Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stash Report Sunday 6/24/12

I missed making a stash report last Sunday because we were out of town all week.  That meant no stash reduction, but  there have been some additions.

Our first stop on the trip was Paducah, KY, which of course meant a visit to Hancock's.  The only other times I have been there were during the AQS show when the place is a madhouse.  It was so different this time--plenty of room to wander the aisles, and most of the other people there were workers filling on-line orders.  I discovered that the many fabrics listed at sale prices on the website are not marked down if you buy them at the store.  The sale prices only apply if you order on-line. 

We spent a night in St. Louis and went to a baseball game there.  I saw a woman at the game with a great tote bag made from a baseball print fabric.  The next day I found that very fabric at a local quilt shop, plus a coordinating one at another store a few days later.

In the nine days that we were gone, I visited 5 quilt shops/fabric stores (including Hancock's twice) and bought just over 10 yards of fabric.  It could have easily been two or three times that much, but I am determined to concentrate on using up more of my stash this year.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used year to date: 39-1/2 yards
Added this week:   10-1/4 yards
Added year to date:  53-1/2 yards
Net year to date: 14 yards added

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Design Wall Monday 6/11/12

It feels so good to be making progress on finishing up old projects.  The latest was piecing the back for a quilt top that I made back in 2001! for a guild challenge.  I have no idea why I never bothered getting it quilted because I love the way the top turned out.

The pattern for this quilt top is "Atlanta Commons" from the book 101 Nine Patch Quilts by Marti Michell.  I highly recommend this book if you come across it.  There are so many great ideas for ways to use the simple nine-patch block.  I call the quilt "Hidden Nine-Patch."  Don't you love the grid design effect of the dark blue?

Here is the crazy fabric that I got for the back of this quilt.  The biggest leaves are about 6" long.  I always thought it would be fun to quilt this from the back side, following the shapes in the print.  However, I am not up for quilting it myself, and I don't think it is possible to quilt from the back side on a long arm.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Stash Report Sunday 6/10/12

Oh, it feels so good to be finishing up some projects!  The accomplishments this week were preparing the backs for two quilts that are ready for quilting.  The first was the pieced back for my Storm at Sea quilt, but I already reported the yardage for that last week.  The other back is for a nine-patch quilt that I made for a guild challenge many years ago and just never bothered to have it quilted.  The back for that one used 3 yards.  I will be delivering both of these to my long-arm quilter in the next week or so.

Used this week:  3 yards
Used year to date:  39-1/2 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 43-1/4 yards
Net year to date: 3-3/4 yards added

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Design Wall Monday 6/4/12

The past week has been fairly productive for quilting.  After finishing the Storm at Sea quilt top before Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to switch over to something smaller.  I finished up these four pineapple blocks for my red, white & blue scrap quilt.

I love the look of pineapple blocks and the many variations that are possible.  They sure are time consuming though.  These blocks have 49 pieces in each block!  Here is a photo of them along with the other red, white & blue blocks.  Don't the pineapple blocks look great next to those stars?

My other current quilting project has been enlarging the back for the Storm at Sea quilt.  The wide quilt fabric I have is about a foot too short.  I am making a row of stars similar to the border design in the quilt top and that row will run all the way across the back of the quilt.  Many of the parts in these stars were leftovers from making the quilt top.  This photo shows half of the row of stars to go across.  Now I just have to figure out a workable way to press and square up the big piece of backing fabric.  This is when I really wish I had one of those big boards for ironing.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Stash Report Sunday 6/3/12

This has been another good week for stash reduction.  I finished four pineapple blocks for my red, white & blue scrap quilt, using up 1-1/2 yards on those.  I have been preparing the backing for my Storm at Sea quilt.  The backing fabric was not long enough for the quilt, so I am piecing a row of stars similar to the quilt border from leftover units.  That used up 5-3/4 yards of  backing fabric and 1-3/4 yards for the pieced section.

Used this week: 9 yards
Used year to date:  36-1/2 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 43-1/4 yards
Net year to date: 6-3/4 yards added

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