Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Stash - 02826/17

I've fallen down the rabbit hole...just kidding. But I have purchased more fabric. I have also used lots of fabric too. I had high hopes of having lots more finished, but alas I was distracted by squirrels. I finished quilting Mecca's Courtyard Tiles quilt and had planned on binding it on Tuesday. But as I was preparing an area to cut it (it is bigger than anything I've ever done before), I was moving some things around and Sharla and I got distracted looking for some floor lamps. We wasted a ton of time, because what we liked wasn't available around here, and what was available we didn't like. So the quilt didn't get bound. But since it is finished quilting I get to count the front (because it hasn't been counted before) and the backing. Here is a peek at it as I came off the long arm.

I did get started on piecing the matching pillow shams and I've made some good progress on them. If all goes well I will be quilting them next weekend at the latest. I did have to purchase a little more fabric for them. I could have squeaked by with what I had, but there wouldn't have been much variety in them and I want them to look good. So here is what I bought.

Here are the numbers for this week.

Fabric Used this Week: 23 1/4
Fabric Used year to Date: 61 1/8 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 2 1/2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8 1/2 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 52 5/8 yards used

I'm working on binding Mecca's quilt and finishing the piecing of the shams this weekend. I hope to finish both by next Sunday. Also Sharla is almost finished with her February project and hopes to finish it today. As of right now I'm hoping this is my last fabric purchase for a bit, but who knows, I could win the lottery and go hog wild. I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash and Sunday Stash #217 with Molli Sparkles. I hope ya'll have a wonderful week.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Stash - 02/19/17

It is a slippery slope when you fall off the wagon. I had a good reason for my purchase last week and I've justified to myself my purchase for this week. Ok I realize I might be exaggerating just a little, but hey we have to have a little fun in life.

Sadly I didn't have any finishes this week.  I made a lot of progress on Mecca's quilt, and should finish the quilting on it today, but I just couldn't finish it yesterday. So I will have a big used number next week because none of it has been counted as used in the past. Plus Sharla is working hard on her Summerfest top and hopefully will finish it before next week.

Now on to where I slipped. When I finished my cross quilt last week, I pulled out the project I have slated for March. It is a layer cake of 2WENTY-THR3E, which I've had for a while. My plan was to combine it with a solid charm pack and make the Easy Bricks Quilt by Amy Smart. I had a white charm pack and a  natural charm pack and I thought one of those would work. But the white was too white and the cream too dark. So I went through our new Bella Solids card and found Etchings Slate that looks really good with layer cake. So then I had to decide do I stay with the brick pattern or do something different. I laid out the fabric in the City Streets pattern Sharla used earlier this year and I really liked it. Here is the EQ layout.

So I ordered enough fabric to be the sashing and for the binding. I know I won't start on it until I finish Mecca's quilt and pillow shams, but I wanted to have everything here so I would be ready. The fabric by itself isn't all that wonderful, but add the pinks, yellows and oranges in the layer cake and it really makes them pop.

I also had to buy some more fabric for Mecca's pillow shams, but that won't be here until next week. I'm happy that for the most part my purchases have been to complete projects, not new projects. So my week's numbers are

Fabric Used this Week: 0
Fabric Used year to Date: 37 7/8 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 6 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 31 7/8 yards used

I'm going to finish quilting Mecca's quilt today if it kills me, I'm so close it isn't even funny and then I'm going to start piecing what I can on the pillow shams. Those won't get finished because the extra fabric won't be here until Tuesday, but I can get as much done on them as possible. I will be linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash and Sunday Stash #216 with Molli Sparkles. And I will see ya'll next week when I hopefully have some big numbers to show!!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Stash - 02/12/17

Well I fell off the wagon, I bought some fabric. Just a little and it was a birthday present for Sharla, so I had a good reason right? To be honest I never expected to last a whole year without buying, and I've used much more than I bought so far this year. So I'm in a very happy place. Add to the fact that I have two things in the used column and they out weigh what I bought.

So lets start with what I bought. Sharla and I are both collection mini charm packs with the hope of someday doing a huge scrappy postage stamp quilts. I thought I would add to the collection for her birthday. So I bought 4 different lines and of course I had to buy some for me too.  I also bought her the Bella solids swatch card. We use are Kona card all the time, but our local quilt store carries Bella, and it would be nice to be able to know which color we want before going there. I did some research on line and found a mini charm pack has approximately 1/4 of a yard of fabric in it. So this is a 2 yard add.

Now for the fabric out this week, first I finished and mailed my bee block for this month. It was a log cabin block that went together quickly and easily. I estimated that I used just under a fat quarter for this block, so to make the accounting easy, I'm saying 1/4 yard used.

And lastly I finished my cross quilt top. It has been in the works since 2014, and it was my pick as part of my first bee. Luckily I photographed all the blocks I received, so I know how many were made by someone else and how many I made.  I made just under 250 6 inch blocks. Then I laid the pieces out on a fat quarter to determine how much fabric I used.  I calculated that I could get about 5 blocks from a fat quarter, with very little waste. So that means I used about 12 1/3 yards of fabric for the blocks I made.

So even though I did buy some fabric, I've used much more than I've purchased, which is the goal for 2017. I hadn't expected to finish the cross quilt so soon, but the Super Bowl just didn't hold my interest and so I work on it. Now for the stash report this week.

Fabric Used this Week: 12 3/5
Fabric Used year to Date: 37 7/8 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 2 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 35 7/8 yards used

I also got Mecca's backing pieced and loaded onto my long arm as well as her top ironed and loaded, so I will begin quilting it on Monday which is my day off. So I'm making progress all around. YEAH!!! Now it is time to link up with Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash.  And since I have something new to show I will also be linking up with Sunday Stash #215 with Molli Sparkles. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!