Sunday Stash October 25, 2020

No fabric in this week.

I used about a yard of fabric for the borders on the zigzag quilt. I basted the quilt yesterday and will start quilting it today.

I also took a break and sewed up this table runner kit my sister sent me last Christmas.

I used fusible fleece instead of batting. I wanted to use white batting and didn’t have any, plus I wanted enough density that the red plaid back didn’t shadow through. The fleece worked beautifully. I quilted it with a serpentine stitch.

I started it Wednesday morning and finished it Friday afternoon, only because I wasn’t home Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. I think there’s a lesson in there about ditching my project list and working on what speaks to me.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 18.125 yards

Net Fabric Out: .375 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA

2 Chrisknits

3 Meloney

4 Quilting Gail

5 Melva Loves Scraps

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Time Off And A Top

I have some time off this week. Sometimes vacation gets away from me, and I don’t get to everything I want to do. It’s best to avoid that by starting the day in the sewing room.

The zigzag top is together now.

I didn’t have a pattern for this quilt. My Guild put together packets for a charity quilting day in January 2019. My packet had a mix of white and children’s prints. We could sew them however we chose. The squares were either 12 or 12.5 inches.

Most of my prints were red, blue and neutral. I had a few that didn’t fit and I switched them with fabric from my stash that did. I’d seen zigzag layouts before and liked them. It was just a matter of playing with the squares until I got a pattern I liked.

With using the squares in the corner of the borders the number of squares came out perfect.

On to basting and quilting…..

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Sunday Stash October 18, 2020

No fabric in or out this week.

I started working on the zigzag borders Saturday. I planned to get further than I did, but there was appliance drama. When making cookies the oven had the equivalent of a reactor meltdown. Six hours later the oven was cool again, and I was grateful that nothing caught fire.

My cookies and one cookie sheet took the brunt of it. Everything was salvageable, but the cookie sheet will never look the same. My microwave cookbook and my crock pot are my new best friends until we go stove shopping.

Perhaps more sewing will happen today.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 16.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 1.5 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA

2 Chrisknits

3 Quilting Gail

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The Long Haul

Almost two years later, the center of the zigzag top is all in one piece.

This weekend I plan to work on the borders. Talk about a project taking way longer than it should have. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near the record.

I don’t know why this project dragged on. It’s bright, happy and an easy sew, plus I’ve wanted to try this pattern for years. It just didn’t speak to me.

Regardless, it now occupies the top of the priority list.

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Sunday Stash October 11, 2020

No fabric in this week. A couple local quilt shops had sales, but I stayed away. My fabric storage space is full.

A yard went out for the Birds runner.

My older machine came back from the spa after a two week visit. There was something wrong with the linkage, whatever that means. I only knew the wheel turned hard.

My other focus this week was to finish the church on Christmas Eve. I have a little more stitching to do on the roof edge, but it’s mostly done.

It will be nice to move on to different floss colors.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 16.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 1.5 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA

2 Meloney

3 Chrisknits

4 Quilting Gail

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October OMG Finish

I finished Birds last night.

The quilt is an adaption of the pattern Blue Sky Birds from the book Tile Quilt Revival by Carol Gilham Jones. All the applique is by hand.

I started this quilt back in 2017. I didn’t get very far before I had to set it aside to pull fabrics together for a class. The class was a weekend trip, and I never did get back to Birds. I pulled it out earlier this year and switched out all the fabrics. I liked the new choices so much better, which made working on this quilt a joy.

Later this month I’ll link to the OMG finish party at Elm Street Quilts.

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Sunday Stash October 4, 2020

No change in the numbers.

There’s been movement on the so-far-nameless quilt that started with some scrap play and a conversation with the fabric. This is what happened in round one.

There was radio silence for a while, and then a long conversation resulting in this.

Perhaps I should call this quilt Open Dialogue.

The green stands out in the picture much more than in person. Once I sew it together I’ll take a picture in daylight to show the colors more accurately.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 2.5 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Chrisknits

2 Julie in GA

3 Life in Pieces Kate

4 Melva Loves Scraps

5 Meloney

6 Quilting Gail

7 Jennifer in Indy

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October 2020 Short List

It’s that time again! September was a fast month. So fast, I finished nothing.

I did move projects forward though.

The Short List categories are UFO, garment, original design, stitchery, framing, charity and other. I’ve used some form of this system for 6 years to keep me focused. I change the categories as my goals and interests change.

If I have nothing in process in a category I will leave it off the list. The list will include only active categories.

UFO – I’m ready to quilt Birds In The Branches. I’m all about finishing something this month. This quilt will be my OMG.

Original Design – I know where this quilt is going now, but want to finish something before I work on it again. I can only spread out so many projects in my sewing room at once.

Stitchery – I’m still working on Christmas Eve.

Charity – Quite a bit of the zigzag quilt is sewn together. I will focus on this after Birds.

I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts for my OMG.

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Sunday Stash September 27, 2020

No fabric in or out this week.

I finished the Birds top.

Everything is hand appliqued. I decided not to add a lot of embroidery as the top is busy enough as is. I will add eyes to the birds and feet to the bird standing on the branch, but no more than that.

All the greens came out of my scrap basket. This is the third quilt I’ve made from my green scraps, and the basket is still full. Is it even possible to use up a scrap container?

I’m beginning to think not.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 2.5 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA

2 maggie f

3 Meloney

4 Chrisknits

5 Patricia

6 Melva Loves Scraps

7 Quilting Gail

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Sunday Stash September 20, 2020

No fabric in or out this week.

I finished most the applique on Birds. There are a few more leaves to add once the borders are on.

After seeing how much time it takes to pre-wash fabrics, I remember why I never did it. I washed the border fabrics today, and the reds gave off a lot of color. Some I had to wash twice. I’m glad I washed them, but I need to remember to factor that time into my sewing plans.

Fabric In: 17.75

Fabric Out: 15.25 yards

Net Fabric In: 2.5 yards

How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA

2 Melva Loves Scraps

3 Chrisknits

4 Meloney

5 Quilting Gail

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