Stash Report And Fabric Crochet

I did not buy any fabric this week and no Superbowl sales for me today. A local quilt shop is having a sale next week for Presidents Day that I may not be able to pass up. I have a week to think about that.
On the usage side, I crocheted this bowl from knit fabric that I used to make t-shirt yarn. The bowl is 1.75” deep and 3.5” across at the opening. Inside it would be a little wider.

crochet-bowl-smallI’ve been checking out methods to make crochet rugs from fabric scraps and stumbled on patterns for crochet baskets and bowls using both fabric and yarn. I have plenty of knit fabric left from making my son shorts and pants many years ago. I also have a couple boxes of yarn left over from years gone by. I’ll enjoy using both to make storage containers to replace my plastic bins. I’ve had projects mildew in those.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 1.75 yards
Fabric out: 0.375 yards
Net Fabric ADDED: 1.375 yards

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Loose Ends

I’m very excited to have finished the quilting on Bouncing Bubbles. I felt reluctant to post a picture because of all the thread ends, but decided to go for it. I’ll bury them all when I’m hanging out with my son tomorrow night watching something mindless on TV because I’m too tired to do anything else.

quilted-BubblesI plan to face the quilt because binding doesn’t seem like the right thing to do here. I’m working on a way to have the facing double as a sleeve. We’ll see how that all works out.
I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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February Short List And Block Report

January sure went fast. I pulled the fabrics for the BOM and fit in creative play, although not very successfully. I did not finish any of the other projects on the list.
If you are a new reader, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something BOM related and Creative Play.
Something Old – Bouncing Bubbles is more than half quilted. I hope to finish it soon.

painted-circlesSomething New – The rectangular four patch, which I’ve renamed Modern Geisha. It’s ready to quilt.

r4p-topSomething Else New – I need to start my slice quilt section, which is due at my Art Quilt Group March meeting.

slice-quilt-picYet Something Else New – I started working on a tumbler quilt kit I picked up at guild a few months ago. The finished quilt will go to the battered women’s shelter. Twelve of the thirteen rows are pieced together and sewn into pairs.

tumblers-in-processQuilt Addicts Anonymous BOM – The first step came out January 17th. The January block has 63 pieces and I have to admit I’m a little intimidated. I need to make two of them. The February block posted today and I may piece those first. I need to make 14 of a variation of the 54-40 or fight block.
Creative Play – January’s effort didn’t amount to much. I may pick up where I left off or do something totally different.

creative-play-1For the 350 blocks project, I’m counting all those tumbler rows as 12 blocks. We can use discretion on projects that don’t include traditional blocks. Everything else I worked on was pieced prior to January and doesn’t count for this year.
The Something New category got a little out of hand last month. No more adding until I finish a few things!

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Stash Report And Creative Play

The stash report is easy because nothing changed. I had Art Quilt Group at The Foundry last week but didn’t buy anything. The owner spent most of the night unwrapping new bolts. I may not be able to resist forever, but I made it through that night.
Creative Play is one of my January Short List goals. I intend to keep that as a monthly goal in spite of struggling to actually do it. Yesterday was my first attempt, and if nothing else I learned a lot. Here is the sum total of my progress.

creative-play-1This is not quite what I envisioned. I will go into February knowing two important things that will improve the experience.
I need to go into Creative Play prepared. I spent all my time gathering supplies and pulling fabric. I didn’t decided what to play with until noon yesterday. I thought about it for days but struggled with what I wanted to do. So many ideas, so little spare time.
Secondly, I need to allow at least three hours. A whole morning or afternoon would be better. Ideas need a chance to expand and flow and veer off onto unexpected paths. I only had an hour or so yesterday and then I needed to be somewhere else.
In February I will schedule Creative Play for the first weekend after I finish Bouncing Bubbles. Stopping in the middle of a project to explore something new and different is a point of resistance for me. Once I get momentum going on a project I like to finish it. I find switching gears like that disruptive.
Something to work on going forward.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 1.75 yards
Fabric out: 0
Net Fabric ADDED: 1.75 yards

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Gluten Free For Breakfast

It’s time for another gluten free food review that doesn’t involve sweets or snacks. This time it’s all about breakfast.
The big excitement for me is that cheerios are now gluten free. I have seriously missed Honey Nut Cheerios. I’m snagging a box the next time I grocery shop.
On the sad face side of the tracks, I can no longer find Chex gluten free instant oatmeal. It isn’t listed on their website either. I really liked the apple cinnamon and will miss it this winter.
Instead I’m buying Quaker gluten free instant oatmeal. It only comes in Maple & Brown Sugar or plain. I don’t like it as well because it has too much sugar and/or salt in it. After I eat a packet I drink a ton of water for hours. I get around this by mixing half a packet with the same amount of plain oatmeal, which I bought in a big bag at Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, Trader Joe’s didn’t have those big bags the last time I was there. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I run out.

oatmealI did manage to find a jar of almond butter on clearance at Kroger last week. That gives me the option to go back to Ezekiel toast.
As always, no affiliation with any of these companies.
Do you have a favorite gluten free breakfast? Please leave a comment and share your ideas. I’m up for trying something new.

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Stash Report And Little Progress

Nothing added or used this week.
I’m in the middle of everything where nothing much happens. I didn’t get as much sewing time in this week as I’ve been struggling with fatigue. By 8:00 I can’t keep my eyes open let alone work with sharp objects. The whole thing is weird since I haven’t been sick and don’t feel like I’m coming down with anything.
I worked out the quilting design for Bouncing Bubbles, and then realized my plan for the painted circles would flatten them. I’m glad I had a chance to come up with plan B before I started stitching them. The appliquéd circles are now all quilted with decorative stitches.

appliqued-circlesIf nothing else I’m learning a lot on this one.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 1.75 yards
Fabric out: 0
Net Fabric ADDED: 1.75 yards

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Thinking And Sewing

I had time before I took mom to the doctor this morning to lay out the rows of the tumbler quilt. Twelve of the rows are sewn into pairs. I need to sew one more row of tumblers to make it a 13 row quilt.
I had the bright idea to add the single row in the middle, but that won’t work. There’s a reason you sew them in pairs…must match up the short and long ends. I’ll have to look at it again when I’m not so tired.
I also buried the thread ends on Bouncing Bubbles. I have two more circles to quilt around before I start the background quilting. I’ve thought about the background for days and have an idea of what I want to do. I will audition it on clear vinyl to see how it looks. Once I get that far I can usually make it work. I’d really like to finish this one.
I also remembered I haven’t done anything for creative play this month. In reality, it’s all creative play, but I had something paint related in mind. One more thing to think about when I’m not so tired.
Best of luck to everyone that is expecting a lot of snow this weekend. Sounds like the perfect time to stay home and quilt.

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