Monthly Archives: May 2014

HtbaS - Episode 182

WIP Wednesday: EPP Update

Diamonds in the Sky progressRather than show a pile of stuff on my cutting table, I thought I’d give an update on my EPP project, the Tula Pink Diamonds in the Sky quilt.

I’ve been working on this as I wait for kids at various practices or art lessons, so I’m up to attaching row 3.

You’ll note there’s a hole in the middle of it. This is because as I was attaching row 3, I noticed that I had attached row 2 on upside down. You wouldn’t even be able to notice except one of the 3D cubes (there’s one adjacent to the hole) was then seen upside down.

Words Were Said. Words that my children may have both gotten in trouble for referencing in various writing projects last week on two separate days. Ah, motherhood.

Anyway, I’ll put a regular hexie in that hole, and swap out the 3D hexie for another regular hexie further down the row so it’s not so obvious. And I might say some more Words. It *is* the end of the school year, after all!


Project Round-Up for #MDSI

I had a fairly productive weekend and was able to finish several projects.  First up, two charity quilts:

Quilt of ValorThis is a donation for Quilts of Valor.  It measures around 60 x 72″, and the pattern is from the book “More Loose Change“.  I did mess up the rotation of the four patches, but given the scrappiness of it, it’s difficult to peg exactly where the mistakes are.  Regardless, it still looks good and it was a good way to use up more of the 5” squares from my stash. I think I’m going to wait to submit for donation until I know for sure if I’ll have another QoV donation done fairly soon, as there’s a chance that multiple quilts can go to the same location (and save a little on postage!).

Half Notes QuiltThis quilt is called “Half Notes”, named for the musical fabric that’s opposite the solid brown in the HSTs.  It’s around 60″ square, and will be donated through one of my guilds to the local child protective services organization around the holidays. My job right now is to try to keep the cat hair off of it until donation time comes!

I also spent time working on two smaller projects that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while.

Iron CaddyThis iron caddy is a pattern from Sisters’ Common Thread; the pattern comes with a piece of the silver backed ironing-board fabric, and I also added a layer of Insul-Bright and a layer of regular batting.  I went with a cupcake fabric that I like but don’t know what else to do with (I already have two aprons, and that feels like decadent overkill, so while it lends itself to kitchen-y projects, an iron tote is as close as I can get!).

Please note, this project will fit approximately one (1) cat, size large to extra-large:

Iron CaddySew Together BagAnd finally, I finished my Sew Together bag.  This one has been floating around the internet for a little bit now; the pattern is from Sew Demented and was available from Craftsy, but I think it got removed temporarily because of a copyright dispute that’s ongoing with another designer that produced a very similar pattern. Sigh. You can buy it direct from the designer’s website, though.

I’d been putting off making it since I had heard that the pattern was a bit tricky and lacked pictures, and I’d agree with the lack-of-pictures assessment.  Also, some of the pieces have similar names, so I was constantly going back and forth between the cut list and the instructions to make sure I was sewing the proper pieces together.

Sew Together BagI only had to get my seam ripper out twice, though, so it wasn’t too bad!

I used a lot of different bright colors, focusing on aqua/teal 2″ squares to piece the outside piece.  Although I pieced that, I didn’t use quilt batting or fusible fleece and just stuck with the standard interfacing to back it since I didn’t want to sew through a lot of crazy layers (well, anymore than I had to, anyway!).

I’m going to wait to fill it up with notion-y goodness until I show it off at my guild meetings this week so I can pass it around for other people to look at.

Sew Together Bag

Sunday Stash: Charitable

Woohoo! I broke 100 net used yards for the year thanks to two charitable finishes this week! One is Half Notes, which will be donated to local child protective services, and the second is my second Quilt of Valor finish. I’ll have pics once I get them washed and dried.

I’ve got my demo blocks prepped for the disappearing nine patch presentation I’m giving next weekend, and all of those will go into three more charity quilts (all for child protective services).  I think I’ll finish up the top for the Broken Lone Star next.

  • Used this Week: 14.75 yards
    • 5.75 yd for Half Notes quilt
    • 7 yd for Quilt of Valor
    • 1 yd for QoV presentation case
    • 1 yd for pillowcase for daughter’s friend
  • Used year to Date: 172.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2014: 103 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55 yards (32% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 181

WIP Wednesday: Son of Frankenbatting

The last few days have been devoted to the creation of Frankenbatting (piecing together remnants of batting into quilt-sized pieces using a LOT of zig-zag stitches). I have a drawer in my cutting table I stuff all the remnants into until the Time of Frankenbattening is ripe. You can tell the time is ripe when the batting bursts forth from the drawer and starts growing cats on it, like this:

Owly ImagesReady to harvest!

Helpering on Half Notes QuiltI’ve pieced together enough to sandwich this quilt, which uses those brown triangles I had cut for another project, and now will be in a donation quilt for the local child services organization. It’s named “Half Notes” and is around 60″ square.

I’m working on piecing together another batch to sandwich the Quilt of Valor, and the rest of the Frankenbatting will be used for other charity projects. Right now I’ve got a bona fide PILE-UP of three quilt tops that need to be finished. I’m thinking I can get two of them done this week if I can get the binding put together.

Sunday Stash - Pending Whammy

QoV 2Big weekend for sewing around here with my day retreat yesterday!  I managed to finish two tops: one for Quilts of Valor, and Saturday Soiree, for my daughter’s bed.  The Quilt of Valor is to the right - it measures around 60 x 72″.  I’ve still got to piece a back for it and make the label for it.

I didn’t get a picture of my Saturday Soiree complete top as I was holding it up at retreat and couldn’t take a picture of it myself, and there’s not enough floor space open in my house currently due to a surplus of train track villages laid out in the living room. BUT! It’s gorgeous so you’ll have to trust me on that until I get it quilted and show pictures of the finished quilt. It’s a generous full/queen size, I think.

I’ve also been working on my disappearing nine-patch demo pieces (20 patches complete for one demo, still need to finish cutting for the other demo), and got all the HSTs done for the donation quilt I’m making out of those brown triangles I had cut.  The center is almost complete for that quilt. Whew!

My one yard of usage is for a gift I made as part of a bridal shower gift, and I’ll show pictures of that item after the shower.

  • Used this Week: 1 yards
    • 1 yd for bridal shower gift
  • Used year to Date: 158 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2014: 88.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 42.25 yards (28% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 180

WIP Wednesday: You Know You Want to Touch It

TOUCH ITI can’t explain why my cats love the top of my travel tote for my sewing machine, but inevitably they trade off who gets to sleep in it like a hammock.

This will be a problem shortly as I’ll need to take it with me on a sew-in AND a day retreat this week, and I’m pretty sure cats are not allowed at either location. In the mean time, I’ve been cutting out fabric to get ready for the various events, and have the following ready to go:

  • Quilt of Valor parts with some units partially assembled
  • HST quilt to use up brown triangles cut for another project that ultimately looked better with another fabric (put a pin in that)
  • Squares assembled to create one of the disappearing nine patch quilts I’m demo-ing at my next guild meeting.
  • The various parts for Saturday Soiree, as cornerstones, sashing, and setting triangles are all done and ready to go with the 12 blocks.

Rainbow Bright Lone StarWhen I haven’t been cutting, I’ve been putting together this fun beauty.  I have a couple tented areas to correct (this picture was taken after I had fixed about five others), but it’s 90% there.  I’ll be adding more of the gray as an outer border (had previously planned on solid brown, but the grey is much better!), and some applique, but haven’t nailed it down yet.

Sunday Stash - Unfinished Business

Blammo! Not a single sewn thing officially finished this week. I can live with that, especially since I did get sewing done, but not yet finished.  Here are this month’s Saturday Sampler blocks from Tiny Stitches:

Mum Medallion - Block 5  Saturday Soiree- Block 12
This is the last month for Saturday Soiree, the blue and white quilt.  I’ve got my sashing and setting kits sewn up for this quilt, so I’ll work on putting the top together at my guild’s day retreat next Saturday. It’ll end up being a big old mamma-jamma queen/generous full size and will go on my daughter’s bed since blue is her favorite color.

I also took some time to do a fundraiser for Good Mews and went to a “paint your pet” night at a local painting place called Canvas by U.  Here’s the original photo of Nina I worked from (the ladies at the store did a pencil sketch on canvas to start us off), and here’s the resulting painting:

IMG_0596  Owly Images

  • Used this Week: 0 yards
    • Alas!
  • Used year to Date: 157 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2014: 87.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 42.25 yards (28% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!