Friday, November 30, 2007

Help! I'm buried!

Well, not really, but I feel like it. Does anyone else need more than 24 hours in a day? And require no sleep? Boy--I guess I just have way too many ideas to get everything done that I would like! Besides teaching classes, I've been getting new class samples and a schedule for next year done. I love teaching, but this part makes gives me anxiety attacks at getting everything done for an Open House at the end of the year. AND doing other things to boot. After I got back from Houston, I was on a quilting high and decided on what classes I was going to teach at my Studio from Jan. to May and I cut and cut and cut out LOTS of kits. Talk about a Stashbuster! I will have to add them up and add it to my Stashbusting list and get on Judy's list.
Then we went to SC for Thanksgiving with my parents. We got some baking done--some Dutch pastries that I was having a hard time making. I'm so excited--it's my favorite Christmas treat! I even talked hubby into doing the crazy Black Friday shopping! And we got most of it done. I have it all wrapped, and what I didn't get, I ordered on Cyber Monday and finished it up. I love Amazon--they had everything I wanted and couldn't find in the stores--at the same prices AND FREE shipping! And I got it all yesterday and today! So, I'm done! Which is a good thing, because two days after we got home, my friend from the Netherlands arrived. She's still here and leaves on Monday. I put all my Christmas decorations up and the tree up so she could see how the Americans decorate for the Holidays. Since she's a quilter, we've spent some time sewing as well. So, I've been working on class samples. Here's the Bargello--8+ yards, busted from the Stash (minimum length in stash, 2 years up to 11 years!)

This is the BQ quilt by Debbie Bowles--it looks great with lots of different novelty fabrics, etc. A great beginners quilt--and a FAST fun one for quilter's with experience. About 6 yards total busted from my stash!

The next one is inspired by Leanne's 360 calendar quilt. I don't think I could do a little journal everyday..so I'm going to do one per week and then frame each week's with 2" squares. I will write in some and maybe embroider in others and maybe applique in some too. The original layout I came up with had all the blocks being vertical and I would need 54 total. So I was going to have an 'introductory' block and then a 'finishing' one. But now that I've been playing around with it, I think it might look good with some going horizontal and others vertical. We'll see, it will be a work in progress. And I used 22 Fat 1/8's for the blocks--and ?? for the background.

This is a Salt Water Taffy block--it looks so fun in bright pastels, like Salt Water Taffy--but I've seen this one done in Christmas colors and Halloween colors too. About 6 yards released from Stash!

11 comments:

Norma said...

I love the phrase, "released from stash"!

Helen in the UK said...

Looks like you've been doing well on the stash busting/releasing programme. Does stash get early release for good behaviour?!!

Angie said...

I LOVE that Saltwater Taffy block! Could you, would you :> share where I can find that block or share some cutting measurements with me? :>

Leslie said...

Love the Bargello. Those are so fun; easy but with striking results!

Vicky said...

Well, my hat's off to you! You definitely are the stash buster queen here!!

Juliann in WA said...

I like your idea for the calendar quilt. Looks fun and pretty too.

Nana's Quilts said...

Well, my dear, we missed hearing from you but it sounds like you have been accomplishing way more than some of the rest of us. Good job, using up all that 'stash' and so many cute ideas. You are very clever, indeed.
Marne

Pam said...

It sure does sound like you have been busy!! I love the bargello quilt - one day I would like to make one.

Take time for yourself and don't do too much. You don't want to be totally worn out by Christmas!!

Rebecca said...

Great job on the Bargello! It is absolutely gorgeous. Stash busting, way to go!

Rebecca

Shelina said...

Your bargello is gorgeous! And what a wonderful idea to do a weekly calendar. I've been looking at that 365 thinking it is such a wonderful idea, but there is no way I would be able to think of something interesting to write in everyday. Or be able to shut up and write just a little on each square.

Mama Koch said...

Love the bargello. IT's definitely on my to-do list...soon.