Granny Squares - Finished!

This one is for my cousin's baby. She requested bright, primary colors, so I waited around for the perfect quilt-along. Granny squares was it!
Like most of my first-half-of-the-year finishes, this is almost completely from scraps/stash - so the fabrics range from Walmart to vintage sheets. The solid is a blue from Joann's.
A little special touch - the bears in the centers of these two blocks came from the twin quilts I made for Baby's cousins 18 months ago. There's also a block using the jungle fabric from Baby's brother's quilt.
And Baby's big brother now has a superhero room, so I fussy-cut some Spiderman for a block.
The backing is minky, and the quilting looks better on this side! I echoed the granny blocks and added not straight organic lines in the sashing.
It measures 46" square.

WiP/FMC - Forward Progress

When you stay home all week, you actually get stuff done! Surprising, I know. My house is pretty clean, too. And I'm caught up on paperwork.
I opened the charm packs I won for being awesome at the FMC, and divvied them up between boy/girl/maybe either.
 Vetted my decisions with the Dude. "What's wrong with the flowers? Flowers aren't 'girl.' I like flowers. And the vines are alien arms." Boys...
Anyway, once I figure out the proper number needed, these will be hotel-kitted-up with the white for reverse bowties.
I also finished the toy-border-four-patch-pinwheel kit, and started pulling tops and backing in preparation for packing.
That's right - plural!
I pulled them both out of the dryer last night, so they need better pictures {and not in the dim morning light} before getting blogged.


Made the top of my husband's offensive t-shirt quilt.

Fat Quarter Stars - 6/12 blocks - none - I should really toss this into the packing box.
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 - 12/36
 LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 - still working away at the center
Swoon A Little, Swoon A Lot - sneak peek! All three rows are assembled, the vertical sashing is pieced and pinned to the other two rows, and the border fabric is ironed and awaiting final measurements.
My Precious Quilt Along - I unrolled my honey bun! And nothing horrible happened!
My original plan was to do a log cabin - after all, they're 1.5" strips. But after examining the fabrics, there wasn't enough neutral and contrast - I could only get 16 blocks, and that was with using stripes that were barely neutral. That left ten lonely strips!
So I decided on this elongated box thing. Two strips yield two blocks, alternating where the contrast goes. They're all cut and sorted for easy leaders/enders. 

Untouched This Week:

St. Paul's Cross 

Awaiting Binding:

Big Blue - the status of this is apparently making my sister nervous. So I cut the 450" of binding. It will probably take me a week to press it, anyway.
Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - in progress
USCIS paperwork - in progress
New Projects: 2
Completed Projects: 2
In Progress: 9

Life in Pieces' Fifteen Minute Challenge

Sunday Stash Report - Week 19

Binding is attached to the Granny Squares. Binding is prepped for the Unnamed Baby Girl Quilt. Both will be done by this afternoon, so I'm counting them as out. 
I purchased the backing for Granny, but the binding for both came from my stash. So, woo! Numbers are going in the right direction!
Used this Week: 3.51
Used Year to Date: 49.15
Added this Week: 1.25
Added Year to Date: 101.83
Net Used for 2012: (52.68) yards

WiP/FMC/Just 3 - It's May...

It's May?
Let me rephrase that.
IT'S MAY?!?!

I'm leaving my stash in 3.5 weeks.

I'm moving into a hotel in four weeks.
I'm not ready.

I need more kits.

I need a suitcase for my sewing machine. Which sewing machine am I taking, the light one or the workhorse?
I need to buy a little cutting mat and ruler.
I need more kits.
Can I take a rotary cutter on an airplane?
How am I going to fit everything in the car, with the cats, too? {The Dude doesn't need to pack any toys, right?} I won't have room for both sewing machines, which means I have to haul the heavy one on the airplane.
I need more kits.
How many bags can I check? 

Fifteen Minute Challenge

I continued cutting willy-nilly until Saturday, when I sat down and made a list. Then I made a list of the hotel kits that still need work. Then I made a list of the fabric that still needs to be purchased.

It's a loooooooong list.

But at least I've got something to work with now. 

Just Three

My April goals were the three baby quilts due in May. One, Airplane Dreams, is completely finished.
The other two are in the mostly-quilted stage.
Unnamed Baby Girl Quilt - 75% quilted. I'd show off the quilting, but, well, I wouldn't want to make the cat move.
Granny Squares {mine} - quilting in progress. I already echoed every block. Trying to decide where to add more - in the sashing? {edge-to-edge!} or in the blocks? {more thread burying...}

For May, my Just Three are my husband's Inappropriate T-Shirt Quilt, the back of my cousin's t-shirt quilt, and finishing the heck out of my hotel kits. {And moving into the hotel. After driving to Virginia. With a kid and two cats.}

Fat Quarter Stars - 6/12 blocks - none
LQS Saturday Sampler 2012 - 12/36
 LQS Saturday Sampler 2011 - still working away at the center
Swoon A Little, Swoon A Lot - my last two Swoon blocks. And that brown star? Every single stripe is going the same direction. Oh yeah. It's time to assemble! {Anyone else just yell "Avengers Assemble!"? No? Just me? Okay then...}

Untouched This Week:
St. Paul's Cross 

Awaiting Binding:

Application Submitted - 2/12 
Home Study - held up by background checks from Texas and Washington. Why do we move so much??
USCIS paperwork - in progress
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0
In Progress: 11

Sunday Stash Report - Week 18

Well, I really tried to finish quilting the Unnamed Baby Girl quilt so I could count the back out as well as in, but it's slow going. Definitely by next week.

I did finish the Granny Squares top...but had to buy a little more of the blue to do so.

And I made a pillowcase dress out of fabric - haven't got a picture of it yet, though.

Used this Week: 3.08

Used Year to Date: 45.64
Added this Week: 2.75
Added Year to Date: 100.58
Net Used for 2012: (54.94) yards

Okay, I didn't make it to 50 busted before 100 purchased...but I'm pretty close. And I shouldn't have to purchase anything for my next three finishes. But I will have to buy for a few of my hotel kits. Never ending cycle.