It’s at this point in my life I really need an narrator of sorts to do a voiceover like, “When last we saw Pam, she was stressed out.” Then pan video to me sitting in my living room still sort of stressed out. The good news is, however, the end is rather in sight (new job officially starts next Wednesday) and I just need to google some pictures of contrails to solve my latest quilting dilemma and then everything will be FINE. Yes. That’s what I’m telling myself.
It’ll be fine, right?
Of course it will. Never mind that my brain is already circling around what to make for Thanksgiving (in a month) and the time table to get everything in the oven in order to eat at noon, and whether the turkey I haven’t even bought yet will be defrosted in time. Really, it’ll be fine.
In the mean time, I had a quilting retreat last weekend and finished 3 1/2 quilt tops! Add that to three I already had done, and I have a bona fide pile-up. Oh boy.
So this post is a catch up for stash reporting and WIP-ing, so really I’ve got the de-stash yardage and some pillowcases
- Used this past random amount of time: 17 yards
- 15 yd destashed
- 2 yd for 2 donation pillowcases
- Total Used Year to Date: 260.5 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 71.5 yards (27% of total used)
I have a quilt retreat coming up in October, and I am already feeling the pressure to organize and pack for it. I’ve got a couple simple quilt tops kitted up a ready to go, but would like to get a couple others cut and ready to piece. And that’s on top of learning I need to go to a last-minute work conference next week! Yikes.
I usually overpack by about 1 project, so start placing your bets on which one doesn’t get put together!
I’m looking forward to neither using nor hearing the phrase “hunker down” for a couple weeks; Hurricane Irma passed through my area, and we lucked out and only had a steady rain with minimal wind gusts at my house. School was cancelled for a couple days to prepare for the worst, so I’m quite happy that the kids are back in school today.
Since we never lost power, I’ve made some progress on other donation quilts. First up is the rainbow unicorn one:
And also the pastel floral one:
I should point out that while Irma didn’t wreak much havoc, Hurricat Nina did sweep through.
I’m going ahead and posting WIP Wednesday so I don’t actually forget to do it for the frillionth week in a row! And there’s a pitiful Sunday Stash report to boot, too, at the end.
I got three sets of blocks ready to go for three different quilt tops, so one day (hopefully soon) there will be finishes in the spreadsheet for those quilts. One of them was a pretty traditional shabby chic type charm pack that I mixed up with some more modern prints in similar colors for a big four patch quilt; the other two are leftovers from the skirt finishes of prior weeks.
I’m also in the middle of testing a new pattern and that will get finished up in the next month or so, too.
- Used this past week: 1.75 yard
- 0.25 yd for pincushion
- 0.75 yd for Bingo FQs
- 0.75 yd for block testing
- Total Used Year to Date: 216.25 yards
- Added this week: a couple FQ bundles, and some yardage for a quilt back
- YTD Used for Charity: 61 yards (28% of total used)
This week I did finish a couple more items , including this fun quilt that will get donated at my guild meeting tomorrow night!
The pinwheels and 4 patches are made from the final leftovers from the Silver Star quilt, and I dug out some 3 1/2″ squares from the scrap stash to fill it out.
After finishing that, I took some time to do some graffitti-style quilting on this sample pillow cover for an upcoming pattern:
It’s a mixed bag for WIP Wednesday; some finishes and some in-progress shots!
First up, a quilt that I finished a few weeks ago, which will be donated through my guild to the Dept of Family Child Services.
This one is made from the leftover bits of Sparkling Gems, the quilt that keeps on giving. The quilt I made from previous leftover bits of that quilt was called Morse Code. Sadly, all the bits are now used up, except for one lone weirdly sized pinwheel that I went Full Elsa on and let it go into the scrap bin for stuffing into animal beds!
I’ve also been brushing up my free motion quilting with this fun texture in prep for an upcoming blog hop with Christa Watson that starts tomorrow. The full results will get posted over on The Stitch TV Show blog, but here’s the sneak peek for you:
You know how everything seems to happen at once? All the time? I suppose that’s just called life. Right now my son and husband are concurrently sick with a cold, although my son is handling it better. I am on day 3 or 5 of a migraine, depending on how you look at it and whether you count the day it took off on Tuesday. But on the other hand, my daughter totally put her own hair up in a ponytail by herself this morning and that feels like something. Yes, she’s 11, but she has my crazy curly thick hair and has never yet fiddled with it on her own, so hooray!
I’ve been stalled a bit on sewing this week due to aforementioned headache and also taking care of Stitch business rather than sewing, so here is my in-progress neglected sewing machine with the two donation quilts I’m leadering-and-endering. Not pictured: cats who randomly sit on it and squash down the piles.
It’s been a jam-packed sewing week, mostly because I didn’t have my laptop available to me to work on potentially paying gigs (i.e. – pattern design) in the evenings and weekends. The good news is, my laptop is now fixed and has a fancy new cover and no longer feels like the screen is going to flap wildly about and fall off.
Not being focused on original designs meant that I could just freaking SEW. So sew I did! I made this top out of the last few leftovers from Sparkling Gems. It now needs a back and to be quilted.
Then I put on what is apparently the final border on Dresden Garden; I had considered adding more, but I don’t need to reach a specific size with it, so the current 57″ or so is big enough for a wall hanging.
It’s going to get some crazy intense quilting in there; ghost flowers, creeping vines, cross-hatching, etc. It also needs a back!
I’ve got a sew-in tonight with my besties for our “We Put the Bee in Bacon”, so I’m working on piecing two more tops; one for a quilt along, and one for donation made out of leftover buffalo bits from this quilt.
I took a brief respite from quilt pattern-writing related sewing to whip up a baby gift for a friend; I’ll get to show the full quilt tomorrow or so (after it’s washed and dried), but for now here’s a sneak peek at one of the blocks – wood grain quilting on wood grain fabric!
Sometimes it really is best to draw inspiration from the fabric… or plan the fabric because you wanted wood grain quilting! It’s the circle of quilts.
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)