Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Stash - 04/23/17

I have to start by saying I'm sorry Callie I didn't get it finished this week. She emailed me last week and  told me she reads my blog. So I'm very glad I didn't ruin the surprise by showing it here. Now I did make progress, it is totally quilted and trimmed. The binding is made and pressed, it is just not sewn onto the quilt.

I had planned to work Wednesday night and Thursday night on the binding to get it done, but life took a turn on Wednesday and my boss got very sick and had to go into the hospital. Which meant my work load went through the roof. By the time I got home at night I was too tired to do anything.

So the quilt sits on the table waiting. But I am going to make a push to finish it on Monday or Tuesday (which are my days off). I'm hoping Callie and Beau love it.  I did snap a small pic of it to tease Callie.

And no the quilt isn't black and white, I did that to make it even more of a tease...yes I know I'm mean, but she loves me anyway. Since it is quilted I can count the backing this week, and we had no purchases either.  We have to cut back on the purchases, too many other things going on around here.

So lets get to the numbers

Fabric Used this Week: 5 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 104 1/2  yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 58 3/4 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 45 1/2 yards used

Hopefully we will have even more to report next week. Sharla is working on her True Colors quilt and hopes to get all the blocks finished this week and only have the sashing left. I want to finish Callie and Beau's quilt and then start another.  But a lot of what I get done will be determined by if my boss gets back to work this week.  I'm really hoping so for his sake and mine. Today I'm linking up with Judy @ Patchwork Times.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Stash - 04/16/17

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are going to have a wonderful day. I'm going to have an early dinner at my brother's house this afternoon, which means I get to spend time with my favorite people on earth.

Now on to the stash details. It has been a mixed two weeks. I got busy last Sunday and totally forgot to post. We have have both ins and outs since I last posted. For outs Sharla finished her Lula Magnolia- Big and Tall flimsy and I finished Callie and Beau's wedding quilt flimsy. So we have both completed our goal for April and it is on the middle of the month. I didn't get great shots of Sharla's quilt, but this will give you the idea.

I'm not showing pictures of my flimsy just in case Callie reads my blog...I'm not sure that she does, but I'm being careful just in case. I have already pieced the back as well and it is loaded on my long arm. I'm hoping to start quilting it tomorrow. I also got my bee block for this month completed and in the mail, so that gives a little more in the used column which we need since the other side of the coin is coming.

Now to the purchases and they are abundant. First Sharla wanted to buy the backing for her True Colors quilt. She really wanted to use the fabric like I had already purchased for my quilt but didn't want our quilts to be too similar. Since I only purchased it because I got it on sale I said if she replaced it with a different fabric I liked better, she could have my fabric. So she purchased the Mini Owl Orchid fabric for me and I gave her my Mini Owl Bitter.  The funny thing is that when she picked her pattern the fabric she bought didn't work for it, because it had 1/4 yard cuts not fat quarters, so we ended up swapping fabric kits too. I also purchased some more fabric for the sashing on the memory quilts I'm trying to finish. Then when Sharla finished her flimsy last weekend she decided to try and get her True Colors quilt done before the end of the month. So we had to order the sashing for it, and we went ahead and bought the binding and sashing/binding for my True Colors quilt as well. So we have lots of new fabric now. I didn't get a photo of the Mini Owls fabric, but here is the three pieces we got for sashing and binding, along with some scissors we bought.

Now it is time to crunch the numbers, and over all we are still using more than purchasing, so that is a good thing. But I found an error in the math on my spreadsheet that I have been carrying for several weeks, so we aren't doing as good as I thought, but still in the black.

Fabric Used this Week: 12 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 98 3/4  yards
Fabric Added this Week: 12 1/2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 58 3/4 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 40 yards used

On the positive side I cut Sharla's True Colors quilt out last night, and she is starting to work on it today. So hopefully we will have more used soon.  Now we just have to cut back on buying...even if it is on sale.  Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times - Sunday Stash and Sunday Stash #220 with Molli Sparkles. I hope ya'll have a wonderful week.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Finish - 04/14/17

So far April is a hopping month for us, Sharla finished her Big & Tall - Lula Magnolia top (aka Big Blue Flowers) and I have finished Callie and Beau's wedding top.  Now since I don't want to show Callie's quilt until it is done today you're going to see Sharla's top. She bought the bundle a couple of years ago on a flash sale at Fat Quarter Shop, but once it arrive it just sat, she couldn't decide what she wanted to do with it. When we were trying to organize all of our projects and make sure we had all the pieces together (bundles, binding, backing, etc.) we were folding the backing fabric for this project and Hollywood would not leave it alone.  He kept trying to get up next to it. So I told Sharla it would have to be his quilt when it was done.  I'm not sure she is agreeing with that point, but we'll see. The photos aren't great it was windy and the sunlight was bright, but it was my only chance to photograph the top.

The pattern is called Big & Tall by Sunnyside Designs and Sharla saw it one day and thought it was right up her alley. Simple and easy, yet still pretty. We did modify the pattern, by making it larger. The pattern called for 12 fat quarters and we used 20, making it 76 x 82 1/2. The pattern is very quick to make, but you have to be careful of your pieces because some are very close in size. What Sharla did was lay them out and sewed them in groups to help keep them from getting mixed.

The fabric line is Lula Magnolia by Quilted Fish produced by Riley Blake. And I have to say I really love the flamingos in the line. They are just too cute. Sharla tried very hard to make sure they all were standing correctly, and that none were on their heads.  I just laughed because I'm pretty sure the finished quilt will be turned all which ways.

That is it for today, I'm hoping to work on quilting Callie's quilt this weekend into next week, so hopefully I will have pictures for it soon. But for now I'm linking up with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict,  Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts.