Monday, October 1, 2018

September Monthly Report

Happy October! It's time for September's monthly report. See past reports here.

Above: Wonderland Log Cabin Quilt

I started a few new projects this month, and crossed some off my list too. I think overall it was a good balance of finishing and starting. One of the projects I have been meaning to start for months, is another monochromatic quilt. I'm making the Subtle quilt from my friend Amanda-Jean's book, No Scrap Left Behind. It's going to be my first leaders and enders project. I've always wanted to try making a quilt in this way.

Speaking of trying new things, I'm really diving into a new technique with my double gauze plus quilt. I'm hand quilting it! I never thought I had the patience for something like this, but so far so good. I've just started, so we'll see how I end up liking it in the long run. For now, it's fun!

I also finally indulged in making Christmas decorations. Now that we are in a house, I can have a full sized tree and I have a place to hang stockings! My first project is a tree skirt. I've been wanting to make my friend Christina's tree skirt pattern since she first made hers years ago. I actually have the top completed, but here is a photo of the tree blocks. I am loving how this project is turning out!

Why not sew for multiple holidays at the same time? I cut into some Halloween fabric (Boo by Cotton & Steel) for a new project bag. This is the project size from the lined drawstring bag pattern.

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in September:

September Fabric
Used up: 21.5 yards
Brought in: 4 yards
Net: -17.5 yards
Year to date: -14 yards

September Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: +218 yards

I'm in the negative! FINALLY! This year has been tricky for me and my stash. I'm very happy to be down in fabric yardage for the year, thanks to a bunch of finishes this month. Plus, I only brought in four yards this month! Not going to lie, I was tempted to by fabric quite a few times this month, but stayed strong. Hoping to continue that trend through the end of the year.

Fresh off my wonderland quilt finish, I pulled out another super old work in progress, my Tula Pink kaleidoscope quilt. I've been making slow but steady progress over the last few months. Now I'm finally constructing blocks!

Early in the month, the high heat finally dissipated and we started back in on our yard. Our backyard especially had pretty much gone back to nature, so it's been a huge undertaking trying to get it back in shape. One of the projects we tackled was creating a little patio and pathway with all the stone pavers we had wrangled from all across the back and front yard. It was satisfying to work on a project that had instant gratification. Now it's time to tackle the grass!

George bun! He often likes to scrunch himself up into only half of his bed. Doesn't look super comfy, but that's his style.

Have a Great Month!


  1. Happy October. This week-end was cool and nice! perfect for gardening. I spent the whole week end inside though.... Your garden path looks wonderful. I used to spend hours in the yard getting dirty.
    George is such a cute bunny. I have two cornish rex kitties, Miles and Princess now. I miss Pierro
    These two are quite happy. Miles is older and he gets a work out from Princess many times a day. She is only one and just started taking blankets and socks and nesting haha. Very cute. I recall the former, original Princess doing this in 1993. It is a girl thing.
    Enjoy your cooler days.
    I love the wonderland quilt. Very pretty and vibrant

  2. I look forward to your monthly report each month, thank you for continuing to publish them.

  3. I like your chair in your sewing room! Wondering where you found it? It looks to be a bit higher than an ordinary chair. I sew with my machine atop a table and I can never find a way to sit high enough to be the right height for quilting! :)

  4. I am going to start keeping track of my fabric in January. I like a challenge! I'm going to my first (longer than a day) retreat in February so hopefully I'll make a good dent in my stash.

  5. The square from Tula Pink Kaleidoscope looks sooo interesting I tried to find the pattern on line but had no luck. Can you help? Your home looks just lovely - and isn't it just tooo much fun to inject yourselves into all the details? Enjoy hearing about and from you!

    1. I'm not using a specific pattern, but I did cut all the pieces and designed my quilt using the Marti Michell Kaleido-Ruler:

  6. Looking forward to seeing your version of Subtle. Especially, since you are using my favorite bicycle print!!


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