Stash Stats Feb 13

No fabric added yet this year. Most of my sewing has been using scraps which were counted when they were cut up and added to the scrap bins. Here’s my numbers so far this year.

Total used this week        1.75
Total used year to date    8.00
Total added this week      0.00
Total added year to date  0.00
Net used year to date       8.00img_5274

So far I’m in the black.

The good news this week is I got out one set of my Squishie blocks from Quilts Your Way’s 2010 swap and put them together with sashing which completes the center top. This is my number 10 for Judy’s 2011 UFO Challenge, so I’m very pleased with myself. Just need to choose and add a border. This may involve buying some fabric but as long as it comes in and goes right back out, I’m fine with that. Here’s the top so far.

It’s not real big with only nine 12″ blocks, but that’s okay with me. I’m looking good for a finish by the end of February.

UFO Progress Report

It’s time to look back at January and report my accomplishments. I’ve updated my 2011 UFO Status on that post here.

All I managed to get done on my mini-retreat at Sea Ranch was to make the pieced blocks for the border of Judy’s Shipshewana Mystery Quilt. That was my January UFO.

For some reason, I’ve had this obsession to clear out my crumbs and small strings. So I’ve been going nuts piecing crumb and string blocks. This is a great stress reducer and with all the job and house remodel stress this past month, this has been a therapeutic activity.

February’s UFO is #10. Choose one of my many Squishie Swap block sets and decide on a layout. If I get the top done, I’ll consider it a completion for February. Wish me luck!

It’s Saturday Again…

I’m way behind on my posting. Here’s what’s on my design wall and has been for the past week. I just didn’t to post until now. Hopefully, it will be gone by Monday.

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I had this pastel fabric and didn’t know what to do with it, but I do have three baby quilts to make so I was playing with nine-patches. I think this will work with white 3″ squares and a pink border for one of the girl quilts. I’m finding pastels are not my thing.

I read on Kathy’s blog (which she read about on Sue’s blog) about the “Power of 10”. I think I need to follow this to finish some of these UFO’s that are piling up. I will put together my list of top 10 projects and post it here to stay on top of it.

I need to find a way not to get bored with one project, so here’s the to-do list I made for myself last night to accomplish this weekend:

1. Finish binding my OTR. It’s 3/4 of the way done. DONE!

2. Cut one set of place mats for my bf Kathleen. She chose several fabrics that she would like place mats from out of my stash of florals.

3. Cut white 3 1/2″ squares for the baby quilt above. Decide if I want them to be on a white background or a colored background. I’ll try them out on some yardage before I start cutting 3 1/2″ squares. The answer is I don’t like it any way I try it. I’m going to put these nine-patches away for awhile and see if something else comes to me. Instead, I pulled some other fabrics for perhaps making a very bright baby quilt using the Crazy Eights pattern I have. More tomorrow when I put some pieces on my wall.

4. Finish making the nine-patches for the baby quilt above. DONE!

5. Pull out the fabric for the 2009 Squishie Swap at Quilts Your Way and start pulling fabrics from my stash.

6. Sew units 4 and 5 for the Christmas Lights mystery. And, then I’ll have all of the first part done. DONE!

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So now all of Part 1 is finished and I’m just waiting for the next issue of Quiltmaker with Part 2!!! I got the last issue right around the 1st of June so maybe I’ll get the next one around the 1st of August.

7. Add the first border to Jared Takes a Wife. This will be the purple fabric.

Notice, most of these are small tasks that will take about an hour or so. This way I will feel that I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ll try to post pictures as I finish each one of these.

What are you working on this weekend?

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!