Month: January 2009

Stash Report, January 11, 2009


My stash report is very boring this week.  Nothing new in, nothing new out.  As I stated in my previous post, it was a stressful week last week, between my son having hives, and getting caught up in some stupid drama at work.  And tomorrow starts a new work week.  I hope it’s a better one.  I’m usually pretty good at keeping up walls, but occasionally let those down a bit.  The events of last week have me feeling it’s time to reinforce walls again.  I’m feeling in “retreat & retract mode”.

In the meantime, I’ll give you a sneak peek of how I spent 5.5 hours of my Saturday.  This cutie also belongs to my friend Betty, the owner of the previously posted Pumpkin table runner.

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A Quickie Post with Cute Pumpkins


What a week it has been.  Getting back in the groove at work, and dealing with a 17 year old who came down with a severe outbreak of hives.  I’m talking head to toe hives.  This started Monday evening.  Tuesday I tried to get him into the doctor, but they were booked.  Ended up in the ER with him Tuesday night, only to find out I was already doing pretty much everything that could be done.  They did give him some stronger antihistamine and a shot of steroid.  Today has been the best one since, they were pretty much nonexistant til about 6:00 and a few popped back up.  It’s a weird thing.  I mean he was completely covered in them.  I tried to get him to let me take a pic of his back for my blog, but that got an emphatic “no!” LOL.  We have no idea at all what caused them.  Very frustrating and unsettling.  Many thanks to Jan for giving me advice and moral support!

Between that and a stressful week at work, especially yesterday, I haven’t taken a single stitch til today.  I got off work at noon, and got to work on this adorable pumpkin table runner for my friend, Betty.  I bought the same kit, only mine is still in the bag.  At least I will know how to quilt it when I get it put together. 🙂

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TGIF!!

The First Stash Report of 2009


  • Incoming Yardage to date: 0 yds.
  • Outgoing Yardage to date:  9 yds.
  • Total Stash Busted to date: 9 yds.

And we’re off! A whole new year of busting that  stash has begun.  I’ve been working away on some new projects, and preparing to do some more work on some older WIPS. 

Stash busted that I am counting for this week is as follows:

5.25 yards finishing up the commissioned memorial t-shirt top, preparing the backing, and the binding. 

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3.75 yard in 30’s repros. for the Boston Commons quilt.

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I also got 4 more stars made for Gracie’s Star today.  I am not going to add this to my totals til the stars are all made.  This is a queen size top, but when I had the stars laid out on the bed today, I realized that I could easily make it big enough for my kingsize bed by adding a border.  So, I may do just that.  This one is going to use up some stash!

I got quite a lot of pressing done this weekend, too. In addition to pressing the fabric for the t-shirt top, and the fabric for my star blocks as I go along, I pressed 10 yards of backing for one of my 9P & stripes, I pressed 5 yards of Kona white for my Boston Commons, and I pressed the border fabric for the other 9P & stripe quilt.

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The white is a fabric I will likely restock in my stash after I use it.  It’s a good staple to have on hand, because when you need it, you need it now…and it’s not like I can just run out to a fabric shop and pick some more up. I try to keep some of both white and black. 

I ended up with 15 finishes for 2008.

  1. Jill’s fleece blanket (customer job)
  2. Julie’s fleece blanket (customer job)
  3. Wild Onion Jacket for Mom
  4. Megan’s fleece blanket (wedding gift)
  5. Harold fleece blanket (thank you gift)
  6. Commissioned Full-size log cabin for Parkers
  7. Carrie’s Pillow Shams
  8. Ribbon Taffy
  9. Greg’s Courthouse Steps quilt
  10. Teresa & Rick’s fleece blanket (wedding gift)
  11. Betty’s fleece blanket for Doug (customer job)
  12. Commissioned memorial quilt #1 for the Martinez family
  13. Pillow cases for my aunt
  14. Betty’s bleece blanket for Howard (customer job)
  15. Daddy’s Log Cabin

And my final stash reporting for 2008 was:

  • Incoming Yardage to date: 200 yds.
  • Outgoing Yardage to date:  120 yds.
  • Total Stash Busted to date: <80> yds.

I’m already having fun quilting away in 2009.  I guess that’s it for this week.  Can’t think of anything else!  Tomorrow will start my first full week back at work since the holidays and my vacation started.  It’s going to be hard to get back in the groove.  Have a good one!

A New Backyard Visitor!


What a cutie!
What a cutie!

We have lived here just over eleven years and this is the first time we have seen a squirrel in the yard, or the neighborhood, for that matter.  I quickly put some of Bunbun’s leftover food in the bird feeders for it, but as soon as it thought it was safe, it scampered away and over the fence next door.  Darn! I wanted to watch it gobble up the goodies I put out for it. 

21 more stars to go! I timed myself on the last two and it took me 35 minutes to get them done.  I should have between 5 & 6 more hours of star sewing left to have all the blocks done.  Then I can decide on the final layout and start getting those rows together.

I'm seeing stars!
I'm seeing stars!

Small Change = Big Difference


Ok, so I really like these fabrics together.

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I really like the individual stars I’ve been making with them.

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However, I  wasn’t liking them together. It just wasn’t working for me.  I was feeling like I was really messing up a lot of pretty fabric.

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And then I rearranged them…again.  But I used a different approach.  Instead of trying to alternate lighter star/darker background blocks, I quit paying attention to that, and laid them out according to backgrounds only.  Much better!  Now, it’s working for me.  🙂

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Only 29 more to go!

Happy New Year!


I did manage to get my Daddy’s Log Cabin quilt completely finished last night, by putting the final stitches into the label.  I didn’t get as many projects finished as I had hoped, but all things consisdred, I think I had a good “quilty” year.

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I have started my “2009” page, which you fill find under the “Quilting Projects 2009” tab at the top of this page.  I’m ready to start getting some numbers going on my stash tracking page!

I just finished eating lunch.  Blackeyed peas & cornbread, of course!  Yummy!  I will confess that I didn’t make the peas from “scratch”.  I made my cornbread from scratch, but the peas came from a can.  Bush’s Blackeyed Peas with Sugar Snaps.  They are so good and so quick and easy.  Speaking of quick and easy food, here is one of my favorite new products from 2008.  Ore Ida Steam ‘n Mash ‘taters.

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I was so excited when I saw the commercial for them on TV.  This is a great time saver for me, and they are really good!  Now my family gets mashed potatoes on weekdays again.  When I get off of work at 5:00, and come home to start dinner, peeling and chopping up potatoes is not high on my list of things I want to do.  These guys get two thumbs up from me.  They also come in sweet ‘taters, and galic herb and some cheesy ones.  I like the sweet and the regular russets the best.

Sometime today I have to do statements for the shop, but I am going to spend some more time working on my Gracie’s Star blocks, and my Oklahoma Backroads.  My vacation was officially over yesterday and I went back to work.  But today is another day off. 

A few months ago, back in October, I had a mammogram scare.  Turned out to be nothing at all, but for almost two weeks, we didn’t know.  It made me think about scary words like mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, reconstruction, and fighting for survival.  Well, I start this year with a great appreciation that I’m not facing any of those things.  I’m thankful that my family is in tact, and I have more blessings than I can count.  Every day is gift.  Thank you for sharing this past year here with me!