Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blocks Completed!

Finished all 12 blocks for Judy's Stash Project

Now I'm waiting for the sashing instructions... hope they are posted soon!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Jessa's Fund Raiser

My daughter is an administrative professional for Sandia Labs and is also the president of the local chapter of IAAP. She raffled off these two wallhangings last week and made $139.00. Everyone loved the quilts and wanted to win them!

Stash Report Week 17

I'm a little late with this week's stash report since I was out of town on a quilt retreat!

Stash Report for week 17:

Fabric bought this week: 0 yards, but was given 2 fat quarters and won 95 4" squares at the retreat which equal about 1 yard so that equals 1 1/2 yards.
Fabric used this week: 3 yards

Fabric bought YTD: 38.83 yards
Fabric used YTD: 104.83 yards

Stash busted: I have used 66 yards more than I have bought.

This is what I finished at the retreat:

S'Mores Quilt Retreat April 2009

I attended the S'Mores Quilt Retreat at the Hummingbird Music Camp in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend. Barbara was the teacher and Jackie Robinson's "Weaver Fever" was the quilt pattern taught. Since I made the quilt many years ago, I chose to work on my daughter's "Wedding Star" quilt and also make a couple of wallhangings.
We arrived at the retreat on Thursday afternoon and quilted until noon on Sunday. Phoebe and Cindy host two of these retreats per year, one in April and one in September. They are always a lot of fun with new quilters and retreat alumni.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Block Done!

I'm going to like this quilt. First block is pieced :)

Stash Quilt Step 1 Progress

Finished the Flying Geese for step 1 of Judy's Stash Quilt Project.

Stash Report Week 16

Not a very productive week. I made a bunch of potholders because mine were a disaster and they got tossed in the trash. I also pieced the top for our community service project at guild. I'm not counting the fabric guild gave me for the background... it's in and out at the same time, but I am counting the cool space fabric I used for the quilt.

It is a Quiltathon weekend, but yesterday was spent as a non-quilting, yet very rewarding day with about 65 women from my church. We laughed, sang, prayed, cried and had a wonderful time. There were skits, good food and a tea party! Today I plan on working on making the large flying geese for Judy's current stash busting project. This one is right up my alley since it uses brights!

Stash Report for week 16:

Fabric bought this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 2.83 yards

Fabric bought YTD: 37 1/3 yards
Fabric used YTD: 101.83 yards

Stash busted: I have used 64 1/2 yards more than I have bought.

Friday, April 17, 2009

More Enough is Enough

It's snowing again... doesn't the weather know it's supposed to be spring? There were only flakes falling out of the sky when I got up this morning, but now it's starting to cover the ground. The weatherman said we could get 1-3 inches. Give me a break! I think this is the latest we have ever gotten snow. Is spring ever going to come?

On another note, I have added a list of New Mexico bloggers to my site. I was the first New Mexico blogger to register on Quilting Gallery's blogger listing. Great place to find bloggers than live in your state or adjacent states too! If anyone knows of a New Mexico blogger not on the list, please let me know!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Stash Report Week 15

Happy Easter! We woke up this morning to MORE SNOW! Poor Easter Bunny isn't sure what to make of all the white stuff.

I had a productive week. Used 3 yards on charity quilts for Busy Bee Quilt Shop. Finished the last 16 patch baby quilt top and made a tablerunner.

Stash Report for week 15:

Fabric bought this week: 0 yards
Fabric used this week: 8 1/2 yards

Fabric bought YTD: 37 1/3 yards
Fabric used YTD: 99 yards

Stash busted: I have used 61 2/3 yards more than I have bought.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Enough is Enough!

It's 32 degrees outside... and snowing!

And I thought it was Spring... silly me! I have a fire going in the pellet stove so I'm toasty and warm. In the few minutes it took me to write this, the landscape has changed and the ground is now covered in white. Tomorrow it will be Spring again...maybe... I'm really not complaining :) Any moisture is greatly appreciated.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Sherri at A Quilting Life is having a giveaway commemorating her 100th post and by telling you about it I get extra chances to win. All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog. She has some very cool prizes :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tatted Heart

Tatting can be done either from a diagram or with written instructions. I had never learned to tat from a diagram so when I saw a pattern I wanted to do, I searched for how to read a diagram. A very friendly tatter saw my post on another tatter's blog and told me to buy the book " Tatting With Visual Patterns" by Mary Konior. I did and this is the result of my first piece of tatting done from a diagram.

I don't like the way the heart starts and finishes so I may change that the next time I make one. The only problem I had with the pattern was that I needed to switch shuttles on some of the chains, but the pattern didn't say anything about switching shuttles. I learned this after winding my shuttle and starting the heart, but managed to attach another shuttle and go on my merry way.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Stash Report Week 14

I fell off the wagon and bought fabric, but I had a gun to my head... really! Well, maybe not, but it couldn't be helped. I bought 1 1/3 yards of fabric at Joann's because it was perfect for a paper piecing project we're doing at guild in June amd I have enough that I'm going to share it with my friends so it should get used up. I also had a gift certificate to Quilts From the Heart in Albuquerque. When you have one, you have to spend it, right? Cindy and Phoebe, who do the S'Mores Retreats, used a picture of my quilt for their brochure and forgot to ask permission... I would have let them use it anyway, but they are honest and felt bad so they bought me a gift certificate. I purchased 4 yards of fabric and... it just so happened that the quilt shop was having a 30/30 sale... 30% off on the 30th of the month so I ended up paying less that $2.00 for my fabric. What a deal! So I am in the red for the week, but still very much in the black for the year.

Stash Report for week 14:

Fabric bought this week: 5 1/3 yards
Fabric used this week: 3 1/3 yards

Fabric bought YTD: 37 1/3 yards
Fabric used YTD: 90.5 yards

Stash busted: I have used 53.17 yards more than I have bought.

I made a tablerunner this week which used 2 2/3 yards of fabric, It is not quilted yet, but will be soon. I also used 2/3 yard for binding of 2 charity quilts for Busy Bee Quilt Shop in Edgewood. I offered to help Cheri quilt the charity quilts her shop makes and I'm also binding them so they are finished when she gets them back and ready to go to people who need them. The batting and binding are coming out of my stash.

Friday, April 3, 2009

St. James Tea Room

KOB TV station in Albuquerque has this promotion they do on Thursdays'...half price on something... and several months ago they did one for the St. James Tea Room. My daughter, her friend, Beth, Teresa and I all waited until 11 am to grab up this fantastic offer. They went so fast and my computer was so slow, I didn't make it, but my daughter graciously let me buy hers. Yesterday, Teresa and I took Teresa's Mom, Charlotte, and our friend Lee to tea at the Tea Room. It was lovely and we had a fabulous time. These are the delicious goodies we feasted upon:

This is Lee and Charlotte:

This is Teresa and I: