Aunt S’s Quilt – Finished!

I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, and that I had all the 5″ squares already cut in my stash.  I’m still working through my stash to use up these more muted colors since I am personally drawn to the brighter tones, and it’s nice to have an outlet to gift this type of fabric!

Aunt S's Quilt

Aunt S's QuiltThis will be given to a relative at Thanksgiving, so I need to dehair it (again) and wrap it up (so I don’t have to dehair it a third time).

The quilting in the center is an overall meander, with straight line quilting on the 3 borders.

I had a little fun with the back since I knew I wanted to use this leaf print I’ve had in my stash forever, but the piece wasn’t quite long or wide enough so I quartered it and pieced in 10″ squares in the same muted tones, also from my scrap stash.

Aunt S's Quilt - Back

HtbaS – Episode 205

It’s the Distractedcast! Jett pops in for some heavy breathing into the mic, and I give an impromptu book review on something I saw on a blog and then immediately went and bought, which is rare for me.

Check out Scraps, Inc from Tauton Press.  During the blog tour you can get the book 30% off the original price Enter discount code SCRAPS30 (click on discount code for link), the code is good through Dec. 1st.

Note: in the course of the episode I sound pretty dumb when asked about Featherweights because I forgot Featherweights = Singer 221. Ooops.  I am not sure, however, what the difference is between a 221 and a 222, but perhaps Tina does?


WIP Wednesday – A Blue… Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas

But first! A short list of things it’s hard to do while a cat is curled inside your shirt, sucking up all your body heat because the Polar Vortex is a stinker:

  1. Write blog posts.
  2. Drink coffee.
  3. Live one’s life.

Elvis Christmas PostcardsSo, cat’s-in-shirt-aside, I’ve been tackling some small projects.  Here are my latest Elvis postcards I finished up on Monday. More decorative stitches and some appliqued sayings to liven them up a bit. “Naughty or Nice?” is my favorite one.

I also finished a totebag pattern I was testing, so pics of that will be up soon-ish once the pattern is officially for sale.  On top of all that sewing, I also had to replace the zipper in my daughter’s heavy jacket thanks to the cold weather!

This week I also became enamored with small projects, and will be making a Minecraft pencil pouch for a birthday present, more postcards, and some random project I haven’t yet picked for my guild sew-in tomorrow night.  I also bought this Craftsy class on Travel Organizers that I’m itching to start, but need to pace myself and pick up the hardware first.

Sunday Stash – Going Postal

Some nice usage this week as I finished up another 16 postcards, a totebag to test a pattern, the mini quilt for my guild swap, and the lap quilt for my husband’s aunt!

Pictures of some of the postcards here – I’ve got even more Elvis Christmas fabric to use up, so there will be several more of them!


It was also block pickup week for Saturday Sampler, so I got the November blocks for Mum Medallion (only one more!) and the Bonnie & Camille quilt. Both were relatively painless, although I did my own calculations on the center of the Mum Medallion one again.

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  • Used this Week: 10.25 yards
    • 0.5 yd for AMQG mini swap quilt
    • 6.5 yd for DH’s aunt’s quilt
    • 0.25 for 16 postcards
    • 3 yd for totebag
  • Used year to Date: 317.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yards
    • 4 yd of fabric for Mum Medallion finishing kit
  • Net Used for 2014: 195.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 115.5 yards (36% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 204

A lot of chatter this week around various projects, distractions, and of course, cats.


WIP Wednesday – Rogue

I am delightfully writing this post on a TUESDAY and scheduling it to post on Wednesday since I’m supposed to be an office on Wednesday, which typically means I flake out and the wearing of Real Pants to Interact With Humans cuts off circulation to my brain and I forget to post WIP Wednesday posts.

Anywho, here’s what I’m working on.

UntitledThis is under the needle currently, getting quilted in advance of Thanksgiving. I’ve also done some more intense quilting on a smaller project that I finished earlier – a better picture posted in a couple weeks.
Stardust Closeup

Sunday Stash – Backwards

You know, the point of the stash report is to help me track how much yardage I’m using and encourage me to use more, not to put a rating on how guilty I feel about bring in fabric. Harumph.

Anyway, I was curious to see what Tiny Stitches’ new building looks like since they moved this week, and what better way to help them celebrate than to buy fabric while I was there? Anywho, 5 yards purchased to make the back for a quilt.  My only finish this week was a bunch of postcards which don’t amount to much since they are so tiny by comparison. Especially when I put them in the basket that will be used to present them for the shelter, and they barely take up any space! I guess it’s time to make even more this week.

  • Used this Week: 0.5 yards
    • 0.5 yd for postcards for charity
  • Used year to Date: 307 yards
  • Added this Week: 5 yards
    • 5 yd of fabric for backing
  • Net Used for 2014: 189.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 115.25 yards (37% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 203

This week I remember to post on time! I talk about fabric postcards and books.

Pinterest recipes I mentioned:



WIP Wednesday: Fabric Postcards

Animal rescue fabric postcardsI’ve been working on fabric postcards to sell at the Good Mews Holiday Market in December (all proceeds from sale of my items will benefit the shelter), so I thought I’d post a couple of them in progress.

These are all just about ready to attach to the cardstock so they can be mailed.

The first set is from a panel I bought at the AQS Chattanooga show that features some “rescue” messages with pictures of cats. I added bits of ribbon or felt to jazz them up. I’m afraid, however, that the grumpy grey tabby in the lower right is going to stay grumpy despite any amount of ribbon being added.

Christmas fabric postcardsMy next set is based on a panel I got two years ago and used in a tablerunner for my aunt, and these gave me a chance to use some of the fancy stitches on my machine.

I’ve got around 20 or so based on various panels that are ready to be finished up and attached to cardstock, then I’ll take a break and work on a bigger quilt, and then go back to postcards. Any of these that don’t sell at the shelter event will get donated to the East Cobb Quilter’s Guild show next June.


Split Nine Patch – Finished!

This little quilt was actually started to use 5″ charms as I was trying to figure out a good dessert roll pattern (20 strips that are 5″ x WOF).  That would have resulted in a 80-inch-ish square quilt (a bit big for what I was looking for), so I rejiggered it for 3-1/2″ squares and it’s 54″ square instead.

Of course, I still have a dessert roll (or two) that need to be used.

Split Nine PatchSplit Nine PatchI used a constant fabric for both the center square in the 9-patch, and the two HSTs. The center medallion is four of the 9-patches together – you can see the yellow tonal in the HSTs and the yellow/blue/green constant print in the center squares.

I had enough scrap squares in cool tones to pull together without cutting anything beyond the 2 constants and the background.

Of course I made it modern and pieced the back for it using even more scraps from my stash! I also used scrappy binding, because I was in for a penny, in for a pound by that time.

Split Nine Patch