Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween...

...from my zombie Milwaukee Admirals hockey player!
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Stash Report Week #44

Very cool. a no buy week for me! and a finish!

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added this year: +265.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -7.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -355.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -90 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Start of Another QOV

I started another QOV using the leftover 2.5 inch squares pieced using Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders technique.

This is a variation on a pattern that I have seen around the web. One is found in Alex Anderson's Super Simple Quilts Book #1: Twist and Turn pattern. Another is Mary's Forest Bricks uses a similar idea.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Boxy Stars Finished...

...except for the label, pillowcase and journal. :)

pattern: Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars

panto: ebb and flow from Willow Leaf Studio
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Oh so close! Good thing I had another cone of rye beige on inventory!

Working on sewing back the binding...
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Monday, October 25, 2010

Boxy Stars is a Flimsy

I've been struggling a bit with this one.

Today I sewed the inner and outer borders.

Now it's ready to be quilted~well, once it is loaded and the back seamed and loaded, too. :)

Think this will get the nice, big and easy Ebb and Flow panto.

pattern source: Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Stars
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stash Report Week #43

A wash for me in the numbers department.

Fabric added this week: +2 yards
Fabric added this year: +265.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -2 yards
Fabric used this year: -348 yards

Net fabric for the year: -82.5 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

Short and sweet. :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's a Finish...

...but I can't 'Reveal' it yet! I finished up my Fall FAB Challenge 2010 and it has started it's journey to Cher's home. (Cher is my *giftie* this round).

Here is the box getting weighed at FedEx. 5.6 pounds. Worried, Cher?! Don't be! It really is not big at all! :)
A few of the scraps from this project. Yes, indeed, I was fusing and raggy edge applique. Oooops!~does that give away too much information?!

Check back next week for our Fall FAB Challenge 2010 Reveal! See you then! :)
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I decided to dig in the closet and found the pattern and a few of the parts needed to make this patriotic Boxy Stars. I dug into another closet, and found pre-cut 2.5 inch strips and I was ready to start sewing! Three times at the machine and all the smaller blocks are complete and ready to be sewn into the larger 12.5 inch blocks.

pattern: Boxy Stars by Bonnie Hunter
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Design Wall Monday

Talk about a fast quilt top!

I think that I started cutting this and piecing a few blocks on Friday, finished the blocks on Saturday then joined my continents into the world on Sunday. I am not really sure where I brought the fat quarter pack but I needed to supplement a little from the stash, hence the funky pieced border treatment. A nice child's quilt at 49 x 67. Once quilted, it will go to Margaret's Hope Chest. Carin is hoping to collect 30 children's quilts (45 x 60) by December 1st.

pattern: Triple Treat Petite for Happy Hour Quilts by Terry Atkinson.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Birthday Surprise!

Thanks to my friend, LindaJ who made this adorable Halloween wall hanging for my birthday! You rock!

You should see it! So many wonderful fused images and each one button hole stitched around~ oh my! It is just beautiful! and perfect for my wall in my family room!

Thanks Linda!
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Stash Report Week #42

I had one finish but I needed to buy the back for it!

Fabric added this week: +5 yards
Fabric added this year: +263.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -10.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -346 yards

Net fabric for the year: -82.5 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • work on FAB Fall project
  • pick another project from list

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Christmas Gifts of Past

Christmas gifts of past...JudyL is hosting a give away if you post about handmade Christmas gifts!

Since my family consist of many travelers (myself included), I like to give gift cards...I know! But gift cards are easy to pack both for the gifter (me!) and the giftee (my relatives!).

In years past, I have made Humbug bags (left) (one pattern source here) to hide the gift cards in and another year, I made wonder wallets (right) (pattern here) to hide the gift cards.

Any ideas on what to make this year to hide the gift cards?!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Today was binding day and this Halloween finish! Done in plenty of time to still enjoy this season. :) I'm still not loving it but done is done and iiwii!

Quilt inspiration here.

panto: inkblot from Willow Leaf Studio.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Design Wall (Floor) Monday

Today I sewed my blocks into *continents* and my *continents* into a world. :)

Quilt inspiration found here.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stash Report Week #41

I shopped a little this week (again!) but also had more finishes.

Fabric added this week: +2 yards
Fabric added this year: +258.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -12.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -335.5 yards

Net fabric for the year: -77 yards (used!)

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • continue work on Al's birthday quilt
  • begin another project from list

I'm *zeroing in* on the elusive 100 yards used mark~ :)

See how other bloggers are using their stash over at JudyL's Patchwork Times...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

An Update

I have one more row of blocks to make but I am running out of room on the design batting! I better start joining a few continents so I can add the final row...on top. I'm building this quilt from the bottom up...something a little different!

quilt inspiration found here.


I was asked if I would make a few bracelets from hockey laces and elastic. I made two awhile ago but mine frayed pretty bad and the stitching came out. So while I was at JoAnn's, I picked up some new Fray Check and made these bracelets today. Getting ready to pack them up to take to the game tonight~hope they are dry! :)

GO ADS!
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Friday, October 8, 2010

A Party Purse

I knew that I couldn't be sporting my Milwaukee Admirals backpack purse at the Ronald McDonald Charity Dinner that DH and I are attending tonight so I made this little purse today to hold my Wonder Wallet, tissue and chapstick. I had to improvise a little bit but I think it will be just fine for the Charity Dinner tonight. :)

pattern: Lazy Girl Noriko Handbag
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ads Quilt Finished~Puck Drops on Saturday!

I actually finished sewing the binding back a few days ago on my Milwaukee Admirals quilt.

I was fortunate to be *invited* to the Season Ticket Holders *Meet and Greet* Event tonight where, yes!, All. The. Current. Players. Were. Available. To. Sign. Autographs! Thank You, Nate!

Way. Too. Cool. for a hockey geek like myself.


The signatures are kinda small but I guess the guys were leaving room for everyone to sign. :) Only one of the newer players made a mistake with his new Admiral number! :)

*Another* member of the team, Roscoe the mascot, wasn't at the event tonight. I just might end up dragging my quilt to a game to get Roscoe's signature on his orange block.

Maybe. Maybe. Not.

pattern: LindaJ's *Sorta* T*Shirt Tutorial

panto: Inkblot from Willow Leaf Studio

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Wednesday's Roadtrip

Yesterday, I was lucky to be able to enjoy a Quilt Outing with my friend Debbie!

We stopped and picked up her new machine~woohoo! Lucky Girl!

We also went to Olbrich's Gardens 'Quilts in Bloom' Show in Madison.

There were about 50 quilts on display and they were stunning!

I'm not too sure about copyrights and posting on the blog, but I just had to share this one of the cow! after all, this is Wisconsin. I didn't record the quilt artist~so if this is your wonderful work...email me or leave a comment so that I may credit your creation. :)


I was also interested in HOW the quilts were hung. I'm thinking that I could hang my quilts this way from the drop ceiling in my basement above the brick walls. maybe.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WIP Wednesday

I started my next project~a Halloween quilt to use up some of my 6.5 inch novelty squares.

Inspired by this quilt here. I'm not sure I'm liking it so far. Maybe when I get more rows made then I'll like it better. :)

One can hope, right?!
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Monday, October 4, 2010

It's A Finish!

My friend, KathyW pieced the blocks from my fabric donation to our Day Guild's Ugly Fabric Challenge. Sorry~not sure of the pattern source. :(



I added the black inner border from my stash and outer border from fabric she gave me.

I was going to shop for backing but decided to shop the stash first.

This is what I came up with~muslin and a chunk of the original fabric I donated. I think it works okay. :)

A close up of the Challenge Fabric.

panto: popcorn by Willow Leaf Studio
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Stash Report Week #40

I shopped a little and I had a few small finishes. So basically, a wash in the numbers department.

Fabric added this week: +2 yards
Fabric added this year: +256.5 yards

Fabric used this week: -2.5 yards
Fabric used this year: -323 yards

Net fabric for the year: -66.5 yards

What I accomplished this week:

Goals for next week:

  • sew back binding on Milwaukee Admirals'
  • quilt and bind Christmas Challenge
  • start on Al's Birthday quilt

okay. That should keep me busy. right?!