Sunday, September 13, 2020

Stitching and DeStashing--Week 37

The majority of my time in the sewing room over the past week was spent going through all of my many quilting books and pulling out some to give away. I've set a few aside for possible future blog giveaways, but there are three boxes full that are going away. Fortunately, a friend in a guild said they would be happy to take the books. It makes me happy that they will go to other quilters instead of just giving them to Goodwill.

I did squeeze in some sewing time too. I made a sample block from the Fat Quarter Shop's Sew Colorful Stars pattern, using 1/2 yard of fabric, and I also finished making my Stashbuster Square Dance blocks in red and orange for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 3/4 yard of fabric was used for those blocks. No new fabric added this week (but I did place an online order last night.)

Sew Colorful Stars sample block

RSC Square Dance blocks

Used last week:                              1.25 yards
Used year to date:                     148.375 yards
Added last week:                               0.0 yards
Added year to date:                       47.50 yards
Net used year to date            100.875 yards

My net stash usage is over 100 yards! That is definitely a first for me. Most years I struggle to reach 100 yards in the used amount, but I have blown past that number thanks to orphan/UFO adoptions, giving away old fabric, and making lots of masks.

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. Sorting through the quilting books got tiresome after awhile, but it sure feels good to have it done, and I got in a little bit of stitching time too. I did have more than 15 minutes every day.

15 Minute Challenge:  
9/6 - 9/12                 7 of 7 days
2020 Total          247 of 256 days

I pulled out an old project to play with last night, and I need to figure out what else to focus my attention on in the coming week.

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. Love your blocks. Such happy colors.

  2. Your blocks are so pretty and well done! Nice job! Yes, COVID sewing has definitely boosted my numbers as well! Take good care!

  3. Wow, congrats on passing the 100 yard mark!

  4. Both of these blocks are so beautiful in red and orange. Another successful week.

  5. Congrats on the excellent stash busting this year! It has to feel good to get the quilt books weeded down and that you've found a good place to take them. Looking forward to seeing which UFO you are going to pull out to play with next.


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