Thursday, December 30, 2021

December Stash Report and Goals Update

 Although I didn't blog much in December, I did sew a bit behind the scenes. With a couple of finishes I used some fabric, but I also bought some, so let's see if I overshot for the year or if I broke even. 

Split Complementary Color Challenge,
Blue with Red-orange and Yellow-orange

December Stash Report:

IN this month: 8-3/4 yards (5 yards backing for coral snake quilt.  3-3/4 yards from 35th Ave sale.)
OUT this month: 8-1/4 yards (Sock Monkey Plus top and binding, 6-1/4 yards. Color Challenge pillow front and back, estimated 2 yards.)

IN YTD: 103-3/8 yards
OUY YTD: 104-1/4 yards

Year End net change: 7/8 yards OUT 

Wow, that cut it close, I'd call that break even. 

I've had the pleasure this year of working on donation quilts with supplemental fabric from PCQ's stash. I do not count their fabric as either added in or used out when I tally my totals, so if a quilt was mostly their fabric and only a little of mine, I count only the small amount of my fabric used. 

Recently a club member, Carla, passed some fabric that she's destashing to the club by way of me because she knows I make donation quilts. She said to use what I can and put the rest in the club's stash. I'm not counting Carla's fabric in or out because she donated it to the club, just gave me the privilege of selecting from it first. I will use her fabrics only in donation quilts. 

Carla's Box of Destashed Fabrics for PCQ

Goals Update:

December Recap: 

1. Prep for and present a trunk show to PCQ at luncheon on Dec 13. DONE. Cut and Shuffle books are sold out and class in January is full with a wait list for a possible second class. 

2. Work on the PCQ Color Challenge. DONE, finished pillow. 

3. Participate in PCQ "No Shame Train" UFO group, first meeting Dec.14. Yes, participated and worked on "homework assignment." 

4. Quilt the Sock Monkey donation quilt, long arm booked for Dec. 17. Not quilted; back is prepped and binding is made.

5. Continue making blocks for the Snake Quilt. DONE; all the blocks are finished. 

6. Plan and kit up donation quilts using fabrics from Carla's box. DONE. Blue floral strippy is partially pieced and flannel squares is a completed top. Cabbage Rose tumbler is cut, laid out, and kitted up for piecing. 

7. Work on donation quilts at social sewing. Yes, worked on piecing flannel squares top and cutting Cabbage Rose tumbler at social sewing.

January Goals: 

1. Prep for and teach Cut and Shuffle class on 1/18.

2. Assemble the coral snake blocks into a flimsy and assemble backing. 

3. Assemble the blue floral strip top from Carla's box. 

4. Plan and kit up donation quilts from Carla's second box. 

5. Quilt something on the club's long arm. 

6. Participate in the No Shame Train and finish a UFO. 

7. Plan a new long term complicated and challenging project to work on over time. 

That's a lot and it will be a stretch to get all that done in January. For class prep, Cut and Shuffle books are sold out and I'll need to create and provide a stand-alone pattern for those taking the class who didn't get one of the last books. For donation quilts, Carla donated a second box of goodies; that'll be a future post. No Shame Train will continue for several months, and I'll post more about it next week. 

Leftovers from Carla, with a few of my own fabrics added. 
This will get navy strips between the rows and end up adult throw size. 

2021 has been quite a year! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Catching Up

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. It was quiet here; we didn't go anywhere.  We travelled and did the family thing at Thanksgiving. After that adventure it was nice to enjoy a quiet relaxing holiday. 

It's been awhile since I posted, so let's catch up a bit. 

I made good progress on my Split Complementary Color Challenge, a pillow cover in blue with red-orange and yellow-orange. 

I quilted the front and back panels, just minimal quilting in the ditch to hold it together. Then after a slight delay, I was able to get a zipper for it, install the zipper and finish the pillow. Voila!

I've also been playing with Carla's box and prepping kits for donation quilts. Remember her blue diamonds? I found some friends in my stash that play nicely with them, so I cut more and sewed them into rows. The rows are more or less assembled, and they'll be joined with some navy sashing for a throw sized quilt.  

More goodies from Carla's box are in the planning stages in my sewing room. Her flannel squares will become a throw soon. Her floral prints have been cut into tumblers using the club's die cutter and kitted up to become a throw at some point. 

These will all be donations to the local hospice or family services agency that PCQ supports. 

The other significant new development since I last posted is the "No Shame Train."  It's a sub-group of PC Quilters, with a goal to encourage us to finish our UFOs and learn how to not get bogged down so a project doesn't become a UFO. The first meeting was held in December, led by two good teachers, with the next meeting scheduled for early January. Homework is to locate, identify, and photograph all your UFOs. How you define a UFO is totally up to you, and can be non-quilty projects as well. 

That's it for now; monthly and year end recap, etc. coming soon. 


Friday, December 17, 2021

Happy Holidays from the Desert

 Hello Friends, 

I'll be taking a bit of a blogging break, but I want to wish you all a happy holiday season.  

Here's our Arizona Christmas tree. 

I'll be back after the New Year. 

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Color Challenge

 Awhile ago I posted about the PCQ color challenge, to use a Split Complementary palette. I found an inspiration photo and chose fabrics from stash. 

I'm making a small project, a pillow cover for a sofa pillow. It'll end up 18". I'm sure you won't be at all surprised to see what I ended up doing with these fabrics.

Yes, a scaled down version of Kool Kaleidoscope, with fewer segments in the wedges. 

I wrote in my earlier post about tints, shades and tones of colors versus the pure hues of the color wheel. Here I have somewhat toned down yellow-orange and red-orange, medium to darkish values. I have very subdued blues, all very much toned down by the addition of grey, in a sparkling pale, a muted midtone, and a deep dark. 

But proportion is an element to making such a contrasting palette work, too. The proportions here are such that they allow the yellow-orange and red-orange to come forward and be the stars. With its high contrast, the narrow strip of pale blue gives the project a little sparkle to keep it from being boring, but doesn't overwhelm. It helps establish a layered look. The navy Grunge background is actually more subdued in real life than it is in the photo, to the point where the eye just disregards it as background. 

For the back of the pillow I used leftover bits from the wedges, and the very last of the navy Grunge. It's a good thing I had leftover parts because I needed every inch to make the back big enough. 

These two panels are slightly larger than I need for the pillow cover, but they'll shrink up when I quilt them. I still need to layer and quilt them, get a zipper, and assemble the pillow cover. The challenge is due in March, so I still have time.

Link ups: Confessions of a Fabric AddictAlycia Quilts

Monday, December 6, 2021

Carla's Box

Recently one of my PCQ friends was destashing. Knowing I make a lot of donation quilts, she gave me a large box of fabric and told me to take what I can use, and give what I can't use to the club's charity stash. 

OMG, this box is packed with inspiring fabrics! 

Back row, left to right: fishing themed yardage, a variety of green prints, and batiks and purples. Front row, light house themed yardage, Christmas prints, reds and pinks. 

Back: Baggies of 2" strips, narrow strips, and orphan blocks. Front: kid themed prints, a pile of precut flannel squares, and baby print flannel yardage.

Diamond shapes and leftover scraps in pretty blue and yellow prints. I'll cut more and piece them into strips, then lay them out in vertical columns similar to a coin quilt, with sashing in between. This will make a nice quilt for hospice. I think I have a dark blue print in my stash that will work for the sashing, but if not, I can probably find something in the club's stash. 

I like how these prints play nicely together. There's yardage of the dark teal, and multiple fat quarters of the rest of the prints. I need to find a pattern to feature these. Any suggestions? 

Lots of elegant florals here that harmonize nicely. I may have a few prints in my stash that would play well with these. I can see these prints used in a tumbler quilt; I'll see what size tumbler dies the club has for their die cutter. With a few more light prints in the mix, this collection would make a nice tumbler quilt for hospice. I'm sure I can find some lights to mix in from the club's stash.

These are perfectly matched and there's quite a bit of yardage here. This group could make a disappearing nine patch. 

There's more here than I can possibly use. I'll kit up what I can work with, then pack the box back up and add it to the PCQ stash. Projects using fabrics from Carla's box will definitely be featured here on the blog for awhile!

Thanks, Carla!

Link ups: Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Love Laugh Quilt

Friday, December 3, 2021

Pink Painterly Stripe Kool Kaleidoscope

Since my fascination with the Kool Kaleidoscope* method continues, I bought fabric for this variation back in September while on vacation near Pensacola. I knew I wanted to try using a striped fabric again, but when I picked out the fabric I didn't think about how difficult it would be to match the wavy painterly stripes. 

So the matches are a little off in places, and because of the irregular stripe the overall look isn't truly mirror image like a kaleidoscope, but I'm still happy with how it turned out. 

I tried something a little different this time and I like the result. I used background fabric for the outermost segment of the Wedge, so the effect is more hexagon shaped rather than almost circular as in Ricky Tims's original concept. 

Having learned from previous KKs that the quilting just disappears in the stripey wedge and star areas, I kept the quilting much simpler and gave it an allover meander.

I used leftover bits and pieces to make borders, so this quilt finishes about 40 by 50 inches. I have a recipient in mind for it but I'll wait until after the holiday mail crush to send it off.

* Tutorial Videos for Ricky Tims's Kool Kaleidoscope 

Link ups: Confessions of a Fabric AddictAlycia QuiltsWendy's Quilts and MoreMy Quilt Infatuation

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

November Stash Report and Goals Update

Just a quick update today because I just returned from a 10-day driving trip to see family in St. Louis. It's been awhile since I sewed anything, but I have too much other stuff to do today to get into the sewing room. 

November Stash Report

IN this month: Nothing
OUT this month: 6-3/4 yards (Asian Squares donation quilt, 1-1/2 yards my fabric. Pink Painterly Stripe KK, 3-3/8 yards for top, 1-1/2 yards for back, 3/8 yard for binding)

IN YTD: 94-5/8 yards
OUT YTD: 96 yards
YTD Net Change: 1-3/8 yards OUT.  Back in the black! 

Goals Update:

November Recap: 

1. Quilt the Asian squares donation quilt on PCQ's long arm on Nov 2. Bind and finish it. DONE and donated to PCQ.

2. Continue making blocks for the snake quilt. Yes, progress. Only need 5 more of each, singles and doubles.

3. Finish the sock monkey Plus quilt top at social sewing. Make a backing and book time on the long arm in early December to quilt it. Top is done. Found fabric for backing in PCQ's flannel stash; long arm scheduled for 12/17.

4. Come up with a new plan for the color challenge. Progress; have a palette and a plan, and have begun piecing. 

5. Assemble the batik pillow covers. DONE

6. Play with the KK concept using pink stripe bought in Florida. DONE

Also done in November: Photographed HOW MANY and submitted it for entry into the AQS Paducah 2022 show in the Group category. Fingers crossed!

December Goals: 

1. Prep for and present a trunk show to PCQ at luncheon on Dec 13. 

2. Work on the PCQ Color Challenge.

3. Participate in PCQ "No Shame Train" UFO group, first meeting Dec.14.

4. Quilt the Sock Monkey donation quilt, long arm booked for Dec. 17.

5. Continue making blocks for the Snake Quilt.

6. Plan and kit up donation quilts using fabrics from Carla's box.

7. Work on donation quilts at social sewing. 

The Pink Painterly Stripe KK is not on the December Goals list because I finished it before I left for my trip. I'll post about it on Friday.