It turns out I am not going to be available to do this quilt along Memorial Day weekend as previously planned.  It will be held a weekend in June – new date to be announced as soon as I figure out which one.  If you haven’t gotten your fabrics yet, there’s still time.  The yardage and other general info is on the Block Party Picnic Page – click the quilt image in the right sidebar on the blog to get there.

State of the Fabric Stash Report – 5/17/15

With all the curtain making yesterday for the sewing room and the bedroom, fabric has left the stash and been put to useful use.

Seven yards used for the curtains this week.

That brings the year-to-date totals to:

Fabric Purchased:  21 yards

Fabric Used:  60.75 yards

Net fabric used from stash: 39.75 yards

Click the Fabric stash button in the block sidebar for photos of finished projects, and other stages of projects I’m tracking this year (new projects started / UFOs making it to tops, etc).

Have I said how much I love those bright orange print curtains I made for the sewing room?  Even on a dark, overcast morning like today (feels like it will storm any minute), they make the sewing room so much brighter and cheerful.

Today’s plans — gets some laundry going, doing a bit of straightening up, and get back to quilting on the wedding quilt which has been languishing.  I was going to run a couple errands but since it looks like storms are supposed to be moving through all day, I think I’ll do those another day.

Showing their true colors


So here’s a better shot of the true color of the curtains now that that sun isn’t glowing behind them.

And I just realized BONUS! — all this curtain fabric used to add to tomorrow’s stash report.

Somewhere I think there’s a piece of fabric that has the same color as the bedroom curtains do that I was going to make pillow covers or something out of so I need to search that out tomorrow and see how much of it I have.  Should be able to do something with it and the left over curtain fabric.  Tomorrow, tho, I think I need to get back to some machine quilting.


And don’t forget – it’s the third Saturday of the month – which means this month’s installment for PatchKats was uploaded this morning so don’t miss out if you are collecting those patterns.


And yet more curtains…..

DSCN4325I’ve been in this apartment at least 8 years (if not longer, I can’t remember for sure) and off and on I’ve thought about making curtains for the bedroom and sewing room.  There are blinds on both windows (well here WERE blinds on both windows – you may remember the frozen blind / breaking blind story) anyway, I don’t know why I never seemed to get around to making curtains – I think part of it was I just couldn’t make my mind up about what fabric to use.    But I’m on a roll.

I can’t remember how long ago I bought the fabric for the bedroom curtains but it’s been sitting and waiting, and waiting and since I finished off the sewing room so quickly, I decided to grab that fabric and figure out what I wanted to do.

Well, did some stitching, pulled out the rod and there they are.  They aren’t quite done yet – I put them up so I could see how much I need to hem them and then they need a good pressing but I like the way they turned out.  You can just see the bedpost to the right of the lamp that shows the painted color of the bedroom furniture below the finial top – the curtains go great with it.

And as my reward for all this sewing since I never bothered to  make lunch  – the delivery guy should be showing up any time now with my dinner.



Mission accomplished

DSCN4323  A bit of reworking and I now have curtains – nothing fancy but they definitely brighten up the room.  While the main color looks yellow in my photos, I’ll have to take a photo at night when the brightness (yes the sun actually came out) is not shining through them.  They are actually very very orange and the top section I added is orange, red and yellow stripes.

Actually it is this fabric  and this one.  Actually on my computer monitor they are not quite as bright as real life.  But they most definitely brighten up the sewing room.

Not exactly what I was envisioning

I made my curtain for the sewing room – just quick and easy, pulled out the rings and clips and got it in place.  Dang — I was totally forgetting that with the fullness of the width of the curtain and the loop and hooks it hangs from, that it would sag down along the top and that’s definitely not a look I want on this window.

DSCN4319 Yep – not liking that, so I think my new plan will be to add one of the coordinates I bought of this fabric line (stealing from my  planned quilt so will have to reorder whatever I use), and add it on to make the curtain longer.  Haven’t decided if I want to add to top or bottom but then I’ll add a casing along the top to just slide the curtain onto the tension rod and take off the loops and hooks.  Now to go pull out the other fabrics to see what I might want to use.

On the Needles Friday – May 15, 2015

DSCN4302 Same picture as last time — but I have made progress.  One sleeve was finished this week but it’s just not exciting enough to bother to take a photo of.  Cast on the second sleeve and have about three inches of that done.  I may be playing yarn chicken on this one – I “should” have enough left to do the button bands and neckline but it always makes me nervous as I see those balls of yarn disappearing.   Oh I just spied one of the balls of yarn not where it should be – I think I brought one into the sewing room to look it up online and see if I could order more if needed – whew – one more little ball of yarn than I thought I had so I do think all will be well.

This is my CustomFit Cardipalooza KAL project — which means its supposed to be done by May 31.  I don’t know if that will happen but if not, it shouldn’t take much longer than that to get done.

This evening’s plans — movies and knitting until the wee hours of the morning (my usual exciting Friday night plans — but it’s a great way to relax after a busy work week).   Tomorrow – well since I finally managed to get the new shower curtain done last weekend, I think this weekend I’ll tackle the new curtains I want to make for the sewing room.  I could decide on what fabric to use (and really didn’t want to buy more since there had to be something here that would work) and realized I have some bright (yes bright is not an understatement) very large floral print that I bought as backing for my Block Party Picnic quilt but I’ve decided it really needs to be curtains and any leftovers I can use to piece a backing for that quilt.  And these curtains are going to be super easy since I have curtain rings that a little clip hangs down from — just stitched a header hem and hem the rest of the way around and clip them on and string on the tension rod and insert in window.  And actually I’m contemplating just doing one curtain that I can push to either side, rather than two halves that open from the middle.  One of those windows I rarely open because the upstairs neighbors dryer vent is above it — since I’m allergic to a lot of scented things, her dryer sheet smell is not something I want blowing in my window so I think a single curtain it may be and I don’t have to worry about it not hanging exactly straight if it’s in two sections. :-)

Design Wall Monday and other fun stuff

DSCN4317 On the design wall – all the blocks for the first of two baby quilts  – Onesie pattern from FatCatPatterns.  I may trim the background of the blocks down just a little and then add a thin sashing around them and then decide if I want to add a border for not.

Other Box of Fun (or in this case it was really a Bag of Fun) stuff arrived from The Loopy Ewe.

First – the fabrics for my Camp Loopy Safari sewing project.  Actually the first of two packages since I had to order a bit more of a fabric or two and one other fabric to go with the ones I received after I figured out my design.  Nothing like working backwards – picking fabrics and then figuring out what to do with them. :-)



And then the surprise in the package – the goodie bag for my Because of the Brave quilt for the Piece and Comfort Moda Challenge.


And in that little bag – DSCN4316it was crammed full of goodies.  Great little scissors and a hand made scissors holder, 2-1/2″ precut package all the Because of the Brave fabrics, and cream, red, and blue spools of thread.

Bathroom redo

DSCN4311 Well I didn’t get the spring clothes pulled out of the storage containers and the winter sweaters packed away – that was one boring task I had planned to do (but I may need those sweaters yet this week!).  But, I did get the new shower curtain made and put up after – well after too long of wanting to make one.

The camera looks like it got a big dizzy with all those big flowers on the fabric I used and didn’t want to really focus in on it.  The little vase on the toilet tank (which will not stay there because I will totally knock it off when hanging up or grabbing the towel so it will get moved to the sink vanity)– came from my shopping spree at TJ Maxx today.  Tho a bit disappointing and not much of a spree because that was the only thing I found for decorating that I liked there today and usually they have lots of fun stuff.  I never shop there for clothes but if I’m looking for a bit of color or something different for decorating, I can  usually find it there.  The vase, which is sort of a frosted glass, was the perfect color and I found two new sets of towels, and I definitely need to replace some of my towels so they were a good find too.

I still need to put a little something up on the walls – I plan to applique some blocks to put in frames and hang in there using these designs.




Stashbusting report

I thought I had nothing to report for stashbusting – lots in the work but nothing finished to top stage where I usually count it. But then I glanced up and there sitting on the ironing board is the new shower curtain I made yesterday and just need to add the buttonholes along the top to finish it today.  The bathroom is getting a fresh look.

So add in that fabric used and my numbers stand at:

53.75 yards used year to date

21 yards purchased year to date (I haven’t added in my Camp Loopy Safari fabrics yet since they haven’t arrived – with Camp the next three months, there should be much fabric movement in and out as each project has to be done by the end of it’s specific month).

So year to date net used is:  32.75 yards.

Hopefully this one will be finished to top stage by next week.

DSCN4307  I’ve just got about half the last block to applique yet. These will just get a thin little sashing strip between them.  Not sure yet if it will get a border or if I will be borderless.

One of my favorite blocks (other than the upper left one that looks like knit fabric) is this one.


Critters in their little sleepers.  I have a whole other stack of these cut out  for a boy’s version – lots of bugs and fire trucks and dogs.  Need to gather a few more fabrics for that one.


Happy Mother’s Day!