What have I been up to…

If I don’t write a post soon, it will be March. In the past couple weeks I actually have moved a couple of quilting projects forward in between all my knitting adventures.

This is probably one of my oldest UFOs. I call it Asian Splendor and I finished the top in 2007. It’s made up of a bunch of Asian F8ths I received in a swap.

It’s quilted now and yesterday, my dgd picked out the binding fabric for it.

This little pastel quilt is made from the left overs from a larger Sassy Sixteen quilt I made a few years back. It’s quilted now too and has binding chosen.

On the long weekend in January, my friend and I went up to Sea Ranch (Northern California) for a mini-retreat and I finished this top made from Breath of Avignon. Have to find a backing fabric for it to keep this one moving.

I’m getting ready to head out for Indianapolis on March 1 for our annual Danville, IL retreat at Threads of Time. My plan is to keep moving on Celtic Solstice. But Jennifer threw out a new challenge and some of us will be making Missouri Star’s Disapperaring Pinwheel Quilt with layer cakes from stash. I’ve got my fabrics chosen but not yet cut. Need to get busy!!

Headed out to my Monday KAL group now!

Week 8 Stash Report

img_4248This week my Connecting Threads order arrived and I hit the local Sew, Quilt, Craft Festival here at the San Mateo Expo Center. Not only did 48 yards of fabric get added to my stash this week but I also came home with some rulers, assorted accessories, AND a Janome Gem Platinum 760.

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I’ve wanted a lightweight machine that I can travel with (by car or air). And, this was a steal. I actually wanted the AQS anniversary edition because it was on Show Special for $359. But they didn’t have any in the booth and rather than go out to the trailer outside, they owner of the shop offered me the Platinum 760 for the same price. All the same features as the AQS version, plus 40 more decorative stitches. And, only 12 pounds. It was on show special for $489 and I got it for $130 less. Plus they threw in the 1/4″ foot with the little fabric guide, the FMQ foot, and the SITD foot. Now I’m set for the retreat I signed up for in October.

I did actually use 3/4 of a yard putting the outer border on the Scrappy Sixteen top I’ve been working on. Now that top is complete and I need to choose a backing.

All in all, this was an expensive week for me, but I’m delighted with my purchases. So here’s my stash report for this week.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tze5w5B4lAyRFLRvfl1nicA&single=true&gid=0&range=Week8&output=html&widget=true

Visit Judy’s blog to see what other’s have reported for their Stash this week.

Design Wall Monday

img_4211Here’s what’s on my wall today. A few months ago, I won a blog give-away on my friend Cie’s blog. She sent me a bunch of pre-cut scraps, squares, triangles, and bricks. Now what to do with all these 2.5″ x 4.5″ bricks? They are in muted shades of browns, reds, greens, with a little gold thrown in. Not my normal palette.

Well, I let them simmer on the back burner for awhile and it all of a sudden hit me. My other friend Kimberly’s pattern Sassy Sixteen uses 3.5″ x 6.5″ bricks. Why wouldn’t the smaller size work just as well. And so I started sewing… and sewing… and sewing, listening the audio book Whiskey Sour by JA Konrath. And, the more I sewed, the more I liked it.

The top now measures 56″ x 64″. I’ve put a gold 2.5″ inner border around it. And, I have started the piecing for a piano key outer border with more of the same scraps.

In the meantime, this weekend, I managed to get one of my larger tops sandwiched so I can start quilting it. And, my Leaders & Enders book arrived. I just love all the quilts in the book. So I’m off to start cutting 2″ strips and squares.

January Stash Report

Well January isn’t quite over yet, but if I wait till tonight to report, it won’t get done. This is my first report for 2010. I’m keeping my log in Google Docs this year because I can publish it from there. Much easier. So here’s what I’ve bought and what I’ve used from stash this month.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tze5w5B4lAyRFLRvfl1nicA&single=true&gid=0&range=A1%3Ag12&output=html&widget=true

It looks like not much sewing is going on, but let me add that I completed a Quilt for Kids top from a kit (I’ll quilt it today) and completed a QFK top from my stash. And, I put together a 56″ x 48″ top center using the Sassy Sixteen pattern. I used 2.5″ x 4.5″ scraps rather than the 3.5″ x 6.5″ called for in the pattern. I won the scraps in a blog giveaway. They were already precut and I had no idea what to do with them. It suddenly came to me that this would work and it did. I like the top much much better than the scraps. 🙂 I’ll post of picture of it tomorrow since this top is currently on my design wall.

I also started and finished a Laurel Burch Christmas Wall Hanging top (sandwiched and waiting for quilting) and added a row to my String Diamonds quilt center. All the fabric for this quilt was already cut so I can’t count it as stash. However, note I counted the yards for the backing that I pieced.

I’m now in the habit of spending at least an hour each evening that I’m home on a quilting activity rather than sitting in front of the TV. So it’s been a very busy quilty month, just not much stash activity.

Excellent Weekend

This weekend I made a lot of progress on my projects.

First, I put together my Orange Crush top. I decided on the borders too. The inner border will be the light purple and the outer border will be the dark purple from the stars. I have to see if I can find more of the fabric, otherwise, the inner border will be 1.5″ and the outer border will be 3″. That’s about all I can squeeze out of the fabric that’s left over.

Next, I finished the Sassy Sixteen baby quilt I’ve been working on for my friend’s new granddaughter. Parker was born on July 3 so that’s not bad. It’s only 11 days late. The quilt is actually for my friend to use in the crib at her house.

The first pic shows how I quilted it. I used the serpentine stitch on my machine to do a diagonal grid with wavy lines. It really turned out nice, IMHO.

Lastly, I finished 7 more blocks for the Quilts Your Way Squishie Swap. That’s 12 out of 20 that are due the end of August so I’m ahead of the game at this point. You can see pics of all 12 in my gallery.

In addition, I started working up my granddaughter’s birthday quilt. I cut all the pieces for another Sassy Sixteen in princess fabrics. She is a little princess who will be seven in September. I also started playing with making some Diamond in a Square string blocks to use up some of the huge amount of strings I’ve accumulated over the past couple of years.

Pretty productive weekend for quilting at my house. But then with my grandkids in Louisiana until the end of the month, I don’t have a lot of distractions at the moment. My weekends will start getting busy again very soon. So I’m savoring all my quilting time right now.

Have a great week!

Sassy Sixteen, Crib Size

Today I finished the top of the baby quilt I’m making for my friend who is about to become a grandmother for the first time. She wanted a crib quilt for her house in pastels. I don’t do pastels well so I had to add the rose color for some interest.

I used Kimberly Camou’s pattern, Sassy Sixteen, and then found that it was really too big for a baby quilt so I took off one column and one row and now it is the perfect size (42″ x 54″). Plus I have enough blocks left over for a second quilt. Here’s the finished top. Just need to do the sandwich (groan) and the quilting. Does anybody out there like sandwiching and basting??? Or is it just me…

I used the fabric packs I got at the Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA. It’s the Simplicity line from 3 Sisters for Moda. This top went together in just few hours. I’ll definitely be using this pattern alot. Thanks Kimberly.