Stash Report And Little Stitches

No fabric in or out this week.

I did some reorganization yesterday and put all my homeless fabric into a dresser. I’m happy to say I didn’t fill it, but all that fabric was overwhelming. I now have two dressers of fabric, compared to half a dresser of clothes.

At least it motivated me to work on something yesterday.

No changes on the quilt in process. I spent yesterday pulling backing and batting, cutting it to size and figuring out the quilting design.

I also finished embroidering one of the bells on the pillowcase.

I used two strands of DMC floss for the flowers and leaves. I wasn’t sure about the colors when I started, but they are working out. I don’t know why it’s so much harder for me to pick thread colors than it is to pick fabric that goes together. One of life’s great mysteries.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 8.375 yards

Fabric out: 10.125 yards

Net Fabric USED: 1.75 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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Knowing When To Stop

The Stitching To Dye quilt #3 is now a finished top.

There was a bit of auditioning in the sewing room of plain borders and a piano key border, but this quilt wants to stay simple. It told me not to add borders and to finish it with a facing.

Such a smart quilt. I think skipping borders is the right plan because there will be some embellishment added after the quilting.

And if it wants to tell me how to quilt it, I’m listening.

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Stash Report And Putting It Together

I started sewing the hatchet blocks together into a top.

I added some spacers to break up the pattern. I was back to that hot mess thing without them.
I feel that this one needs a pieced border, but I could change my mind once the top is sewn.
I have to put in a plug here for the hatchet ruler. The blocks go together nicely without a lot of fuss to match seams. I made a throw quilt using a similar block pattern several years ago without the ruler, and it was a lot harder. I’m not much of a ruler girl. This quilt has me rethinking that.

No fabric in or out this week. April will likely be a quiet stash month.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 8.375 yards
Fabric out: 10.125 yards
Net Fabric USED: 1.75 yards
Yarn In: 0
Yarn Out: 2 yards
Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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With Bows On

Just one bow really.
This was not the most creative of weeks. I finished the work project and delivered everything a day early. There will be questions, but the hard work is done. Now I’m back to catching up the work I wasn’t doing while working on the project.
I did get a little more embroidery in and finished the bow.

The center stitching is done with two strands of DMC floss. The outlines are #5 pearl cotton.
I’m looking forward to a bit more creative time this weekend.

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Stash Report And Hatchet Blocks

No fabric bought and nothing finished this week.
I made some progress on the hatchet blocks for the Stitching To Dye Quilt #3.

Once I get 20 or so made I’ll play around with the setting and go from there. The whole piece will be dyed – twice – after it’s quilted. Arranging the blocks has a lot more to do with a pleasing distribution of lights and dark than with pattern. I will also need open spaces where I can add trim. It’s a different way of thinking about a quilt top, at least for me.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 8.375 yards
Fabric out: 10.125 yards
Net Fabric USED: 1.75 yards
Yarn In: 0
Yarn Out: 2 yards
Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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In A Slow Stitch Mood

I didn’t make it into the sewing room much this week. I’m working on a big project at work that I just want done, and I’m mentally fried by the time I get home. No thinking or sharp objects for me those nights.

Instead I worked on the pillowcase. I’m stitching the ribbon with an outline stitch in #5 pearl cotton. It may be more texture than is comfortable on a pillowcase, but I really like the look.

I want to experiment with threads and texture on this project. I can always use the pillowcases on the guest bed, where I can see them without having to lay on them if the texture is too much.

These are going to take more time than I originally thought they would, but I’m OK with that. It’s more about the journey.

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April Short List

March was a good month for The Short List. I finished the rug, the Safehouse top and January’s art supply play block. I haven’t made much UFO progress, but there are plenty of months left in the year.

The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Art Supply Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add new interests and drop things that no longer appeal.

Something old – The embroidered teddy bear block quilt is UFO #1 that was chosen for April’s Get It Done Challenge at Patchwork Times. The top needs put together and quilted.

Something new – The third Stitching to Dye quilt. I’m working on the blocks.

Handwork – I bought a couple pillowcases at the thrift shop for next to nothing. I started embroidering them this week. I’m using them to experiment with different threads and stitches.

Art Supply Play – This category covers using or experimenting with the various art/quilting supplies in my stash. I have a few ideas I want to try, just need to decide on one.

I know I won’t finish three things this month, but I’m working steady on two of them. It would be nice to finish something because I have lots of ideas for future projects – fun, exciting, new to me projects. There’s always something shiny waiting in the wings.

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