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Sunday Stash and February/March Goals

PicMonkey Collage2-28This week I sewed and didn’t buy, so that’s good news for stash reduction.  The Cool Colored twin quilt took 9.5 yards.

This week: + 0 yards,  – 9.5 yards
This year: +38.5 yards,  -43.5 yards
Net destashed added in 2016:  5 yards


February Goals

  1. Complete the second clue for Charlotte’s Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.  Yes!
  2. Continue Gyleen’s Bricks, Cobblestones, and Pebbles mystery quilt.  Yes!
  3. Unpack fabric lockers and get help moving them over a foot.  This will help with locker and floor access and make it easier to vacuum.  Well, no.  I did unload the lockers and attempt to move them, but they’re heavy and on carpet, so I gave up.  Instead, I moved a lamp in the way, and the roll of batting.  I also tidied up my cords, and changed the sewing machine so it wasn’t plugged into the same outlet as my iron (bad for the computer).  And I vacuumed and dusted.
  4. Find a new home for the little project bins that live under the cutting table.  Yes! There is clear floor space there.
  5. Make donation blocks for Kat’s February Challenge.  Yes!
  6. Make a quilt for my Etsy shop.  Yes, I made three!

Bonus:  I made a blue and green twin quilt to keep at home.

March Goals

  1. Complete the third clue for Charlotte’s Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.
  2. Make a back and donate it with the top from Gyleen’s Bricks, Cobblestones, and Pebbles mystery quilt.
  3. Clear the area behind the door in my studio.
  4. Make donation blocks for Kat’s March Drive.
  5. Make some summer-themed wall hangings.
  6. Participate in Darla’s March-A-Long, where we sew a little every day.

So February was a good month for goals, but it usually is.  As we creep toward spring, outside work and other activities call, and I sew a little less.  Luckily, Darla has her March-A-Long this month to encourage us to sew/prep for at least a few minutes every day, and that helps keep me going.  Hope you join in, too.

2016-02-27 11.02.35Good luck with your goals! I’m linking up to Judy’s report at Patchwork Times.


Cool Colored Finish

2016-02-23 17.36.32Yuri and I finished up this rail fence quilt yesterday.  Here he is admiring some of our wavy quilting lines.

IMG_2579And this is what the whole thing looks like.  It’s 63″ x 81″, and the rail blocks are nine inches square.

IMG_2582It’s all from stash, and the colors were completely inspired by this backing fabric I had on hand.

IMG_2581I sort of quilted this backwards.  Visually, I wanted minimal quilting, so I started out using the walking foot for a serpentine stitch in variegated thread down each bar of fabric.  Then I decided that it needed more quilting to withstand use on a bed, so I went back and quilted in all the ditches with invisible thread.  It made it a little wonky, but the result is fine.  A myriad of troubles disappear when a quilt is washed!

IMG_2584This quilt will stay with me.  I was checking out bedding in case some of DS’s friends came home with him, and discovered that I didn’t have a spare twin quilt.  Now I do.


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Sunday Stash Report: 2/21/16


One finish this week for 3.75 yards (this string baby quilt), and no new fabric.

This week: + 0 yards,  – 3.75 yards
This year: +38.5 yards,  -34 yards
Net destashed added in 2016:  3.50 yards


This week I pulled these from my stash for a new twin quilt, and Yuri and I are working away on it.


Hope you’re taming your stash.  I’m linking up to Judy’s report at Patchwork Times.

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WIP Wednesday. 2/17/16


I’m working away on the two mystery quilts that I’m doing.  Here are the blocks for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.


And here are 24 bricks and 8 nine patches for the final round of Bricks, Cobblestones, and Pebbles.

Hope you’re making lots of progress on your projects.


String Finish on the Snow

IMG_2572This week I put this together this little string quilt.  Nope, still can’t tell any difference in my string baskets, but it did use a big pile of them.

IMG_2574I quilted it with five rows of feathers in white Bottom Line.

IMG_2573The back is the last of this alphabet print.


I think it’s a sweet little quilt.

What are you working on?

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Sunday Stash Report: 2/14/16


Happy Valentines Day!


Lots of sewing this week, lots of WIPs, but only one finish, for 3.5 yards.

This week: + 0 yards,  – 3.5 yards
This year: +38.5 yards,  -31.25 yards
Net destashed added in 2016:  7.25 yards

Okay, a couple more weeks, but I’m getting there!
Good luck to you!  I’m linking up to Judy’s report at Patchwork Times.

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WIP on Several Quilts


Snowy and cold here, so I’ve been doing lots of sewing.  I got caught up on Gyleen’s mystery quilt yesterday.  It’s not my favorite thing, but I like it better since I started trying to control the value.  It does use almost all pre-cut scraps, so that’s a positive!


Then I got to work cutting up the scraps (and a little extra fabric) from the Sports baby quilt into 3.5″ squares to make a similar one.  I did turn every other wavy patch 90° to break them up.  I have it about half sewn together now.

While doing all this piecing, I’ve completed thirty-five 16 patch (8″) leaders and enders blocks in blue and brown, so that will be in the que.

And Charlotte released Clue 2 in her mystery quilt last night.  I’m excited to work on that, as I know that one will look great!

Hope you’re all making progress on your projects!


Sunday Stash Report: 2/7/16


Finishes this week!  So I’m nibbling away at the deficit.  These donation blocks for Kat’s February block drive used a yard and a quarter.

The Scrappy Baseball Quilt took seven and a half yards, and the Quiet Baby Quilt used three and a quarter yards.

This week: + 0 yards,  – 12 yards
This year: +38.5 yards,  -27.75 yards
Net destashed added in 2016:  10.75 yards

Give me another week or two and I’ll be in the black!


Enjoy your sewing and good luck with your Stash.
We’re linking up to Judy’s report at Patchwork Times.


A Quiet Finish


2016-02-05 13.42.42The bright sunshine I’m enjoying today played havoc with taking good photos of this understated little quilt (I was just glad it wasn’t sleeting as it was yesterday).  I hope you can see how delicately feminine this baby quilt is.

2016-02-05 13.43.13I ordered the floral last month, probably for a backing, but they only had half a yard left when they filled my order.  The flowers are a blue-gray, with aqua centers.  I paired it with this beautiful mocha colored Grunge that appears to be brushed with aqua paint.  On the top I added a linen colored solid.

2016-02-05 13.43.33The back is more of the Grunge, and an aqua and mocha print. I kept the quilting pretty simple, and I love the way it turned out.  I used a variegated gray Rainbows thread from Superior on the top, and Bottom Line on the bottom.

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This worked up very quickly, of course, and I enjoyed every minute of working on it.  Wish I knew a baby girl who needs this, but it will go into my Etsy shop.

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Good luck on your finishes.  Maybe you can join us this weekend for the Sports Ball Sew In on Twitter and Facebook.  #SBSI


I’m linking up Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Scrappy Baseball Finish


This week I finished the quilt made from the scraps from the Baseball Quilt.  As I was casting about for a pattern, Darla posted about her Winslow Corners (Arkansas Crossroads) quilt.  This exactly fit with the sizes of scraps that I had, so I dove in.  It went together very quickly.  It’s 54″ x 82″.


I quilted it with Superior’s Bottom Line, gray and black on the top, and red on the bottom.




I’ve all of the baseball scraps now, and this one’s listed in my Etsy shop.  I know many of you have new finishes, too.  A great time of year to sew!