Monday, March 8, 2021

sparkle Christmas

I cracked open the sparkle box and started sewing the blocks. I had already cut this out a few years ago. It seemed an easy project to tackle. I am using this UFO for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Green is the color for March and a good Christmas quilt has plenty of green. I played round and round with chain piecing the squares in a square. 

 This project has been hiding in the ufo closet, so, it was fun to revisit the fabrics. It will be a fun " to go" project since all the thinking is done, and, I can just sit and sew. 

It is a free pattern found here

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

stash report March 7, 2021

I found 2 fat quarters at goodwill this week. I liked them, so, I brought them home with me. nice kitty, warm kitty...

fat quarters

Stash report  March 7, 2021

Fabric Used this week: 0 yards - I did a lot of piecing, but, no finishes

Fabric Used year to Date: 46 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this week: 1/2 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 50 1/2 yards

net fabric: 4 yards bought more than used 

I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week.   green blocks - quilt borders - string blocks

I thought I would go back up to the top of my Mr. Scarecrow rug hooking project. I have been working on parts all over the rug, which involves moving the rug on the frame more than I would like. I think it is time to start at the top and finish everything moving downward. well.... until I decide something else. The head was fun - I like his quirky attitude.

I had a few questions about rug hooking - I will try to take a few pictures and make a better explanation next week.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

top of the green

 I found a big bag of green scraps that I wanted to sort and decide. It was a nearly full 2 gallon ziplock bag. I spent 2 evenings folding and cutting. green is the  color for March for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

By the time I emptied the bag, I had a tray full of new additions to my scrap user's system. These weighed 2 pounds = 6 yards of fabric= at least 60.00

Now to see if the new pieces will fit in my drawers. 5 inch size is a new addition this year to the cutting process. I haven't found the way I want to store them yet. I really haven't used 5 inch very much.

I also worked in my 1 1/2 inch strip bin. I needed green waffle stamp pieces cut for the month and any short pieces I found, I sewed with a neutral piece to use later. no plan, I just knew I didn't want them in the bag any longer.

I had a few additional green cut, so I made quite a few this month. It looks like most of the previous cut ones are blue.

This time I needed to make more strips of 5- 1 1/2 inch squares. I didn't have any left from the last time I made them. Hopefully these will last through next month's color of the month.

Friday, March 5, 2021

zucherwatte quilt top

 I was excited to find a favorite border fabric already in my stash. It is such a favorite that, I immediately made plans to replace the fabric. haha will I ever have less fabric?. I guess I have a thing for polka dots and just this color of pink.

 I found a large pink sheet that I will use for the back. And, now I can add one more quilt to the others waiting to be quilted. My list is growing.

bonnie Hunter quilt zuckerwatte from her book string fling.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

quote marks quilt

It's a new month, but, I still have yellow to finish from February. These are the quote marks from the full stop quilt that Angela is doing. I have a few bonus 2 inch  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) I chose the easy example of quote marks that Angela offered. 

I am still taming the scraps this week by cutting 10 inch squares.  3 pounds 5 ounces = 9 1/4 yards = 95.00 worth of fabric. I counted 52 squares = 4 packs of layer cakes = 160.00 

My worry is that I won't use them. Since I haven't used a layer cake yet in my quilting.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

to do: one monthly goal

 It's a new month with new possibilities. The rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappys color for March is green. I have an older ufo in green that I want to complete for the month. This was one of my first EPPs. I remember starting it on the plane coming home from visiting my daughter several years ago. I knew I would be sad to leave her, so I picked something to do. I haven't worked on it in a long time. I wanted to make it bigger, but, now, I just want to finish it.

Another ufo I have, is a Christmas quilt with green, that I want to work on for the month to see how far I can get it before March 31. I think it is mostly cut out and ready to sew. I haven't sewn anything, yet.

I missed the table topper challenge for February. so I want to start early for the green of march with a kit I have had for a few years.... If I can understand the instructions. It uses a " squedge " template.

Monday, March 1, 2021

more wonky courthouse

I mentioned here that I was cleaning my scrappy work table and started a quilt.... just like that. This will be my third wonky courthouse steps. I haven't even quilted the first two. I have more strings and crumbs than I have time. These go so quickly and are such great fun. I am aiming for 63 blocks this time. I had a basket that I almost emptied, but, it is only one of several. So I filled it again with more.

lots of great leftovers in here

It's time in Indiana for maple syrup. We have a whole week ahead that has the right temperatures predicted.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Stash report February 28, 2021

I had a chance to buy 4 of the same charm pack in red and blue. It was a closeout sale somewhere. They are blender type of patterns and I thought I would be able to use them. Although, I can't seem to open any of my charm packs - they are too "special"

Stash report  February 28, 2021

Fabric Used this week:12 yards - I finished boxy stars

Fabric Used year to Date: 46.5 yards

Fabric Added this week: 5 1/3 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 50 yards

net fabric:3.5 yards bought more than used 

I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week  I even had a long sew day

I am finishing the last of the corn cobs on my Mr. Scarecrow rug hooking project. The dark green was a narly piece of wool that made a narly leaf.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

yellow stars

I have more sunshiny yellow blocks made for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I have started crumb stars just this year. I sit for one evening sewing crumbs in the color of the month. However many I can cut from that, is how many I can make for the month.  I am cutting the centers at 4 1/2 inches and using 2 1/2   HSTS - ( half square triangles )

I made 10 yellow tiny houses, but, one has played the vanishing game. Maybe it found an empty lot somewhere warm.

I managed to get the Bonnie Hunter free pattern called Florabunda. quilt to a top just yesterday at Friday sew group.

Friday, February 26, 2021

boxy star finish

 I am happy to report I have the quilt  done for boxy stars in yellow and black. I started this in 2016 to use a jelly roll.  I have worked on it as part of the rainbow scrap challenge this year. February's color is yellow. This is an older UFO that would not make it into the top 10 quilts I want to finish, but, still needs some attention. It is good to clean out some of these types of UFOs. I started the month with the blocks already made, and I needed to assemble the top and quilt it.

67 x80

12 yards of fabric

I used a skeleton fabric for the back since I had a large enough piece and it was black. It will be a fun surprise every time I see it.

I barely made it a finish by the end of the month. This will be part of my one monthly goal and phd 21

Bonnie Hunter free pattern quilt called boxy stars. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

florabunda borders

I had a sew day Saturday for working on my florabunda quilt. I wasn't sure the last time I worked on it, that I would like it. But, I decided to press forward and make a simplified version of Bonnie Hunter's  borders on her quilt. I calculated that I needed 5 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, 3 inch strips, to strip piece what I wanted to do. I had a leftover collection of florals to use.

5 1/2 floral plus 2 1/2 yellow strips

I sewed the second unit with a 2 1/2 in strip of floral, 2 1/2 inch strip of yellow and a 3 inch strip of floral. I sliced everything into 2 1/2 inch units.

I have what I believe will be all the borders made. I miscalculated the length of the smaller piece ( it should have been 3 1/2) so, I will have to trim them.

I like the way it looks with the borders. It is definitely an improvement. I am glad  I kept going

Bonnie Hunter free pattern called Florabunda. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

to do: 2 inch scraps

We are melting snow around here.

The scraps are taking over. I have been working on finishing this year, and, that in itself makes scraps. But, since I am not really starting anything new, I am not using scraps much. If it were not for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I wouldn't be using my scraps at all.

I spent some time cutting scraps into 2 inch strips. I knew my neutrals were getting low, and I had a few pieces not much bigger than that to cut.

I weighed these at 1 pound 14 ounces. Quilted twins keeps track of her cutting this way, and, it is a good reminder of how much even our scraps are worth.
5 yards of fabric @ 10.00 =$50.00. and, it is fun to see everything all nice and cut and ready to be used.

Tonight is quilt guild and I am not sure I am ready for that. We can't meet in our usual location, so I have no idea if the place will be nice or not. If I can see or hear or feel the distances are enough.