Sunday Stash – Whew

It was, by all accounts, a productive weekend.  I put the finishing touches on my first magazine project (seen to the right after Nina “helpered” with the quilting by making a fort), and started setting up photography for the finished project.  That involves staging and lighting and all manner of things I’m not as good at as quilting, but has to be done.  I’m waiting to see if the natural light tomorrow is better than today. If not, I’ll go with one of the shots I took today.

I also powered through my entry for the Bad Ass Quilters Society graffiti challenge. It’s not great, but it is, as we said senior year of college, “D for Done!”. Actually we said “C for Commencement” quite a bit more because we did have some standards, but at this particular point in my project list, I’m happy with “D for Done”.  The entries for that open up online in early March, so there’ll be post about it next week.

Those two finishes weren’t enough to offset the fabric purchase for my SECOND magazine publication (woohoo!) but hey, I’ll take it! This week as I piece that magazine pattern, I’ll be leader-and-ender-ing a charity quilt so I can knock out another finish for the donation pile, too.

  • Used this week: 2.75 yards
    • 1.75 yd for magazine pattern
    • 1 yd for BAQS challenge piece
  • Used Year to Date: 35.5 yards
  • Added this week: 5.75 yard
    • 5.75 yd for magazine pattern
  • Net Used YTD: -9.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (12% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 297

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about some recent changes at work, getting ready for QuiltCon next week, some exciting (yet panic-inducing) news, the Super Bolt sale and state of the stash, and some recent quilting.

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



WIP Wednesday – V Fancy Indeed

The good news is I started quilting the pattern for the magazine. The bad news is I’m not quite sure how to finish quilting it. A hazard of the trade, I suppose.

It’s given me a chance to practice my ruler work, although it also afforded me a chance to practice my marking as well. I enjoy one of those much better than the other, but I need practice in both.

After this gets wrapped up it’s on to a challenge project, design TBD, frankly.  I’ve been fiddling around with some ideas but still not particularly inspired at this time. Maybe that change when I start playing with the fabric, or maybe it won’t. In that chase, it’ll be a 12 x 12″ mini!

Sunday Stash – Pieceful

This week I focused on meeting two near-term deadlines.  The first (and most fun) was making a baby sized version of the Belinda quilt. Instead of using a layer cake, though, as the pattern calls for, I used various hexagons cut from fat quarters and other scraps, and I even created some “made fabric” from which to cut them.  I’ll be doing a more detailed write up over on The Stitch TV Show site in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s the pictures of me showing it off at our guild show ‘n tell after our meeting this morning.

I also finished the top for the magazine pattern, and did some marking for the quilting.  The good news is, it’s not that big a quilt so it shouldn’t take long to quilt! I am planning on doing some fairly fancy stuff to it, though, so it’ll probably take me just as long as I would spend on a “regular” quilt. Ha!

  • Used this week: 4.75 yards
    • 4.75 for pieced Belinda quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 32.75 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: -6.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (12% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 212 Audio Only

In episode 212 of The Stitch TV Show, Lynn and Pam talk about Valentine’s Day, different ways to sew curves, and how to measure progress in quilting.

Don’t forget our next Virtual Stitch-In is February 10, 2017 at 7 pm US Eastern!

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 – Love(ly)

This week I’ve been working on taking care of two birds with one stone: another giant hexagon Belinda sample and a quilt for a new baby!  I finished the top assembly over the weekend, and have spent recent time quilting it.  Rather than rely completely on my usual default meander quilting, I mixed it up with some words.

I’m rather thankful for my 5th grade penmanship award!

Sunday Stash – Reckoning

Well, this week was the Great Reckoning, both for sportsball and for the stash report. The former is unresolved as of this writing, and the latter can be addressed thusly:

It was a good sale, and I splurged a bit on more than fabric. I got kits to make some pop-up buckets to take on retreats or sew-ins, thread, and some other goodies.  Also, thanks to the Sportsball Sew-In, I made lots of progress on projects, including the two latest Saturday Sampler blocks and 4 (very fiddly) ribbons for our upcoming guild quilt show, shown on the left.

I also got a top and back made for a new version of the Belinda quilt, which includes pieced hexagons; I’ll be blogging about that more over at The Stitch TV Show site in the coming weeks.

  • Used this week: 9.25 yards
  • Used Year to Date: 18.75 yards
  • Added this week: 1.5 yard
    • 35 yd for various Super Bolt sale fabrics (mostly backings)
  • Net Used YTD: -11.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (14% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 296

In episode 296 of the Hip to be a Square Quilting Podcast, I give a run down on some of my recent sewing and prep for QuiltCon and the Sportsball Sew In this weekend! More complete show notes up in a bit!

Today’s podcat was Jett!


WIP Wednesday – Smiley

This week I’m wrapping up the last of the 5 samples for the pattern I’m working on. I have a fervent hope I will finish it TODAY and then I can work on something else. To be honest, that something else is another pattern, but for a magazine! Very exciting.

Anywho, when I haven’t been chained to my HQ Sweet Sixteen, I’ve mixed it up with some piecing.  A friend of mine named HollyAnne, who is a podcast listener/watcher of The Stitch is starting up a new nonprofit called Quilts for  Cure.  Her first project is collecting 10″ heart blocks to make quilts for children undergoing cancer treatment in the Atlanta area.

She’s asking for blocks by Feb 14th, so if you want to make a couple, check out her blog with instructions and how to donate.

Sunday Stash – Miscount

Remember how I freaked out a bit at having to make 3 quilt samples for the pattern I’m writing? Joke’s on me, I actually needed 5!  The additional two were truly samples, though, and only showcased part of it, but still, 5 quilts. Hooo boy.

The good news is, I got FOUR of them finished this week, and the last top is just about put together and will get quilted this week. While putting that last top together, I did finish up this top. At least, I think it’s finished; I’m rather out of the white fabric so any additions to it will be without the white fabric. Or the colored batiks, because I’m out of those too. So… yeah, I think it’s done.

I also found out that I officially got the kit to participate in the latest MQG challenge with Riley Blake. I have a vague idea that I’m not sure will work with these fabrics, and I’ve put Lynn under strict orders not to let me sign up for anything else.  In her defense, I have large swaths of unsupervised time and she probably can’t stop me.


  • Used this week: 4 yards
    • 4 yds from personal stash for pattern samples
  • Used Year to Date: 18.75 yards
  • Added this week: 1.5 yard
    • 1.5 yd for Riley Blake MQG challenge
  • Net Used YTD: 14.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (21% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!