Sunday, January 31, 2021

Stash report January 31, 2021

Flannel was a great price, and, I noticed that I don't have very many pieces big enough for the backs of bright quilts that have been started. I am slowly adding a few pieces when I see a great sale. I bought these at Joann fabrics.

11 yards flannel

Stash report  January 31, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  3.5 yards - table topper

Fabric Used year to Date: 34.5 yards

Fabric Added this week: 11 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 33 yards

net fabric: 1.5 yards used more than bought - the gap is a little smaller than I would like.

I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week - I used sewing time as a reward for cooking real food and real cleaning.
I finished the pants of Mr. Scarecrow rug except for a little bit at the bottom. I need to scrounge enough wool to match it. I have his stick done, also

I think I will start on the corn stalks next.

I have a small pile of scraps to giveaway, if anyone could use them. I am trying to keep it to a # 10 envelope. I will be happy to send them to you. Most of them are 2 1/2 inches wide, but not full length.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

pink bags

Pink is the color of the month  at the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

I have been keeping pink and red scraps together, thinking, I didn't have enough pink to warrant their own bag or drawer. I was wrong. I spent some time in January sorting them and deciding what I have. These are the 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch bags.

2 inch strips

1 1/2 in strips

The top left were pieces for the tiny houses. Top right were pieces for the waffle stamp blocks. And, bottom left were extra pieces of 1 1/2 inch squares for easy breezy blocks.

I went through the 2 1 /2 inch strips here. I was able to pull WOF strips out and make my own jelly rolls. I had enough for 4 of them and 10 extra pieces. 4 jelly rolls would equal 120.00 worth of fabric.

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

Friday, January 29, 2021

challenge and a finish

I decided to participate in 2021 table scraps trt challenge.  I have a few table runner/ toppers that I have bought over the years, that I would like to make, but, they aren't part of any goal setting that I have been doing. It isn't part of any finishing goals ( they aren't started) or before I die goals ( I have time). They are just hanging around saying pick me, pick me. The challenge will give me a chance to think about, and, hopefully, finish a few projects.

This month, I picked an easy project that was already finished to the top stage. I just needed to quilt it and bind it.  I am not sure why this one was sidelined a few years ago. Probably, some great sew a long or mystery quilt. or, because, I thought the background was a bit too busy. In any event, I will still smile every time I see it finished.

I do have a finish. I have a table topper that has been in ufo status a long time all finished, and, ready to top a table. But, I didn't get the intended table cleaned for a picture. I don't usually decorate for seasons, but, I am thrilled that it is a Spring topper that will last a few months.

27 x 33- 3 yards of fabric

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rsc20 super saturday
oh scrap
UFO busting

2021 table scraps trt challenge

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

zucherwatte retreat

You may remember here, that I had cut 430  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) and sewn 240 together. At retreat last weekend, I sewed all of them into rows for bonnie Hunter quilt zucherwatte from her book string fling. 

rows 1 and 2

row 3 added

I see I will need to tweak some of the points as I go along.
I was even able to start adding the string HSTS to either side of the rows to make the blocks.

adding string hsts

and the block
I am wishing there was a more even 1/4 inch margin on the outside of the block.
If I had not had lots of conversations with friends at a quilt retreat, I would never have been able to stick to this, and get it this far. I plan on working on zucherwatte until the end of the month and then, I am putting it back into the project closet.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

to do: grassy creek 5

I need to keep going on grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville. I made the first part of clue #5 at retreat. I just need to make flying geese and the clue will be done.

my grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

clue 1 clue 2 clue 3 Clue 4 A Clue 4 B

clue 5 A

clue 6

clue 7

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Monday, January 25, 2021

retreat progress

 I went to a two day "sleep in your own bed" retreat this weekend. It has been awhile that I have had a chance to just keep after a chosen project. I had this snoopy quilt that just needed a few blocks and assembly. I think this will be a great quilt for a new Grandson coming in May. I need to find a back and give it a good press. 

snoopy wiggle time

I have been chasing this quilt for a year now. Country roads was part of rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. And, now, the center is done. I think I want to add a thinner yellow border before I call it ready to quilt. It is about 87 x 87

country roads

The best part of the retreat is sewing with quilty friends again. It is great to spread out, and, have room to lay quilt pieces out and make decisions. That is something I have a hard time doing at home. At home, I can use distractions to keep from making the next step decision. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Stash report January 24 , 2021

I needed a back for a rainbow quilt, and I found this great polka dot. Polka dots are just so fun.

Stash report  January 24, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  9 yards - pink flannel baby quilt

Fabric Used year to Date: 31 yards

Fabric Added this week: 5 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 24 yards

net fabric: 7 yards used more than bought

I stitched at least 15 minutes 5 out of 7 days - We were gone one day and recovering the next. But, I did experience 3 days of sunshine in one week - happy dance

I didn't make much progress on Mr. Scarecrow rug. I tried a little applique - yuk results. I spent two days at a small quilt retreat. Here are some of the projects that were there. not mine

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

zuckerwatte in progress

I have sew enjoyed the pink inspiration with the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Looking at the design walls all filled with pink, makes me happy. I don't have a design wall or even a design floor, but, I sure have pink scraps. I am doing rsc a little different this year, by concentrating on ufos by color. I miss sewing the blocks, and watching them grow, though.

 It was time to dig around in my pink 2 1/2 inch drawer for the rainbow scrap challenge. The drawer was overflowing. I knew that I would need 2 1/2 HSTS - ( half square triangles ). for a bonnie Hunter quilt zuckerwatte from her book string fling. I chose to add it to the list for January, because, it is a mostly pink ufo, and, it would help clean out the drawer strips drawer.

sneaky red in the drawer

I grabbed the short pieces, and, this time, I separated the wof strips from the drawer. I had no idea how many I would have. I needed 430 HSTS - ( half square triangles ). So, I cut and cut and cut, and repeat.

This is what was left when I was done cutting - a mostly empty drawer. hooray

I sewed 240 HSTS - ( half square triangles )

trimmed and ironed

And was left with the extras. I am thrilled if this is all I get done for the month.

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp psp20

ice cream

waffle stamp blocks

love pillowcases

2 pink flannel baby quilts and here

I am linking to:

rsc21 super saturday
oh scrap
UFO busting

Friday, January 22, 2021

baby quilt finish

 I have emptied a project box with this finish. I finished flannel #2 his week. It feels so good to move another UFo to done. I finished flannel #1 last week as part rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

46x58- 7 yards of fabric

I found an old blog post about the pattern including a share it  of my copy of the pattern. It's a great pattern to use for a baby quilt and/or a donation quilt.

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp psp20

ice cream

waffle stamp blocks

love pillowcases

2 pink flannel baby quilts and here and here

I'm linking to:

rsc20 super saturday
oh scrap
UFO busting

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

5 inch scraps

 I had a box of recycled shirts that I wanted to cut for quilt patterns I am hoping to make. I had already taken the shirts apart, so, I made a box for each size I wanted to cut, 10 inch, 5 inch, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 2. I decided to cut largest to smallest, so, that, the leftovers can be fed into the smaller sizes. I cut 10 inches. I used the front of the shirt without the pocket for 10 inch squares. The front with the pocket, I put in the box for 5 inch squares. I am still saving the backs.

I cut from any sleeves I found for the anvil quilt. I need a 4 1/2 strip and enough matching 2 1/2 inch strips for 10 HSTS and 2 squares per block.

I had other scraps in the 5 inch box and cut them. They weighed 2 pounds and 9 ounces. That would be the equivalent of 7 1/2 yards of fabric @ 10.00 per yard = 75.00

There is approximately 3/4 yard in a charm pack. That is almost 10 packs of 42 charms @ 10.00 dollars = $100.00. And, if 4 packs of charm squares and a background, make a good size lap quilt, there are 2 1/2 quilts in my box. 

I received this great comment from Rebecca Grace. I love the idea of an assistant scrap manager. Wouldn't you? The hard part would be deciding if the assistant should ever say "throw it out" or not. It might be wise if she did?

 Rebecca Grace has left a new comment on your post "crumb star": 

What a lovely way to use up those smaller scraps, Maggie! You're inspiring me! My scrap bins are getting awfully full, too. I feel like I need to hire an Assistant Scrap Manager.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

to do: work with tiny pieces

 I have been working with tiny 1 1/2 inch squares that are sitting next to my sewing machine. I collect them, until, I think I can make either waffle stamp blocks  or postage stamp psp20/21. I am always amazed at how many are in the stack. The stack of squares doesn't look like much, but it moves 2 quilts along. I have the solid pieces already cut and waiting in a drawer nearby.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

grassy creek 4 and my project box

It took some time, but, grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville part #4 is done. I was pleased with how the pieces fit together, but, after ironing, I am wondering if they are a little wonky. Time will tell.

As part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I am working on pink ufos, I have finished  two love pillowcases and a flannel donation quilt. I am nearly done with flannel quilt #2, so I indulged with choosing another pink ufo - zuckerwaite from Bonnie Hunter book string fling. All I have finished are the string blocks. I made them in 2017. This quilt uses a massive amount of  HSTS - ( half square triangles ). So I need to get cutting. Even if that is all I get done this month, it is progress.

While I had the project box out of storage, I took some pictures to remind me of what was in there. I have Bonnie hunter's dawn's early light string blocks made.

And a Christmas sparkle quilt all cut out, including backing fabric. I found this as a quilt along here. I cut it out in 2018 while I had my Christmas fabrics out for something else. It looks like I have a few happy sewing days ahead of me. I love my project boxes.

my grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

clue 1

clue 2

clue 3

Clue 4 A

Clue 4 B

clue 5

clue 6

clue 7

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Stash report January 17, 2021

 I have started a new rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. The full stop quilt that Angela is doing. It looks modern to me, and, I felt that I didn't have a background fabric with enough yardage that I wanted. I bought the polka dot for that. I bought 5 yards of it to make sure I would have enough. The red Christmas fabric came home in the bag with it.

Stash report  January 17, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  7 yards - pink flannel baby quilt

Fabric Used year to Date: 22 yards

Fabric Added this week: 7 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 19 yards

net fabric: 3 yards used more than bought

I stitched at least 15 minutes each day -I was working on Clue 4 grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

I am really struggling to meet my goal for rug hooking. There are a few days that  I just didn't want to hook. It might be that deep down seasonal rugs are not right, out of season haha. A scarecrow in January might be offending my sensibilities.... or, I might be lazy.

Hope you have a stitchery good week

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Friday, January 15, 2021

flannel quilts and a finish

My ufo # 2 and #3 for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy was 2 pink flannel baby quilts. I didn't know, when I opened the box, if I had just collected the fabric, or, had it cut for what I needed. I saw labels on the fabric, so I was excited to learn it was already cut and ready to sew.

there are 2 quilts cut out in the box

I had all the letters I needed for the pattern -quilt #1

I arranged them on tray with all the letters showing

I have looked all over the internet for the pattern for this quilt to share. I can't find it anywhere. I see the diagram, but, the links are dead. My copy is a faded copy that came with the first flannel quilt kit that I bought years ago.
I like making it. It is easy to strip piece and subcut so that it looks complicated.

quilt # 2

I had quilt # 2 pieced and ready to quilt January 2nd.

42 x 54 and 7 yards of fabric

pink flannel back

update: I found an old blog post about the pattern including a share it  of my copy of the pattern