WIP Wednesday – Appearance of Slacking

Nina is totally phoning it in for WIP Wednesday. These strips aren’t going to sew themselves!

I had a couple time-sensitive deadlines for holiday gifts I needed to finish up in advance of diving into finishing up part 3 for the Grand Illusion Mystery, but I can’t show them until after they are received.  Hence, a picture of a pile of strips for Grand Illusion. Other people have made more progress, and you can see them at Bonnie’s linkup.

The good news is that I have one (or three?) more small gifts to finish and then I will focus on Grand Illusion at my guild sew-in tomorrow night. Whew.  You can see even more WIPs on Lee’s blog.

Sunday Stash – Bupkis

As expected, I have a big ol’ SQUAT to report for usage this week.  I finished almost two rows of my EPP quilt, though, so I’m on row 9 of 13.  I had to go to JoAnn’s this week since fleece was on sale and there’s a Christmas present I need to make with it (doesn’t count in the stash since fleece is quilting cotton). While I was there I checked out the red tag sale, and they had a Denyse Schmidt print in the navy/teal colorway, which is totally my jam, for $3 a yard, so I bought the entire 4 yards left on the bolt. Booyah!

Of course I’m also behind on my Bonnie Hunter mystery from Friday, but I’m working on some of that tonight before bedtime.

  •  Used this Week: 0 yards
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used year to Date: 321.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yards
    • 4 yards of Denyse Schmidt.
  • Net Used for 2014: 194 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 116.25 yards (36% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

Apropos of nothing, here’s a random picture from my walk this morning, the last morning at my parents’ house.

WIP Wednesday: Handwork Edition

It’s been a while since I posted my EPP project, the Tula Pink “Diamonds in the Sky” kit.  I’ve got rows 1-7 sewn together on home, and completed row 8 units on the plane this weekend.  That got me started on the row 9 units which I’ll keep making progress on this week.

A late #WIPWednesday post, full of Tula Pink and EPP. #quilt

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on

Note: the rows are upside down in the picture. Alas!

You can see more WIPs over at Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash – A Whole Lotta Sewing

Grand Illusion step 2Not a ton of usage logged this week for finished projects, although I did sew a whole lot of stuff with the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery!  I finished my jewelry keeper and two headbands, and a pantload of these things for the mystery quilt; for this purpose, 1 pantload = 100 units. See other quilters’ progress on Bonnie’s link-up.

We also had block pick up for Saturday Sampler, so have the final block for Mum Medallion and the 7th block for the Bonnie & Camille quilt. The Mum Medallion block will get sewn into the rest of the top (which is pieced with partial seams around the big hole where this block will go), and then quilted on a long arm (ideally, since it’s a pretty quilt!).

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  •  Used this Week: 0.75 yards
    • 0.5 yd for jewelry keeper
    • 0.25 yd for headbands
  • Used year to Date: 321.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2014: 194 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 116.25 yards (36% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!


Stardust Mini Quilt – Finished!

I showed a sneak peek of this a while ago, and now that the swap with my guild has happened, I can show the official finished mini!

Stardust Mini

This is a block that I had designed in 2011 as part of a Modern Block of the Month for the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild, and I hung on to it because I did really like it although the fabric is not really to my taste.  Stardust CloseupI found it a few weeks ago while sorting through stuff for postcards, and decided to make it a smidge bigger (16″ square now) and turn it into the mini.

Since the block is interesting, but rather minimal for an entire quilt, I went a little nuts with the quilting.  I wanted comet trails to come off the star points to emphasize the trail of squares behind the star, so I started with those wavy lines.  Then I filed in between the lines with various fillers like feathers, pebbles, paisleys, and something I call folded feathers.

UntitledI drew out the cross-hatching to pre-cede the star, and ended up free-motioning the lines. It worked okay for this small project, but I can’t imagine trying to FMQ straight lines on a larger quilt.


Impromptu Podcasting Hiatus

My voice is still suffering from the effects of a nasty cold this week, so I’m not going to be recording an episode this week. I’ll be without recording equipment next week since I’m traveling, but expect to be posting Sunday Stash and WIP Wednesday at the very least, so look for a new episode from me on December 19th or so!


WIP Wednesday: Project Interruptus

For someone who works from home, I am apparently quite a delicate flower since I contracted some mega-cold over Thanksgiving from getting together with 19 of my closest in-laws. It crept in over the weekend and knocked me out Monday evening and yesterday, so here’s what my sewing table looks like:

Aren’t Instagram filters great? Makes that mess look so artsy. Incidentally, I just joined Instagram. Feel free to follow me there. So far it’s 50% cat pictures and 50% sewing/quilting pictures. As December 2015 approaches, it might turn into 90% Star Wars fangirling.

Anywho, in addition to finishing up the travel jewelry holder (the project in progress above), I’m also working on a couple headbands to tame ye olde wilde lockes since I’ve been growing out my hair. I’m also prepping handwork to take with me as I travel next week to help my parents out after my mom’s knee surgery.

Check out other WIP Wednesday links over on Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash – Uh, I Can Explain

Grand Illusion step 1So, a big old Black Friday Sew In and most of my time sewing was spent making 280 HSTs and then 100 units for the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt for Bonnie Hunter. Of course that doesn’t count towards stash usage the way I track since it’s not in a finished quilt!

I also made 9 more postcards since I had batting scraps leftover from the bowl cozies, so that helped ooch my usage up. And I have my earlier week’s usage, too, from the bunting and the electronics organizer.

Festive TablerunnerI also made a tablerunner using a pattern I found on Craftsy. It uses 2 jelly roll strips of red and 2 of green, and several more of white for the background.  It goes together quickly, so if you need a quick gift for the holidays, I’d recommend the pattern.  Mine is going into a gift swap at work.

Of course, all that usage was relatively negated by some serious yardage procured at the Black Friday sale at my LQS. A layer cake, a jelly roll, some FQs… the list goes on. Really, I’m doing it to shop local and support the economy! Anyway, I’m not so close to net 200 yards used as a result.

  • Used this Week: 4.25 yards
    • 0.5 yd for electronics organizer
    • 0.25 yd for more postcards
    • 2 yd for tablerunner
    • 0.5 yd for a gift for someone
    • 0.5 yd for bowl cozies
    • 0.5 yd for bunting
  • Used year to Date: 321 yards
  • Added this Week: 10 yards
    • 10 yards various fabric for stash
  • Net Used for 2014: 193.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 116.25 yards (36% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 206

It’s the Daisycast! Daisy of Very Lazy Daisy joins me to chat about sewing, Thanksgiving, pie, and Walking Dead spoilers. Also, there’s a bit of vomit reference up front so if you don’t want to hear it skip forward to the 6 minute mark or so (Fred had an accident overnight- bleh).

Skype got a little temperamental so there’s a couple drops/rejoins in there where we re-start the conversation. I did my best to even out the levels so hopefully it’s not too jarring.

Enjoy this extra-long #BFSI cast!


WIP Wednesday – Very Merry

Hallelujah and pass the Tylenol! It’s Thanksgiving break.  I took today as an extra day off, primarily under the guise of “making cheesecake”, which is about 15 minutes of prep and 3 hours of blissful-hands-off baking.  Secretly I just wanted to tell everyone at work to SHOVE IT, which would have been more effective if everyone hadn’t taken the whole week off while I worked Monday & Tuesday like a schlub. Also, my boss is in Canada so he has to attend to any priority items that pop up this week, which is pretty much a joke since true Marketing Emergencies are pretty rare unless an exec has a bug in their britches.

Anywho, today I ran around to a bunch of errands with my daughter, then settled in for making Oreo cheesecake, hermit bars, banana bread, apple bread, peanut brittle, haystack cookies, and dinner at some point.  In the past few days, I’ve not only finished my two organizers, but also these goodies:

UntitledSoup bowl cozies! To prevent burning one’s fingers while handling hot soup bowls out of the microwave. I made two each of two sizes, which we lovingly refer to as “bachelor size” and “regular size” at our house.

Alas, a poor quality photo due to late night picture taking!

I made sure to use 100% cotton batting and thread so there was zero chance of polyester anything melting in the microwave.

The tutorial was pretty easy to follow, although I did trim my darts to reduce bulk. I just used some 10″ squares from my scrap stash and wasn’t too picky about matching, so all four look different. And don’t really match my kitchen. The inside of the drawer I stuck them in doesn’t seem to care, though.

12 Days of Christmas buntingAlso finished: Christmas Bunting!

This started as a Nancy Halverson 12 Days of Christmas flannel panel that I chopped into individual pieces.  I FMQed around the pictures with monofilament thread while they were backed with batting, and then backed with them various burgundy fabric. Then I busted out the bias tape maker and attached them all (in order from Days 1 – 12 because of OCD reasons), and as soon as Thanksgiving is over I hanging it over my fireplace.

UntitledIn other exciting news: The Grand Illusion Mystery starts on Friday! And don’t forgot to join us on twitter and elsewhere for the Black Friday Sew In!