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.

Monday, February 22, 2021

shirt sandwiches

I made shirt strings a while back aiming for a string x quilt for leftover pieces of shirts. This weekend I spent some time cutting fabric for the sides.

It is fun to think that there are no two alike. I didn't use a foundation. I just sewed strips into bigger pieces and trimmed to the size I wanted. I used 3 1/2 x 10 1/2.

I cut the strips 1 1/2 x 10 1/2. I am making a 7 x 9 setting.

This project is one step closer, but, not part of my goal list, yet.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stash report February 21, 2021

I had an extra cute little charm pack in a box. I don't remember where it came from or why I bought it.

I have been working on finishing ufos this month, but, they are taking longer than I wanted.

Stash report  February 14, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  0 yards - getting close to a finish

Fabric Used year to Date: 34.5 yards

Fabric Added this week: .66 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 44.66 yards

net fabric:10 yards bought more than used - hopefully next week, I turn it around

I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week 

I zipped right over to the other corn on the cobs for my Mr. Scarecrow rug hooking project.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

waffling and blue skies

I overdid the yellow waffle stamp blocks , but, that gets me to a larger number already done for the whole quilt. These are very easy to do and a bit addictive.

One of the Ufos I wanted to do for yellow at rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, was Bonnie Hunter blue skies from her book string fling. I made the string blocks during a string basket cleaning in 2016. I was string piecing anything in the book I might want to make while I was playing with strings. Last month, I assembled zucherwatte with pink. After reading that I would have to cut 2,376 HSTS and sew them together, I decided this would be one of the projects on my list that I would not do. That is hard for me. I like to at least believe I will finish what I start. But, I also know I have many great projects started and only so much time. 

The big decision, then, do I repurpose the string blocks as is, or, throw them in the string block bucket. I may have to wait until a blue month to decide.

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp psp20/21

ice cream

waffle stamp blocks


yellow boxy star and here



love pillowcases

2 pink flannel baby quilts and here

Friday, February 19, 2021

snow and stars

 Like everyone else in middle America, we have snow. Our county received 9 inches overnight. It was beautiful and fluffy everywhere. And the prediction is for more over the weekend.

view from the backdoor

toward the garage

hubby making it safe

What a great opportunity to sew uninterrupted. I feel for those without power. Although, I have a people powered treadle machine, light to see by, requires electricity. And, our water is a well and pump that also needs electricity. We have had power. So, I have the border on Boxy stars. This is an older UFO from 2016. And, I hope to have it finished this month.  I have a customer quilt on the longarm, and, then, I will squeeze it in for quilting. The month is fast slipping away from me.

Bonnie Hunter free pattern quilt called boxy stars.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

scraps and strings

It starts innocently enough. I am digging through the string bucket for yellow for crumb stars, that I am making for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I let the thought pass through my head that it is a big mess, and, then, I find a few half done wonky courthouse blocks. And poof, I am playing in the strings. My table is a scrappy mess, and my treadle is whirring. Such fun. And I believe if I just sew all these together, it will be clean.

On another front, I find a box of scraps that need to be cut. And, I started cutting 2 1/2 inch strips and chunks and, poof, I have a basket of strips and squares that I need to put away, and the scrap bin isn't any more organized. There was 1 pound and 8 ounces of strips = 4 1/2 yards of fabric.  4 1/2 yards x 10.00 = 45.00 so I keep going.

2 1/2 inch strips

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

to do: assemble florabunda

Our Friday small group met at the library, and I took the opportunity to use the floor for a design floor.

 I had finished the blocks last year for this Bonnie Hunter free pattern called Florabunda. The color for February  for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy is yellow. And this is one of the UFOs that I am working on for yellow.  I was very disappointed at it looking at it on the design floor. It looked ugly.  So, I spent time thinking how I could not finish the quilt, and, not let all the work go to waste. I waited a day to pull it out at home. Yellow is my favorite color. I had fun finding florals in my stash. I like the design of a Jacob's ladder. I like scrappy, even ugly scrappy. SO what was the problem. 

I decided to stick with the program and finish it. I have a few rows together, and, I like it. I guess it can never leave my home since it looks fine here.... for a scrappy quilt.

Other projects from my friends.....

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Monday, February 15, 2021

swingin checkerboard quilt

 I have been collecting pink and green scraps for a quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. This is one of those patterns that you collect, sew forever in between other projects, sew sew sew, and love the whole process until it is finally a quilt. I am in no hurry. One thing I have noticed with Becky's patterns, is that they are relatively easy to have a successful result, and, look much more complicated than they were to make. 


I have a box with 2,112 -2 inch squares sewn into sets of 4. I started in 2019 gathering scraps.

Preparing the  4 block units took less time than this year's quiltville mystery matchy matchy units.

I have 3 blocks together

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Stash report February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine's day

The navy fabric is a wide back I needed for a quilt. I could piece something, but, I am getting lazy. The other two pieces were from the thrift store. The first I have seen in a long time.

Stash report  February 14, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  0 yards - just making blocks

Fabric Used year to Date: 34.5 yards

Fabric Added this week: 9.75 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 44 yards

net fabric:9.5 yards bought more than used 

I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week 

After finishing the corn cobs last week,  I am working on the corn stalks. There is one on each side of the scarecrow.

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15 min to stitch at life in pieces