Category Archives: Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash – Mindless Stitching

My focus the next couple of weeks has been on some new quilt design without actually stitching them, so my actual stitching has been focused on wrapping up some charitable quilts.  As I sit typing, under my needle are two donation quilts that I am leader- and ender-ing to assemble as tops.  I’ve got another quilt under the quilting needle for donation, and fourth top ready to be sandwiched. And just to keep the trend going, I made two pillowcases to donate. Once all of these quilts are done, I’ll probably do one big blog post with pics of all of them.

It’s a lot of sewing, but a nice spell of mindless stitching after doing quilt math for several days! My particular problem today has been dealing with a headache and some related symptoms, and hoping it goes away overnight.

  • Used this past week: 6.75 yard
    • 2 yd for 2 pillowcases
    • 4.75 yd for Sparkling Pinwheels
  • Total Used Year to Date: 194.5 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 45.75 yards (24% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Cat-atonic

It was the final week of summer break for my kids (I know, it feels early to us, too), but I managed to chip away at quilting the full-sized Meow or Never quilt I showed in last week’s Sunday Stash report.  Despite another busy weekend, I managed to get the binding on it tonight!

Next up I have to sandwich and quilt two more quilts to be donated for our guild’s Community Services efforts, and piece a third top.  It’s been laid out and is ready for piecing, so those should go fairly quickly since they aren’t behemoths like the one I just finished!

After all the donation quilts, I’m due to make another sample of Belinda, so hopefully I can get those all knocked out in the next couple of weeks!

  • Used this past week: 13 yard
    • 13 yd for Meow or Never quilt
  • Total Used Year to Date: 187.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 39 yards (21% of total used)

Smunday Stash – Just the Fiddly Bits

This week was more prep work to finish things than actually finishing things.  What I did finish was so small that it’s barely a blip in the spreadsheet.

I made this travel accessory assortment for the raffle at the annual Good Mews Animal Foundation “Pins for Purrs” bowling fundraiser.  It has an Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead, a Kismet Trinket Box from Sew Sweetness, a tissue holder with extra pouch for hand sanitizer, and a privacy luggage tag.

While I did a lot more sewing, the big thing was finally basting this full size quilt on my kitchen floor. I basted 80% of it, and then had to skootch it over to baste the rest since it was too wide for the space available. Since I’ve finished most of the immediate piecing work to be done on other projects, this is next up under the needle this week.

  • Used this past week: 1 yard
    • 0.5 yd for Good Mews donation
    • 0.5 yd for placemat
  • Total Used Year to Date: 174.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 26 yards (15% of total used)

Smunday Stash – Resource Rich

This week I got one small baby quilt finished, made as homage to the Settlers of Catan board game.

As per the board game, there are five terrains (fabrics) in the center arrangement of 19 hexagons that represent different resources: grain, brick, wood, sheep, and stone.  I mimicked those designs in the quilting texture in each fabric type. From top left to right, pebbling for desert, brick for brick, elongating feather for wheat, facets for stone, and fluffy sheep outlines for sheep (in the unicorn fabric – didn’t have good sheep fabric!).

I’ve got a couple other tops done recently, and some smaller projects to tackle this week, so stay tuned for more!

  • Used this past week: 3.75 yard
    • 3.75 yd for Nursery of Catan
  • Total Used Year to Date: 173.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 25 yards (14% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Finishing

It was quite a busy week for me given the remnants of the long holiday weekend and two more finishes earlier today! I finished up the second sample that will be hanging at Red Hen Stitch Shop when our Emilio pattern launches in a couple weeks; pics of that quilt when the pattern launches!

I also finished up another sample quilt for the pattern after that, Main Squeeze, this morning, but that pattern won’t be out until August.  One of the quilts I can show, though, is my finished Madras quilt, which was from my class with Bill Kerr.  The class was much more focused on color theory than stitching techniques, but I wanted a consult with him to pick the colors and then I stitched on my own.  His comment when he saw my selection, “It’s certainly cheerful!”

The pattern is called Madras from his book, Transparency Quilts.

  • Used this past week: 18 yard
    • 9 yd for 2nd Emilio sample
    • 5.75 yd for Main Squeeze
    • 3.25 yd for Madras
  • Total Used Year to Date: 170 yards
  • Added this week
    • 3 yd of gray print
  • YTD Used for Charity: 25 yards (15% of total used)

Wednesday Stash – Oh Well

I’m going to blame it on the long weekend, but here’s a mashed up post for Sunday Stash and WIP Wednesday! I had one finish by last Sunday, my Summertime Blues quilt. Pictures of that later, but in the meantime, here’s the 3 Saturday Sampler blocks I also picked up and finished!

I can also reveal what I made for the Fandoms in Florals swap! My partner got the package a couple days ago, so swipe to see what I made her: a Hamilton/Doctor Who mashup mini quilt, a Pokemon/cat mashup Open Wide pouch, and a Harry Potter Deathly Hallows zippered Trinket Box. Hopefully you can swipe to see all the projects below:

  • Used this past week: 8 yard
    • 8 yd for Summertime Blues
  • Total Used Year to Date: 152 yards
  • Added this week
    • 1 yd of low volume FQs
    • 3 yd batik
    • 3 yd for Mingle & Jingle FQs
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (14% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Gross

As expected, a low key sewing week as I didn’t bring any hand projects with me on our family trip, although I’ve made progress in pattern design and some other quilting-related areas. Just as well since there’s a lot of helper cats at my parents house who might be too interested in them! Well, maybe only Angus (below) would actually helper as the other two stay hidden under the bed when anyone else is around.

I did finish one quilt before we left, though, so that makes it in the used column. That brings my total used for the year up to a gross!

  • Used this week:  9 yard
    • 9 yd for Emilio pattern sample
  • Total Used Year to Date: 144 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (15% of total used)

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)

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)

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)