UFO list

I guess this isn’t *technically* a UFO list since not all of these are started, but this helps me keep track of what’s in the works and plans I have for my to-do list.

  1. Quilt for C: need to decide on pattern
  2. Quilt for baby boy 1 Finished! Click here to see it.
  3. Quilt for baby boy 2: working on making this quilt
  4. Quilt for baby boy 3: need to decide on pattern
  5. Quilt for baby girl 1: need to quilt
  6. Quilt for baby girl 2: I’m going to make this quilt, looks like it will be a GREAT stash buster.
  7. Mike’s T-shirt quilt

That’s what’s on my list! I’ve started on the Indigo triangle quilt already. I’ve finished cutting all the triangles…

And now I need to start assembling. I used the white print fabrics I bought in the Feb 4th stash report for the white parts of the quilt, which I think will make it look a little more interesting. The rest of the fabric was from my stash. I’m excited to get started on sewing, but I have a few projects around the house I need to focus on first, unfortunately!

Stash Report February 4, 2018

If I get one stash report done a month, I’ll call that a victory! I have a finish under my belt this week but I will be waiting to post it until I give it to the recipients.

I started a new quilt this weekend that I bought new fabric for, so that will be another dent in my numbers. I used the last of my white fabric on my last quilt, so I bought a fat quarter bundle from the FatQuarterShop.com:

I thought I’d go with some printed whites this time to give the quilt a bit more interest. So here’s the numbers:

Used this Week: 5.5 yards

Used year to Date: 5.5 yards

Added this Week: 2.5 yards

Added Year to Date: 5.5 yards

Net for 2018: 0 yards de-stashed

Well, at least I’m no longer in the red!!

About That To-Do list…

When I last shared my to-do list with you, here’s what it looked like:

  1. Quilt for C
  2. Quilt for D
  3. Quilt for baby boy 1
  4. Quilt for baby boy 2
  5. Quilt for baby boy 3
  6. Quilt for baby girl 1
  7. Quilt for baby girl 2
  8. Mike’s T-shirt quilt…

Well, a month later there have been some changes:

  1. Quilt for C
  2. Quilt for D Unfortunately, this person is no longer in my life, so that is removed from my list.
  3. Quilt for baby boy 1: On the machine being quilted now!
  4. Quilt for baby boy 2: Pattern and fabric chosen!
  5. Quilt for baby boy 3
  6. Quilt for baby girl 1: top is done and so is backing!
  7. Quilt for baby girl 2
  8. Mike’s T-shirt quilt…

Right now, my priority is finishing the baby boy #1 quilt since that shower is in less than two weeks. I am almost done quilting it so that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Next, I need to whip out a quilt for baby boy #2. He was born a few days ago so this one will be late. His three older brothers and sisters have quilts from me that they can share in the meantime. I may jump over to quilting the quilt for baby girl #1 since it is already pieced and ready, but that baby isn’t due for a few months yet and baby girl #2 is due any day now. So I may do that one next. And then baby boy #3 will be turning one this summer so I need to get that one done… and I’m sure there will be more baby announcements before I get all of these done! But I do feel like I’m making progress. I’d really like to finish C’s quilt and Mike’s t-shirt quilt this year too, but I am not sure those are going to happen. One quilt at a time is the only way to do it!

What I’m Working On

Well, this post is a little late, but better late than never. Here’s what my design wall looks like in its new location:

My new sewing space is almost finished being set up in the garage. I am going to stick my design wall on to the front of this cabinet here, since there is no wall space. And yes, my new sewing space is in the garage! It’s a lot nicer than I expected. The previous owners of this house liked to spend time in the garage and had it set up as a den with indoor/outdoor carpeting, vents for heating/AC, etc. Somehow I was able to fit a lot more in one cabinet here than I was in a whole closet upstairs! Once I have it all finished the way I like, I’ll have to do a post.

Back to the quilt. Like I said before, I wanted to do a green colorway. It still feels “boyish” to me with the green rather than blue. I just need to sew all these rows together and the top will be finished. I hope I have a big enough piece of green fabric in my stash for the back without piecing it, but I’m not sure I do. I said about a week and a half ago I wanted to have this top finished quickly and it looks like I will. Right now I’m thinking I may finish off the green fabric I used for the frames and use it for the binding as well, but I’m not sure. It might be nice to use something else for a bit more variety.

Stash Report January 14, 2017

New year, new numbers! Except I’m already starting the year in the red, oops! I happened upon some seriously cute Michael Miller fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby the other day and bought a couple of yards of each.

Magic Folk Navy Metallic Yardage by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller – MD7190

Michael Miller – Melodies Collection – Folk Birds – DC6863

And then last week I checked out a quilt shop for the first time and bought four fat quarters I couldn’t resist as well as a quilt pattern:

Just Another Walk in the Woods Pink Forest Furries by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda 20523-12

Handmade by Bonnie and Camille – June in Red (55140-11)

Creekside Midnight Soar 37534-16

Couldn’t find out any info on this fabric.

So here’s the breakdown:

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards

Added this Week: 3 yards

Added Year to Date: 3 yards

Net for 2018: -3 yards de-stashed

Finish It Up Friday January 12, 2018

I managed to finish the quilt top for the foundation paper pieced quilt I’ve been working on. I added 4 borders to it but it’s still on the small side (in my opinion), 43″ square. I cut the backing and picked out the binding fabrics so this one is ready to be quilted.

But I’ve put it aside for now because I was invited to a baby shower, this one for a baby boy, so I need to get cracking on that quilt. I bought a pattern called Broken Frames that looks pretty quick and easy.

It uses a charm pack and some yardage. Of course, I don’t have a charm pack so I picked some fabrics from my stash. Luckily I had 16 different green fabrics I could use for the charm pack pieces. I decided to do a green color way to make it “boyish,” I could have done blue but since I just did a blue quilt, I wanted to do something a little different this time. Hoping to have this pieced up and quilted really quickly!

What I’m Working On This Week

This isn’t a finish it up Friday post, but I have made some progress on my Foundation Paper Pieced quilt. Here is a shot of my design “wall” … haven’t had a chance to set that up in the new house yet.

I’m using this tutorial by April Rosenthal. I’ve finished 12 blocks so far. They finish pretty small, just about 3.5″ square (mine are not trimmed so they all look different sizes) so one needs to make quite a few to get something big enough for a quilt. I’m going to make 4 more, a total of 16, for a 4×4 centerpiece. I will probably sash them in white. I’m thinking of doing a pieced border and maybe another solid border, like I did on the Rainbow Pinwheels quilt earlier this year. I’ve got the fabrics for the next block picked out already:

I’ve been having fun fussy cutting the centerpiece fabric for this quilt. Next up is Snoopy, but I’ve also got a yellow rose, a cupcake, a strawberry, and a little girl. So far I’ve only used scraps from my scrap stash to make all of these blocks, which is great. I have a bucket overflowing with scraps.

Even though I’ve just finished a quilt, I find that I’ve got two more that jumped up on my priority list. My very good friend has just become engaged and she’s always wanted a quilt, so I’ll have to make her one for her wedding. And my boyfriend has recently requested a quilt. And those can’t be baby quilt sized… oh boy! My to-do list grows:

  1. Quilt for C
  2. Quilt for D
  3. Quilt for baby boy 1
  4. Quilt for baby boy 2
  5. Quilt for baby boy 3
  6. Quilt for baby girl 1
  7. Quilt for baby girl 2
  8. Mike’s T-shirt quilt…

I also have t-shirts pulled for another t-shirt quilt for me. Oh brother. At the rate I’m going, it will take me years to finish all of these quilts! People just need to stop having babies is what it comes down to!

Stash Report December 17, 2017

I haven’t done many of these this year I’m afraid. I completely forgot to do it after I finished Rainbow Pinwheels back in May. So I’ll add those numbers as well as the numbers for Blue Diamonds.

Used this Week: 9.75 yards

Used year to Date: 27.25 yards

Added this Week: 0 yards

Added Year to Date: 1.5 yards

Net for 2016: 25.75 yards de-stashed

I was so tempted to buy more fabric during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I’m so proud of myself that I managed to hold off. I’ll end this year in the black. Thanks for stopping by. I’m linking up with Patchwork Times.

Blue Diamonds Quilt Finish

I’ve finished this quilt I’m calling Blue Diamonds:

I had originally planned to make an hour glass quilt, but I was watching the World Series when I was piecing and I missed a step in the instructions, so I had to improvise. I’m happy with how the quilt finished up though. All the fabric is from my stash, slowly whittling it down. The quilt finished at 39″x59,” a great size for a baby quilt. I did a loop de loop FMQ on this one. I got my machine back from the repair shop and it is doing much better holding tension now.

Here’s the back, nothing fancy. I pieced together some flannels I had in my stash. Should be nice and cozy.

Thanks for reading!

What’s On My Plate This Week

It’s been such a long time since I did a work in progress update. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have seen that I’ve dipped my toe into foundation paper piecing thanks to a tutorial from April Rosenthal. If you haven’t tried it out yet, I highly recommend this tutorial, it was so easy to follow and I’m loving it.

My first #paperpiecing block! Thanks for the tutorial @aprilrosenthal! #quilting #quilt #piecing

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I’ve made 5 blocks so far. I think once I have 15 or 20 it will be enough for a baby quilt, with some sashing and borders.

I’ve also been working on a baby boy quilt that’s wrapping up here. Originally I was following this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew, but I was also watching the Dodgers play the World Series and well… one thing led to another and I missed a step so I had to improvise!

I was trying to decide which fabric to use as a border. I decided to do two borders; one skinny one in the first fabric from the left and a fatter border in the light blue fabric. I’m working on that now.

Now on my list are 3 baby boy quilts, 3 baby girl quilts and Mike’s T-shirt quilt. Poor Mike. Even after death he gets pushed down the priority list. He always understood. I’ve been thinking more and more I might send his shirts off to one of those companies for them to cut up and make into a quilt. I’m so nervous about messing them up that I’m afraid to start. We’ll see.