Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 Stash Report

Used this Week:                        1.83 yards
Used year to Date:                  63.77 yards
Added this Week:                     0.50 yards
Added Year to Date:                35.955 yards
Net Used for 2012:                    27.815 yards

It is amazing how fast Sunday rolls around again and it is time for the stash report. No big completions for the week. I did get a pair of pillowcases for grandson's graduation done this week. Since he played soccer, I had found black and white soccer fabric. He especially likes the color orange, so thought the orange cuff was very appropriate.
My additions for the week were a couple of FQ's that I bought for a $1.50 each. Just too good a deal to pass up. The Halloween fabric is cute and, of course, I always like Laurel Burch fabrics. Do I know what I am going to use them for ---- No!  You know how we always get asked that question.
This week on Wednesday I met with my Longarm Quilting friends. There was so much good show and tell and "I FORGOT TO TAKE PICTURES".  Mary Beth had a piece of "Stupendous Stitching" done from Carol Ann Waugh's "Stupendous Stitching" show that posted on The Quilt Show on Monday, May 21. Is she speedy or what?  It was my turn to hostess the meeting, so we met in the courtyard of Gruber's Quilt Shop.  That meant I went into a quilt shop and I bought fabric---  TeeHee!!!   Three extra ladies joined us for the meeting. Darlene just got a new Innova quilting machine at Christmas and is excited to learn as much as she can about quilting on it. We all talked so much, we were late for lunch. Off to Olive Garden we went. Great food.

All in all it was a fun day!!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stash Report - Week 21

Didn't report "stash in" last weekend, because I was too busy visiting with my daughters who were home for Girl's Weekend.  We had a great time and, of course, we had to visit the quilt shop while we were having fun. So here goes:

Used this Week:                   0.00  yards
Used year to Date:           61.94 yards
Added this Week:                3.08 yards
Added Year to Date:           35.455 yards
Net Used for 2012:              26.485 yards

I added the black/white fabrics in the first picture and the orange fabrics in the second picture for my Grandson's graduation quilt. The fabrics in the bottom picture were "just because." LOL

 For Jacob's granduation quilt, I am planning on making Bonnie Hunter's "Strip Twist" pattern. Other bright colors besides orange will be used with the black/white fabrics. He likes orange, so I do plan to use plenty of orange.

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Girl's Weekend

Just a little late on reporting about Girl's Weekend. My two daughters and I try to plan one weekend a year to get together and have a fun time.
Brenda (youngest), Beth, Natalie (middle child)
(You can see that the girls take after the tall Norwegian side of the family)

Both Natalie and Brenda arrived on Thursday evening (May 9th) and went with their Dad to Cribbage Tournament. (We couldn't leave him out of the weekend completely). On Friday, there was a shop hop of Antique Shops and Boutique's. We found several really neat items at some of the shops. For one of my friends who is completely crazy about dragonflies, I found a garden decoration of silverware knives made into a dragonfly. Haven't decided if I can wait until her birthday, which is in December, or give it to her now to enjoy. I vote now!!!

I also bought a hanging basket and a bunch of potted geraniums for my pots on the front porch and a turntable. I painted the turntable orange and have put a three tier holder on it and put it by my sewing machine. It is sure nice to be able to rotate the the holder with my threads in it.

My daughter, Natalie, bought the neatest lamp for the new house they will be moving into at the end of this month. The lamp used an antique camera tripod for the base and had a thin rawhide lampshade. We had lunch at a nice little bakery/cafe in Cambridge, MN, to gain strength for the rest of our browsing/shopping. All in all, it was a great outing day with the girls.

On Saturday, we attended a craft show in Brainerd, MN. There were only a couple of booths that had some very nice items. One booth had the nicest woven rugs with some of the most unique materials woven in. I bought two small ones for our bathroom which I plan to paint this year. Then we went to Country Fabrics Quilt Shop. Guess what ---- I BOUGHT FABRIC!!! I had been doing so well at not buying fabric, but they had some nice orange fabrics and black/white fabrics which I will use in my grandson's graduation quilt.
Natalie and Brenda in front of Country Fabrics

After all of our hard shopping, we had lunch at Christmas Point. Delicious!! We finished out the afternoon, browsing at Christmas Point. Loved some of the items but way out of my budget. We went home to have steak on the grill with the guys (hubby and son, Byron).

Sunday we had a late breakfast of french toast and sausage. The girls then headed home. It is always great to spend time with the family. It was a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hummingbirds are back

The Hummingbirds are finally back!!! I look forward every spring to the Hummingbirds coming back. Since the feeder hangs just outside my sewing room windows, I can watch them come and go. This year I actually had the feeder out on time. Some years they are looking for the feeder before I get it out. Not sure how many Hummingbirds there are but it must be quite a few. I took this picture through the window this evening.
I would love to be a better photographer so that I could take better pictures of them. They are so much fun to watch. There is always one or two that try to chase the rest of the Hummingbirds away. When I have the windows open, it is amazing how noisy they. When all the flowers start blooming, they do not come to the feeder quite as often but in the Spring and Fall they feed quite heavy. Let the fun begin!!

Girls Weekend

I am getting so excited. Every year my two daughters (Natalie & Brenda) and I plan a weekend of getting together and having fun. This years weekend starts Thursday evening, May10th. The girls should arrive home sometime Thursday evening. On one of the days, there is a shop hop of Antique/Boutique shops. Should be fun (and I will try not to buy anything --- LOL).  Also, I have some coupons for a couple of fun places to eat during the hop. There is a craft show for Saturday. No set plans but the weather for Saturday sounds beautiful. 
On the left is Brenda and Natalie is on the right.

The above picture of the girls was taken in Scotland 2 1/2 years ago.  I had always wanted to go to Scotland (don't ask me why, because I don't know) and the girls both decided to go with me. It was a great trip. I loved the country. We also spent a day and two evenings in London before flying home. Great sights.

I realized that I need to get some updated pictures of the girls together. Brenda is the youngest, Natalie is the middle child, and my son, Byron, is the oldest.  Natalie is going to be 40 this year!!!  Boy --- am I starting to feel old. LOL

Since I have had to do some house cleaning this week, not a lot going on in the sewing room. Guess the stash report is going to be "zero."


Sunday, May 6, 2012

2012 Stash Report

Used this Week:                17.25  yards
Used year to Date:          61.94 yards
Added this Week:               0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:          32.375 yards
Net Used for 2012:             29.565 yards

It is amazing that a person is able to use 15 yards of fabric out of the stash and it makes absolutely no dent!!!! I finished 14 pillowcases for a service project in our guild and used 15 yards of fabric that had originally been planned for a quilt. Since I knew that the quilt was never going to be made (not the style of fabric I normally buy), it was time to make something else and get it out of the stash. Bet no one else ever has that issue. LOL  Do you wonder -- What was I thinking when I bought that fabric??

Also donated 2.25 yards to Goodwill.

How many years before I actually see a reduction in stash??  Course the house is well insulated with all that fabric!! I am doing my part to keep heating/cooling expenses down.  Grin, grin!!

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