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WIP Wednesday: Pink and Gray Donation Quilt



This quilt was started in January, I think, inspired by Jaye’s donation blocks at Artquiltmaker.  It is on my March Getting It Done list, so I dug the blocks out this week and set them together.  The solid blocks are Kona Ash and a gray batik.


Quilting all the diagonal lines through the 2 1/2″ squares was a bit tedious, but the free motion flowers and leaves went quickly and were lots of fun.  The thread is Sulky variegated pink rayon, 943.


Now for labeling and binding!

What are you working on?

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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Sunday Stash Report and March-A-Long 3/17/20


Fabric was ordered this week, but has not yet arrived, so my numbers look good.  The Sultry quilt took 7.25 yards, and was my only finish this week.


This week:  +0, yards -7.25 yards

YTD:  +21.75 yards,  -82.75 yards

Net stash used in 2013:  -61 yards


How are you doing with destashing?





I sewed every day this past week, except for Friday, but I did make a quilt-related blog post that day.  I would guess that I averaged two hours per day sewing time.  Thank you, Darla, for marching us along!  Know you’ve been hard-pressed for sewing time this week, hope you find some time soon.

Linking up with Sunday Stash Report on Patchwork Times, and March-A-Long at The Scientific Quilter.


Finish it up Friday: Sultry


The “Sultry” fabric quilt is finished, and it sure is girly-girl!  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s a little different for me.  This quilt turned out light and bright and pink and lime, and perfect for a girl of any age, I think.  It doesn’t have an intended recipient, so it will be available in my Etsy shop.




48″ x 72″

Made almost entirely, front and back from Moda’s Basic Grey “Sultry”, with just a few stash additions, including the aquas, which I think perk it up and save it from being too sweet.  This is an old fabric line.  I said 2010 before, but now I’m thinking 2009.  I didn’t quite manage to use up my stash of it, so it may be popping up again.  Some of the prints are really pretty.

Quilted with a diagonal grid on the body of the quilt, and hearts in the border triangles.


What have you finished?

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

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WIP Wednesday: Quilting Sultry



Feels like I’ve been quilting this “Sultry” fabric quilt all week.  I like the look of straight line quilting, but it takes forever.  This seems even longer, because I thought I was finished with the lines, and then I added more.  Like, double.  I had a grid quilted that was twice as large, but kept comparing it with the way I want to quilt the borders, fairly densely, and there was a big discrepancy.  I think fairly even quilting is a good thing, where possible.  This will not be equally dense, but at least there will be twice as much as there was.  If I ever finish.

What are you working on?

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


Design Wall Monday: Sultry Quilt


I finished the quilt top made from a broken layer cake of Moda’s Basic Grey “Sultry” plus some pink (Candy?) and Azure Kona.  The  border has some Kona Snow, some Grunge,  some kind of white-on-white from my stash and Sultry yardage.  This is honestly the only layer cake I’ve ever bought (in 2010), and I’m not in a hurry to buy more.  It was irresistibly beautiful in the shop, but really there are just too many prints and colorways to look good in most quilts.  There are some funky little 4-patch units in here left from my first attempt to use this fabric.  I have no idea where I was going with that, but I stuck them in here.  This came from a shop called Threadbear in Las Vegas, New Mexico.  It was a really great shop with tons of modern fabric, and I remember spending a lot of money there.  Unfortunately, I don’t find any information for them past 2011, so I’m afraid my purchases weren’t enough to keep them afloat.  Does anyone have any info about Threadbear?


Here are fabrics I auditioned  for binding.  I chose this aqua and brown Alexander Henry print.  Wow, is it ever finely wovern and crisp!  Fun to work with, and I have just enough.


I don’t usually mark the quilting design before I sandwich, but I felt like it this time.  I’ve really written all over this.  Thank goodness for Crayola Washable Markers.

What’s on you design wall?

I’m linking up with Design Wall Monday on Patchwork Times.


Sunday Stash Report and Marching Along 3/10/13


Stash Report

The navy, brown, and orange quilt did nice things for my numbers this week (12 yards for that!).  So much so, that I’m worried I’ll make my year’s goal of destashing 100 yards far too early and have nothing to live for.  I think I need to do some fabric shopping to prevent that.  And Hancock’s of Paducah is having a good sale….  They have wonderful batiks…

This week:  +0 yards,  -12 yards

YTD:  +21.75 yards,  -75.5 yards

Net stash used in 2013:  -53.75 yards


We followers of The Scientific Quilter have been Marching Along this month, pledged to sew at least 15 minutes a day.  This has been an ideal week for me, since I’ve been home alone most of the week with very few outside commitments, so I’ve sewn every day for a few hours.  I finished piecing and quilting that navy and orange quilt (still need to find a box and mail it off).  Then I picked up the blocks for the Basic Grey “Sultry” quilt and finished assembling that top yesterday.  Thus I am really Marching Along on my Getting It Done goals for the month.  Sometimes in these gray days of winter it really does help to have all this external goading to keep moving along.  I’m sure spring will bring more personal inspiration and motivation!

March Goals

1.  Quilt navy, brown, and orange donation quilt.

2  Finish and quilt “Sultry” quilt.

3.  Finish and quilt pink and gray donation quilt.

4.  Finish queen quilt top for my bed.

How are you coming on all of your quilty goals?

Linking up to Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times, and to March-Along at The Scientific Quilter.


Finish it up Friday: Deep, dark donation quilt


This is one of those quilts that is hard to photograph because of the contrast in the colors, but up close those rich, dark boxes are really very interesting, something someone can look at for a while.


Some of the darks are brown and navy prints from the “Japan” line by Robert Kaufman.  I love them, but they never went with anything else.  The one with the gold overprinting is “Cultivated Cottons” from Andover.  There’s some “Madrona Road” orange in there, and a couple of In the Beginning fabrics I forgot to check before I cut up


I’m happy with the way the back came out.  It’s very warm looking, with all those browns, but also very interesting.

IMG_1526IMG_1525The quilting…  I like what it did, but I wish it were a little more accurate.  It does give a lot of texture.  It also brings the aqua back into it and brightens it up.  I guess I am just used to using very fine, blending thread, so this looks pretty bold to me, but there it is.  All in all I’m happy with it.

I’m sending this off to Luanna’s 5000 quilts for Hurricane Sandy campaign.  I know it’s almost spring, but there’s still a lot of cold weather, and they keep running out of quilts.

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.