Sunday, September 20, 2020

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 38, 2020

The weekly stash report shows movement both in and out. The outgoing includes 1.25 yards for the little Rolling 9-Patch quilt top that I shared in yesterday's post plus 1/4 yard for these two blocks. 

I was looking for a design to make with a jelly roll and decided to give this one a try. The pattern is called Definitely Positive by The Cloth Parcel, and you can find a tutorial for making the blocks HERE. I like her quilt a lot more than my sample blocks--the solid fabrics for the plus signs are a nice contrast with all the prints.

As for additions to the stash, I have 5.5 yards added thanks to a daily flash sale at the Fat Quarter Shop. About a year ago, I bought a layer cake of fabrics called "On the Lighter Side" by Robert Kaufman. I have been using those as the backgrounds on my Scrappy Bear Paw blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge all year. I was very excited to see that the second line, "2019 On the Lighter Side", was on sale, so I scooped up a fat quarter bundle, plus a half yard of an additional light print.

I always seem to be short on fun prints for backgrounds, especially on my rainbow quilts. These will be great additions for that purpose! I think my favorites are the two clothespin prints. 

Used last week:                              1.50 yards
Used year to date:                     149.875 yards
Added last week:                             5.50 yards
Added year to date:                         53.0 yards
Net used year to date              96.875 yards

I'm would love to keep my stash totals in the neighborhood of 100 yards net usage for the year, but I'm not sure how realistic that will be. I tend to get carried away during some of the Black Friday and end of the year sales, but who knows if those kind of sales will even happen this year. Better to just keep plugging away at using or giving away some of the stash.

On the topic of giving away fabric, I will have some outgoing yardage soon thanks to the Fall 2020 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event  hosted by Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework. I have three "orphans" available for adoption. It's not too late to check out the offerings and see if there are any UFOs you would like to adopt!

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 the first half of the week finishing the Rolling 9-Patch top, made the two sample blocks, and prepared my orphans for adoption. At the end of the week, I started a brand new project--I just couldn't resist trying the cute pattern I found. More on that soon!

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/13 - 9/19               7 of 7 days
2020 Total          254 of 263 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. I love your orphan block adoptions. I have enough of my own to keep me busy, so I'm going to resist adopting one. I need to think about adding some next time she does it. I have plenty.

  2. Hope you've found good homes for your orphans. Light backgrounds are missing from my stash too, I've been trying to get better at including those in my fabric purchases. You've been moving along on projects and the sewing room clean up. Hope this week is just as productive.


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