Sunday, July 7, 2019

Stitching and Stashing--Week 27, 2019

My stash numbers for the year had been steadily getting closer to even for the past several weeks. The last addition of new fabric was almost two months ago, but that streak is over now. I bought new fabric last week, and I love what I got! Somehow I will find space for it in the sewing room.

My purchases came from a lovely quilt shop called The Quilt Box in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. We had spent a couple of days in Cincinnati and were on our way to the Lexington area. Of course I had done my homework in advance and figured out where there were quilt shops to visit. The Quilt Box is only a few minutes drive from I-75, but it feels like you are very far from the rush of traffic. Such a quiet and peaceful place with very friendly people and beautiful fabrics--a perfect combination!

My purchases are not planned for anything in particular, just additions to colors that could use some freshening up. This first group are all from the line "Berry Nice" by P & B Fabrics. I was very tempted to buy a whole rainbow bundle of these fabrics, but limited myself to these few.

My other purchase was a panel that includes multiple prints in the same colorway. Altogether there are 8 fat quarters in this panel. It was very hard to pick just one color to buy. Here are the different prints included. I will cut them apart into separate fat quarters after the fabric gets washed.

Fortunately, it wasn't all about stash additions last week. I do have some usage to report too--5/8 yard for the borders on the "Practice What I Preach" quilt from the class I took with Pam Buda a week ago. I now have a finished quilt top!

Practice What I Preach quilt top, 43" square

I zoomed in on a section of the quilt to show the fabrics better. I'm especially happy with how that background fabric worked out.

Used last week:                          .625 yards
Used year to date:                   24.750 yards
Added last week:                          3.0 yards
Added year to date:                   30.75 yards
Net stashed year to date:          6.0 yards

Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces has us tracking how many days each week we get in at least 15 minutes of quilting time. I spent some time quilting every day except one last week, mostly hand stitching in the car. Progress is slow but steady.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/30 - 7/6                6 of 7 days
2019 Total         173 of 187 days

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. I'm also linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA


  1. Pretty fabrics. Sometimes we just have to buy.

  2. Great stash additions. You need to refresh the stash now and again. You still aren't too far off break even for the year and there's still 6 months to go in the year.

  3. I love The Quilt Box, but you have to REALLY want to go in order to find it. Your stash additions look to be very versitle.

  4. Julie, your background fabric is perfect! I love it too! Congratulations on making progress on your borders, and good job not purchasing fabric for a couple of months prior to this little spree.

  5. Love how your class quilt turned out. It's beautiful. Well done with judicious stash additions. Wishing you the best for this week!

  6. Oh, I'm so with you on stash reduction (or not!). Your acquisitions are lovely. The Practice What You Preach design is super!!

  7. Love those additions. I like to use orange and that fabric would be a perfect way to get several different fabric looks. I really like your fabric pull for Practice What You Preach. The top is fabulous. Sounds like you had a fun week.

  8. Lots of beautiful things happening at your house. I really like the Berry Nice fabrics!


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