350 Block Report

Shelly has sponsored the 350 block project since 2013, and I have participated every year.

Somehow, it is satisfying to keep track of what I am doing.  You might want to join us.

Here are the 2018 results, as well as previous totals:

January: 56
February: 41
March: 32
April: 32
May: 26
June: 59
July: 31
August: 21
September: 42
October: 19
November: 62
December: 43
TOTAL: 464
2017 TOTAL: 596
2016 TOTAL: 453
2015 TOTAL: 410
2014 TOTAL: 369
2013 TOTAL: 500

First Quilt Of 2019

This quick finish top was re-discovered during my end of year cleaning as part of the Final Countdown.  It was an inherited UFO that I hadn’t really looked at before.

On examination, it proved to be nearly all of a large throw/twin quilt.  And not nearly as awful as the giver led me to believe.

Daughter and I laid out the blocks and I spent a little time on assembly.

Ta-dah!  A finished top.  It isn’t quite my usual style, but I think it will make a fine donation quilt.

I even found a back to match in the stash.

Quilting time scheduled near the end of the month.  And it will be a finish.

Accounting for 2018

After tracking my sewing/quilting expenses in 2017, I decided to do it again this year. The purpose wasn’t to spend more or less, but, rather, simply to know what I spent, and on what things.

This year I completed 23 quilts.
Total amount spent: $1437.02.

Quilting (including batting) was again the largest expense, about 60% of the total.

I spent more on fabric this year, but used more than I bought.

What am I spending per quilt?

I totaled up all the inches of quilts completed for the year (NOT including tops waiting to be quilted–those will be part of 2019). The items completed totaled 73,836 square inches. If I call one square yard (an average baby quilt–or 1296 square inches) a “quilt unit”, that means I completed approximately 56.93 “units.”
SO, the average cost per “unit” is $25.22.

While my completed units went down from last year, the cost per unit did also.  Mostly because I did more of my own quilting, did not need to pay for another longarm class and used more fabric than I bought.

Maybe this all seems a little silly, but I wanted to know. And now you know, too.

Happy New Year!

ps–Just for reference, in 2017 I spent $1805.64 on 30 quilts, a total of 64.37 quilting units at $28.05/unit.

2018 Spool Count

My annual spool count for 2018:  23

It doesn’t seem like very many, but they were mostly full spools, some of them quite old.

They will again go to our school art teacher. Spools are valuable in stamping, sculpture and other artistic expressions. She and the students never seem to tire of them.

2017: 36

2016: 40

2015: 103

2015 was so large for two reasons–Sparkle Jane and I made 52 baby quilts that year (see tab above) and quilted them on our home machine, and we used lots of bits and pieces of thread up in the process. I never expect to empty that many in a year again.