Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

The good news this week is I did get some sewing in.  Unfortunately, I can't count a whole lot of it out because I didn't finish anything, but progress was made.  I used some stash for the binding of a table runner, made more butterfly blocks, and did a little quilting on my Kaleidoscope.   

The bad news, at least for the stash report it's bad, I bought some fabric.  Well, a lot of fabric I guess.  Every year Pam from Del Ray Fabrics has a tent sale in her backyard and she always invites the DC Modern Quilt Guild.  Last year I didn't go because I was hugely pregnant and exhausted.  This year I didn't want to miss it, and I'm glad I didn't!!

I had told myself when this line came out that I would have to pick a few prints that I really wanted, but I wasn't going to buy the whole line, way too expensive.  As soon as I walked into the tent sale I saw this bundle, and decided to just see how much she wanted for it.  It was marked down to more than 50% off of the cheapest price I had found online.  Needless to say, I cradled it in my arms like a little baby the whole time I browsed.  It was coming home with me!  I also picked up a few fat quarters of Children at Play by Sarah Jane. 

So cute!  Perfect little boy fabric.  Lucky me, I have two of them!

Thanks Pam!  You made my day!

I really can't speak highly enough of Del Ray Fabrics.  Not only does she have a great selection, but she is so incredibly generous.  She donated a ton of beautiful fabrics to the 100 Quilts for Kids drive.  If you are on the lookout for a new online fabric source, please look them up.

Onto the numbers:

Used this week: 0.25 yards
Used YTD: 34.75 yards
Added this week: 9.75 yards
Added YTD: 137.75 yards
Net Added YTD: 103 yards

My goal this week is to finish up my Kaleidoscope quilt and make more butterfly blocks.

We'll see how I do!

To see what everyone else is up, go to Judy's.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew in Results

I'm a little (all right a lot) late reporting my sewing from Friday night, but today has been one of those non-stop days.  All of the things on the to do list have been fun, but still busy!

I wasn't very productive, but I did at least get the binding sewn on my table runner.

I pieced the top and quilted this runner last year around this time and then just completely dropped the ball when it came to the binding.  Not sure why, but it happens, right?  Needless to say, I'm thrilled that I will be able to use it this year!

We are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to visit my parents in southern Virginia.  We are so excited because they really go overboard with the Halloween decorations every year, so I'm interested to see the boys reaction to them.  Some of it is scary, so will see how my 2 year old handles it.  I'm hoping he doesn't have nightmares all week...

Anyway, we will be in the car for 6 hours tomorrow (without traffic), so that should give me plenty of time to sew on the binding.

I hope everyone else had a productive Friday Night Sew in!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Night Sew in

Ah, the best night of the month!  Even though I am exhausted from taking my children to the pumpkin patch today, I'm determined to do some sewing this evening!  The Hubs very kindly has taken the boys out to dinner, so I figure the least I can do is work on some UFO's and not nap.  :)

My goal tonight is to attach the binding to a Halloween table runner from last year and work towards finishing up the quilting on my Kaleidoscope quilt.  That should be easy enough to do, although I really want to start something new.  What is wrong with me?  We will see how much I accomplish before falling asleep.

Anyone else sewing tonight?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I was so lucky to be able to fit in a lot of sewing this week.  Unfortunately, I can't count any of it out yet, but hopefully soon.  For the rest of the year I'm going to try to concentrate on finishing up my UFO's, Christmas gifts, and a couple of baby quilts.  That should keep me busy into the new year!  My sons and I finally seemed to get a napping schedule worked out, and they both slept at the same time!  That was a huge victory this week!  I'm hoping that continues because it really gave me some extra time in the sewing room!

I'm very happy to report that I had one finish this week!  It really has me itching to finish up my other projects.  I really want to start the year free of UFO's!

I did have a small addition to the stash this week.  I picked up four fat quarters for the butterfly blocks I have been working on.  It turns out I don't have many bright, little girl appropriate fabrics in my stash.  A quick trip to Hancock fabrics this week fixed that!  I must admit I have really enjoyed working on a quilt for a little girl.  I just found out that my cousin is expecting her first baby next spring.  I have my fingers crossed for a baby girl! 

My numbers for this week:

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 34.5 yards
Added this week: 1 yard
Added YTD: 128 yards
Net added for the year: 93.5 yards

To see how everyone else did, go to Judy's.  Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

100 Quilts for Kids

There is a reason I don't sign up for online quilting bees.  I love reading about the bee blocks others are making and I especially love to see the finished product.  Alas, I know in my heart of hearts, that I would totally be that person every month freaking out, driving like a mad woman to the post office to get the blocks off on time!!

I finally finished sewing the binding on this little beauty last night.  What can I say?  I made it!  Deadline met, at the last second, but met just the same! 

It isn't fancy, the quilting is far from perfect, but I love it!  I truly hope that a local child will get a some comfort from this little quilt. 

I used the leftover 5 inch squares from the front for a little framed patchwork on the back.  Simple, but very pretty.

I didn't bother to take any close ups of the quilting because it's not great, but I'm definitely getting better.  Anyone reading this who is contemplating trying free motion quilting: Go for it!  It's challenging, but so much fun!  It is absolutely true that your quilting will look better the more you do it!

Now, I'm off to get ready for the DC Modern guild meeting today.  We are meeting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  How cool is that?

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I missed last week's stash report, so hold on this is going to be a long one!  :)

Between battling bouts of my own and my children's illnesses (somehow my beloved husband always misses out on the fun) I have managed to get quite a bit of sewing done.  Unfortunately, I can't count any of it yet.  :(  That's okay though.  I'm using the stash and I'm having fun and that's what it's all about right?

I have joined a new sewing group that meets twice a month to sew for two organizations: Quilts for Kids (pediatric illnesses) and Quilts of Valor.  I've only been to one meeting so far, but it was FANTASTIC!  Everyone was so nice and welcoming.  They also didn't seem to be at all bothered that I'm an incredibly slow quilter!  I can't wait to go back on the 29th!  Using one of the groups many BOM patterns, I'm making butterflies:

My plan is to make 16 of these beauties sashed in black, and then an outer border.  I hope it will make a little girl very happy!  They make me happy everytime I make one!  This is the only new thing I have going on which is good since I have some many other unfinished projects!

I have also been doing quite a bit of shopping.  Last weekend I needed a little mommy time, so what's a girl to do, but go to the quilt store...

I had to buy some Terrain.  Seriously, it practically threw itself at me!  :)

I picked up these Ann Kelle pieces to add to my stash.  I'm slowly collecting her boy appropriate prints to make an I-Spy quilt for my boys.  I just love her designs!

Then I picked up some of the leaves from Little Apples.  I have no plans for these, but I thought they'd be good additions to the stash.  I would love to have the whole line, but right now it just isn't in the budget.  :(

I thought this print would work for a QOV that I'm planning to make in the New Year.  Right now I'm just in the planning stages, but I think it's going to be really cool!

This past Friday night I went to Joanne's armed with a coupon and came out with this:

Kona Black for the butterflies, Christmas fabric for this project, and some lemons because they were pretty!  What can I say?  I have no will power...

The numbers:

Used this week: 2 yards (includes fabric I donated to 100 quilts for kids project)

Used YTD: 34.5 yards

Added this week: 12 yards

Added YTD: 127 yards

Net added YTD: 92.5 yards.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go sew.  To see how everyone else did, please head over to Judy's.