Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Stash Report, Week 24

After rocking two finishes in as many days, things slowed down the last two weeks.  With working so much overtime, there hasn't been a lot of free time but I have been trying to be in my "Happy Place" aka my sewing room for a bit every day - I've been managing about 45 minutes to an hour each time.  (It helps that the sleep specialist has put me on a rigid schedule - I'm not allowed to go to bed before midnite and have to be up at 7 am, weekends included.)
I did get a great piece of fabric at a garage sale.  I've been looking for a new cushion set for my patio swing, but without any luck.  I had decided to make a scrappy quilt that I could throw on it that wouldn't bother me if it got left out by mistake.  When I spotted this, I was thrilled!

There are four cheater panels of Double Wedding Rings on this piece.  I'm going to back each panel with a vintage sheet and quilt each one separately with a simple "stitch-in-the-fake-ditch" stitch, then assemble the four panels with a sashing.  It will be so much easier to handle that way on my machine.
Added this week: 3.25 metres
Added Year-to-Date: 66.75 metres
Used since last report: 0 metres
Used Year-to-Date: 21.5 metres
Net used/Added for 2013: 45.25 metres
I've enjoyed going in my room every day, even if it is not until 10 at night.

I'm still plugging away on Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter.  This pattern has now been retired and will be published in her next book.
Most of the parts are complete, and I'm finishing the rest as I assemble the blocks.  I want to have this finished by the end of June, so I can get it off to the long-arm quilter.  This is going to be one big quilt - it measures about 110"x110" before I even think about borders.
I've sorted through my UFOs for some hand-work projects for summer so I can have something to work on when I'm over at my daughter's or at my friends house hanging in the backyard.
I prepped the second border for embroidery and started the applique in the center of my Vignette Mystery quilt by Leanne Beasley.
I finally started Birdie Stitches - I've only had the fabric for two plus years!
I've assembled little kits for my hexie flowers - every one is different, so I have to make sure I have them properly organized. 
I also have a cross-stitch project in my bag, Christmas stockings for my grandbabies!
So now I am ready to go when I'm invited somewhere - no more excuses!
(One of these days I'm going to make a bag the same size and stiffness as this Safeway shopping bag - it holds everything perfectly)
I also made some progress on a new design, a TV tray cover with an ironing pad, cutting board holder and multiple pockets that will hold all my tools at my fingertips.
I'm using scraps of Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille, along with some yardage in the aqua colourway.  I've been working on this a little while now, and when I get frustrated I put it aside.  It's now back in the corner!
(So, do I look for another smaller cutting mat or cut this one down... or pick out all the stitches and add a border to the already-quilted piece?)
Now I'm off to tackle another UFO!  Thanks for visiting and have a great day,
Terri in BC


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