Stash Report And Back To Basics

I added 1.25 yards of fashion fabric to make a shirt.  The print didn’t photograph clearly, not sure why.

shirt-fabric-0704After a frustrating trip through three clothing stores I decided my time is better spent sewing my own clothes. Nice fashion fabric is hit or miss around here, but I think some of my quilting stash could work for certain pieces. I’ll just have to browse the fabric stores more.
Before I started quilting I sewed most of my clothes, except pants. I even tailored my own jackets. I thought it tedious at the time, but it’s a lot less work than a bed quilt.
I didn’t finish anything, so no fabric out.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 5.95 yards
Fabric Out: 8.9 yards
Net Fabric Used: 2.95 yards

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A Sweet Finish

I completed block five of the appliqué quilt.

cupcake-block-finishedI’m not sold on the heart on top of the cupcake. The light stripes were white, but I didn’t like how harsh they looked so I colored them with yellow crayon. I like it better than I did, but it isn’t my favorite block.
It was definitely the hardest with all the curves in the frosting.
One more block to go and I can put it all together. The next block is a butterfly.
I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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July Short List

This is easy. I finished nothing in June, so the Short List stands.
We had too much going on last month. Add mom going in the hospital and the refrigerator replacement and that killed any possible free time. Some months are like that.
For new readers, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something painted, something abstract and a handwork project.
Something Old: The still life from the Esterita Austin class. I have the thread, decided on a quilting design and basted the quilt.

Something new: I chose a sketch out of my idea notebook to make into a quilt. For lack of a better name, I refer to it as “the church quilt”. Long story, but the design has nothing to do with church or anything you’d find in a church. It’s just one of those weird things that makes sense to me.
Painting/Dyeing: Layering color. I was inspired by the paintings of Gerhard Richter. I’m ready to baste this one.

Abstract: The first Playtime method is called Hopscotch. Think of little blocks of fabric sewn into little logs of fabric with funky angles on both the logs and the blocks.
Handwork: The Craftsy hand appliqué class project. I’m working on block five of six.

I expect to finish the appliqué blocks and the UFO this month. Any progress beyond that is a bonus. I have a few days off that may help, depending on what else happens those days.
I’m ready to finish a few of these projects just so I can move on to something different.

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Stash Report And Finding Things

No fabric in or out this week.
I found my tatting shuttles after looking almost an hour for them. I was so disgusted that I used my sewing time yesterday to clean out a dresser that holds a lot of my quilting and embroidery supplies. I found many more things I’d been looking for months. I keep index cards in the drawers that lists the contents and I updated those too. I threw away some things, rearranged some things and put like things together.
I even found a $300 cashier’s check that was a gift several years ago. Somehow it fell between the drawer and the liner. I have no idea why it was there in the first place. Maybe it got shuffled in with quilty things by mistake? Nothing like cleaning for fun and profit.
I still have a lot of organizing to go, but I feel better about that dresser. Now if that would just motivate me to get back in the sewing room, it would be a good day.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 4.7 yards
Fabric Out: 8.9 yards
Net Fabric Used: 4.2 yards

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Unrelated Ideas

When I don’t get much creative time, my mind goes off on its own little adventure.
It covers a lot of ground. I’m not sure how it gets from one idea to the next because I don’t always see the thread. So here go all this week’s unrelated ideas.
My Wednesday posts have turned into something that doesn’t involve posting pictures of quilt projects. I’m OK with that. If I was good at naming things I would come up with some snappy title that I could repeat every week. Maybe one will come to me.
This week I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with my time that I’m not doing now. Not that I have loads of free time. Hardly. But somehow thinking about these things pulls them into reality.
I would love to walk every day. That’s a tough one in NW Ohio, especially in the winter. I’m still working on that one.
I want to learn to tat because a girl can’t have too many time consuming hobbies. That one came up in Art Quilt Group last night. I’m not sure how we got talking about tatting, but we did. I know I bought shuttles over twenty years ago and I have no idea where I put them. I figure when the time is right, the shuttles will appear.
The last idea involves all my books. I have more quilting/sewing/embroidery books than anything, but I also own a fair number of cookbooks. What if I picked a cookbook off the shelf and made one recipe each week or so, rotating categories (main dishes, soups, salads, etc.)? I’d have to adjust for food allergies. It would get me eating a wider variety of foods and shake up the family meal rut.

cookbooksWould anyone be interested in posts on this? I guarantee the recipes would be simple with ingredients found in most kitchens.
This post has come full circle because buried within that idea is the name I’ve been looking for.
Welcome to What If Wednesdays.

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Stash Report And A Party

No fabric in or out this week.
Yesterday we had the graduation party. I can’t believe I forgot to take pictures of the cake and everyone that attended. I hadn’t seen some of those people for at least a decade. I was so busy with the food and all the other work that goes into a party, I simply forgot.
It was a nice ending to the graduation celebrations. Now I’m looking forward to a return to a more normal schedule and some time in the sewing room.
I had a few minutes yesterday to start the next appliqué block, but I’ll save the pictures until it’s further along.
I’m linking to Patchwork Times.
Fabric In: 4.7 yards
Fabric Out: 8.9 yards
Net Fabric Used: 4.2 yards

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Applique Block Four – Sunshine

First I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by and especially those of you who comment. You always have kind and insightful things to say. I always attempt to respond to comments, although I have come across a few readers that block email.
Thanks to an entire day sitting in the hospital with mom this week, I finished the fourth block in the Craftsy applique class quilt. It looks a bit flower-like, but is supposed to be a sun.

Sunshine-blockTwo more blocks to go on this one. If it wasn’t for appliqué I wouldn’t have gotten anything done this month.
I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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