HtbaS – Episode 288

This week, I celebrate my 6th Podcastiversary! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for six years!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with travel for work, but projects, quilt finishes, and various cat and dog adventures. I also talk about what to expect for the rest of the year for social sew-ins online.

Books discussed in this episode:

Today’s podcast was Jett on air, but Nina on my lap. Enjoy her pink toe beans!
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Sunday Stash – Second Verse, Better Than the First

I had a bit of a panic this weekend as I realized I’m travelling for work this week but wanted to get a new shop sample done for Red Hen for our You Spin Me Right Round quilt.  It turned out great, and I really love the look of the unplanned scraps compared to the more rigorous planning of the first version on the pattern cover.

You Spin Me Right Round Quilt
You Spin Me Right Round Quilt
  • Used this week: 7.5 yards
    • 6.5 yd for You Spin Me Right Round v2.0
    • 1 yd for storage bag
  • Used Year to Date: 295 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 179.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 106.75 yards (36% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 204 Audio Only

In this mid-month episode, Lynn and Pam talk about attending the Sew Pro Convention in Chicago and some “sewlebrity” sightings. We also take questions from the audience and internet at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Stars ‘n Stitches quilt show in September. In our second segment, we’re joined by fellow quilter and esteemed author Frances O’Roark Dowell to discuss her new quilting novel, “Birds in the Air“!

This is the audio-only version of the video on YouTube. See show notes, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page! This audio-only version of The Stitch is replacing my usual weekly HtbaS podcast; I’ll be back next week for the usual geeky fare!


WIP Whoopsday – Of Sportsball and Technologyball

I had every good intention of posting WIP Wednesday yesterday, but I was a bit taken aback when I discovered that Google Hangouts on Air, which we’ve used for the Virtual Stitch-Ins for The Stitch, is no more, and really cramping the Virtual Stitch-In Friday night. So I spent a good bit of last night trying to figure out video encoding software and YouTube Live and what’s feasible, and then eventually just starting at the television in slack-jawed silence, cursing technology for dis-intermediating us from our audience yet again.

I’ve also written a lot of blog posts for work this week and I’m a little burned out on words. And technology. So possibly Lynn is coming to my house tomorrow night and we’ll be virtually stitching-in together and streaming it since I’ve got baseball/art class/Fall Festival for elementary school/a work event for me tomorrow that are going to prevent me from really sitting down and figuring out a video solution in the next 34 hours.

I’m also submitting a design to a magazine for the first time (!!!!) so that’s stressing me out a bit. And Fred the dog has wandered off and rolled around in a dead deer carcass for two nights this week. So, in the mean time, here’s Nina helping with another quilt on Cindy. Nina has the right idea to get in good lighting while surrounding herself with quilts.

Sunday Stash – Smallish

This week seemed to have flown by! I did get the stash benefit of donating some fabric to a group project, so that fabric just went POOF without any effort on my part.  I also finished my commission quilt for my friend’s cat (below, made with leftovers from a new version of Lucky Star coming for sale next month!) and a Christmas present which I can’t show quite yet.

I also took some time to catch up on my blocks for the My Favorite Things BOM over at  Rather than do a second yarn block, I found a paper pieced cat block to put in instead.


I took in some fabric to make a shop sample for Red Hen Fabrics of the You Spin Me Right Round jelly-roll friendly quilt pattern.  That means you can buy a print copy of the pattern soon!  If you can’t wait (or aren’t in Atlanta), you can buy it online. 🙂

  • Used this week: 11.25 yards
    • 5 yd for backing for group project
    • 4 yd for Christmas present junior
    • 2.25 for cat quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 287.5 yards
  • Added this week: 6.5 yard
    • 6.5 yd for shop sample for You Spin Me Right Round
  • Net Used YTD: 169.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 104.75 yards (36% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 287

It’s a jam-packed podcast episode with some talk of working with rulers on a domestic/sit-down machine for free motion quilting, the new challenge Lynn and I are doing for The Stitch, upcoming quilt projects, and lots of book reviews.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Today’s Podcat was Nina.


WIP Whoopsday – Waiting Room Sewing

Well, this week I’ve quilted a second quilt on Cindy and will be shipping it off to its new home today or tomorrow.  It was the commission quilt for my friend’s cat, so of course I decided to try my hand at ruler work. It’s not bad for being new at it, but I need the grippy stuff on the bottom of the ruler so it doesn’t slide (this is a stronger requirement for domestic machine ruler work than when work on a longarm).  Good thing I have a Craftsy class on it, and also an in-person class on it at the end of the month!  The finished quilt is in the dryer so I’ll try to grab pictures of it today if the light is good.

I also got to do some waiting room sewing while my daughter was at the dentist, so I finished putting on the first border put on the Diamonds in the Sky quilt.  I think I’ll tackle the second one while waiting at art class tonight!

Sunday Stash – All the Emojis

GUYS! I quilted my first quilt on Cindy, my Sweet 16.  It was definitely a learning experience, as expected.

  • Learning 1: The lime green thread that doesn’t play well in Jan (the Janome) also doesn’t play well in Cindy. So even though I’ve been holding on to this stupid spool for three years, I’m just going to ditch it because it’s pretty much unusable. I’d love to say I’ll never buy this brand again, but the label fell off so now I can’t even curse it.
  • Learning 2: Rather than puddle the quilt in my lap and quilt front to back, on Cindy, it works better to quilt back to front so the quilting is always moving towards me; with the bigger table, more of the quilt is supported by the table than before. My inclination is also to go right to left so the quilt puddles on the right, which is unfortunate since I installed the extension to my table on the left. Ah well, I’ll get used to it.
  • Learning 3: Rolling up the quilt under the needle and folding it in on itself is not an effective way to keep cats off an in-progress work. In fact, it apparently makes a cozy kitty nest.

Yet still, it was a productive weekend. In addition to the Emoji quilt I finished (to be donated for community service), I also finished my class project sample from my time with Wendy Butler Berns.

The finished quilt is about 13×19″ or so.  The hearts are tacked on, along with the nest and egg, after quilting.  The birds are made with Texture Magic, and the branches are appliqued on in a method I had not done before (and doesn’t use fusible).  Check out Wendy’s Craftsy class to learn more (not an affiliate link, just a helpful pointer)!

  • Used this week: 5.5 yards
    • 1 yd for storage bag for Sparkling Gems
    • 0.75 yd for Textured Tweety quilt
    • 3.25 for Emoji Quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 276.25 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 164.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 104.75 yards (38% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 203 Audio Only

This episode, Pam and Lynn discuss “going rogue” without a quilt guild and how to get the most out of going to a quilt show! It’s the perfect stitching playlist.

We talk about number of thing in the episode, so be sure to check out the show notes over on The Stitch TV Show site.

This is the audio-only version of the video on YouTube. See show notes, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!

NOTE: This audio-only version of The Stitch is replacing my usual weekly HtbaS podcast; I’ll be back next week for the usual geeky fare!


WIP Wednesday – Sweet Quilting

Over the weekend, my Sweet 16 was delivered, but I had to wait until my husband got home to carry the actual machine upstairs.  Apparently I am a delicate flower who chooses not to take chances lugging a (not inexpensive) 45 pound machine up a flight of stairs.  Once that happened, I got the machine set up and turned it on and…

Promptly didn’t touch it again for 2 days. I’m in the middle of a big old piecing project, so wanted to make progress on that. Also, my brain insisted that I might mess up the machine, or prove that I’m an idiot about free motion quilting, or perhaps it might explode if I turn it on again? Let’s be honest, my brain is an jerk that works against me sometimes.

Last night I took my laptop over to Cindy (her name, because my Janome 6600 is Jan and my Featherweight is Marcia), and decided to take the plunge and a) thread it and b) QUILT SOMETHING. My laptop was there to play the video on threading; turns out I didn’t need it!

Nina was there for moral support, and some mild judging.  Verdict is that it works great!  I have time booked at my LQS for my official one hour orientation, and have two small quilts ready to sandwich and quilt on it.