Stash Report #6

Where did January go?!? I’ve seen this question a lot the past few days and have been wondering the same darn thing myself. Here’s my stash report for the past week. 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 8 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 1 1/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
Iā€™m not sure how to count the panels so I figured Iā€™d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

Ok, I bought a FQ on an IG destash sale. I don’t think I’ve ever paid $5 for a single FQ (or anywhere near $20 per yard) but I just had to. The opportunity presented itself, I asked hubby, and he said go for it. I managed to snag a FQ of Heather Ross fabric – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Far Far Away III. It’s going for so much more online (average of $20 a 1/2 yard) that I had to jump at it when I could. The FQ I got has 1 each of the 3 scenes in full! I’m thinking I’m going to embroider some detailing on it, fussy cut the scenes and use them as the center in quilt blocks, and then frame them individually in the hallway near my little girl’s room. I know if I don’t start on this right away, I’m just going to stick it with the rest of my fabric and it’ll never get used because I’ll be afraid to cut into it to use for something that could get ruined or worn out. 

fq

The other yard of fabric I purchased is for the Fair Isle Winter BOM. I was going for one look but while “shopping” in my stash, I came across another piece of fabric that sparked a totally different idea that I absolutely loved! So I scrapped my original idea and started another fabric pull. I almost had enough but I was shy 1 yard of the 14 yards that is approximated for this large quilt. The fabric I bought is the black with tiny white polka dots. I’m also using a solid black for the background that’s not pictured. The blocks are mostly pieced with little applique accents. The backgrounds will all be solid black. The block designs will be done in the top row fabrics and the bottom row will be used only for the little applique accents. 

The leftover bits of flannel I had after from making my little girl those 4 dresses got used up. They totaled approximately 1 yard. A few days ago, my little girl came to me and informed me that her dolls (Barbies) were cold! Only 2 of them (the ones that slept in the beds in the Barbie houses) had blankets and the rest didn’t… So I figured I’d use those bits to make blankets. All I did was cut them into rectangles and run the serger around the edges. She LOVES them! Every night now, while we are getting ready for bed, she has to lay all her dolls on the floor and cover each and every one of them up. LOL 

dollcovers

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 190 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3,144 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,724 yards ADDED

The yarn I bought is 2 skeins of 100% cotton yarn for a childs tank top pattern I’ve been working on that I want to submit to a magazine. Fingers crossed. 

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 1
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 6
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 6 pieces USED

I did manage to use up a piece of clothing this past week. It was a toss-up as where to put this, but since it came into my home as a piece of clothing, that’s how I’m categorizing it. You see, I purchased this tank top for $0.75 from a Last Chance Goodwill for the express purpose to taking it apart and reusing the fabric yarn it was made with. The day after I bought it I took it apart, unraveled it, and wound it into a ball. I also remove any tags and keep them with the ball of yarn. 

Anyhow, ever since I caught my little girl playing sandbox with her Barbies in my potted plant, I’ve missed having greenery in the living room / dining room combo. Last week I decided that I could hang my Christmas cactus over the end of the dining room table against the wall where no one sits. Knowing I wanted to crochet hangers, but not thinking I’d like it done in any of the yarns I have, I set the idea aside. Until I laid my eyes on this ball while I was digging thru stuff in my craft / sewing room. I knew it would be perfect! I got to work right away and made 2 plant hangers for both of my Christmas cactus. There was a bit of yarn left over from which I made a framed mandala to use as a table runner of sorts. (Is it still called a runner when it’s round or square instead of a long one???) I’m hoping to get a good picture of all of it together sometime today. Fingers crossed. lol

planthanger

How about you? Did you add to your stash this week or use some up? 

Linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report

WIP Wednesday #5

Good morning everyone! It’s been an off and on kinda week here. There were times when I busted out a lot of sewing and crafting, and others where I literally sat here like a lump staring off into space.

There are times when events happen that make us realize our mortality. I’ve been thinking a lot since the January 22nd when those storms ripped thru. There was bad weather across multiple south-eastern states that weekend on the 21st & 22nd. There was a severe level threat of 5 for that weekend. The last time a 5 was issued in Georgia was during those horrible Mother’s Day storms in 2011. Having lived in Florida for most of my life and gone thru more hurricanes than I care to count, seeing lighting strike objects that were within a football field length away from me so many times (for those of you who don’t know I lived near/in Tampa which is the lightning capital of North America), storms really don’t scare me too bad and I typically am prepared due to the canning, gardening, and storing food that I do anyhow. 

However, when they were showing that HUGE, long life storm track live on the news, my blood ran cold. The news was reporting wind speeds of at least 154 MPH. It’s been officially recorded as an EF3. I was so scared I almost threw up. As prepared as we are, the house we are renting would not have withstood that. It’s a little, old wood frame house that was built about 70 years ago and is about 2′ off the ground. We feel the house sway when there’s a strong breeze. We were dressed, shoes on, I threw our electronics in a bag along with a change of clothes, and we were ready to bolt out of here if it hadn’t dissipated when it did. We were literally ready to get in the truck if it hadn’t weakened when it did. Now, before anyone chimes in talking about how you need to stay put in a storm, that’s fine if you live or are in someplace secure. This house would crumble like a pile of match sticks. Plus, we have a large heavy 4 wheel drive truck and a plan. The tornado was moving between 60-65 MPH in a relatively straight path so we had time to escape. 

Unlike so many others, we got lucky. The storm dissipated right before it got here. The purple X is where we are. See that long orange line headed right towards the X, that’s what had me scared.

storms1

So, with my staring off into space, I’ve not really gotten much accomplished. But, I did manage to get the rest of the Caught Ya! BOM applique pieces sewn down. I used invisible thread on all of it. Plus, I decided to leave the first one as it is. I’ll probably do heavy, wavy quilting on everything except for the applique to make it look like water waves. The rest of the hooks I managed to sew down without incident thanks to a bunch of school glue stick. šŸ™‚ I got these done just in time since the next 2 blocks came out this morning. LOL

lures

I also got all the pieces sewn down for the mini I’m making for the swap. I told hubby to pick me up some “pretty sky blue” thread so I can (hopefully) get this quilted today or tomorrow. I think he did pretty good picking out a color! šŸ™‚

mini

Plus, I also got all the pieces for the Buttermilk Basin Mystery BOM sewn down as well. Don’t worry, the bunny isn’t going to always look like a zombie. I still have to embroider the details.

buttermilkbasinblock1

The dress I’ve been working on for my little girl – well, I got most of the sides sewn up. Now to do the hems and then attach the crochet tops to the fabric. 

I love Project Quilting and am working on this weeks challenge. The theme for this week is texture. So far, I have a plan and have gotten my background fabric painted. Does it look like a hole to you? Fingers crossed it comes out like I’m hoping. Once it’s done I’ll share and no explanation will be needed. šŸ™‚ (but if you follow me on IG you may already know what I’m going to do)

While I manage to make some progress on the deer head silhouette quilt (pattern is actually named Stag Nation by Rana of Sewn into the Fabric), I set it aside for now. I’m altering it a bit from the pattern. The pattern calls for a solid, single piece of fabric for the background. I’m piecing the background. Wanting something improv, I decided on unplanned 3/4 log cabin blocks made from the strips I cut out of those 5 pair of khaki pants that were headed to the garbage. So far I’ve gotten 9 blocks made. Since the background needs to measure 40 x 55″ I’m making the blocks either 10 x 10″, 5 x 10″ or 10 x 5″ and will randomly piece them together. These blocks are very hard for me to do. My OCD is having a fit with them and wants some order / pattern to them.

improv-blocks

Those blocks got set aside after I realized that my father-in-law’s birthday is this coming Wednesday (2/8)! I came across a rag lap quilt I started for him before my little girl started walking (back on Christmas eve 2013) that I had completely forgotten about. Hopefully, I’ll get it finished up in time for his birthday. Wish me luck! There is also a partially made one for my mother-in-law in the box too – that’s what the pink is. 

ragquilts

I still need to hang the plant hangers I made and take a picture of them with the table runner I made. Not to mention the shawl I finished for my daughter that I still need photos of! Maybe I’ll get that done today. 

In other news, the small art farm I ordered finally arrived. It’s filled with gel and will be a good learning experience for my little girl. The good thing about the gel is that not only can you see their tunnels and them better, but it also serves as their food and water! 

ants

If anyone is interested, there’s 3 new swaps on IG that just opened up (I signed up for 2 of them) – but if you’re interested you need to hurry since they are limited to a certain number of people.
Lunardreams1 is hosting the #rainbowhexieswap2 – see the link in her profile for more information
shawngorlick is hosting the other 2 – see the links in her profiles for more information on these
     * First is the Pick Your Theme Hexie swap – there’s 6 themes to pick from including: animals, black &                   white, solids, low volume, & elements
     * Next is for a Hexie Mini Quilt 

Plus today is day 1 of #sweatandsew1 hosted by @thecursivequilter and @studchic1 on IG. 

What about you? What have you been up to?

WIP Wednesday #3

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this Wednesday. I know after having a girls day yesterday with my little girl and my bestie that I’m feeling recharged. Hopefully going to get some projects worked on today. Here’s what’s in my line-up and what I’ve been working on. 

Remember the woman who I said organized the hop I was just in – Marian from Seams to Be Sew? Well, I’ve been really excited for this BOM she’s doing. It’s called Twas the Night Before Christmas and each block is going to be a different scene to go along with the storyline of the book. šŸ™‚ I got all my fabric pieces for block 1 cut out using my new Silhouette Cameo 3… It really turned into a mess… But I don’t want to get into that now. If you want to see some of the photos from this attempt at cutting fabric (and when I finally gave up and went back to using a pair of scissors) you can check it out on my Instagram account. Now I just have to sew down the pieces. I would like to get this done by this weekend – but we’ll see.

Next up is the mini quilt I’ve been working on for the #miniappquilt on IG. I’m very happy with the way this one is turning out. I have about half of the pieces stitched down. Once I’m finished stitching I’m going to get out the watercolor paints and watercolor pencils and give everything some dimension. Then I’m going to quilt it. I’ll need to buy some thread though because I don’t have a pretty sky blue in a nice thread. I’m hoping to finish this one this week. Fingers crossed!

I’ve cut out all the pieces for block 1 of Buttermilk Basin’s 2017 Mystery BOM and tacked them down. Now I have to sew around the edges and add in the embroidery detailing. Now, I know that Buttermilk Basin does their stuff in wool – but this just shows you that wool applique and cotton can be interchanged with no problem. I don’t know why, but I’ve actually had people give me a really hard time saying that you can’t make an applique pattern designed for wool in quilting cotton and vice-versa… Yeeeaaaaaa. That baffled me beyond belief. Exact same pattern pieces and directions, just change out the fabric. Whateva… However, the background that I’m making these on – it’s 100% wool suiting fabric. Someone brought in an entire bolt that had some moth holes in the first few layers. I simply cut around the holes. I’m using it because I wanted a medium tone gray so that the rest of the fabrics would pop, didn’t have enough yardage of a solid gray that I liked, and didn’t want to buy more. All the other fabrics are from my scrap drawer. šŸ™‚ 

Next up is block 1 & 2 from Caught Ya! BOM by Fat Cat Patterns. There’s going to be 26 different fishing lure designs and their layout for a twin sized quilt uses 24 of the blocks and finishes at 63.5 x 93″. That’s just not big enough for my hubby. Therefore after playing around with some math, I decided to make mine using 28 blocks – 4 rows wide by 7 blocks long. This should allow it to finish around 77 x 101″ which is a much better throw size for my hubby. So, since there’s only 26 blocks and I need 28, I had to double up on 2 blocks and I figured I’d just get that over right away. šŸ™‚ The background fabric I cut from a bolt of white fabric I have. The fishing lures themselves are being made from pieces out of my scrap drawer. The hooks are being made from 1/2 yard cut of a gray glitter Thanksgiving fabric I bought at Joann’s when their red tag fabric was half price. šŸ™‚ I’ve sewed one down and didn’t realize until after I had finished that the hook had shifted while I was sewing… *sigh* Now I’m debating if I want to rip out the satin stitch done in invisible thread that covers the edges, or if I dare to leave it and hope that the quilting will hide the slight pucker in the fabric – it’s really not as bad as it looks in the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other than that I’ve decided that I really would like to move my Christmas Cactus plants somewhere near the dining table (where I spend most of my time) and am debating on making some crochet plant hangers so I can hang them over the table but out of reach of my little girl. Not that she’d hurt the plant intentionally, but I’ve found her playing with her Barbie dolls in another potted plant acting like the Barbies were in a sandbox… O_o 

And, now that I’m thinking about crochet, I really need to finish up the crochet/fabric dresses that I’m making for my little girl that are all cut out and crocheted. I have to sew them together. Those will be 4 more finishes on my 2017FALQ1 list. šŸ™‚ 

After seeing that Ivory Spring is going to be having a sew along using the pattern Spring on Bleecker Street that’s free over at Quilting Treasures, I decided that I’m going to sew along. I’ll be making this throw sized quilt for my grandma who adores birds and birdhouses. The entire pattern is already available but Wendy won’t be starting until Feb 15th. I’ve downloaded the pattern and am debating on how I’m going to cut out the bit of applique. I’m thinking I’ll try to use the Silhouette to cut fusible web and then I’ll iron the cut pieces onto the fabric which I’ll then cut out by hand. We’ll see… I’m also thinking I’ll pick out a color palette and make it scrappy but within the color palette I decide on. 

Also, I’ve been hunting for a quilt to make for my mother-in-law. After spending 2 days just attempting to label and cut out the “pattern” for the pretty Diamond Hill BOM, I crumpled it all up and threw it out. I had to stop and do some evaluating. If it was frustrating me that badly with just the first block, there’s no way I wanted to deal with that for 3 more blocks plus the 4 corner/edging blocks. Anyhow, I decided that I’ll make 2 of the Spring on Bleecker Street quilts – the second for my mother-in-law using pink for the main color. She’s a pink person 110%. 

Plus, I came across the Fair Isles Winter BOM by Morning Glory Designs which I fell in love with. I’m trying to push myself into doing things that aren’t really my style so I can broaden my thoughts and I’m hoping this will help. I have OCD which shows itself in math and patterns. It’s very hard for me to do improv quilting and truly scrappy or sampler style quilts. I need to have a pattern, symmetry, or something that ties it all together (other than just color) or else it will drive me crazy. I’m someone who used to stare at my ceiling for hours every single night for months trying to find a pattern within the randomness of ceiling popcorn… Once I finally scraped the popcorn texture off the ceiling, I slept much better. Yea… For those that are unaware of OCD and how it works, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or if you have any common sense – it’s a compulsion that cannot be controlled. Even though I was totally aware that I would not find a pattern on that ceiling, and I knew I needed to get sleep, that didn’t stop my OCD from kicking in. Reasoning does not work against the compulsion and I argued with myself in my head over that darn ceiling many times. Anyhow, this quilt seems to be the perfect blend of pattern with sampler to start with. I’m still debating what colors to do it in. I really just need to go check out my stash and make a decision. Right now I’m leaning towards black and white with pops of yellow which is one of my favorite color combinations.

Ok, time to actually go do something. LOL What are you working on?

I’m linking up with:
Moving It Forward Monday at Ems Scrap Bag
Fiber Tuesdays at Quilting Room with Mel
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Stash Report #2

Here it is! The first stash report of 2017 that has something other than all zeros. šŸ™‚ LOL 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 7/8 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 1 1/8 yards
Fabric Added this Week:  6.5 yards + 3 panels
Fabric Added Year to Date: 6.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 4 5/8 yards + 3 panels ADDED

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 0 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 0 yards used

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 5 
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces used

I know I wasn’t going to buy more fabric, however, when we went on our girls night sleepover we stopped at a really big Wal-Mart… They had LOTS of fabric on sale! The 3 panels are Halloween (and was only $0.75 each), there’s 3 yards of a lightweight stretch knit (that was only $1 per yard) I got to make my little girl some summer things, there was 1/2 yard of a pink and metallic silver butterfly print that my little girl picked out herself (so the price didn’t matter), and the rest was all Christmas fabric that was on sale (for $2 a yard or less) that I just couldn’t resist… Hey! At least I didn’t add any yarn! šŸ˜‰ 

Of the fabric I used, 1 1/8 of a yard was fussy cut for 120 hexies for the Pick Your Theme Hexie Swap hosted by @shawngorlich on IG. There’s some scraps left over that I can’t bring myself to throw out so I’m trying to think of a way to use them up. I’m think of doing something similar to Helen’s (Archie the Wonder Dog) Penguins in the Sewing Room. I think they are too cute! And I think Helen is amazing at improv piecing. I’m hoping I can use my scraps up, be brave and just go for it. We’ll see…

leftover-from-cat-hexies

I was really surprised at how much fabric it took to fussy cut these hexies… :/ Oh well. Now to figure out what to do with all the little jars and the remaining fireflies.

leftover-from-hexies

I also cut 3/4 yd of a pretty tie-dye looking fabric (that I got off an IG destash sale for $2 a yard) for 6 background pieces for the Project Quilting challenges. Aside from the self-imposed theme, I’m using the background to tie them all together. I’m telling myself by using the same background, I can feel free to go crazy with the rest without worry of them matching in style or color. I guess we’ll see if my OCD wins or not once all 6 mini quilts are done… 

project-quilting-background

Plus, it’s not yardage, but it’s pieces of clothing from my craft room stash that I also cut up this week for the deer head silhouette quilt I’m making for hubby. So that counts for something right? PSSST – if you seen the sheer quantity of big garbage bags I have full of clothing I bought to upcycle / restyle you’d agree that it counts. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m going to go add a new line above so that I can keep track of that stuff as well. šŸ™‚ BRB

Ok, I’m back. Yep, I cut up 5 pair of khaki pants (that I mentioned the other day) that I’m hoping to improv piece together for the background for hubby’s deer head silhouette wall quilt I’m making for him to hang in his office. Or maybe I’ll hang it in the living room when I’m done. šŸ˜‰ I’ve not cut out the paint stains or little holes here and there yet. I’m still debating on if I should leave them in it or not. I’ll decide once I start piecing. What I did do was to cut out all the seams, the waistband and pockets. I also saved all the buttons, hook & eyes, zippers, and any other reusable hardware. Waste not want not.

cut-up-khakis

Plans for the coming week that involve using my stash include:

  • Cutting approximately 3 yards of background fabric for the base blocks for the Caught Ya! BOM. I’m planning on digging thru my scraps for the applique before I cut from my stash. However, I think I’m going to dig out the gray/silver fabric with silver sparkles from my stash to use for all the hooks for a bit of uniformity.
  • Digging thru my stash ISO 2 different blues (at least 3 yards & 3.5 yards) for a snowman quilt I’m making. I’m thinking (hoping) that I have some that like for this project and that are big enough in my stash… It’s already been started, so if I need more fabric, I’ll wait till the next time I go to Joann’s to use my coupons and their sales. 
  • Making the mini quilt for the Applique Mini Quilt Swap. I’m hoping to get all of it done, with the exception of the hand embroidery, this week. Wish me luck!

Have you used up any of your stash this past week? Or planing on doing so this coming week? Let us know!

I’m linking up to:
Patchwork Times Stash Report
Moving It Forward Monday
Monday Making
Fabric Tuesday