Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Goals, New Toys and Stashbusting (or not)

Oops!  On Monday I forgot to put in my weekly goals.  I did pretty well on last weeks goals...
October 29, 2018
Load and quilt charity quilt
Bind the monkey quilt
Knit on Theo’s sweater…. it’ll be on here until it’s finished 
Order backing for Jamestown Landing
Buy fabric to border the heron piece Nope, didn’t happen

And this week I'm working on: 
November 5, 2018
Knit on Theo’s sweater
Finish customer’s quilt
Attend Country Piecemakers’ Mystery Table Runner event
Load and quilt charity quilt
Decide on another top to quilt and start it 

Here's my stashbusting (or not) report for October.  Yea, I didn't actually bust any stash... sigh.  The good news is I've still used more fabric than I've bought this year.  But with only 2 months left I'm hoping to be able to finish a few more quilts; maybe I'll get Jamestown Landing quilted and bound before the end of the year.  
Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year

Um, I got an ad in my email in box last week:  

I've been thinking about getting a new machine, especially one with bigger embroidery hoops.  
I ended up getting a Viking Ruby 50.  I've been playing with it a bit but I need to take the classes and play with it more to really get comfortable with it. I'm not used to a computerized machine... what? There isn't a manual lift for the presser foot?  That's like the new cars that have keyless entry and driving.  Ick. It'll take me a while to get used to that feature.  

Beth and I finished her king size quilt on Tuesday.  She's tickled with it.  I like the look of it too. 

It's going to look terrific on her bed.  The stripes will go from the headboard to the footboard.  We loaded it sideways so the design would parallel the strips.  It was a real challenge to quilt this because of the small backing. 

She bought a wide back that was suppose to be 118" wide. She washed it to remove excess dye and to preshrink it.  Except it really shrank a lot.  It was barely 112" wide when we loaded it.  The quilt was 111".  We were really careful as each row was quilted.  Sometimes we had to hold the backing so that Ruthie could finish the row.  But it is done and we're both happy! 

I've already quilted another small charity quilt for my Powhatan guild.  I have one more panel to do.  I probably won't get it done before I go to the meeting Saturday.  

I'm sharing a few more pictures from our Canada trip... we stopped for a day at Sydney, Nova Scotia.  It was the only port that we didn't have a tour scheduled. Instead we walked through the little dockside shops.  Saw the famous "fiddle" although I didn't hear why it was there.  Then we walked into town to have lunch.  It was very good. We didn't do any other shopping and I didn't take many pictures because it was a cloudy, dark day. 

I'll share more Canadian pictures during my next post.  

I'm linking up with Free Motion by the River,  Midweek Makers, and Needle and Thread Thursdays. (I'll try to check back tomorrow to link NTT. Oops, forgot all about it until Sat. morning and it was closed.)  I had a great time checking out quite a few blog posts on Monday.  I hope to spend some time seeing what folks are working on this evening and tomorrow. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. Love the quilt on the frame, and it will look even better on the bed!

  2. Nice quilt! Wow, I'm surprised the backing shrank that much. That fiddle is huge - would be fun to know the story behind it.

  3. How exciting to have a new machine! I'm sure you'll get the hang of it quickly :)

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip, Bonnie. The fiddle represents the very strong Celtic presence in Cape Breton. Many a youngster is introduced to it in their early years. You may be familiar with some famous artists from the area, my favourite being Natalie MacMaster.

  5. Your stash numbers don't look too bad. Hopefully, you've been able to get in some stitching and knitting. It's amazing how quickly the holidays will be here.

  6. Love the swirls on the bright blues and greens against a snowy white background. This will be a lovely quilt. Congratulations on the new machine, Bonnie. I know you two will make lots of beautiful quilts and amazing memories together.


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