Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Moving to WordPress

Come visit my new blog at

A year ago I first starting blogging about my quilting to participate in Judy's Stash Reports over at Patchwork Times. I knew nothing about the various blogs tools which were available and so, essentially picked one at random. Blogger is easy to use and is some what intuitive. It was a great tool for my first attempts at blogging.

However, over the year I've needed a place where I could post a PDF file for a mystery quilt and I really like the idea of pages. It wasn't until I was working with my husband on his webpage ( that I found I could get both of these things in a single location -- a WordPress blog.

It's not intuitive as Blogger, but then it seems to have more features. So, moveing forward, I'll be blogging at I'll leave this blog up as there are all sorts of links to it -- Judy's Design Wall Monday & Sunday Stash Report are the two biggest.

All of my posts and the comments which have been left for me have been imported into the new blog, but the links back to previous posts point back here. So come visit me at my new internet home and let me know what you think. It's still a work in progress.

Monday, December 28, 2009

What's On My Design Wall? - 12/28

Another week where I am recycling an old photo. There's nothing on my design wall this morning.

I finished Raising Cane yesterday and I don't want to start anything new. Not that I don't have plenty to work on. My goals for the rest of the year are to get the borders on Ladder to the Stars and finish the rest of those seams on the DWR. I'm not sure what's up with the DWR.

So last night, instead of doing either of these tasks, or even working on step 3 of Carolina Christmas I was playing with WordPress to see if I would like it better than Blogger. I like the idea of pages and with WordPress I can upload PDF files. So this may be my last Design Wall post from Blogger.

But I will not work on it any more until I get the DWR ready to baste! Keep reminding me of this. I really want this quilt on our bed by the end of November.

Check out what everyone else has on their design wall this last week of 2009 over at Judy's blog.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Raising Cane - A Dorothy Young Mystery Quilt

This morning I added the borders to Raising Cane.

Originally, I had a beautiful butterfly print for the border, but it just wasn't working when I finished the center of the quilt. Then I remembered a stripe fabric I bought that didn't work for it's intended purpose. It was perfect. The top now sings.

While I was debating the border, I finished up Part 2 of Carolina Christmas.

Stash Report Week # 52

Well, here it is my final stash busting report of the year. I started these reports to play along with Judy at Patchwork Times and to see exactly how much fabric was coming into the house and then being used. While I was at it I tracked all of my expenditures -- thread, patterns, notions, classes, etc. I must say it's been an eye opener.

This past week I had fabric coming in and going out. My LQS had a 40% off coupon -- first one I think I've ever seen in 5 year. So, I bought 6 yards of bright white on white. I'll use it to finish up Carolina Christmas and then put whatever is left back in the stash. Along with the WOW I was given a Civil War charm pack. So 6.69 yards in this week.

I didn't quite use as much as I brought in this week. I made a baby quilt from Dorothy Young's current mystery quilt Raising Cane. Two more borders and then I have top and 2 yards out of my stash. This week I also made a pillowcase, bound two labels (didn't discover the error until I started to put it on the quilt), and I'm counting the fabric I've used so far in my leader/ender project Oklahoma Backroads. In all that's just shy of 5 1/2 yards.

Fabric Added this Week: 6.69 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 289.273 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 5.487 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 114.263 yards

Net Stash: +283.786 yards

It doesn't look like it, but I was more selective in my purchases. I can only think of two or three yards of fabric (or FQ equivalent) that I bought just because I liked it. Most of my purchases were either everything I needed to make a quilt (which I still haven't done) or to finish something I was working on. The rest of the inbound number is the result of generous friends who know I love making scrap quilts and they where cleaning out their own stash. It's taken 24 years, but my husband has finally said "no more fabric". And I agree, until I get some of what I have worked up. Then, we'll see.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, Snow and Wind-Up for the Weekend Quilting

Merry Christmas!

A blizzard was predicted so instead of venturing out to my mom's and brother's for Christmas, my husband and I stayed home and called our families today. Looking out the front window the roads don't seem too bad, but then I watched the weather report and last night's storm is supposedly going to whip around and get us again.

We are considering ourselves snowed in (we could get out if we had to, but are choosing not to get out on the roads), I'm working on a couple of quilts. The pink, yellow, lavender and butterflies is Raising Cane, a Dorothy Young mystery. This is up through step 8 which is the last step posted so far. I have no idea where this is going and can't wait to see the finished quilt.

The pink on the bottom right are my 'bonus HST'. The dark fabric is what I'm using as my leader/ender project. They are for Oklahoma Backroads, a Bonnie Hunter quilt. I've got the 4-patches made and I'm 1/4 of the way through the 'picket fence' pieces.

Since I'm waiting on clues, I can either baste the music quilt together and start quilting it, or go back to Carolina Christmas. I finally decided that I really want to finish Carolina Christmas with the bright white instead of off white. So, I bought 6 yards of a bright white on white. I think it's more than I need for this quilt, but since I only have the two pieces I'm saving for my redwork snowmen, I could use some WOW in my stash. I'd like to get both Carolina Christmas and Raising Cane to the top stage, so I'm leaning toward more piecing.

Tamara at tamara quilts is starting a Wind-up for the Weekend Mr. Linky to see what everyone is planing on working on over the weekend. I'm going to play along - of course it will be interesting to see what actually gets done because I'm a great one to plan one thing and do something else entirely.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Stacked 4-Patch Race Cars

Another UFO finished in 2009. This is "Race Cars". In 2008 I taught the 4-Patch Stacked Posies and this was my class sampler. Finished it measures 47 x 59.

I hope everyone is having a safe and Merry Christmas.

A Start & Finish in One Night

Ok, it's not a quilt, but it is fabric out of my stash! A while back a friend gave me a pillowcase kit and as simple as pillow cases are to make (although I make them harder encasing all seams) I simply had not gotten around to making this up. So tonight after shopping for what seemed like hours (wait, it was hours -- not that we bought a whole lot), this was all my brain could handle.

Before we left for shopping, I finished binding the 4-Patch Race Car quilt. I need to put the label on it and wash it, then I'll get a picture posted.