Monthly Archives: October 2015

HtbaS - Episode 249

I chat a bit about my time in Las Vegas for a work conference, the Brown Bag swap for one of my guilds, a little behind the scenes chat about The Stitch (new episode up today!).

Here’s what I got from the guild swap - I love it!


WIP Wednesday - Weird Hotel Art Edition

The good news is I have managed to complete ONE paper pieced motif from the Diamonds in the Sky quilt while traveling for work this week.  I’m in Las Vegas, so my internal time zone monitor is all whacked out, and there’s a weirdly delightful assortment of strange hotel art that I’m running across.

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on

There is also a picture of King Tut in the bathroom.  Granted, he’s not pointed at the toilet phone, but he is staring at me in the shower. So…. yeah. Nice. Way to ramp up the skeeze factor, Vegas!

In other news, good thing I brought the paper piecing kit since one of my work colleagues has a busted zipper and needed a quick fix.

Sunday Stash - Helpering

Not a ton used this week since I mostly got things ready to finish - I’ve now got THREE quilts in progress: Solid as a Rock, a Christmas gift, and the Harry Potter quilt.  Solid as a Rock should be done within the week, although I’m heading out of town for a bit.  I’m expecting to have it done by next Sunday.  If I can’t, I can still send the pattern into the shop to assemble their finishing kits and reveal the actual quilt at the first pick-up date in November.

On other news, Morelli is as good at packing as you’d expect.

For those participating in the Star Wars Droid Quilt-Along, fear not! The next instructions are pre-loaded and will post automatically on Monday morning over at!

  • Used this Week: 0.5 yards
    • 0.5 yd for carry bag
  • Used year to Date: 234.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 122.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 129.25 yards (55% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 248

This week, I talk about a customer service experience that ultimately ended well yet left me unsettled, being mindful about choices, finishing the pattern and top for Solid as a Rock, and differences in designing print vs online patterns.


WIP Wednesday: Rainbow Brite

This week I’ve been working on the Solid as a Rock pattern.  I’ve got my sample mostly made.  It will be completely made if I feel like it doesn’t need another border:

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on

Nina’s laser beams are cracking me up.

Options I’m considering include:

  • Piano key like border
  • Chunks of solid colors (maybe around 4″ x 6″)
  • BIG chunks of solid colors in different sizes (between 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 18″)

It has just occurred to me that this is a benefit of EQ7, so I’m off to play with border designs!

See more WIPs at Lee’s Blog!

Smunday Stash:

Well, a bit late this week due to a sewing retreat of all things!  I got my Harry Potter quilt basted (I needed a big space for it), a top/back done for a Christmas gift, and planning and some assembly for three tops using blocks from the AMQG improv piecing challenge.

I’m in the midst of assembling the top for Solid as a Rock so the shop has it as a sample for November block pick up. Now, however, it’s time for bed, so this is short and sweet!

  • Used this Week: 4.5 yards
    • 0.5 yd for Halloween MLP scoodie
    • 2.75 yd for improv quilt tops
    • 1.25 yd for 5 journal covers
  • Used year to Date: 234 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 122.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 129.25 yards (55% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 247

It’s my 5 year Podcastiversary!  I talk about that and brief catch up of what’s changed in the last five years, and what I’ve been doing in the sewing room.

Catch us tonight on the virtual Stitch In!  I’ll tweet the Google Hangout link (to view or participate) on my twitter feed @Pantsfreesia, and on the The Stitch TV Show Facebook group.


WIP Wednesday: Outsourcing

Do you view Halloween as the bane of your crafty existence, or is it an opportunity for excellence?  I have mixed feelings myself; my son has been pretty good about phoning it in with just the contents of the dress up box.  He’s been an “army guy” for about 3 years running, and soon he’ll age out of the trick or treat population.

My daughter, on the other hand, as Ultimate Faith in my crafting ability. And makes Fancy Requests. Last week she wanted to be a “doge”, of the Shiba Inu internet meme fame.  This week she discovered My Little Pony and switched to that for her costume. Fortunately I was lazy and hadn’t done much other than order white sweatshirt and sweatpants to dye for the dog thing.  When she switched to Pony, I channeled Henry Ford and told her she could be any pony she wanted as long as it was white so I didn’t have to mess with the dye.

Being the artist she is, she drew up her own character (with white body!), which Morelli is helpfully modeling.

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on


I can work with that. My plan is to make her a scoodie - a hood with a scarf attached, and work in the mane and horn into that piece at the crown of the head.  I can also add the cutie mark to the ends of the scarf, in addition to the piece I would (temporarily) attach to her bum as the ponies have.  I did break the news to her that the wings might not be doable, especially since she’s got a costume party this Saturday to wear it to.

What she doesn’t know is that I think I still have my tiny Spike figure from the 1980’s she can use as part of the costume, which she has named “Little Timmy”. #MomWin

When I’m not sewing costume parts this week, I’m working on the center medallion for the Solid as a Rock sampler.  I need to add yellow to this assortment, but here’s the palette:

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on


See more WIPs at Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash - Aw yisssss

With all the rain this week, baseball was rained out Saturday so it meant we had a blissfully event-free weekend.  I straight light long-armed my Droid quilt on Clementine, Lynn’s longarm and got it bound. And then I got a roll and finished my final charity quilt for the year (I think it is, anyway).  AND THEN because I still had energy while I roasted a chicken for dinner, I made three journal covers.

I also caught up my Saturday Sampler blocks that I picked up the weekend before!

Solid as a Rock Oct Block Sparkling Gems October Block

  • Used this Week: 14.5 yards
    • 1 yd for storage case I forgot about last week
    • 0.75 for 3 journal covers
    • 3.25 yd for Aviator lap quilt
    • 9.5 yd for Droid twin quilt
  • Used year to Date: 239.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.75 yards
    • 2.75 yd for layer cake
  • Net Used for 2015: 117.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 125 yards (54% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 246