Monthly Archives: April 2015

WIP Wednesday - Fame and Fortune

Can’t really show what I’m working on this week since it’s a secret until the guild swap reveal on Sunday, so instead, here’s a picture of my feelings after traveling last week (as portrayed by Fred)…

… and the promo video for the East Cobb Quilters Guild show in June!  I’m the one doing all the street interviews in the pink shirt, and in the blue and black paisley shirt sewing on the featherweight.

Ga Celebrates Quilts 2015 Promo from Ty Towriss on Vimeo.

Sundayish Stash: Pottering Around

No usage this week due to travel, although I did get caught up on my Harry Potter blocks!

Harry Potter POD blocks

  • Used this Week: 0 yards
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used year to Date: 102.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.5 yards
    • 2.5 yards of FQs for stash
  • Net Used for 2015: 39 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.25 yards (54% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 224

WIP Wednesday: Off the Mark

I’m here in scenic SFO with my big hair, looking forward to meeting Jaye tomorrow.  No stitching to speak of, but I can play a round of darts in my hotel room. Or backgammon. No towel rack or counter space in the bathroom to speak of, but by gum I can work on my aim.

Sunday Stash - Scrapalicious

Although Charlotte advised us to proceed at our own risk, I took that as a challenge and assembled my Scrap-in-a-Box top using my own layout. It wasn’t hard to do the math and figure out with the number of blocks constructed and setting triangles what the shape was.  The trick was then whether there was sashing and why there were leftover parts, which is what gives it the mystery, I suppose.

I soldiered on since mine is an end-of-school year teacher gift, and phd the honors ceremonies when teacher gifts are usually given are the week the last instructions are scheduled to be given. Out of respect for Charlotte and the mystery process, I’m not going to post finished photos until after her last clue goes up.

I did buy 2 yards of solid gray fabric this week to finish up the project for my guild swap (most of that went into stash). I think that will be finished next week!

  • Used this Week: 7.75 yards
    • 7.75 yd for  Scrapitude Scrap-in-a-Box quilt
  • Used year to Date: 102.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 2 yards
    • 2 yard gray solid
  • Net Used for 2015: 41.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.25 yards (54% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 223

In my defense, I did record this on Friday but got distracted by work and kids and life in general and forgot to post it!  No promise of a podcast next week since I’m getting home on Friday morning from the work trip, so savor this one!  I talk about what I’m working on, prioritizing what I’m working on next, and some design thoughts floating around in my head for one of the Saturday Sampler quilts.


WIP Wednesday - A Pile of Fabric

So far I’ve managed to put my Scrapitude blocks in the right configuration, but haven’t sewn them yet.  We’ve been taking care of work stuff and family stuff, so stitching is a little light, and what I’ve been doing I can’t show yet since it’s for a guild swap.

Scrapitude block layout.It’ll be interesting to see how my incorrectly-sewn center blocks play with the correctly sewn setting triangle blocks!

See more WIPs at Lee’s blog!

Recent Finish Wrap-Up

I finally stole outside between raindrops to take pictures of some recent finishes!  Here’s three charity quilts that will be donated to Children & Family Services via one of my guilds.

Blue and Burgundy Baby QuiltFirst up, the Blue/Burgundy Baby Quilt, in which it’s revealed I’m already out of naming energy for the year.

Blue and Burgundy Baby Quilt

This one follows my classic “pick a border fabric and pull scrap squares to coordinate” formula.  This border fabric has been sitting in my stash for at least six years!

Next up is another “bricks” quilt featuring the last bits of the music-print fabric. It’s about 54″ square.

Bricks Music Quilt #2And finally my favorite because I think the colors work together the best:

Beep Beep Baby QuiltBeep Beep Baby QuiltI only had about half a yard of my inspiration fabric for this one, so rather than cut borders I cut large 9 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles so I could pair them with 5″ squares from my stash.  The leftover bits of inspiration fabric got cut into 3 1/2″ squares for nine patches, also made from scrap squares. Overall this quilt is made from nine patches, focus rectangle blocks, and 4 patches of 5″ squares.

You can see the car inspiration fabric on this close up.

Sunday Stash: Such Yardage, Very Quilt

Harry's wand.This week I finished up the other two Sew Together bags,  my Harry Potter block, and a small quilt at my daughter’s request.

First, the Harry Potter block.  I went with Harry’s wand in a wood grain fabric.  I forgot to check the sizing when I printed, so my block came out 3/8″ too small and required some spacer background pieces to bring it to the right size. Alas! Fortunately this is a fairly forgiving block for this sizing issue, so it wasn’t too bad.

Such quilt. Very stitch. Wow.

My daughter’s “doge” quilt is based on an internet meme that started with a captioned photo of a Shiba Inu using the Comic Sans font. It is her current obsession, and she desperately wants to go to Japan as a result. I’ve tried telling her that you don’t see Shibe’s frolicking in a field right when you get off the plane in Tokyo, but she is so far undeterred.  She’ll have to settle for her doge quilt in the mean time.

I found a vector art file of the doge face and traced the big chunks onto paper backed fusible, using 5 different fabrics for the face. She specifically wanted the face on 4 squares, so I stuck to simple piecing and quilting and finished this in a day (but didn’t tell her it was done until after I showed it at my guild meeting this morning!).

  • Used this Week: 3.25 yards
    • 2.5 yd for  2 Sew Together bags
    • 0.75 yd for Doge mini quilt
  • Used year to Date: 95 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 35.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.25 yards (58% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 222

I recorded this early this morning in the parking lot of my dentist’s office. Spoiler alert: everything turned out okay there!  I chat about what I’ve been sewing, what it’s like to jury a quilt show, and some book reviews.  If you’ve got young listeners with you, you want to skip the book review part (no language but reference to “coming of age” stories).