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Sunday Stash – Wishful

This week I managed to finish one last quilt before vacation. No pictures of it since it was of a personal nature, however. This is the “get well” quilt for a co-worker that had messages and names written all over it, so just imagine it looks good!

In the absence of  picture of a quilt, here is Nina, practicing her “cubicle face”. #ThatsJustHerFace.

I also managed to hold off on buying fabric this week so I’ve finally crossed back over into the light on the net used statistic this week!

  • Used this week:  8.75 yards
    • 8.75 yd for the “get well” quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 60 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 2.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (25% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

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!

WIP Wednesday – Pure Adrenaline

We had a little planning meeting (read: group text) about what pattern is coming out next from The Stitch, and one that really only bubbled up to the consideration list late last year is now at the very top of the list and, guess what, it’s one of my designs! And then we decided on a launch date and then I realized I needed to make 3 (finished!) samples for it by next Thursday.

And then I passed out.

While I’m good and fast, and not always in that order or at the same time, I decided that it might be a bit unrealistic, especially since we have a family birthday and my wedding anniversary this weekend, and there’s only so much distraction the Atlanta Falcons playoff game can provide my husband on our actual anniversary.

Eventually I opted to ask for some grace and changed publication date to give me two more weeks, but it’s actually going pretty well and I’ve got most of the pattern written at this point. Having lighting tent set up on the cutting table, however, makes things a tight squeeze.

I will say, however, that the adrenaline from leaping into making 3 quilts in a week is nothing to compared to the adrenaline from hearing a cat start to barf while inside my light tent.

And I’m totally gonna point fingers here, since I was successful is grabbing him and moving him off anything sewing related before the actual barfing happened. This guy…… is on the naughty list.

Sunday Stash – Impetus

Earlier this week I wrapped up the En Provence mystery quilt, which is roughly twin size.  Because I broke it up in two quilts, I ended up with some mismatched bits, so I put the all into a single placemat which will get donated to Meals on Wheels.

I did buy fabric this week, but it was solely for sample making for The Stitch, which means it doesn’t go into “personal accounting”. If there are leftovers from the two samples, then I’ll check those into my stash at that time!  Of course, those two samples also have to be done in a week and a half, so it’s pedal to the metal time around here, and it’s birthday weekend for my daughter and anniversary for us next weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

In the mean time, I worked on some handquilting on the last Virtual Stitch-In. Nina also decided to be a helper cat and contribute, so check it out!

  • Used this week: 10.5 yards
    • 10 yd for En Provence
    • 0.5 yd for donation placemat
  • Used Year to Date: 14.75 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 14.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 4 yards (27% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

2016 Net Yardage

Sunday Stash – 2016 Wrap Up

A bang-up finish to 2016 with the finish of my shop sample of The Nope! Quilt!  I wanted to use a print for the center panel instead of a solid (mostly to get away with less intricate quilting, but also to see what it would look like). I need to edit the images a bit and will get them posted over on The Stitch TV Show site.

The work I’ve been doing in paper piecing and the En Provence Mystery don’t quite count yet towards stash usage, so that Nope! sample plus my Glow Stick Mini and a cover for my HQ Sweet Sixteen were my last official finishes for the year.  Here is Nina demonstrating that the new cover, while helpful for keeping dust out, isn’t exactly cat proof.

So, here’s the net of all of that, including some acquisition this week:

  • Used this week: 11.25 yards
    • 3 yd for HQ Sweet 16 cover
    • 1.25 yd for Glow Stick mini
    • 7 yd for Nope 2.0 shop sample
  • Used Year to Date: 357.75 yards
  • Added this week: 11 yard
    • 5 yd for upcoming pattern sample
    • 6 yd for Giant cat quilt
  • Net Used YTD: 203 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 141.75 yards (36% of total used)

So, woohoo, I surpassed 200 yards net used this year, despite some serious acquisition to support making these samples for patterns for The Stitch. So how does that compare to previous years? Since I’ve been tracking since 2012 now, that’s a lot of lines on the graph so I simplified my historical view with minimum, maximum, and average net yardage for the particular week of the year.  2016 is the red line below:

2016 Net Yardage

My 4Q finishes for this year were above average despite a slow-ish summer. Not too bad.

For charitable usage, I’m a little below average, but finished the year with more than a third of my fabric usage going to community service projects. Not too shabby!

2016 Charitable Yardage

As always, see more stash reports on Patchwork Times!


Sunday Stash – Just a Few

The En Provence Mystery marches on!  I finished up the four patches for step 3, swapping in a teal for the lavender.

You can see more progress from other quilters on Bonnie’s linky!

In terms of finishes, I did finish up the 1st of 2 donation quilts in the queue, and the “My Favorite Things” block of the month from Sew Hooked. Better pictures coming when I get the sleeve attached, for now know that the stitched passed Helper Cat inspection, including the label on the yarn!

  • Used this week: 7.25 yards
    • 4.5 yd for the Squirrely quilt
    • 2.75 for My Favorite Things BOM
  • Used Year to Date: 337 yards
  • Added this week: 1.5 yard
    • 1.5 yd in FQs
  • Net Used YTD: 193.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 126.5 yards (38% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 292

In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I catch everyone up on the quilt pile-up in my sewing room, some plans for holiday break sewing, guild activities, and some life events like chaperoning a 7th grade field trip and recent holiday parties.

The book I review in this episode is “I’ll Take You There” by Wally Lamb.

The next Virtual Stitch-In is tonight, December 9, 7-8:30 pm US Eastern! Watch (and chat with us!) on YouTube.

Today’s podcat was Morelli!

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


Sunday Stash – Moderately Timely

This week was another positioning week, it felt like.  I picked up some stack and whack stars from Lynn on Saturday and turned them right around into a quilt top by pairing them when some striped blocks made from jelly roll strips, sashed with some narrow navy blue fabric scraps.  This will get donated to Quilts of Valor.

Morelli very helpfully gave me a scale guide in this photo of the top, which is now quilted and bound, and waiting to be washed to remove the obvious cat hair:

I’ve got a legitimate pile-up happening elsewhere; there still a pattern sample for The Stitch waiting to be quilted, my Tula Pink EPP quilt to be handquilted (still not based!), my Stargyle quilt, and the quilt for the challenge Lynn and I did for The Stitch.  Next I’ll baste the Tula Pink, then quilt the Stargyle quilt, I think, since it’s smallest.  And if I need a break, I’ll mark the top for the challenge since it needs some prep before quilting.

  • Used this week: 5.5 yards
    • 5.5 yd for Quilt of Valor
  • Used Year to Date: 314.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 185.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 114 yards (36% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

WIP Wednesday – The Helperest of Helpers

I really wonder what I would take pictures of if not for cats. Endless entertainment. For me anyway. You all that don’t like cats probably just stash these pics away as evidence why cats are horrible.

First, Nina sat on the four patches for the Stargyle Quilt (I figured out I was five short and needed to make a couple more).

And then I was cutting sashing pieces, and Jett helpfully pre-tested those for me to quantify maximum snuggliness.

I’ve also been battling a migraine on and off all day today, which is particularly challenging since I have 13 conference call today! And the last one is at 9pm tonight. Gotta remember to dial in to it rather than pass out on the couch tonight, so I can talk to my work colleagues in Oz and Asia!

Smunday Stash – Hug a Helper Cat

Well, this week I’m only a day late, or maybe 8 days late for the missing week. Oh well. Still lots going on with baseball playoffs hitting hard and heavy this past weekend; my son’s team made it through the first round but lost in the second. Alas! We’re hanging up the cleats until springtime.

I did finish two gift quilts this week, and have a small wallhanging project sandwiched and ready to quilt. I’m also catching up on the Stargyle Quilt Along from Just A Bit Frayed. It got cold for a bit so Nina was super snuggly, but it’s back up to 85 degrees today (on Halloween! What?!?), so we might all be going as beach bums for trick or treating.

  • Used this week: 10.25 yards
    • 6.75 yd for the Frost quilt
    • 3.5 yd for Frost Jr.
  • Used Year to Date: 295 yards
  • Added this week: 9 yard
    • 7 yd for pattern sample
    • 2 yd for neutrals for stash
  • Net Used YTD: 180.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 105.75 yards (35% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!