May Short List

I’m posting this a little early because I have such a busy weekend planned. Seems like everything happens at once.

April was a very productive month. I finished Modern Geisha and the April BOM blocks. I also made a textured fabric sample for Creative Play and will finish the March BOM blocks this weekend.

I added a handwork project to the mix, the cross-stitch bears, and will finish three of the twelve blocks this month.

If you are a new reader, the Short List is something old (UFO), something new, something BOM related, a handwork project and Creative Play.

Something Old: The applique raffle block quilt. I won this block and numerous others in a guild raffle many years ago. It took a while to figure out what to do with it. I cut the pieces at retreat 2 or 3 years ago.  I can’t find the picture to save my life.  It seems to have disappeared from the library.

Something New: Tumblers. This kit came from the charity table at guild. Someone else sewed half the rows together. I have the quilt sewn into three sections and it’s ready to baste.  I need to remember to take a picture next time I lay it out.

tumblers-in-processSomething Else New: I’m making a set of thread catchers for my guild’s silent auction in July. I need to have them done to take to the May meeting.

BOM: I’m only two months behind now. The next set of block instructions will post next week. Whether I make one or two months worth of blocks depends on how many blocks I need to make for May.

april-16-bomHandwork Project: I will continue with the embroidered blocks. My goal is five blocks for May.

bear-block-2Creative Play: I’m not going to plan anything because I always do something else.

I’m saving my block count until Sunday when I know exactly how many I finished. April is my biggest month this year.

I’m excited to have made progress on so many things. Looking forward to another great month in May.

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April Scrap Progress

At the beginning of the month I set a goal of picking a quilt pattern to make from my scraps and cutting the pieces to kit it up.

I did find several patterns I liked, but I didn’t cut anything yet. Instead I used my scraps in smaller ways.

I used scraps to make a thread catcher.

thread-catcherI used scraps in the March block of the month blocks. The blocks are still under construction.

I used scraps at Art Quilt Group to learn to texture fabric.

ruchingI used scrap batting to back my embroidery blocks.

bear-block-2And I found some cute plastic bins on clearance and moved my purple scraps.

purple-scrapsNot exactly a quilt, but I am using my scraps now that they are organized.

You can see all the other progress reports at Confessions Of A Fabric Addict.


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Stash Report And Two Down

No fabric bought or used this week.

I’m still working on the March blocks for the block of the month quilt. I’ve procrastinated because they had flying geese units in them. For whatever reason, I don’t like sewing flying geese. Kinda silly, but there it is.

I did finish the second embroidery block. I changed how I stitched the eyes and think he looks a lot friendlier.

bear-block-2These are addictive because they go so fast and don’t require much thought. No doubt I’d lose interest if I did nothing else, but for now they are a nice break from everything else I’ve been doing. They keep me stitching even when I’m brain dead after a very long workday.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 40 3/8 yards

Fabric out: 8 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 32 3/8 yards

Yarn In: 15 yards

Yarn Out: 400 yds

Net Yarn OUT: 385 yds

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One Down

I finished the first bear embroidery block last night.

bear-block-1I backed it with a thin batting which helped stabilize the block and my stitches. It also prevents shadowing.

I’m not sold on how the directions tell you to stitch the eyes. They look fine from a distance but a little demonic up close. I may change that up in future blocks.

The pink dots mark the quilting design.  I’ll need to deal with that later.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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Where It All Began

I had an overwhelming urge to start a handwork project this weekend. I didn’t feel like starting a new appliqué quilt. I wanted something with stitches on fabric, like embroidery. I dug through my kits and printed designs and decided on this baby quilt.

bear-cross-stitchThis is the project that started it all.

Mom and Dad brought this home for me one Saturday afternoon when I was about five or six years old. I’m sure they picked it up at the Five and Dime.   I have no idea what made them think I would enjoy embroidery. Maybe it had more to do with every little girl in the 1960s needed to know how to cook and iron and embroider.

I stitched up a couple blocks way back then and ditched the whole project. Later I learned to crochet and do crewel embroidery, and stuck with those until I hit my teens. I did nothing else until after I graduated from college and married.

At some point I cleared all my yarn and craft supplies out of mom’s house and this kit was stored with all the rest. I pitched the original two blocks when I was cleaning things out in my thirties. They were truly awful, and I’d left the metal hoop on one of them and it rusted beyond saving.

The instruction sheet doesn’t even have the manufacturer’s name on it. The floss is the original floss that was bought with the blocks. I’m amazed how well it held its color.

This is where my creative journey began. It’s also my oldest UFO, which I find incredibly funny.

This time I’m going to finish it.

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Stash Report And April Block Of The Month

No fabric in or out this week.

I finished up the April blocks for the BOM quilt, but I won’t count anything out until the quilt is finished.

april-16-bomIt’s been a long time since I sewed traditional blocks with lots of points. I didn’t pay attention to how I pressed my seams in the first block and some of the points wouldn’t line up because the seams didn’t nest. I fixed that in the second block and they matched up much better. Those piecing skills get rusty when you don’t use them.

I’m working back through the months after getting way behind. I chose fabrics for the March blocks last night and hope to finish those before the May blocks post.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 40 3/8 yards

Fabric out: 8 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 32 3/8 yards

Yarn In: 15 yards

Yarn Out: 400 yds

Net Yarn OUT: 385 yds

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What Makes It Modern?

I picked up this book at the library because it looked interesting, but the word “modern” in the title confused me.

German-quilt-bookIf I had to name the main technique in the book, I’d call it stack and slash. I’m not getting into a big discussion of what makes a quilt modern since it’s been done to death. I’ll just say that the quilts in the book don’t say “modern” to me and leave it at that.

The book was originally published in Germany and I wonder if something in the title got lost in translation.

Regardless, the quilts are very different from what I’ve seen everywhere else. I think that the sheer size of the quilting community worldwide can be overwhelming and I know I don’t usually see a lot of the trends in other countries. The info is out there, but I don’t take the time to look for it.

It’s a shame, really, and my loss. Something to think about.

And since this post has already gone way down the wandering path, I’d like to thank everyone for reading with a special thanks to those that have left comments. I enjoy the feedback and find my readers to be a wealth of information.

Now I’m off to do something quilty.

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