Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Stash Report - March 25, 2012

I have not blogged in a while, I have been busy getting a few customer quilts out of the way. My thumb has gotten worse and I know I will be facing surgery so wanted to get the ones that I had in house done and I just won’t be taking any for awhile. Also have been busy in meetings and a few other things going on.

In addition, I didn’t do last week’s stash report because I just didn’t know how to handle those big numbers! Are you curious on how big my numbers are?

Well…… we have a very small quilt shop in our town, they have nice things but the inventory has been way down lately. We heard about the opportunity to buy the shop and we are probably crazy but that is exactly what my husband and I are going to do. We are just starting all the legal work this coming week but hope to get it accomplished by 1 May.

I will be working in the shop most of the time and my husband will be helping with some of the book work, getting new shelves put together and servicing featherweight and other older singer and Kenmore and a few other brands of machines that have been around for a long time but still working well.

I met with one fabric rep most of today ordering fabrics , some to be delivered almost immediately and others spread over the next 5 months so that when the shop is officially turned over to me I will have some new things ready to put on the shelves. Much more will have to follow with other fabric reps but wanted to at least get a start.

So anyway, how do you put all this on a stash

My ACTUAL current stash report numbers are:
Fabric used YTD: 54 yards
Fabric purchased YTD: 28 yards
Net fabric used in 2012: 26 yards

I did actually find a few minutes to sew this week. I am working on a double slice layer cake quilt using a layer cake of batiks. I think it is going to be very pretty, just don’t know when I will get back to it. I think it is going to have to age on the design wall for a bit.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mid Week Update

I am doing good on my weekly goals, helps when you don't set very

Here is the second customer quilt that I quilted this week.

I also got the binding on my kitty quilt the other day so my friend Jane is now going to hand stitch it down for me. I have not done #3 yet which is making the backing for my challenge quilt but it is washed at least.

The little bit of actual sewing time I had yesterday I spent putting the outer border on this little chick baby quilt. Love these little panels and don't know why it has taken so many years to make some of them up.

Today Jane and I are going layer cake shopping. I am hoping to find a great one and not do to much other damage to my stash report but my willpower doesn't seem that great this morning.

Oh speaking of willpower, its hard but I have now lost 5 1/2 pounds. I have a long way to go as I let myself get the heaviest I have ever been but at least it is a start. Can't see any difference yet, that will probably take about 10 pounds but my jeans are slightly less tight so thats something.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Design Wall Monday - March 12, 2012

Nothing very exciting to post on my design wall monday post, just this little panel baby quilt on the wall. I got very ambitious last year, I was going to use up lots of the panels I purchased and never did anything with. Well only a year late but actually doing something with two of them anyway. This is the first top I finshed, just added the bear border and corner stones.

The other one I am working on has baby chicks on it, so cute.

Last week at my day time guild I was handed a finished quilt for Hospice. this quilt was made, quilted and bound all by Betsy..... great job.

I guess I should make another delivery to hospice in the next couple of weeks.

As for weekly goals, I finished all of mine from last week which was a great feeling. For this week I want to...

1. Quilt at least 2 customer quilts (one was done yesterday so will count that this week).
2. Put the binding on my kitty quilt
3. Make a backing for my challenge quilt

Hope to get a few more things done but want to keep my list simple and attainable.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Stash Report - March 11, 2012

I didn't have a lot of time to sew this week but did use up a fair amount of fabric. I did make up the remaining 3 kits I needed to make for a fiber arts conference in April. I also decided to use a couple of baby panels I had purchased a long time ago. Have one top done just having to add borders and the second one is half done. It was one of my goals in 2011 to use up some of those panels, so it is getting done, just a year late.

Stats for the week are:

Fabric used this week: 3.5 yards
Fabric used YTD: 48.5 yards
Fabric purchase this week: 1.5 yards (will be border for baby panel quilt #2)
Fabric purchased YTD: 20.5 yards
Net fabric used in 2012: 28 yards

I like that my numbers on net used are now gradually edging up. I don't guarantee it will stay that way this week as my friend Jane and I are going to visit a couple of quilt shops in search of a really nice layer cake. Even though I will be on a specific mission I don't doubt that I will come home with at least one other piece of fabric.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mid Week Update - March 7, 2012

My midweek update of goals looks very good...

1. Quilt one of MY projects (probably kitty quilt) - quilted monday, here it is draped on the frame

2. Quilt customer quilt and two customer runners (Two runners done, customer quilt still needs to be quilted)
3. Cut batting to go with four charity quilts that people have volunteered to quilt for me and........(batting all cut and in bags with quilts and batting to take to next monday nights guild meeting)
4. Finish up the last three kits I am making up for next months fiber arts conference - (accomplished this yesterday while waiting for a delivery of our new treadmill.

Now to make sure the treadmill gets use and doesn't end up as a coat rack!!! Mandy can go to town on it, I am starting out with a slow 15 minute only workout for the first few days. Hopefully between that and eating much healthier I can finally get some weight off. Four off so far, but a LONG way to go.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Design Wall Monday - March 5, 2012

I finished the top for my guild challenge quilt a couple of days ago and it is still on the design wall until I start working on something else. Since the small green squares in the middle block (that I drew out of a bag) had tiny frogs on it I decided to stay with the theme so bought froggy fabric for the outside border. The quilt finished at about 45 inches square.

I did meet all my goals for last week, but then again I didn't set that many because I knew we were going to be gone a day and a half of that time.

This week going to keep it simple again since I have a day time guild meeting, doctors appointment and a couple of other things to do this week that will eat into my time. So my goals...
1. Quilt one of MY projects (probably kitty quilt)
2. Quilt customer quilt and two customre runners
3. Cut batting to go with four charity quilts that people have volunteered to quilt for me and........
4. Finish up the last three kits I am making up for next months fiber arts conference.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Stash Report - March 4, 2012

I do have a good stash report this week. I tried to buy some fabric (lol). I went in search of a layer cake to make a quilt from a utube video I saw that looked quick, fun and easy but JoAnns does carry layer cakes and my nearest quilt shop only has dark ones that it definitely not my taste.

I used fabric this week making the top of my challenge quilt (picture tomorrow as it is still on my design wall), a backing for a couple of runners and a backing for a kitty quilt that I made the top a couple of months ago.

Current stats:

Fabric used this week: 8.5 yards
Fabric used YTD: 45 yards
Fabric purchased this week: 0
Fabric purchased YTD: 19
Net fabric used in 2012: 26

I didn't get a chance to start a new project this week as we spent time on college stuff. We went to the Admitted Student Open House at the University of Maryland on friday. What a mass of people!!! Most of it was very well organized and gave us a lot of additional information some good, some not so good.

The not so good was information on how hard it is to get into their business school, which has Mandy rethinking her prospective major. The good part was presentations by the scholors program, finding out which Scholors program Mandy will be in, and getting to tour one of their residence halls which by coincidence is the hall that she will be living in.

Her favorite part of the tour was going through the gym which will be very close to her housing. The place is HUGE, with two pools, basket ball, racket ball, exercise machines, dance/exercise studios etc etc.

One more thing crossed off the list of things to do. Now lots of little things to do (immunization forms, getting AP info sent etc.) and then the next major step is a two day orientation in June which I was finally able to schedule around my hubby's travel and other various things. Maybe I can sit back and breathe for a bit (and sew!!!).


Thursday, March 1, 2012

College is Stressful

College is stressful and I am NOT EVEN THE ONE GOING!!! Once you are accepted I can't believe how many individual things you need to take care of!!

Acceptance submitted, housing request form and reservation for open house have all been accomplished. Ok, three things off the list anyway.

Now need to try and get an orientation (2 day) set up. Challenge is that there are specific 2 days sessions (in June and July) for certain majors and then the scholors program within the majors and then trying to schedule one of those limited times around my husbands extensive travel schedule..... and somehow it is left to me to figure it all out!!!

Ok open house next, hopefully that will answer a lot of my questions. This WILL ALL GET DONE. I think I better stock up on extra hair color, think any of my hair that isn't already gray will be so before fall.