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!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - September 14, 2014

Had a pretty good fabric stash usage this week and didn't visit a single fabric store or quilt shop.   A few runner tops were made, my pinwheel quilt top was finished and made backings for a couple of runners that I got quilted.

Current stats are:  

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

Fabric purchased YTD:  133.75
Fabric used YTD:  246.75

Net fabric used in 2014:  113 yards

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday - September 8, 2014 (Workshop Quilt #1)

Last Thursday I attended a workshop through my day time guild.  The workshop was making two quilts at once out of an easy strip set with a couple of simple cuts.  The idea was very interesting so I decided to attend and do mine in scrappy Christmas.  Not only would I not have to buy anything but I could finish the two quilts and take them to fall craft shows to try and sell.

The pattern we used is called Bamboo and Pinwheels.  I have all the blocks made for both quilts and was laying out the first of the two quilts yesterday so hopefully can work on getting it pieced together this week.  Of course this is the pinwheel quilt, the Bamboo quilt has both a totally different block look but it also will incorporate a small vertical sashing so no one will ever think they were both pieced at once.  

I enjoyed both the concept and am really liking my results.

This week I need to:
1.  Get binding on my fall panel quilt
2.  Quilt customer table runners
3.  Quilt customer quilt
4.  Identify and make backings for several of my table runners
5.  Work on sewing the blocks together for the above quilt.

Happy Quilting

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Stash Report - September 7, 2014

Trying to get back in the groove of doing my Sunday stash report actually on Sunday.

This week I pieced a quilt from a 3 yard kit that I purchased at the Hershey Quilt show in July.  I promptly cut the green fabric wrong and there is hardly an inch extra given so had to pull in a gold from my stash.  I do think I actually like it better this way.

I also put a couple of borders put on this pretty Timeless Treasures panel that I have had for over a year.  This has already been quilted and once bound will hang in my foyer for the months of October and November.

I went to a workshop on Thursday where with simple piecing and a simple cut you make blocks for two different quilts at once.  Lots of fun and I am like the way they are turning out.  Will be lots more yardage to count once those tops are complete.

Here are my current stats:

Fabric purchased this week:  0 (for a change)
Fabric used this week:  10.5 yards

Fabric purchased YTD:  133.75
Fabric used YTD:  236.25

Net fabric used in 2014:  102.50

Monday, September 1, 2014

Design Wall Monday - September 1, 2014 (and stash report)

Can you believe that it is September already?  I sure don't know where August went.  This is the first summer at college where my daughter only spent part of the summer at home due to a summer internship and I think that is why I feel like summer shouldn't be over already.

I have been trying to concentrate on getting a few things at least to the finished top stage the last week so I don't have so many pieces and parts floating around the sewing room.  I did manage to get a few runner tops finished and the middle of a Christmas quilt all pieced and ready for borders.

Here are some of the runners I worked on and finished up the tops this week, posting those pictures as there currently is nothing on my design wall.

These fall runners were made from fall charm packs with a 1 inch strip added down the middle.

The Christmas runner on the left if finished (top) and the other still in process.  These blocks were made out of left over binding strips and then the black and gold pin dot fabric was added for the snowball corners and narrow sashing.   These were based off of a Missouri Star pattern where she made striped beach balls and thought they would also make great ornaments.

My current stats are:

Fabric used this week:  7 yards (runners and backings)
Fabric purchased this week:  2 more yards of the black and gold pin dot

Fabric used YTD:  225.75
Fabric purchased YTD:  133.75

Net fabric used in 2014:  92 yards