WIP Wednesday – Pure Adrenaline

We had a little planning meeting (read: group text) about what pattern is coming out next from The Stitch, and one that really only bubbled up to the consideration list late last year is now at the very top of the list and, guess what, it’s one of my designs! And then we decided on a launch date and then I realized I needed to make 3 (finished!) samples for it by next Thursday.

And then I passed out.

While I’m good and fast, and not always in that order or at the same time, I decided that it might be a bit unrealistic, especially since we have a family birthday and my wedding anniversary this weekend, and there’s only so much distraction the Atlanta Falcons playoff game can provide my husband on our actual anniversary.

Eventually I opted to ask for some grace and changed publication date to give me two more weeks, but it’s actually going pretty well and I’ve got most of the pattern written at this point. Having lighting tent set up on the cutting table, however, makes things a tight squeeze.

I will say, however, that the adrenaline from leaping into making 3 quilts in a week is nothing to compared to the adrenaline from hearing a cat start to barf while inside my light tent.

And I’m totally gonna point fingers here, since I was successful is grabbing him and moving him off anything sewing related before the actual barfing happened. This guy…… is on the naughty list.

Sunday Stash – Impetus

Earlier this week I wrapped up the En Provence mystery quilt, which is roughly twin size.  Because I broke it up in two quilts, I ended up with some mismatched bits, so I put the all into a single placemat which will get donated to Meals on Wheels.

I did buy fabric this week, but it was solely for sample making for The Stitch, which means it doesn’t go into “personal accounting”. If there are leftovers from the two samples, then I’ll check those into my stash at that time!  Of course, those two samples also have to be done in a week and a half, so it’s pedal to the metal time around here, and it’s birthday weekend for my daughter and anniversary for us next weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

In the mean time, I worked on some handquilting on the last Virtual Stitch-In. Nina also decided to be a helper cat and contribute, so check it out!

  • Used this week: 10.5 yards
    • 10 yd for En Provence
    • 0.5 yd for donation placemat
  • Used Year to Date: 14.75 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 14.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (27% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 210 Audio Only

In episode 210 of The Stitch TV Show, we open with a spirited discussion about about how you define neutrals in quilting. Lynn shares her design process for the “Diamonds are Forever” quilt (part of the fat quarter challenge we did this year), and we give some tips for choosing fabrics, and wrap up with some quilting history talk.

Here is Lynn’s “Diamonds are Forever” quilt; pattern available soon in our pattern shop!

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video. See show notes, 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 Wednesday: A Rainbow of Opportunities

Having finished up my En Provence quilt (binding on last night!), I have that slightly empty feeling you get when wrapping up a big project. It’s great, don’t get me wrong, and I know what I *should* be working on, but I got diverted by this group of scraps on my cutting table that I couldn’t resist spreading out to admire.

Rainbow scraps

These could end up as a tablerunner or two, or a donation quilt, or who knows what. Ah, the delightful prospect of a blank slate!

Sunday Stash – Provenent

This week we got a bit of snow here in the South, enough that some schools got out early on Friday and school was cancelled on Monday.  The temperature has stayed low, keeping the ice on the roads from melting in the shady areas, so better safe that sorry since we don’t have a lot of de-icing and snow equipment in Atlanta.

With that, I managed to finish up a couple projects as part of the Snow Day Sew In (#SDSI on social media).  First up was the paper piecing unicorn portrait, “Vinnie Does Beyonce”, after my mascot for The Stitch TV Show.

Vinnie Does Beyonce Unicorn Portrait

It was also time to finish up the En Provence mystery from Bonnie Hunter.  Rather than use all the blocks in a single (huge) quilt, I took 4 of the blocks to make a donation version through my guild.  Since that was smallish, it got whipped up rather quick and is now finished:

En Provence Baby Quilt

And, of course, I also worked on the BIG version. So big I had to baste it in my kitchen, where I have the biggest hardwood floor space available.  I think this is around 84 x 65?” Roughly twin size, anyway.  Here it is being basted:

En Provence Twin Quilt

It’s now quilted, but my arms are killing me, so I’m going to wait to bind it until tomorrow evening. Whew!  Check out other quilters’ versions of En Provence on Bonnie’s link-up Monday!

  • Used this week: 4.25 yards
    • 0.75 yd for Vinnie Does Beyonce mini quilt
    • 3.5 yd for Small En Provence
  • Used Year to Date: 4.25 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 4.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 3.5 yards (82% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 294

In Ep 294 of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about my fabric stash usage for 2016, working on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery En Provence, some of the late quilt finishes last year, and give a review of recent books and Netflix series I’ve enjoyed.

Here is the dragon wallhanging I made for Lynn, “Stitch’s Glamor Shot”. Paper piecing pattern from Fandom in Stitches.

Stitch's Glamour Shot - a paper pieced dragon quilt

Books and shows discussed:

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2016 Net Yardage

Sunday Stash – 2016 Wrap Up

A bang-up finish to 2016 with the finish of my shop sample of The Nope! Quilt!  I wanted to use a print for the center panel instead of a solid (mostly to get away with less intricate quilting, but also to see what it would look like). I need to edit the images a bit and will get them posted over on The Stitch TV Show site.

The work I’ve been doing in paper piecing and the En Provence Mystery don’t quite count yet towards stash usage, so that Nope! sample plus my Glow Stick Mini and a cover for my HQ Sweet Sixteen were my last official finishes for the year.  Here is Nina demonstrating that the new cover, while helpful for keeping dust out, isn’t exactly cat proof.

So, here’s the net of all of that, including some acquisition this week:

  • Used this week: 11.25 yards
    • 3 yd for HQ Sweet 16 cover
    • 1.25 yd for Glow Stick mini
    • 7 yd for Nope 2.0 shop sample
  • Used Year to Date: 357.75 yards
  • Added this week: 11 yard
    • 5 yd for upcoming pattern sample
    • 6 yd for Giant cat quilt
  • Net Used YTD: 203 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 141.75 yards (36% of total used)

So, woohoo, I surpassed 200 yards net used this year, despite some serious acquisition to support making these samples for patterns for The Stitch. So how does that compare to previous years? Since I’ve been tracking since 2012 now, that’s a lot of lines on the graph so I simplified my historical view with minimum, maximum, and average net yardage for the particular week of the year.  2016 is the red line below:

2016 Net Yardage

My 4Q finishes for this year were above average despite a slow-ish summer. Not too bad.

For charitable usage, I’m a little below average, but finished the year with more than a third of my fabric usage going to community service projects. Not too shabby!

2016 Charitable Yardage

As always, see more stash reports on Patchwork Times!


The Stitch TV Show – Episode 209 Audio

In this podcast version of episode 209 of The Stitch TV Show, Pam and Lynn talk about “Greenery”, the new Pantone color of the year, Pam’s design process for The Nope! Quilt (part of the fat quarter challenge we did this year), and what you need to know about sewing machine needles.

The Nope! Quilt is a fat-quarter friendly quilt.

To make your own version of the Nope! Quilt, get the digital pattern in The Stitch TV Show digital shop.

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video. See show notes, 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 Wednesday – Glowing

This week we celebrated Boxing Day as we quilters know best how to do: sewing! I put together my Glow Stick mini quilt on Monday and finished quilting and binding it today.

I like it, but I’m not entirely happy with my fabric choices for the outside “rays”, I should have used a non-teal color for that part, but did a decent job getting the gradient with the range of prints.

I’ve got a shop sample to quilt tonight and tomorrow and that will bump myself over the net 200 yards used for the year!

Sunday Stash – Gifty

Merry Christmas to the last little bit of the day that is left to celebrate in. Up next, Boxing Day!  Celebrate with us on social media for the Boxing Day Sew-In Monday using #BDSI on your quilting and sewing related posts.  I cleverly planned an all day sew-in at Lynn’s house Monday, and am packing up the projects I want to take. So far I’ve got a king-size quilt and a mini quilt, as well as my full-size handquilting project to work on. I’m sure all that will keep me busy. For the morning anyway!

I’ve got two small finishes this week that I can share pictures of after tomorrow. I realized I forgot to take pictures of a set of gift quilts I finished months ago, so oh well, go ogle the original from Edyta Sitar. Only imagine it one column narrower so I had enough blocks left to make a junior baby-size quilt to accompany it. My sister and her husband got the big version, my baby niece got the junior version, and my 3 year old niece got a dinosaur quilt I picked up at Tiny Stitches and didn’t have to make! The 3 year old is very into dinosaurs – we also gave her a book about dinosaurs (with roar buttons for optimum annoyance) and a stuffed dinosaur.  The baby is delicious and very squishy; here I am pointing out all the verboten ornaments on my parent’s Christmas tree to both little girls. Not to be forgotten, my son and I worked with my oldest niece in an Escape Room game. Good news: we escaped from Santa’s (Slightly Creepy, Doll-Filled) Attic with 7 minutes to spare!

I also kept up top of the latest Bonnie Hunter clue on Friday – 80 HSTs.  In the past, she’s released the final clue on New Year’s Eve, so maybe we’ll get back to back Friday/Saturday clues this week?  You can check out other participants progress on the linky on her blog Monday.

I’m off to quilt a donation quilt in the dying hours of Christmas; hope everyone had a happy day and has more time off to enjoy with family (or alone, recovering from family visits – whatever flips your skirt, as Grama Eddie would say).

  • Used this week: 1.75 yards
    • 1.75 yd for 2 gift quilts
  • Used Year to Date: 339.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 195.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 126.5 yards (37% of total used)