Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CIL

Not a good week for quilting.
But, I've got my 15 minutes in, but not much more.
I am stitching out on the embroidery machine, so that helps with my stress level.
Finally got the binding on the CIL to stitch in the evenings.
I have the other one ready to load to quilt.
But, before I get to that, I need to do some important paperwork.

Motivational Monday


9 - 15 September 2018

This is going to be a strange week.
We have the funeral for my ex-husband on Friday and all his family is coming in this week.

I need to be realistic in what I want to accomplish.

1. Postcards
They are ready to stitch together, but not yet done.

2. Quilt Hummingbird Quilt
Gave it to one the only Sister of my Ex.

3. Quilt Sparkling Sampler

4. WITB
Most of this was just the things leftover from the trip.
I put it with the other quilting items I take on trips.
It is no longer in my studio and will be consolidated with the new bag.

Went through a box of ex-husband's papers.

5. Work on a few pillow covers

16 -22 September 2018

1. Quilt CIL
2. Postcards
3. WITB

It's going to be a busy week, so I need to focus on other projects.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stash Report

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Used this Week:                                            11.66 yards
Used year to Date:                                      174.47 yards
Total out of stash this Month (September)       29.82 yards
Added this Week:                                            0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                                      50.75 yards
Goal:                                                          200.00 yards
Yards to goal:                                                37.18 yards

Net Used in quilts 2018:                             137.84
 yards 
A couple of other fun facts are:

Prairie Moon is doing a 350 blocks challenge this year:
Number of equivalent blocks:                  822
Perimeter in inches                             13624

Number of UFOs finished this year:            29
UFO Yardage Used                              106.94
Amount of yardage used in UFOs              72%

Number of Bobbins Used this week            5

Number of Bobbins Used this year          145
Number of Spools Used this week              1
Number of Spools Used this year              34

Kate at Life in Pieces is doing the challenge of 15 minutes of sewing.

Days of Stitching                                      80%
Number of Days this week                       7/7
Number of Days this year                       212/265

Days Organizing                                       90%
Number of Days this week                       7/7
Number of Days this year                        238/265

20 minute challenge                               23%
Number of Days this week                     1/7
Number of days this year                      18/77

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Funeral

Had an amazing two days.

Bill's family came from Alabama, Florida and Waco.
This is after the ceremony with all the family, chaplain and cemetery representative.

My son, Jon, receiving the casings from the gun salute.

Monty and Jon after the event.

The night before we ate and talked about Bill.
Jon was able to connect with his Aunts and Uncle.
It was a perfect memorial for all.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

In Memory of William Allen Stone

One of the things our family does is a power point of all the photos that we have.
I didn't have lots of Bill, but his sister, Linda helped me out.
A quick little memorial of William Allen Stone.
November 23, 1955 - July 1, 2018
Funeral is tomorrow.

I made Kleenex covers for the family.
His favorite color was purple.


Hummingbird UFO

It is bound, washed and ready to find a new home.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sparkling Sampler

I finally got around to putting the final 2 borders on sparkling sampler.
I will hang it up and see what type of backing I can find for it.
I think I won't get to it this week, but maybe next.

PS: I found a blue wide back I'll use for the backing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hummingbirds

It is quilted.
Not very big, so that didn't take that long.
Did flowers in the corners and by the sashing and a big meander everywhere else.
Binding made and ready for when I get it trimmed.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Motivational Monday

2-8 September 2018

1. Quilt Sparkling Sampler
2. Quilt Hummingbird Quilt

3. Quilt APFOM Quilt

4. WITB
Mostly paperwork, but some crocheting items.

I emptied a laundry basket (didn't take a photo) that had lots of fabric that had to be put away.

I also took a pile of files from my ex-husband and put them in a storage box for DS to go through.
Much of it is about his Dad's life and I think about half will be of interest to him.
So, I guess I created a box. LOL

5. Clean Machines
Did a little maintenance, but not what really needs to be done. 
This will need to wait a couple of weeks.

6. Bind Fall Quilt
Ready to pass on to a home that will enjoy it.
7. Postcards


9 - 15 September 2018

This is going to be a strange week.
We have the funeral for my ex-husband on Friday and all his family is coming on this week.
I need to realistic in what I want to accomplish.

1. Postcards
2. Quilt Hummingbird Quilt
3. Quilt Sparkling Sampler
4. WITB
5. Work on a few pillow covers

Design Wall Monday

Not much change on my design wall.
I was doing other things most of the week.
Irish stars pillow sham still needing more squares and sewn together 
Pillows ready to have borders and sewn together. 
More pillows that are not up on the design wall.
All is good. Not sure what will happen this week, but time will tell.
 I'm linking to Small Quilts Doll Quilt's Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

APFOM

My BOM from many years ago is quilted.
Now to get it trimmed and ready for binding.
The binding is already made.

Stash Report

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Used this Week:                                            18.16 yards
Used year to Date:                                      162.82 yards
Total out of stash this Month (September)       18.16 yards
Added this Week:                                            0.00 yards
Added Year to Date:                                      50.25 yards
Goal:                                                          200.00 yards
Yards to goal:                                                37.18 yards

Net Used in quilts 2018:                             137.84
 yards 
A couple of other fun facts are:

Prairie Moon is doing a 350 blocks challenge this year:
Number of equivalent blocks:                  742
Perimeter in inches                             12550

Number of UFOs finished this year:            26
UFO Yardage Used                                95.33
Amount of yardage used in UFOs              69%

Number of Bobbins Used this week            0

Number of Bobbins Used this year          140
Number of Spools Used this week              1
Number of Spools Used this year              34

Kate at Life in Pieces is doing the challenge of 15 minutes of sewing.


Days of Stitching                                      79%
Number of Days this week                       7/7
Number of Days this year                       205/258

Days Organizing                                       90%
Number of Days this week                       7/7
Number of Days this year                        231/258

20 minute challenge                               24%

Number of Days this week                     2/7
Number of days this year                      17/70

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fall border quilt

I originally bought this fabric for a dress for DD. 
It has a cute border on it and I thought it would be fun.
Never made it.
She is 19 now.
Don't think she wants that kind of dress anymore.
So, it because a quilt.

Used leftover green and brown scraps with the blue from the rest of the fabric.
Just enough to make this happen.

Not sure who it will go it, but it is ready.


postcards

More postcards made.
All from my blue scrap bin.

Artful Ashes

If you have never heard of Artful Ashes, let me tell you they are amazing to work with.
I have been holding on to my folk's ashes and not really knowing why.
But, now I found out.
Artful Ashes takes a small amount of their cremations and makes them into these memorials.
They also engrave the memorial with what you would like.
I picked blue and pink because of my parent's favorite colors.
My daughter chose a patriotic theme.
She wanted the heart symbol made from music symbols.
They did a really good job!
My son wanted a sunset effect and this is how his turned out. 
Each have their own lighted base that brightens the design so much.

I am very pleased with the way these turned out.
Maybe now we can bury the parents. :)


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Meet & Greet


Hi, we have a Meet & Greet event going on the month of September. Please follow the link and visit all the new quilts. https://benitaskinner.blogspot.com/2018/09/2018-online-quilters-meet-greet.html 
There is a opportunity to win a great grand prize too. Victoriana Quilt Designs has planned it all. Hope to see you checking out the sites. 

Here is the facebook link.

I don't do twitter or instagram, but if you do, here are some links for you.



So, a little bit about me. I'm a retired United States Air Force Officer. I retired in 2005 (Yikes that is 13 years ago) and live in the San Antonio area. Most of you would not know the little town, so that makes it easier to get a location. I retired when DD was 5 year and DS was 22 years old. I was able to stay at home and enjoy my daughter by volunteering in the schools. 

Volunteer work is a favorite of mine. I also bought myself a Gammill long arm quilting machine. I love it! I decided that it would help me to complete some of my own things. it has done that and more. I am able to quilt for Quilts of Valor and Covered in Love  and other organizations that are local to support causes that are dear to me. I also love to quilt for family and friends. I used to make a quilt at the end of the year for all of DD's teachers. Now, that she is in college, I don't have that honor anymore.

What do I like to do? I am a traditional quilter. I piece blocks and will do some applique. My hands are not so happy with me on applique right now, so if I need applique, I do it by machine. I have become a scrappy quilter because of all the scraps that I create each year. I seem to be working on many of the UFOs that were created by me swapping and not completing the quilt when the blocks came in. The problem with UFOs is that they create more scraps and use less yardage in the cabinets. But, that is OK, because I love the quilts that I make.
This is a set of scrappy quilts from Wedding Dress Blues called Irish Stars.

It was a quilt a long and I misread the directions and made too many (way too many) blocks.  I had enough for 4 other quilts. These larger quilts went to DD and her 2 best friends from her Freshman year of college. The little one is my car quilt.

 
Blues                              My Car Quilt

  
Green                                 Purple
i think I had to make another green star, but everything else just worked out great.

Being an empty nester, I am learning how to use my time to finish up more things.
But, it seems I have friends wanting T-shirt quilts. LOL
 
And then T-shirt pillows
 

 

I also digitize and do machine embroidery.
My kids have named it "the alien". It even makes alien noises, so that might be appropriate. I'm slowly learning how to make it do what I want. LOL Sometimes I think it is winning.
I love making postcards
 

I also like making coaster for quick easy gifts during most of the seasons.
They are easy and fun way to share the season.
Coasters

THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE

Supplies:
5 coordinating pieces of fabric
(I've also used all different fabrics or two or whatever I had on hand)
Batting
Cutting tools
Thread

Cutting Instructions:
Cut 5 - 4 ½  x 4 ½ inch squares of fabric
Cut 1 - 4 ½  x 4 ½ inch square of batting 



Pressing Instructions:

Fold 4 of the squares in half, wrong sides together and press
You will have your batting, a 4 ½ inch square for the backing and 4 rectangular pieces.




 Assembly Instructions:
1.     Place 4 ½  x 4 ½ inch square of batting on table 

  

2.  Place unfolded 4 ½  x 4 ½ inch square right side up on top of batting.    


3.    Lay remain 4 pieces (the folded ones), with raw edges towards the outside, and layer as if you were folding a box top to keep it shut.




 






Things to notice: When sewing you want to have the layer on the upper right to be the one on top. This allows you to sew without catching the folds.

4.    Stitch ¼ inch around the outside edges.
Make sure to catch all layers.

  



5.    Trim corners


6.    Turn 

This is what it looks like while turning.


After it is turned, it might need the corners pushed out. 

Don't use a sharp point, or you might go through the seam. 
I use a rounded chop stick.


Finished

  
Use it as a coaster. 

it can be used for stemware too.



  

It is washable and is loved by everyone.

When I gave them away at the office to my staff, other employees would come to see if I had any left that they could buy.
I always made more to make sure I had extra to give away.
Great for scrap use if you are only making one or don't care if they match.

There are so many fun projects to make.

My blog is basically my way to keeping track of all the things I do, so I know I've actually accomplished something.

To be entered for the grand prize, please go to this link to enter.