Friday, December 31, 2010

Are you Ready?

Goodbye 2010!  I wasn't all that fond of 2010 and I'm eager to get to work on my new goals.  How about you?  Today and tomorrow are GREAT days to tidy up your (home) work space, cut up some scraps that are piling up, put all your gear back into place, and maybe even dust and oil your sewing machine (and change your needle!!).   Once that's done you'll feel so much more like getting out a project that has sat for awhile or starting a new one!  I hope you'll try my block of the month!  It won't be hard, promise.  You'll even be able to work on other things inbetween if you're so inclined.  I should have the first block ready to post soon so choose your color scheme or get a layer cake that you love.   A layer cake is a pre-cut stack of 10 inch squares that Moda puts out with each of its fabric lines.  In it you'll get one square of each fabric in the line for a total of 42 squares.  I'm not sure how many I'll use yet but it won't be more than 42.  So, you can cut up let's say, some pink and browns, or some light and dark batiks, or, some red and greens or blue and yellows...whatever you like, or, you can buy a pack.  :)   

Goal #1:  To use up stash fabric:  I used 6 yards of fabric to make a pieced backing for a Log Cabin quilt I'll be teaching next semester.  I used another 2 yards for a couple of gifts.  And, I've cut up some backing leftovers so they don't clutter up my area.  It doesn't count for 2011 but it makes me feel like I closed out 2010 on a positive note. 
Goal #2:  Quilt 1 quilt per week on my long-arm.  Check!  In the past two weeks I have quilted the Log Cabin quilt and another one for Christmas which gets me on a roll.  I'm so pysched about doing more long-arming. 
Goal #3:  see above.  I'll post the first block asap!  

So, Happy New Year to one and all!  Get ready to rock and roll!  And let me know how you're doing!  I want to hear!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Year End Round Up & A Look At 2011

For my "almost" final stash report I have used almost half of what I bought this year.  Since there are still a few days left and a few more things to finish by Christmas and the end of the year the actual numbers may change a little bit but, I doubt the percentages will change very much.  Let's just say I could use Bonnie Hunter's new book, which promises to provide projects to use your stash, before it's release date of Jan 21.  Check out the cover at  I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't use more of what I've purchased so, there is challenge #1 for 2011.  I'd like to reverse those totals and use up twice as much as what I purchase.  I think I'll need a much smaller budget next year, too!  So, I'll continue to keep track of my stash and report on my progress occasionally. 

For my second challenge for 2011, I'd like to quilt one quilt per week on my long-arm.  Now that could be tough because I certainly don't piece that many tops in a year but I do have a plan.  I have enough tops to take care of January!!  And, I have several unfinished pieces and pieces of fabric which would look great with some neat fill patterns on them that I've been wanting to try.  So, this goal will run right along side my goal to do more freehand work.

Now that should be enough but, there's more!  Since I want to report on all these goings-on at least once a week and, so you have more reason to come back and visit, I'm also going to post instructions for a block made from layer cake (10") squares at least once a month.  By the end of the year we'll have at least 12 blocks and I'll have some setting ideas too.  The first block post will be early in the month but, I'm not sure what day yet.  So, get a layer cake or cut some 10" squares from your stash and stitch along!  I'll post more info asap.  Leave me a comment, let me know what you think!