Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday Stash Report and Design Wall Monday

This week I bought 7+ yds of flannel to back a quilt.  21 Fat8ths because they work for a new start I'm planning.  I'm saying 10 yds.  

Added this week--10 yds
Add YTD 25 yds
Out this week--0
Out YTD--0

Stash is ahead 25 yds

No sweat--I'm binding a project and have some others ready to go--

What's on the Design Wall??  The orange 30's project--

Two of the pieced borders are on, next I will mark the seam lines on the last two borders.  The diamonds go round the quilt and it needs to be exact to meet in the corners.  Its not that wrinkly, there are hundreds of yellow headed pins stuck in the styrofoam underneath it making bumps and lumps.

This is on the floor--

3" 9 patches I was given.  If they lay there long enough maybe an idea will pop in my head! Last week I visited the boys.  We laughed watching Max use Moustache as a "playmate"--

He carefully placed Legos on Moustache. 

Moustache saw Max's fuzzy mouse and wanted it.  Max is carefully stealing it back!  Moustache and the boys get along pretty well.  If Moustache is not in the mood he either gives fair warning with his big eyes and twitching tail, or simply leaves and goes somewhere else.  But he spends a lot of time where they are, he is a very social cat.  When Mason reads in his room Moustache naps with him.  If Laura Beth is in her office he sleeps under her desk.  

Weekly Goals--

Last two borders on the Orange project
Pick a top to quilt
Start sewing on an Irish Chain project
Cut Shuffle Pieces
Finish binding the teal quilt
Prep a backing

That will keep me busy!  2Rs is planning to visit this weekend, I need to make room for her to sew.  She will have to deal with goat trails!  I promise a clean bed, clean towels, and to love having her here!  

~Lori in South Dakota~

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Stash Report and Design Wall Monday/Goals

First my stash report--I bought a bunch of solids and two half jelly rolls on sale--

Do you use solids in your quilting?  So my stash report is--

Stash added this week--15 yds
Stash out this week--0

Stash is ahead 15 yards!

The borders for the Orange 30's project are on my design couch--

I need to mark the seam lines on the edges.  The borders have to fit exactly so the design continues around the quilt without a break.  Tedious and time consuming but not hard.

I've been playing with these fabrics--

Myra sent me some "boy" themed fabrics and I pulled others from my stash.  Horseshoes, baseballs, African Savannah, cowboys on horses, horse heads, tooled leather, and anything I thought blended with them.  Next I searched the scrap boxes--

Anything I found in the scrap box I thought might blend with the other fabrics.  I want to use them in this pattern--

Its a free pattern called Shuffle.  It uses 5x10" rectangles, perfect to use the boy fabric but leave the motifs as intact as possible. 

Weekly Goals--

Orange 30's borders
Press/cut the Shuffle fabrics
Scrap Irish Chain

That's enough for this week, its a busy week.  I'm linking to QuiltPaintCreate and Quilting is More Fun than Housework


Saturday, January 6, 2018

RSC Saturday

January is light to medium blues--

A few extra spool blocks--there were pieces laying there begging to be used!  The Ritzy Cracker blues were found in the "chunks" piles.  Not a FQ but an odd shaped piece.  None of these projects have enough blocks to make a quilt--eight Three Steps Forward, a small pile of spools, and 54 Ritzy Crackers.  Please see what everyone has made with blues at SoScrappy.


Monday, January 1, 2018


For January I'm going to have the Orange 30's project into a finished top. 

 It needs more sashings and the pieced borders.  I'm linking up with Elm Street Quilts.


Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

The Orange 30's project is coming along--

Some of the sashings are sewn on.  When the center is together I'll add the pieced borders.  I love this color--its 30's orange but I call it melon.  Where do you keep melon fabric?  

In the produce drawer!  Spritzed it with water and sealed in a plastic bag.  If its longer than a few days they go in the freezer.  The yellow for the ICC challenge is frozen.    I could have put it outside, its currently -14F.  Last night was -24F.  UGH!  COLD!!  Liz said it was cold at her house--I suggested she check this-

I gave her instructions on how to turn it up.  Aren't I a nice friend?  She lives in balmy Houston.   I'm linking to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts and Oh Scrap.

The days between Christmas and New Years were spent preparing for 2018.  I have four new starts--

Labeled project boxes!  I did lots of cutting and I'm ready to start sewing AFTER the orange project is together.  I did post this in my 2018 guidelines--

Finish a UFO before starting a new project

Its only been one day and I'm holding firm!

Weekly Goals--

Sew on the orange project
Cut more parts
RSC Light to Medium Blues

That will keep me busy.  Have a great week and a wonderful start to 2018!


Happy New Year 2018

 Its a new year, and I'm using my 2016 & 2017 Guidelines again--
2018 Guidelines

Refold/organize ONE cube/spot in my stash per month

Work on ONE UFO per month and move it One more step towards completion.  (add borders, set blocks into a top, etc)

Any piece of stash less than 9" WOF goes into the scrap box to be recut into usable units--noodles, 3.5" x 6.5" bricks, 5" charms.  

Finish a UFO before starting a new project (this one is a bit iffy)
I plan to participate in Design Wall Mondays, Stashbuster's UFO Challenge, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, ICC Challenge, and other internet fun.  Even Stash reports!  I may not post to each one every week--but I enjoy them. 

I plan to make quilts for donation and for family. 

I will participate in internet fun.  
I will remind myself its the PROCESS I love the most!
 My words for the year are ENJOY, FOCUS, and BALANCE!!

They have worked well for me, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"  I did add Focus and Balance to my words in 2016 & 2017 and I'm using them again in 2018.  I've learned a very helpful phrase--Just One Thing--JOT.  Even if you don't think you have time or don't feel like it, do JOT.  Wind bobbins.  Rip the mistake you laid to the side.  Press the blocks you pieced.  JOT can be locating a pattern, doing math, or making lists.  JOT is a task that might take 15 minutes.  Its a great tool, its used a lot.  I've been limiting my internet time and sewing more. 
These guidelines have worked well for me.  I have less UFOs.  More finished quilts.  And its been fun!   
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas is over, back to real life!!  First my last weeks goals--

Cut more Irish Chain strips--Yes
Cut more Blue/Green bricks--No
Cut more Weekwacker strips--Yes
Decide Honeycomb quilt fabrics/size--Kinda
Cut for Caroline Chain quilt--Have plenty for now
Sew borders on 30's UFO--DONE

Now for goals until 2018--

Work on Orange 30's project
Cut more strips for ICC, Honeycomb, and Weekwacker
Decide background for Honeycomb

These will do.  I have lots of cutting to do, and I sew on other things for a break.  I also have to set 2018 goals.  

A few pictures-- 

The 30's orange UFO straight out of the bag--a tad wrinkled!

 A little bit better picture of the colors.  Its that wonderful 30's melon.  

I found a package of Super Hero capes and mask.  Four costumes for the four Thomas boys!

Here are the backs--Batman, Captain American, the Flash (??) and Spiderman.  

I miss summer.  I miss flowers.  So I planted an amaryllis bulb and it opened on Christmas Eve--

Four flowers, they are bigger than my hand.  I wish I had 10 more!  

I hope you had a great Christmas.  Four days until 2018--are you ready??


Friday, December 22, 2017

Motivation Friday

The pieced borders are on the 30's Granny's Strippy quilt--

Sorry about the dingy night photo--but I'm excited!  Now I can decide if I'm pulling out another UFO, or which one it might be.  

I've made a few Christmas treats, and cookie dough is chilling until later.  There is time to cut more strips for my ICC projects.  



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Weekly Goals--Christmas Quilts--ICC

These were my goals from last week--
Sew Jelly Roll Twist blocks together--Done
Cut more Irish Chain Challenge Strips--Yes
Look at a 30's fabric UFO --on the wall

First the 30's fabric UFO--
Kat called it a Boston Commons type quilt.  Its from a Darlene Zimmerman book called Granny Quilts.  All the sashings are on, next are the pieced borders.  The night picture makes it look drab, the colors are more like this--

Love Laugh Quilt asked if we had Christmas quilts.  We have this one on our bed--

It was a long ago English paper piecing project done with Christmas fabrics.  Here is one more--

A Christmas tree quilt.  I was taking a picture of the Amaryllis--it is 27" tall from the top of the bulb to the tip of the plant.  No flower yet!  A Chinese Christmas Coins is on the spare bed, and a log cabin made with the last of the Christmas fabrics is under the tree.

All the decorations are out.  I'm starting to make a few Christmas treats.  

Weekly Goals--

Cut more Irish Chain strips
Cut more Blue/Green bricks
Cut more Weekwacker strips
Decide Honeycomb quilt fabrics/size
Cut for Caroline Chain quilt
Sew borders on 30's UFO

There are three starts that use "chains" to direct the eye--the Irish Chain, the Honeycomb, and Caroline Chain.  Carolina Chain just recently was released as a free pattern on the C&T website.  Thank you Bonnie Hunter!

I'm inviting you to join the ICC - Irish Chain Challenge.  The guidelines are simple--cut a project (or start sewing) before 2018.  The project has to have an eye drawing chain in any direction.  A finished flimsy by May 1st.  You can repurpose UFO's, leftover bits (many quilters say that have a stash of 9 patches) or start a new project.  You can buy fabric or use stash.  ITS JUST FOR FUN!!  I'll be posting what I'm doing here and on Stashbusters at Yahoo Groups. 

Christmas is this weekend and I still have baking and present wrapping to do.  


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday, Weekly Goals

These blocks are on the design wall--

Will play with the arrangement and sew them together. I'm linking up with--

2Rs was here a couple weeks ago and we shopped.   I bought from the sale table--borders, backgrounds, and bindings.

Asher had a birthday--he's six now--

Birthday cake and ice cream was had by all!  Moustache has become part of the family.  He got a new toy--

He tolerates Max quite well--

Moustache was sleeping on the couch and Max decided it was cuddle time.  

There's been lots of sewing here.  I finished putting together another set of Irish chain blocks from years ago--

It needs borders yet, one of these days I'll have a border sewing day.  For fun I made two Garlic Knot blocks--

just because I wanted to! 

Weekly Goals--

Sew Jelly Roll Twist blocks together
Cut more Irish Chain Challenge Strips
Look at a 30's fabric UFO  

More than enough for this week. Christmas is coming and I'm not ready!  


Monday, November 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

These blocks are on my wall-

Quarter Log Cabin blocks.  Its a free pattern.  

Remember when I cut a big basket of 2.5" strips to take in the camper in May?  This is one of the patterns I made with them.  I have enough Quarter Log Cabin blocks for two boy size tops.  I'm linking up with Quilting is more Fun than Housework. This pattern has NO BACKGROUND--perfect for making a Hug quilt. 

 It's been busy here.  Last week we picked up a "new to us" camper--

I hope we like it, one more slide and a rear kitchen--I like a rear kitchen in a camper.  

Last night I tried a new recipe--Plain Crumb Platz

I changed it a little, I added about 1/2 c. of mini chocolate chips sprinkled on the dough before the topping.  I followed the directions but think I needed a bigger pan than the recipe calls for--the dough really puffed up but it has a tender crumb and very good.

And I'm inviting you to join an Irish Chain Challenge.  We're doing this on Stashbusters and I'm inviting you to play along.  Irish Chain quilts can be anything you want--vintage to a more classic look.  This is the book I'm using--

Its a GREAT book--single, double, and triple Irish chains.  Charts for using 1.5", 2.0", or 2.5" strips.  Pressing directions.  It breaks each size down for yardage or number of strips. All sizes of quilts too. Search for Irish Chain images--and prepare to be overwhelmed.  Mine will be a triple, using a soft yellow background, and "mostly" scrappy.  This is a quilt for ME. 

Remember all those magazines and books I brought home from the guild's rummage sale?  I have a small stack beside the bed for late night reading--

Best purchase ever!  

Weekly Goals--

Cut Irish Chain Strips
Finish last six seams on Quarter Log Cabin
Put a new project on the design wall
Sew more binding

That will keep me busy.  Have you put your Christmas decorations up?  I'd like to put our tree up and find the Christmas quilts.

~Lori in South Dakota~   

Sunday Stash Report and Design Wall Monday

This week I bought 7+ yds of flannel to back a quilt.  21 Fat8ths because they work for a new start I'm planning.  I'm saying 10 yd...