Monday, January 09, 2012

Just Takes 2 Quilt Along

There's a great quilt along that has just started at the beginning of this year.  It is being organized by Gay Bomers of Sentimental Stitches and Brenda Papadakis of Dear Jane fame.  They were inspired by the red and white quilts from the Infinite Variety quilt exhibit last year in New York.  They have created a free quilt along using blocks featured in some of the quilts from that exhibit.  Gay will offer a set of block patterns on her website on the first of the month, and Brenda will offer the next set of patterns on her website on the 15th of each month.  The patterns will remain free on their sites for a month, then they will charge a small fee for them after that.  So it pays to get in early!  They have all the basic information and FAQ's you need on the main Just Takes 2 website.

I've already finished the first set of blocks (posted here) and I can't wait for the next set to become available.  I decided to do mine in blue and white instead of red and white.  My plan is to make this entire quilt from my stash, and not buy anything for it.  We'll see how I do!

Join me - it'll be fun!

Design Wall Monday 01/09/12

Sorry this picture is a little dark!  Today my blocks are on an actual design board instead of my ironing board and there's not a lot of natural light where I have it.  I might have to switch back to my ironing board for pictures!  I'm working on the Just Takes 2 quilt along, and I now have all six blocks finished from the first set posted.  I decided to make mine in blue and white instead of the traditional red and white color scheme.  I have tons of blues and a lot of them were still pulled out of my stash from a previously finished project.  I'll post more about the quilt along a little later today.  I'm really motivated to stay up with this project and get the blocks done as they are posted.  So far, so good!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone else's design walls!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Stash Busting - Week 2

Last week I mentioned that I had finished a quilt top.  I posted about it on my Design Wall a while back.  It's not a large top, so when I counted up the yardage, it only came out to 3.5 yards.  Even though it's not much, I'm off to a good start for 2012!  This is for a class I'm teaching beginning tomorrow night at the VMSC.  Hey, if anyone's local to Redwood City, CA, come on by at 6:00 pm and sign up and pick up the supply lists!

I also finished a second project today.  It is a miniature version of a quilt I made last year.  All totalled, I'm guessing it only came out to about 1 yard, but I had to get a fat quarter for the border.  Anyway, still going in the right direction!  Let's hope I can keep my momentum going.

Fabric in this week:  0.25 yards
Fabric in this year:  0.25 yards

Fabric out this week:  4.50 yards
Fabric out this year:  4.50 yards

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see how everyone else is doing!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Stash Busting 2012 - Week 1

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year.  A time for new beginnings and starting over.  As far as the stash busting goes, I have a clean slate!  I think I did well in 2011.  I fell off the reporting wagon for a while, but most of the reports would have said "nothing in, nothing out".  My biggest purchase was two bolts of fabric in the middle of the year.  One was a solid white and the other solid black.  Having these in my stash has been really handy and I'm glad I got them.  However, it made my stash busting kind of, well, a bust.  As of today, I am re-committing to my stash busting efforts.

To start the year off right, today I put the final borders on a quilt that I have been working on, which means that I can now count the entire top out of my stash.  I haven't worked up the numbers, so I'll report that next Sunday.  I have another small project that just needs borders and I'll be able to count that out as well.  So far I think I'm off to a good start!

Fabric in this week:  0.00 yards
Fabric in this year:  0.00 yards

Fabric out this week:  0.00 yards
Fabric out this year:  0.00 yards

Check out Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing!