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Stash Report Week # 38

I love my friends. I love that they want to give me their scraps and cast off fabric. It enriches my stash both in size and by adding sparkle to my own scraps since our tastes are not the same.

However, I simply can’t sew fast enough to keep up!

In the picture above, there is approximately 40 yards. I say approximately, because I weighed the scraps and figured 4 yards = 1 pound, more or less.

On the other hand, I cut the cornerstones for my DWR, pulled and cut pieces for my Monterry Medallion and Milky Way quilt, and made two Jacob Ladder blocks to send off for a charity quilt. It just doesn’t add up to make a dent.

Fabric Added this Week: 40.125 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 280.708 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 1.81 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 72.504 yards

Net Stash: +208.204 yards (161.708 was gifted)

Check out Judy’s page to see how others are doing in the endeavor.

What’s On My Design Wall? – 9/14

Is anyone surprised?

It’s another row to my Double Wedding Ring. Saturday I finally got last week’s row sewn together and onto the quilt. I pieced these Sunday.

See what other quilter’s have on their design walls following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report Week # 37

I’m still bringing in fabric from the pile my friend gave me. Last week it was 11.5 yards. I tell you it adds up fast.

On the other hand, I cut most of the remaining pieces for my DWR. I also made the weekly SBS block and the last of the SBS swap blocks. I used the top piece of fabric in those. It was just perfect.

Fabric Added this Week: 11.5 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 226.25 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 2.708 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 70.694 yards

Net Stash: +155.556 yards

Check out how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

Some Day Quilts

I have a list of quilts that I want to make. This is different than the pile of kits I have — obviously I want to make those, not only did I buy the pattern, but I have the fabric. I’m talking about my “some day” quilts — those quilts when the time is right that I plan to make.

At one point I had a log cabin in the works, but when the power went out the day I was working on it, I got distracted and didn’t get back to it. I’m afraid it got wet in a flood and tossed. Maybe I can retrieve the one my mom started when my brother got bunk beds. His son is the same age as he was when Mom started the quilts (and my nephew has the same set of bunk beds).

Earlier this year I tried to make an Irish Chain. That is to say I had fabric that I wanted to use, and I thought it would work in an Irish Chain quilt. I made a sample block, but it simply wasn’t speaking to me. So that fabric ended up in a different quilt and I still haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt.

Trip Around the World – back in high school, and before I understood copyright, I photocopied the pattern for Trip Around the World from one of my magazines. Who knows what happened to the magazine, or instructions, but I still have the picture (in black and white) and templates I drew on graph paper. I’ve even have a drawing of what colors are supposed to go where.

My top five “some day” rounds out with the Double Wedding Ring and Lone Star. With the exception of the Double Wedding Ring and some would argue the Lone Star, these are simple to piece quilts. Ironically, it’s the Double Wedding Ring and Lone Star that I have in progress.

I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten these quilts made, but “some day” will come and I’ll get them done.

What quilts are on your “some day” list?

September 2009 Quilting Goals

Since it appears that listing my quilting goals here and on a large printout by my computer helped, I’m doing it again.

* Complete remaining 2 sets of blocks for the SBS Brown/Blue Swap

G10 – Arizona

L6 – Steps to the Altar

* Keep up with the SBS BOW

* Work on Josh’s Quilt – needs to be off the frame by 10/15

* Work on DWR – top needs to be done by 10/15

* Complete Finishing Instructions for both sizes of Kansas Spirit BOM

* Quilt a baby quilt

* Keep Scraps Cut Up

This is a relatively modest list this month. But I’m itching to start something new and I have several kits so that might happen as well. On the other hand I realized today that I have more quilt tops waiting to be quilted than I do quilts in various stages of progress, so maybe I can talk myself into quilting 2 quilts instead of starting something new.

Review of August 2009 Quilting Goals

Here it is the end of the month. I must say I’m pleased with what I accomplished. I don’t know if I set more realistic goals than I’ve done in the past or simply stayed focused for the most part. Perhaps it was a bit of both.

* At least 2 sets of blocks for the SBS Brown/Blue Swap

The 3rd set was completed 8/9

* Keep up with the SBS BOW

5 blocks turned in for August

* Finish star blocks to go with birthday swap blocks

not only finished the blocks, completed the quilt top 8/22

* Work on Josh’s quilt

completed hand quilting block #10 and started block # 11

* Make up mind about applique on table runner

decided against applique, repaired quilt, made and attached label 8/27

* Work on DWR – top needs to be done by mid-October

attached row of 5 rings, repaired previous work and made more rings

* Make rest of Birthday Swap Blocks

completed them on 8/12 and addressed envelopes for mailing

* Keep scraps cut up

no new scraps added to scrap bucket

* Quilt a baby quilt to get a finish!

This is the one thing I did not get done.

In addition to the above, I finished another baby quilt top (blocks already made) and I completed the shop sample for the Kansas Spirit BOM for my LQS.

What’s On My Design Wall? – 8/31

It’s another row of partially completed rings for my Double Wedding Ring quilt. Last week I added the row of 5 rings and fixed those spots where the seam was too narrow. I discovered one spot that I completely missed the background!

Before I can go any further, I need to cut more pieces, but first I’ll do this week’s SBS BOW.

Check out other design wall by visiting Patchwork Times.

A Solution I Can Live With

In the last 24 hours or so, numerous individuals have commented on my DWR delemma. Not only did I blog about it here, I posted the question to a couple of my e-mail groups and the QIAD forum.

First, I thank you for the compliments and comments on the quilt top. I still have a ways to go, but I’m confident this UFO will grow up to become a loved quilt.

Overwhelmingly the majority said to leave it alone. The few who said ‘fix it’ did so with the qualification that I had to do what I thought best and could live with. Someone recommended watching Sharon Schamber’s Beginning Quilter: Magical Basting which I did. Very interesting and when I get to the top done, I will review this video again.

Since I am torn between seeing my progress as a quilter and knowing I tend to lean toward the perfectionist side. I still needed to do something.

I flipped the quilt top over.

Look at that seam. The muslin caught maybe an eighth of an inch. Since I plan to USE this quilt and wash it, I sure don’t want the seams to pull out. I’ve tried to get away with tiny seams before and I had to still need to repair them after the quilt was washed a couple of times.

As it turns out some of the worst places have these weird seams. My solution is to fix the seams so they have a better chance of not ripping out. I’ve fixed two and there are a couple of more, including the one pictured above.

I think this is a solution I can live with.

Decisions, Decisions

I’ve just added 5 rings to the right hand side of the Double Wedding Ring. I still need to sew the 4-patches, but I thought I’d lay it out to see how it looks.

Awesome! if I do say so myself.

However, everyone is their own worse critic.

The last time I had this quilt out and did any significant work on it (2 or 3 years ago), I saw all my flaws – puckers and lumps and all of those other things which you hope no one sees. I decided at the time, if I went back and fix them, I’d end up taking the entire top apart.

I’d like to quilt to lay somewhat flat, so, I’m leaning toward adding the rings log cabin style. I added these 5 rings to the right, so I’ll add 6 rings to the top, 6 rings the left side, 7 rings to the bottom and then 7 rings to the right side making the top 7 x 8 rings.

But as I look at the quilt, the 3rd ring from the left on the 2nd row has got way more ‘poof’ than I’m going to be able to hide with quilting. There’s also a melon or two which need significant help.

So what to do?

Should I decide which two or three spots simply have to be fixed and limit myself to them, or leave well enough alone as a testament to how my skills have improved?

What’s On My Design Wall? – 8/24

For those of you expecting the Blue and Yellow Stars, I’m happy to report I finished that top last week.

I am now on to my oldest UFO, the anniversary Double Wedding Ring. The saga thus far is told in this post.

Saturday night I ripped apart the arcs which had not already been sewn to the melons. Sunday I carefully trimmed the pieces with my new templates. By dinner I had reconstructed 4 arcs, sewn them to the melons and attached the melons to the background. I already had 4 rings sewn together in the box, so I added my new ring to the row.

I’ve got to cut more pieces. Before I can do anymore.

Over the next few weeks, this will be my main project, with a few SBS BOW and swap blocks thrown in. I have 26 more rings to piece before I can call this quilt a top.

To see what others have on their design wall, check out Judy’s blog at Patchwork Times.