Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stash Report #5

I am blessed to have lots of home bound time right now. I make all of our meals on Sunday, so not much time is spent cooking during the week (most times I double up on the meals and make enough for two weeks). I have a cleaning routine, where I focus on one room each morning for abt 30 minutes and at night I do a general pick up, those dogs can sure make a mess! I do laundry on Fridays and grocery shopping late at night once a week. Tuesday mornings are reserved for running errands and doctor appointments. The rest of the time I can be found at home, in my quilting room, where I also watch TV, read, play on the computer, nap, snack, daydream, plan, fold laundry, make lists of things I will never do, listen to music, research our ancestors, etc....

I wonder if all this time spent at home taking care of  my mother is turning me into a hermit.....I do not think I have any anxiety disorders, so I am not agoraphobic. Just one of the many thoughts that go through my mind while in my quilting room....maybe I do need to get out more.

Good pattern for using up leftover pieces of 2.5 inch strips.
This week I made 13 Tula Pink's blocks -

Here is my January's rainbow block challenge - this will be going to RMH.

We have 4 grandgirls - 
M - 14 - has made 4 quilts 
E - 13 - has made 6 quilts
EK - 11 - has made 1 quilts
K - 10 - has made 3 quilts

EK spent the weekend and wanted to make a quilt! Her first! She has never shown an interest in quilting before. She chose the pattern "Curiosity" by Rachel Griffith.
She picked out the fabrics from my stash, I cut the pieces, she did all the sewing and ironing and quilting except for the binding, which I did as we were running out of time. We both did the unstitching when it was needed.

She did spend about an hour sewing 2.5 inch squares together practicing her 1/4 inch seam before she began her quilt. She quilted stars, flowers, trees, her name on her quilt. She  thought that the quilting was the best part. Nowhere close to  perfect but a great job for her first quilt.  She is pretty proud of her quilt. And I am proud of her.

She wants me to save all my tops so she can quilt them, not sure I am ready for her help!

I am participating in the "Wishes" quilt along with the fat quarter shop. I usually buy 5 yd pieces for background and this quilt requires 5.25 yards. Luckily I found the perfect fabric and I had probably bought all they had on the bolt as I have 9 yards!
Tiny little dots that match the colors I will be using.  I decided to make two quilts from the "Wishes" blocks. I decided to go with solids and black for the background for the 2nd one. 

Totally different looks. These two quilts will be going to RMH in December.
Wishes Block 1 ~ January
They went together pretty easily. I am so spoiled by cutting either whole or half numbers. Cutting 3/8 and 7/8 took a bit more concentration, took me out of my comfort zone. The kids who receive these quilts will not realize I made a mistake with the color placement.

Wishes Block 2 ~ February
These blocks need a good pressing. Only problem I foresee with these blocks is that I might not be able to find them in March!

For more stash reports check out Judy's blog...

Added this week - 0 yards
Added YTD - 10 yards
Used this week - 26.17 yards
Used YTD - 98.83 yards
Net Used - 88.83 yards 
fabric not counted until quilt is 100% finished

Quilts finished in 2014 - 12

UFO - Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec
QOV - Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec
RMH - Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec
Baby Quilts - 5 of 52 quilts 
Rainbow (Angela)/Block (Judy) Challenge - 1 out of 12 months 
Fat Quarter Shop - 4 out of 24 blocks 
Tula Pink - 51 of 120 blocks - making 20 additional blocks


Shannon said...

How great you get to sew with all your grandgirls now! I wish my 2 older daughters wanted to quilt with me. There's still a chance, I have 2 more little girls! Love the background she choose, looks great! Such a fun thing to make your very first quilt! Love that red hair, Emma's hair is red right now too.

Kathie said...

Wow you are organized. I love your idea of spending 30 minutes every morning in one room. I might have to try that. Nice all your grandgirls are loving quiltings, my daughter loves to have them but has no desire to make any. Maybe when she is out of college and on her own she might change her mind.

I would love to have the name and pattern designer of the first quilt if you remember. I have so many left over strips that would be wonderful to use to make charity quilts etc.

Dar said...

You are amazing. I so admire your organizational process and getting all your grandgirls to want to quilt with you. What a blessing. I love your newest baby quilt. I too wonder if you have time to share the pattern. I'm sure you are not a hermit and having so many interests keeps you fun to be around, as I'm sure your grandgirls will testify to. Love seeing your blocks/quilts.

Donna said...

I have a fabric similar to the multi-color dot, and it goes with everything. Wish I had bought the whole bolt.

Libby in TN said...

How old is EK? Easy and forgiving patterns like she selected guarantee success. My 9-yr-old CG made her first top while I was in Arkansas for Christmas. I wish I had more time to spend sewing with her.

I also wish I could organize my time like you ....

Teresa in Music City said...

LOVE that baby quilt!!!! So cute and easy too :) And how blessed are you to have granddaughters who love to sew - oh how I envy you!! I really enjoy my home time too. Some days I am supposed to be somewhere and I just choose to stay home instead. And I don't think there's anything wrong with that :)

Gina said...

Loving all your sewing. I've got the fabric sorted for the Tula Pink quilt, it's just finding the time amongst everything else xxx

Karen said...

I love the blue block quilt. Your granddaughter's quilt is awesome. She did a great job quilting. It must be wonderful to share your love of quilting with your granddaughters. The blocks of the month are very nice. What a different look with the different background colors.