Monthly Archives: September 2015

WIP Wednesday: Electric (Quilt) Bugaloo

I’ve been working to figure out EQ7 in the past couple weeks, and tonight I finished designing two quilts in one day. This was pursuant to designing a non-standard custom block quilt that I think I’ll get to show on Friday as part of a new quilt along we’re planning for The Stitch.

My other two projects are writing up a previous quilt I’ve made as a pattern for sale, and a take on a center medallion for Solid as a Rock, the Saturday Sampler quilt at Tiny Stitches for this year.

Sadly, all the computer designing means no actual fabric being stitched, but all that changes tomorrow at my guild sew-in! Fortunately Nina has been picking up the slack in the “touching fabric” department.

See more WIPs at Lee’s Blog!


Sunday Stash - Roadtrip and Doges

Facebook Post - Challenge DetailsJust a few small finishes this week, despite having a top and back ready to sandwich for a charity quilt.  I whipped up a mini to be reveal on The Stitch October show for our Road Trip challenge. If you’ve a project to share, you can put it in the linky until Oct 30 for a change to win a fabric license plate like Lynn and I swapped.

My daughter asked for a Doge (aka Shiba Inu) pencil case for school back when it started, so I finally got around to make that for her.  After fusing interfacing to the fabric, I thread painted the doge itself, and then embellished with a black pigma pen to fill it out a bit.

  • Used this Week: 0.75 yards
    • 0.5 yd for my Road Trip challenge mini for The Stitch
    • 0.25 yd for Doge pencil pouch for my daughter
  • Used year to Date: 213.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 5.25 yards
    • 5.25 yd of Star Wars FQs
  • Net Used for 2015: 110.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 121 yards (56% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 244

A little late night recording! The kids had fall break from school this week and were particularly rambunctious so I couldn’t record until after bedtime.  I catch you up on the latest episode of The Stitch, working on my Road Trip challenge quilt, and some plans for pattern design and future projects.


Portlandia #Twilter Round Robin Quilt - Finished!

RoundRobin centerAt last! I finally got around to 1) taking pictures and 2) posting them of my finished Twilter Round Robin quilt organized by Daisy.  I was in Group B with Molly, Sally, Allison, and Kathy.  My starting block was comprised of buffalo bits leftover from the Silver Star quilt I made in 2013 - tiny lime green and white HSTs.

I provided some additional lime green, teal and orange fabric, along with some white on white Eric Carle animal print fabric for the background. And here’s what I got back after everyone else worked their magic! Portlandia Round Robin Quilt Molly set my block on point with a green batik with bird print on it which was some nice foreshadowing and inspiration for Sally’s eventual round.  Because of the bird print, I decided the quilt needed some feathers quilting into it. Portlandia Round Robin Quilt

I’m not sure if Molly or Allison did the next round of white with the small corner four patches on it, but then Allison did a LOT of tiny flying geese, which are delightful, and added a much needed pop of hot pink to the quilt.

Portlandia Round Robin QuiltSally added some nine patches and fun bird applique.  I alternated quilting the birds with either the same orange peel design as the nine patches or an echo of the bird shape. Kathy finished it off nicely with a thin orange and fatter green outer border.

Sally was also kind enough to include some additional birds, so I picked a hot pink one and stuck it in the middle of my original block to really round it out and tie it all together.

As a special heads up for you guys, I talk more about the Round Robin experience on the next episode of The Stitch, which goes up tomorrow!

WIP Wednesday - 1000%

As an aside, this is my 1,000 blog post on this site! Woohoo!

I’m transitioning computers at home and finally catching up on some pictures of finished projects.  This is a trio of quilts I made from various panels that are going to the Community Quilt drive at one of my guilds.  I had 2 alphabet panels and 1 1/2 Lorax panels to work with for them.  The backs are primarily pieced together fat quarter-sized pieces.

Charity Quilt RoundupI’m also working on a purse insert pattern review and just finished testing another pattern for Sara over at Sew Sweetness, but I can’t show those pics yet.  And another quilt project that I also can’t show pics of yet, but think I can next week if it’s done!

See more WIPs on Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash - Stitch En Place

Being out of town this week made it difficult to get progress on any big projects, so I worked through some placemats this weekend using leftover bits from other projects. I ended up with 6 placemats finished.  Adding that to some late Sunday finishes from last week that didn’t make the Sunday Stash post and some yardage for a test pattern bag gives me 4 yds usage for this week.

While I was at the Chattanooga AQS show on Saturday, I picked up a yard of fabric I earmarked for another bag project (shown in this photo as the top piece in the stack all the way to the right).  You may also note that Morelli is a neutral.

  • Used this Week: 4 yards
    • 1.5 yd for 6 placemats
    • 1 yd for Good Mews bed covers
    • 1.5 yd for test bag
  • Used year to Date: 213 yards
  • Added this Week: 1 yards
    • 1 yd of woven print
  • Net Used for 2015: 116.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 121 yards (56% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 243

This week I talk about my work travels, the road trip to Chattanooga for the AQS quilt show, and getting my sewing plans back in order. Here’s the link to listener Gayle’s website, who recognized me and Lynn at the show and owns a longarm business in Tennessee.

Note: The Twilter group on Facebook is now a secret group. If you want to join it, find “Twilter Gates” on Facebook and friend her.  She’ll hook you up!


WIP Wednesday - Sticky

I’m out of town this week meeting with designers and engineers and all sorts of people for work. I brought my hand sewing with me, but so far no time to work on it; maybe on the plane ride home. We’ve been really running through the sticky notes as we talk about process and ideals and general work stuff.

One of my contributions was a sticky note in the “what are you feeling?” area of the process. #AllTheFeelings.

Sunday Stash - Tables and Totes

Morelli models a totebagThis week I finished my Round Robin quilt, aka “Portlandia” after putting a bird on it from a sketch in that show.  I also finished the totebag I was working on during the Stitch In Friday night (replay available on YouTube), and the tablerunner I made as my class sample from the “Give and Take applique” class with Susan Purney Mark.

Morelli kindly offered services as a model for the totebag. Note: I think it will actually hold two cats, but Morelli is about 125% of one cat, so I didn’t want to stress test it too much before donating.

And here is my tablerunner!

  • Used this Week: 7.25 yards
    • 4.25 yd for Portlandia Round Robin quilt
    • 1.25 yd for Good Mews totebag
    • 1.75 yd for Give and Take tablerunner
  • Used year to Date: 210.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 113.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 118.5 yards (56% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 242

This week, I talk about what’s in a quilt appraisal and why you may want to consider one.  I also do some math live on the air with varied success - just let it wash over you. Look for the Stitch-In tonight at 7pm US Eastern with Lynn and I! We’ll be streaming it on YouTube as well.

Today’s podcat is Nina!