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August 23, 2019
Week 33 of 2019 - Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

Hot, humid and heat advisory are pretty descriptive of this last week's weather.  That will be the pattern till at least mid-week.  Definitely a good reason to spend more than 15 minutes in the sewing room each day. 

It wasn't hard to stay in and sew this week. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/August = 16/17 days
15 minute days/2019 = 202/229 days
Success rate = 88.21%

You can link up below to share how your stitchy week went. 

As far as the stash report, well, it's not as good. I ...

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August 18, 2019
Sunday Stash August 18, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

I had a finish this week for some fabric out. Good to see the numbers going in the right direction.

I wanted to finish quilting the acorn runner last night, but fatigue won out and I made the binding instead. It was hard to leave it so close to done, but I find free motion quilting works best when I’m mentally alert. I’ll finish it today and report it next week.

acorn quilting

Thanks to everyone who links up or stops by to check out the links. I know a lot of the regulars are traveling this month or have ...

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August 15, 2019
Week 32 of 2019: Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

You can tell it's August in Oklahoma, the storm warnings have been replaced with heat advisories on the weather app. It's been miserably hot and humid.  Definitely a good week to spend more than 15 minutes in the sewing room each evening. 

Having said that, I didn't quite manage that every night this week. 

15 minute days/week = 6/7 days
15 minute days/August = 9/10 days
15 minute days/2019 = 195/222 days
Success rate = 87.84%

Not a bad week on the stitching front. The one night I didn't sew, I read a ...

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August 11, 2019
Stash Report from Jo's Country Junction

I got a box of fabric in the mail from Julie from Me and My Stitches.  Julie is a great Iowa gal.  I first got to know Julie through her awesome quilted jewelry…

..and later through her trunk show and then retreated with her.  How FUN!!  I love how relationships evolve!!

Not too long ago she sent me a box of fabric that was mostly civil war scraps.  I’ve kept that box all together in one spot as one day, soon I hope, I’m going to cut a quilt from it.  I love cutting as I ...

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August 9, 2019
Week 31 of 2019 Stitching and De-stashing from Life In Pieces

It's been a slow weekend here at Life in Pieces.  The Scientist in Training is home. She just wanted a weekend to "be" and recharge with a bit of being home. I remember those weekends from graduate school (I lived at home during my undergrad studies).  Now my preferred recharging strategy is to spend an hour in the sewing room each evening.  If I can't spend an hour, sneaking in 15 minutes of stitching time helps smooth out the rough edges from the work day.  I've always considered my personal goal to get in 15 minutes of ...

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August 4, 2019
Sunday Stash August 4, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

A work trip had me states away from my sewing room this week. I only had the opportunity to stitch on Monday and Saturday. The quilting on the 30s quilt progresses but no finish.
30s quiltingThe plan until I travel again is to sew sew sew.
Fabric Added: 50.25
Fabric Used: 4.25 yards
Net Fabric In: 46 yards
How did you do this week?

1 Julie in GA
2 Chrisknits
3 Jennifer in Indy
4 DesertSky Quilting
5 Meloney

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August 1, 2019
Oh, sheet: the backings stash, July report, and August goals from With Strings Attached

"Can I use sheets for backing?"  Someone posts such a question to online groups every couple of months.  Responses (especially on Facebook) are swift and range from "Never!" "Disaster!" to "All the time!" "Why not?"

I'm in the "why not?" camp.  In fact, I actively seek all-cotton sheets at thrift shops and rummage sales.  (Some cotton/poly blends are cottony enough, but you have to be careful: the blends from the 1970's (Kodel brand poly) are too thin and, well, polyester-y.)  

A queen-sized flat sheet, hems removed, yields about 70 x 80 in usable fabric. That's nearly ...

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July 31, 2019
Work 30 of 2019: Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

The week started with a business trip and ended with some much needed yard work.  So it's been another busy week where stitching just didn't happen a couple of days.  Hopefully you had better luck finding 15 minutes to stitch each day this week. 

The week wasn't a total loss for me, but I did miss the two days I was on the road. 

15 minute days/week = 5/7 days
15 minute days/July = 24/27 days
15 minute days/2019 = 182/208 days
Success rate = 87.50%

My plan for today is an almost nothing ...

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July 28, 2019
Sunday Stash July 28, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No change in the numbers this week.
I’m half way through quilting the 30s quilt, maybe a little more. The stems are sewn down on the acorn runner. I pulled the back, batting and binding fabric together for it.
Last night I cleaned up and stacked everything on the bed in order with the runner on top.
project lineupLeft to right, possible choices for the 30s binding, the acorn runner with backing, batting and binding, the 9 patch top with backing and binding, and the project box for the next UFO. Looks like a sewing plan for the next few ...

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Stash Report: Connie’s Bag from Jo's Country Junction

The last time I saw Connie she brought a bag of goodies.  I set it aside and really didn’t dig into it.  I had been so busy doing the outside work around the house that the inside work got set aside…and the bag from Connie sadly got set aside.

Well then I had the revelation last week that I might someday do a Wild and Goosey quilt out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and I remember Connie saying she had sent Kaffe leftovers in the bag so I pulled the bag out and dug in!  Oh my…WONDERFUL.  Seriously ...

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July 27, 2019
Week 29 of 2019: Stitching and De-Stashing from Life In Pieces

With all the heat advisories, this was a perfect weekend to just stay in and stitch.  Unfortunately, that hasn't been my plan for the weekend, well really not for the whole week.  It's been another challenging one on the finding 15 minutes to stitch most days.  Hopefully it's been easier to find time to play in your sewing room this week.

Work took up several evenings this week.  It was hard to make the trek up the stairs to the sewing room a couple of nights, but I did manage to eek out 15 minutes each night ...

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July 21, 2019
Sunday Stash July 21, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

What is it with batiks this year?
My Guild had their annual garage sale yesterday. I bought a book, a pattern, some batting and a batik bundle, all for under $6. The batiks were tied together. I couldn’t tell what was there except that it was all red with one green piece (not a batik). All together it was 4 yards.
GAAQG saleThis is my third batik haul this year. It must be the theme for 2019.
You’d think being hopelessly in the hole would be discouraging, but it’s actually motivated me to sew more. I have projects ...

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July 14, 2019
Sunday Stash July 14, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

I was on the road this week to Quilt National and Amish Country. There were quite a few quilt shops and fabric stores involved, along with a number of thrift shops.
The stash expanded, but it could have been a lot worse. We’d stopped at several places and the only fabric I bought was the neutral pumpkins, on clearance for less than $2 a yard.
I thought I was in the clear for the trip, heading for the cashier with nothing in hand at our last thrift on Friday. My friend had fabric, and the cashier said she should ...

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July 11, 2019
Week 27 of 2019: Stashing and Stitching from Life In Pieces

It's been a busy 4th of July weekend.  We've spent the holiday with family, which has been really relaxing and fun.  My niece has a new beau who hadn't been exposed to the whole family at once, we fixed that over the holiday. As far as I know, he survived. 

It's been a challenge to fit in some stitching time here and there, but it turned out to be a pretty good week in terms of getting in my 15 minutes of stitching time each day.  How did you do?

Here's my stats for the ...

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July 7, 2019
stash report July 7, 2019 from Making A Lather

I haven't done a stash report in a while. I have been moving and sorting and folding fabric in an attempt to organize my space. I have come to realize I have been blessed with really great fabric. I have received some great scraps from other quilters. However, if I don't stay on top of it, I will be overrun with chaos. But, what a wonderful chaos it is.

These pieces were gifted to me when the quilter was done with her quilt. I think they are lovely together.

I think this vintage doily that I found in ...

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Sunday Stash July 7, 2019 from Quilt Paint Create

No fabric out this week. The 30s quilt is basted and the Gemma top is under construction.
The Gemma pattern is an epic fail for my body proportions. So far I’ve spent more time taking it apart and making adjustments than it took me to sew up the seams. My goal is to get it wearable, finish it up and move on.
I bought a 2 yard cut of muslin at Goodwill for $0.80. The price was too good to pass and I will use it to dye or paint. Muslin doesn’t linger in my stash.
Fabric ...

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Stash Report… from Jo's Country Junction

A box came in the mail for me….It was from Diane in Michigan along with a lovely letter.

I am thrilled that Diane thought of me with such wonderful fabrics.

I know this sounds crazy but in all the hub-bub of my life, I didn’t even remember what I was planning on sewing!!  I didn’t know what projects were on the burner…or the back burner for that matter.  I did know that I did need to finish Georgia’s baby quilt but that is all I could remember.

Well Diane reminded me…my Oregon or Bust ...

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July 4, 2019
JUST IN TIME & STASH REPORT from The Proficient Needle

I just finished the final stitches in the binding of my quilt for my granddaughter's first birthday, in September.  The whole gang arrives tomorrow for a week visit, and I wanted it finished and hidden away.....

I had fun machine quilting.....

Here is the completed quilt, that I'm calling 
"Little Lambs for Ana"
Unfortunately the colours are a bit faded, even with the blinds closed - I shouldn't complain that it is a bright sunny day!

                          Fabric used this week  6.125 yards
                         Fabric used year to date  60.5 yards
                             Fabric added this week 0 yards
                        Fabric ...

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July 1, 2019
Weekly update: the stash report, big stars, and OMG July from With Strings Attached

Fabric in, June:  39-1/8, $189
Fabric out, June: 11-3/4
Fabric in, YTD:  259-1/4, $1082
Fabric out, YTD:   249-7/8

Yikes!  I've got to get crackin' -- less time shopping, more time sewing!

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Big Stars began with the box of 2.5" squares.  I sewed them into 16-patches and put them on the design wall.  Ho-hum. I put them on point. Still not exciting. What about stars?  The Wing Clipper ruler from Deb Tucker/Studio 180 made fast work of 80 flying geese.

The blocks are 16". A vertical setting is too long for the design wall so ...

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June 30, 2019
Week 26 of 2019: Stitching and Stashing from Life In Pieces

Summer is definitely here. It's not quite scorching out yet, but we are definitely getting there.  It was a good week to take refuge in the coolness of the sewing room. That made it easy to get in some good stretches of stitching time this week.  Did you have an easy time finding your way to your sewing room for some stitching time this week?

I didn't have to bring work home this week, which made for a productive week in the sewing room. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/June = 21/29 days ...

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