Tuesday, May 12, 2015

the sad quilter

If you haven't noticed the blog has been rather quiet these last few weeks. I wish it was telling you that it was because of something exciting and I had a big reveal today -- but that isn't the case. You see I have been on hand use restrictions for the last week and will be at least through this week as I have sprained the tendon in my right hand and am in a very uncomfortable and less than stylish arm brace. 
I don't know how this happened but I do know that I started having trouble with my hand about a month ago (pre stash bash) and noticed a large blue knot below my middle finger -- the pain slowly spread to my whole hand and included some numbness and shooting pains up my arm. Reluctantly I went to the doctor on the 1st and got the news that I was not to use this hand for 2 weeks. 
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Now you all know me and sitting still and not doing things is not my strong suit but this time my dominate hand was literally tied. I notified my bee groups and a pattern tester that I may not be able to make my deadlines that were coming up. I worry about deadlines and hate letting people down but at least everyone was super nice about it. 

I have been very sad not quilting in the evenings -- my husband works 2nd shift so I am usually alone, wishing I were sewing. We did make a trip to Raleigh for fabric buying right after the doctor told me no sewing -- I got some lovely end of bolts and used a local site like groupon for an excellent deal on all these lovelies. So much for decreasing the stash this month.
My sewing room is also a huge mess since I haven't cleaned up since the guild yard sale last month or even full cleaned up since the retreat. I am hoping to give sewing another go this weekend but the progress on my hand seems to be slow and the Dr may not give me the go ahead. 
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If she does then I will be starting on this list of deadlines -- hopefully at warp speed. 
-- Block of the month due 5/21
-- Bee Blocks due 5/29 (ok to mail late) 
-- pattern test due 6/3 (ok to fall through)
-- One Hour Basket Swap due 6/5 
-- MMBB BOM due 6/8
-- Alison Glass Mini due 6/15 
-- Tessellations Workshop 6/15
-- block of the month due 6/18
-- June Bee Blocks due 6/30 (end of 2 bees)
-- update on quarterly goals 7/1
-- villains Swap due 7/15 -- it's actually completed but I need to finish the extras 
-- Dad's Birthday quilt 7/18
-- Harry Potter Swap due 9/4 

So many deadlines and projects in my mind ... this hand needs to hurry up and heal. 

I did manage to create 2 wonderful deserts for friend's birthdays this month. One was a Strawberry Cobbler and the other was this Cherry Cheesecake with sugar cookie crust.  
I hope everyone else is having a wonderful May filed with lots of happy quilting. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sewing or Stashing in April and Bee report

April started off good -- went to Charlotte and stopped at The Quilted Thimble Cottage, only bought 4 yards of fabric (3 for backing) to round out the Lucky 21 Quilt I planned to make at Stash Bash. (Which I didn't get around to.)

I made a trip to Mary Joe's and attended 2 block of the month classes and came out fabric free. That is a major win for me.

Mid month I sent out my Spring Mini -- that was about 2 yards worth of fabric used.

I made a large tote Bag to take to stash bash and as a part of the Sew Your Stash Challenge. I also made a zippy pouch to go with it for carrying basic supplies. -- about 3 yards used

At Stash Bash we had a secret swap going with 2 handmade items for our partners. I made a mini sew together pouch and a large mug rug / very mini quilt for the lovely Brittenee @heart_stitches -- together these used about 3 yards of fabric. I also gifted her some fabric -- another 2.5 yards worth.

I did a quick IG sale before stash bash and sold 12 yards -- YAY.

My biggest fabric splurge was during the stash bash where I got to shop at Stash Fabrics, and I made trip to The Scarlett Thread  and Intown Quilters.

Stash Fabrics 
A Scarlet Thread 
Intown Quilters 
The trip in total came out with 14 yards added to my stash.

When I came home it was time for the guild meeting and out make up yard sale. 5 yards sold, 5 yards donated. 

My bee blocks this month were a lot of fun -- 2 yards used

Cranes for Liz 
Tic Tac Toe blocks for Jen -- We bee with it
WE Bee Learning blocks 
I also managed to 
  • put together my Accuquilt block -- 2 yards which still needs fabric pulled for the last boarder and the backing
  • assemble my string blocks quilt top and pulled fabric for boarders -- 3 yards used
That means that April was +18 yards new, - 38.5 yards used / sold / donated for a total of -21.5 yards this month --- yearly total so far is a stash that is 67 yards lighter than at the beginning of the year. 

May brings a preparation for several upcoming swaps that are due in June and July so I am hoping to keep up the progress and maybe reach triple digits before the end of the quarter. My husband did surprise me with a spending certificate for a shop in Raleigh so I may be using that some time soon.