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.


Morse Code Quilt – Finished!

This quilt started out as a collection of leftover strips from a Saturday Sampler quilt, Sparkling Gems (which I never got a picture of – boo!)  We received monthly bits of fabric to use for the main blocks, and had a number of leftover trimmings that measured 1 1/2 – 2″ by various lengths. The batiks were too pretty to just chuck so I held on to them until I finally just started improv piecing them together with leftovers of the background fabric.

The total size is around 43 x 64″ – a bit longish, but I didn’t want to leave any strips out!  To quilt it, I did wavy horizontal lines in the background and did a straight line with repeating circle motif in the all the colored bits. Nina is helpfully showcasing that design below.

I’m not quite sure where will this go, or what purpose it will serve. It might get donated, or I might keep it because I love the bright colors!

Jaunty Squares Quilt – Finished!

This quilt came to be because of some leftover blocks from another project.  I framed a 5″ neutral square with 2 1/2″ strips of various fabrics, and them trimmed the 7 1/2″ so the center block was tilted.

Of course, I only had 11 leftover blocks, which doesn’t make much of a quilt!  I complemented with others squares from complementary fabric in baseball and golf prints, and some coordinating neutral squares.  That brought the size up to about 42 x 49″, which is a good size lap quilt for a child.

For the quilting, I did freeform FMQ stars in the middle of the neutral blocks, and a meander to travel from block to block.

This will get donated to DFACs through my local guild!

Sunday Stash – Fruitful

Lots of progress this week, although it may not be reflected in the numbers below. It was a tough week at work again, and also the last week of school, but I made both of those work for me by channeling productivity in the sewing room to distract myself.

For small projects, I wrapped up some of the outstanding items for the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild Boutique for the upcoming quilt show (only 10 days to go!) and used some binding stash for that. I also whipped up a couple of Diva Wallets – one for me and one for Lynn to replace the one that was stolen a few weeks ago.


The floral coasters on the finish list were small gifts for the “remembrance walk” that the 5th graders do on the last day of school; mostly because the school suggests flowers be given to all the teachers the kids had while at the school, but I am bad at gardening.

My FQ baskets were my latest attempt to wrangle my fabric stash in my messy sewing room; the pattern came from a Bernina tutorial.  Of course Jett needed to try them out.

I’m really looking forward to finishing up some quilts this week; I’ve got three basted and ready to quilt, and two more in the pile-up after that.  One of those is quite large, however, and needs some longarm time work on it. The other one uses some of that gorgeous Paloma fabric from Ink & Arrow I mentioned in the WIP Wednesday post!

  • Used this week:  5 yards
    • 0.75 yd for binding for Boutique items
    • 1 yd for Diva wallets
    • 3 yd for FQ baskets
    • 0.25 yd for floral coasters
  • Used Year to Date: 93 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • 0 yd for borders
  • Net Used YTD: 20 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 17.75 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 219 Audio Only

In this episode of The Stitch TV Show, Pam and Lynn talk about a visit to the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild, quilting tourism, and the special case of left-handed quilting.

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

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.


WIP Wednesday: Defuzzing

This week has felt like an uphill slog to get anything done. It is the last week of school, and that usually means a frajillion things happening in the evenings so the time at the sewing machine has been limited since Sunday.

I’m also trying to keep my cutting table clean and moving projects along, but frankly, there’s a been a lot of fuzz gathered on it!

I’m about to start cutting into some delicious fabric from Ink & Arrow, however, so I promise more eye candy soon!

Sunday Stash – A Thousand Paper Cuts

Well, this week I’m net zero but did finish what feels like a hundred small projects.  Offset that with fabric I purchased for the border of the big project I’ve been working on, and Bob’s your uncle, net zero.

I made two FQ pop-up bins and two Sew Sweetness Kismet Trinket Boxes (only one shown below; the other is on Instagram). Lots of fussy bits, but worth it! I really hated the container my Wonder Clips came in, so the small round Kismet Trinket Box works perfect as a much cuter replacement.


I also finished my mini for the Fandoms in Florals swap on Instagram.  No finished pics until my partner gets it, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. You can see a close-up of some of the quilting here.

I’ve also taken over the Boutique area for our guild quilt show, so I spent some time sorting and pricing items.  In doing that, I’ve discovered some half-finished items that lacked binding, so I pulled from my stash to complete those items.  I’ll probably finish the rest in the coming week as I need an escape from the last-week-of-school madness!

  • Used this week:  4.5 yards
    • 1.5 yd for tuffet
    • 0.75 yd for pop up bins
    • 0.5 yd for Kismet trinket boxes
    • 0.75 yd for swap mini
    • 1 yd for various binding
  • Used Year to Date: 88 yards
  • Added this week: 4.5 yard
    • 4.5 yd for borders
  • Net Used YTD: 15 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 17 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 304

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk briefly about some end-of-school-year activities, my experience and tips for making a tuffet, the recent Netflix series “Anne with an E”.