Sunday Stash – Charity Case

Is anyone else’s guild discouraging the use of the word “charity” in regards to donations? That has popped up in several areas of my life and I have apparently turned into an old fart who is set in my ways and can’t change my vernacular. Pardon me while I write this while sitting on the davenport, drinking a hot toddy and contemplating hemlines above the ankle.

NOTE: None of those things are true. Except the ankle thing – why do we need to show so much leg? Imagine how much more quilting we’d get done if we weren’t worried about personal grooming on our calves.

Anywho, this week I had to veer off course as I wanted to finish some “community benefit” projects. Or whatever the heck I’m supposed to call the 6 placemats for Meals on Wheels and 2 pillowcases I finished.  I do have two quilts sandwiched and ready to quilt, but those will have to wait until I finish a Seekrit Project for someone.

10690062_10154845349465657_3023901802061887496_nHere’s a previous Seekrit Project I finished that was debuted last night: a fancy flapper dress for a cat! The silent auction last night was “The Great Catsby”, so we were all encouraged to dress in 20’s theme. The model is Tricky, a cat that lives at Good Mews Animal Foundation; she was the victim of domestic abuse seven years ago and is paralyzed from the waist down.  Because the shelter has such awesome donors, they are able to keep her in diapers and pay for her many medications.  She was wheeled in as guest of honor in a wagon draped in velvet and fringe- quite the entrance!

Owly Images

My own “costume” took some liberties since I stuck with a black dress I already had and added some flapper-esque accessories like a headband and a TON of eye makeup. Gah. Reminded me of high school band flag corps when I had to wear enough eye makeup to be seen on the 50 yard line from the stands!

Alas, no yardage used in my or Tricky’s costume since none of it was quilting fabric!

  • Used this Week: 5 yards
    • 3 yd for placemats
    • 2 yd for pillowcases
  • Used year to Date: 282.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 10 yards
    • 10 yd of various fall prints from a bulk purchase of a de-stash (2 of which already used for pillowcases!)
  • Net Used for 2014: 178.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 113.25 yards (39% of total used)

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WIP Wednesday: Splitting the Difference

I am typing this out frantically between calls for work because DAGNABBIT I’m going to get it posted on a Wednesday. I also officially have a Pile Up – three tops to be quilted!  I think this one is going to be first finished because it’s smallest.  And because it’s on top of the pile!

Split Nine Patch quilt topThis is made with split nine patch blocks- 32 of those and 4 straight-up nine patches.  I used the same yellow with blue/green floral print for the center of all the split nine patches and a yellow for the HSTs on the corners of the blocks.  From there it’s scrap happiness in blues and greens for the rest of the squares.

I cut this out last minute to take to retreat in case I ran out of projects, and I got all the HSTs made and some of the blocks put together on the last day. Thank goodness I did- it’s a super happy quilt, and it’s going to be a Christmas present for our neighbors. Their kids fight over the baby quilts I’ve given them, so I’m trying to reduce the drama for the parents!

Sunday Stash – Retreat Roundup

UntitledIt was a Very Productive Weekend! Beyond the two quilts I finished at retreat, I also got two tops (and one back) pieced, as well as 11 journal covers to be donated to Wellspring Living.

This is a fun chevron baseball quilt I’m making on commission- I got the top and the back pieced, and will get it quilted in the next week or so.

Here’s my Kimberly Einmo Lone Starburst quilt top.  I added the piano key border at the top and bottom so it wouldn’t be square.  My friend Judi saved my bacon and loaned me fabric to add the background border so I could finish the top.  It was one of two things I managed to forget for retreat – that an my E-Z Angle ruler. It will get backed with minky and be another couch snuggling quilt for my living room.


UntitledAnd finally, here are the journal covers I made for composition books.  Wellspring Living requested some journal covers for the girls in the recovery program since they do a lot writing in the rehabilitation process, so I used a tutorial had written up a couple years ago to make most of these.

  • Used this Week: 7.75 yards
    • 5 yd for Funkytown Christmas quilt
    • 1 yd for Twister Tablerunner
    • 1.75 yd for 11 journal covers
  • Used year to Date: 282.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 1.5 yards
    • 1.5 yd of a Kaufman linen print
  • Net Used for 2014: 183.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 108.25 yards (38% of total used)

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WIP Thursday

I took the picture for WIP Wednesday, but forgot all about posting in light of a LOT of things going on yesterday which included: fancy meeting with a lot of executives for work, a potentially sick child, and jury duty. The good news is I survived (as has everyone else in the family) and am packing for my quilt retreat.

Now for the panicky Retreat Tourette’s sets in where I randomly yell out things I need to remember to pack (LAPTOP! THREAD! UNDERWEAR!)

One of the things I’ll start on in the next hour or so is quilting this other funky Christmas quilt- I may or may not take it with me to retreat, but wanted to get a start on it at least!

Funkytown Christmas Quilt

Jim Shore Christmas Quilt – Finished!

After the FMQ frenzy of the Autumn Splendor tablerunner, I took it a bit easier on the math and the quilting on this panel project.  This Jim Shore panel had 8 pieces to it, which makes a horrible 2×4 layout on its own.  As mentioned before, I “Brady Bunch”-ed it and make an Ohio star for the Alice position.

Jim Shore Christmas QuiltJim Shore Christmas QuiltThe panel blocks are surrounded by 3 1/2″ squares from my scrap stash, drawing on the Christmas fabrics that have been used in other projects with some complementary blues as well.  I added an extra border of 5″ squares at the top and bottom to give the quilt a better ratio.

The center star got a Christmas tree quilted into it and some small-ish feathers in the star points.

The rest of the quilt got the ol’ meander treatment until I got to the Santa faces, which got outlined in the hats and beards so I didn’t feel like I was scribbling over Santa’s face.  I have a feeling that might get me on the naughty list and I need a new vacuum cleaner this year.

Jim Shore Christmas QuiltThis is going in the gift closet so I can keep it protected from cat hair until it’s ready to go to its new home!



Autumn Splendor Tablerunner – Finished!

Autumn SplendorWoohoo! At long last, here is my official WINNING entry for the AMQG panel challenge.  But first, here is the humble, unpressed beginning panel.

It was very tempting to just add some borders and do some fancy quilting, but I wanted to elevate it a bit.

After a LOT of math and sewing on the bias, here is what I ended up with:

Autumn Splendor
I chopped up the flowers into 10″, 12″ and one 6″ finished pieces and set them a bit askew.  The brown fabric is a Stonehenge print that works well with the watercolor look of the original panel, I think.

When it came to quilting the individual blocks, I wanted to think outside the block a bit and extend the leaf or petal shapes outside the block with the quilting lines.  You can see it in the stems on the poppy and the leaf in the center orange flower.
Autumn SplendorTo further emphasize it, I colored in the extensions with the appropriately colored Shiva paintstick.  It’s subtle on the brown, but that’s what I wanted.

Autumn SplendorFor each of the flower blocks, I quilted within the shape of the flower, adding bits of texture like the pebbling in the center of the sunflower.  I wanted the flowers to pop so those have a bit less quilting than the background – a simple meander in the yellow background of the block.

Ultimately I wanted to try McTavishing since I wanted to use it on a pending project, and then I realized there was QUITE a bit of threat and repetition in it and I got a bit sick of it! I ended up using McTavishing at the bottom of the piece, then I morphed into feathers towards the middle of the piece with some more pebbling to fill in the gaps.

Autumn SplendorI am very happy with it, and I won first place by popular vote in the panel challenge. In my choice of prizes, I picked a twin-size batting so I can make even more quilts!

Sunday Stash – Prep Mode

I’m still mostly in prep mode for retreat, but I did manage to finish the second version of the Great Getaway Bag.  This one is getting donated to East Cobb Quilters Guild for their auction at the quilt show next June, and I’ll post pictures next Friday (as a scheduled post since I’ll be at my retreat!).

I also buckled and bought a layer cake of a new Basic Grey line named “Persimmon”.  While I was perusing it and decided between a layer cake and a jelly roll, I managed to talk at least 2 or 3 other guild members into buying some pre-cuts of it as well.

We also did block pick up for Saturday Sampler this weekend, and I got both of mine whipped up this weekend. The Mum Medallion (on the left) is the same design as a previous block that gave me issues, but this time I figured out how to make it without the experimentation of before.  Make a 4″ finished HST of orange/green or mulberry/green, and then sew a 2 1/2″ square of the opposite color onto the green half. No specialty ruler needed!

Mum Medallion block 10 Bonnie and Camille block 5

  • Used this Week: 3 yards
    • 3 yd for another Great Getaway Bag
  • Used year to Date: 274.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.75 yards
    • 2.75 yd of a layer cake of Persimmon by Basic Grey
  • Net Used for 2014: 177.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 105.5 yards (38% of total used)

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HtbaS – Episode 198

This week, I talk about preparing for retreat, my class with Kimberly Einmo, delightfulness, and the hazards of 80’s hairstyles (there’s a spot of language in that section, but I give a warning before it so you can turn it down if you have kids listening with you).