Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stash report - week 48

Used this week: 6.00 yards
Used year to date: 221.25 yards
Added this week: 3.50 yards
Added year to date: 117.50 yards

Net used for 2014: 103.75 yards

Another UFO moving along -
This is  from my backlog still remaining from the beginning of the year when both parents were in the hospital.  It will be a guild comfort quilt.
 
 
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A new swap group

The Quilting Bee is a brand-new Yahoo group, just getting organized.  If you might like to be in some swaps in 2015, click over and join us as we make plans.  Right now we're taking sign-ups for our Birthday Club.  Your participation and suggestions will be welcome!

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One thing leads to another

Earlier this month, one of my guilds started up a new mini group which will focus on wool applique. I'm late to the party with wool applique -- I know it's very popular, but I'd never  given it a try. 
 
So I browsed through some magazines and came up with a nice little starter project.  A trip to the thrift store gave me a few pieces of wool clothing to disassemble, dye and use for applique.  All good so far: just a few dollars in, and the stitching is easy and pleasant.
 
Meanwhile, the group met, and we were all inspired and excited by each other's projects.  So I spent a little more time browsing through MORE magazines for MORE projects.  And took ANOTHER trip to the thrift shop. And scheduled ANOTHER day of cutting.  
 
And then I discovered a site that sells wool in precut shapes.  And now I have this wonderful array of pennies in all the colors of the rainbow.  Which are enchanting to play with all by themselves, even if they don't make it into a project, right? 
 
And two storage tubs later, which is probably enough wool for a lifetime's worth of projects, I'm still just working on the original little mat.  Of course, I did have a lovely time visiting with the other wool ladies :)
 
I'll let you know how this new hobby continues to develop.
 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

First snow


 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cascadia

I sewed up the next clue for
Lori's Cascadia Mystery Quilt-along,
and then went ahead and assembled the sections.
 
 
I'm still thinking about adding an outer border in one of the red fabrics.  I was just going to use red as the binding, but maybe the busy center needs a little more *closure*. 
 
This small project will be hand-quilted in time for February decorating.

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Evening:  I had a chance to get back to this and yes, it's better with the red border.
Layered, pinned and all ready for quilting.

 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Austen Family Album

 
Week 33: Corn and Beans

Austen Family Album series by Barbara Brackman HERE
 
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