Sunday, March 31, 2013

Using up some Leftovers!

I found some leftovers from my swoon quilt (Yes, the one that is not done yet!) in a pile of material that I was putting away. I started to play with them and pretty soon, started sewing them together.


Soon, I was trying a couple of different border ideas and soon I had this table runner top done...

I have picked out some backing and hope to quilt it this week!  I may try organic quilting on this one.

I did some hand sewing this weekend--I finished the binding on my Great Granny Square quilt tonight. I will take a picture on a sunny day this week and post it here.

I went shopping this week--I know---I am bad!  Here is my stash report...

Fabric used in the last week: 1.7 yards
Total fabric used this year: 77.35 yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last week: 4.5 yards
Total fabric added this year: 65.33 yards
Net fabric used this year: 12.02 yards (At least I am still in the black!)

There should be another post sometime this week...

Friday, March 29, 2013

Chemo Quilts by the Elgin Piecemakers

The Elgin Piecemakers had their monthly meeting last night and, as usual, there was lots of eye candy!

Here are the teal and brown blocks that everyone made for this month's chemo quilt.  There are still two more blocks to be handed in before they are sashed and made into a quilt top.

This is the chemo quilt that Pat and I made at our last quilting day. Pat did the binding this past week. It will be delivered to the hospital soon. The fabric was donated by Pam at Mad About Patchwork.  Thanks, Pam!

Pat made this label for our quilt.

This quilt top is ready to be quilted.  I made the great granny square block.

Joanne and Beth just need to finish hand sewing the binding on this bento box quilt and it will be ready for a chemo patient.

Jacqui and her partner made this quilt--there is a second one just like it!  It needs some hand sewing on the binding done too.

One of our members had a wonderful call from a VON nurse with the story of one of her patients who received one of our quilts. It is so nice to know that our quilts are appreciated and used!

I finished my aunt's quilt and it was delivered to her this week. You can see the quilting quite well in this picture.

Here is a peek at my progress on my next project--a bricks and stepping stones quilt for another family member.

This chubby squirrel was looking at me while having a snack the other day.
I am off to do some more sewing this evening. I am making a project from some leftovers.  Come back later this weekend for pictures.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sewing and Stash Report

I seem to be on a bit of a roll with the chemo quilt blocks...This orange and blue scrappy trips block does not need to be done until the end of April, but I made it this past week.  I also did May's red and white block...The pattern is called Codex and is from volume 6 of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine.

Christine and I got together earlier this week and we worked on 9 patches for the 9 patch mystery swap for the London Friendship Quilters' Guild. I have now finished 20 brown and 20 black 9 patches. This is the last batch of 9 patches to be handed in for swapping. We will receive our swapped blocks at the May meeting along with the rest of the instructions to assemble the quilt.

On Saturday, Christine, Cathy, Carol and I got together at my house for a sewing day. This is Piper--she belongs to Christine. She came along to supervise our quilting escapades.

Piper was also very helpful when Christine was laying out the backing, batting and top of her new Easter Table runner. Who needs pins when you have a dog to help hold everything in place???
Eventually, Piper moved and Christine managed to get her table runner quilted and bound.

 She also quilted a pillow cover "organically" with a little encouragement from the rest of us. It turned out great!

Here is the back:

Cathy worked on the final borders for a baby quilt top.

She plans on using green binding for this quilt. Cathy also worked on her 9 patches for the swap.

Carol is making a table topper with some shot cottons...

And she worked on this:  (I love the fabrics!)

Cathy brought my quilted Great Granny Square quilt with her. Trimming and binding are on my agenda for this week.

I started a new quilt...

I made 112 4 patches...

And cut out some bricks to make a bricks and stepping stones quilt (designed by Bonnie Hunter)

The bricks and the 4 patches are sewn together but not pressed yet.  This is a very quick quilt to make.

And now, my stash report....

I did not purchase any fabric this week but did receive some batik fat 1/8ths from Erin at My Patchwork Life in the mail. She had a give-away on her block a couple of weeks ago. I will be using these in my Lazy Sunday mystery quilt. (sorry--no picture!)

Fabric used in the last week: 4.35 yards
Total fabric used this year: 75.65 yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last week: .63 yards
Total fabric added this year: 60.88 yards
Net fabric used this year: 14.77 yards.

I think I will press those units I sewed yesterday before I head off to bed....  Have a good week!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Odds and Ends and a Stash Report

I managed to eek out a bit of time this week to work on a few different projects.

I finished off step one of the Lazy Sunday morning mystery by Bonnie Hunter in Quiltmaker Magazine--All bagged up and ready for step 2!

I finished the binding on the Baseball Scrappy Trips quilt

and machine stitched the binding to my aunt's quilt...I have started the hand sewing part and hope to finish it off tonight while my husband and I watch Downton Abbey.

The quilting was done by Cathy at Eagles Wings Quilts with a swirly daisy pattern.

I started my brown and light 9 patches for the mystery quilt that I am doing with the London Friendship guild.  Here are all the patches I have received in the swap so far:

I still have to add the pink, brown and black 9 patches to this pile. We will get our final set of patches at our May meeting along with the final instructions on how to assemble the quilt.

I started assembling some of the units --we were given these instructions last month.

This afternoon, I made a 12 1/2" block for the Elgin Piecemaker's charity quilt for this month. We were told to use teal and brown. I adapted Bonnie Hunter's pattern for a 9" Betty's Choice block in the March April '13 edition of Quiltmaker for my block. 

I also managed to make two pillowcases... these are gifts.

So, on to the stash report....No purchases this week!

Fabric used in the last week: 9.25 yards
Total fabric used this year: 71.3 yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last week: ZERO!!!
Total fabric added this year: 60.25 yards
Net fabric used this year: 11.05 yards. 

I have the backing to do for Swoon this week so that should help next week's report.  I donated 5 yards to our Guild rummage sale this week so that is included in the numbers.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

What I have been up to this week...

I have been working away this past week on several projects including my aunt's quilt--I added the border and pieced the back and shipped it off to the quilter's house. It will be ready for me to pick up on Monday after work!  
In my last post, I said I was not that excited about how this quilt was looking, but now that the borders are on, I like it a lot better.

I also made 20 pink 9-patches this week for the mystery quilt at the London Friendship Quilters' Guild. I am accumulating quite a variety of 9 patches from the swap and they will be incorporated into the mystery quilt when I sew all of the units together. Stay tuned for more progress on this quilt.

Christine, Cathy and I have decided to do the Lazy Sunday mystery designed by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Magazine. We started on step one this week.

I have made all of the 4 patch units and most of the green HST's.

We will be getting together to work on the rest of the first step shortly so we will be ready for the next set of instructions in the May/June issue of the magazine.

The long arm quilter finished off my scrappy trips quilt this week so I added the binding. I still have to do the hand sewing part.

Cathy used an appropriate pantograph for this quilt which included gloves,

bats and stars,
baseball hats and baseballs.


I started to piece the back of my swoon quilt and soon discovered that I had not bought enough fabric so I made a quick call to Pam at Mad About Patchwork, and I soon had the extra fabric I needed to finish the back and binding. I will put the back together this week after the fabric is washed. I am happy to be finishing off all of these projects!

Here is my weekly stash report:

Fabric used in the last week: 8 yards
Total fabric used this year: 62.05 yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last week: 5 yards
Total fabric added this year: 60.25 yards
Net fabric used this year: 1.8 yards.  WooHoo!  I am in the black again!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Almost in the Black!

Two weeks ago, my stash report was deep into the red, but today, I am happy to report that I have used lots of fabric this week and have added only a small amount--one fat quarter and 1 yard for borders on my aunt's quilt.  I pieced a couple of backings this week--one for the scrappy trips quilt:

I used up almost every scrap of baseball fabric I had in my stash to make this backing!
I also pieced the backing for my Great Granny Squares quilt but did not take a picture. I will be taking it to the quilter's house this week along with my aunt's quilt which I will finish off tomorrow night with the border and backing.  Borders and backings sure make my stash report look good but they are not that exciting for pictures for blog posts!  Soon, there will be completed quilts to show, so that should be more interesting for upcoming posts.

Here is the stash report for this week:

Fabric used in the last week: 13.25 yards
Total fabric used this year: 54.05 yards
Fabric added to the stash in the last weeks: 1.25 yards (one fat quarter!)
Total fabric added this year: 55.25 yards
Net fabric added this year: 1.2 yards.

Christine and I will be starting a new project this week...we have decided to do Bonnie Hunter's new mystery from Quiltmaker Magazine. Stay tuned for pictures of the fabric I have pulled for this project as well as pictures of what we sew when we get together this week. Our friend, Cathy, will be doing this mystery with us.

I have linked to Patchwork Times again this week.