Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sunday Stash - Neener Nina

A fairly productive week all around; the kitchen got painted, two quilts for charity got both tops and backs pieced. One is sandwiched, and once I get more batting I can sandwich the second one. I also had my class on feather quilting with Sharon Schamber (eee!), so I’m looking forward to practice some of that on one of the charity quilts.

Nina and the Fat QuartersI learned last week that the East Cobb Quilters Guild is doing a block drive for QoV, so I made a couple string blocks to contribute and have pieces cut for four pieced blocks to mail in.

Meanwhile, Nina has been expressing herself on my fat quarters.

  • Used this Week: 3 yards
    • 2 yd for accessory tote
    • 0.5 yd for QoV string blocks
    • 0.5 yd for practice FMQ sandwich
  • Used year to Date: 215 yards
  • Added this Week: 0.5 yards
    • 0.5 yd of black Kona for future class with Esterita Austin
  • Net Used for 2014: 141.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 72.5 yards (34% of total used)

Kitchen ArtSee more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

P.S. - Bonus shot of Nina painting watching from the newly painted kitchen. Nina painting by me, bird on slate (just below Nina) painted by Grama Eddie.


HtbaS - Episode 186

Owly ImagesThis week I talk a bit about Sharon Schamber, charitable quilting, a muffin recipe, and a couple diatribes on Slacking and “Why Haters Gotta Hate”.

Here Jett is showing off the layout for the latest Quilt of Valor.


WIP Wednesday: Of Blue and Cats

Owly ImagesMy kids are spending the week with my in-laws, so that means… well, not a ton of sewing. You’d think so, but I got a brilliant idea to paint my kitchen since I don’t really have to cook full meals for the entire family. So that’s what I’ve done.

I picked a bright blue/aqua color since our cabinets are white and the floor matches the dog (or the dog matches the floor), and I really love it.  I need to do touch-ups tonight and then I should be ready to peel the tape off tomorrow.

Now, I have managed to do a bit of sewing as well. I’m working on the top for the donation quilt for Good Mews’ silent auction; it’s a column layout and I picked a focus fabric and then drew out scrap squares to complement.  I realized while piecing that the focus fabric I picked is the colors of my cats - brown, orange, black and white. Serendipity!

Good Mews quilt in progressThere will be 5 columns of the focus fabric, and four pieced columns.  This is the center, and the flanking columns use a slightly larger patchwork square.

Meanwhile, I finally captured Nina opening the cabinet doors on my cutting/sewing table.


Sunday Stash - Full of the Beans

BeanbagOne charity quilt finish this week, plus a pillow cover for my parents. I need to get the quilt out of the dryer (in the daylight) to take pictures of it, but in the mean time, here is a picture of the beanbag finish from last week. Yes, it looks like a lump. Or a beanbag.

I used this tutorial for it, but did have to tweak it a bit for the amount of available fabric I had in the outer home dec weight.

I also had to buy some muslin for my feather quilting class with Sharon Schamber next week! More excited about the class than buying muslin, but there you are.  I’m not sure what all I’ll be able to finish this week since my kids are spending the week at their grandparents and I have grand plans to paint the kitchen, but I do have two more charity quilts in progress - one is a blue/tan for Quilts of Valor and the other is the auction quilt for Good Mews.

  • Used this Week: 4.5 yards
    • 4 yd for Wolf Bricks charity quilt
    • 0.5 yd for parent’s pillow
  • Used year to Date: 212 yards
  • Added this Week: 2 yards
    • 2 yd muslin for class with Sharon Schamber (squee!)
  • Net Used for 2014: 138.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 72 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 185

A jam-packed episode with feelings, cooking, books, and charitable sewing!


WIP Wednesday: Lazy Days of Summer

While you’re here, have you entered to win the Scrapideux quilt?

Smug Cat is SmugI am surrounded by piles of cats in various states of laziness.

Exhibit A: Jett, in the skylight sunbeam, atop the pile of scraps that needs to be trimmed. Shortly after taking this picture, he rolled belly up and presented himself for rubbing. The scraps are the current work in progress as it’s time to empty the bin - he’s resting on 3/4th’s of the original pile. Yikes.

Lazy Days of SummerExhibit B: Nina, atop a charity quilt that needs to be bound (and obviously washed to remove cat hair!). She has not actually moved since taking this picture.

Once I get this bound and the scraps cut up, I plan on cutting bits out for another Quilt of Valor (“regular”, not patriotic, this time), and marking and quilting my Bitty Broken Lone Star.

Homemade Cherry CobblerAnd, because I can, a gratuitous picture of homemade cherry cobbler (from scratch!), which was part of my husband’s Father’s Day present.

Triple Threat Nine Patch Quilts - Finished!

D9P - Wiggle LayoutLast week I finished my demo quilts for the Disappear Nine Patch versions I did for my guild, bringing my total of charitable quilts for the year to nine. Plus one under the needle to be quilted.  Woohoo!

The first one is “D9P Classic“, which I call a “wiggle” layout since the whole squares that don’t get sliced look like they are lined up in wiggly lines.

In the two D9P Classic layouts, I did straight line quilting in the center and the border. For whatever reason, it looks super wrinkly in the border on this purple/green one. I am choosing to blame the humidity for that.

D9P - Windmill LayoutThe second D9P Classic layout I call the “Windmill” layout, where the sliced red-orange bits come together like a windmill.

Depending on the values you use, the windmill either recedes or pops against the non-sliced squares.

For the final layout, I used a new tutorial I found while researching D9P tutorials.  It does diagonal cuts on the nine patches, and then mixes them up.  It does require you to mix up pieces from at least two blocks to make any difference as there’s no rotation after slicing, just piecing the block back to together.

D9P - Diagonal Cut LayoutI used a charm pack for this one so the values are all pretty similar, making it hard to see how the blocks actually look. I could also blame the humidity here, but aside from my Very Large Hair that almost made it into the picture as a shadow, I suspect I’ve run the course on that excuse.

This one got FMQ’ed with some flowers in the horizontal and vertical “solid” blocks and a meander in the rest of the quilt.

They’ve all been folded up and stored, hopefully away from cat hair, until it’s time to donate them!

Sunday Stash - Multitudinous

Quite a productive week this week, given I was dragging my feet on making a beanbag and didn’t sew for a couple days.  I finished the two other disappearing nine patch samples, which will be donated to charity.  The beanbag itself is finished, but I ran out of stuffing, so no pictures yet since it looks rather deflated still.  And finally, my daughter wanted to make a small quilt so she picked out some squares from the stash and sewed them together on the Big Machine (aka, mine).

While you’re here, have you entered to win the Scrapideux quilt?

  • Used this Week: 11.5 yards
    • 4 yd for beanbag lining
    • 4.75 yd for Purple disappearing nine patch quilt
    • 0.25 yd for Bloomer’s project
    • 2.5 yd for Baby disappearing nine patch quilts
  • Used year to Date: 207.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2014: 136.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 68 yards (33% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 184

Scrapideux: Win this quilt!

Well, here it is, your chance to win a quilt made by me! And it’s a big old honking one, too.

This is a Scrapitude quilt, designed by Charlotte, with a quilt along hosted by Sandy.  I originally made this as a gift for someone but decided that the Ultimate Scrappy Scrappiness of it was a bit too…. much for the original recipient. Their loss is your gain!

ScrapideuxScrapiduex measures just under 80 x 80″. It’s got a scrappy binding and a pinkish plaid back. It’s been washed and dried and is nice and crinkly and was safely stored in a cabinet until Nina learned to open those doors, so I’ll wash and dry it again before mailing it out.

ScrapideuxSo… how can you win this quilt? I’m glad you asked!

I want to see proof that you’ve sewn a quilt. You may not have even finished it, only completed a top. You may have finished it ten years ago. Or maybe you finished it yesterday - there’s no time limit on when you finished the top or quilt!

Now, there’s no extra points for inventive showcasing of your quilt or top (cheesy Vanna poses, kitty or dog bellies on top of the quilt, showing the quilt is older than me, etc.), but you’ll get a shout out on the podcast and be eligible for a special extra prize I’m not showing until the drawing on the 13th.

So here’s how to submit proof: use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the URL of where your photographic proof is hosted.  It could be on flickr, it could be on a blog, it could be on Instagram, or it could be some other photo hosting site I haven’t even listed.  I’m looking for a URL that I can use to go see of a finished top or quilt.

The drawing will be on July 13, which happens to be my 40th birthday. I’ll ship internationally, too. There’s no extra entries for sharing on social media, so feel free to sit on the giveaway yourself, but be aware I’ll be promoting it myself!

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Update: A couple people have asked to see the pictures of all the submitted quilts.  If you don’t want me to share the picture you entered, please email me and let me know!