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Sunday Stash Report: 9/15/19

20190913_114644 (1).jpgSo, the fabric that came in.  Did you know that Fat Quarter Shop has its 12 lb. “Grab Bag” boxes again?  I stumbled on them unexpectedly (on sale), and I’ve wanted one for so long I just had to get one.  I know.  I know.  Well, some enhancement was part of the goal.  This is just a…big chunk of enhancement.  (Note:  Today I can’t find these Grab Bags.  I guess you’ll have to check back till they have them again.)

I was initially a little disappointed in this box.  I was looking for bright colors and bold prints, and it took awhile to find any.  Are reproduction calico prints really making a comeback lately?  I sure got a lot of them.  Also, I started sneezing non-stop as I went through the box.  Please tell me I’m not allergic to cotton!  I assume it was the finishes, so they all went right into the washer and dryer.

As I was folding them, I began to look upon the fabrics more favorably.  I got a ton of white-to-cream neutrals, a stack of black prints, various navys, greens, and grays that I really like, a little bit of Grunge, and a single piece of Kaffe!  Maybe a third of the fabrics were prints that I would never have chosen.  But that was the point of a grab bag, to give depth to my stash.  So.

One difference I noticed from several years ago is that there weren’t too many one-yard cuts.  There were lots of half yards, and lots of smaller pieces, even a broken layer cake.  I’m sure it will all be useful.

With all the smaller pieces of fabric, I can’t begin to measure it.  I’m just going to go with Fat Quarter Shop’s estimate and say twenty yards.  That’s bad enough!

PicMonkey Collage TransThe sewing!  It pales in comparison, but I did use four yards this week to make these wall hangings from printed panels.  Now you see where those little stars went!  Look for them soon in my Etsy shop.

 

This week: + 20 yards, – 4 yards

This year: + 74.5 yards, – 72.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 1.75 yards

Ah, well, back behind the starting line.  I still have three and a half months left to destash this year!

Better luck to you!


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August / September Goals, and Sunday Stash Report

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Wow, it’s been almost a month!  Sorry about that.  But I’m sewing again!  So here I am.

Entertaining, home renovation, and hot weather got in the way of sewing last month.  And, I was just plain tired of Handy Dandy.  The quilting was going fine, but I got sick of it and quit going up to work on it.  So I dumped it under a table, and started some more projects.

I made this baby quilt from a panel (yes, it’s a variation on one I’ve done before).

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Then I used scraps to start some of these Christmas coasters.  Next up are some Christmas pieces for my shop  (doing better on sales lately!).

 

August Goals:

  1. Finish quilting Handy DandyNo.  I made progress, but not done.
  2. Bind Handy Dandy.  Nope!
  3. Make a baby quilt from a “Moon and Back” panel for my shop.  Yes!  Here.

 

September Goals:

  1. Make some Christmas coasters from scraps.
  2. Make a wall hanging from a printed panel.
  3. Start a nordic-themed quilt from a printed panel.

 

Meanwhile, in the Stash:

This week: + 3 yards, – 3.25 yards

This year: + 54.5 yards, – 68.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 14.25 yards

 

Looking forward to seeing more of you as we move into fall here in the north!


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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.

 

Find this for sale in my Etsy Shop.

 


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Stellar II

 

 

2019-05-17 13.37.01This is the Supernova pattern again.  When I made this quilt, using the tutorial from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Jaye said she thought I should make some variations.  Here’s one; you never know if I might try more.

 

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This floral fabric is too pretty to be called a stash dog, but it had been hanging around my stash for way too long.  Like, I have no idea how long.  Many years.  I bought this pretty ombre recently to use with it, so until I bound it, this was a two fabric quilt.

 

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Here’s the first layout.

 

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And the second.

 

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And I finally went to the top-to-bottom color wash layout.

 

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I quilted in the ditches from the center out with pink Bottom Line, and used a serpentine stitch in between in pink Sulky.  I used all light pink Bottom Line on the back and I can’t believe how well it blended with all the colors.  I guess it’s a thing that light pink does that, but I didn’t know.

 

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I’m very happy with the way this turned out, and with my binding fabric.

 

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Yuri’s happy, too.  We hope you have some good finishes this week.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

We’re linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


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Stellar Baby Quilt Finish

2019-04-11 11.47.52Once I finally got all my ducks in a row, this baby quilt (36″ x 40″) was easy and quick to assemble and finish.

2019-04-11 11.48.20This is made from 90 4.5″ half square triangles units I had left over from a twin-sized flying geese quilt I made last year.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them until I saw this quilt made by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Then she made a tiny one, which motivated me to pull out my squares and start.  Mine is somewhere in the middle of these two.

2019-04-11 11.49.26I didn’t occur to me till I looked back at these posts and her tutorial that she paired her fabrics to create same-color diamonds.  I bet that would have been a lot easier to arrange correctly!  Oh, well, I like the color and movement in mine.

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This is headed off to Jack’s Basket to welcome a new baby.

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Sportsy Finish

I just finished this commissioned baby quilt. It’s the color of the Spring sky!

One thing that made it go more quickly was my new laser line! A friend showed me this post by Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts about adding an inexpensive laser to your machine. I ended up getting the exact one she did (use the link, it’s very confusing searching for these on Amazon). It has mixed reviews, but so far it’s working for me. The line is a little thick, so I’m lining up on the edge of it. I expect to mostly use it for half-square triangles, but it really made it easy to quilt these flying geese shapes in the background spaces. No marking!

It felt good to finish something!


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Finishes!

2019-01-22 15.53.58-2I have some finishes this week.  I made this tote bag for me!  Mostly I made it so that I could incorporate parts of a favorite old sweatshirt I was discarding.  (My Canadian friends will understand about Roots!)

 

2019-01-22 15.55.18Also, I was tired of my water bottle falling over and leaking in whatever random tote bag I grabbed for the gym.  I added loops of some wide elastic belting I had.

 

2019-01-22 15.54.34Also, sloths.

 

2019-01-25 16.20.05Yesterday I made this tiny zipper pouch for my friend’s birthday.

 

2019-01-26 16.08.34And today I finished up this baby quilt made from scraps from a recent project.

 

2019-01-25 14.47.03 I quilted it all with the walking foot.

 

I hope you’re finding time for some finishes!