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I made my first quilted item as a visual aid for a math project in 7th grade. Over the next 25 years quilting was hit or miss, but quilting took over all the other crafts I've done in 2003.

Happy Valentines Day!

DH was up bright and early this morning to go hear one of his band students perform in a Solo and Ensemble contest. When he came home he brought me these beautiful roses.

Thank you DH. I love you and the roses.

Pam

Changing My Mind

The other day on the way to the Kansas Troubles Stash Society meeting, my friends and I were discussing which projects we were planning to take to the retreat in April. On my list was my Pink & Brown quilt. The blocks have been finished since November, and I had 4 rows sewn together. But why was I delaying completing this top?

It finally hit me. I’m trying to make sure that I finish things — get the quilts bound and labeled — and use stash to offset fabric purchases. This particular quilt is going to the in the top stage for a while — may even hang out in the need borders stage — and I “can’t” count the fabric since the blocks were already made prior to the first of the year.

So, I changed my mind after I got home on Monday. I needed some mindless piecing and putting these blocks into a top filled the bill. Obviously it’s off my list for April, but there are several more where this came from.

Now all I need to do is figure out the borders.


The brown fabric in the chain was a challenge fabric. My friend, S, said it was ugly and I disagreed, so I had to figure out a way to make it work in a quilt. It’s a vintage piece — only 36″ wide and came from her MIL’s estate. Back in the fall I figured out I have enough left to do a narrow border, but I also want a wider outerborder – I simply haven’t figure out what yet. Maybe scrappy from the rest of the fabric?

I’ll keep it hanging for a while to see if inspiration strikes.

Pam

Computers!

This morning I sat down to add a couple of labels to an older post. Somehow that post got deleted. Decided I needed to be a little more awake before I attempted to do anything else.

Then this afternoon my work computer got slower and slower — I wrote it off to all the open applications and decided I deal with it later after I went to the KT Stash Society meeting. Well, it’s not playing much better now, so I’ll be up early calling the helpdesk in the morning. Urgh!

On a quilting note, I have completed ALL of Part 1 of the Old Tobacco Road mystery. In fact the missing post is from when I thought I had completed it. Last night I discovered I was missing the 8 half 4-patches. I’m happy to report they are now completed and everything from step 1 is pressed and pinned together in groups of 10.

I mentioned going to a KT Stash Society meeting. I don’t have much in the way of a stash of Kansas Troubles Fabrics, other than 3 or 4 kits. I really like the Wildflower Serenade and Wildflower Serenade II. In fact, last November when I got to see samples of the WSII, I wrote down the 3 fabrics I wanted to use to make a 4-Patch Stacked Posies quilt. Not even thinking about it, I managed to get to the shop with the information, so yes fabric came home with me for a new quilt, a binder cover, a jelly roll just because and a FQ 10 3/4 yards total. I best get to sewing.

Well, back to muttering about the computer.

Pam

Week # 6 Stash Report

No new fabric into the house this week, and not much that hadn’t already been counted. We misplaced the Kansas Troubles Blocks and I had to make a replacement block, so I’m only count 1/8 yard this week used.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 21.5 yards

Fabric Used this Week: .125 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 13.125 yards

Net Stash: +8.375 yards

Strip Twist Center Finished

Last night I sewed the last few seams on the center of my black and white Strip Twist. Now I’ve got to figure out what to do for a border.

To Read or Quilt?


I love to read. I love to quilt. So frequently I find myself listening to books on CDs. However, occassionally, I have to step away from the sewing machine and actually read a printed book. Earlier this week I read The Lover’s Knot A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O’Donohue. A little romance, a little mystery and a little quilting. Can’t beat that.

When I wasn’t reading or watching Leverage I got a bit of pieceing done. I’ve completed my 20 black & white Strip Twist blocks. This evening I sewed them into rows and even have two rows sewn together.

Tomorrow night I’m going to a school concert, so I hope I’ll get this top completed this weekend — or at least get the rows sewn together. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do for a border yet. Time will tell.

Pam

One Down and 19 to Go


And I’m not talking football yardage. All my quarter sections are sewn and pressed, so now I need to get them into blocks.

Need More Light?

Recently the LQS and quilting cataglogs started carrying a stick on light for sewing machines. Some of my friends have it, but to me it costs more than I’m willing to spend at this time.

Today, while DH and I were out running errands, I found an inexpensive alternative. It is a Coast Tackle Box Light. At the time, I wasn’t positive that I would be able to use it on my sewing machine, but was confident, I could use it for something, and it was only $5.

Well, I must say, it does put a little light on the subject.

I’ve clipped it to the ‘hood’ of my sewing machine. It’s too heavy to for the hood to stay up, so when I’m using cone thread, I’ll have to figure something else out. But for $5, what a deal.

Now, back to the black & white Strip Twist.

Pam

Stash Report Week #5

This week I finished the Heart Appliqué wall hanging, using 1 1/4 yards from my stash. I also cut the strips for Strip Twist and if my math is correct, that’s another 5 yards for 20 blocks. So, 6 1/4 used this week.

On the other hand, I picked up the background fabric – twice – to go with the Fairy Frost I bought two weeks ago, along with the inner border and binding. I currently think I want to use FF Denim and it’s not in the current sample book at my LQS. Three yards of the brown fabric I bought with nothing in mind brings my weekly purchase to 9 1/2 yards.

Fabric Added this Week: 9 1/2 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 21 1/2 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 6 1/2 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 13 yards

Net Stash: +8 1/2 yards

Frogging and Other Wanderings

Argh! – I’ve just sewn 14 pairs of light and dark strips together with my needle moved the wrong way.

Earlier this evening I decided that instead of 12 blocks for the Strip Twist quilt, I wanted to make 20 blocks. So, I dug my fabrics out again and cut more strips. About half way though the pile, I realized that my needle looked funny. Yep, I moved it over one notch, but forgot to mirror image the move so instead of a ‘scant’ quarter inch I’ve a ‘plump’ quarter inch. So, I’ve got frogging to do (rip it, rip it).

I’m also questioning one of my fabrics. It was not in my original selection because it tends to look light against dark fabrics and dark against the lights. But since I needed more strips, I declared it ‘light’, but I’ve almost sewn it to the light fabric twice. It’s the button fabric in the pic.

Here in the photo it definately looks light, so I guess I’ll keep it, but make certain it between two darks and not on the outside.

As for the wandering portion of this post, I went to a new to me quilt shop — Fran’s Fabrics in Bonner Springs, Kansas. A group of six of us went, and I almost made it out of the shop without any impulse buys, but I made another pass while my friends were getting their fabric cut and I found this brown fabric.

It is In My Own Backyard … Autumn…by Becky Eme for Fabri-Quilt. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. It reminds me of the ‘perfect’ brown fabric I used to have and used in the border of Which Way Is Up. I started with a FQ to make reindeer (which still haven’t been done), the decided it was the perfect border, bought what I needed, and a girlfriend bought the rest of the bolt. She no longer has what was left, because it was the ‘perfect brown’ for something else I was doing.

Which Way Is Up?

Well, off to frog.

Pam