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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 – Monumental

It was quite a productive week in terms of number of projects finished. Granted, three of them are quite small, but a finish is a finish!

First up is a pair of composition book covers for a school fundraiser.

I’m really happy with some quilting on this poppy mini quilt; this “Poppy Power” mini ended up 12″ square.

I also finished my Star Wars mini for the swap, and my small quilt for the Riley Blake MQG challenge, and just before writing this a donation quilt for my guild. More pictures of those to come later! Next up is the second magazine pattern for The Stitch TV Show, and THEN I finally get to the chair cover and pillows for my mom. Only three months late. 🙁

  • Used this week: 8.75 yards
    • 1 yd for composition book covers
    • 0.25 for The May The 4th Be With You Star Wars Swap mini
    • 1 yd for Riley Blake MQG challenge
    • 0.5 yd for Poppy Power
    • 6 yd for Green/Pink Charity quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 44.25 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: -5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (25% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

WIP Wednesday – Messy

Of course right when it’s time to head out of town I decided to “just get that one thing done”, while also doing laundry and packing and everything else. So here’s a charity quilt I started.

The rows are almost put together; my goal is mostly to get the top finished before I head out tomorrow for QuiltCon.  That will bring me to a quilt pile-up of FOUR tops ready to be quilt. I will think about that when I get back, though!

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.

HtbaS – Episode 290

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I reveal The Project That Ate September, gear up for the Black Friday Sew In, recent hand quilting work, some community service sewing, and review some books.

Behold, the Transform quilt (update: alas, our quilt did not make it as a finalist):

Books discussed in this episode:

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow. Join us for the Black Friday Sew In by using #BFSI on social media to share what you’re working on!


Sunday Stash – Baggier

This week I was working on smaller projects to finish up for the “Community Service Parade” at guild meeting Thursday night.  I managed to finish 5 placements, 1 pillowcase, and 2 quilts to donate since the last month, with a good bit of that done in the previous week.

Beyond the donation projects, I also made a tool organizer called “Tooly” (above). and my sample for the next class I’m teaching at Red Hen Fabrics.  Still confirming details and dates, but it’s the Tudor Bag from Sew Sweetness.  Sample is below, from a new line from Windham Fabrics “Hot Dogs & Cool Cats”!

  • Used this week: 9 yard
    • 0.5 yd for 2 pinwheel placemats
    • 0.5 for 2 Lilac Hill placemats
    • 0.75 yd for Tooly Organizer
    • 4.25 yd for Hipster Kitty
    • 3 yd for Tudor Bag sample
  • Used Year to Date: 241.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 135.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 83 yards (34% of total used)

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Sunday Stash – Baggy

This week I had the pleasure of teaching another bag-making class at Red Hen Fabrics; 7 women learned how to make the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness, and 4 of them are finished and the other 3 are close to being done.  While I was there I picked up 3 yards of fabric to make a sample for the next class – the Tudor Bag. It’s a little simpler to construct (no curves), so I’m hoping we get a healthy number of signups for that in October.

My kids were spending some time with their grandparents today, so I had some free hours to work on other projects; because I was so productive earlier this week with the Twilter quilt and another donation quilt, I spent some time making…. clothes. Yeesh.  I made two tunic tops and a knit skirt for me, and a cotton skirt for my daughter.  I the remaining fabric from my daughter’s skirt up into bits for a donation quilt in addition to part of a pillowcase, too. All said clothing items are in the washing currently, so no pics yet.

I need to piece the back for this quilt and hopefully get it finished before Thursday evening so I can turn it in for the Community Service round-up at guild that night. Fingers crossed!

  • Used this week: 9.5 yard
    • 1 yd for pillowcase
    • 2.75 yd for strip donation quilt
    • 1 yd for daughter’s skirt
    • 4.75 yd for Twilter Bird in the Air quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 233 yards
  • Added this Week: 3 yard
    • 3 yd for Tudor Bag sample
  • Net Used YTD: 126.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 77.75 yards (33% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 283

This week, I talk about fixing an applique faux pas after the fact, the Twilter Birds in the Air quilt, sewing for charity, and talk about a few books.

  • Zer0es by Chuck Wendig
  • Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner (note: I mistakenly said that someone died in the prologue, but I misspoke. The main character “lost” someone, so I interpreted it one way. Regardless, I finished the book and still love it!)

Today’s podcat is Morelli, who was helpering with the layout of one of the donation quilts I was working on.


Sunday Stash – Sewing for Good

This week I made pretty good progress on several projects, just in time to get a timeline on another project that means my sewing in the first part of September will be dedicated to a big honking thing that I won’t be able to show until the end of October. It’s all good, though, but a bit sobering to realize (note to podcast listeners: no rum involved yet – still at 1.5 bottles in the pantry).

I finished my gift quilt, which I’ll post pictures of in the next couple days, and also the baby quilt I was working on.  In between those, I whipped up three placemats to donate to Meals on Wheels through my guild. The center one is actually my class sample from the Sue Nickel’s workshop, but the contrast isn’t quite stark enough to actually see the stitching on the pale yellow.

I also finished the top and back for my Twilters Bird in the Air quilt, and will get it sandwiched tomorrow for quilting. The back for it is rather crazy – all random fat quarters, and the binding is completely scrappy and fun.

  • Used this 2 Weeks: 13.25 yard
    • 7.25 for “Quilt Number: 65” quilt
    • 4.75 for Airmail baby quilt
    • 1.25 yd for 3 placemats
  • Used Year to Date: 223.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 119.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 74 yards (33% of total used)

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Sunday Stash – Busy Bee

Lots of panicky sewing this week as we continue to get ready for the launch party on Saturday, and I managed to squeeze in a finish to donate through my guild, too.  Rather than do a full quilt of all 12 blocks from the 30’s Saturday Sampler program, I opted to make 2 lap quilts with 6 blocks each.  Since we’ve finished 7 months in this program, I was free to make use of the first 6 blocks!

30s Sampler Quilt

The sashing and cornerstones are cut from 5″ strips to make sure of some of my scrap stash, with two extra stars pieced onto the interior cornerstones. With an extra side border, that made the quilt about 48 x 58″, which is a good size for the target recipients (elementary school kids).

  • Used this Week: 12 yard
    • 2 yd for two 1-hour baskets
    • 5 yd for pattern sample
    • 5 yd for 30’s Sampler Quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 200.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yard
    • 4 yd for border and backing for pattern sample
  • Net Used YTD: 99 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 64.25 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!