Monday, January 21, 2019

Design Wall Monday, Stash Report, and Weekly Goals

The Red/White Nine patch blocks are still on the wall--

I've sewn more of them together.  Yesterday I made some Garlic Knot blocks-

All week I've been sorting scraps and small pieces of yardage.   The smaller scraps have been turned into this--

At least 300 5" charms and 300 Bricks.  And two heaping mounds of 2.5" squares were added to the squares box--

I also made a "Garlic Knots" kit.

 Ready for mindless piecing!  But all this trimming made a huge pile of trash--

If it was smaller than a 2.5" square I tossed it.  Every stack of fabric has been pulled out, sorting off the small pieces.  This hasn't been done for 3-4 years.  Time for Stash Turnover! 

Stash Report--

I added 6 yards of white to dye for a backing
I finished the doll quilt for 3/4 yd

Stash is ahead by 5.75 yards 

Weekly Goals

Prep a top to quilt
Organize the scraps etc I am taking to the NE Cutting Party
Sew more of the R/W top together

Do you do Scrap Attacks?  How do you deal with scraps?  

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Friday, January 18, 2019

Motivation Friday

Friday, time to check my goals--

Press scraps--YES
Prep a top to quilt--No
Sew on R/W 9 patches--Yes
Most of this week has been spent on Scrap Attack.  Its been at least 3-4 years since I did a major scrap attack.  At the end of the month 2Rs and I are heading to Dee's in Nebraska and we're going to do mass scrap cutting.  Hopefully I will get enough pieces cut for four quilts.  Two Log Cabins, a Snail Trail, and a Shakespeare in the Park.  Maybe a Churn Dash. And cut the rest into strips for future use.  

The mailman has delivered three priority boxes of donation fabric in the last month.  Since it doesn't cost me any $$$, I don't count it in the stash report.  I use lots of fabric in the boy quilts.  Specifically picked for me by a friend, there were kits, FQs, and lots of green fabric!  This week I rinsed and pressed most the FQs.  This takes out all the set in wrinkles, removes the excess dye, and preshrinks the fabric.  Notice I said "rinsed", I did not wash the FQs.  Grouped by color I soaked them in hot tap water, then threw them in the washer on spin to remove excess water.  A short trip in the dryer, then I pressed and starched them flat.  These are laid flat in a large tote to take to Nebraska.  We will be using Accuquilt Go Cutters to turn scraps into quilt kits using a Log Cabin die, a Snail Trail Die, and possibly a Churn Dash die.  I've gone through almost all my scrap boxes and organized what there was.  Smaller pieces have been cut into my favorite usable precut bits.  So far this week I cut 292 - 5" charms, 173 - Bricks (3.5x6.5") and a small mountain of 2.5" squares.  There hasn't been much sewing this week so tonight I sewed up a few blocks for fun--

Six uneven 9 patches or Puss in Corner blocks and two Garlic Knots.  Next I will check the shelves for small pieces of yardage, especially for lights.  More organization is needed before I go.  

Do you save your scraps for a Scrap Attack, or do you use them immediately?  Or do you not keep scraps?  

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Monday, January 14, 2019

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

The Red/White 9 patches are on the design wall--

About half of them are sewn in rows.  Plod Plod Plod!!

Weekly Goals--

Press scraps
Prep a top to quilt
Sew on R/W 9 patches

And I have a finish--a small finish!  I am #7 on Stashbusters to be crowned UFO Queen. I remembered where I had stashed the black Perle cotton and quickly stitched the small quilt up!

Wobbly primitive big stitches done with black Perle cotton.  Its 17x24" and a perfect size for a doll quilt.  The yellow binding was a piece left from another project.  I'll estimate 3/4yd of fabric was used.  Putting this in the mail to Maddy.  I'm linking to Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Small Quilts & Doll Quilts, and Moving it Forward.

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Friday, January 11, 2019

Motivation Friday

Time to check my goals for this week--

Prep one quilt top and backing to quilt--No
More Hoytyville sewn together--DONE
Press scraps--No

Not following my goals but I have been busy sewing.  Solved the dilemma of the square Jacob's Ladder quilt.  I added picket fence borders--

Night picture--sorry about the quality.  Added a 2.5" brown border and then picket fence border, used this book for ideas--

Its one of my favorite go-to books for ideas.  I have all of Pat Speth's Nickel Quilt books.  I'm also moving up the list on Stashbusters--I think I will be queen soon.  Lucky#7 and the list is moving fast.  Maybe a small UFO to finish?  Much searching, a box of junk sorted and tossed, and the small UFO was found.  Only--it was like an amoeba--it has split into TWO matching small quilts.  EEEKKKKK--UFOs are multiplying just like scraps!  Decided to maybe do something different with this one and got it ready for hand quilting.  No--I haven't lost my mind, I want to try big stitch quilting.  

Its 17x24"--a small quilt.  It was made 15 years ago maybe??  Now I need to buy perle cotton and big eye needles.  I thought I had some but alas, none has been found.  

And some shopping this week, not fabric--shoes!  Ordered these off the internet and they are exactly what I wanted.  Flat dress shoes--

Ken laughed at them, said he thought he wore shoes like them in grade school or high school.  They remind me of the shoes nuns wore 55 years ago, only these aren't all black with small heels.  Do you remember those shoes? 

Tonight I printed off instructions to a couple of the UFOs I pulled out.  Will put a set of blocks on the design wall.  Once they are up I can ponder where to go next.   

~Lori1R in South Dakota~



Monday, January 7, 2019

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

These blocks are on the wall--

This is Hoytyville #2.  I'm sewing it together in between other projects.  These tops were on the wall too--

Stay Center is a free pattern at APQS.  Dee in Nebraska and Lorri2Rs swapped blocks with me.  Swapped blocks make a quilt extra special.  I added a row of brown blocks because I wanted it a bit bigger and I love brown.

These Jacob's ladder blocks were made for the RSC.  Its 72", I don't like square quilts so I'm considering added a pieced border at the top.  Its scrappy with scrappy neutrals so adding a pieced border will be easy.  Maybe.  

Weekly Goals

Prep one quilt top and backing to quilt
More Hoytyville sewn together
Press scraps

I am about one month behind schedule due to late harvest.  So I doubt any quilting will happen before February 1st.   But my favorite word to describe my progress is "plod".  Lots of plodding is being done!

Later this month 2Rs and I will road trip to visit Dee in Nebraska.  We are having a "cutting party".  Lots of fabric scraps will bite the dust!  Dee and 2Rs have Accuquilt cutters.  My goal is strips for a couple log cabin quilts.  Its been a while since I made one, but I admire them.  What is more comforting than a log cabin quilt?  So I will press what scraps I can ahead of time and lay them flat in a large tote.  What quilt do you think of as "comforting"?  Is it the color, the pattern, the fabric, the maker?  

Anne on Stashbusters had this quote in her post--

When Pooh asked Piglet what day it was and Piglet said "It's Today"...Pooh's response: "Oh good, its my my Favorite Day!" 

I love it!!!  Make today your favorite day!!

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sorry--no matter what I do I cannot change the size of the text on this post!  ARRRGGHHH!!

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

2019 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, Precut 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 KINDNESS, ENJOY, FOCUS, and BALANCE!!

They have worked well for me, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"  I added KINDNESS because I want to add it to my life.  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, I use it a lot.  I've been limiting my internet time and sewing more.  I need better record keeping, I've ordered a Quilt Journal.  And since my new word is KINDNESS, I also ordered a gratitude journal.
These guidelines have worked well for me.  I have less UFOs.  More finished quilts.  And its been fun!   
Happy New Year!
~LORI1R in South Dakota~ 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

These blocks are on my design wall--

For some reason not all the blocks were the same size (oops!)  I found an idea to fix them using this pattern--

A free pattern at Moda Bakeshop--

You add sashings to two sides of your block and then alternate them, or whatever you like!   This week I want these 30's blocks sewn  together and OFF THE WALL!  Next I want to play with Stay Centered blocks--

Dee in Nebraska, Lorri2Rs, and I swapped one block of each color.  I have enough blocks for a boy quilt and a "me" quilt.  This was also a free pattern and if you have lots of strips but like a more coordinated look to your scrappy quilts try this one.  So so EASY!!  To make my quilt a bit bigger I added the color brown, brown is such a warm color.  

Last week Asher had a birthday (7yo) so I road tripped.  On Saturday I stopped to visit another quilter Mary in South Dakota.  She makes the most perfectly pieced quilts.  You have seen some of her quilts on my blog, she makes "boy" tops and I quilt them.  Then on to the kids, they had gone to the movies so I did a little shopping. At JoAnns I bought some precuts--

Both were on sale cheap and will add some variety to my stash.  I couldn't resist the Fat 8th--there are words on them, I love words on fabrics.  That will add 5.75 yds to my next stash report.  

JoAnn's has lots of other things for sale in their store--I bought 8oz pkgs of ready to use frosting for $2.49.   The round tip and a star tip are already on the pouch, and you can put different tips on if you have them.  There was a grandchild craft planned--

Easy peasy, just rice krispie bars with Christmas M&Ms, then melt vanilla almond bark on top.  Chill, cut into squares, and decorate!  We used the bagged frosting to stick the M&Ms to the bars plus draw with the frosting.  Max needed help squeezing the frosting out but he was all about sticking the M&Ms on!  

Asher and grandma had lunch together.  Asher loves pancakes so we went to Cracker Barrel.  He had a root beer to celebrate!

Next we shopped at Target for a b-day gift.  Asher wants to inspect every item on the shelves.  It was fun to watch.  

And I did some baking to share on my road trip--

Raspberry kuchen.   I used raspberry pie filling plus added some fresh raspberries.  

Weekly Goals--

Sew pink blocks together
Make green binding for Christmas Quilt
Add Stay Centered to design wall

That's all, Christmas preparations are also on my schedule.  I'm linking with Oh ScrapMonday Making, Design Wall Monday, Moving it Forward.

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Monday, December 3, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

A Four Patch quilt is on the wall--

Four long seams left.  Then its OFF THE WALL!!  Next I think I'll put these back on the wall and do the final placement of blocks--

Its from a magazine and is called Sunny Squares by Kate Colleran.  I found the sixteen patch blocks a few weeks ago and I remembered what they were for.  Made the alternate blocks and its ready to sew together.  

Weekly Goals--

Sew another set of blocks together
Sew on binding

Enough, I'll pull something else out if I get these done

Recently Myra posted this on Stashbusters--
  • Quilting is a Multi-million dollar a year industry
  • Quilting is international in scope
  • Quilters are considered artists
  • Quilters are young and old, male and female
  • Some quilts are worth five figures or more in money
  • There are numerous museums devoted entirely to quilts
  • There are academic studies devoted to quilts
  • Quilters donate their own time, money, supplies and skills to many charitable causes  
Quilters value yourselves!  

You know I hate how people park in "no parking" areas where there is dedicated parking for handicapped vans--

I saw the people who got in the car.  Definitely not handicapped.  Just lazy.  How sad.  Another Yankton Walmart parking lot picture.  

I plan to get lots of sewing done, I need to create tops to quilt in the New Year.

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Saturday, December 1, 2018


My OMG for November (actually there are two) was to finish binding Mary's Orange quilt and keep up with Double Irish Stars QAL--

Mary's quilt is finished!  YAH!!  And I was able to sew Double Irish Stars rows together--

Its waiting for borders--nothing I like in my stash so will have to shop.  

Goals for December are--

1)Finish binding Mary's blue/brown quilt

2)sew all the rows together on the 2nd Corner Four Patch project (well, about half the blocks are made, I need to make the rest!)  Its a wonderfully versatile block, check out the link-

I need to make more blocks first--

 I'm linking with Elm Street Quilts

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Monday, November 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

The Honeycomb blocks are still on my wall--

I've been playing with block placement.  Double Irish Stars has been worked on--

I have 30 star blocks made.  Mine is scrappy so there is an assortment of colors.  Its a BOW at Piecing the Past Quilts.  Stars and an Irish Chain--perfect!

Weekly Goals--

Stay Centered
Double Irish Stars
Keep on Binding
Fold some fabric

These are what I'll work on this week.  I'm linking with Oh Scrap, Moving it Forward, Monday Making, and Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Friday, November 9, 2018

Motivation Friday

Time to check on my weekly goals--

Catch up With Double Irish Stars QAL--YES
Finish the Stay Center colored blocks--YES
Work on binding the orange quilt--YES
Put away some of the folded fabric--no

Here are the Star blocks I made this week--

Lots of flying geese in these blocks.  I am not fond of making flying geese but I love the star blocks--I make them a bit bigger and trim to fit--

Not the fastest way but it works for me.   Since the design wall was empty I put more blocks on it--

These are the Honeycomb blocks I worked on at the Nebraska retreat.   The wall is not big enough, there is still another row of blocks not up there.  I'll play with block placement for a while.

And my holiday cacti have decided to bloom--

That is one pot that has two different varieties in it--a fuschia/white and a yellow.  There used to be a white one but I think it died last spring--stalk rot.  These plants cover a piano bench.  There is one blooming in the sewing room, I wanted it next to this one but its too crowded.  I have a soft spot for holiday cactus, Ken's grandmother had a huge one, and his mother has a large one too.  Ken took good care of them this summer, he said he watered them once a week.  If he remembered.  

There is still fabric to fold and put away.  I have most my block parts cut for now so I can start putting fabric away.  Maybe this weekend.   

~Lori1R in South Dakota~

Design Wall Monday, Stash Report, and Weekly Goals

The Red/White Nine patch blocks are still on the wall-- I've sewn more of them together.  Yesterday I made some Garlic Knot blo...