Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Reports

Stash report
I used up 3 yards of fabric this week making Comfort Quilt blocks and yo-yo's. I loved the results on both!!

I have added 3 yards for backing on sale at $4 yard from Mom.

I see a reduction in the stash and will count it as 1.1 totes down from 1.25 totes. It really goes quickly once you get sewing!!
I made 2 of the squares Sat and plan more for Sunday's Quiltathon with Patchwork times. Check out what everyone is doing!
I also joined Connecting Threads-Quilt with us community. I love the site. Another check it out site.

I also made 3 "c" squares on the Granny Square sampler. And on the posie quilt I have nearly all the Posie blocks quilted and will start on the border soon.

I am one week and 2 days post op and I am feeling great. I had to have my thyroid removed. I have more follow up at the end of April with some testing and treatment. I am really thankful for modern medicine and so many nice people who have been wonderful through this.

Have a great Sunday. We have snow this am but I am looking on the bright side, cool weather=more quilting.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Comfort Quilt Blocks

I made 2 blocks today from my Victory Quilts book, By Elenor Burns, called Comfort Quilt. I enjoyed this block because it was easy and an unusual pattern. I used my new fat quarters and I plan to make a 18 block quilt on point with lattice strips.
Here is a photo of all of the Granny Square sampler blocks completed so far. I am on the C squares and made a mistake on the corners so I put it down and have to do a little ripping and redo.

And the bag of yo-yo's!!

Monday, March 23, 2009


I have busted a yard of fabric over the last couple of days making yo-yo-s. I have nearly a whole 1 gallon storage bag filled. I want to make a coverlet so I have a few more to make, I believe. They are fun and easy to do.

I want to make a very scrappy quilt next. I really want to make a dent in my stash. I love the Pineapple Blossom at I think I will use muslin and scraps. Extreme scraps because I don't have enough of any color combo to make in a theme. I think I will try to make a block in the next day or so. We will see how I feel. Have to have a clear brain for new projects, you know.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Stash Report

No new finishes. So that means no stashbusting for fabrics but no additions either. I am continuing to have the goal of reducing my fabric stash by another 50% this year. I have lots of ideas for tops and a block exchange on the horizon. I am quilting now, piecing will be for warmer weather.

I continue to learn about crocheting and the sampler afghan is coming along nicely.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I did it!

This is my third B square. I think It is finally right. Thanks to all who helped me figure it out. YEA!!

I also quilted 6 more squares on the posie quilt. I think I want to stipple the borders.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday Stash Report

I added three Fat Quarters to the stash. I think I will make yo-yo's out of them. I am still at approximately 1.25 totes of stash fabrics.
Sewing isn't going to happen for a while here so I am doing hand work things. Here is proof I am working on my quilt, :). Enlarge will show I am quilting around each square.

Here is another square for the 1977 BGH Sampler. I am loving this project. It has challenging squares in it. Last night I opted for this easy one.

And Thanks to Christie for a lovely disch cloth and beaded book marker. I love this pattern and the colors are my favorites!!

I hope to join a needle case swap on Hand Dids next.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I love exchanges!!

I received my pincushions in the mail today. I was so impressed at all the wonderful ideas on pincushions!! Everyone did such good work- Kim did the little log cabin (can you see the itty bitty pieces!), Angela the bird and pattern (such talent and detail), and the heart is everything I love (check out the lovely embroidery). Great job Ladies!!

I also received my dishcloths from Angela and Penny. Lovely stitches and little gifts in each. Now I need to think about what little extra to put in my cloths before I mail them out Saturday.... Both of these exchanges are in Yahoo Groups and the group is called Hand Dids. Wonderful group of hand crafters.

I corrected the border on my sampler knit afghan. It is wild, crazy , colorful and a stash buster for the yarn, before I added the recent stash. I learned so many stitches on this with unloved yarn. I thought I would make something useful and WARM!! Whew, I am crocheting an edging and it is toasty! My family has deemed this the Ugly Neapolitan Blanket. It fits, and I am ok with it. :) Pic tomorrow when the border is completed.

3/13 Edit here is the finished knit sampler afghan:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Can you see why I am frustrated?

Moral of the story: When you are sick don't attempt borders.
Grrr, enough said.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sunday Stash report and Daylight Savingstime

Ok, Just for the record, I really don't like the weekend of daylight savings time. I am a grouch when I lose an hour of sleep. Sure, I go to bed a little earlier, but I wake up at the usual time! Then I spend three days dragging around trying to figure out why I am so tired and can't seem to accomplish anything. I am still not convinced daylight savings time really saves energy, but it is nice to have light evenings in the summer.

Stash report for Fabrics: No new fabrics purchased
No new stash used. So My total fabrics is still 1.25 totes.

Friday and Saturday had three hours invested in this star block for my sampler. Wow, it challenged my skills. I couldn't read the pattern well. I couldn't remember the difference between hdc, dc,trc. Makes a bit of difference I found. I had to look up the stitches in my trusty "Complete guide to Needle work book." The star block is used about 5-6 times in several variations in this afghan, so I will get more practice. By the way, it helps to not try to do a new pattern on Fri. nights when you're just getting over the flu. For some reason the brain was in neutral and I had to start over. On Sat.

Sat. evening, I basted the Posie quilt. So now I have some relaxing quilting to do while the evenings are cold still. My machine is acting weird and I am having three mechanical failures around here so this will be hand quilted. Yep, DH car overheated, the fridge is leaking water, and my laptop's screen is not working right. So in order to not overdo the mojo for machine's, I am handquilting it. I know it will be right then.

Friday, March 6, 2009


It is Friday, hooray! AND it is warmer. About 60 degrees warmer today than it was on Monday. Yes 60 degrees!!

I have been working on my granny square sampler. I think the colors remind me of chocolate and raspberries. I really like how it is working up. Here is my progress so far. The white paper on a couple of blocks are tags, so I remember what blocks they are: A-1, F-4, etc.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Looking for warmer days ahead

Brrrr, if it gets much colder for much longer, I think I am going to have to hibernate because I am starting to move slow. This time of year I feel like the tin man on the Wizard of Oz, I just wish I had a magical oil can to keep me moving.

I was given a gift of my fav quilter and pattern writer, Eleanor Burns-Victory Quilts. I just watched the show on RFD tv ( I record this weekly show and learn some little tip each time!) and loved these blocks. I am thinking about a quilt I want to make. My Mom just purchased the Underground Railroad book and I am going to borrow that next.

I have been more interested in hand work lately. The photo is the progress on the yo-yo's so far. About 1/4 full of a gallon storage bag. I love making these. Easy to do while watching TV and when I need a low attention span project. I have been putting off basting my Posie quilt. I just don't enjoy that part and I procrastinate occasionally. Yes, Yes I do.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sunday Stash Reports

Purchased: 4 Fat Quarters
Used: about 1 yard making yo-yo's
Stash Size is still about 1.25 jumbo totes.

I have been working on hand things more than sitting at the machine recently.