Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

June Recap / July and 3rd Quarter Goals

I may not have sat at the sewing machine much in June, but I made the most of the time I had at the machine.

The smaller of the three Disappearing 9-Patches became a top:


About 1/3 of the second DP9 blocks are made and 22 of the Sew Scrappy Blocks are done:


3 Star-A-Day Blocks were made:


That’s 165 blocks for the Prairie Moon Quilts 350 Block Project.

There is nothing to report on for the UFO Parade, but others had finishes in June.

So what’s on the agenda for July and the 3rd Quarter?  Well, more than I realistically can get done even if we weren’t still working in the backyard, aka “The Jungle”.

On deck are the following.

  • Finish the red DP9. What’s not on the design wall is sitting here next to the sewing machine.
  • The Green DP9 is currently my travel project — not that I have lots of plans for traveling.greendp9
  • Finish the Sew Scrappy top. All that is left is the rest of these blocks. I need 38 more, then I can start assembling the quilt top.
  • sewcrappy2I would like to get Diamond Links finished.  The last couple of rows and the borders need quilting.DiamondLinks
  • Finally, in July I’d like to get more stars made for the Star-A-Day quilt.

The rest of the 3rd Quarter goals for the 2015 Finish-A-Long include new projects (shh! I’m supposed to be working on my UFOs.)

newprojects Squedge Ruler project, “August A”, the Hardware quilt and a Triangle Frenzy table runner.

UFOs are on my list. These tops need borders, more blocks, or setting together (the orange and purple is Orca Bay and it was finished in May!)


Candy Sunflower Seeds, Star-A-Day , String HST, Sister Swap Blocks, Alphabet BOM

And last, but not least there are quilts that are partially quilted.


Cream & Green swap, Whitework, Hancock Star BOM, a quilted sweatshirt & the Compass Lone Star

Along the way I’ll be working on the new Bonnie Hunter Leader/Ender Challenge – Tumblers.  I’ve already started by cutting a tumblers from my 2-1/2″ shirt strips that were previously designated at “Rectangle Wrangler” so this does not add to my UFO count.


Well, I’m off to stitch a few DP9 blocks to say I’ve sat at my sewing machine today.

What’s On My Design Wall


Maybe it’s because I had two big finishes in May followed by a 3 day retreat. Or the work that we’ve been doing in the yard. But for whatever reason, I’ve not been sitting at the sewing machine.

My actual design wall has not changed in 3 weeks — unless you count 3 blocks falling off the wall (one more than last week). But I did get one of my Star-A-Day stars stitched last week (it still needs pressing). This one is # 114.

Check out the links over at Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.


Stash Report

No change on the fabric front.  I did a bit of hand stitching — have a new star to show for it — and briefly sat in front of the sewing machine to work on the 2nd DP9.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 181.805 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 48.173 yards

INCREASE in Stash to Date:  133.632 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

What’s on My Design Wall



Don’t look now, but Star-A-Day # 112 & #113 have been completed.  For those keeping score at home, I will not have the top done by August 31st/Sept 10th. I would have to make 3 1/2 stars a day and I don’t see that happening. But, I might get it in gear and get a few more stars done this month.

As for my design wall, nothing has changed — except 2 DP9 blocks have fallen off the wall.  I have the next set of 13 9-patches stitched into rows, but have not managed to sew them into blocks yet. Perhaps this week.

Hop over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.

Stash Report

Again, I’m not sure what I’ve been doing, but it hasn’t been quilting – unless you count finishing a new star for my Star-Every-Once-In-A-While quilt. Actually yesterday I went to the Inaugural Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival with my sister and last night I attended Jazz in the Woods with my husband.

The show had a great quilts, great special exhibits and great vendors. I started to say that I spent nothing — I didn’t come home with any fabrics — but I did spend more money that I intended to.

I love my Martelli Ergo Rotary Cutters — so much that when I eventually break them by dropping them one too many times or simply wear them out, I throw them in the bottom drawer to cannibalize them for parts.   I’ve managed to accumulate 4 of them and the last one I’ve been fighting to the point that I’ve been using my 2nd favorite cutter and put my 3rd favorite in the travel bag.

Well, one of the first stops we made was the Martelli booth.  They told me to bring them in and they’ll figure out what I’m doing wrong, fix them if possible or simply allow me to swap them out for half price.  My husband called me to see when I was coming home and I told him about the swap. Great guy that he is, he offered to get the cutters and bring them too me!  He found all of them.

We looked them all over. I had 3 different versions of cutters – the original which couldn’t be taken apart for cleaning, 2 of the next version and one of the latest models (all work the same, they simply tweaked the design a bit). The newest one it turns out I’ve been tightening the bolt too much, creating a groove in it causing it to seize up. They GAVE me a new bolt and now the cutter works just fine.

Of the other three, I traded in the one that couldn’t be cleaned and the one that I had broken off the hook where the spring attaches.  I left the show with 4 cutters – but gave one to my sister to try out. That still leaves me with one for home, one for my travel bag and a spare. The spare may get traded in some day as it’s not in the best condition, but will work in a pinch here at home.


Oh, but this was supposed to be a stash report before I got sidetracked. I won a couple of mini charm packs — that the only new fabric and as I implied in the beginning no countable fabric used.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0.365 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 181.805 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 48.173 yards

INCREASE in Stash to Date:  133.632 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.


Squishie in the Mail


I follow Aunt Marti over at 52Quilts.com and I participate in the monthly UFO Parade — some months.  Each month there is a drawing from the participating quilters and this month my name was drawn!

This is a wonderful prize pack — a pattern and the mini charm packs to make the little quilt, as well as a 2″ ruler.

Thank you Aunt Marti.

What’s On My Design Wall


This past week I worked on two projects. The blocks at the top are for Sew Scrappy using my Kansas Troubles fabrics. There are another 20 of the blocks like the one at the bottom of the design wall which need the sashing and cornerstone added, then it will be time to make those 25-patches and get them sashed.

But Saturday evening I decided I needed something a bit more mindless to work on, so I pulled out the red Disappearing 9-patch. This is about 1/4 of the blocks, so they are not in the final order. Given the size of my design wall, I guess I’m going to have to work on this quilt in quarters. The quilt will be 11 blocks wide and I can only get 8 up on the wall.

Finally, I’ve been debating whether or not to join the 2015 Leader & Ender Challenge – Tumblers. I have a L&E project – my postage stamp quilt and I have plenty of pieces currently cut so I really don’t need a new project.  However, aren’t these so cute? Maybe if I can find a quick and accurate way to cut them – preferably without buying a template.



Hop over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.

Stash Report

This week I worked on Sew Scrappy and the red Disappearing 9-Patch, but I finished neither one of them. No time to go shopping as there was yard work (Ted cut, I hauled),


a night out at Theater in the Park – we saw The Wiz,

thewizan unexpected evening go-live, covering for a co-worker, and of course recovering from last weekends retreat, the go-live and the yard work.

Here’s the report:

Fabric Added Since Last Report 3.33 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 181.44 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 4.75 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 48.173 yards

INCREASE in Stash to Date:  133.267 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.




Sew Scrappy Progress


This evening while waiting for a call for work, I stitched a bit, finishing up the first 40 blocks for Sew Scrappy (the other 10 are on the design wall). I think I’ll go a head and add the sashing and cornerstones to these blocks before I work on the other set of blocks for this quilt.

The Garden Report


The wet cool spring has turned into a hot muggy summer — at least for a couple of days — and I suppose those definitions vary by where you live. I didn’t fill up the water reservoirs last night and although not empty, they took considerably more water to fill this morning. I went out mid-afternoon and realized that tonight I get to drag the water hose out to fill up the reservoirs again.


The salad bucket looks rough — I gave the lettuce a good trimming last night for supper. The carrots aren’t due in for a couple more weeks. But look at that foliage. The spinach just looks tired. I planted a few more seeds last night, but it may be too hot for it now.



There are at least 4 beefsteak tomatoes on their way. There could be more up higher in the plant, but I haven’t found them yet.




The cherry tomatoes are doing nicely as well. I can’t wait for the first couple of bunches to ripen.


0610-9-purpleThe Purple Cherokee has one tomato. There have been others, but they have had blossom rot. This one looks good so far.

0610-11-cucumberThe cucumber is coming along ok after the second sowing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.


0610-13-peasLots of growth in the beans & peas bucket as well. The peas are also a second sowing. Perhaps instead of these folding trellises I should have gotten tomato cages. These are supposed to be bush beans and not need a cage or trellis.


Last but not least is my corn bucket. In the back there is a single bean plant to grown up the corn-stalk. At least that’s the plan. We’ll see what happens.

Now, if I can just keep the lettuce & spinach growing until the carrots & tomatoes are ready….