Monday, November 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday - November 10, 2014

Last winter I got got this Timeless Treasures panel and decided that it was time to do something with it.

I like the way all the motifs are etched in gold.  I was unsure what to do with this so with some simple piecing, adding borders and decorating with crystals I made these three wall hangings out of the one panel and still have 3 of the small blocks left for a future project.

I will take these wall hangings to my first craft show and see if they sell.

Other than preparing for upcoming craft shows and getting a start on Christmas shopping I have been working hard at staying on track with Weight Watchers (down 26 pounds) and back and forth to an eye specialist with eye problems.  Another of those appointments tomorrow, hopefully the last one.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - November 9, 2014

Another week has gone by quickly, I can't believe how close we are to my craft show season and Thanksgiving.

I have been trying to finish up the last few craft show items but also have been battling some vision problems in my one eye so have not been doing as much sewing as usual.

I did get three small wall hangings made and a few things quilted in the last couple of weeks.

Current stats are:

Fabric purchased last two weeks:  0
Fabric used last two weeks:  7 yards

Fabric purchased YTD:  160.75
Fabric used YTD:  308

Net fabric used in 2014:  147.25

I think that is a pretty good total with practically two months still to go in the year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Stash Report

I have used quite a bit of stash the last two weeks, most of it is for backings for a Christmas quilt and a bunch of table runners that I am trying to finish up for upcoming craft shows.  

This is one of the quilts that I got quilted.  

This was from our guild workshop on Bamboo and pinwheels.  This is the bamboo quilt using scrappy Christmas.  

Current on my design wall are all the blocks for a Falling Charms lap quilt.  Think these will be on the wall for awhile while I try and get machine quilting caught up.  Doing no close work right now due to a vision problem in one eye but am still managing to get some of the quilting done, just a little at a time and lots of lights on.  

Current stats are:

Fabric purchased last two weeks:  3 yards for backing
Fabric used last two weeks:  23.25 yards

Fabric purchased YTD:  160.75 yards
Fabric used YTD:  301 yards

Net Fabric used in 2014:  140.25

Monday, October 20, 2014

Design Wall Monday - October 20, 2014

I never did get a chance to post my stash report yesterday so those figures will just wait until next week.  This has been a week of life getting in the way of sewing.  Some good things like purchasing a new car and other not so good things like daughter's car problems, a migraine headache and blurred vision in one eye.

I also never got a picture taken of what is actually on my design wall but this is a picture of one of the last quilts off the frame.  I quilted it with red swirls and like the way it turned out.  I made this several months ago after collecting black, white and red fabrics over the last three or so years.

The piano key border made it grow larger than planned so ended up being an oversized throw at about 60 x 80 inches.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - October 12, 2014

Again I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted.  Last weekend we were out of town but don't know why I didn't the other weeks, guess Sundays and Mondays just turned out busy a few weeks in a row.

I have been busy in the last three weeks working on craft show items.  This baby quilt I pieced a few months ago but finally got it on the frame recently.

This was made from a Moda junior jelly roll, I believe the name was Celebration.

I also managed to get several table runners quilted and a stack of about 8 more in process.  My craft shows start the weekend before Thanksgiving and go on for three weeks so this is the time of year I do a real push to get things done.

I would like to say that my net usages numbers went way up but also in the last three weeks I did some major shopping!!

My hubby and I attended a sewing expo last weekend in Fredericksburg, VA.  I didn't do to bad at the show only purchasing 2 pieces of fabric, it was the shops I went to AFTER the show where I added to the local economy.    This is the stack I came home with.

All but one piece of the fabric was Christmas fabrics and I know those will be used up as I sew on craft show items all year around and need to get nice Christmas fabrics when I see them.

So my current stats are up a bit.

Fabric purchased:  (3 weeks) 24 yards
Fabric used:  (3 weeks) 20.5

Fabric purchased YTD:  157.75
Fabric used YTD:  277.75

Net fabric used in 2014:  120

Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday - September 21, 2014 (Workshop Quilt #2)

I spent a lot of last week working on customer quilts (mostly table runners and small quilts) and am finally caught up so this week I am going to devote to working exclusively on craft show items since my first show will be coming up in two months (23rd of November).

This is currently what is on my design wall.  This is quilt #2 for the workshop I attended a couple of weeks ago (Bamboo and pinwheels) where you make two totally different quilts at the same time with very easy piecing and cutting.

I want to lay out the 7 vertical rows of this quilt to make sure no like colors are touching even though there will be a small sashing between rows.  Once that is done I will number them and take them down and will then be easy to sew them together.

I am also working on sewing various cream strips together that will be the base for some table runners I am making so those will be my two piecing projects for the week.

I did spend some time locating and trimming fabric to make backings for about 6 table runners so hope to get a few more of them quilted this week also.  

Only one appointment this week (so far) so if I can limit my errands etc. I should have lots of time in the sewing room this week.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - September 21, 2014

Four more table runners were pieced this week and made backings for two Christmas lap quilts that I got on the frame and quilted.  Just waiting for binding now.  Most of my binding a friend does in return for my quilting a lot of her items at a deep discount.  These two Christmas quilts think I will keep to work on the binding in the evening.  I can do about 15 to 20 minutes of handwork before my hands start cramping up so if I do 15 minutes a night the bindings will be done quickly.  

I had a chance to see quilts twice this weekend, at the county fair Friday night and at a small quilt show at a local church yesterday.  All beautiful quilts!!

My stats for the week are:  

Fabric purchased this week:  0 years
Fabric used this week:  10.5 yards

Fabric purchased YTD:  133.75 yards
Fabric used YTD:  257.25

Net fabric used in 2014:  123.50

Net 123 yards used!!!  Feeling good about that and I can see places in my stash where the stacks have gone down.  Some of the really old fabrics that I don't like anymore I really need to just take the time to gather it up and give it away!!