Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is about as clean as it gets. I can never seem to manage to get all the piles organized at once. If you have any questions or design suggestions please let me know. The flooring is a remnant of carpet from another room. I am still undecided after 5 years on what I want for my flooring.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have been pondering something Bonnie said about keeping the scrap bin "fresh". I was failing miserably at this one. There were some real "ugly" fabrics in there that I never seem to grab when making a quilt. These were mostly from my pre-quilting days and before I discovered the wonderful feel of quilt shop fabric. I decided it was time to purge. My children already took care of purging my 1 1/2" bin, so I moved on to the 2" bin.
This is what my 2" strip bin looked like before I started. It was organized, but it was full. It was full of fabrics that were given to me a very long time ago. There were also a lot of fabrics from my rescue mission that I blogged about some time back.
This is the bin after I went through and pulled out all the "what was I thinking fabrics" and "gee where did this come from" and the"wow I don't think I can cut this small enough to be pretty" It is hard to see a reduction even after I pulled out the "not so pretties". Does it look any emptier?
Next I went to my tub of fabrics that I had pulled from my stash.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Pumpkin Yogurt Cheesecake Shake
1 14-ounce can pumpkin chilled
3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (I used regular)
1 6 or 8 ounce container low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
graham cracker crumbs to sprinkle on the top!
Dump everything into the blender and process until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs . (It would be tasty with whipped cream added before the crumbs, but that sort of defeats the nutritional value)
Plenty of vitamin A, Calcium, protein, and Fiber. It was a big hit with all the little people at my house today. I will be making these again. Let me know if you try these. I am curious what you think!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I am delivering this quilt to my customer today. I had a terrible time with the thread. I used YLI on the top and Aurifil on the bottom. I have used YLI before with success, so I don't know what the problem was. I thought maybe it was a tired check spring, but I quilted 2 more quilts after this one with no problem. It will remain a mystery.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Here are the pictures from our day of quilt shopping. We did not empty the boat at a little bit of Lolly's fat quarter sale. We were told there were over 6000 fat quarters in the boat. The boat was a lot lighter when we left. I consider it a rescue mission. The boat may not sink now because we removed a lot of weight. Guess who bought the most? It was so much fun that I think we should make it an annual event. I'm glad none of the pictures showed the total on the cash register.
Since I haven't posted in a while, I am just going to give the total since the first of the year.
Incoming YTD: 211.95 Yards
Outgoing YTD: 169.71 Yards
Net Gain this Year: 42.24 Yards
Unfortunately I am currently going in the wrong direction. I hope to do some sewing soon to get into the negatives again.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
- Incoming this week: 1 yard (3 - 1/3 yards pieces of shirting for the mystery quilt)
- Outgoing: -10.5
- YTD Incoming: 81.454
- YTD Outgoing: 89.182
- Net Loss: -7.729
Finally I am going in the right direction. It would be great if I could get my weight going in that same direction as well. Almost 8 yards down- that means roughly 42 yards to go. That's ONLY 3 bolts!
Monday, April 6, 2009
- Incoming this week: 0
- Outgoing this week: 5.5 yards
- Ytd Incoming: 80.454
- YTD Outgoing: 78.682
- Net Gain: 1.771 Yards
I am almost back to the big goose egg. It is hard to believe how many yard of fabric I have recorded so far (both in and out)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Incoming Yardage: 0
Outgoing Yardage: 7.11
Total Stash Busted YTD date: 7.27
I am still not at a deficit, but maybe this week.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I finished piecing the backing for the purple quilt in the previous post. I am working hard to get back to zero on the stashbusting.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I have been keeping track of my fabric purchases, I just haven't posted the damages. These totals include everything since my last post. I have a purpose for most of the items I purchased (except the great bolt of brown). I have some kits made up using the tumbler block pattern. I hope to have my sample finished for the April ISE meeting.
- Outgoing Yardage : -42.06
- Incoming Yardage: 67.75
- YTD Stash Busting: 14.381
Yes, I am aware that my numbers are going the wrong direction. I guess I am personally trying to stimulate the economy. As Mark Lipinski said, "creating an Obamano" effect.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Well I busted my purchases this week. I managed to get the baby quilt quilted and the binding on- I still need to do the hand stitching. I also cut the binding kits for quilt group.
- Incoming Yardage this week: 0
- Outgoing Yardage this week: 12.1
- Total stash Busted YTD: 11.3
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
- Outgoing Yardage : 0
- Incoming Yardage: 8.19
- YTD Stash Busting: -.792
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- Make a loop with the short tail of the thread. She recommends never to use more than 12" (maybe that's my problem)
- Take your needle and pull it thru this loop (take notice of which thread is on top)
- Pull gently on the long tail of thread creating a slip knot
- Snug up the slip knot
This was an amazing thing for me. I can't tell you how many times I have to re-thread my needle when doing applique, or when my girls are doing yo-yo's. I tried this and you can't even feel it when you sew. I probably would have kissed Sharon if she had been standing next to me when I saw this.
The reasoning with the 12" - when the thread goes through the fabric multiple times, it wears the thread compromising the quality. This may be a contributing factor to my bindings breaking. I have a habit of making my thread an arms length.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday Stash Report:
- Outgoing Yardage 0
- Incoming Yardage 2.239
- Total Stash Busted (YTD) 1.731
I stumbled across a free applique (yes, the "A" word) via Randi's blog at (http://allenquilts.wordpress.com). I really enjoy small project that I can pick up and go with while I am waiting for my children. I cut the pieces for the first block last night. It is one block a month. I may not make it past the first month, but it is a darn cute block.
I am doing the starch and press method of applique on the first block. Those darn small leaves are giving me a few problems. I may use wool for those.
Here is the link if you are interested in joining:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Each Sunday I will post if I have been naughty or nice. I am keeping a running total of the fabric I have purchased and used this year. I have a goal to have a 50 yard deficit at the end of the year. That number seems like a lot to me, but I think it is achievable.
Since this is my first post, I will make it retro to Jan 1.
- Outgoing Yardage 6.245
- Incoming Yardage 2.125
- Total Stash Busted (YTD) 4.12
The majority of the stash busted was for a backing and the binding on the Christmas quilt I posted earlier. Roughly 4 yards downs and 46 to go. How long do you think I can stay on the wagon? Whenever I fall, I fall REALLY hard.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I wasn't sure if I was going to make it thru. It took over a week before all of us caught the virus and recovered. The weather has been extremely snowy and cold here.
Here is a picture of my first finish of the year. These were the remnants of a large quilt a made a few years ago. I sewed the bining on completely by machine and I am pleased with how it looks. I haven't tried this in several years and I can tell I have really improved. I think the key was to pin the binding all the way around the edge before I started.
I also managed to get the binding sewn on the front of a Christmas quilt that used up some of my "uglies". These fabrics had been hanging around for way too long. I love how the red binding brings it all together. Hopefully I can get the handstitching done before Christmas. I won't move it to finished until the binding is stitched down. I will post a better picture when it is completed. I love how the sun shining thru the window shows off the quilting (even with the shadows).
During the sickness, I did manage to quilt one customer quilt. It is a cute panel quilt, and I am pleased with how it came to life with the quilting. Oh yes, and behind the customer quilt is the infamous bow tie quilt. It is on my list of quilts to finish this year as well. Perhaps someone will chime in with a great quilting plan for me. I have the FINAL border on the design wall so I can stitch the squares together.