Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Final Stash Report 2008 Wk 52

This year has gone by so fast and it just doesn't seem like we should be ready for 2009 already. This was my first year participating in Judy's stashbusting and it has been an eye opening experience. I ended up actually busting some stash this year, even with all that I bought in Paducah! So I consider it a good year. Would have liked to have had a higher number busted but I can live with it. So here goes my final report for 2008.

Fabric added this week - 0 yards
Fabric added year to date - 116 and 5/8 yards

Fabric used this week - 0 yards
Fabric used year to date - 152 and 3/4 yards

Net Used to Date - 36 and 1/8 yards

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Stash Report #50

Wow it is hard to believe that 2 more reports and we will be starting over....gracious where has this year gone? I finished up the gifts for my MIL and got those shipped off earlier this week. And Sat I finished up a Secret Santa gift to be mailed off tomorrow. I will post the picture of MIL's gift but not he SS gift as she might be inclined to stop in here and have a look at my blog. Why I'm not sure as I've not been good lately about keeping it up. But I will do better!

Totals current as of: December 13

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 4 and 7/8 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 116 and 5/8 yards
Busted: 152 and 3/4 yards
Net YTD: 36 and 1/8 yards busted

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Well they say it is Dec 11th.....

Well it feels and looks like August out there! Get a load of the rain we are getting today! Guess I'll go decorate until this passes and then it's back to the sewing machine!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Serger issue and Quiltathon progress

A few months back I got out my serger and was going to zip up some pillowcases real quick like for some Quilts of Valor Quilts. Well imagine my surprise when I went to sew and the machine would do nothing....I mean nothing, nadda, zilch.....I tried everything I could think of and resigned myself to the fact that it was going to have to go to the serger hospital. So back in the cupboard it went and I concentrated on other sewing. Well recently I made a pair of pillowcases for my MIL for part of her Christmas present and was frustrated that I couldn't serge the edges for a nice finish. Well the other day I was complaining to my friend in Ohio about this and we started talking and she started asking questions and one thing lead to another and I ended up getting out the manual......and read the troubleshooting guide.....well guess what? My serger has an LCD screen and if the presser foot isn't down it won't do a thing! Nothing, nadda, zich.....evidently when I went to use it before I was going to test drive it with something bulky and had lifted the presser foot...because once I put the foot down it worked!! I am so glad I didn't take it in to be serviced!! They, along with you would have a good laugh at my expense.

So for the first part of quiltathon weekend I was able to serge the edges of the pillowcases and I got 2 placemats made. They are also for my MIL. I went to quilt them and discovered I didn't have the right color thread for that so off to Joanns and dinner and Sat night was over. So today after work I will quilt them and they will be done. Maybe I can also whip up some QOV cases while I'm at it.....

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stash Report # 47

This past week I made some blocks for an online swap I was in. They are fall leaf blocks and it is going to be a really neat wallhanging. Otherwise it has been planning Christmas projects and getting for Thanksgiving at our house.

Totals current as of: November 23

Added: 0 yards

Busted: 2 and 3/8 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 116 and 5/8 yards

Busted: 145 and 1/4 yards

Net YTD: 28 and 5/8 yards busted

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stash Report # 46

Oh my goodness...what a bad blogger I am...I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post! One would hope that I have been sewing and just not had time to get in here. Truth of the matter had some things going on with my Mom that have been consuming my thoughts and really haven't been sewing much. Over the past couple weeks I did get a pair of pillowcases and a pair of potholders made for part of my Mother-in-Laws Christmas present. The blocks used in the potholders were from an online swap I did a number of years ago.

Totals current as of: November 16
Added: 0 yards
Busted: 2 and 1/4 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 116 and 5/8 yards
Busted: 142 and 7/8 yards
Net YTD: 26 and 1/4 yards busted

Monday, October 20, 2008

Stash Report # 42!

Oh man have I had a great week on the stashbusting front. I made backings for 3 tops I had made and figured up how much fabric I have given away the past few months and my totals are now in the positive!! Finally, just when the year is almost over! LOL

Totals current as of: October 18

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 36 and 1/2 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 116 and 5/8 yards
Busted: 140 and 5/8 yards
Net YTD: 24 yard busted

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Quiltathon progress for Saturday

This morning Jim and I headed out and ran a few errands and then stopped for a quick lunch. Came home put all the meat away and put supper in the crockpot. It smells yummy! Then I sat down and made backings for 3 quilt tops! Yahoo! Finally some sewing got done while on vacation.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Stash Report #41

Well unfortunately there isn't much to report this week. I did put in a few stitches on the halloween wallhanging but that is all. Today Jim and I ripped out the carpet in the living and dining rooms and got that all tied up for the garbage man. Now to move on and start patching the holes/cracks and get the paint picked out for the walls. We won't really be doing a whole lot more to these rooms until after the first of the year. So here's a before and an after of the carpet episode today.

Totals current as of: October 12

Added: 0 yardsBusted: 15 and 1/8 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 113 and 5/8 yards

Busted: 104 and 1/8 yards

Net YTD: <-9 and 1/2 > yards busted

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Good Grief!!

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I last posted. Things have been a tad crazy here at home and also at work...boss came back from his summer long trip to Greece. So it's time to get used to having him around again....he's not in the best of moods as business is down...so we all do alot of smiling and nodding around him and then run outside and scream! LOL I haven't been doing much on the sewing front lately....However today I did get some more buttonhole stitching done on the halloween wallhanging. And I've got the threads pulled to the back and tied off. I might sit down and do a little more tonight, as Jim is at a business dinner and Heather went to the mall, so it's me and Eddie!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Stash Report # 38

This week all I managed to do was make the Halloween Quilt.....it was a love and hate relationship! There was plenty of time spent ripping this sucker out and re-stitching...at times the top was folded up and thrown in the pile and walked away from, only to be gotten back out the next day and another attempt to finish it was made. Well on Saturday I finnaly finished the top! Thank heavens. So my stash totals remain the same from last week. Here's hoping this week is better!

September Totals:
Added: 0 yards
Busted: 15 and 1/8 yards

Year-to-Date Totals:
Added: 113 and 5/8 yards
Busted: 104 and 1/8 yards
Net YTD: <-9 and 1/2 > yards busted

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Saturday Quiltathon progress

I worked off and on all day and most of the evening trying to finish this *()^%%*&) quilt top! I am relieved to say it is now a top! This pattern gave me fits...stitch some...press some.....UGH...rip some...stitch more...rip more.....but at least it is finally a top! So tomorrow I can work on the halloween wallhanging I have started....that is after work! The picture isn't the greatest...will take another one in the daylight tomorrow.

Quiltathon Weekend is here!

Judy over at Patchwork Times is hosting another quiltathon weekend and I am so in on this! I have a number of things I want to work on. Will update with progress as the weekend goes on. First on the list is the halloween quilt top to finish!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Stash Report # 37

What a week this has been for me and stashbusting and getting some tops finished. I finished 3 UFO tops, made backings for 2 table runners, started a halloween wallhanging and a halloween quilt. Needless to say after all that this week my stashbusting totals are very close to being in the positive!!

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 104 and 1/8 yards
Purchased: 113 and 5/8yards
Net YTD: <-9 and 1/2 > yards busted

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A day to remember

As I sit here and type this my mind goes back to this horrific day and I reflect on what I was doing and how I learned of this tragedy. On that morning I was happily working on getting my supplies all organized and put away for my new venture into selling PartyLite candles. And then the phone rang and it was our Son, calling to tell me to turn on the tv that something tragic had happened.....from that moment on the rest of the day I sat in utter disbelief at the things that had transpired and that the, still to this day unbelieveable loss of life that occured. I remember watching Peter Jennings on ABC News as he had the task of trying to stay composed and still inform of us what was happening.....It is still hard to believe that something of this magnitude could happen. The above pictures(taken by me) are of quilts that were displayed at a local quilt show in 2005. The star quilt is made using pictures of people who died on this day in the WTC.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lots of finishing UFO's going on this week!

Now that I am finished with the socks, I can now work on other projects that have been laying around in various stages. First off I made the Christmas quilt top, last night was finish up Gone Camping top and then tonight I finished the Quilt for an Hour that Judy hosted back in May. Boy does it feel good to get some tops finished. I have a few halloween things I want to make, so will be starting to get those projects together tomorrow and will see what else is laying on the rocker over there wondering when it will get finished.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Stash Report # 36

This was a good week for me. I finished up my socks for the Lost Sock Swap and mailed them off to Mar and she now has them. Yahoo! Now I could allow myself to work on the magazine/book challenge from an online group. I got the top all pieced and it is waiting on me to get the backing made so it can go to Shirley to be quilted. I did purchase 4 yards of halloween fabric this week.

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 4 yards
Busted: 89 yards
Purchased: 113 and 5/8yards
Net YTD: -24 and 5/8 yards busted

Saturday, September 6, 2008

All quilt blocks are made!

Last night I finished piecing the blocks for the magazine challenge Christmas quilt I am making. Today will be spent squaring them up and sewing into a top and adding the borders.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Got some sewing done...

Over the past couple days I have finished all the snowball blocks for the magazine challenge I am in and have the Christmas block 1/2 way done. Hoping to finish those up today after work. I am anxious to see how this quilt is going to look. Will post pics later on tonight after I have more blocks done.

Otherwise it is a gloomy day here...getting clouds so far from Hanna and of course we are keeping an eye on Ike. Sure hope he goes somewhere else!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Socks, Sunsets & Quilt Blocks

I am so happy to be able to state that all the socks for the sock swap are finished and have been mailed off!!! Bigtime happy dancing here!!

Now that they are done I am allowing myself to sew other projects. I haven't allowed myself to work on any other projects until I had these finished. So below is a picture of the 2 blocks for the magazine challenge I am doing with some online friends. We were to go through magazines and books that we had at home and that we hadn't made any projects from. So I found this quilt in the 2004 issue of Quilting for Christmas. And then dug through my stash and found enough fabrics to make it!! Another plus!! So today after work I made up 1 of each of the 2 blocks for this quilt.

Below are a couple sunsets. The pinky one was taken the night Fay blew through. And the other was taken this past week.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Week #35 Stash Report

I did not add any stash this week....nor did I use any stash this week. Thursday I mailed off 90% of my socks for the sock swap and have been off and on working on the remaining 8 large ones that I need to mail off on Tuesday. So my totals are staying the same. Now to figure out what to work on first, I have a number of projects waiting and calling my name to be worked on. I do know that I need to make block #2 for Judy's BOM and block #3 is coming out tomorrow, also have a couple other things that need backing and quilted. And the magazine challenge is over there screaming at me to get started making blocks! Who knew fabric could yell so loud! LOL

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 89 yards
Purchased: 109 and 5/8yards
Net YTD: -20 and 5/8 yards busted

Monday, August 25, 2008

Stash Report #34

This past week my main focus has been socks. So there has been no fabric coming in and no fabric going out! I am getting closer to being done with them. Yahoo! Which means my totals are the same as last week. Basically that is good as I passed up a coupon from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop...boy was that hard! And now I'm kicking myself! ROFLOL

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 89 yards
Purchased: 109 and 5/8yards
Net YTD: -20 and 5/8 yards busted

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Not much going on....

I have been busily working on my socks and am almost done! Yahoo! Very soon I will be able to start working on all the other projects that are calling to me! Kimberly over at the Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a giveaway! I sure hope I win! I just love her site! And Camille over at Cotton Blossoms is also hosting a giveaway. So head on over to both and check them out. You never know you just might win!! I'll be back later today or tonight with my stash report!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay

Well late Monday, early Tuesday Fay moved onshore. Fortunately for us it was south of Cape Coral so it hasn't been too bad. We've had rain and wind. Power has flickered a few times but we still have it! Yahoo! Jim boarded up the house last night and he just finished taking down the boards on the patio. So now we have some light in the house. Still dark in here, so we have some lights on. Here are some of the pictures I have taken so far. This was taken Monday morning on my way out the driveway. Just some clouds..

This was taken after work Monday around 4 PM.

Beginning of a gorgeous sunset Monday night!

Gorgeous sunset Monday night!

Some of the clouds in view Monday night.

End of a beautiful sunset.

Tuesday Morning around 11 AM

Monday, August 18, 2008

Stash Report # 33

This week I neither added nor used any stash, so my totals stay the same. My main goal right now is to finish the socks and get them out of here. Then I will let myself work on other projects.

Year-to-Date Totals:

Added: 0 yards
Busted: 89 yards
Purchased: 109 and 5/8yards
Net YTD: -20 and 5/8 yards busted

Friday, August 15, 2008

What a way to start the day!

So work calls to inform me of a call off and that another server is coming in. I figure ok...I might as well get up and get my day going. I come out into the kitchen and Eddie is laying in front of the one desk that is along the garage wall and looking at it like he has something in his sights. For those who don't know Eddie is our daughter's cat and his picture is on the sidebar. So I take a closer look at him and there is something hanging off his mouth. Well I go and get a kleenex as I have no idea what this is, but usually this means it is a baby frog or lizard. No way am I touching those! So I wipe at his mouth and of course he isn't happy about that and then goes to the door to be let out on the lanai (patio). I let him out and watch from the kitchen to see what he does and then I hear this noise coming from the desk that he was watching. I glance that way and turn the light on and I hear it again...I get brave and go closer and there is this huge, gigantic FROG!! I let out a scream and Heather (DD) comes running. As now I have succeeded in waking her up and she knows from that scream she had better come as it normally means HER CAT has brought in someone or there is one huge palmetto bug! LOL So she looks at this frog and she is my frog catcher and says get the glass and paper plate! NO WAY am I touching that!! Well for the next 5 minutes she is trying to get this guy and he keeps hopping around. Finally he lands on the floor and I think alright we've got him now. Well he keeps hopping and ends up in the corner in the laundry room. Finally he jumps in the basket where we put the old magazines and newspapers for recycle day and she is able to get the glass over him and we take him outside and let him loose! I went back in and got the camera and here is the frog that started the commotion!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Good Morning!

I've been sitting here cruising the blog world this morning and ran across this blog contest. Carla is having a contest and the winner gets one of her awesome crocheted scarves. I sure would like to have the blue one. It's so nice of Carla to make that one just for me! Click on the link below to go to her blog to read all about it. A dear friend, Shirley has finally started her own blog! Man did I have to nag her to do it!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stash Report # 32

This was what I am considering a good week for me! I added no fabric!! Yahoo! Did bust some stash this week with the cutting out of the magazine challenge, which means my stash total is getting closer to being in the positive. I can see me busting more stash with the upcoming holidays and projects that are swimming in my head to be made.

Year-to-Date Totals:
Added: 0 yards
Busted: 89 yards
Purchased: 109 85/8yards
Net YTD: <20> yards busted

Quiltathon update

This past weekend was quiltathon weekend and I was able to get some sewing time in. I had lofty goals and sadly wasn't able to attain them. But I am pleased with what I did get done. On Saturday while at the sewing machine working on block #1 for the Star BOM Eddie thought he should help! LOL Silly kitty, for awhile he laid on the sewing table and just watched and looked out the window. But then he really started helping by coming over and laying down on the pieces that were waiting to be sewn and on top of the instructions I had printed off. Thank heavens I had closed the rotary cutter as he found it and wanted to play with it. I very quickly told him no and moved it. Off and on during the weekend I worked on the sock's for Mar's Lost Sock Swap and got 6 more completely finished! 1 more and I'm halfway done. And the clock is ticking.....the other thing that was accomplished was the complete cutting out for the magazine challenge I am doing with an online group/family. I am so wanting to start sewing on this, but am not letting myself start just yet....keep telling myself that socks are first then the challenge. However I may have to sneak in a few stitches this week. First pic is of Eddie helping me and the second pic is block #1 for the Star BOM.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Star BOM block #1

I'm participating in the Star BOM that Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting. I just finished block 1 and it was really easy! That is once I wrapped my head around the 1/16" deal! LOL Thanks Judy for the easy directions.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Our day in Tampa!

Jim and I went up to Tampa Weds for the Indians/Rays baseball game! Jim is an Indians fan who is slowing becoming a Rays fan! LOL We had awesome seats just on the first base line right off home plate. In the end the Rays won and man was it an exciting bottom of the ninth! Jim really likes Sal Fasano and I got a good picture of him and Evan Longoria was taking some batting practice in front of us prior to the game starting and I snapped one of him also. On the way up we stopped at the rest stop prior to going over the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Beautiful bridge as long as we aren't stop and go on it, like we were on the way home yesterday. I don't like being stopped on bridges....nope don't like it one bit! Unfortunately we both have to go back to work today....so I'm off to get the day moving around here.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Stash Report #31

This past week was a productive week for me. I was able to finish up 2 quilts, while also sewing on socks and working on a QOV top. I did add a little fabric as I needed more blues for my QOV=didn't read the directions the whole way through when cutting earlier steps and ran out! OOPS! LOL July was a good month on completing UFO's thanks to Peg and her Finish 5 in July! Lets hope I can keep the ball rolling on this.

Year-to-Date Totals:
Added: 1 yards
Busted: 82 1/8 yards
Purchased: 109 2/3 yards
Net YTD: <27> yards busted

Thursday, July 31, 2008

My 5th finish! Just in time!

Here is my 5th finish for July! This was a New Years Day Mystery hosted by Planet Patchwork a few years back. I finally finished it. Also are my other finishes for July. Thanks Peg for having his challenge. It really helped me get some things done.