Sunday Stash October 15, 2017

No fabric added this week. I finally figured out that using fabric isn’t the problem, it’s buying fabric faster than I can use it. I need to buy less. I also find myself focusing on projects that use lots of fabric rather than original projects that turn my own ideas into form. It works out well for my charities, but maybe not exactly where I want to be creatively.
No fabric out this week. I am now past all my weekend busy-ness and have clear weekends for the next month. I finished the Surface design Round Robin piece and sewed all the blocks into rows on the bunny quilt. I promise this is the last picture of the piece that would not photograph well.
sdrrmonth1
I’m still working towards break even or positive numbers by the end of the year. It will be close.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 25.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 8.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Kate
3. Chrisknitssews
4. melanie
5. Julie in GA
6. Dar
7. Quilting Gail
8. Meloney

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A Diversion

Work continues on the surface design round robin, but no more photos until it’s done. That fabric just doesn’t photograph well for me. It always looks dull and the color is way off. Maybe I need a sunny day or something.
Instead I’ll post this photo.
mississippiIt’s the view from one of our vacation hikes. Any guess on the body of water?
It’s the Mississippi River where it borders Wisconsin and Minnesota. The River is a lot deeper and muddier farther south. I think I like the grassy marshes better. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise, although that isn’t a hobby of mine.
I especially liked the view at sunrise when you could see the fishing boats with their running lights on through the mist.
And now back to sewing doodads on fabric.

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Sunday Stash October 8, 2017

No fabric in this week, at least not that I’m counting. I received a tub of fabric for use in charity quilts. Unless I snag something for personal use, I don’t consider it mine.
I finished the back for the cat quilt for 4.5 yards out.
I added paint to the surface design round robin fabric this week. I need to heat set it so I can start sewing on the other embellishments. I’d like to get this done ahead of the next meeting.
sdrr1stamped
There wasn’t much actual stitching last week, something I plan to correct this week.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 25.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 8.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Meloney
3. Kate
4. Melanie
5. Patricia
6. Chrisknitssews
7. Susan in TN
8. Quilting Gail

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October 2017 Short List

Every time a new month rolls around I’m surprised. I’m never sure where the last month went. This should be a much quieter month. I have big sewing plans.
Here goes another Short List. The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork 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.
In September I finished the crumb pieced zipper pouch and made another pouch not on the list.
Something Old – I’m quilting and embellishing the Snippet Butterfly top. It’s my oldest UFO.
butterfly outlined
Something New – The cat quilt back (already finished), and after that the bunny quilt. Both will go to the battered women’s shelter.
bunny layout
Handwork – I will crochet the edging on the pillowcases.

pillowcase-1-done
Creative Play – I have the first round of the surface design round robin to work on for Art Quilt Group. Someone, somewhere has the second round for me. I’m a little behind here.
Learning QAL – I’m not participating this month. My learning project is the crocheted pillowcase edging, which isn’t quilting and doesn’t count. I feel like a second project would be one too many.
The leader and ender project is ongoing.
A long time project at work wrapped up late last month, leaving me with a lot more time and energy. I’m looking forward to focusing more on things at home, especially creative projects.

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Sunday Stash October 1, 2017

No fabric in or out this week.
We were on vacation and I didn’t take my sewing machine. I took the embroidered pillowcase and now the second one is finished.
pillowcase 2 done
I decided to crochet the edgings on these and pulled out thread and a very small crochet hook. I found a couple patterns online, one way more complicated than the other. We’ll see how that works out for me.
I pulled the fabric for the cat quilt back, but didn’t get it sewn together. That will be a bust for next week.
Once again we vacationed in a place where there were no quilt shops. How does that happen every year? I’m probably better off for it.
Thanks to everyone that linked up last week. We had a great turnout.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 21.075 yards
Net Fabric Added: 13.05 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G.
2. Jennifer in Indy
3. Julie in GA
4. Meloney
5. Kate
6. Patricia
7. Chrisknitssews
8. Susan in TN

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Project Shift

I’m back working on the pillowcase this week because I need something portable.
pillowcase927
I made a lot of progress the past few days. I should be ready to crochet the edging sometime next month.
I’m anxious to finish these so I can start on a new handwork project.
There’s always a new project waiting.

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Sunday Stash September 24, 2017

No fabric in this week.
I made a smaller zipper pouch yesterday that fits my needs much better.
small zipper pouch
I love the fun fabrics. This one turned out better than the first, like anything else made multiple times. Now I know why people find making these addictive. The two pouches together used a half yard.
The next bust will be a quilt back, which will take me under 10 yards added. If I stay out of the quilt shops I might finish the year with positive numbers.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 21.075 yards
Net Fabric Added: 13.05 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Melissa G
3. Kate
4. Chrisknits
5. melanie
6. Meloney
7. Patricia
8. Susan in TN
9. Quilting Gail

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