Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/19/15

I chose some more fabrics to go with my Mystery Block of the Month project over at Pat Sloan's blog.  I love all of the colors in the inspiration print, but I'm not sure if I like the colors together away from the print.  I will press on and see what becomes of it.  All fabric has come from my stash so far.  I thought I might have to buy some background fabric, but I finally found a piece of white-on-white in my stash bins that was big enough for the entire project.

Above is the finished block for January.  I took the picture at night again, and it looks very yellow.  I'll try to grab another picture when there is daylight outside.  I may also look into getting true-light light bulbs for my sewing room.  I had a heck of a time trying to see if my white fabrics were all the same white when pulling fabric for this project.  I had to keep stepping outside the front door into natural light to see that some fabric was actually off white.  Oh well - that's a minor problem!  Also, I had to take the picture on my (scorched) ironing board.  My design wall is white and the design would have appeared to be floating on the board!

I  simplified some of the piecing in the block.  The unit that makes the star points can be made as one unit, rather than four half-square triangles or two flying geese units.  I like to have as little bulk as possible, and the result really worked out for me.

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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/12/15

Well I didn't get any sewing done this past week.  I have a few projects that are ready for me to work on, but I just couldn't get to them.  One of the projects that I am planning on is a free Mystery Block of the Month with Pat Sloan.  I've always liked her patterns and she designs some great fabric, too!  My sister and I wanted a project to work on at the same time - to keep us motivated.  I found this one that just started in January and I think it will be a fun one.  Over the weekend I finally pulled some fabrics.  I got the butterfly print over the holidays using a gift certificate that I got for my birthday.  I loved it, but didn't have a project in mind, so I bought a couple of yards figuring I might use it as a border for something.  I think it will be great for this project.  I decided that most of the quilt will be somewhat scrappy, so I can use my stash.  I pulled a few fat quarters that I can start with.  I'll add some blues as well.  I'm getting excited about this one!!

Also starting back up this week is Mystery Mondays over at the This & That blog.  This one has a clue every week on Mondays.  Last week had the supply list and this week is the first clue.  I need to pull fabric for that one as well.  I'll go scrappy on that one too - just need to decide on a color scheme first.

I'm looking forward to a year of new projects!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/05/15


I was finally able to sew a little on Sunday.  I've had a terrible head cold that I can't seem to shake, so I wasn't able to sew over the holiday break as much as I wanted.  In fact, I'm terribly behind for my quilting class, which starts very soon.  I'll need to get creative in order to have projects to present.  I did manage to get out of the house over the weekend.  I needed to get outside, so I decided to go to a quilt shop!  Which brings me to the stash report...  2014 was a crazy year for me - lots going on, including moving to a new city.  All of my fabric got packed up, and I ended up giving away quite a bit that I knew I would never use.  I never tallied up how much I got rid of, and so my stash busting reports went by the wayside.  Of course, that also meant that I did not tally up how much got added!  Now it's a new year and I'm back on the stash busting bandwagon.  I bought two one-yard cuts of blue fabrics and one half-yard piece of the print shown below. 

So that means I've added 2.50 yards of fabric, but I am also calculating about 2.75 yards used in the quilt top above.  I'll be reporting this weekly, if there is any activity.  If I haven't used or added any fabric in a given week, I won't bother to post a report.

Fabric added this week:  2.50 yards
Fabric added this year:  2.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  2.75 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  0.25 yards used!

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today!