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Sunday Stash Report 3/23/14

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Some new fabric was added this week, but can you blame me?  I need these luscious solids  from Fabric Shack!  Actually, I did need a gray for a project, and it’s silly to pay for shipping on two yards of fabric, right?  Even though they have really low shipping.

And I finished another baby quilt, all from stash.

This week:  +11 yards,  -2.5 yards
YTD:  +44.25 yards,  -65 yards
Net stash used 2014:  -20.75 yards

Hope you’re sewing your stash.  I’m linking up to Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times.


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A Bright Quilt in the Snow

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Yesterday I put a bright blue binding on this very Bright quilt.  After washing, I took photos of it in the 9ºF weather.  I waited for some lovely late afternoon light, but it was a quick shoot and this is all you’re getting, so enjoy!  (No cats were harmed in the photographing of this quilt.  They all had the sense to stay inside.)

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What started as playing around with some strings that don’t fit into other color schemes evolved into quite a project, but the results are good.   I think it says something about my former taste in color that I had this many  garish very bright scraps, let alone enough brilliant fabrics to piece the back.

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I still love color, but not quite as saturated as these prints.  This wasn’t a planned slow quilt, but each design decision along the way led to another.  I set the bright strings off with 2″ strips of black prints and black Kona solid.  I’m really happy with the visual interest from the black prints.  Then I sashed it with black Kona.   It was beginning to resemble a vintage crazy quilt.  Then the border needed to be black, but not all black, so I pieced in these bright triangles from scraps I had set aside for another project.

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Nice effect, but still too much black, so I quilted wavy lines through the sashing using a purple/teal heavy cotton Sulky thread.  I cut basic patterns for paisleys for the border, then free-motioned the details using Superior’s “Lava” in purple/teal/lime.

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Each corner is different, and I tucked a few surprises into the little ones on the sides.  Each block has a basic paisley surrounded by stippling.  Marking was tricky, because of the contrast in color.

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First, I cut sticky templates from Contact Paper, and tried to sew around them.  That worked, except this large (60 x 84″) quilt scrunched around a lot, and the template wanted to come off.  What worked best was to stick the shapes to each block, then trace around them alternating washable marker with white mechanical pencil.  Then I started experimenting with threads.  Thin black Bottom Line was invisible on the black stripes, but too harsh on the prints.  Regular invisible thread was fine on the prints, but too shiny on the black.  I settled on smoke colored invisible thread.  It’s visible on some of the prints but very unobtrusive, and blends well into the black, with just a little shine.  So this was a quilt for experimenting and learning.  And lots of ripping.  And it works now that it’s finished.

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What I would do differently:  use a black batting.  I totally spaced on that.  I guess that I seldom make dark quilts.  It looks fine for now, I just hope it doesn’t beard down the road.  It did cause me to vacuum my studio, which is always a good thing.

Hope you accomplished as much as you wanted this week.  I’m linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.

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WIP Wednesday: Pink and Green Strings

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So far this week I haven’t worked on any of the goals on my list.  Instead, I’m off on a fun tangent with a new string quilt.  On Sunday I bargained with myself that if I would just do some long overdue paper work, I could dig into the basket of pink and green strings under my cutting table. These are the leftovers from about three different quilts, plus some other oddball salmon pinks I was glad to use up.  I divided the cabins by color, rather than value.  It seemed to work.  And, for once, it seemed to make a dent in the strings!  These are 12″ blocks.  I’m working on a theory that a smaller size, like 9″, is a more efficient use of strings, as well as a more convenient size the press, etc., but I might have to make another one to test that out…

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I was just going to piece a few blocks.  So I pieced 35 wonky log cabins.  And then assembled them into a top. And now I’m quilting them.  Just seemed like the thing to do this week.

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No fancy quilting on these busy blocks.  I’m quilting long lines on the diagonal with the walking foot and some beautiful thread.  If you push enough tables together, you can support any quilt!

What are you working on?

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


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Sunday Stash Report: Making a little progress

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Six yards of fabric came in this week, but more went out, so I am inching along.  Some of it is already spoken for, needed to finish the second Oh My Stars quilt.

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I used .75 yard for the Bread Head sign, and 7.5 yards for the Oh My Stars throw quilt that I plan to keep.  I have to, because Krissi loves it.  It’s finished and in the wash now, so pictures soon.

 

This week:  +6 yards,  -8.25 yards

YTD:  +129 yards,  -213.25 yards

Net stash used in 2013:  -84.75 yards

 

I have two months to make my goal of 100 yards.  How are you doing on your destashing?

 

I’m linking up with Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times.


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Sunday Stash Report: 10/27/13

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Sewing away over here, but no finishes to report.  No fabric in, no fabric out.  Next week should be much more exciting.  This is Krissi, by the way.

This week:  +0 yards,  -0 yards

YTD:  +123 yards,  -205.5 yards

Net stash used in 2013:  -82.5 yards

How are you doing with your destashing?

I’m linking up with Sunday Stash Report at Patchwork Times.


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WIP Wednesday: Tulips!

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I don’t know if I’ve ever had more trouble photographing fabric than these four fabrics.  Every light in my studio is on (cue country song), and it’s daytime, but I still can’t get a true picture.  Take my word that these fabrics really do play nice together.  The pink is a little on the strawberry side, but nowhere near as dark as it looks.  My favorite blocks are the ones with the two tulip prints.  This placement works, but I may move some things around, too.  You’ll just have to stay tuned.

I’m using the Disappearing Four Patch technique (D4P), which I think is a lot prettier than the 9 patch.  I’m sure there are lots of tutorials, but I learned it from Mama Vesuvius when she was collecting blocks for Hurricane Sandy quilts.  Scroll down a little on that page, the tutorial is there.  These are the 12 1/2″ blocks she is showing.

 

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


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Sunday Stash Report and March-a-Long 3/24/13

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Yes, there’s more fabric!  Fourteen yards, to be exact.  But it was all on sale, and mostly nice basics that I need.  Besides, remember that I had to buy some so that I didn’t make my goal of 100 yards too early.  The Pink and Gray quilt used 7.75 yards, all from stash, so it’s really like I only bought 6.25….

 

This week:  +14 yards,  -7.75 yards

YTD:  +35.75 yards,  -90.5 yards

Net stash used in 2013:  -54.75 yards

How are you doing on destashing?

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Yes, Darla, I’ve sort of been marching along this week.  There were a couple of days when I got no sewing done, but I wrote a blog post, sent Frances some fabric, photographed quilts, etc.  I must have logged some hours, because I did make the pink and gray quilt, so you can tell I’ve been trying.  Keep it up, everyone!

I’m linking up to Sunday Stash on Patchwork Times and March-a-Long at The Scientific Quilter.