Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stash Report

Used since last report:         5.00 yards
Used year to Date:              10.33 yards
Added since last report:       0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:             8.00 yards
Net Used for 2014:               2.33 yards

Hey! I am in the black!! That is a rather good feeling. I finished quilting and binding my daughter Brenda's log cabin quilt (see here). The border fabrics, pieced backing, and the binding were all from my stash. I was practicing a new free-motion quilting pattern with piano key quilting in the border. Sure can tell I need to practice more.

Pieced backing with quilting from Brenda's quilt.

We had our Featherweight group sewing session this last Thursday. The members brought blocks using black and white and yellow fabrics. We had more than enough for one quilt and will probably enough for a second quilt when everyone has their blocks done. These quilts are part of our guild service project for Breaking Free (a program to help get women off the street). The quilt looked so sunny and fun, that many of the members were talking about having a block exchange so we can make our own quilt in the same colorway.


I started reading the "Cobble Court Quilts" books by Marie Bostwick. So far, I have read the first two books and have requested the next three from the Library. What great stories. I like that the books present examples of real life situations such as divorce, breast cancer, and domestic abuse. The impact quilting and the friendships formed through our quilting is amazing.

Neither Hubby or Son wanted to go the movie "God's Not Dead" with me, so I went by myself. We have such a nice theater (it has three separate theaters) in the town of Foley, MN, so I definitely didn't mind going by myself. The movie offered a great message and it was wonderful to have the theater packed with so many young people who came to see the move.  I thought they were there to see the movie "Noah" but they all trouped into the theater I was sitting in to see "God's Not Dead".

The snow is almost gone and we actually had a day with close to 70ยบ F. Wow!! What a wonderful heat wave.

Hugs to all and make sure you hop over to Patchwork Times and see what others are doing.

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Hugs, Beth

Monday, March 31, 2014

Design Wall Monday & Late Stash Report

Used since last report:         3.33 yards
Used year to Date:               5.33 yards
Added since last report:       0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:             8.00 yards
Net Used for 2014:             - 2.67yards 

Not a lot to report but have been keeping out of mischief! LOL  I finished putting borders on a 
log cabin quilt center that my daughter Brenda pieced. Also pieced a back for it and currently loading the quilt on the frame. Hope to quilt and bind it this week.

Brends's log cabin quilt
Since the weather has not been cooperating -- Snow, Snow, Snow---- I couldn't open windows and start airing out the house after a long winter. Soooo -- I decided the stash is so far out of control and started to purge some of the old fabrics. These fabrics have been cut into patient bags for the Coborn's Cancer Center. The scraps left after cutting the bags are being cut into usable sizes for future quilts. So far I have completed another 10 bags, three are in process and approximately another 50 bags cut out. Each bag uses approximately 1/3 yard of fabric. You know what --- It hasn't appeared to even make a dent in the stash.  <Grin>  Guess I will be sewing for many years. Too many years working in a quilt shop surrounded by all those wonderful fabrics did it to me!!  LOL That is my story and I am sticking with it.

Stack of cut out Patient Bags
On Sew-Sew Monday, Maureen brought her Bulls Eye quilt top.  What a great quilt!


Mary brought a star quilt top she has completed. What a fun quilt.


Connie has a quilt started with a block using four pinwheels with a nine-patch surrounded by sashing. It will be absolutely smashing.


I'll end with what it looks like out my window on March 31st.  Spring will come!!!!  <Grin>



Hugs to all and make sure you hop over to Patchwork Times and see what others are doing.

Hugs, Beth

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stash Report

Used since last report:         2.00 yards
Used year to Date:              2.00 yards
Added since last report:       1.50 yards
Added Year to Date:            8.00 yards
Net Used for 2014:             - 6.00 yards 

Wow!! What a difference a week makes. Last weekend my children were home for my Birthday. The snow was so deep in the yard, on the deck and steps leading up to the deck, that their dogs had problems climbing up onto the deck. By Wednesday, we could see bare decking and now it is almost completely bare.

Even the deer have started coming out onto the field behind our house because there is some bare ground. I couldn't resist taking a picture of one of the deer. This has been a hard winter for them. 


With the sunshine and warmer temps (30° F. or more), I have felt so much more energetic and climbed out of my corner. Started digging into projects to be done, and fabric to be used up. Currently I have been sewing up patient bags for Coborn's Cancer Center in St. Cloud, MN. Last year our guild members donated over 700 bags and the center is completely out of bags. These are only given to new cancer patients. They have as many as 1200 new patients per year. Makes a person think of how we are all touched in some way by cancer. Anyway, I have completed six of the bags and have a bunch more cut out and ready to sew. It is an awesome way to utilize fabric that I know I will never use and don't know why I bought it.  LOL!!!


On my way to Featherweight Club (we all sew on Featherweight sewing machines), I took a picture of a 50 foot snowman. He makes you smile!!  They have featured the snowman on national news. What fun to have him as a neighbor. LOL  He is starting to slump in the warm 40° F. weather.


Hugs to all and make sure you hop over to Patchwork Times and see what others are doing.

Hugs, Beth

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stash Report

Used since last report:         0.00 yards
Used year to Date:              0.00 yards
Added since last report:       0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:            6.50 yards
Net Used for 2014:             - 6.50 yards 

Wow!! No additions to the quilt stash. Since I was going to be at a machine embroidery retreat last week, I did add some fleece & twill for embroidery projects.

The machine embroidery retreat was a lot of fun. Here is some "Show & Tell" from attendees:
Sewing machine cover with machine embroidery.

Twister quilt

Applique' quilt

Machine quilted with the embroidery module.

Machine embroidered quilt.

This year we managed to complete or come close to completing more projects. Since they are all a learning process, they do not always turn out exactly as planned but become "Design Opportunities." LOL  Here are a couple of the projects that I worked on.

Embroidery on the front of a vest for my daughter.

Ribbons with embroidery on top for a pillow insert.

Embroidery on one end of a fleece scarf.

Can cozy with name, tablet holder with initial and a blackboard bag assembled all in the hoop.
The blackboard bag was a lot of fun and the saying is so true: "So much fabric, so little time." There are more sayings, as well as, sizes in the embroidery design package I purchased. It just seems like a person always can use or give away these small zippered bags.

The tablet holder will work for paper tablets or the electronic ones. A super fun and simple project using a place mat.

All in all the five days at the retreat was a lot of fun but sure am tired once I arrived home. My friend Maureen and I roomed together again. We had a snow storm the night before we were to come home, so Maureen and others ended up staying an extra night. I did manage to drive home on Friday because I only lived 30 miles away. It was some of the worst roads that we have had for a few years but what can I say --- we live in Minnesota.

Hugs to all and make sure you hop over to Patchwork Times and see what others are doing.

Hugs, Beth