Thursday, March 30, 2017

March -- a Month of Red and progress?

APQ put out the number for this month and I was relieved -- it's #12 and my lists don't have anything in these slots so for me this was a month to catch up on other projects and focus on deadlines, and with the stash bash coming up next month there are deadlines looming for sure. 

The month started off with an awesome trip to Georgia to see some of my gal pals and take a few classes. The first day, I took a Tunic class with Chrissy and my gal Ella came too. 
and I made this awesome space kitty Tunic (-3 yards) 
The next day I met up with Kristi for her Betsy Travel Bag and ended up being the only student so it was a great girls day making a challenging bag but I nearly completed it. I finished it after I got home and a few days being sick. (-5 yards) 
And it wouldn't be a trip to Atlanta without a stop at in town quilters where I picked up some bolt ends -- as I look at this picture I now realize that these all could go together (+ 6 yards) 
Once I had my energy back I started on my bee blocks this month and these were pretty fun. (-1 yard) 
Stash Bee random HST for Em. 
Triple Bee Shoo Fly blocks for Nicole 
Bee Hive Ripple Blocks for Jess. 
I also had Jill's traveling quilt -- it's rainbow theme and she loves stars so how could I not add to this fun boarder. 
I might be crazy but I've joined another traveling quilt for this year and this one I started out with a paper pieced star. (-2 yards)
Our guild did a coffee and tea exchange so I made this fun Mug Rug for Liz . (-1 yard)
Since the scrap color was red that meant I had limited scraps this month -- First was my scrap bin.
Then some color strips -- see not much read in my scrap stash
 I had to get Mallory's elephant put together and off to the quilter so that it will be ready for her by stash Bash. 
With that awesome event (Stash Bash) happening in late April, I really had to get a move on with my secret sister sewing. I had to do some digging but came up with a few things to surprise her with for her first stash bash but I'm still finishing things up on that end so you will all have to wait till after the bash for an update. 

I'm also doing an hour basket swap online and made this lovely basket to send off to my partner in a few days. (-2 yards)

Knocked out a few more things for my Quarterly goals and brought the March total of used fabric to 14 yards, 6 yards purchased and quarterly total of used yards to 34 (not quite the 50 I was looking for but there are several things in the works that would easily push that number up.)  

Friday, March 10, 2017

February 2016 -- the month of teal and #8

Image result for teal number 8
January was a great month for getting things done. I thought February was going to be a slim month for progress, but it turns out February was productive when I look back on it but it sure didn't feel that way as the month was progressing. 

Bee blocks this month were (-1 yard) 
triple bee was a fun modified flag block

stash bee was pussy hat blocks 

bee hive was tic tac toe blocks for both Shannon and Cory 

In the 2017 Round Robin I received Shanna's quilt and added feathers, trim strip and triangles. I always find the first ones the hardest but I'm liking where this one is headed. 

APQ resolution this month was #8 and for me that was my scrappy swoon that I started last month -- this was a good thing because it's also my sew your stash off challenge project using hoarded fabric. The top is complete and the backing is pieced -- ready for quilting. (-5 yards)

The scrappy challenge this month was teal -- here are my kitty faces and scrap bin this month. I don't have a lot of this color because there is another scrappy project I am working on that took a big bite from the teal pile.

I also made a charity quilt in a chunky strips manner. (-2 yards) 

In other quilting 

I started on the quilt swap with Mallory -- I love paper piecing but was starting to think that this elephant might be the death of me. I need to switch out the eye color to the black and work on assembly -- I think the hardest part might be behind me now. 

I completed McKinnley's quilt on her 2nd birthday. (-2 yards)

I'll be taking a few classes this weekend at The Green Apricot and I got started on the prep work for my Betsy Bag Class (-4 yards)
and I'm taking the plunge to see if I am able to make tops with Chrissy so I had to prep some fabric for that as well. I did have to buy 3 yards of a test fabric (since my stash isn't full of large cuts) but these space kitties are awesome. (+3 yards) 

I did manage to score some scrap bags from a friends destash and a layer cake of Happy Go Lucky (+3 yards) 
Image result for happy go lucky layer cake
So I used a good deal of fabrics 14 yards and only bought 6 yards this month -- this brings my yearly total to 40 yards used and 12 purchased for a stash decrease of 28 yards.  

Cutting through some more quarterly goals this month.