Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Quilting Freehand Flowers!

Slowly but surely I am quilting away on the Trip Around the World. It's slower going than I'd anticipated, but I am making progress. I'm hoping to have this one finished before the end of the month, but no big deal if it's not. It will be finished soon either way :)
Here's a picture of some of my progress.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stash Report: Week 8

Oh what a wonderful day for a stash report!!! I had a stellar stashbusting week this week (there's something to be said for stay at home vacations - hehehe). This week I get to count the backing and binding for the baby quilt, the fabrics I used for the HSTs I cut and finished this week, the border fabrics as well as the backing and binding (I cut and made the binding for the quilt this week) for my Trip Around the World. Plus......I didn't add any fabrics to the stash - Woohooooo!!!! So all in all a good week :)

Here's the official report:

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added year to date: 14.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 11.25 yards
Fabric used year to date: 32.75 yards
YTD Net fabric busted: 18.25 yards

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Quiltathon Progress!

I have gotten alot accomplished today in the studio......

Last night I pulled out the strips I needed for the borders of my Trip Around the World. Today I pieced the borders and attached them to the top. I also cut the binding strips (I'll be using the same pourple as the inner border) and pulled out the backing fabric.

I hope to get the quilt loaded onto the frame and the bobbins ready for me to get it quilted tomorrow.

I love Quiltathon weekends!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quilting Along with JudyL - Part Deux

Today I successfully finished the 2nd installment of JudyL's QuiltAlong......192 little HSTs

Here they are in all their glory, all sewn, pressed and trimmed to size....patiently awaiting step 3!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Day of Inspiration!!

I had the pleasure today to once again spend the day learning from longarmer extroidonaire, Sharon Schamber and enjoyed a day of wonderful learning and inspiration! I was surprised when I walked in and Sharon looked at me and said "I know you". I'd taken a class from her with the longarm guild last March and was very surprised that she remembered me.

Sharon is a wonderful teacher and shares many helpful tips and tricks to quilting beautiful quilts. If you ever have the chance to take a class from her, go for it! She is worth travelling to learn from and is well worth the cost of the class, especially if you machine quilt on a frame system, no matter whether it's a short, mid or longarm.
Here are a few pictures of Sharon's quilts which she showed us today.

And here's our honorary student, Mango, a lovely HUGE orange tabby that just LOVES people!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Baby Quilt Finished!

This is one of the fastest baby quilts I have ever made. I love this quilt and am very happy to have used all stash for it! I even managed to use a piece of batting that was left over from another project.

I am also tickled pink with this label. I just love the little diaper pin with a bow :)

The quilt will be packed up and sent to it's new home tomorrow! I sure hope little Andrew and his parents like it.

Quilting Along with JudyL

I joined JudyL's Quilt Along and pulled my fabrics today. The stripe & candy print have been in the stash for ages and I have been looking for a great pattern to use them in. I plan to use the stripe in the blocks and the candy print in the puter border. The yellow will be my sashings and the pinks, blues & greens will be for the HSTs. I'm really looking forward to getting started!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Baby Quilt Topped!

Well it's not a UFO, but it is busting stash! I finished the baby quilt top I cut out and started earlier this week. I'm very happy with the result so far. I used the Happy Blocks pattern on Mary's website. I love this pattern as it's quick and easy. I have a UFO that's a bunch of novelty prints that will use this pattern too. I just haven't decided if I'll do scrappy or more planned "frames" on it.

Now to get it loaded onto the frame and quilted. I'm hoping to do that today. I'm on a roll!

PS - Sorry for the fuzzy picture, not sure what's up, maybe my camera battery needs charging?

Stash Report: Week 7

This week was certainly more successful than last week in the world of stashbusting!!

I managed to avoid adding to the stash and even used a litle stash for a baby quilt I'm working on. I went shopping yesterday and did not buy any fabric at all, just batting :)

I'm planning to finish the baby quilt today, then I'll be able to add the backing and binding fabrics as busted!! YAY!!

So here's this week's report:

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added year to date: 14.5 yards
Fabric used this week: 1.5 yards
Fabric used year to date: 21.5 yards
YTD Net fabric busted: 7 yards

I'm still thrilled to be on the positive side of the stashbusting curve. How are you doing this year?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Stash Report: Week 6

Or should I title this post "Falling off the Wagon"???

Yesterday I fell off the wagon, but I'm OK with this. I'm still of a stashbusting mindset. I succumbed to the call of quilt shops that I hadn't visited in awhile. And I found such pretties, I had to bring them home with me. I do not plan to let these purchases sit around idly, they will become UFOs soon enough LOL.

My only excuse for falling off the wagon is that I was delusional from a head cold and couldn't help myself. I was too weak to resist the 26 FQs and that lovely jelly roll.....I'll be sure to hop back onto the wagon as soon as this cold clears my brain.

Here's the report:

Fabric added this week: 9.25 yards

Fabric added year to date: 14.5 yards

Fabric used this week: 0 yards

Fabric used year to date: 20 yards

YTD Net fabric busted: 5.5 yards

I'm still on the plus side of stashbusting for the year.....I have busted more than I've brought into the house.

The photo on this post is the FQ's & Jelly Roll I purchased yesterday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Well I decided to start knitting a little bit again. I went to the yarn shop last weekend and picked up a couple skeins of sock yarn. I decided I wanted some fingerless mitts so I started a pair. Here's the first one and I'll start it's partner tonight. I love how this yarn knits out. The yarn is Berroco Sox yarn and the color is John Moores.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stash Report: Week 5

Sorry I'm a few days late this week with my report. I've been a little out of sorts for a few days and took up knitting again LOL

The report's nothing to write home about, but at least I'm still using more than I'm adding LOL. I received 2 FQs as an online Bingo prize and used 3/4 yards for binding on the Scrappy Bargello

Here Goes!

Fabric added this week: .5 yards
Fabric added year to date: 5.25 yards
Fabric used this week: .75 yards
Fabric used year to date: 20 yards
Net fabric busted: 14.75 yards

This week I plan to do a bit more busting as I need to cut out a baby quilt for a friend and plan to use stash for that.