Sunday Stash November 17, 2019

No change in the numbers this week. I was temped at the vendor booth at Guild, but walked away. The last thing I need is fabric for another project.
I haven’t been in the sewing room for over a week. It’s been all about handwork, and I finished the frames on two of the bear blocks.
bear 1 and 2Only ten more to go.
Fabric Added: 58.2
Fabric Used: 22.875 yards
Net Fabric In: 35.325 yards
How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Meloney
3 Chrisknits

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Sunday Stash November 10, 2019

My Guild had the workshop yesterday to finish the teacup pincushions. The project is a lot easier than it looks.
I didn’t care for the way mine turned out. Once I got it home I realized it didn’t work well for how I wanted to use it. The pincushion top does fit a small crystal bowl I’ve had for years, and that’s where it will live. The ribbon on the side was meant to tie to the cup handle. I didn’t want to cut it out and tied it in a bow instead.
pincushionThere are several layers of fabric in there that makes for very small usage.
Fabric Added: 58.2
Fabric Used: 22.875 yards
Net Fabric In: 35.325 yards
How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Meloney
3 Chrisknits
4 Quilting Gail

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November 2019 Short List

The list gets a complete overhaul this month. I finished the Holly Runner and the pillowcases in October. I also started and finished Pineapple Punch, although it wasn’t on the list. I did enough work on the bear blocks to figure out I needed a new plan that fit the style of the blocks. I also want to add a mindless sewing project.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, and creative play/design. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories as my interests change.
Something Old – I’m moving the orphan project out of rotation because it needs more attention than I can give it. The bear blocks will take this slot, even though they’re hand work.
bear1 frameSomething New – I’m finishing an orphan rail fence quilt that came from the charity table at Guild.
Handwork – The cross stitch penguins.
penguins91119Creative Play – I have two projects in this category. The finishing workshop for the teacup pincushion is this Saturday. I am also finalizing the design for The Ultimate Guild Challenge quilt. I hope to start construction this month.
teacup roseThe teacup pincushion will likely be the only finish this month. Sewing the rail fence top together will be my OMG. I’d like to have the quilt finished by the end of the year. I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts.

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Sunday Stash November 3, 2019

No fabric in this week. My local quilt shop has a sale going and I stayed away. I need nothing and would have bought something had I gone.
I finished Pineapple Punch for 1 yard out.
pineapple punchThis is a Joann’s kit that included the panel, backing and binding. I don’t normally use panels, but these kits are great for practicing free-motion quilting and choosing quilting designs. The designs didn’t work so well on some of my quilts this year. Panels are an easy way to play with design and technique.
I’d like to get my Net In to under 30 yards by the end of the year. Not sure if that is possible given the projects in process.
Fabric Added: 58.2
Fabric Used: 22.75 yards
Net Fabric In: 35.45 yards
How did you do this week?

1 Meloney
2 Jennifer in Indy
3 Life in Pieces Kate
4 Chrisknits
5 Quilting Gail

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Soup Weather

We’re full into fall here in the Midwest, which means I’m making soup about every week. My favorite cool weather meal is soup and homemade bread.
I haven’t been able to find gluten-free bread mix for a few years now. The fad must have run its course and the local grocery stores quit carrying it. Fast forward to last Saturday when I saw several GF bread mixes on the clearance rack at Meijer. I wonder where they hid those mixes because they were not in the GF aisle.
I bought all the regular mixes but none of the special flavors. I regretted that later, but I’d never tried the brand before.
Anna's bread
I give this mix a big thumbs up for both texture (like real bread) and ease of use. I noticed bread machine modifications on the box, but the cycle wasn’t specified. I looked on the manufacturer’s website for clarification. My bread machine does not have a GF cycle. I used the cycle on my machine that came closest to mimicking a GF cycle, and the bread turned out great.
As always, I have no affiliation with Breads by Anna. I’m just happy to have found a good bread mix and hadn’t posted a GF food review in a while.
Maybe, if I’m lucky, there will be mixes left on the clearance shelf this weekend.

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Stash Report October 27, 2019

The year is winding down with only two more months until we start fresh. So many of you have used impressive amounts of fabric this year and finished lots of quilts. Great job! Although I will end the year with more fabric than I had to start, I love the things I bought and have used several of the fabrics this year. It’s all good.
No change in the numbers this week. I’m quilting away on my current project and hope to finish it this week.
I’m also stitching away on those bear blocks. I greatly under estimated the time it takes to stitch the frame. I’m only half through the first block.
bear1 frameThis one is a labor of love.
Fabric Added: 58.2
Fabric Used: 21.75 yards
Net Fabric In: 36.45 yards
How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Meloney
3 Chrisknits
4 Melva Loves Scraps
5 Quilting Gail

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Teacup Challenge Part 1

I framed out my painted roses for the pincushion on the teacup challenge.
teacup roseThis rectangle will transform into a round pincushion. I’m not sure how much of the green and pink will show in the final project. I decided not to add embellishments because I plan to use it next to my sewing machine. I didn’t want beads or embroidery to get in the way or snag on pins and needles. I can always change my mind later if it’s too plain.
Note to self: Make sure to have coordinating fabric BEFORE painting an image you plan to use in a project. I spent more time looking for a suitable green than I did sewing it together.
My Guild planned a workshop in early November to finish these. For once I’m ready ahead of time.

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