Sunday, June 14, 2020

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 24, 2020

It has been a big week for changes to the stash report around here, with several yards used and many more added. There was also a big change in my life in general because I RETIRED! After 40 busy years of making theater costumes, it is time to begin a new chapter. Retiring during a pandemic means that some plans, especially travel, will have to wait awhile, but I'm looking forward to getting to choose how I spend my days. Of course that means more time for quilting!

Back to the Stash Report--the fabric used included 1.5 yards for Scrap Snap blocks in four more colors. There are three blocks of each color in the photo, but I made 10 of each. Up next is to make some black/grey blocks for the setting.

I also used 2.375 yards for a small quilt top, but I'm not ready to share that one yet. Here's a little sneak peek.

And last of all, I made 29 more face masks for work. There are 20 masks in the bright print on the left and 4 of the stripe, 5 of the other print. These used a total of 3 yards of fabric.

Now it's time to add up all the additions to my stash. The only previous addition this year was a jelly roll that I won in a giveaway. Some of the new fabrics are basics or needed for a specific project, others were just fun prints that I really liked.

The basics--solid black, solid grey, a yellow print (yes, there is a print, it just doesn't show up very well) and a blue print that isn't really as dark as it looks in the photo.

Two light greys for backgrounds, and the teal print is for the border of a nearly-completed quilt top.

The fun stuff--two fat quarter bundles from BluPrint. Many of the patterns remind me of Kaffe prints. No idea yet what I will do with these, but I look forward to figuring that out.

Used last week:                            6.875 yards
Used year to date:                      103.50 yards
Added last week:                            27.0 yards
Added year to date:                       29.75 yards
Net used year to date                73.75 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 got in my 15 minutes every day, which let to a productive week, including finishing one quilt top and at least 40 blocks. 

One of my first goals for the weeks ahead is a major overhaul of my sewing room because it is a disaster area! That may mean less stitching time in the short term, but should make things more efficient in the long run.

15 Minute Challenge:  
6/7 - 6/13                7 of 7 days
2020 Total         156 of 165 days

Check out more stash reports at quiltpaintcreate and join the 15 Minutes to Stitch challenge at Life in Pieces. 

Happy quilting and stay safe everyone!

Julie in GA


  1. Congratulations on your retirement. When I retired, I decided I wasn't going to do anything I didn't want to do for the first year. Over 6 years later, I'm still following that rule, although right now, I'm so depressed that I'm not even doing the things I want to do. I'm certain you will not be bored.

  2. Hi,
    Congrats on your retirement...have lots of fun working
    on quilts...Beautiful "fun stuff fabrics". Have a great day!

  3. Congratulations on your retirement--I know you will really enjoy long lazy mornings --the slow start to the day and not getting dressed up for work!!
    Hugs, Julierose

  4. Congratulations on your retirement! I retired about 1 1/2 yrs ago and I love it! I sew just about every day and it sure is nice. Enjoy the new fabrics!

  5. Congratulations on your retirement! That's a very long career in just one area. Love that flying geese border on your mini quilt, looking forward to seeing the whole project. Hope you've made good progress on the sewing room clean up.


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