Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Stash Report Week # 23

I’m happy to report no new purchases this week, and that I actually got some piecing done.

I completely ignored the handquilting I should be doing to do a bit of piecing. A Kansas Spirit block was due to the LQS, so I got it done timely and then came home and made two more. So there’s one left to make.

I quilted Cherry Frolic, so used the backing and binding fabric I purchased last week, and I finally finished cutting the border for my Pink & Brown quilt. I also prepared the binding for the quilt so I move the ‘scraps’ into my stash and out of the project box.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 156.0 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 3.995 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 49.577 yards

Net Stash: +106.423 yards

Cherry Frolic Completed

This morning before work I finished sewing the binding down on Cherry Frolic. I would say that 99% of the time, I machine sew my binding, but always have to go back and catch some that I missed. It’s gotten better, but today I can say I didn’t have to restitch any of it, and I caught all the corners.

I have to give thanks to Judy over at Patchwork Times. She was lamenting her large pile of quilts which needed binding and her readers talked her into machine stitching them. Here’s the link to her binding posts. I followed her hints and the binding on my quilt turned out the best yet.

What’s on My Design Wall?

Today it’s “Cherry Frolic”.

My design wall is only 48 x 60, so only one quilt at a time can be up on the wall at a time. Ladder to the Stars came down Saturday night so I could throw together ‘Cherry Frolic’. This quilt is from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy and is called Fall Frolic in the book. Since I’m using the Oh-Cherry-Oh fabric line, mine is called Cherry Frolic.

Yesterday I got the blocks sewn into rows, so this evening I’ll work on getting the rows sewn into a top. Then Ladder to the Stars will go back up. I worked on the sashings a bit, and think I have them figured out, but didn’t get as far as testing my theory.

To see what’s on other quilters’ design walls check out Judy’s blog

June’s Goals

On the QIAD Forum, there is a thread to list your monthly goals. By the time I posted them yesterday, my June goals had already changed. But here they are:

#1 on the list is still my nephew’s quilt, I’ve got 6 1/2 blocks left to hand quilt and then I’ll machine quilt the border. I don’t know if I’ll get it done by the end of the month or not.

#2 – a new project. I came home from the quilt shop with fabric for a quilt from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts (Fall Frolic). I’m making the quilt smaller 5 x 6 blocks and I’ve used a charm pack and jelly roll. The blocks are made. I’d like to have this quilted and bound by next Friday. We’ll see.

#3 – Various blocks. I need to make a birthday swap block done, a Kansas Spirit block, and I’d like to make some of the star blocks to go with my birthday blocks.

#4 – Sashing for Ladder to the Stars.

#5 – I’ve got to write two sets of setting instructions for the Kansas Spirit quilt — or at least get them far enough along we’ve got a good handle on yardage requirements.

#6 – Simply because I’m looking for some handwork to take to Music in the Park, Theater in the Park and on our trip at the end of the month, I’ll work on my red work snowmen. I get done what I get done.

Wow. I’m exhausted just thinking about this. We’ll see how far I get.

Stash Report Week #22

I suppose waiting until nearly 10 PM does not make my stash report any better. My LQS had a sale on pre-cuts last week. I stopped by on Saturday to specifically to pick up my copy of Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler which I had ordered, but also picked up a jelly roll and charm pack. And backing and binding fabric. The fabric is Oh-Cherry-Oh by Me & My Sister for Moda.
I’m making a smaller version (40″ x 48″) of Fall Frolic from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. I finished all the blocks yesterday and just need to sew them into a top now.

In addition to the fabric I purchased, a friend gave me a pretty purple FQ and I won a door prize – a charm pack of Symphony and a pattern.

So, without further ado:

Fabric Added this Week: 7.25 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 156.0 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 2.75 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 45.62 yards

Net Stash: +110.378 yards

Halfway There



With these two blocks, I’m halfway through the handquilting on my nephew’s quilt. I still don’t know if I’ll get it finished by the end of the month or not.

What’s On My Design Wall?

Judy over at Patchwork Times asked “What’s On Your Design Wall?”

This week it’s the blocks to my Ladder to the Stars. They’ve been made since early May, waiting for the paper pieced sashings. Paper piecing is not high on my list of fun things to do. When I designed this quilt using 12″ blocks, I had the size of the fabric for the gold points worked out to “a science”. I haven’t got that “science” figured out yet, so I’ve put off the sashings.

So, my goal this week is to figure out the paper piecing so I don’t have to think and get a few more sashings done. I am not going to attempt to get all of them done (80 total are needed) as I need continue working on the hand quilting on my nephew’s quilt and make this month’s Kansas Spirit block.

Stash Report Week # 21

This was not a good week for Stash Busting. My Birthday FQs arrived and then I took a road trip.

When I was home this week I spent time hand quilting quilting, but I did decide I had to do a bit of piecing and made one 12″ block.

Fabric Added this Week: 16.25 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 148.75 yards

Fabric Used this Week: .25 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 42.872 yards

Net Stash: +105.878 yards

Road Trip!


Thursday night my DH took me to one of my favorite pizza places for my birthday. On the way home we decided to look for a wireless router since our router is just about dead and a small TV for DH’s office. We knew exactly what model TV we were looking for — it has both a count down timer and an alarm clock — we just hadn’t gotten around to purchasing it yet. What we didn’t realize was that all of the local Wal-Marts had redone their electronics sections and no longer carried the TV in question.

Seven Wal-Marts later DH gets on line to see if he can find it. He’s not positive, but there may be one in Omaha, NE, Indianola, IA or Miami, OK. Even though Miami, OK is closer by 40 miles, I’m rooting for Omaha or Indianola, IA.

Friday morning I call my friend S and tell her I’m going on a road trip. I don’t know where to, and knowing that will determine if we leave after work/dinner or in the morning. She’s game.

Mid-morning I get the word that we are going to Oklahoma. But since it’s only a 3 hour drive if we leave after dinner we’ll have all day to shop hop home. So that was the decision. I picked up S for Friday night dinner with the girls. We ate and then headed south. We checked into the hotel, then picked up the TV before crashing for the night.

Saturday morning we got up and made our way back to Kansas City leisurely, stopping in quilt shops in Joplin, Carthage and Nevada. There were 4 more more or less on the way home that were participating in an ‘official’ shop hop, but by the time we got to Nevada we were wore out and more importantly out of money.

I fell in love with a quilt hanging in a shop. Normally I’m not big on having the identical fabrics someone else has in a quilt, but I couldn’t identify what exactly it was about the quilt which made me like it. I’ll be making ‘The Night Before Christmas’ which is the pattern in the bottom right corner of the book pic using the blue and white fabrics in the fabric pic.

We had a good time, but this trip did nothing to help me reduce my stash.

Squishies in the Mail

I belong to several on-line quilting groups and participate in a couple of birthday swaps. As a result May is a month of Squishies. For the past 4 or 5 years I’ve participated in a centralized FQ swap. The hostess gathers the FQs from all of the participants at the beginning of the year sorts them back out and then the week of your birthday you get a package of FQ in the mail. The FQs I received this year are pictured above.

The second swap I participated in this year was a decentralized block swap. We were divided into several groups so the # of blocks wouldn’t be overwhelming and we make a block for the group members and send it to them for their birthday. We were allowed to specify colors and blocks if we desired. I picked the Pennsylvania block in blue and white. I plan to alternate these blocks with blue and yellow star blocks. Maybe by next year I’ll have a birthday quilt.