Stash Report

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My mailbox held happy mail….

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There was no address…no signature.  The anonymous packages are always curious to me.

This one had a note.  The writer proclaimed to have too much fabric and wanted to pass it along to me.  She also told me to expect more packages.

All of the pieces are already put away and have a home.  I love it when I tackle sorting jobs immediately!!  I had a “little talk with myself”.  My sewing room is completely and totally disorganized right now.  I don’t have time to clean it as that wedding quilt and the publication quilt both need attention…BUT I can at least not add to the mess that is already there so I’ve been making myself tackle things as they come in.  No walking upstairs and dumping it in the room for me!!!  I’m hoping that once I do get a chance to clean this will strategy will lessen the time I have to clean.

I have been sorting when I only have a few minutes.  I’ve come up with FOUR boxes of fabric and things I am passing on.  There are several quilting groups south of me that are always looking for fabric.  Sandra is great about driving to my house and picking it up.  She then sorts through it all and distributes it out between the groups she works with.  It’s great as I don’t have to pay postage to get it out.  Some of the fabric I send on to her might be a loud print that I don’t have a home for, poor quality fabric, squares that are already cut to size, panels, and even some of the fabric I buy via thrifting.  I love supporting others as they work to make charity quilts.

Back years ago when Kalissa was little the church that we were attending at the time had a quilting group that made quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  I was a stay at home mom and worked our schedule so that I would go out and quilt with them.  I loved it.  There is so much closeness and fellowship that goes into each of the quilts.  I think it’s funny that the ladies all work under the guise of helping others across the ocean when in reality they are helping each other too.  Two of the ladies were widows.  I think they loved quilting just for the chance to get out and talk with others.   I loved listening to the stories they told as they worked.  At the time I brought Kalissa.  She was 3 years old or so.  Those ladies loved and doted on her.  Those memories are some of the fondest I have…for Kalissa too.

I’m sure the ladies who get this fabric I’ve recently boxed up are enjoying the same kind of atmosphere in the groups they are quilting with.  I’m so happy that even from a distance, I can be a small part of helping the quilts happen but even more importantly, that fellowship that happens when ladies get together and make charity quilts.  Kudos to all you who who do that much needed work.

…and to the anonymous giver…THANKS!!

The Deadline Approaches: Texas Tumbleweed

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Wednesday I told you that I was hurrying along with my UFO Texas Tumbleweed and was trying to hurry the quilt along.  I laughed a bit when a reader left a comment that said they would hate my running a deadline this close.  I’ve ran deadlines MUCH-MUCH-Much closer.  I believe I work best under pressure.  The pressure makes me concentrate on one thing!!  I’m a bit of a squirrel if I don’t have a deadline.  I run from project to project never completing any.  A deadline gives me a focus.

So how do you think I’m doing at chasing the deadline?

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I’m loving the look and was really-really excited until…you guessed it, I didn’t have enough blocks.  I need four more chain blocks.  The good news is that I have parts of the blocks-just not all.  It should be a quick hour and I’ll have them done and the last row sewn on as I already have enough of the “star” type blocks.   After that, it’s on to borders.  I have the outer border picked but need to pick the inner border and binding.  I don’t have many batiks here that are over a yard so it’s going to be a challenge and might require a trip to town.

My hope is that I will have it as a top over the weekend…That means I’ll have two weeks to machine quilt and bind it.  That’s not bad at all.  It’s totally do-able!  I have to say, I’m really enjoying the batiks.  There will be more batik quilts in my future for sure!!

Stop back here on Wednesday and I’ll update you again on where I am at with this quilt.

UFO Progress

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Well I had both success and setbacks this week.  I started out with a set back.  I’m working on Texas Tumbleweed.  It’s in Bonnie Hunter’s book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

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Last week I got one step done…

This week I got more done but I started out with a set back.  These were suppose to be for step G.  Yep.  I sewed the wrong.  UGH.  I’ll add them to the pieces I sewed wrong last week.  Who knows..maybe they can get together and make some type of quilt someday.

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Happily I did go on and sew them correctly.

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I even got them sewn into blocks….see? [Read more...]

UFO Progress

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Well I looked at the calendar and shifted gears.  I have a wedding coming up the first weekend in October and I don’t have a quilt yet.  Early this year a couple people laughed when I cut out a few quilts and then packed them away.  Well one of the those quilts is the quilt I planned for a wedding quilt…and now that I need it NOW I have it ready to sew…..Unfortunately, my sewing room isn’t ready to sew…

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The show must go on though…..I don’t have time to clean it…so I just put the cut kit on top of the mess and started sewing.  This is the quilt I’m sewing:  Texas Tumbleweeds.  It’s quilt in Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

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There’s my kit ready to go.  People often ask how I organize things….this is typically how.  Things are cut.  I label with the name of the quilt and the book it’s in. [Read more...]