Monday, November 26, 2012

Design Wall, Stash Report, and Easy Street update

Here's what's on my design wall this Monday:  I spent the few days after Thanksgiving working on my purple Anita's Arrowhead.  I started this last summer and after I made a big mess with my fabrics, it got sidelined for awhile as I concentrated on machine quilting and knitting.  But I never cleaned up the fabric mess, and then I heard that Bonnie Hunter was going to do another mystery quilt, and so I decided I really needed to finish up the purple before jumping into another scrappy, mess-making quilt. 
So I dove into it, cleaned up a bunch of fabrics, and here is where we stand now:  I have 60-something of a total of 80 blocks needed; 40 of them are seamed together, and the remaining blocks are in progress.  Most of the purples have been cleaned up and put away, considerably slimmer.  (Purple is one of those colors that I like, but am not drawn to using, so I had too many in my stash and needed to use them up).
Here are the colors I've pulled for Easy Street, Bonnie K. Hunter's new mystery quilt.  Since I've had it up to my eyeballs with purple, I'm subbing red for the purple.  I've been wanting to do a quilt with a fresh modern/ shabby chic feel to it, and the aqua and red combo has been on my mind for over a year.  I think the addition of lime green will be great.  I'm going for lighter colors than Bonnie's.  I have some solid gray and a few tonals, and I'm going for white-on-white prints or solid white, so the gray and white four-patches will be plainish when I do get around to piecing them.  I did Orca Bay last year and I loved it, but it was super-busy and I'm ready for something with a simpler feel to it.  I don't usually do mystery quilts but Orca Bay sold me on the concept.  I hope I get some time to quilt this week and can finish up the purple and start Easy Street!
I cast on for my 12th shawl of the year after finishing Citron: no pictures of Citron yet, but I used all but 3 yards of the yarn I had for it.  The yarn for this Wingspan is my  handspun from last summer, Targhee N-plied, and it is lovely to work with.

Stash Report: Keeping up with not buying any yarn or quilt fabric (other than necessary for finishing) this year.

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 82 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 28 yards
Net used for 2012: 54 yards

Yarn used this week: 437 yards for red Citron
Yarn used year to date: 7501 yards
Yarn added this week: 0 yards
Yarn added year to date: 3503 yards (all handspun, not purchased)
Net used for 2012: 3998 yards


Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Love the colors you have put together for the Mystery Quilt...will enjoy watching this one evolve.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I really like your Easy Street colors too - the red looks great instead of purple! I'm having fun watching...

Beth in MN said...

Hey, the red will be fabulous!

Kristen King said...

Great fabrics you have chosen, and love that calendar in the background! :)

Pieces of Time said...

I love your Anita's Arrowhead. I made it in the spring. It was a little more structured than yours. I was in AZ at the time and had to purchase fabrics??!!
Jane in KS

Anonymous said...

Loving the fabrics you chose. I haven't made a citron yet but it's on my to do list - such a lovely shawl.