Monday, August 3, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8-3-2015

August started as July ended:  way TOO hot! Hopefully it will end without the temperatures being so hot! Enough said. 

I've been finishing little projects recently.  Several I have already shown.  One I'm holding until the Grands are here this weekend.  We're celebrating their birthdays this weekend.  

You've already seen what's on the design wall so I'll show you what is on Ruthie. This is a small quilt and I chose to place a triangle quilt design on each solid triangle and a small, uncomplicated triangle in the floral part of the two colored squares. (Squares?? Really, I mean the triangles.) 
Here's a close up at an angle to see the quilting.  You really can't see any quilting in the floral print centers.  It seems like a waste of time but it does need to be quilted for the integrity of the quilt. 

I've actually been doing quite a bit of piecing this past week.  I've finished one of last year's row from the Row by Row Experience which I showed here. I've got another one well on the way.  I'm making units for Talking Turkey block from the April class with Bonnie Hunter. Here's a bunch of units I worked on watching TV the other night.  

Goals were achieved for the most part. 
Week of July 27, 2015
Trim and bind table runner
Load and quilt handprint quilt didn’t get to this one
Finish 2 more 2014 Row X Row sections √ in progress
Quilt triangle quilt √ quilting will be done today
Work on aprons for grands√ finished

And this week:
Week of August 3, 2015
Load and quilt handprint quilt
Lunch for the tea group at my house
Finish last 2014 row, start sewing rows together
Have fun with the Grands this weekend (and their parents.)
Do a little studio spiff up work: clear cutting table! 

Here's why I need to clean up the cutting table!  New fabrics, left over fabrics, piles of fabric.  CLEAN it up, girl! 

That's it for this week.  I'm linking up with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, and Patchwork Times.  (Anyone else notice that not much quilt talking is going on at Patchwork Times?) 

Happy Quilting All! 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July Stashbusting Report

There comes a time when wants overpowers needs.  Heck, I blame MOST of this on the Row by Row  Experience.  Ya just can't run in, grab the free pattern and skedaddle.  Well, I can't.  I like to check out the shop, see what strikes my fancy and drop a little moola to help the shop out.  Evidently I dropped a bit too much moola on fabric. 

Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year


What I totally forgot was I was ahead on the fabric usage side.  So, although I purchased more than I used the over all statistics don't look too bad.   And, I have 2 wide backs ready to quilt a couple of big quilts.  Should be really good one of these months.  I'm hoping to get one of these quilts on Ruthie, the long arm, later this month.  Time will tell. 

I've got a small quilt ready to load on Ruthie but I forgot to charge the computer's battery.  So, I'm letting it get some juice now and then I'll work on it in an hour or so. 

Here's the most recent 2014 Row by Row that I've finished.  I wanted to do 2 more.  This one is from Creative Quilting Connection in Roanoke, Va.  I bought the kit so, luckily, mine looks exactly like theirs that Pat is holding for me in this blog I wrote after we visited.  Oops, not exactly as I messed up my hills but that's ok.  

I hand appliquéd the hills and the background star.  Then I used a shiny polyester thread to buttonhole stitch the center star down.  Dorothy and I were hitting some fairly close shops last week and a gal shared several of her rows with us.  She used some shiny embroidery thread on several appliqués and I really liked how it looked.  I figure this will hold the star center down without having to worry about any quilting through it. 

That's it for today.  I'm hoping to get the last row done soon, but not until doing a bit of quilting on Ruthie first. 

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times for this week's Fabric Report.  I only keep track once a month but these intrepid gals track their usage weekly.  

Happy Quilting All!