A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 9 - Stash Report

I finally started sewing a bit this week. I have the strip sets made for a double Irish chain twin size. I debated waiting until the item was finished before counting it, but I know I won't remember by then.

Fabric in this week: 0
Fabric out: 6 yards - double Irish chain
Total for the week: -6
Total for the year: -19.625


Becky
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Update on basket blocks UFO

I asked for suggestions for settings of 49 of these basket blocks. I worked up 3 in EQ. I still didn't like the blocks, no matter what I did with them. I just no longer "love" blues and mauves". I did what any self-respecting quilter would do - I sent them to someone who wanted them so she could finish it and donate the quilt to a worthy cause. It's one way to finish 15 year old UFO's.

Happy Quilting,

Becky


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stash report 2/21/10

This week I busted stash by mail! I've stuffed 3 packages to send tomorrow to HeartStringers, and loaded bags with backing fabric for HeartStrings . That's approximately 35 yards out.

I started a new spread sheet on everything quilty I've bought so far this year. Over $464 in two months; time for a reality check. Dang those Superbowl Sunday sales, and Connecting Threads closeouts. Interestingly, books and notions account for over $200 of it. I had to have, Judy L's, Bonnie's, and Judy Martin's new books, and a few more. What's a quilting bibliophile to do? Yes, I do check a lot out from the library as well!
Stash Report
Fabric in: 0
Fabric out:35 yards
Year to date: - 13.625 yeah!


Happy Quilting,

Becky


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

please help with settings



If you look at my previous post, you will see the basket blocks (UFO) that I want to set. I have 49 baskets. I've played with it in EQ, and came up with these 3 settings. The first is with plain blocks, changing color to "border". The second is baskets set on point with sashing. I had a suggestion for triple sashing with nine-patch cornerstones which sounds good, I just don't know how to draw it in EQ. The 3rd choice is a strippy quilt. I couldn't draw the baskets on point, so you just see square in a square blocks. The borders on all three are not accurate at all. I couldn't find a lavender and blue fabric to use.

Please leave a comment on which set you recommend! Thanks for your input.
Happy Quilting,

Becky

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Monday, February 15, 2010

design wall monday 2/15/10

Very old UFO
This is one of my oldest UFO's. I made a shop sample of a basket quilt that had appliqued handles. The quilt shop owner said I could keep the leftover fabric, so I made another set of baskets. There are 49 blocks. I didn't want to applique all the handles, so changed it to a pieced handle. That changed the finish block size to 6.5". I later bought more of the blue flowers that is in the center of the big picture, and I found border fabric and have about 2 yards of that.

I really need help with a setting for these. I took them out of the box where they have lived for about 15 years, and found some yellow fabric, and some squares of lavender fairy fabric cut for setting squares. When I put them up on the wall as a straight on point setting, it didn't work at all. So now I moved them to a medallion setting, and they still don't speak to me. Perhaps it is the blue and mauve I liked so much at one time, but not so much now. Please feel free to comment with any ideas for a setting.

Happy Quilting,
Becky

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Stash report- Week 7


What's a girl supposed to do? It's been about 3 months since I visited a quilting store. I finally was told to start walking longer distances than just in the house, with support. The support could be a shopping cart! It was also Super Bowl weekend sales. I couldn't drive yet, so I just had to go wherever my friend took me. At the first shop (Eudora, KS) I picked up the fabrics in the left picture. Two of the greens are for stash (I sure use a lot of those lately), but the rest are for projects (UFOs) that I hope to work on soon. The second shop (Lee's Summit, MO), I definitely needed to add a few batiks for the Timberline Log Cabin bin to fill in fabrics with a little more blue that green. I don't want it exactly like the Opportunity Quilt I worked on. The right picture is 12 yards of wonderful fabric I bought through Stashbuster Fling-it. I couldn't resist these fabrics for $3-4 a yard.

DH helped me set up a spreadsheet similar to Judy L's
The results weren't very good for Stashbusting:


Stash report
Added this week (or so) 31.5 Yards

Used this week- 0.125 of fairy fabric to put hearts on DGD#1's shirt for Valentine's Day.


Knee update

On a personal note, my ortho doc injected my hip, which relieved the bursitis and sciatica, which included the bulk of the foot pain; the new orthotics for my shoes arrived last Friday, so I have been able to stop using a cane, start driving short distances, and certainly have an improved outlook on life. I still need to work on strengthening the new knee, but at least things are improving. I did cancel attending the Guild Quilt Retreat next weekend, as I still haven't been able to sew at the machine yet, though I plan to practice on that this week. Maybe next year. I should be in good shape to attend the HeartStrings NE sew-in in March. I'm really looking forward to it.

Happy Quilting,
Becky

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