Sunday, May 31, 2015

Fabric Report

Used/donated since last report:    0.00 yards
      Used year to Date:                               25.25 yards

Added since last report:               25.00 yards
      Added Year to Date:                             45.75 yards

Net Used for 2015:                                     -20.50  yards

It has been a busy month. Five days were spent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the Machine Quilters Showcase and I was able to attend some fabulous classes for machine quilting ideas. Even won a teachers demo sample in Dusty Farrell's class. Jodi Robinson did a great job of showing simple ideas for contemporary quilts and Jamie Wallen is just such a great instructor. My head was overflowing with ideas.
Teachers sample by Dusty Farrell that I won. 
I tried to keep purchases down at the show but bought a lot of quilting thread and one set of rulers. The rulers will do the curved baptist fan and then I can fill between the lines for interesting fill.
Dusty Farrell sample of using the Baptist Fan Rulers

While we were in Cedar Rapids, we visited  Inspired to Sew at Pine Needles. It is a great shop and had a very large selection of batiks. There was a large section of sale batiks and some just had to come home with me. In order to use the batiks that I have, I of course needed more light value batiks.  

Well, I might have won the prize for most fabric acquired in one month (at least for me)!!! LOL  One piece purchased was a five yard sale bundle for a quilt backing. It was just so cute for a kids quilt. Also, I needed eight yards of backing for my Bonnie Hunter Easy Street quilt which needs to be finished before June 20th. That is when my granddaughter Hannah has her graduation party and I want to give it to her at the party.
Cute 5 yard bundle for backing!
Last week Tula Pink was at Country Fabrics in Brainerd, MN. She is so cute and funny and I was amazed at how much of her fabrics I have. She will have a 12- part segment on QNN. Think I will need to subscribe to QNN to watch her.
Tula Pink at Country Fabrics
Memorial weekend, most of the youngsters were home. The girls and I went to the Old Depot JUNKtion in Brainerd and of course we came home with a few interesting items for decoration. The rain held off until we were leaving Brainerd, so we had a fun day. The boys went fishing and brought home some fish. We sent the fish home with our youngest daughter, Brenda, and her guy, Scott. 

The roof was re-shingled this month. Glad to have the chore done. Hopefully we don't have to do it again for a long long time.

Hoping to finish planting my straw bale garden today, but it is cloudy and feels cold outside. I usually have everything planted by now. I only plant enough for fresh eating. 

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

http://www.patchworktimes.com/2015/05/31/fabric-report-week-22-2015/

Hugs, Beth


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fabric Report

Used/donated since last report:    11.75 yards
      Used year to Date:                               25.25 yards

Added since last report:                9.25 yards
      Added Year to Date:                             20.75 yards

Net Used for 2015:                                        4.50 yards

Well, it sure has been a while since reporting any activity. Early summer has arrived and winter has gone by since my last post. It just seems like time flies by.

I joined a "Batik BOM Club" at Colorz Quilt Shop in Brainerd. Thought I would go a different direction for a change and meet some new people. Here are the blocks we have done so far:


For a service project for the St. Cloud Heritage Quilters guild, I sewed up ten pillowcases. Sure helps with the fabric report.

During the last snowstorm, I sewed a "Classmate" case, designed by Atkinson Designs. It will be a nice little case for my hand work to travel with me. I was suppose to take a class to make the case, but the drive was so bad that I turned around and came back home. Since I had done so much prep work for sewing the case, I just went ahead and finished making it. It was a fun project.


Last Monday, we had Sew-Sew Monday. Mary K. and I agreed to bring our Celtic Solstice quilts for show and tell. It is amazing how different they look. 
Mary's Celtic Solstice quilt
My Celtic Solstice quilt
In April, I grand-dog sit my daughter Brenda's dog, Zoe. She is 14 years old and really not hard to watch. Zoe did not want to pose for the camera, so she is hiding behind the table! LOL

We did have a scare with my MIL who is 102 years old. She was put into hospice care and not given long to live. That is almost two months ago and she is still going strong. Now the doctors think it could be six months. Who knows? She is showing those doctors up!! 

Now is the time of the year when it is so nice to be outside after the long winter. This year I need to stain the posts and railing on the front of the house, and hoping to get the deck done as well. We also have to have new roofing installed. Hope all of this doesn't keep me from getting some sewing done! Priorities - Right???

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

http://www.patchworktimes.com/2015/05/03/fabric-report-week-18-2015/

Hugs, Beth


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fabric Report

Used/donated since last report:    3.00  yards
      Used year to Date:                               13.50 yards

Added since last report:                6.00 yards
      Added Year to Date:                             11.50 yards

Net Used for 2015:                                        2.00 yards

I really hadn't intended to add six yards of regular fabric. The description online said it was canvas and I intended to cover a chair in the sewing room and make some other accessories. When it arrived, the fabric was regular quilting weight. Guess I will use it anyway but it won't be as sturdy. The pattern is cute and sewing related.
 Last week I attended Quilt Camp at Wahkon, MN. It was five days of socializing and sewing. Becky did a great job cooking for us and of course we all wanted recipes, so she is making recipe books for us. Made some wonderful new friends and I am signed up to attend in the fall.

While at retreat, I finished sewing all the Cactus Flower blocks (my very vintage UFO) by Trudy Hughes and all of the blocks for Scrappy Mountains Magesty by Bonnie Hunter. One day I sewed sections of Grand Illusions and Scrappy Trips. (Can you tell I am a Bonnie Hunter fan?) 
Cactus Flower blocks

Scrappy Mountains

Grand Illusion block
My friend Mary was also at the retreat and pieced this beautiful quilt. She used fabric she had bought in Ireland. What fun!

On Tuesday, I attended Machine Embroidery club and on Thursday was our quilt guild meeting. The guild meeting featured two young quilt designers, Vanessa Lynch of Punkin Patterns and Kristin Lawson of A little crispy. To see more of their designs, click on the links. It is so nice to see younger ladies coming along in the quilt world. Some of us that started out as young quilters are getting a lot of "wisdom & maturity" under our belt! ;>)  Here are a few of the projects they showed:
Kristin's quilt
Kristin's quilt
Kristin's quilt
Vanessa's pillows
 All in all, it has been a fun and busy two weeks. Now I am getting ready for the annual machine embroidery retreat. Sounds like we will have some fun projects. 

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

http://www.patchworktimes.com/2015/02/08/fabric-report-week-6-2015/
Hugs, Beth