Sunday, July 7, 2019

Week 27 of 2019: Stashing and Stitching

It's been a busy 4th of July weekend.  We've spent the holiday with family, which has been really relaxing and fun.  My niece has a new beau who hadn't been exposed to the whole family at once, we fixed that over the holiday. As far as I know, he survived. 

It's been a challenge to fit in some stitching time here and there, but it turned out to be a pretty good week in terms of getting in my 15 minutes of stitching time each day.  How did you do?

Here's my stats for the week:

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/June = 22/30 days
15 minute days/July = 6/6 days
15 minute days/2019 = 164/187
Success rate = 87.7%

June wasn't such a good month, but I'm working hard to recover in July.  Not sure I'll be able to hit 90% by the end of the month, but that's the goal.  You can link up at the bottom of the post and share how your stitching week went. 

Unfortunately the stash management isn't going so well either.  My sister introduced me to a new to us quilt shop.  I found the coolest chemistry fabric that had to come home.  I promise photos next week, I just haven't gotten the fabric, the camera and the right light all in the same place to get any good photos. That new addition pushed me farther into the red this year.  Here's the numbers:

Fabric out this week = 1.24 yards
Fabric out for 2019 = 29.16 yards
More fabric in than out

I can probably recover with two or three quilt backs.  There's still 6 months left in the year.  Hopefully, I can resist any other cool fabric.  

My family usually celebrates my birthday over the 4th of July holiday.  My Guy got me a really cool new macro lens.  Of course I had to try it out in Mom's garden.  

There were lots more blooming things, but I'll spare you the full exposure.  I'm looking forward to playing with this lens some more in the future.  

So how did you do with finding time to stitch over the holiday? Was it hard to fit in stitching with the fireworks, picnics, or other celebrations this week?  

1. Julie in GA
2. karen
3. Chrisknits
4. Meloney
5. Deana
6. maggie f
7. DawnyK
8. amanda
9. Christina's Handicrafts
10. Shasta

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Julie in GA said...

Beautiful photos! It sounds like you had a really good week. It's important to support those new quilt shops so they can survive.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

don't you just love those Tiger Lilies - one of my favorites

Barbara said...

Oh, you’re going to love that macro lens. I’ve had one for almost as long as I’ve had my DSLR, and it opens up a whole new world of photography. Even when there’s nothing to photograph, the macro lens make the micro world so much more interesting. Have fun with it. Looking forward to seeing some more of your shots.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Sounds like a fun 4th, Kate! Your photos with the new lens are wonderful! Enjoy your Sunday.

chrisknits said...

The "full exposure" LOLOLOLOL!!! Gorgeous photos though. Good luck on recovering in July. I am not even going to try to overcome my deficit.

MissPat said...

I haven't been sewing much because it's been so hot and we don't have air conditioning. The house has been like and oven so I mostly sit in front of the fan reading.


Happy Birthday to you--
and new camera stuff is always fun to play with--
looks like you will be having some fun in the future--
after all we can't sew all the time!!!!
luv, di

DawnyK said...

Hope you have/had a Happy Birthday!!! Wishing you a fantastic day and the start of a magnificent year!!!!! Great photos! Can't wait to see the new fabric.

seabreezequilts said...

The flower pics are so pretty. I love lilys , last time we had them in the house my husband kept complaining about the overpowering smell ... the noise wasn't worth the pretty display. I hope we hit a couple of quilts shops while we are away. Last time we didn't but I think we may need some retail therapy this time.

Judy Hansen said...

Your dresses quilt is so pretty. I love, love, love it. I have three "hankerchief" dresses on a small board in my quilting studio, and I hope to add to them. Your quilt is an inspiration to me.
The micro camera lense looks like something I should investigate. Happy Birthday!

Marti said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos. Congratulations on your new lens and happy birthday!

Jennifer said...

I had the week off and a great week of productivity! Glad you had a good week too - love the flower pictures and happy birthday! 🎂