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.

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.
Hugs, Beth

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fabric Report

Used since last report:                   0.00  yards
Used for service projects:              0.00 yards
Donated fabric:                              3.50 yards
      Used year to Date:          10.50 yards

Added since last report:                 3.00 yards
Added for service projects:            0.00 yards
      Added Year to Date:         5.50 yards

Net Used for 2015:                    5.00 yards

It has been such wonderful weather in Minnesota this week. It was 40 degrees the other day.  Went on a couple of outings with Hubby since it was such awesome temps and "sunshine." Sunshine has been sadly lacking for a long time this winter. I feel for everyone in the bad weather areas, especially since we have been having such mild weather. 

Only attended one quilting event this week. On Monday, we had Sew-Sew Monday at the LQS. There was a fun quilt show during lunch time. Two of the ladies, Bonita and Mary, had each bought three yards of the same fabric. They challenged each other to make a quilt using the fabric and keep it secret from each other. Well, on Monday they brought their completed quilts. Oh, how different they are and how much fun to see how they utilized the same fabric.

Bonita - fabric used in the border. Beautifully mitered!

Mary - Cut the fabric into strips and inserted in the center
of the colored blocks
I spent a lot of the week cutting out all of Bonnie Hunter's "Grand Illusion". Since I will be going on retreat, it is nice to have the whole thing cut and ready to sew. All the pieces are separated with directions into the five parts so that I do not get them mixed up.  Wouldn't it be nice if I could get all the pieces sewn during retreat?

Grand Illusion - all the pieces cut and organized
Did not finish any projects this week but did purge and donate one UFO. It was a hand applique project started about 15 years ago. I donated five completed blocks, fabric, and book with patterns to a very nice friend who took it off my hands. WooHoo -- one project that will no longer guilt me because it is not completed. 

Besides purging a UFO, I have been combing my stash for fabric to make pillowcases for our guild service project. The pillow cases are cut and ready to sew. Hoping to have a lot of usage to report next week.

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

Hugs, Beth