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Adventures in Fabric Art

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Sunday Stash Report: 6/30/19

No new fabric, and the Sports Baby Quilt #3 used 3.5 yards of fabric.

This week: + 0 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 50 yards, – 61.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 11.25 yards

Yay for double digits!

Hope you’re using your stash!


Sports Baby Quilt #3

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This week I finished the third of these little quilts (the others are here and here). This is definitely my favorite. I know it’s just squares sewn together, but I really like each fabric and the quilting I did on them.

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The solids are Kona Bluejay and Orange (from my stash), and the net print is Grafic from You + Me by Latifah Saafir for Hoffman. (Okay, it’s really chain link fence, but play along. Or it could be the fence around your outdoor court, all right?)

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(I really like this fabric collection. I’d consider doing a project based on these fabrics.)

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I started by quilting in all the ditches with the walking foot and Bottom Line (60 wt.) light blue thread. Then I switched to Masterpiece (50 wt.) in a deeper blue that matches the Bluejay. I quilted diagonally through at the blocks in both directions. I switched to the free motion foot to add circles to the “basketballs” and grids to the blue squares. The bottom thread is white Bottom Line.

With the diagonals already stitched, I was able to stitch the 1″ grids in each square without cutting the thread.

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While waiting for Yuri to show up, I took a photo of my husband’s stream and pond. You can spot Yuri hurrying in behind the chairs on the right.

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So, yes, this is as fun and snuggly as it looks.

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Let’s Make Baby Quilts at Michelle’s Romantic Tangle.

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Sports Baby Quilt #2 and Stash Report

Here’s the next quilt made from my sports fabric scraps. I had ten different 2.5 inch wide strips (aka jelly roll strips). I used Missouri Star’s “Cutting Corners” tutorial, and the blocks made up very fast. The solid is Kona “Dusty Blue”.

I would definitely use this block/method again. I think it would be more effective with smaller prints or solids where you could see the stripes better. I’m putting this one in the donation bag.

This week: + 0 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 50 yards, – 57.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 7.75 yards


Sports Baby Quilt #1

2019-06-16 12.34.37The sun came out for a while yesterday, so Yuri and I raced out to take some quilt photos.


2019-06-16 12.35.15I had a variety of sports fabric scraps left from some baby quilts I’ve made as gifts and commissions.  I planned to make one quilt, but it turned out I had enough for three.


2019-06-16 12.35.01Some of the fabrics were already cut in 6.5″ squares, and I wanted to keep the large prints visible, so I stuck with squares for this one.  I found the blue ombre semi-solid that I think adds interest to the alternate squares.


2019-06-09 16.42.48Since this turned into three quilts, I had the opportunity to assembly-line them a little, making all the bindings and labels at once, basting two at the same time, etc.


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2019-06-16 12.38.50And, yes, I had it checked for snuggliness.  It passed!

Stay tuned for the next two soon.


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Sunday Stash Report: 6/16/19

The Fates smiled on me as I finished this week’s baby quilt! (The black marker lines show how much I stretch the binding as I sew it on, so that I don’t have extra fullness when I sew it down on the front.)

Here’s a peek at it, but it’s way too dark and stormy here for good photos, so look for those in a day or two.

And no new fabric!

This week: + 0 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 50 yards, – 54.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 4.25 yards

Creeping along! Have a great week!

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Sunday Stash Report: 6/9/19

This week I bought four yards of fabric, and I didn’t finish anything. However, I have three baby quilts in progress to use up a mess of sports print scraps. These backs, etc., will help with that. Don’t you love the chain-link fencing?

This week: + 4 yards, – 0 yards

This year: + 50 yards, – 50.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 0.75 yards

Look for some better destashing in the next few weeks!


May and June Goals

Boy, May went quickly! But I kept my goals modest and achieved them all.

May Goals:

  1. Finish Clue 4 for the Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt. Yes! Here.
  2. Complete Clue 5/Reveal for the Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt. Yes!
  3. Make a baby quilt from fabric that’s been hanging around for too long. Yes! Here.

Wet weather and traveling have put us behind in our house and yard, so I don’t expect much quilting time this month, either.

June Goals:

  1. Make back and binding for Handy Dandy.
  2. Baste and begin quilting Handy Dandy.
  3. Make a baby quilt from recent scraps.

I hope you enjoy whatever you’re woking on this June!