Monthly Archives: November 2015

Smunday Stash - #BFSI Edition

Well, a LOT of sewing went on in the last week, and some of it even counts as a finish! With the Thanksgiving holiday, my parents came to visit, and my mom brought fabric as she cleaned out her stash.  Some of it went immediately into pillowcases, and others of it will be going into other projects.

Some of it went immediately into this project - a Star Wars quilt using pretty much all the remaining Star Wars fabric from my stash (the black fabric in the sashing came from Mom).

I also finished my low volume tumbler quilt  - pics of that when it’s not raining outside anymore.  I’m really happy with how that turned out.

And of course, there’s the Allietare Mystery quilt, too.  Here’s my finished Step 1, which I worked on while Bonnie did Quiltcam, AND she read my email live on the air, too. My colors are a bit different from Bonnie’s - I’m going with colors from The Stitch because orange and teal go good together, just like me and Lynn. My neutral and my gray are constant.  For those visiting from Bonnie’s link-up, The Stitch is an online quilting talk show- go check it out on YouTube!

  • Used this Week: 13.25 yards
    • 4 yd for pillowcases
    • 4 yd for Star Wars quilt
    • 5.25 yd for low volume tumbler quilt
  • Used year to Date: 271 yards
  • Added this Week: 18 yards
    • 5 yd from Mom’s de-stash
    • 13 yd from LQS going out of business sale
  • Net Used for 2015: 127.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 137.25 yards (51% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times and more Allietare Mystery Progress at Bonnie’s blog!

HtbaS - Episode 253

This week I talk about sewing low-volume, having the week off from work, and a smidge about US Thanksgiving. Mostly I’m giving thanks to be able to sew and podcast and putter around with my family, and I’m thankful that you all keep coming back to listen to me prattle on into a microphone!

New episode of The Stitch is up, too!


WIP Whoopsday - Thankful Edition

I thought about WIP Wednesday last night while it was still Wednesday, but I also had a cat in my lap and no access to my laptop while being held down by such imminent cuteness.

But here’s what I’m working on - a low-ish volume tumbler quilt.  I had cut all these out thinking I’d just piece them as leaders and enders, but I ended up webbing the rows together 12 at a time (it’s 12 rows high, and 15 tumblers wide), and before I knew it I had a quilt top.

Truly I did piece them as leaders and enders while assembling the borders on my other giant hexie quilt (which is FINALLY being written up as a pattern - huzzah!).

For those of you in the US, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Smunday Stash - Huzzah

I managed to finish a few projects this week, balanced by some additional intake. Such is life!

One of the projects I finished is an advent calendar featuring the Grinch.  My husband is a bit of a Grinch about Christmas decorations, so this is in his honor, and also matches the Grinch quilt I made him a few years ago. You can see a close up of the quilting detail in the negative white space in this picture.

Not pictured: the small stuffed Grinch figure that gets moved along the pockets to count the days down. There may have been a cat involved in his mysterious absence from the picture.

After that, I finished a few Christmas gifts (still unnamed), and then the Christmas Story quilt for my husband because of it’s a Major Award!  For whatever reason, this picture of Nina cute-ing it up and interrupting my quilt is one of my most popular Instagrams ever.

Quilting temporarily halted due to excess of cuteness. #Ninavore #catsofinstagram

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on


For those of you quilting along on the Star Wars Droid quilt along, the sashing instructions are now posted!  Final assembly instructions go up next week.

  • Used this Week: 10 yards
    • 1.75 yd for Grinchmas advent calendar
    • 2.25 yd for various Christmas gifts
    • 6 yd for Christmas Story quilt
  • Used year to Date: 257.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 7.5 yards
    • 6 yd for king size Christmas quilt
  • Net Used for 2015: 132.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 129.25 yards (50% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 252

WIP Wednesday - Jellyrolling Along

I’m in a bit of a pickle on WIP Wednesday since what I’ve been working on is Christmas gifty and I can’t show it yet. So instead, here’s my jelly roll collection - including two posers: a honey bun and a dessert roll.

One of those I have plans to put into a king size Christmas quilt for my bed, but I’m not committing to whether it’ll be this Christmas or next. 😀

Another will be a trial pattern. Another is just pretty. And another might end up in an article of clothing. And another still will make a cool neutral quilt. And one… I have no idea what to do with. Sigh.

Stay tuned for our November episode of The Stitch where Lynn and I talk about strip quilt patterns (and show off some of her jellyroll stash!).  New episode out on Black Friday, to help entertain you during the Black Friday Sew In, or #BFSI on twitter!

See more WIPs on Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash - Is This Thing On?

This report is actually for two weeks worth of usage, which still doesn’t account for much finishing.  I did finish the chicken and egg and bacon tablerunner, and one Christmas gift.  I’ve got another gift ready to finish this week that will help bump up numbers for next week.

I did stock up on a neutral, some blacks, and a gray, along with some color FQs for the Bonnie Hunter Mystery starting in a few weeks.

  • Used this Week: 2.25 yards
    • 1.75 yd for Which Came First Tablerunner
    • 0.5 yd for Christmas gift
  • Used year to Date: 247.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 7.5 yards
    • 7.5 yd for Bonnie Hunter Mystery
  • Net Used for 2015: 128.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 129.25 yards (52% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 251

Short and sweet this week and I catch you up on working too much and not quilting enough.  Soon to be remedied between the Virtual Stitch-In tonight and a week off for US Thanksgiving soon!

Contact Tiny Stitches to get the pattern for “Solid as a Rock” and my medallion center!  Here it is hanging in the shop:

And here are my colors for the new Bonnie Hunter mystery starting at the end of November:

A photo posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on


HtbaS - Episode 250

This week I talk about finishing the Solid as a Rock quilt and the reception for my design, quilting the chicken tablerunner, how I got inspiration for the quilting design , and I share some Fun Times With Anxiety that’s been happening to me recently.


WIP Wednesday - Makin’ Bacon

Having wrapped up the Solid as a Rock quilt late Sunday, I have a little breathing room before the next deadline looming over me.  I opted to finish up the tablerunner I got as part of the swap from the East Cobb Quilters Guild. First up was making some bacon for the very ends of the tablerunner:

To make the bacon, I just laid the center cream fabric on top of the reddish fabric (both right sides up) and made a gentle series of curves with my rotary cutter.  Then I stitched them together with a quarter inch seam and pressed, and they weren’t too jacked up!

I’m in the middle of quilting it with some monofilament right now, so I’m hoping to get it done by the weekend.