Monday, November 30, 2015

Weekend Stitching - Part 1 of Allietare

The crud that Drama Teen passed to My Guy landed firmly in my chest by Sunday afternoon.  I spent most of the afternoon sacked out in the recliner hoping that if I rested enough maybe I wouldn't get as sick as they did. I'm doing better this morning, but that may be due to the Tylenol cold medicine.   

I did make a start on the new Bonnie Hunter Mystery, Allietare.  We had family here till early afternoon on Friday, so I didn't get to start cutting into my fabrics for the HSTs described in Part 1 till Friday evening.  I've had the fabrics selected since last weekend.  I just don't have gold in my stash, so I decided to mix up the color scheme a bit for my version.  

I kept the white (neutrals) and black, but the dark blue is my red, the light blue is my grey and the red is my gold.  I'm going to make about 3/4 of the blocks, which should get me into a good size for a QOV.  

I didn't get a good start on the HSTs till Saturday evening and then as noted above, pretty much crashed in the recliner on Sunday.  So there are only 30 HSTs up on the design wall.  

Hopefully, this crud will pass quickly and I'll have a chance stitch a few more HSTs before the next clue comes out on Friday. I'm also hoping to have some time this evening to check out the progress at other blogs.

Linking up with
Monday Design Wall at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Mystery Monday Link Up at Quiltville's Quips and Snips

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Stash Report - Week 48 of 2015

It's been a slow weekend. We've been munching on left overs from Thanksgiving.  It's been too cold and wet to venture out much, so we haven't.  One problem with not venturing out is then it's easy to spend more time on the computer where all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales keep popping up in my email.

Someone trying hard to stay on a fabric diet doesn't need the temptation. And sure enough I did give into the temptation and ordered some fabric from the 25% sale at The Fat Quarter Shop.  Though I don't feel too badly about that purchase because it's the background fabric for one of the graduation quilts that's in the plans for next year.  I was going to need to purchase it anyway, so why not get it on sale.  

The damage done by my Black Friday weakness won't hit the stash report until next week at the earliest, so for now the report looks pretty good.  

Used last week:  0.55 yards
Used in November:  4.86 yards
Used year to date:  43.65 yards
Purchased year to date:  24.25 yards
Net Used for 2015:  19.40 yards

I'm still in the black.  I'm hoping to get one more backing made this year, so that should make up for the purchase of the background fabric.  As long as I end using more than I've bought, it will be a good year.  

For more stash management strategies, check out Patchwork Times.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Let's Book It Progress for November 2015

Sharon over at Vrooman's Quilts has been sponsoring the Let's Book It Challenge the last couple of years as one way to encourage quilters to use all those wonderful books and magazines we buy, drool over, but somehow never manage to actually make something from them.  

Sharon was going to stop the challenge after this year due to poor participation in the linky party, but then decided earlier this month to keep it going next year. I've been playing along with the Let's Book It Challenge, but the project I've been making has been my leaders and enders project so progress has been slow and I don't often link up, so one of my 2016 goals is to do better on having some type of progress to post each month.  

Thankfully, there is good progress to post this month on Poinsettias, my year long Let's Book It project.  I finished off all the block and sashing parts earlier this month. 


Now that all the pieces are made, I can start putting the blocks together.  

Poinsettias By Judy Blok for the December 2013 issue of
American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine

This is the top three rows of one quilt block.  The last two rows are over at the sewing machine waiting to be sewn together.  There are 25 - 4.5" blocks that go into each Poinsettia block. That makes for a lot of seam matching, so block assembly has been slow going, especially as I'm still using this project as my leader and ender project.  As soon as I clear out a couple of other projects it may get elevated to the main project on the design wall and my number one priority in terms of getting it finished.  For now, it's still progressing slowly which is better than not at all.  I have another leaders and enders project lined up, but I don't want to start something new till I finish off a couple more quilts.

Check out Vrooman's Quilts for more quilts by the book.    

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - The Final Six

It's raining for the third straight day.  However as the temps are now at 33 F, I'll take the rain and be thankful it's not ice.  We have no where we have to be today.  It's looking like a great day to stay home and stitch.  We had family here for Thanksgiving, so the house is actually pretty clean, though I still need to do some laundry.  The only downer for the holiday was the rain, every thing else went well.  Drama Teen showed how much she's learned from watching the Food Network.

She really helped a lot and it made getting it all on the table at the same time a lot easier.  

Most of last week was spent on cleaning up the house for company. But there was some stitching tossed in here and there.  I finished off all the red violet Twinkle Stars.  

Twinkle Stars
Tutorial by Andrea Feldbush of Soscrappy

There's another quilt up on the design wall at the moment, so I've not had a chance to get all the Twinkle Stars out and play with them.  I know there was a miscalculation and I'll need to add a few more blocks before I can sew up the flimsy.  I want to check the light versus dark balance before I choose the colors for those last few blocks.  But even with that I should be on track to get this one mostly assembled by the end of December.  

Have you decided on your RSC project for  2016?  There are so many choices I'm having a hard time picking just one.  It's a good thing there is still a month left in 2015. 


Now it's time for a second cup of coffee and a visit to Soscrappy to see how all the 2015 RSC projects are wrapping up.