A Fresh Snow Blog Hop

Hi everyone! In case you’ve been under a rock, today is day 1 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. She hosts the best hops IMO. Anyhow, this hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton. Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating:

Jan 20

Jane’s Quilting
Lulu & Celeste
Quilt In Piece
3Patch Crafts

Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns
Ravellry
Bdieges

Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Jan 25

 
Don’t delete this! That way you know who’s day it is so you can go see what they’re sharing with you AND so you can enter the different give-a-ways!!! WHOOT WHOOT!
I’ll see you later on with the LGO2017 post. Bye!

 

Fingerless Gloves Finish

Way back in early September I splurged and bought a skein of Haute Knit Yarn in the Haunted Forest colorway from a destash sale. The yarn was so pretty and it was a great price – I couldn’t resist. It was also my very first skein of yarn that I purchased that wasn’t from a big box store. 

I knew I wanted to make something for myself that was “me” and after some online hunting, I found a free pattern for fingerless gloves that I loved and I got started right away. 

Look at the texture on them! *swoon* They crochet up flat and you have to seam the edges together and then add the buttons. I had both gloves crocheted up in 2 days! Since I didn’t have any buttons that I thought looked just right with them, I set them aside. And they collected dust. 

And a bit more dust…

I finally picked them back up 3 days ago (1/13/17) and had them finished within an hour. It took me almost 4 months to finish that last little bit of work to be able to call them completed!?! WHAAA?!? Anyhow, they are all done now and I absolutely love them and the yarn!

I really need to get my hands on more of that yarn. It was an older skein of sock weight yarn so I’m not sure about the base it’s on. I’d LOVE more of this colorway or any deeply saturated jewel tones if anyone has some that’s sitting in their stash that they’d be interested in selling. Just sayin’. LOL It’s not like I’m on a craft supply diet or anything like that. 😉 

Anyhow, it feels great to have an item on my #2017FALQ1 list complete! 

Stash Report #3

Where did the week go? Time for another Stash Report!

Some of these has been a puzzle for me to figure out how to determine but I think I figured it out. For fabric and clothing items, I’m going to count it as I cut it out. Some people wait until the project is finished. I don’t want to do that because for many of my projects, it’s hard to determine how much of something was used. And I just don’t wanna have to attempt to figure that out… However, for yarn, I’m going to wait until a project is finished and then determine how much yarn was used total. 

I was at a loss for how to deal with scraps. I can understand how some people who don’t have a stash problem wouldn’t understand, and others completely understand. You see, I have a scrap problem. Not even the smallest scraps get thrown out. Whaaaa?!? Yea… Lemme explain. If a piece of fabric is smaller than a fat eighth, I won’t put it on the shelf. It’ll go in a drawer to be dealt with “later”… Sometimes later is right away, other times, not so much. I prefer to have larger odd scraps lying around because I do paper piecing, art quilts, and applique more than I do typical pieced quilts. Sometimes I’ll cut down my scraps right away into the typical sizes, but I have to admit, rarely have I used any of these yet… But I’m always digging into my scrap drawer. So I’ve actually been rethinking how to store my scrap stash that works best for me (I’ll be dealing with scraps for week 3 of LGO2017). Anyhow, I don’t think I’m going to worry about trying to count the bits in the scrap drawer. Why? Well, like the other day when I cut the hexies out of the fabric, I counted the entire piece I used then and put the bits into the scrap drawer. So, it’s already been counted once. Make sense? 

Well, let’s get on with it.

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 2/3 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 1 19/24 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 6.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 23/24 yards + 3 panels ADDED

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 1,220 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,220 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 2044 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2044 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 824 yards ADDED

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

 

Well… I added a bit of yarn this week. I just couldn’t help it! I found an awesome, couldn’t pass up, destash sale on Ravelry. Here’s what I got. 🙂 Knit Picks brand: 4 skeins of Wool of the Andes which totaled 440 yards; 4 skeins of CotLin for 492 yards; and 2 skeins of Lindy Chain for 360 yards. Plus 2 skeins of some beautiful Araucania Ranco Sock yarn at 376 yards each. (pst – if anyone has any of this Araucania Ranco Sock yarn in their stash they want to get rid of let me know – I LOVE it!!!) The total I paid including shipping was less than half of what retail would have been without shipping! 😀 How could I resist? I have to admit, I purchased more from her when I got a few more dollar into PayPal from selling my patterns so those will be on my next stash report once they arrive.

However! I did finish TWO WIPs and started doing more work on 2 more. 🙂 The 2 I started working on include a dress for my little girl made with a crochet bodice and fabric body (out of the remnants of the super soft purple that I used in the shawl for my oldest). The other is a puppy dog scarf for my little girl. Hopefully I get them done within the next few days. The 2 I finished include the #winterbirdshawl I made at the request of my oldest in yarn of her choosing. It sucked up a whopping 820 yards of gray metallic + 200 yards of purple for a total of 1,020 yards used. The other finish was a pair of fingerless gloves I made for myself using a beautiful skein of Haunted Forest yarn by Haute Knit Yarn. It was the very first skein of yarn that I bought that wasn’t from a big box store! 🙂 I’ll share those finishes sometime this week. As of writing this, I still have to steam block that monster of a shawl (it’s a wide as my king size bed – which is where I block my big things).

Well, that’s it for this week! How did you do?

I’m linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report
Moving It Forward Monday
Monday Making

Stash Report #2

Here it is! The first stash report of 2017 that has something other than all zeros. 🙂 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! 😉 

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. 🙂 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. 😉 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

WIP Wednesday #1

Hello everyone! 🙂 While you’re reading this, I’m having a girls break so you’ll only get to see how much I’ve done up thru Monday evening (when I’m writing this). My little girl’s Aunt came and picked up her & I and we went for a girls day on Tuesday; crafting with her, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter on Tuesday night complete with a sleep over; and checking out a new thrift store in that area (we’re about 1.5 hours from my house). I’ll be back sometime later today. lol In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been working on this past week.

Hexies, hexies, hexies! (That’s them almost all packed up ready to go to our girls night of crafting in my portable zipped case)

I joined an IG swap hosted by @shawngorlich back in late November. Thankfully the due date isn’t until January 15th which is the only reason I joined. There was no way I’d get them done before the new year and I knew it. Each set is for 20 hexies: I joined in for 2 sets of animals, 2 sets of cats, and 2 sets of florals for a total of 120 hexies. 🙂 I got this. 
#cathexieswap #animalhexieswap #floralhexieswap

The deer head quilt, well I pulled out the pile of khaki pants and the magazine for it. It’s on my to-do list to hopefully finish by the end of the month so I can start out the year with a UFO 2017 finish, a 2017 FAL Q1 finish, and an #apqresolution finish all in one! Nothing more to see other than the previous pic I shared except I’ve cut a number of seams out of the pants so far. But hey, that’s something! LOL I’m really hoping that I can do this as I’m imagining. I have OCD that involves numbers and patterns so doing anything improv or without a noticeable pattern or order really stumps me. BUT, I’m going to try! I can “see” it in my mind. I just hope that I can implement it satisfactorily. 

Project Quilting challenge 1 – I’ve been working on this, but I’m not going to share pics until it’s finished. However, I will share this. Aside from the theme that is given for the week, I’ve also given myself a theme that I want to follow for all 6 challenges! My theme is going to be Alice in Wonderland. So, I’ll have to somehow fit the challenge theme for the week into my theme of Alice in Wonderland. This first one was easy. I’ll be excited to have 6 mini quilts on my wall, in a theme I love, that I made specifically for myself. 

project-quilting

Other than that I’ve made a solid plan for another swap I joined on IG hosted by @thesouthernbobbin for an Applique Mini Quilt #miniappquilt which needs to be finished by 2/5. I’ll be using one of France Nadeau’s Downtown House patterns as the feature. I love all her house blocks! I’ll be starting on this as soon as I put down my Project Quilting project. 🙂

downtownhouses

Plus, I’m joining in for the #threedandelions100 which already started. Remember the #100days100blocks following Tula Pink’s book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks where everyone was attempting to make 100 blocks in 100 days? Yea… Well, I fell off the bandwagon. Finishing these up is actually on my to-do list for 2017 (“these” as in I started on 2 of them at once). Anyhow, you can join in too! It’s for just 2 blocks per week. Go visit Three Dandelions Shop on IG for all the info.

I’m joining up with: 
Moving It Forward Monday
Monday Making
Fiber Tuesday
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
Fabric Tuesday
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social

What are you working on?

One Monthly Goal for January

What do I want to make sure I finish this month from my WIP list? Hmmmmm. I’m going to go with the silhouette deer head quilt that I want to make for my hubby. It’s been on my to-do list for numerous months now and I’ve not even started. 🙁 I do have the pattern (it’s in the Simply Moderne 2 issue) and the fabric set aside.

It’s going to be done in the #makedoquilt style using things I have instead of buying new for it. Plus, it’s going to be made from recycled clothing instead of off the bolt fabric. A friend gave me a stack of about 12 pair of khaki pants from her daughter-in-law that was going to go in the garbage (she works in a paint store and there’s random paint splatters on them). I’m going to cut those up and piece those randomly to form the background. The silhouette will be made from hubby’s old camo clothing that he was going to throw away (most have holes and have been greatly worn). Since this is going to be a wall quilt, I don’t have to worry about it standing up to being washed frequently.

Even though I’ve not even started it, I’ve already been debating between either doing echo quilting or straight lines radiating from the center point on just the background. I really want to deer head to pop and will not be doing any quilting on it.

Why did I pick this one? Because its corresponding number #3 was chosen for this month for the UFO 2017 challenge on my UFO 2017 list. 🙂

I’m linking up with:
Elm Street Quilts for their One Monthly Goal
Patchwork Times for their UFO 2017