Sunday, January 23, 2022

stash january 23 2022

 This week I worked on the last of the scraps from the  scrap bucket I am trying to tame. These scraps weighed  6 ounces which is almost a yard of fabric. I cut some 3 1/2 inches, then 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 and the rest went into a chunks bucket. It has helped to keep me from buying more of anything. Next week will be a challenge. We will have our guild meeting and there might be a free table. what will I do?

stash report January 23, 2022

fabric added -0 yards  still haven't added any!

fabric added year to date -0 yards

fabric used 21 yards -end of rainbow finish + 1 yard sent to goodwill

fabric used year to date 51 yards

51 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead on using fabric. 

I sewed 4 days last week

I have my hexie project out again, trying to reorient myself to what little bits I could be adding on quiet winter evenings. I am always surprised how much I like it when I get started again.

15 min to stitch at life in pieces


Saturday, January 22, 2022

blossom time

I have cut pieces for a stashbuster 2022 quilt in red. I haven't put one together yet but it looks fun. I have a small box of the right size pieces but not matching. So I will cut some more each month.

cut for stash buster challenge

I have relocated an older ufo to the sewing room to work on this year. Blossom time is a quiltville pattern. I started working on it from quiltmaker magazine, before there was a quilt pattern. I counted what I needed and cut the new pieces from red scraps. I think these blocks are well suited for the rainbow scrap challenge approach to getting it done over the next year. I think I need to make 12 each month.

I think they are very cute.

I am still fiddling with the stem at the bottom. I don't like how they are made. And I need to cut them ahead and not wait for the green month.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

end of rainbow finish

I have another finish for January from my rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy projects. I sewed the crumb blocks here - during 2019 by color of the month. I found this in a -book here by Melissa Corey

it is 82x82 and used 20 yards

I used a cotton sheet for the back and a scrappy binding.

I did free motion swirls for the quilting. I really like swirls and may just do all of my quilts like that. Quick and easy is best.

wednesday wait loss

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

a lifetime of scraps

This has been an eclectic scrap bucket.   Sorting this scrap bucket, I have found some fun surprises. I obviously just threw everything I wanted to clean up into the bucket at one point. I really like old blocks and feel a real urgency to rescue them. But, I don't know what to do with them. So, with indecision, they were doomed to a scoop and tidy. 

aren't these wonderful vintage fabrics?

I had already cut the 10 inch square. This was the pile of  scraps that I thought were big enough to have a 5 inch square cut from them. 

I layered them with the right side as even as I could get it and used my stripology ruler to even the right and cut 5 inches.

But the only ones that were 5 inches were these. The rest I put in the less than 5 inch strip pile. Some were close but about 1/4 inch too small.

The strip pile is the biggest group in this bucket. I will work on them next. If I can get 3 1/2 , 2 1/2 , 2, 1 1/2 inch out of it, I will. and so on. If it doesn't make a strip I have started a small chunk bucket for them. I am also putting more into the string/crumb basket and even the trash than usual. I am trying to be brutal.  If each small bucket takes a week, then I will be done in a little over 100 years. I actually enjoy doing it, I just don't like the mess.

My favorite tools for scraps

1. stripology ruler

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Monday, January 17, 2022

5 quilts Jan 17 2022

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - color red -candy is finished. I am sorting through the red strips and cutting for the next rsc project. These are the 2 1/2 inch strips. I want to clean up the bag and set a minimum of 12 inches in length to keep in the bag. Anything smaller will be sewn into 4 patches.

less than 12 inches

 I cut for Hunters star blocks using a new die I bought during the Holiday sales.

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I have the bracket row all together and the width I will use for the rest of the rows. I used the word full in this row.

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - I finished clue 4 and, now, I am working on clue 5. I have the triangles cut. I started sewing them to pieces we have already made, but, I forgot about the matching fabrics, so I will be unpicking a few and starting the sewing again.

4..  too many circles - I was able to lay it out with the pieces for the outer border at Friday group. I don't have a pattern for what I want to do with the border so it is taking a bit of fussing and mumbling to myself.

5. use a jelly roll -  dart a free pattern. I have it all cut and ready to sew. I am using an old moda jelly roll called bistro

MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet

 hourglass leader ender challenge - hunter - on the frame - quilted - needs binding - trimmed -preparing to bind - done!

1. end of the rainbow rsc - on the frame - no change- started quilting -quilted - needs binding

2. row rainbow rsc - on the frame

3. gray baby flannel - find it

4. Pineapple blossom - hunter

5, Christmas sparkle

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

stash report jan16 2022

I found these lovilies in a scrap bucket I am trying to tame. I am not sure why a piece of yardage was in the bucket, unless there was a mass cleanup and everything went into a bucket. The rest of the scrap bucket had mostly really small pieces.

I sorted the scraps into piles of pieces that were big enough to cut of 10 in, 5 inch, strips, and chunks. I've only recently started cutting 10 inch pieces.

only 1 piece at least 10 inches.

After I cut the 10 inch piece I threw the left and right pieces into the strip pile.

stash report January 16, 2022

fabric added -0000000yards  still haven't bought any! or brought home any scraps - a new record

fabric added year to date -0000000yards

fabric used 22 yards -hourglass leader/ ender finish

fabric used year to date 30 yards

30 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead on using fabric. 

I sewed at least an hour every morning last week. It was good to get back to my projects after a few weeks of the flu.

 I finally worked on vivians rug and I did the peach color to the bottom left. By my count, I have done everyone's rug, so, I just wait until mine comes home to work on the background and border.  I have another rug ready to start, so I might work on that first, or when I am bored with my sheep rug.

vivians rug - I am the peach

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Saturday, January 15, 2022

a sweet block

I am so thrilled to finally move this project from the 'maybe someday' to the wip list. I have a few string/crumb blocks made over the years by color and enough strings to add to them this year. These pieces of candy are sugar free,, so I can have as many as I want.

I also cut red strips for my go fish leader/ender challenge. Each strip will make 6 hsts or 2 sets of fish.