Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

61 Stars

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Two months down and 10 to go. I finished the 61st star as the Royals scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning, then I went on to make star # 62, the first one for November and the last of the prepped stars.

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I’ve been digging in my 1-1/2″ strip box for fabrics for my star points and have found these. They still need to be matched up with a background fabric.

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Butterscotch is holding down the rest of the 1-1/2″ strips that I pulled from the box and that need a mate.

Tonight during Game 7, I think I’ll stitch on the DWR. I need want to get the next three rings stitched down by the end of the month. That will leave me with 11 rings and a label to get done by mid-November so I can then get it washed and on the bed by our 29th anniversary on the 29th. Totally do-able. Of course at one time I thought I’d have the quilt finished for our 5th 10th 15th 20th 25th anniversary as well, so who knows.

What’s On My Design Wall

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More stars!

For those of you keeping count, my start date on the stars is September 1st.  That means as of last night I should have 57 stars completed at one Star-A-Day.  As you can see, there are a few extra up on the wall.  The extra stars are because 1 – I prepped a month’s worth of stars in advance and 2 – there was a lot of sitting and waiting going on last week.  One more star (and I just need 3 background pieces attached) and I’ll have all of October’s stars done.

There are a few more rings stitched on the binding, but I’m not sure how many. Maybe later today I’ll have some time to figure that out.

See what others have on their design walls by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

 

Stash Report

It’s been a long week. Extra stars were made. Binding was stitched down on a couple of rings of the DWR. The boxes of magazines were removed from my house (I still have the batting scraps and fabric “confetti”). But there is no change in my stash report.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 197.074 yards (92.45 is recycled)

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.275 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -97.799 yards

Linking to Patchwork Times

What’s On My Design Wall

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At first glance it doesn’t look like anything on my design wall has changed.  But there are more stars on the wall.  I’ve been keeping up with them.  Now that the scraps and magazines are gone through, it’s on to cleaning up the sewing room. I’ve taken 2 steps already.

Yesterday afternoon I  helped a friend baste her king size quilt. We decided the backing really needed pressing, so I had to clear the ironing board off. Some of the stuff ended up on the cutting table, the scraps I had been digging through ended up in a scrap bin, but the large stuff got put away appropriately. The 2nd thing I did was put away the piles of fabric I had pulled out for the Grand Illusion Mystery. I haven’t given up on doing the mystery, I simply need to clear the decks to get a few other things done first.

Linking up to Patchwork Times.  Be sure to go over and see what others are working on.

Stash Report

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Last week this was the pile of “scraps” and quilting magazines I needed to go through. I’m happy to report as of last night I completed both tasks.

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These are the magazines I’m not keeping, passing them along to my sister to go through. Yes, there are more in the boxes now than when I started. The last thing I did was go through mine, including those that hadn’t made onto the shelf since there wasn’t any room.

I now have space.

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As for the “scraps”, after it was all said and done I ended up with a bin full of usable scraps and about 1/2 a popcorn tin of crumbs (the tin was 1/2 full to begin with). Although I do wonder why I collect crumbs. In the end I usually give them away.

SCRAPS

In addition to the scraps, there was a bunch of Christmas fabric with fusible. There’s probably enough to decorate 2 or 3 sweatshirts.

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As far as yardage goes…I weighed the scraps — 7.8 pounds.  Doesn’t that work out to about 31 yards at 4 pounds a yard? I’m going to add it to the recycled column of my spreadsheet. It will still get counted in my total, but not as purchased yardage.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 31.2 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 197.074 yards (92.45 is recycled)

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.275 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -97.799 yards

I really need to finish something. I’m going backwards….

Linking to Patchwork Times.

Ooh — I just realized I haven’t counted (or sorted through) the milk crate of scraps I bought at the estate sale a few weeks ago.  Maybe next week.

Butterscotch & Gracie

butterscotchgracieA few weeks ago Ted & I adopted two cats. Butterscotch & Gracie.  The picture above is one taken by their previous owners/staff. We were told they were BFFs. Until recently, their favorite place has been under the bed.

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Gracie has also been found under the kitchen sink (now cat-proofed!) and in the fireplace.

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Butterscotch has started venturing out. Here she is hanging out on the back of the chair.

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She is also learning about being a quilt inspector…

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and fabric selection.

 

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Gracie did hang out with Ted, briefly, last night.

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I hope one of these days I see both cats at the same time.

 

Craigslist Projects

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No, that’s not a pile of trash in my sewing room.

Last week my husband clicked on the Free category in Craigslist and found a listing for “fabric scraps” – specifically quilting fabric scraps. Wonderful guy that he is, he brought it to my attention and I called.  Six bags. I’ve gone through part of the open bag and sorted it into “scraps”, “crumbs” and “too small for me”. I think this is going to take a while.

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A few days later, in the same category, he found a listing for “quilting magazines”.  It’s going to take a while to go through these too. The boxes are still in my SUV. I hope I don’t need to haul anything anytime soon. Until I clear the “scraps” there’s no room for the magazines.

As long as the Royals are in the playoffs, I’ll sort and watch the game, but on travel days, I’m going to work on the batik quilt.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

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This week I’ve rearranged the batik blocks to get the stars up on the wall. I have two more stars made which are not pictured, so I’m still on track.

Surprisingly, the Star-A-Day quilt has been taking a big chunk of my time. But hopefully I’m good to go as I’ve prepped the stars for the rest of the month.

The last week of September,  I pulled fabric for the October stars.

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I stacked it all in my star box and couldn’t lift the box with one hand. So, I decided to further refine each kit. Last night I finished kiting up the October stars.

The pieces are traced and cut out, including the setting square.  I’ll explain those tiny squares in a minute.

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They are then stacked up on the setting square.

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I fold the setting square over to contain the pieces.

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And stuff it into a business envelope which I’ve created 3 pockets by stitching through.

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I did this for all of the sets which I’ve not stitched and filled 7 envelopes  for 21 prepped stars.

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I’ve put two envelopes, a few pins, a couple of needles, thread, scissors, a pen and a glue stick into a pencil bag. It takes up much less space on my side table than the star box. The rest of the envelopes are in the star box in the sewing room.

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So, why do I need those 3 tiny squares, a glue stick and pen? I’m keeping a journal of my quilt progress.

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Now that the stars are under control (at least until the end of the month) maybe I can work on a second project — but will it be the batik quilt or one of the Craigslist projects? I’ll tell about those tomorrow.

See what others are working on by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

 

 

 

 

 

Stash Report

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I haven’t reported the last few weeks as there’s been nothing to count in or out.  I’ve been keeping up with my Star-A-Day project, but that fabric won’t be counted until the top is finished. I did finish a project last week – I made a lining for a crocheted purse.

Thursday I found out that one of the LQS is going out of business. My husband encouraged me to go. So Saturday, armed with my budget and the list of fabric that I need to finish some of my numerous UFOs, off I went. Pictured above is what I came home with.

The turquoise is for the new Bonnie Hunter Mystery — if I decide to do it.  I wasn’t able to find a yellow I really liked. My sister and I will ultimately split this piece.  The paisley on the right I bought with the the idea of using it as the border for the Alphabet BOM. I’m considering a pieced sashing between the blocks and the brown and light blue is what I purchased for that. Given I still need to make 7 more blocks and haven’t settled on a layout, who knows if this is really what it will be used for.  My sister gets a piece of the light blue as well.  In exchange, I’ll get some of the black prints she bought.

Fabric Added Since Last Report (9/7/14): 18.807 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 165.874 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0.25 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.275 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -66.599 yards

It’s a good thing I haven’t been to the thrift shops lately, although I did pick up “scraps” off of the Free Stuff in Craigslist. I’m still wading through them or I would have included them in this report.

Linking up with Patchwork Times.

Recap and Goal Setting

Sept-1

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In September I seem to have limited myself to three quilts. Batik August C, Star-A-Day and the binding on the DWR. Given the DWR and the Star-A-Day quilt are handwork I’m not surprised. Nothing like getting excited about finishing a quilt and/or starting a new quilt – although the new quilt seems to have taken priority.

So it’s October and time to set this month’s goals and the 4th quarter goals for the 2014 Finish Along.

Setting the October goals is easy. 31 Stars, at least half of the remaining binding on the DWR, September & October’s Alphabet BOM blocks and at least half the remaining Batik August C blocks.

The 4th Quarter Finish Along Goals on the other hand…

I always seem to be finishing something that I didn’t plan on finishing. This last quarter it was the Abbey Memories. So, I’m going to do a 4 part list: Realistic; Possible; Long Shots and Just Dreaming.

Realistic:

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  • Finish DWR
  • Batik August C
  • String HST

Possible:

Possible

  • Scrappy Trips
  • Christmas Row Quilt
  • Christmas Crazy 8s
  • Diamond Links
  • Thangles BOM Yellow

Longshot:

These are the quilts/knitting that I’ve said I wanted to finish this year and yet they haven’t been worked on this or have fallen by the wayside.

Longshot

  • Green & Cream Swap
  • Compass Lone Star
  • Hancock Stars BOM
  • Hardware
  • Easy As Pie
  • AMB August A
  • Christmas BOM
  • Candy Sunflower Seeds
  • Jared Takes a Wife

Dream:

These are quilts that I wanted to get the top done this year, but they don’t count for the Finish Along unless they are quilted. Stranger things have happened, so here they are.

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  •  Orca Bay
  • Sew Scrappy
  • ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas #1
  • ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas #2

Of course having outlined all this I could still pull a quilt out of the stack of tops and quilt it, get a wild idea to work on one of my other UFOs — or start something new. After all I do need to think about Kalli’s graduation quilt and what about Bonnie Hunter’s winter mystery quilt….

I’ll update the link to the Goal Setting Party next week when it opens.