Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stash Report

Used since last report:          0.00 yards
Used year to Date:              20.33 yards
Added since last report:       2.50 yards
Added Year to Date:            32.625  yards
Net Used for 2014:               - 12.295 yards

Wow!! I am close to having a UFO completed and I will be able to report some fabric used. After a summer of not much getting done, it is a good feeling. I just took my String Diamond quilt off the quilt frame and it is ready for binding.
String Diamond Quilt on the frame.
I did have to add some fabric. It is for the Jelly Roll quilt. Since the fabric (dark purple) is for a borders and binding for a quilt in process -- It was necessary!! LOL I like the use of the extra fabric for the pieced border.
Jelly Roll Quilt
The Color Group met Wednesday in the Courtyard of Gruber's Quilt Shop. This group is a small study group that is part of our guild. It was a very fun meeting. The topic for this month was "luster."There was a lot of laughter as we attempted to lay out a 25 square block that conformed to this month's topic.  Not sure we accomplished the mission, but I think there is a better understanding of "value -- the lightness or darkness of a fabric." We used our cameras and a red filter to attempt to achieve "luster - shine without necessarily using shiny fabrics."

Color Group members

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

Hugs, Beth

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stash Report and Catching Up

Used since last report:          0.00 yards
Used year to Date:              20.33 yards
Added since last report:        5.25 yards
Added Year to Date:            30.125 yards
Net Used for 2014:               - 9.795 yards

It is amazing how fast the month of August has gone by. This month has been a busy month. I spent almost a full week at the end of July and beginning of August up in Fargo. It was time to do the Chipper watch while my daughter Natalie & SIL went to Sturgis, SD.  Chipper is my daughter's dog. He is always a character and fun to watch. 
Chipper being very busy holding down the couch!!
My friend, Mary, joined me for two nights and a day for some fun time of sewing while I was watching Chipper. I think she came mainly to visit Chipper!! LOL She has been working on a quilt made out of 30's fabrics and is trying very hard to use up her supply. (Good try, Mary!!)
Mary's quilt.
While in Fargo, I worked on a quilt using batiks and the 7" Crazy Curves template set. I sewed 80 blocks and when I got home, selected a lot more batiks and sewed another 40 blocks. Now I just need to lay the whole thing out. 
A portion of the Crazy Curves Quilt.
I was only too glad to get back home. The day after getting home, Hubby and I joined our youngest daughter, Brenda, at a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field in Minneapolis. It was a gorgeous day, but the Twins lost the game. This was our Christmas present from Brenda. We just had to pick a date to attend.
Hubby & I at the ballgame with Brenda.
We had our Featherweight sewing day. Most of the ladies worked on their Strippy quilts and I worked on my Celtic Solstice.  Hope to have it pieced and quilted by the end of September. There was also some "Show & Tell".
Love, love this quilt by Featherweight member.
Has wool applique'.
Celtic Solstice
This is the time of the year when I pick up a case of beets to make beet pickles. It is always nice to have all of the mess done in one go and then clean up.  They are always so pretty when all done. Also made some refrigerator pickles. Nummmmm! I do like all the fresh vegies and pickles at this time of the year. The green beans and tomatoes are ready to go wild!

Last Thursday and Friday, was a little retreat at Mary's cabin by Mille Lacs Lake. We all got a lot accomplished. Mary was sewing on another 30's quilt and had another that she worked on at Sew-Sew Monday. That's three quilts of 30's fabric. (Still doesn't have all of that 30's fabric used up! LOL)

I started one of those strippy quilts and a Scrappy Trips quilt. The center of the strippy quilt is sewn and now I just need something for the borders. Since the quilt was from stash and not a jelly roll, it was too wide. So I cut off the extra width and will work it into the border. Hope to find a dark solid looking batik that will work.

Scrappy Trips blocks
Strippy Quilt

There are a lot of projects started, now I just need to finish some! LOL

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

Hugs, Beth