Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stash Report - Week 35 of 2014

It's been a rough weekend.  Drama Teen had knee surgery on Friday to repair a torn ACL.  The nerve block wore off yesterday and she's not been very comfortable since.  One of us has to stay close because she can't move very well on her own, plus there's been the 30 minute off and on ice packs to deal with.  Hopefully things will start to get better today and tomorrow.  

Since my sewing room is upstairs, I've not been able get much done there this weekend.  Though I did get Jigsaw ready to bind, I didn't get as far as actually making the binding.  Most of my "sewing" time has been spent on the computer playing with layouts for some of my UFOs.   Plus I was playing around with fabric placement for a new project I've been calling Bright Butterflies.   I bought some fabric for that project last week when we were visiting my MIL.    

Here's the layout using just what I bought.

Bright Butterflies
Modified from Bird Watching

by Wendy Sheppard
 published in July/August  2014 issue of McCall's Quilting

I think it needs more variety, so hopefully there will be time this afternoon to raid my stash for some additional fabrics.  

Here's the damage for the week:

Used last week:  0.03 yards
Added last week:  16.38 yards

Used in 2014:  18.64 yards
Added in 2014:  332.68 yards

Net stashed in 2014:  314.03 yards.  

I should be able to get some stitching in this afternoon that should help me on my way to better numbers for next week.  I'm linking up with Patchwork Times, check out all the other stash reports there.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

On the Mend

Just a quick post about Drama Teen's status.  She had surgery this morning.  

This is before surgery.  Afterwards she just looked sleepier and grumpier.  She won't need crutches after the first couple of days, which was the best case situation.   It will still be 6 months before she can go back to playing volleyball, but that's better than the original diagnosis of a year.  She's sleeping off the effects of the anesthesia at the moment.   I'm sure she'll keep us hopping the rest of the weekend.  

Thank you for all the support, good wishes and prayers.  Have a great weekend. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's Book It Challenge - August Update

Hard to believe that it's almost the end of August.  It's been an eventful month in our household.  I'm hoping that September is a bit calmer.  The end of the month  means it's time to report on the status of my 2014 Let's Book it Challenge project. 

This challenge is all about utilizing those gorgeous quilting books, magazines and patterns laying around the quilting studio as they are intended, to make something.  I've been working on Poinsettias pretty much all year.  It's from the December 2013 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  

This has been my leaders and enders project for the last few months.  I'm finally starting to see some significant progress.

The quilt is made from 6 smaller blocks, today there are stacks of 5 of those blocks.  Enough pieces have been made to actually layout one of the blocks on the design wall.

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

The America Patchwork version uses green, which I've replaced with the black prints.  So far, I'm happy with how it's working out.  There are still a lot of the smaller block parts to make, but I'm making progress.  

Check out Vrooman's Quilts for more Let's Book It Challenge projects.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Design Wall Monday - A little Progress

Traffic was horrible yesterday.  Add in the fact that the car's air conditioner couldn't really overcome the high temps, it was a miserable drive home.  We were all hot, tired and cranky when we finally did get home.  Temps are projected to be over 100 F (38 C) till next weekend.  We've gotten off easy this year with a pretty cool summer up until the last week or so.  Even so, I'm ready for it to cool down just a bit.  

Not much stitching this weekend as we spent it with family and for some reason it seems like there was a lot going on in the evenings last week.  That translates to not a lot of progress in getting Scrappy Stars sewn together. 

Pattern is Folk Art Christmas Stars
by Robyn Pandolph

The other design wall is completely empty, which is not typical.  My Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler blocks had been up there, but I finally reached the point where there were too many blocks for all of them to fit up there.   Maybe it's time to get something new going?   I've not started anything new since February.  A quick stop was made at one of the quilt shops before we drove home yesterday and I have now have all the fabric to start Bright Butterflies. 

Modified from Bird Watching
by Wendy Sheppard
 published in July/August  2014 issue of McCall's Quilting

I'm looking forward to starting this project.  

That's it for me this week.  Check out all the other fun and cool design walls posted over at Patchwork Times.