Sunday Stash February 18, 2018

No fabric in or out this week.
I started my Scrap Attack collage, got this far and got stuck.
birds fusedI realized after everything was glued or fused that the background was too plain and I should have painted/painstiked/colored it first. New ground, new lessons.
I liked what I had and I didn’t want to mess it up. Anyone else ever feel this way?
I thought about it last night and wondered who this person was and what she’d done with the real me. I am fearless when it comes to surface design. I believe you can fix anything with more paint, beads, stitching, etc. There is no wrong answer. It’s all good.
So off to the sewing room where I stamped with paint, used crayons and rubbing plates and stamped more paint. I thought the yellow paint was too bright, so I washed some of it out with soap and water.
birds in processI think it needs more visual weight in the bottom section and will do that today. Once it dries the quilting will begin. The pieces is slightly larger than a sheet of copy paper.
It feels good to be moving forward again.
Fabric In: 0
Fabric Out: 1.5
Net Fabric Used: 1.5
Quilt & embroidery spending: $13
How did you do this week?

1. maggie f
2. Melissa G
3. Meloney
4. Chrisknits
5. Kate
6. MartiDIY
7. melanie
8. Julie in GA
9. Quilting Gail
10. Aileen K
11. Only few needed
12. Mary-Kay
13. Patricia

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Getting There

I finished all the embroidery on the dresser set, four pieces in all. I stitched most of the pocket shaped pieces, none of the oval and a few skipped places on the runner.  Colors are way off, which is odd since the second picture is fine.
stitchedgirlsNow I will pick the thread color for the edgings and figure out a pattern. Turning those 90 degree corners are throwing me a little. I did find a book at the library to help me out, 101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings by Annie’s Attic.
I didn’t have another project ready, so I started a small project my Embroidery Guild is doing. They gave me a full kit my first night there that included everything, even a needle. All I had to find was a pair of scissors and my small hoop. I hadn’t used that small hoop since the 1990s and spent way too much time looking for it. From now on it lives with all my other embroidery supplies.
embroidered box kitWe had a selection of patterns and I decided to do a counted cross stitch bird. I’d been thinking about picking up cross stitch again after looking at the Christmas picture I had hanging for a couple months. I do like the look, but I remember now why I stopped doing counted cross stitch 20 years ago.
It takes FOREVER.
The bird is small and will decorate the top of a hand painted box. Good thing I started it well ahead of when I need it.
At least it’s easy to take along.

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February’s Round Robin

I was on a roll last weekend.
I finished adding to this month’s round robin. Here’s what it looked like when I received it.
surface design round robin 4Here’s what it looks like now (added upper left).
sdrr4 done
This is the smallest piece I’ve had so far, maybe 14” square.
We’ve had a lot of discussions at our meetings about the need to rein ourselves in. It would have been easy to do a lot more stitching on this piece, but a dozen more people need to add to it. We have to all be mindful to leave space for everyone else to work.
I cut circles from hand painted fabric and attached them with french knots. The circles and french knots are repeats of other designs on the piece.
On to the next……

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Sunday Stash February 11, 2018

No fabric in this week. I went back and looked and I haven’t added fabric since the end of July. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
I finished the Bouquet quilt for modest usage. It’s only 30” long.
bouquet finishedFinishing this quilt was my February OMG. I started appliqueing it in the summer of 2004. I don’t remember how long it took, just that I sat in my car during lunch at work and stitched on it. It’s my first UFO finish this year.
I’m going to add what I spend on quilting supplies to my stash numbers this report. I see a couple other bloggers doing it and I’m curious about how much I spend a year. I don’t think I overspend because I buy mostly at sales and thrifts. I’m rounding to the nearest dollar because who wants to track pennies?
Fabric In: 0
Fabric Out: 1.5
Net Fabric Used: 1.5
Quilt & embroidery spending: $13
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Julie in GA
3. Meloney
4. Kate
5. Chrisknits
6. MartDIY
7. Quilting Gail
8. Mary-Kay
9. Patricia
10. Words to Stitch
11. maggie f

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The Sale Haul

I’m proud to say that I didn’t buy any fabric or books at my LQS’s sale. I’ll admit to looking at the books, but I already owned a lot of them. I didn’t much look at the fabric.
This is what I did buy.
notions sale
Some of the floss is hand dyed. I already used the chalk pencil and liked it much better than the wooden ones. The pattern speaks for itself, and the rest I consider “consumables”. No one can break a package of sewing machine needles faster than I can when I’m on a roll.
The most I paid for any one thing is $2.
This is my favorite local sale because it’s all about the notions. I don’t know how long I’ll hold out on buying fabric, but so far so good.

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Sunday Stash February 4, 2018

No fabric in – yet. There is a sale at my local quilt shop today and I think I’ll brave the snow to go. The shop rented tables to people to sell stuff they no longer want. The shop also has some tables of notions at deep discount. I like this sale because the focus is on notions and not fabric, and I can try new products without spending a lot of money on them.
I had a VERY small bust with the woven project. The Bouquet quilt should be done by next weekend for another bust. I only have to quilt the border and bind it. I made the sleeve last night.
bouquet center quiltedThe fabric sure isn’t going out very fast this year. I think that’s the nature of finishing my UFOs as most of them are wall quilts.
Fabric In: 0
Fabric Out: 0.125
Net Fabric Used: 0.125

How did you do this week?

1. Chrisknits
2. Melissa G
3. Julie In GA
4. Meloney
5. Kate
6. maggie f
7. Mary-Kay
8. MartiDIY
9. Quilting Gail
10. Melanie
11. Jennifer in Indy
12. Susan T
13. Dar’s Patchwork Garden
14. Patricia @ Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer
15. Little by Little
16. Aileen K

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February 2018 Short List & OMG

Here we are at another month. Progress was limited in January because the list was full of new projects. Lots of starts, not a lot of finishes.
I did finish my Scrap Attack project and made good progress on two others. I didn’t touch the other two.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – The Bouquet quilt is in the quilting stage. Finishing this quilt is my OMG for February.
bouquet with quiltingSomething New – An idea I call “pieced shapes”. More on this later.
leavesHandwork – I will continue working on the dresser scarf set. I’m close to finishing the embroidery.
bonnet girl febCreative Play – The Surface Design Round Robin piece. I need to remember this is a short month and get it done early.
surface design round robin 4Scrap Project – I chose collage for this month’s project. I’ve been thinking about it, and looking to this book for inspiration.
textile collageAll my One Monthly Goal (OMG) projects in 2018 will relate to the UFO in process.
I am still working on the leader and ender project.
I made a huge mistake in January by not having a piecing project on the list, and it looks like I did it again for February. I really missed the machine time. The “New” project is pieced, if I get that far. I’m also hoping the weather holds and my small group meets this month. If so I will start piecing another charity quilt.
I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts for my One Monthly Goal.

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