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Monday Stash Report: 7/9/18

It wasn’t that I didn’t realize that yesterday was Sunday. I just couldn’t get these pictures off my phone. Sure enough, there they are today.

No, this is not one of my low-volume projects. I had made a leader-and-enders kit with old scraps (maybe twelve years old), and the blocks were ready to be sewn together and quilted. I backed it with the last of a very bright stripe from a line of road construction fabric. I used the last smidges of the stripe for the binding, but didn’t have enough, so I used my last strip of bar code stripe. It all used about three yards of fabric. I quilted it diagonally in both directions with yellow Sulky thread. I’ll be donating this to Project Linus.

This week: + 0 yards, – 3 yards

This year: + 55.50 yards, – 75.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 19.75 yards

Hope you are well, and finding time to sew your stash.


Two Elephant Finishes

img_2796img_2793I took advantage of the Australia Day Sew In yesterday to finish up the second of the elephant baby quilts.  Then I washed them both up for photos.

img_2801img_2799The batting is Warm and Plush.  It really is nice and plush-y, and fine for quilting.  One drawback is that it shrinks more than the regular Warm battings.  I put minimal quilting in the version of Pink Pinwheels that I made for Etsy, and it shrank two inches in each direction, which wasn’t a problem, since it was a little large anyway.  I made an effort to add more quilting to these two (roughly every inch or two inches), and it shrank 1.5 inches in each direction (on a 36″ x 42″ quilt).  It is nice and poofy, just be aware.

img_2800The binding is the last of a Riley Blake one inch charcoal stripe.

img_2803Thank you for all the encouragement.  These are really fun fabrics, and the aqua ones have been in my stash for a while, so I was glad to use them.  These are in my Etsy shop.

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


Two Wild Finishes

IMG_2604I bought these animal prints (zebras and giraffes, and a fun text print) on sale over Christmas and I think I intended to use them together in one or two quilts.  When it came down to it, they wanted to be two very different  baby quilts (and a third still to come, since I made double the blocks for one, but that’s another story 😉  )  They’re an interesting mix of quilting cotton, batik, and flannel, very fun and tactile.





















These both have more quilting than it looks, because I did some structural quilting in the ditch before I did the fun decorative parts.

Thanks for looking!  These are in my Etsy shop now.


Two Baby Quilt Finishes: Elephants and Sports

IMG_2519Last week I made two baby quilts that are very different from each other.  While waiting for the sports fabric to arrive, I found this elephant fabric in my stash.

IMG_2521I rooted around and found the lavender and rick rack and lace fabrics, as well as the pink.

IMG_2523The backing fabric I pieced in is lavender with a large crocheted pattern.

IMG_2525And, in case it wasn’t sweet enough, I bound it with pink rainbow stripe.

2016-01-09 08.55.46The second quilt was for a shower for a friend’s first baby.  My information about the nursery was “navy blue and sports”, so I worked from there.  2016-01-09 08.56.06Mom is a champion softball player and Dad has played and coached lots of sports and is currently into golf, so all those made an appearance, along with the nice graphic prints.  I decided on a Disappearing Four Patch design.  First, I cut all the 5.5″ patched and sewed them into four-patches.  I really liked the quilt just like that, but the squares were awfully large and didn’t really look very crafted or intentional.  Still, the prints were very busy, so I decided to only “disappear” half of them.  I really like the result.

2016-01-09 08.56.29And I love the sporty sock monkeys on the backing.

2016-01-09 08.55.55I quilted it with a variegated navy and white thread.  I’m not sure if I really like it, but it’s okay.  I think the thread would look better in a stipple.

2016-01-09 08.58.05I was also pleased by how the quilt matched many of the other items they received at the shower.  I know it will be used.

IMG_25292016-01-09 08.57.28

So, those are my two latest finishes.  The sports quilt has gone home with the parents, and the pink elephants will be in my Etsy shop.

Hope you all are finishing things!