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Sunday Report

Sewing Stats
Fabric In: +8.50
Fabric Out: -0
Net Fabric: +5.40
Fabric YTD: +12.86
Spending YTD: $994.81

In: On my way back home on Friday I stopped for a Grunge background for the Dresden color wheel. The Stitching Post has beaucoup Grunge!! I found one, and then 3 pieces from the sale room and 10 FQs hopped in my bag! Most of the FQs are for a WhatNot project, jewel tones in vintage are on my radar. The others just caught my fancy. For last Monday, my race cohort put together a thank you bag for me with a Jelly Roll!! The twigs are for our next endeavor, a block collection. The last row is more Chandelier blocks from a guild member, from her BOM winnings. She won 3 times! And the magnet set is from my race cohort. What a sweet gift! I sign my emails, “keeping you in stitches”, so I am sure she laughed when she saw the one on the lower left.

Out: No new fabric out, most of the projects were already in progress. Used a Buttermilk Basin pattern to learn wool appliqué, need a lot of practice. I also had a cross-stitch piece in my stuff that needed a few letters done. My eyes don’t work for small count fabric anymore! I got the wedding top almost done, just 1 more seam and borders. Before heading south quilting on Picnic 1 got done. It’s getting close! I just need to figure out the quilting on the last 2 rounds.

Once I got home and recovered I got in the sewing room to advance some projects. Promptly sat down and STARTED 2 NEW ONES! Gah! Well, This was the mess that I left on Monday.

So, while I was trying to pick up I grabbed some leftovers from a baby quilt, and ended up trying to figure out what I could make from them. And below was the result. The 9 patches, well, of course I needed a leader/ender for the purple thing, so I grabbed my 2″ squares and started making them for some undetermined project in the future. I am intrigued with the Jack’s Circle pattern, so maybe?

Knitting Stat
Last Week: 54,115 yards/283 skeins
Yarn In: 0 yards/0 skein
Yarn Out: 57 yards/0 skeins
Ending Stash: 54,058 yards/283 skeins
Spending YTD: $71.46

In: Nothing

Out: Worked on Squish’s sweater since my sewing machine was acting up, feed dogs aren’t making good contact. Grrr

It’s my cheap travel machine, so I’m considering buying a new one, or whether to have this one fixed. At $100 base price +repairs, I’m not sure. I might let Hubster root around and see if he can adjust the screws. I can’t get them to budge! Anyone have experience on a Janome MC 3000?

Posted in Friday Link Parties, Quilting, Sewing

Friday FOs or No

During my time in the Guild, I have often felt compelled to impart knowledge to the members through workshops and videos. I decided recently to share my method of making zipper pillow backs with a workshop. And since I needed a sample for the class I sat right down and made one up.

I went with a simple Buffalo Check block to use for the pattern. The nice thing about the BC is the ability to make it easily with strip sets.

I cut 2 sub units from the darker set and 3 from the lighter set. Then arranged them for a checkerboard look, sewed the rows together and ready for borders. Easy Peasy!

I tried to get a good contrast between my greens, a lighter medium would have provided more contrast, but I really liked these shades together, so went with them. As always, a mono shot of the fabrics provides a good example of the contrast.

I had a plaid that tied them all together that I wanted to use on the borders, but it just didn’t work for me, so I used the two darker shades in a skinny and fat combo to finish out the front of the pillow.

I layered the front and back with batting and used straight lines to create grids. I was just going for simple and easy. You might also notice that the pillow isn’t “square”, that’s because I taper my corners.

My binding was cut on the bias so it would easily cover the edge and to create a neat color effect.

With the concealed zipper method, it doesn’t matter what color of zipper you use, no one will ever see it!

I think it turned out perfect! And if you would like to make a Cross Path Pillow with a concealed zipper, just let me know. I have written a free pattern and have a video tutorial of the steps. But warning, I haven’t proofed the pattern, so there might be errors here and there. “Buyer” beware! LOL

Now, go check out the links for Friday parties! You just might find something you need to make right now.

Posted in Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Shopping, Sunday Stash Report

Sunday Report

Sewing Stats
Fabric In: +5
Fabric Out: -1.13
Net Fabric: +3.87
Fabric YTD: +5.44
Spending YTD: $931.93

In: The class I took Monday was in a quilt shop, so of course I shopped! And I picked up some flannel FQs at guild that morning for burp cloths for charity. I also won BOMs from guild, and a guild friend brought me some yellow-red wool pieces for a project I plan to make.

Out: Kaleidoscope block from my class with Toby Lischko and a last minute make of a Buffalo Plaid block so I could shoot a tutorial on inserting concealed zippers in pillow backs. Available on my YouTube Channel.

And, although I didn’t use any fabric in this make, I am still considering it a project! Hubster and I made an ironing station for a guild friend.

Knitting Stat
Last Week: 54,115 yards/283 skeins
Yarn In: 0 yards/0 skein
Yarn Out: 57 yards/0 skeins
Ending Stash: 54,058 yards/283 skeins
Spending YTD: $71.46

In: Nothing

Out: Knit in the car on the way to and from visiting SC and EG on Mother’s Day.

Here it is halfway through the month and I am so far behind I’ll never catch up. You think those Squirrels 6 extras items I’ve added so far have something to do with it? Lately keeping Squish has curtailed my sewing, it’s just easier to focus on her than be distracted. Plus more fun! And when she does nap, it’s not for long. Wondering where those 2 hour naps went. LOL. Of the original 12 items I’ve finished 2, worked on 2 others, and 8 haven’t even been looked at! The 6 extras added, 3 were worked on, 2 finished, and 1 not. That’s just as bad.