Sunday Stash Sept. 3, 2017

No fabric in this week.
I used a small amount for the coupon caddy. I’m also counting out the cat top because I decided not to quilt it myself. I’ll count the back out once I get it together.
I made progress on the butterfly quilt and the pillowcase yesterday, but not enough to post different photos. Yesterday’s post contains photos of both before I worked on them.
It’s a long holiday weekend here in the US, usually celebrated with outdoor activities such as swimming and cookouts. The weather has been cool and overcast so far. There’s more incentive to be in the sewing room than to spend time outdoors.
If you haven’t heard, Craftsy is offering free viewing all day tomorrow. If you are not a member, you can sign up (free) and get in on the fun.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 20.575 yards
Net Fabric Added: 13.55 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Julie in GA
2. Melissa G
3. Kate
4. Meloney
5. Melanie
6. Jennifer in Indy

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September Short List

I can’t get my mind around it being September already. We had such cool weather it didn’t feel like summer, and now it’s over.
That means it’s time for another Short List. The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I add and delete categories over time as my interests change.
My only August finish was the collage/coupon caddy.
Something Old – I’m quilting and embellishing the Snippet Butterfly top. It’s my oldest UFO.
butterfly outlined
Something New – The cat quilt top is done and next in line to be quilted.
modern cabin top
Handwork – I made a little progress on the second pillowcase and will keep it on the list.
Creative Play – I have the first round of the surface design round robin to work on for Art Quilt Group.
Learning QAL – I could combine this with Creative Play, but I’m not comfortable experimenting on fabric belonging to someone else. Instead I’ll experiment with what a lot of people call “crumb quilting”. This month I will try the pieced technique, although there are fused versions that put me back in the collage world. I’ll save that method for another month. I’ve made so many scrap quilts that the bins have mostly small odd shaped pieces. I’d like to start using them up.
The leader and ender project is ongoing.
September is another busy month, but I have hopes of finishing more things than I don’t.
I’m linking to the September Learning QAL.

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Learning QAL August Results

My August goal was to make a small collage piece. Mission accomplished!
caddy back
I meant to take a picture before I turned it into a coupon caddy, but I forgot.
Small scraps of mostly vintage fabric were fused to felt, machine stitched, hand embroidered, and stamped with paint. It took less time than I thought it would.
I tried new to me embroidery stitches and stamping with acrylic paint rather than fabric paint.
For such a small piece, I learned a lot. When the stitch bible says to mark chalk lines on your embroidery to guide your stitching, you should mark chalk lines. I won’t ignore that advice again.
Turning a collage piece into an item that will take heavy use limits the materials you can use. I didn’t think beads or yarn would hold up well over time because they would snag on things.
It’s important to read the pattern for the end product before embellishing. I didn’t, and stitched hand embroidery in places that were meant to be trimmed away. I had to modify the pattern to work around that.
Acrylic paint stamps a crisper image than fabric paint, but it dries fast and is harder to clean out of intricate rubber stamps.
Choosing what to make with my collage before starting worked out well. I didn’t want yet one more project languishing in the UFO boxes.
I consider the experiment a success. I’m grateful for the motivation to try something new and have been thinking about my goal for the September QAL. I’m hoping more people decide to join the fun.

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Sunday Stash And Small Stitching

The month wraps up some and it’s been a non-productive one in the sewing room. All my stitching this week was hand work on the pillowcase and the collage. This is the collage project so far.
collage in process
I’m learning a lot this first time around, and will talk more about that in a later post.
For all the embroidery I’ve done in my life, I’ve used less than ten stitches. There’s a whole world of stitches out there I haven’t tried. Small projects are such a great place to experiment.
No fabric in or out last week. I’m working toward a small bust this week.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 16.375 yards
Net Fabric Added: 17.75 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Melissa G
2. Kate
3. Meloney
4. melanie
5. Gail

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Chickens And Bunnies

I’m in an Art Quilt Group that is starting a surface design round robin. Everyone that wanted to play brought in a fat quarter to pass. Here’s what I brought home.
I will add a surface design to the fabric and pass it to the next person who will do the same, until it makes it back to the original owner. There were eight of us at the meeting last night. That means we’ll finish up sometime next spring.
The owner of this fabric has a quirky sense of humor and kept talking about chickens and bunnies last night. Stars don’t remind me of chickens, but I can work with it.
The unexpected is in order here.

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Sunday Stash 8/20/17 And My Sewing Room

No fabric in or out this week. I finished piecing a quilt top but won’t count it until it’s done.
Quilting Gail asked to see what my sewing room looks like now, so here it is in all it’s cluttered glory. The room is about 10′ x 11′.
sewing room
The two largest bins on the bed hold multiple UFOs. The design wall is covered with ideas with no space left for design. I need an idea wall and a design wall! The shelf holds a little bit of everything.
I did clean off my sewing table yesterday. I moved the fabric and stabilizers out of the treasure basket and the treasure bag onto a shelf behind the ironing board (out of sight to the right). All the rest of the treasures fit into the basket, which I moved to the floor next to the scrap shelf.
That gave me enough room to start quilting the butterfly top again.
As I finish projects I’ll work on cleaning the room up a bit. Small progress is better than no progress.
Fabric In: 34.125 yards
Fabric out: 16.375 yards
Net Fabric Added: 17.75 yards
How did you do this week?

1. Kate
2. Melissa G.
3. Meloney
4. Patricia
5. Melanie
6. Julie in GA
7. Quilting Gail
8. Susan in TN

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Eye Opener

This week moved at the speed of light.
The defining moment was my half hour search for misty fuse. I knew I had it, but I moved it and couldn’t remember where I put it. I went through just about everything before I found it. Afterward, I wondered just how many projects I had sitting around.
Then I made the mistake of counting.
There were 18. That did not include projects in the UFO boxes or the ones in boxes on the shelf. Some of those projects are piles of fabric with no work completed. They could fade away in the next few months. It’s not officially a UFO until I start working on it.
However it happened it needs to stop, and I definitely need to finish projects before I start anything else. I’d hate to see the UFO list double when updated at the end of the year.
Those 18 projects should give me plenty of variety. I refuse to take anything else out of the UFO boxes until the number decreases.
Here’s a picture of the sewing room from several years ago, when I thought it was a cluttered mess.
I only wish it looked like this now.

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