Ontario Convention Center.  More commonly referred to as "Road" or printed out as "RD2CA".  This year's show was my first since 2020.  Lots of changes in these past four years.  I liked how the quilts were positioned in the convention center; with the main winners in the large hall.  The smaller hall held the major part of the quilts and loads of exhibits.  There were not as many categories for judging as before.  Many favorite vendors were not in attendance, but there were several new to the event.  Of course this didn't stop my shopping experience.

These first three photos shows the extent of my three days of shopping (a bit more fabric not pictured).  All in all it could have been worse =^.^=  I did purchase a pattern that will use up one of the half yard bundles in the second photo and will use the three FQs in project I plan to make at some point.  The Aurfil thread will certainly help me use the fabric and pattern purchases.

I picked up Kerry at the Ontario Airport on Tuesday.  We headed off for Preview Night and a bit of shopping that day.  Wednesday was primarily a class with Heather Black, making her Pole Star project.  

Kerry was a bit ahead of me finishing her pieced block first...  Here I am working away with nothing quite ready to show just yet.  We were set up with Brother sewing machines that were not too different than my Pfaff, just a bit of time to get to know what was what.  Both of us are happy with our sewing machines so didn't jump for the Brother reduced show special.

Thursday was more shopping and a chance to see (and purchase) what we saw the first two days and had to see (or have).  This day brought the shopping bags off our shoulders and dragging behind us =^.^=  There is a new year pin to add to our badges.  It was a great show!

The stash numbers as you can guess change a bunch this day.  The chance to see such a variety of tantalizing fabrics and patterns just can't be beat at RD2CA.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 0yards 
Purchased this week: 24.25 yard
Purchased YTD: 27.5 yards
Net used in 2024: -27.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, January 15, 2024


I have been wanting to get this project ready for my Mom to finish since I discovered this story book panel and brought it home.  At that same time I found the blue dot for the sashing and back.  Both of these were on sale too!  I knew my stash would provide the yellow frames and sashing.  The book tells a story called Little Angel by Joy Allen.  Mom will finish the sashing and top; hopefully Sherry will be an angel to quilt this charity item.  

Once I find binding fabric enough to go around and prepare it for applying after the quilt is quilted this kit will be headed for Maryland.

Nearly all day was spent getting ready for my Wednesday class at Road to California Quilt Show.  Lots of fabrics in the kit and most of the preparing required cutting with SCISSORS if you can believe that :)  The necessary preparing is complete thankfully.

There was a quick tip suggested by the teacher, Heather Black.  It requires yet more templates for the triangles of the pieced curved units.  I will be ready for that with templates, but think I will wait to see how this would fit into my paper piecing technique.  I am always open for new suggestions and will give anything a try.  It will need to be good to get away from the Add-A-Quarter and Bookmark tools.
I have started collecting all the supplies.  We will be using supplied sewing machines by Brother.  One can get a great deal on purchasing a Brother machine this week.  I am satisfied with my Pfaff and Janome machines presently.  I will not be bringing home a Brother =^.^=

Until next time I hope you are enjoying Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day in remembering what this day represents for many.  " honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader...a day that celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America."

Sunday Stash Report, January 14, 2024


One more cute duck finished.  On now to the duck with the necklace and bow.  I am already halfway into this project.  I just love the expressions on their faces.  It is a happy project that makes me smile every time I pick it up to stitch.

These are my two purchases this week.  I signed up for the March/April Bimonthly and the first photo is a glimpse into the project.  Anxious to see how everyone likes the project.  Hope to make a nice donation to the Guild's bank account!  The second is a FQ that will fit nicely into some project down the road that needs a cat =^.^=  The main reason for the shopping trip was for template material.  There are lots of templates in the Pole Star project.

Today I am spending LOADS of time cutting all the fabrics for my Road to California for the Pole Star class by Heather Black.  It is a Wednesday all day class in the Ontario Convention Center.  I travel on Tuesday afternoon to meet up with Kerry at the Ontario Airport.  We will check into Double Tree then make our way to dinner and preview night.  This will be the best opportunity to view the quilts on display and of course the winners.  Thursday we will empty our wallets at the Vendor Mall.  I wonder what goodies we will find.

During the week I finished the January BOM from Sunshine.  This one is the main block from the pattern Pins and Paws.  Missouri Star has the pattern if you are interested.  I found a fun project by way of a Google search that adds a pinwheel boarder.  Christy provided all the fabrics which are green from this fabric line (Paperweight) by Kaffe Fassett.  I posted this earlier on Sunshine's FB page and there is a lot of interest in winning these blocks...including me!

So 2.25 yards get added to my stash with nothing reducing my 2024 numbers.  I need a finished project soon :)

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 0yards 
Purchased this week: 2.25 yard
Purchased YTD: 3.25 yards
Net used in 2024: -3.25 yards

Design Wall Monday, January 8, 2024

I will be working on the blue part of the stars for Kolonization.  There are 20 different star blocks.  These are the first to be done.  After reaching out to my quilting friends I found three blue fabrics I did not have in my stash.  YIPPEE!  I love a scrappy project and Kerry and Kathy have come through for me.  Kerry's is in the mail and Kathy (fingers crossed) will bring it with her to tomorrow night's Sunshine Quilt Guild Monthly meeting.
Kerry also found that she had one of the three backgrounds that I was searching to get.  She has some of the one on the top which she will bring with her next week when the two of us hook up for Road to California Quilt Show.  I will be doing a bit of searching at the Show for these other two backgrounds.  Usually Primitive Gatherings has a booth filled with all kinds of delectable goodies =^.^=

Busy days ahead for me as I must prepare for my Road to California Quilt Show Class with Heather Black on Wednesday of next week.  Students are to have the first two rows prepared and ready to sew.  There are templates to be made!  Fabric to be cut!  Ziplocs be on the ready!

Hope your week is a special one.  Our days here in San Diego have been shivering cold.  This morning's high 39' on my way to work.  Brrrrr.....

Sunday Stash Report, January 7, 2024

The Pole Star Quilt Kit arrived.  I am thinking that this is the first project ever for me in all solids.  I am okay with all the colors.  At the start I wondered about the pink; whether it would suit my tastes.  It is more of a muted pink so I will go for its use rather than try for something to replace it.

The Kolonization (aka American Quilter's Stitch-Along by Lisa Bongean) has been started.  I am very happy with this.  There are a few fabric that I would like to have that I have managed to trace to a couple of fabric shops.  These arrived; both backgrounds.  Kerry has one that she has mailed.  I am still looking and checking with my quilting friends.  The fabrics are from an older line of Moda.  I could do with out; replace with similar, but I must try.

Kerry has quilts coming from me for her awesome work to quilt them.  We will be talking after they arrive when she has time to think about them.  She is working on one of her custom larger Christmas quilts.  Until she's done with that project nothing can go on her long arm.

So we begin a new year and a new status of yards used and yards purchased.  I am already in the red!  It will be nice to finish Kolonization.  It will be my first finish and one way over due as it is a 2022 UFO.

Used this week: 0 yards 
Used YTD: 0yards 
Purchased this week: 0 yard
Purchased YTD: 1 yards
Net used in 2024: -1 yards

2023 Year At A Glance, January 3, 2024

Projects in 2023 were 21 with one in the quilting queue.  I do my best to have something in that queue to give me the binding that I like so much to do.  I have found stamped cross stitch gives me that hand sewing vibe.  I finished a project started by my Mom, Sunbonnet Babies and was happy to find more similar projects that are considered (as I chuckle) “vintage” to keep me busy.  


Currently, I’m working on a very cute duck stamped cross stitch project.  Twelve 9” blocks all adorable cartoon style ducks doing things like dancing or reading a book.

Duck on Swing

Continuing the trend of using the fabric I have in my stash, 182 yards of cotton moved under my needle.  Comparing with 2022 not so good with using up the stash :(

Used YTD: 182 yards (2022, 184.5 yards)
Purchased YTD:  86.5 (2022, 62.75 yards)
Net used in 2023: 95.5 yards (2022, 121.75 yards)

The biggest project that took me months to sew was Chilhowie.  My version was made to order for a wedding gift.  A California King nearly double the size of the original project.

Emerald Chilhowie, Commission 2023 UFO

Although my UFO goal setting takes place each year I’m finding them hard to finish.  I suppose my goals are too lofty!  I still have UFOs to finish from 2021, 2022, and yes 2023 too.  I have a list for 2024…we shall see if that comes to fruition.  Hey we must set goals right?

My list of finishes in 2023:

Boca Blocks, Donation
Woodland Animals, Commission 2023 UFO

Kolony, 2023 UFO

Halloween Daisy, Gift, 2023 UFO
Kalliope, Sunshine Challenge

Krawley, Gift

Sunshine Charity Hopes & Dreams, Donation 
Kountry, 2023 UFO
Kicking, Gift

Kianti, 2023 UFO
Popstar, Donation
Sunshine Charity, Donation

Kaper, 2023 UFO
Karess, 2023 UFO
Kauldron, 2022 UFO
Little Red Truck

I am collecting the recipe for Bonnie Hunter’s 2023 Winter Mystery called Indigo Way.  This mystery is one of my 2024 UFOs, but first I’m working off my early UFOs before starting. You can see where I am with my UFOs by year at a tab at the top of my blog home page.  Yes still the crazy names that start with "K".  Once again I close this year hoping there are more great finishes in 2024.  Happy New Year!

Design Wall Monday, January 1, 2024


I have been busy cross-stitching.  These are the most recent completions with the last one only partially complete.  Her body has been finished leaving only the inside of the umbrella and the rain drops to complete. 

The next project I plan to work on because it has been in my sewing room for way too long.  I have been trying to find some of the fabrics that I missed getting when the project first started.  Kerry has a blue and I found two more whites.  American Gatherings is the line from Primitive Gatherings.  It has been around since 2021 and quite popular.  Kerry used her Accuquilt to cut all the stripes.  I have six of the 20 blue part of the flag cut and sitting next to assemble on my sewing table.

I have also purchased the kit for the class I will be taking at 2024 Road to California.  It is called Pole Star.  Heather Black from Quiltachusetts will be teaching the class.  This one I hope will not become a UFO!

Time for me to hit the sheets.  It will be an earlier out of bed tomorrow!  I wish all of you a very happy 2024!