HtbaS – Episode 307

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about the weekend of expensive disasters, finishing a couple quilts, upcoming vacation plans, and a lot of books!

Today’s podcat was Morelli:

Books mentioned in this podcast:

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WIP Wednesday – Quilting Machine

This week I’ve been working on finishing up pattern samples for our July pattern release; not only am I making the two that are featured in the pattern itself, but also a third shop sample to accompany the printed patterns. The two for the pattern have been handed off for production and photography; here’s a sneak peek at the quilting on the back of one of the samples.

My ribbon candy is slowly improving thanks to practice!

The third sample (which I thought I asked everyone to stop me if I decided to do three samples at one time for a pattern?) I worked on at the sew-in last night. Here’s hoping the seams I sewed on my Featherweight are straight!

Sunday Stash – Zooming Up

Although I switched from measuring and reporting on Net Used, I haven’t exactly been touting my Total Used yards either since I know I’ve been behind this year compared to previous years. Again, this is a reflection of a shift in what I’m sewing for, so it’s not catastrophic or anything dire, but it does make the spreadsheet look sad. For example:

My 2017 total used yardage has been below the minimum for every single year since 2012. You’ll notice, however, and giant spike at the end there – that reflects this week!  This week I finished a big quilt I’ve been working on for about a year, plus a smaller quilt that is a pattern sample for our July release at The Stitch TV Show.

  • Used this week:  27.5 yard
    • 22 yd for giant quilt
    • 1 yd for storage bag
    • 4.5 for Emilio pattern sample
  • Total Used Year to Date: 135 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (16% of total used)

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 220 Audio Only

In episode 220 of The Stitch TV Show quilting talk show, Pam and Lynn talk about visiting Paducah for Quilt Week, hanging quilts using different techniques, and some background and info about Quilt Market.

To enter the giveaway for the Thread Cutterz we reference in the show, check out this Instagram post!

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is June 16, 2017 at 7 pm US Eastern, and then again on July 14.

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, 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.

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WIP Wednesday – The Helpering Edition

I’ve been trying to finish a big quilt project, but it’s been difficult for two reasons:

  1. There are adorable kitty bellies to rub.
  2. Kitties attached to adorable bellies are taking up residence on top of my projects.

Even with that, though, I’ve got one more border to go on this stinker and then I can bind it! After that it’s working on Summertime Blues and a couple other projects.

Sunday Stash – Barely

Well, as expected I didn’t finish much this week due to the quilt show; by all the accounts the show went great and we’re all still recovering!  I’ve been stitching where I can, but only squeaked out a zipper pouch for an upcoming swap in the finished column.  This should be a big week coming up, though, so I’ll take the calm before the storm!

I asked my daughter to sketch out the character to me, and used that drawing to thread sketch the outline, and then colored it in with Inktense pencils, which I then set with aloe gel and heat set with the iron.

  • Used this week:  0.5 yard
      0.5 yd for zip pouch
  • Total Used Year to Date: 107.5 yards
  • Added this week: 1 yard
    • 1 yd background fabric for stash.
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (20% of total used)

HtbaS – Episode 306

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about making progress on the Dresden Garden UFO, working out the design for Summertime Blues, and the mania that is putting on a quilt show this week!

Here’s the latest look at Dresden Garden with two borders attached!

Books mentioned in this podcast:

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WIP Wednesday – Quiltily

This week has been mostly making progress in quilting on a pattern sample, and also working further on the Dresden Garden top.  I got the dense center part of the quilting done last night, and will try to do the next thread color tonight.

After tonight all bets are off as I’ll be hanging out at the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild show this week! Come say hi if you’re coming through Atlanta this weekend – the show runs Thursday to Saturday at the Cobb County Civic Center!

Sunday Stash – Switchover

Oh, this week was glorious. All three basted quilts from last week’s progress post got quilt and bounded, so there’s 14 yds in the used column. One of those is for donation, maybe two or even all three since the jury is still out. For now, though, good progress in the spreadsheet.

As I talked about in my podcast this week, I’m switching focus to total used going forward; the state of my stash is such that I need to purchase fabric to make the sorts of quilts I want to.  I’ll still track stash adds, but the net won’t be my focus since I’m focused on making quilts and not necessarily on decreasing my stash. If I end up with a bloated stash, I’ll focus back on net used again!

In addition to finishing three quilts is also finishing two more tops – one a pattern sample you’ll see if a few months, and another a donation quilt – and also, finally, finally, cue the angels, I stitched down the applique on Dresden Garden and added the first border. I even started on the second border! It is 3″ nine-patches set on point, and I got 14 of the 36 blocks needed for that border. For the record, I seem to have stalled on it in October of 2013, so my one UFO is actually moving again, even if I calculated needing 860 2″ squares for the final border. That plan might change, though!

And not to be left out, it was also Saturday Sampler pick up for both the one continuing program and two new ones. I did sign up for both new programs since one is red, white, and blue fabrics and I figured I could make a Quilt of Valor out of the blocks since I’ll be going to the pick-up sessions anyway. You can see those over on Instagram – Great Grunge, Be My Neighbor, and Quilt for All Seasons.

  • Used this week:  14 yards
  • Total Used Year to Date: 107 yards
  • Added this week: 7 yard
    • 7 yd for new shop sample
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (20% of total used)

HtbaS – Episode 305

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I catch up on the last weeks of school and the productivity in the sewing room since!

If you’re in Atlanta, don’t miss the live taping of The Stitch TV Show on June 10 at the Cobb County Civic Center at 10:30am as part of the Georgia Celebrates Quilts Show and Market. There is a ticket fee to get into the show (proceeds go to the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild) but the taping itself is free to attend once you’re inside.

Don’t miss the new interviews Lynn and I are doing as part of the Sewlebrity Soft Pants Stitch-In!

I recommend this recipe for Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs from DamnDelicious.net

I recently read I Let You Go by Claire Mackintosh and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and recommend both!

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

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