Saturday, July 25, 2015

QOV #1 ~ Project Sheets ~ Baby Quilt ~ Couch

Taryn over at "From Pixels to Patchwork" created some project sheets to help keep track of where you are on a certain quilt.

You can find the free downloads here - 

Going through my UFOs I found a Hunter's Star quilt that I know I started way back in 1994-95 when we lived in California. When I got it out I thought I would continue to make more blocks so it would fit our bed. After looking at it for awhile and reading my notes, amazed that the notes were still there, I realized there wasn't enough fabric to make 52 more blocks. 

I decided to finish it using the blocks I already had made and use it as a QOV. 

And the presentation case...

I also made a cute baby quilt out of blue and yellow flannel pre cut charms...
And the back, which is just too cute...

Bill decided that he might want a boat to use on our small lake (large pond). He went looking and came home with this couch - 
It has four recliners and 4 cup holders. It certainly isn't something I would buy. The price was really good ($450) and it was brand new. Never dreamed I would have a couch with cup holders!!!!!!! Though it does come in handy to hold my seam ripper! Bill loves it.

Going through more bins I came across a quilt started back in 2008. 

The top is half finished and a few of the remaining segments are complete. I have no desire to finish this one. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and I just happened to know of a Bonnie Hunter fan and this is on it's way to her! 

Really feels good to find new homes for some of the older quilts I no longer want to finish.

At the library this morning there are 9 patrons. All 9 of us are either using our own computers or the library computers. Guess I am not the only one who doesn't have the internet at their home in our county.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 16.62
used YTD ~ 60.68

Quilts Finished ~ 5 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 1
RMH ~ 4
New ~

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travel Pillows.....

The USO at the Nashville airport contacted the fun guild I belong to and ask asked for a couple of quilts and some travel pillows.

I made cases for two travel pillows. I bought the pillows at Walmart for $2.37 each. The fabric I already had. The main fabric I cut 17x28, the cuff 8x28 and the trim was 2x28. I used the hotdog method to make the cases.

I hope that they make a solider's flight much more comfortable.

For the not-so-fun guild I am donating 80 blocks I made about 8-10 years ago, maybe even longer. I cannot remember what plans I had for these blocks. I have so many projects already started that I don't mind passing these along to someone else to finish into a quilt. 

Thinking about letting go of some other projects so I can work on some quilts I really want to make. I have too many patterns I want to make.

I finally found the fabric for the QOV that needs binding. 

Not fully back into the quilting mode, working at it slowly, a bit each day.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ .66
fabric out ~5.5
used YTD ~44.06

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 3
New ~

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What's New???

Not much is new - really. Almost finished unpacking. Can't find homes for everything. We have 1000 sq ft less now. Took 6 car loads of stuff to the community help center. Still have too much stuff.

Finally getting back into quilting! Thought I had lost all desire.  

I am volunteering at the Historian's office, helping folks to find their ancestors. I am also transcribing old records. I am enjoying my time there.

I can't believe I put myself out there and joined TWO guilds. One seems like it is going to be loads of fun and the other one not so much.  This is truly a big step for me.

The fun guild is making pillowcases for a children's home and since I don't have a machine to take to meetings (yet) I made 17 at home and  I will help with the ironing during the meeting.

Used 17 yards of fabric! One box of fabric that I didn't have to unpack and find a home for.

Since we have no Internet at our home and I have to drive 15 miles to the library to use their Internet I will not be posting to JudyL's stash reports. I think the reports really helps me see my progress and I will still keep a running total here.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ .66
fabric out ~17
used YTD ~38.56

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 3
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 93 out of 225

Here are a few pictures of my sewing area - - - - 
Still tweaking.....On the right are 4 shelf units that hold most of my fabric. straight back is my sewing table, to the left is the long arm. The white thing on the back wall is my heater/AC. The bookcase holds my books and bolts of fabric on the bottom.
You can already see my cutting table is a mess! More boxes that need to be unpacked. Still looking for a box of rulers...

Trying to get everything where I can find it. The bottom cabinets I had in my old sewing room. The top cabinets Bill had in his stained glass room.

This is where my ironing board (which is upside down) will go. The bookcase holds backing fabrics. Even more boxes waiting to be unpack.

Finally got the TV set up! Now I can watch reruns of Bones and NCIS while piecing! Love the laminate floor as it is so easy to take care of.

Hoping to find the binding for a QOV this week. I have two tops that need quilting and a baby quilt that needs binding. 

Feels good to be back making quilts.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fabric Report ~ January 25, 2015 - RMH #3

Here is quilt #3 for RMH. 

This single Irish Chain is 66 x 54.
The black has pink dots of various sizes and colors - very cute. For someone who doesn't like pink I sure do have a lot of it!

We moved 3 uhaul trucks, full of stuff, to the new house last weekend.   We hired 6 guys to load and unload the truck. Everything is a big mess, not looking forward to all the unpacking. Bill's brother, who at one time worked for a moving company, said he has never seen so many boxes! Can you guess what was in all those boxes? He said they took up 1/2 of a truck, floor to ceiling (the trucks were 26 feet long), I really don't think I have that much stuff, or do I? I know that my long arm took up a lot of space in a truck, 14 ft of floor space with nothing on top of it. He told Bill that my quilting hobby is out of control and the only thing Bill could do was laugh. 

Out of control? He doesn't realize that I have a lot less than some other quilters have, plus he should be glad we moved this year, not last year when I would have had 400 more yards of fabric to move! Out of control?

What can I say - I really do have a lot of fabric and other quilting related stuff.

There will be a wall of shelves behind the boxes which is where my fabric will live.  The long arm will get set up next weekend, before we forget how it goes back together (we took plenty of pictures).

We still have at least one more truck load to go, but that won't happen for a few more weeks.

There are still a few things that have to be done to the house before I can begin staying there. Bill will be staying at the old house during the week and coming to the new house on the weekends, easier for his work schedule, until the house sells this spring.

Check out other "fabric" reports on Judy's blog.

Fabric usage since last report ~
fabric in ~ zero
fabric out ~6.98
used YTD ~22.22

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 3
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 70 out of 225

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Stash Repot January 11, 2015 and RMH #2

I used this pattern by Anjeanette - Cutting Corners - to make this RMH quilt.

I didn't have enough of the pink to add the border and make the binding so I left the border off. I prefer borderless quilts.

This was a fun quilt to make, went together quickly. 

Linking up with the stash reports on Judy's blog.....

Stash usage since last report ~
fabric in ~ zero
fabric out ~ 7.02
used YTD ~ 15.24

Quilts Finished ~ 2 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 2
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 70 out of 225

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stash Report - January 4, 2015 - RMH #1

Wishing you the best - happiest - most wonderful
New Year ever!

My first quilt of 2015!

This RMH quilt is one I saw over at "Quilting is more fun than Housework".  I had the fabric so decided to go for it, with a few changes.

It is a large lap quilt as it fits perfectly on the top of a queen bed.

I had some zebra print for the back - 
I used the left over backing for the binding.

My 1/2 square triangles finished at 5.75 inches - such an odd size for me as I usually only sew in whole or half numbers.

I am not sure why I have animal prints or when or where I bought them and I think I have enough for at least 5 more quilts!

More hexie flowers for a total of 70 - 

Deanna shared a great notebook on her blog. I went to Walgreens and bought a couple of them.

The left side of the page is graph paper and the right is lined. $6.99 each. I think these will be perfect for designing quilts and blocks. 

I only count fabric as out when the quilt is 100% finished.

Linking up with JudyL's stash busting post.....

Stash usage since last report ~
fabric in ~ zero
fabric out ~ 8.22
used YTD ~ 8.22

Quilts Finished ~ 1 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 1
New ~
Hexie Flowers ~ 70 out of 225

2015 Quilting Goals ~

1 - 12 large lap quilts for Ronald McDonald's House
     a - use fabric and patterns I already have
     b - make these for teens

2 - 12 QOV 
     a - use fabric and patterns I already have
     b - okay to use a pattern I have already made
     c - locate a place to deliver them close to the new house

3 - finish one UFO each month ~ hoping to have better luck with this in 2015
     a - make a list of quilts that need to be finished
     b - if not in love with the quilt make it smaller and donate it
     c - use only fabric I already have to finish these

4 - make a valentine bed quilt
      a - use fabric I already have - reds, pinks and greens
      b - use a pattern I already have

5 - make a Christmas bed quilt
     a - try to incorporate fabric I already have - might have to purchase some
     b- use a pattern I already have

6 - make 225 hexie flowers and make into a quilt
     a - make five flowers each week
     b - use 2.5 inch squares from stash

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dec. 28, 2014 ~ End Of Year Tallies

2014 was a very good year for quilts. Used a lot of fabric and made a lot of quilts.

Here are my tallies for the year ~

Out of the 76 quilts I finished this year 

52 were baby quilts - I took Michelle's challenge of making one each week

12 were QOV - my favorite place to donate quilts

6 UFOs were finished

6 new quilts were started and finished - not including the QOV or the baby quilts

8 of the quilts were kept - 2 for the dogs, 1 for mother, 3 bed quilts, 1 lap quilt and 1 quilt for the air bed.

2 baby quilts were given as gifts

Most of the baby quilts, 3 UFOs and 2 new quilts, went to RMH - which is my 2nd favorite place to donate quilts. A few went to Project Linus.

86 yards of fabric came in

496 yards of fabric were used

410 total yards of fabric used YTD 

Yep, it was a very good year!

Click here to see my favorite quilt of 2014

Hope everyone has the most wonderful New Year!

Linking to Judy's Stash Reports