Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stash Report- Week 30 of 2015

It's definitely summer in Oklahoma, heat indexes have been hovering around 110 F since Thursday.  You don't want to do anything outside, it's too hot. You'd think that would promote a lot of stitching, but I had a business trip this week, so getting into the sewing room wasn't an option.  Plus I had to clean up my mess after selecting the fabric for the Midnight Mystery quilt.  

I didn't really have any thought as to color scheme when I started selecting fabrics, so pretty much anything got pulled out of the stash closet.  I played with combinations of red, white and blue 1930s prints, yellow and red fabrics, plus orange and teal. The red and black tulip fabric finally became the front runner focus fabric and I ended up with red, black and gray as the color scheme.  

After putting away all that fabric, I did get a little sewing done before my trip.  The second borders got put on Grand Illusion which really helped with the stash numbers this week. 

Used last week:  0.42 yards
Used in July: 1.04 yards
Used year to date:  17.39 yards
Purchased year to date:  10.25 yards
Net used:  7.14 yards

Looking back at last July, I've used more yardage this year than last.  So that's good.  I've definitely bought less fabric this year.  My only goal this year was to buy less than I used, so far I'm on track with that.  

For more stories of the stash, check out the links over at Patchwork Times.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekend Progress

There wasn't a lot of stitching going on this weekend due to the shoulder issue.  By Sunday evening it was feeling much better and I was able to get in a bit of time in the sewing room.  Just enough time to get border number two on Grand Illusion.

Grand Illusion, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery

The narrow teal border is kinda hard to see, but it's there.  The last border will be more of the green.  Hopefully by the end of next weekend Grand Illusion will be a finished flimsy.  I've got the backing fabric picked out.  It's already ironed, so I'll just have to cut and piece.  That probably won't happen till August, but the end is definitely in sight for this project.  

I'm a bit late for Design Wall Monday, but I'll link up anyway.  I'm also linking up with Main Crush Monday over at Cooking up Quilts and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stash Report - Week 29 of 2015

It's been a slow weekend, which is good.  Not much got done yesterday on the computer, in the sewing room or around the house.  I spent most of the day with a hot pad on my shoulder.  They changed out my computer at work and the new set up aggravated an old shoulder injury.  I had the ergonomic expert in my office on Friday, but apparently we still didn't get everything lined up as I woke up yesterday feeling pretty miserable.  When it gets that bad, I have to limit my computer time at home until the swelling goes down.  It's feeling a lot better this morning, but I'll still have to limit my computer time today as that shoulder is not quite back to normal. 

I did spend some time in the sewing room earlier this week. And managed to use a little fabric in the borders for Grand Illusion.

Used last week:  0.29 yards
Used in July:  0.62 yards
Used year to date:  16.97 yards
Purchased year to date:  10.25 yards
Net used:  6.72 yards

I didn't have a goal for net used this year other than to use more than I buy.  So far so good on that front. 

In an effort to use more fabric (which is the best excuse I can think of for a case of startitis), I started a new project this week.  Meadow Mist Designs posted the fabric requirement for Midnight Mystery in June and this month the cutting instructions.  I made my fabric selections on Thursday, tweaked them yesterday and then starting cutting (which was one of the few sewing room activities that didn't make my shoulder ache).

This uses up some of my older stash. I've been pretty good this year about not starting anything new.  This one promises to be pretty easy, as the pieces are large.  As much as I want to finish off UFOs, adding in something new keeps it fun.  

That's it for my stash report this week.  You will find other reports over at Patchwork Times.   

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - As Far as the Fabric

Happy Saturday!  Last week was my first full week at work after a 2 week vacation, I was more than ready for Saturday to get here.  That first full week back after vacation always seems to drag.  Even My Guy was ready for the weekend.  It doesn't usually bother him as much as it does me.  Probably because he doesn't deal with the accrued laundry.  But to be fair he did have to deal with the overgrown lawn last week.  It wasn't pretty.  Now with both of us having tamed our respective areas of household support, we are looking forward to the weekend.  

I did make it back to the sewing room this week.  Though two of the evenings were spent cleaning up the fabric/supply closet.  It had gotten so bad in there that I couldn't get to anything, much less actually find anything.  So there wasn't a lot of stitching going on. There are still 3 teal Twinkle Stars to finish up before I start the red ones for this month.  But I did get as far as selecting the red fabrics last night.  

I don't have a lot of red scraps, but there was enough to make 6 red blocks for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Hopefully there will be enough time for me to get at least one of the red blocks made before the last Saturday in July (Which is next weekend!  Where did July go?). There's a business trip on my calendar for next week that will eat up a lot of the week, so there won't  be much time for stitching. 

That's it for me this week.  I'm going to start a load of laundry, then start my second cup of coffee and check out what's going on over at Soscrappy.