Sunday Stash August 12, 2018

No change to any of the numbers this week.
After a very hectic and stressful week, I just felt like I needed to sew yesterday. I didn’t want to spend time choosing a pattern or cutting a lot of fabric. I just wanted to sew.
I settled on this scrap bag bought at the thrift and started a quilt as you go fall table runner.
thrift-shop-fabric-011615I wanted it reversible and chose this fabric for the back. This fabric is old enough to vote.

scarecrow fabricOnce it’s finished I’ll post a picture of the front.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 13.5 yards
Net Fabric Used: 0.5 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $112
How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Kate
3 Chrisknits
4 Meloney
5 Angie in SoCal
6 Quilting Gail
7 Aileen
8 Patricia

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Square #2, Beyond Straight

I finished the second square and moved on to the third.
woodsThere is something very fluid about free form embroidery. I’m enjoying it more than thought I would.
I may even be able to finish the quilt this month.

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Sunday Stash August 5, 2018

No change to any of the numbers.
I’ve mostly done hand work this week, finishing the square with the moon and stars.
moon and starsThe background fabric is hand painted and stamped cotton sateen. I followed the spiral shape of the stamp to embroider the moon using a linked chain stitch.
I started the quilt in a Rose Hughes class in July 2015. The class theme was learning to embellish quilts with embroidery. A couple hours in I realized she didn’t intend to show us anything beyond straight stitch variations. I can appreciate a good straight stitch, but I had been looking for more. I’m finishing the quilt with a variety of stitches and decided to name it Beyond Straight.
At the time I was quite disappointed with the class, but I would never have done this if I hadn’t taken it. Now I’ve turned it into exactly what I wanted it to be and consider it a valuable learning experience.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 13.5 yards
Net Fabric Used: 0.5 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $112
How did you do this week?

1 Pack Rat With a Plan
2 Julie in GA
3 Meloney
4 Kate
5 maggie f
6 Patricia
7 Quilting Gail
8 Aileen
9 DesertSky Quilting

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August 2018 Short List and OMG

Another month gone in a flash. When I was younger I though time would slow once I got older. I was incredibly wrong about that.
I finished three out of four items on the July list. I need to find a way to stagger my finishes so I don’t have to pick so many new projects in one month.
Once again I am scaling back the list, mostly because of work. I just don’t have the energy to sew at night.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project, a scrap project and a project in the design phase. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
Something Old – I finished the poppy quilt and needed to pick something new. I decided to work on the quilt I started in a Rose Hughes class three years ago. It needs embroidery in two squares and the embroidery finished in a third. I’d like to finish it in July, but I’ll keep the goal at finishing three squares total. This quilt is my OMG for August.
RH class quilt 1Something New – I want to make a fall table runner. I don’t have a pattern in mind, just something simple that I can get done quickly.
Handwork – I finished the two Christmas bags, but instead of adding something new I’ll use the UFO as my handwork project.
Scrap Project – The table runner is fused and the pieced need appliqued.
floral runner
Design – I don’t have anything in the design phase right now. I have a class later this month and want to leave time to finish that quilt.
I am still working on the leader and ender project.
I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts for the August OMG.

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Christmas in July

I finished these bags just in time to count as July finishes.
christmas bags 1 and 2I put polyester stuffing inside to give them some shape. I threaded the tops with ribbon but didn’t tie them too tight because it hides the embroidery.
In hindsight, I wish I had put the bows off to the side. It’s easy enough to fix by re-threading the ribbon.
There are two more bags in the kit, but I put them aside for now. I needed a break from satin stitch. Maybe I’ll pick them up again later this year.

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Sunday Stash July 29, 2018

Another busy week all around and more changes to the numbers.
I had fabric out for the finish shown in the previous post.
I also had fabric in. Last summer my art quilt group entered a group piece in a local quilt show and took best of class, which came with $50 of prize money. We debated what to do with the money and decided to purchase enough of this fabric for everyone to get a half yard.
graduated batikIt’s a graduated batik. There is a group challenge to make something using this fabric. I won’t get to it in August, but I will do it eventually.
I’m beginning to wonder if the Universe is conspiring against my stash reduction goal. I’m not complaining, because gifts are always blessings, but I’ve received free fabric from multiple sources this year, more so than any other year. The scary part – it’s only July.
Fabric In: 13 yards
Fabric Out: 13.5 yards
Net Fabric Used: 0.5 yards
Quilt & embroidery spending: $112
How did you do this week?

1 Meloney
2 Kate
3 Melissa G
4 Patricia
5 maggie f
6 DesertSky Quilting
7 Quilting Gail

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July OMG Finish

Finishing the applique on the poppy quilt was my July One Monthly Goal. I finished the applique and went on the finish the whole quilt.
transformationThis is a Lenore Crawford pattern started in one of her classes back in 2010. It sat for several years, and then I pulled it out and finished fusing the flowers. Then it sat for another four years before I finished it.
I painted the background fabric specifically for this project. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.
I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts.

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