Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street

Yaaaaa!  Finished pressing my 4-patches during Quilt Cam on Sunday afternoon. I even have six extra blocks. Do we have any guesses of where these will be used???

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stash Report

Used since last report:        0.00 yards
Used year to Date:              76.395 yards
Added since last report:     0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:           68.705 yards
Net Used for 2012:               7.69 yards

No additions or deletions!!  Sigh!!  Projects do need to be completed before Christmas, so hopefully some stash reduction will soon take place. Time to also work on the UFO list for 2013. I was not too successful this year. Too many large projects on the list. For 2013, I have put small projects on the list as well as some large ones. Hopefully I will be more successful next year at reducing some of the many, many, many UFO's around the house. (For all you Turtles out there who are worried about how long it takes you before you get some projects done -- I know that I have UFO's that are so OLD, they have grown mold and hopefully disintegrated into "time and space" never to be seen again! VBG

I am working on the mystery, Easy Street, by Bonnie K. Hunter. These mysteries are just too much fun not to take part. This is the second mystery of hers that I have participated in. Last year we did Orca Bay. The top is pieced but I have yet to quilt it. 

Chain piecing 2" strips for Easy Street

Chain piecing the two-patches into 4-patches.  After pressing, they are so cute!!
Pressing all those 192 4-patches

Yes, yes -- I have the 4-patches for Easy Street all sewn!!! Just need to finish pressing (while watching Bonnie on QuiltCam this afternoon at   Hopefully, I can keep up this year. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stash Report

Used since last report:        0.00 yards
Used year to Date:              76.395 yards
Added since last report:     4.59 yards
Added Year to Date:           68.705 yards
Net Used for 2012:               7.69 yards

Since I was not completely happy with the gray fabric I had bought last week for the Easy Street Mystery I added a different gray fabric that I like much better. The first fabric will not go to waste!!  LOL I think I will use it to piece the backing for the Dotty Dresden Plate quilt I am currently working on. Of course, I just  had to "enhance" my white with black fabrics while in the quilt shoop!!! VBG 

The gap is starting to close between used and added. Guess I had better get my "buns" in gear and finish quilting some items so that fabric used can get reported.  LOL

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Dotty Dresden Plate
While on retreat, I machine appliqued the plates onto their background squares. It was fun to see the reaction from the other quilters at the retreat. It is just such a fun cheerful quilt and can't wait to finish it.
When I got home from the retreat, the blocks were squared up to 16 1/2 inches and then sewn together. Now it is time for borders.
Also, while on retreat I worked on Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty." Only have 51 more four-patches to sew. Would you believe I ran out of enough cut strips to finish sewing the four-patches?? Here I thought I was well prepared for this retreat. All the pieces are in the Wal-Mart cake carrier that was discussed on Bonnie's site. I love these carriers. It holds all the pieces for a large quilt with room to spare.
Getting ready for Bonnie's "Easy Street" mystery, has kept me busy for the last day. Here are most of the fabris that have been pulled. Can you feel the excitement building?? November 23 can't come too soon.
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I still need to finish pulling my white with black fabrics. The fabrics look so fun together.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stash Report

Used since last report:      0.00 yards
Used year to Date:            76.395 yards
Added since last report:    5.50 yards
Added Year to Date:        64.115 yards
Net Used for 2012:          12.28 yards

I went shopping this afternoon for fabrics to add to Bonnie Hunter's new mystery, Easy Street, that will start on November 23. The shop was having a 30% off sale, so of course, that justifies the purchase - Right?  Even though I shopped mostly my stash, of course, I needed additions. VBG!!!
This is what I had. The stripe had the perfect colors, so I used it to pull my colors together. Not sure I will be able to use it, but sometimes even I am surprised what I find when I shop my own stash. LOL
This is what I added.
This is what the collection looks like when all put together. I will be pulling more white with black prints. Not concerned about them because I have plenty.
I did buy a couple of other fat quarters - "just because!"
Last weekend, friends and I were on a great retreat. It started out a little rocky because the heat did not work in the lodge where we were to sleep. Finally they found the problem and the place heated up very quickly, but all of us scrambled for any extra blankets or quilts we had in our vehicles. Quilters are always prepared!!!  The lodge where we slept was very nice.
Here are pictures of our sewing area. That is my friend, Mary, waving from way in the back. The sewing area was in a different building from the sleeping area, but it was nice to step outside and get some fresh air. We shared the sewing area with scrapbookers. There is a large screen on the one end and they show fun "chick flick" movies. Also, we did not have to cook. So besides the dedicated sewing time. there were no chores and lots of visiting. 

Darlene finished a cute Christmas "flimsie." 
Mary finished the binding on this quilt. It is for donation to one our guild service projects.
I finished the machine applique of the Dresden Plates at retreat and worked on Bonnie Hunter's "Blue Ridge Beauty." Would you believe that I again did not have enough fabric to finish sewing all the components? This quilt top was started at spring retreat. Maybe next spring, it will get done.

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