Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Progress for Mid-March

It's been a fast week, lots going on at home and at work, so I'm almost surprised that it's already Wednesday.  I've not been able to get back to the sewing room since Sunday.  But after stalling out on my projects the last couple of weeks, I did manage to get in some significant stitching time over the weekend.  Block 12 of the Chocolate Marshmallow WIP was started and finished.


Chocolate Marshmallows, pattern by Amanda Bergamin of Sea Breeze Quilts





























Here's all 12 completed blocks.  






Amanda finished off her version with a straight set including stars as the corner stones (you can see her version here).  I'm trying to decide between 2 different settings. A straight set with a pieced border. 





Or an on point setting.  






























I need to check how much of each fabric is left.  That may make the decision for me or force me to go in a different direction completely if there is not enough for either setting.   I have a bunch of bonus HSTs from this project, I'll probably use those to make one more block rather than do the pink square in the middle of the on point setting.  

For more in progress projects check out WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, WIPS on Wednesday over at Esther's Blog, Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by My Quilt Infatuation, and  WIPS be Gone posted to be posted on Friday over at A Quilting Readers Garden.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday - Not Much Going On

The weather was beautiful this weekend and even better we didn't have to be anywhere or do anything.  Well other then a bit of laundry and little housework.  But other than that, it was a very relaxing weekend.   Not that I'm any more ready to head back to work, Monday always seems to come too soon. 

In spite of it being a laid back weekend, not a lot of sewing happened.  Napping was the preferred activity after all the housework was done.  I'm still trying to catch up on all the sleep lost while My Guy and I were sick.  I did get row 2 of Grand Illusion done along with the next row of sashing.

Grand Illusion,  A Bonnie Hunter Mystery














I'm only making 5 rows of blocks, so I'm not quite half way there.  I'm still not thrilled with this quilt, but I've got so many of the parts made that it seems silly not to finish it. 

That's about it for the design wall this week. I've been working to finish up the blocks for several projects. Once those are all done, them I'm going to tackle settings one at a time.  Hopefully by reducing the number of projects I'm actively working on I'll get a few more quilts finished.  Grand Illusion is the first one of those.  

Check out Patchwork Times for more design wall goodies.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Stash Report - Week 11 of 2015

So far it's been a fairly relaxing weekend.  Though yesterday got off to a rocky start when the clothing rack I use to hang freshly laundered shirts broke.  Thankfully there wasn't much hanging on it at the time.  One of the plastic brackets cracked and wouldn't support the weight of the top bar.  That necessitated a quick trip to Lowes to replace it.  I can't do laundry without a place to hang up the clothes that come out of the dryer.  Of course my idea of quick and My Guy's idea don't always match up.  He wanted to get the recyclables dropped off.  So by the time we added that side trip in, not much housework or laundry got done yesterday.  But I did get my new clothing rack.  

Maybe it was for the best I didn't have the chance to work around the house.  I'm still trying to recover from that respiratory bug I had last week.  My Guy had it this week, between his sneezing and my coughing we've not been sleeping real well.  I ended up taking a 2 hour nap during the afternoon, so it was later in the evening before I was able to make it to the sewing room.  I finished the last Chocolate Marshmallow block.  That's pretty much all that went out this week.  

Used last week:  0.24 yards
Used in March:  5.23 yards
Used year to date:  11.03 yards

March has been a pretty good month.  The fabric diet is still holding, nothing in this week.  It's been almost 5 years since I've had a 3 month stretch where I didn't add any fabric.  I just wish the fabric went out as easy as it comes in. 

I've not started a new project since January and I'm getting itchy to start something.  I played around in EQ in hopes that would satisfy the need and came up with this. 


























I have some soft gray that I'd like to use for a background.  This project would use up few scraps as well.  I need 4 graduation quilts by May of 2017, this could be one of them. 

That's it for me this week.  Check out more stash reports over at Patchwork Times.