Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Stash Report, Week 42


I had two big finishes this week, and I sent off some more fabric to a quilter who does charity quilts, so my "out" numbers really grew!  And I didn't add anything, so I am making some headway...finally!

Added since my last report: 0 metres
Added Year to Date: 64.1 metres 

Destashed since my last report: 19 metres

 Destashed year to Date: 46 metres
 Added for 2014: 18.1 metres
 
Total spent  YTD $294.20 = $4.59/metre

 
First up, my Celtic Solstice top got finished - finished size is 50" x 60".  Waiting for a new baby really motivated me to finish 5 blocks (including piecing about 1/3 of the units first) in just one evening.  Too bad I can't be that productive all the time.

I estimate I used about 5 metres for the top.  I used a lot of scraps and fat 8ths purchased pieces and didn't keep really good track but I think I'm close.
 
 
 
Secondly, I have started the quilting on the quilt for the new baby.  The shower is in two weeks so I should get it done.  Since I never counted the top as done, that is some more fabric out!  Another 4 metres out. 


 
Since I didn't take a picture when I finished it, this is what it will look like once I finish quilting it and adding the rickrack and applique leaves.
 
 
 

I also sent about 10 metres of fabric to a quilter who does charity quilts.  I was in a hurry so I didn't take a picture.  It sure felt good to get it out. 
 
I'm doing some fun quilting on the baby's quilt.  Today I finished the "grass".  I did "organic" lines about 1" apart (kind of like lines of mowing). 
 
 
I used my Purple Thang to eyeball where to start the next row of stitching. I measured from the top of the tool to the top of the elongated hole you see in the picture below.
 

 
I've also stitched rays of sunshine around the yellow block, and I'm about to start the swirls of wind through the blue sky! Then I will do tight swirls of wool inside the sheep.
 
 Little Mya is doing great!  After just an overnight stay, she was home Monday.  She is eating well, but has her days and nights mixed up a bit.  Every night gets a little better.  This gramma has been enjoying lots of baby snuggles this week - I am so fortunate my kids both choose to live close to me.

 
Ready to go home
 

 
A rare daytime sighting of eyes

 
Big sister is finally warming up to her sister, and helps with a top-up feeding.
 
This weekend, my ex-husband is in town to meet the new baby so today I will enjoy sewing.  We all got together for dinner last night, but I think it is good for him to have his own bonding time with all the grandkids without me around to distract them.
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

While I was waiting...a quilty finish

 
While I was anxiously waiting for word from the hospital, I picked up a project that has been waiting in the wings for a while.  I only had 5 blocks to finish assembling and a few more blocks for the borders.
 
 
Since Bonnie Hunter has announced the fabric choices for her newest mystery quilt,  Grand Illusion, I better get this one done.  I only made 1/2 the amount of blocks required, but looking at it I think I needed one more row on the bottom (it is hanging sideways on the clothesline). Oh, well, I'm not taking it apart now.
 
I modified the border to emphasize the points of the stars more, and used Bonnie's pieced cornerstones (I redrafted it to a 3 1/2" block) for the corners.  I like it!
 
 
I went to bed at about 2 a.m. and Mya was born at 4:16 a.m.  I had both Zoey and Alex for a sleepover, but lucky for me the kids slept in until about 8:30 so I did get some sleep.
 
Then we headed to the hospital for some baby snuggles!
 
 
She's a chunky monkey at 8 lbs, 11 oz. with lots of dark hair. I think she's going to end up fair though, because there are blond tinges to it and her eyebrows and eyelashes are blond, unlike her sister who had dark ones.  Her eyes are lighter, too.  Zoey's were jet-black when she was born, and are now light brown.
 
 
 
This is a close as Zoey would come to holding her.  She spent most of the time ignoring her!  Alex was in love though, and he will be a great big cousin!
 
 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

I'm a gramma again!

 
I have so much to be thankful for this thanksgiving!  Beautiful Mya Gillian arrived at 4:15 a.m. this morning, weighing 8 lbs 11 oz.  She is already feeding and they will be home tomorrow, on Thanksgiving day. 
 
 
Mom, Dad and baby are doing great!

 
Last night, since I couldn't settle, I finished my Celtic Solstice quilt top.  I'll post pictures of that later.
 
Now I'm off to the hospital to meet my new granddaughter, then bring her big sister home with me so mom and dad can bond with their new little one!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

I'm back! Sunday Stash Report, Week 40


I took an unplanned blogging break - after vowing to post for 30 days straight.  I have been struggling with my depression again, and I thought by setting a goal would help motivate me - instead it seemed to "freeze" me.  
 
I have been doing a small amount of sewing - primarily to get some much-needed baby projects done for my niece and my daughter.  And now, another niece has announced her much-wanted first pregnancy.  That's the third niece this year!
 
The only fabric added since my last report almost three months ago was project-specific, bought by my sister and right back out so I haven't counted it. 
 
Added since my last report: 0 metres
Added Year to Date: 64.1 metres 
 
Destashed since my last report: 3.35 metres

 Destashed year to Date: 27 metres
 Added for 2014: 35.75 metres
 
Total spent  YTD $294.20 = $4.59/metre
 
First up, I finished this quilt for my niece's baby due in November.  It's my own design, I call it "Modern Rail Fence". Once things simmer down around here, I want to develop a pattern/tutorial for it.  I first wrote about it here.
 
 
I quilted it with alternating organic straight lines in pink and wavy lines in purple, which really didn't show up much but that's okay!
 
 
She also asked me to make a car seat cover - I made it rag quilt style and backed with the leftover minkee from the quilt.
 
 
I made a burp cloth with the leftovers so that I didn't add to the ever-growing scraps.
 
 
And while I was at it, I made a new car seat cover for my daughter - her baby girl is due in just a few days!
 
 
I'm almost finished her quilt top, then on to quilting it so hopefully next week, I'll have a big finish!


Linking to Judy's Stash Report and Michelle's Let Make Baby Quilts

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Finally made it back to the sewing room!

After what seems to have been the longest month ever, I have finally made it back into my sewing room.  Last night, I cut out most of this:



It's from the May/June Issue of Quiltmaker magazine, but instead of pink and orange flowers, I'm going to make purple ones to go with the new little one's bedroom. It is so exciting to have a new baby in the family, and she won't be the only one - my niece is due in November as well and since we all live with a block of each other, I'm sure these new ones will be close!

I haven't decided which quilt I'm going to make for my niece yet - still waiting on her colours (she loves to be colour-coordinated.

Off to sew!  (In between loads of laundry of course).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Stash Report, Week 28 - Feeling Better

 
At the end of what seemed to be a very long week, I was finally feeling well enough to tackle some sewing.  Not sure what kind of bug I had, but I sure felt lousy. 
 
I've been plugging away some embroidered blocks for two quilts, so no finishes there, but last night and today I started AND finished another I-Spy quilt flimsy!
 
 
Not the best picture for colour, because the sun is shining hot and bright - we have been over 30C (+85F) for the last 4 days, with no end in sight.  That is so unusual for us on the West Coast. Our weather is typically cooler (similar to Seattle's).
 
Added this Week: 0 metres
 
 Added Year to Date: 64.1 metres 
 
Destashed this Week: 1.5 metres

 Destashed year to Date: 25.5 metres
 Added for 2014: 38.6 metres
 
Total spent  YTD $294.20 = $4.59/metre
 
 
These are my favourite quilts to make for toddlers and pre-schoolers.  This one is for my youngest grand-nephew, Brayden.  I have fun picking through my stash and scraps for 5" blocks that suit their personalities and interests, and fun things to look for!
 
 
I like to include a block that features the first initial of their name - love this B!
 
Next up, I have to get the Super Mario quilt done, plus I want to get Celtic Solstice out of the way so I can start on some baby girls quilts.  My other niece has just announced she is having a girl about a month after my daughter!  (My sister is so excited - after 4 grandsons, she's finally getting a baby girl to spoil!)