HtbaS 311 – Quilting for Good, Magazine Fame, Books, and Cats

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast I talk about the current state of cats at my house (all good), some upcoming home improvement work, the outrageous cost of some school items, and of course, quilting.  I’ve been working on donation quilts for the upcoming Community Service meeting for my quilt guild, and currently have a pile-up of tops to be quilted!

  • Go enter the giveaway for the precut bundle of charm packs and a jelly roll from The Precut Store over at episode 224 of The Stitch TV Show!
  • Check out my modern quilt (and pattern) in the latest issue of Modern Patchwork, “Islands in the Stream”. That song is probably the loudest (and only) singalong that Lynn and I had on the road to QuiltCon.

Today’s podcat was Jett! He is recovering from his dental surgery nicely.

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow. Please consider rating the podcast 5 stars on iTunes.

WIP Wednesday – More Like an Early Finish Friday

It’s a mixed bag for WIP Wednesday; some finishes and some in-progress shots!

First up, a quilt that I finished a few weeks ago, which will be donated through my guild to the Dept of Family Child Services.

This one is made from the leftover bits of Sparkling Gems, the quilt that keeps on giving.  The quilt I made from previous leftover bits of that quilt was called Morse Code. Sadly, all the bits are now used up, except for one lone weirdly sized pinwheel that I went Full Elsa on and let it go into the scrap bin for stuffing into animal beds!

I’ve also been brushing up my free motion quilting with this fun texture in prep for an upcoming blog hop with Christa Watson that starts tomorrow. The full results will get posted over on The Stitch TV Show blog, but here’s the sneak peek for you:

 

The Stitch TV Show 223 Audio: FMQ and Precut Pricing

Join us for a detailed discussion of free motion quilting, and some of the perils to watch out for (including my gaffe 27 minutes in about platinum needles; that’s not a thing! I totally meant titanium!). I also geek out on some math when it comes to doing cost/benefit analysis of precut fabrics. Like reading The Martian, just let the math wash over you.

Don’t forget to visit the website for The Stitch TV Show to enter the giveaway for 3 charm packs and a jelly roll, courtesy of The Precut Store!

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is August 11, 2017 at 7 pm US Eastern.

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!  I’ll be back next week for the usual solo geeky fare.

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

WIP Whoopsday: Ugh

You know how everything seems to happen at once? All the time? I suppose that’s just called life. Right now my son and husband are concurrently sick with a cold, although my son is handling it better. I am on day 3 or 5 of a migraine, depending on how you look at it and whether you count the day it took off on Tuesday. But on the other hand, my daughter totally put her own hair up in a ponytail by herself this morning and that feels like something.  Yes, she’s 11, but she has my crazy curly thick hair and has never yet fiddled with it on her own, so hooray!

I’ve been stalled a bit on sewing this week due to aforementioned headache and also taking care of Stitch business rather than sewing, so here is my in-progress neglected sewing machine with the two donation quilts I’m leadering-and-endering. Not pictured: cats who randomly sit on it and squash down the piles.

Sunday Stash – Mindless Stitching

My focus the next couple of weeks has been on some new quilt design without actually stitching them, so my actual stitching has been focused on wrapping up some charitable quilts.  As I sit typing, under my needle are two donation quilts that I am leader- and ender-ing to assemble as tops.  I’ve got another quilt under the quilting needle for donation, and fourth top ready to be sandwiched. And just to keep the trend going, I made two pillowcases to donate. Once all of these quilts are done, I’ll probably do one big blog post with pics of all of them.

It’s a lot of sewing, but a nice spell of mindless stitching after doing quilt math for several days! My particular problem today has been dealing with a headache and some related symptoms, and hoping it goes away overnight.

  • Used this past week: 6.75 yard
    • 2 yd for 2 pillowcases
    • 4.75 yd for Sparkling Pinwheels
  • Total Used Year to Date: 194.5 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 45.75 yards (24% of total used)

HtbaS Quilting Podcast – Episode 310

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, both in and outside of the quilting world! In this quilting podcast episode I talk through having a down week this week, why my personal tagline is “hilarious at funerals”, making progress on donation quilts, more exciting news for The Stitch TV Show, and review a number of books.

  • Go enter the giveaway for the Paloma fabric bundle from Ink & Arrow Fabrics!
  • Check out my newest quilt pattern, the Emilio quilt!

Sunday Stash – Cat-atonic

It was the final week of summer break for my kids (I know, it feels early to us, too), but I managed to chip away at quilting the full-sized Meow or Never quilt I showed in last week’s Sunday Stash report.  Despite another busy weekend, I managed to get the binding on it tonight!

Next up I have to sandwich and quilt two more quilts to be donated for our guild’s Community Services efforts, and piece a third top.  It’s been laid out and is ready for piecing, so those should go fairly quickly since they aren’t behemoths like the one I just finished!

After all the donation quilts, I’m due to make another sample of Belinda, so hopefully I can get those all knocked out in the next couple of weeks!

  • Used this past week: 13 yard
    • 13 yd for Meow or Never quilt
  • Total Used Year to Date: 187.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 39 yards (21% of total used)

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 223 Audio Only

We are back in Saluki Studios for episode 223 of The Stitch TV Show; join us for quilting chat about the role of value in fabric selection and hear what the judges said about our entries in our recent guild quilt show.

The quilt hanging behind us is the Emilio quilt, our newest pattern! Learn more about the Emilio quilt (including more alternate fabric choices) or check out the digital quilt pattern.

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is August 18, 2017 at 7 pm US Eastern.

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!  I’ll be back next week for the usual solo geeky fare.

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

Smunday Stash – Just the Fiddly Bits

This week was more prep work to finish things than actually finishing things.  What I did finish was so small that it’s barely a blip in the spreadsheet.

I made this travel accessory assortment for the raffle at the annual Good Mews Animal Foundation “Pins for Purrs” bowling fundraiser.  It has an Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead, a Kismet Trinket Box from Sew Sweetness, a tissue holder with extra pouch for hand sanitizer, and a privacy luggage tag.

While I did a lot more sewing, the big thing was finally basting this full size quilt on my kitchen floor. I basted 80% of it, and then had to skootch it over to baste the rest since it was too wide for the space available. Since I’ve finished most of the immediate piecing work to be done on other projects, this is next up under the needle this week.

  • Used this past week: 1 yard
    • 0.5 yd for Good Mews donation
    • 0.5 yd for placemat
  • Total Used Year to Date: 174.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 26 yards (15% of total used)

HtbaS Quilting Podcast – Episode 309

It’s time once more for the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast! In this episode, I talk about using buffalo bits for scrap quilting, how I handle instructions (both writing and following) for large number of pieces, feedback, and some book reviews

Books reviewed:

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.