Friday, August 28, 2015

Pouch swap

The triad modern quilt guild did a pouch swap and I was paired up with Tami as my partner, she loves Amy Buttler fabrics but not the color yellow so that makes things a little trickier. The new line bright heart was the way to go for this one with a little Violette and a few other fabrics from some of my favorite designers thrown in. 
I went for a simple pouch and really like the outcome -- it's a large pouch about 8.5 by 12 but I really like the versatility that this will offer the recipient. 
So did Tami love it? -- Not sure she didn't make it to the meeting 

in return I got a pouch made by Roseanna
it's the Bionic bag and so cute. I'm probably going to be taking this one to the Stash Bash retreat because it's bigger than my sew together bag. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tula Pink 100 Block along

If you missed it Michelle and I are supporting each other and a few other brave souls that have taken up the 100 modern block project from Tula Pink. The link up is on the 15th of each month. 
Crayon Box Quilt Studio
My (lofty) goal was to make 25 blocks per month and have the quilt completed within the year. Well upon further review of the TPCS book I only actually need to make 70 blocks for the layout that I want to make -- WHAHOOO!! 

So I started first by taking my book to Office Depot and having it spiral bound -- this makes a huge difference in the accessibility of the book and honestly if I had done it before I might have started the project before now. It was a $5 fix and now the book lies flat and I can easily see things without fighting with the book. 

On to the progress that I made with the actual blocks -- since i'm not making them all I was selective about the ones that I made and am not going to be doing them in any sort of order. I am making friends with little post it notes so that I will know which blocks I have made and not repeat myself, this will also help me know how many blocks I have completed along the way. 
#1: block 4
#2: block 5
 #3: Block 7

So this half month's progress is 3 blocks of 70, next post will be a whole month so I hope to have many more blocks completed then. Maybe I can complete them all before stash bash and have a fun project to assemble while I am there -- that's some lofty goals as stash Bash is less than 2 months away and i know i have a few other things that will need to be completed before that time. 

Are you working on the Tula Sampler too? Then head on over and link up with Michelle. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I said I wouldn't ...

but alas I have, I've taken on another commission t shirt project. This one is for a coworker and her son is graduating college in a few months.

I love making quilts and things but the y shirt quilt is one of my non favorites because of the pressure that goes into them and the weight of them once they are assembled. It's a hard thing to cut into someone's memories and hope that they are happy with the results and usually things work out great and the person is happy to have the task completed (because you know they have been putting it off themselves). 

So this weekend I started on the new project and got everything interfaced and rough cut, just to test sizing and I was pleasantly surprised when my random initial layout had things fitting excellently together. I did a bit of rearranging so that the colors would balance out better and came out with this layout 
So I pulled a filler fabric and started sewing things together. I now need to add a boarder or 2 and this quilt will be well on it's way. I know the outer boarder will be the green gears fabric that I have been holding onto for some time and I think that the inner boarder will be something in the golden yellow color scheme. 

Stay tuned for the final result. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

July sewing or stashing

My initial splurge this month was on the 18th with these 5 yards of fabric -- but most of them already have a project that they are going toward so I'm only putting less than 2 yards in the actual stash. 
I worked on getting my dad's birthday quilt finished and successfully used another 6 yards of stash for backing and binding. 
I made up my bee blocks this month -- 2 yards of stash 
The second bee blocks were for a lady making for quilts of valor so I sent her a few extra fabrics for this awesome cause. 
I pulled fabrics from the stash to make the 100 modern Tula blocks quilt --- 40 yards worth. I know this quilt will take at least half of this fabric for the front and back but I wanted a huge variety and really couldn't limit my self. (In pulling for this project I discovered that I was short one color way of Acacia and it happened to be the one that I was looking for so I did make a few small purchases to fill in this gap but they are all accounted for in the pull.)

I did a pay it forward this month and decided to get rid of some of my scrappy squares that I have been holding onto for a while. This started with the new leader/ender project that Bonnie Hunter is doing this year with tumblers, I'm going to use all scrap squares for this project and discovered that it will take 4 inch squares to be able to use my accuquilt die -- so I offered up the 3 inch squares that I was stashing on Instagram. This is going to make cutting my scraps go much quicker since now I will only be keeping charm squares and strings rather than cutting 4 different sizes. These lovelies went to a lady that makes charity quilts and it lightened my load by another 3 yards (by weight). 

 I finished up the month with having bought 2 yards and with having pulled / used 52 yards. So put that with last month's totals and I am in the positive 124.5 yards for the year. (Maybe I should be a little more realistic and only count half the Tula Quilt pull but that still puts things at 104.5 yards lighter for the stash so far this year -- WHAHOO!)

I can't wait to start prepping for the Mini stash bash that is in a few months and I will be working on some projects for that as well and I hope that this will make another sizable dent in the stash. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ready for another undertaking?

I made it to July 18th without a purchase this month, I had been busy with getting my dad's quilt completed for his birthday and car club related events so not much time was spent shopping. One of my LQS was having a sidewalk inventory reduction sale and I decided to head over and see about getting another size of embroidery hoop. However, the fabric fairies had other plans for me and I ended up adding 5 yards of fabric to my stash ---- OOPS!! 

Not to worry cause most of these lovelies already have been earmarked for a project and will be a part of the fabric pull for the Tula Pink 100 Blocks quilt that I plan to start in the beginning of August. 
My darling friend Michelle over at Crayon Box Quilt Studio proposed that since we both had this on our wish list that we should be each other's cheerleaders and do it as a sew along -- I'm game for that. (And, we've invited you all along to join us -- check it out)

For me the most daunting thing about starting this project was determining the fabrics that I wanted to use and then I'd figure out the time component for getting it accomplished. 

I had decided a while back that I wanted to use a limited pallet for this one and I wanted to base everything off this lovely Tula Pink Acacia fabric so at least I wasn't stabbing in the dark when it came to pulling out all the lovelies I wanted to use.
FreeSpirit Fabric - Tula Pink - Acacia Collection - Modern, Geometric, Diamonds, Circles Patterns on Cotton Print
I then turned to my friend Lee, she has made this quilt a few times and taught it at some of our local shops so I asked her -- what's a good number of fabrics to start with, especially since I was limiting my color pallet. After getting her feedback I started pulling from my folded fabric (half yards , Fat quarters and large scraps). 
I then pulled some fabric from the yardage stash shelves.
Last pull was from the Tula Stash -- I added a few more so that I would be able to have at least one fabric from each of her lines through Elizabeth represented -- I plan to add some true colors and Eden as they come out. 
This is an estimated 40 yards of stash (I'll have to narrow that down a little before I start working on the blocks) -- time to put some money in the savings jar. With that much fabric I might have enough to make 2 or 3 of this quilt. 

So, Who else needs to be motivated on this project? Michelle is going to be doing a link up, but it's gonna be low key -- just showing off what you've accomplished each month and stop by to see all the lovely things that everyone else is working on too. The first link up is posted and deadline for this one is august 15th to show off your fabric pull or maybe you've already started it and are ready to pick it up again. Join us, I hope that Michelle and I can inspire others of you that have been delaying this project to jump on in and make this project not so daunting because together we inspire each other. 
I'm hoping this will be a 2015 finish so my personal goal for the check ins will be 6 blocks per week or about 25 total each month (August - November). That leaves December to set them, baste, quilt and bind the project -- Oh MY! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Blue Strings

So I have a finish for the quarter and I am happy to announce that it is bigger than a mini. I finished up my blue strings quilt that was initially supposed to be for father's day but turned into a Father's day / birthday quilt for my dad. 
He turned 73 this year and he's so difficult to find something to get for so I thought what's better than a quilt. I'm really happy with how the string blocks turned out and overall the outcome of this project. 
It has been on my to do list for some time and felt really great to cross it off and gift it to him -- I think he even liked it (he's a man of very few words). 
I'm also pretty excited to report that these photos were taken with my new Cannon Rebel t5i -- so hopefully this means better quilt photos for the future. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

3rd annual Piggy Bank Challenge

Since things went so well for me with the reveal of last years Piggy Bank Challenge I decided that I would link up with Val again and see how things go with both people in out household being active participants. 

We are both competitive when it comes to things like this but hubby doesn't usually carry cash with him (mainly because of his job) so I'm not sure we will do this as a competition but more as a cooperative. However we are toying with the idea of doing a cash allowance each month to help with budgeting better and decreasing the frivolous expenses.  

You all know that my banks are ready to go 
Gotta find something fun for hubby to use for his cash 

This year's goal for the savings is looking like it might be going toward another project car -- we have had such a blast working on and putting the civic together that there has been talk of doing another car some time in the future. 

Hubs would love to have an original AE86 (1983 -1987 Toyota Carolla Hatchback-- for my non car people).  This is the little car that his car is based off -- I think it would be an awesome 35th or 40th birthday gift for him in a couple of years. (If anyone has one they are wanting to part with let me know.)

I'm going to keep working on using my stash as much as I can to help with saving and I think for my new projects I will start rewarding myself by adding a dollar to the jar per yard used -- If I had gone out shopping I would have spent way more and it's extra encouragement to use what's on hand. (this is only the beginning of it) 

I'm not necessarily trying to top my savings from last year but it will be awfully fun to try -- If I can save at least half as much I will be very pleased. 

Hope everyone else feels motivated to join up -- it's a great way to see what little bits of coin or cash add up to in the end.