Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kaleidoscope Quilt Along

The fantastic Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy is hosting a quilt along.  Her second of the year no less!

Even though I haven't finished the quilts from my first two QALs this year I am definitely in!  It is so much fun to sew along with everyone else and watch everyone's progress!  You still have time to decide since cutting instructions won't be given until June 23rd, so go check it out!  It's gonna be fun!

Kaleidoscope QAL button

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

So, I can't be hemmed in by rules!!  Especially when it comes to new fabric lines that remind me of my childhood!  My husband said he appreciated my new clever excuse.  :)

When I saw the new Pooches and Pickups by Laurie Wisbrun I knew some of it would come to live in my house.  My children and I must have a picnic quilt made out of this fabric for the summer!

I grew up in a tiny little town in southern Virginia, and the only thing to do in the summers was go to the pool.  My father had an old red pickup truck exactly like the one in the fabric and he would drive us to the pool in it usually with our black lab in the back...see what I mean?  This fabric was made for me!  Of course, my father would find it hilarious that one of my favorite childhood memories is of that truck, I was always so embarrassed to ride in it! 

So, I didn't reach my goal of not buying any fabric until the quilt show next weekend, but that's okay.  I did go about three weeks with no purchases and that is pretty good for me!

And no, I still haven't finished my Super Nova quilt!  I'm ashamed by how much I'm NOT getting accomplished lately!!  I was making good progress earlier this week when disaster struck, and after that I lost steam.  If anyone has any suggestions for removing crayon from a WIP please let me know!  I was hoping to get some sewing time this weekend, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.  We just have too much going on.  Hopefully this week!

The numbers:

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 9 yards
Added this week: 6 yards
Added YTD: 82 yards
Net used for 2011: -73 yards.

To see how everyone else is doing go to Judy's.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend to those of you in the states!  I don't know about you, but I'm hoping to have some time to sew on Monday!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Anyone have any tips for removing crayon marks from the Kona Snow section of a quilt in progress?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!  If you need me, I'll be on my couch with a box of tissues debating with my husband about whether or not we should pay for Hurst to go to college!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday Night/Early Saturday Morning Sew In Results

I learned a very valuable lesson last night.  Never try to sew after a week of little sleep and caring for two sick children.  Don't do it!  It's a mistake!  As in you will keep making the same stupid sewing mistakes over and over again!!

That being said I did finally finish all of my Super Nova blocks last night/early this morning! 

It's not perfect, but I can't help loving it!  I can't get over the beauty of these fabrics!  Can't wait until this one is finished!

After the boys go to bed for the night I will sew these together and start working on finishing the top.  I really, really hope to finish the top this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Night Sew In

I have been looking forward to Friday Night Sew In for the last two weeks.  Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to happen.  :(

The boys had doctor's appointments this week, and it never fails that one of us ALWAYS brings home something!  Hurst and Graham have been sick since Monday!  My husband assures me that I'll have some time this evening for sewing, but unless he brings a sitter home with him from work, I'm not optimistic!

I'm still plugging away at the Super Nova Quilt!  Only one more block to go and all the blocks will be assembled!  Maybe a miracle will happen and I will have a quilt top to reveal this weekend! 

I'm sure I'll just be up to my elbows in dirty diapers and vomit all weekend though!

Hope everyone else has successful sewing weekends!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

Well, I've learned my lesson about making predictions about my sewing output.  After last Sunday I was able to sew for about an hour, if that.  I forgot to take into consideration that my baby's birthday was this week and all the activities that would go with it!  I still can't believe that he's two...HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

While I didn't get a lot of sewing accomplished, yet again I made no fabric purchases.  That is just going to have to be enough for me this week!  However, I am determined to have a finished quilt top by next Sunday Stash Report (will see if it works this time!)  After all, this coming Friday is Friday Night Sew in, and I've already made arrangements with the Hubs to have the night off!  Maybe I'll even (dare I say it?) piece the back?  Oh, maybe I won't get carried away!

My numbers for the week:

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 9 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 76 yards
Net Used for 2011: -67 yards

To see how everyone else is doing go check out Judy's blog.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Japanese Imports Fabric Swap

These adorable charms are on their way to AnneMarie.  I can't wait to see what I get in return!

Gen X Quilters

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I am very happy to report that I didn't make any fabric purchases this week.  I believe part of the reason I was successful was as soon as I received an email from stores offering discounts I deleted it immediately!  I'm hoping I can keep it up!

I am THIS close to finishing the top to my Super Nova quilt.  I seriously doubt I will have a finished quilt this week, but I'm hoping to be awfully close!  Stay tuned...

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 9 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 76 yards
Net used YTD: -67 yards.

As long as no illness or other emergency falls on the household, next week I should have something added to the "Used this week" section! 

To see how others did this week, head over to Judy's.

To all you mommies out there, have a very happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Way Past My Bedtime

I started sewing after the boys went down for the night (as I am apt to do), and just could not stop! 

I'm going to be very sleepy tomorrow, but I finally finished one of my Super Nova Blocks:


Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go sleep for an hour before my baby wakes up for his two o'clock feeding.

Tomorrow is going to be rough...oh well, some things are worth it!

Sunday Stash Report

Welcome to another installment of Melanie's stash enhancement report!  What can I say, I really love fabric and when I see a good deal it is oh so hard to pass it up!

I think another strategy I will have to use in order to use my stash instead of buying new, is to stop receiving emails about sales.  They are just way too tempting!

This week I bought a fat quarter bundle of the entire Sherbet Pips line and I just love it!

I left it wrapped up in it's cute little package as long as I could, but earlier today I had to take it apart and admire it.  I have been in love with this line since it first came out and I am not disappointed!  I can't get over how cute it is!  My oldest kept asking to hug the doggie fabric.  I have a feeling I might have to share this quilt!  I'm not sure what I will do with it, but I know it will have to be something that really showcases the fabrics. 

As I was showing my husband the design from Moda Bake Shop I wanted to use to make his mother's quilt, he saw another pattern that he thought would be better.  I completely agreed with him, so I supplemented what I had already purchased to make this quilt instead.  I think this design will be perfect for Charlevoix!

I really can't wait to get started on this!  I really think my mother-in-law is going to flip!

Of course since I really love "Hexagon Park" by the very talented Lynne I decided to use it to make a Christmas quilt from the new line "Flurry" by Kate Spain.

One of my goals for the year is to start making my Christmas projects earlier rather than later, so that they actually get finished in time for the holiday season.  Here's hoping!

On the sewing front I am still plugging away on my Super Nova quilt.  It is taking longer than I'd hoped to complete, but I think I am going to love it!

All right enough stalling, here are my numbers:

Used this week: 0
Used YTD: 9 yards
Added this week: 20.5 yards
Added YTD: 76 yards
Net Used:-67 yards.

Yikes, time to get busy! 

In an effort to use all of this beautiful fabric instead of just buying it, I am challenging myself to not add anything to the stash until the quilt show in June.  I know that really isn't that long of a time, but I have to be realistic.  I don't think I can go to the quilt show and not buy fabric.

To see how everyone else is doing check out Judy's blog.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!