Friday’s finish is my sewing room

Friday’s finish

I’ve been working on sorting through all of my fabric.  I don’t have a ‘before’ picture, but I do have ‘middle’ picture.  It went from this: IMG_0883

to this:

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You can even see some of the floor!  I actually amazed myself that I was able to organize things as well as I did!   It did take a lot of time and I haven’t done a stitch of sewing.

And yes, there is other fabric stored in the closet and containers in this room.

I will write more about my clean-up next week.

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Gail

Design Wall & Stash Report June 18 ’17

Design Wall

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This is another quilt that I’m started, using Grandma’s fabrics.  I found this single lone piece and there is enough to make this quilt without using any other of my Grandma’s fabrics.  The fabric is 35″ wide – a true sign that it’s OLD!

I am also using “Mist” from Free Spirit.  I actually started my 3rd bolt of it and I LOVE the fabric. It handles well, and goes with almost everything!

IMG_0883The other project that I’m working on is sorting through all my fabric.  The corner of my sewing room looks like this:

I didn’t take a “before” picture, but trust me, it was hard to walk into the room and my ironing board was stacked with STUFF up to the window ledge.  Yes, that made it very hard to iron anything!

I do have a bag of fabric that I will take to the guild tomorrow night.  Whatever is left will go to the local thrift shop,

 

Stash Report

Sarah & MitchellAnother UFO is completed!  YEAH!!!   I only consider fabric used when the quilt is done, done, done … finishing a UFO makes me very happy!

Fabric Used this Week:      12 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  84.3 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    38.8 yards   

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UFO tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2
June:          1                       33 UFOs left to complete

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Gail

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A finish for Friday!

This is a UFO from 2012.  It’s the third time I’ve made this pattern by Debbie Caffery (Good Night Sweetheart).  The first 2 times were for 2 wedding gifts for a niece and nephew that got married 1 week apart in 2009.  Although this was a UFO that has been languishing – I thought it would be appropriate to finish it for another wedding gift.  It’s a sister to the nephew that got married in 2009.  Figured they might as well have the same pattern!

If you’ve been following my blog – this is the quilt that had a misbehaving block in it … all fixed now!)

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Design Wall and Stash Report

We were away on an Alaskan cruise.  We had wonderful weather.  Rain was forecasted for most of the cruise … but it only rained when we were not outside!  unknown-jpg

I did not take a sewing machine with me on the cruise!  I did not take any hand quilting or sewing.  So there is nothing new for my design wall.

Six of the quilts made with Grandma’s fabrics are on their way to Ontario. (See Grandma’s Fabrics).  The only ones I have left are #1 (for me) and #4 (for my sister).  Two of my cousins came on the cruise with us and they are kindly taking the quilts home and will ensure that they are distributed at Christmas.   We draw names at Christmas and I have it all arranged to have various cousin’s names until 2026.  However, since the quilts are done, I figure they might as well enjoy them.  There’s no sense in me storing them for the next several years.

Stash Report:

I did purchase some fabric in Alaska … 5 yards in total … I’ll show a picture of it when it’s unpacked!   I’m really starting to think that I need to start a stash report for my husband:  2 of the fabrics were his choice of what I “must have.”  unknown-jpg

Before the cruise, I did make 7 gift bags out of Christmas fabric.  That used 4.8 yards of fabric.  It was a quick finish since it took about 1 ½ hours to dig out the fabric, and ribbon, set up the serger, serge the bags and then iron them.

Fabric Used this Week:      4.8 yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  72.30 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    5  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   45.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    26.8 yards   Still doing a happy dance!
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UFO Tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. No quilts finished in June – yet!

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2                         34  UFOs left to complete!

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Do you see what I see?

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Look at that middle star!  I have absolutely NO idea how that happened!  It’s the correct colours, but in the wrong position.

I have some frogging to do!!  And since I’ve already done some anchor quilting – it’ll be a hand stitching job … groan ….

Later:  Once I had the block out, I measured the pieces.  They were all weird numbers, like 2 3/16th square.  What??  I would have remembered something THAT strange!  This is one problem with UFOs: You forget what you did!  So, I pulled out the pattern and then it all made sense.  I needed to make a 1/4 square triangle.  IMG_0863When I had originally made it, I had put the stitch and flip dark brown triangles on the wrong corners.  So, the misbehaving block has been removed and the  1/4 square triangle is made, tucked into place and slip stitched in. Now, I just need to quilt it!IMG_0860

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Monday’s Design Wall

My Ribbon quilt is now a flimsy.  It’s a pretty simple pattern and you can use fat quarters.   The pattern is free and available here.  Be warned: Friends of mine ordered the kit and are totally disappointed with the fabrics (quality and colour).  This quilt is from a collection of fabrics (mostly fat quarters) that I bought eons ago.  I had a plan for it – but it was not to be.  As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew this was THE pattern for the fabrics …  There is enough of the remaining fat quarters and additional fabric that I might even be able to make another quilt with the fabric.  img_0828.jpg

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Stash Report May 28 ’17

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Shakespeare in the Park is DONE, DONE, DONE!  Yeah.   This quilt used approximately 23 yards.  I made it bigger than the pattern (Judy Martin’s) and pieced the back.  I know I already showed a picture of it, but here it is again!  Can you tell that I’m glad it’s totally finished?

 

Stash Report:

No fabric purchased this week!  I didn’t even go through a door of a quilt or fabric store.  It’s almost amazing how you can avoid purchasing fabric by not going near any that is for sale!  unknown-jpg

Fabric Used this Week:      23  yards  
Fabric Used year to Date:  67.50 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   40. 5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    26.6 yards   I’m doing a happy dance!

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UFO Tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. Finishing Shakespeare in the Park is one HUGE UFO done!

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          2                         34  UFOs left to complete!

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This week, I’m linking to a new (to me) blog.  The previous blog that had the stash report link is no longer doing it.  Another quilter has agreed to have a linky for the stash report.   I found it interesting to read that some count their stash use when they cut or sew the fabric.  I guess I had never thought of that! However, since my goal is to decrease my UFOs and my stash – I’m only counting my stash use when the quilt is finished.  Completely finished.

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Gail

A Friday Finish – YEAH!!!

Shakespeare in the Park

I am very excited to be finished my “Shakespeare in the Park“!  It’s a pattern by Judy Martin in her book “The Creative Pattern Book.”  This pattern was frustrating.  I found the directions often did not make sense to me.  And, of course, I made it bigger, so then I had to figure out how many extra blocks to make. Adding the extra border was easy to do! In the end, I’m glad I persevered.  I did a scrappy binding. My husband was not too sure about it, but when it was finished, he said that it was the perfect binding!  🙂  I love this quilt – now that it is finished!

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Pink Snail’s Tail

A flimsy is completed.  Ready for sandwiching and quilting. A few posts ago, I showed 2 lay-outs for a snail’s tail (or monkey wrench) quilt.  Most everyone commented that I should do this layout and I’m glad I did!  I think it will be fun to quilt this one!

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Now that I’ve posted the picture, I realize that I still need to add a border.

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Design Wall Monday – May 22 ’17

I’ve been away for most of the past week and have not done any quilting. For the first time in a LONG time, I did not take a machine with me – so absolutely NO quilting got done.

However, I did promise that I’d show you the challenge quilt that I did for our quilt show.  The challenge was “Beach Babies” and it had to be a baby quilt size.  Below is a picture of the quilt I made.  It was a lot of fun – which really surprised me because I generally dislike appliqué.  In fact, I usually call it “crap-lique”.  The fish and star-fish are trapunto’d with 2 layers of warm & natural.  Beach baby Challenge

Stash Report:

The blog that I generally link my stash report to is no longer hosting a Linky Party for stash reports.  sad face  However, I still want to be accountable for my stash & UFO’s – so I’m going to start including them in my Monday posts.  I have not purchased any fabric since my last report – nor have I finished any quilts (I’m close with one of them!)

Fabric Used this Week:      0  yards  (nothing finished!)
Fabric Used year to Date:  44.50 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   40. 5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    3.6 yards   

UFO tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. There is no change from last 2 weeks.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          1                         35  UFOs left to complete!

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Gail

Design Wall – May 15 ’17

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This week I’m still quilting my Shakespeare in the Park.  I have the border done.   Just need to finish some large swirls and do the binding and it’ll be called ‘done’!  Also, I’m working on these snail-trail blocks for a donation quilt.  Just need to finish the blocks and decide on which layout (middle or right?) to use.

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Stash Report on Mother’s Day 2017

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Last week, at our quilt show … I didn’t even LOOK at any of the fabric that the vender’s had.  (Well, I might have glanced at some of it … but that’s all I did is glance!)  Then on the Sunday, my son came to the show and he MADE me buy 4 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt HE wants me to make …  Now, I can’t show you the fabric, because that would give away what kind of quilt he wants me to make …. yes, I have the pattern figured out and just need to get the fabrics for it and get down to actually making the quilt.

Fabric Used this Week:      0  yards  (nothing finished!)
Fabric Used year to Date:  44.50 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    4  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   40. 5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    3.6 yards   I’ve still used more than I’ve bought this year! 

UFO tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s. There is no change from last week.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          1                         35  UFOs left to complete!

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Gail

No finishes – but lots of pictures!

BBQG Show Pictures

These are the quilts I put in.

Below is a slide show of some of the quilts that were at the Boundary Bay Quilt show last weekend. The first 5 quilts are from our feature quilter (Stacy Murton) … the rest are ones that caught my interest when I had time to take pictures. They are not in any specific order.  The only quilt I took close-up pictures of is the white whole-cloth.  It was hand quilted by our guild president, Matthew W.

One quilt that had me laughing out loud was the small “Dear Jane.”  The title of the quilt was “That’s enough Jane.”

I hope you enjoy the slide show.  Which quilt is YOUR favourite?

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Design Wall & 150 years …

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At the moment, only this ribbon quilt is in progress … It’s a free pattern found here.  It’s a fairly easy pattern, but make sure that you label all your fabrics as you cut them out. But be warned: Friends of mine ordered the kit and are very disappointed in the fabric quality and colour that was in the kit.

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150 years …

The guild’s show is over … This is the first time I’ve been involved in a quilt show and I am amazed at how everything just fit together and ran smoothly!  The organizers did an excellent job!  So pictures … lots of pictures! Today just one display … later … more pictures …

A few of us were involved in setting up a display “150 years of Quilting in Canada” … IMG_0691

Various guild members lent 26 heritage quilts to the display.  The quilts had stories behind them … wonderful stories.  Some of the members included pictures of the quilt makers.  (Now that was a fantastic idea!)  There were 2 hand crank machines that people were able to try.  A toy machine dating 1860 had a place of honour in the middle of the table. The feed sacks you see in the last 2 pictures were from my cousin Dennis in Ontario.  There was an old ironing board with a collection of antique irons (no picture, sorry!) As well as many other items.

There were lots and lots of interesting stories as people came by.  Many items evoked memories of “when I was a child …” or “I learned to sew on a hand crank.”  It was such fun listening to the stories.

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Gail

Stash Report May 7 ’17

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IMG_0679I finished my Love Letter’s quilt!!!  unknown-jpg   It used up 14 ¼ yards of fabric.  WooHoo!  This quilt was started in 2012 … I’m so glad it’s finished!

Plus … I needed to make hanging sleeves for the show quilts.  That used up about a yard.

Fabric Used this Week:      15.25  yards
Fabric Used year to Date:  44.50 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   36.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    7.6 yards   I’ve used more than I’ve bought this year! unknown-jpg

UFO tally

I started the year with 38 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          0
Apr:          0
May:          1                         35  UFOs left to complete!

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Gail

Boundary Bay Quilt Show

FACE_frontThis weekend is the guild quilt show.   It’s the first time I’ve ever put any of my quilts in a show.  It’s not a juried show – there is no judging happening.  It’s just a venue for guild members to show what they have been working on.  Nice and easy. No stress. Right?  Well, for those that have been following my blog, you know that I entered one quilt that still needed all the quilting done.  It did get done … but due to a sore thumb/hand, it took quite a bit longer than I anticipated.

Here are pictures of the 3 quilts that will be in the show.  The first is Bonnie Hunter’s 2016 mystery quilt “En Provence” that was finished earlier this year.  The 2nd is Quilt 8 of the Grandma’s fabric quilts  The 3rd is “Love Letters” that was a BOM kit from the now closed Wild Rose Quilt Shop in Orting Washington.

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Design Wall May 1, ’17

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “Design Wall” post.  So here goes!

Love Letters

I’m in the process of quilting “Love Letters.”  I’m entering it in the show this coming weekend – sew …. the quilting needs to be finished.  I did some ruler work (see in the pink triangles?) and that took a LOT of time.  Quilting the swirls is going much faster!  However, if I quilt for too long, my thumb on my right hand hurts.  So, I’m trying to quilt this in 10-15 minute segments.  The border and binding are already done – so it’s just the blocks that I need to finish.  I’m hopeful that it will be finished by Wednesday!img_0674.jpg

Fractured Paint Box

This is one of my UFO’s in progress.  It’s a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  This is my 4th quilt using this pattern.  Yes, it’s a paper piecing pattern, but a dear friend taught me how to paper piece without sewing on the paper … and so I can re-use the pattern.  And I must admit – this pattern is very easy to adapt to this method of non-paper-piecing.  This pattern also uses a jelly roll – so it’s a wonderful way to use my beautiful batik jelly rolls that are languishing in my stash!  unknown-jpg

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Stash Report: April 30 ’17

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No fabric purchases this week!  And, I haven’t finished any projects this week.  But my lovely guest, Miss Claire, finished a zipper bag.  She used approximately half a yard of fabric.   What a fun way to decrease my stash!

Stash Tally 

Fabric Used this Week:      0.5 yards
Fabric Used year to Date:  29.25 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   36.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:    – 7.65 yards

UFO tally

Since not a single one of my own projects have been finished this week, there is no change to my UFO tally. I started the year with 38 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          1
Apr:          0                          35 UFO’s left to complete!

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Gail

Friday finishes – not mine

We have company at our home – so very little sewing for me. However, 12 year old Miss Claire, coloured the fabric on her last visit here.  This week, she put in the zipper and sewed the bag together.  She did an awesome job!  And it was a lot of fun to help her along the way!

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Stash Report – April 23, 2017

This week I’ve been tidying a corner of my sewing room.  Half of my ironing board is free and available for use!   And I’ve been quilting a quilt that needs to be finished for the guild quilt show in 2 weeks.  I’ve got the main blocks and the border done. Just have to fill in the background.  Still not sure if I’m going to do feathers or swirls.  Here’s a picture before I quilted borders and did the binding:

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This week I did not buy any fabric!  YEAH!!!  I also didn’t enter through a door of any fabric store.  That sure helps me to not buy fabric.  And, since I rarely buy fabric on-line, I just don’t go shopping there.  It’s a good thing, because I’m sure I would be very tempted by some of Missouri Star Quilt’s daily deals!  And, I was at a work bee to get some stuff ready for the guild show and I donated 2 yards of fabric to the cause.  So, I’m counting that in.

Stash Tally 

Fabric Used this Week:       2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date:  28.75 yards
Fabric Added this Week:    0  yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date:   36.5 yards
Net Fabric used for 2017:     8.15 yards   

UFO tally

No UFO’s finished so far this month. I’m sort of feeling a little foolish reporting my UFOs as I’m not getting many done this year.  But, I’m going to stick with it and hopefully I can start adding some UFO finishes.

I started the year with 38 UFO’s.

2017   Completed
Jan:           2
Feb:           0
Mar:          1
Apr:          0                          35 UFO’s left to complete!

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Gail

Eye Candy from the retreat

These are pictures of what my fellow retreaters made. Lots of eye candy here!

R. started both of these quilts.  The one on the left started out as a disappearing pinwheel (aka Jenny Doan) and we figured that R designed her own pattern.  Alas, with further investigation, it’a called “Pinwheel 5” at Missouri Star Company.    The one on the right is from a black and white layer cake.  It’s going to be pretty spectacular when she gets all the blocks done.

L. N. showed us the quilt on the left … made with a couple of layer cakes (I think) and I’m not sure if she used the twister ruler or not.   The quilt on the right is the 3rd that she has done using the same pattern.  Each one is truly unique and the fabrics really make the quilts look very different.  She plans to keep this one for herself!

L.K.  made both of these.  The one on the left was a couple of panels from Fabricland and she got it completely finished.  Quilting and binding all done.  The one on the right was made from a bunch of fat quarters.  It was amazing how quickly it came together!

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B. had started the blue quilt above at a previous retreat and it sat in the box until this retreat.  She worked consistently on all the blocks at this retreat and got the top done.  I love the colours!  However, she doesn’t think she’ll gift it to me!  sad face   The bottom one is denim and fish/ocean fabric.  Both fabrics are cut in circles, sewn together, turned and then joined on 4 sides.  It’ll be like a cathedral window.  There is no batting as the denim will make it pretty heavy.  I can’t wait to see this one finished!

M. took the panel on the left, added a bunch of blocks and ended with the quilt on the right.  The more I looked at the panel, the more I loved it.  Then the resulting quilt really set off the panel.  Lovely, eh?

D. H. put these two quilts together. The giraffe quilt is a favourite of mine.  She has since finished it and added the most adorable eyelashes!  So cute!  The one on the right was made with a hexi ruler.  It was even quilted at the retreat.  I love the soft colours.

Retreat Pics 4-4D.C. worked on these oh-so- cute blocks with 30’s fabric … it’s going to be stinking’ cute when it’s finished!   And she is sewing this quilt totally on her featherweight!

Retreat pics 5-1Another D.H is going through the process of a divorce.  So, this is her divorce quilt.  It’s a traditional wedding ring with black bands, that will transition to lighter bands towards the bottom. Do you see the dark red heart?   In typical d.h’s style – scrappy and unique!  I look forward to seeing it finished next year.  There is a ton of symbolism in this quilt and full of meaning!

Retreat 6B. spent a lot of time on a quilt I’m not showing … it will be fabulous when done.  If I remember, I’ll post a pic later  However, for a change of pace, she made this cute little baby quilt.

C. got these 3 tops done.  The top left is a ribbon quilt using Tula Pink fabrics.  The bottom left was a jellyroll with a ton of learning involved.  (Sewing opposite directions and pinning the rows).  The one on the right is “Thicket” … so cute in black and white!

OOPS!!!  I don’t have any pictures of the fabulous work that our dear organizer did!  What’s with that?  I know she was sewing some wonderful blocks and working on at least one other project – but no pictures?  If any of my fellow retreaters have pictures of DS’s work – please send them to me and I’ll put them in another blog post!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the results of a week’s worth of quilting with my oh-so-talented friends!

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Gail