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Sunday Stash Report: 12/4/16


No new fabric this week, and lots of usage.  The Grungy Stars quilt used about 7.5 yards and alterations to the fireplace screen used another yard.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 8.5 yards
This year: + 108.25 yards,  – 141.5 yards
Net destashed in 2016:  33.25 yards

How are you ding with your destashing?

I’m liking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. 

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Grungy Christmas Stars

A while back I made a variety of wonky stars using Christmas fabric scraps.

I put them together with lots of negative space made of various white and creamy Moda Grunge and borders of Windham’s Glisten.  Then I took them apart and inserted a peppermint strip for definition. 

Oftentimes, after a quilt is washed I regret not having quilted it more.  This was not the case.  I quilted shadow stars in the plain blocks, and filled around all the stars in various ways.

I quilted holly and ribbons in the first, wide border.  I quilted roping in the narrow gray border.  

I quilted ribbons in the outer border. (For this I used my Leaves Galore ruler from Sue Pelland.  I just didn’t move it over as much as for leaves.  I guess long, skinny leaves look like ribbons.)

After the fancy quilting, I went back with my walking foot and quilted straight lines wherever they fit to try to make the border quilting a little closer in density to the center.  I didn’t succeed,  but it’seems also pretty flat, so I think it helped.

The back is a creamy batik with faint green snowflakes.

This time I really think I accomplished the vision I had for this quilt.  It’s here in my Etsy shop.


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November /December Goals

Wow, where did November go?  Thanksgiving ate up a lot of it.  Well, I made this quilt, and some blocks.

November Goals

  1. Finish Christmas quilt.  Yes!  Here’s a photo, and I’ll do a post soon.
  2. Revamp fireplace screen cover.  No, but I’m going to do it soon.
  3. Work on Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.  No.  Maybe for Boxing Day Sew In?
  4. Make blocks for Kat’s November block drive.  Yes, I mailed those off to her.  

December Goals

  1. Revamp fireplace screen cover.
  2. Work on Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.
  3. Make donation pillow cases.
  4. Make December blocks for Kat (?)
  5. Pull scraps for Charlotte’s new mystery quilt.


Good luck on meeting your goals.


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    November/December Goals

    Wow, where did November go?  Thanksgiving ate up a lot of it.  Well, I finished this quilt and a few blocks.

    November Goals

    1. Finish Christmas quilt.  Yes!  Here’s a photo, and I’ll do a post soon.
    2. Revamp fireplace screen cover.  No, but I’m going to do it soon.
    3. Work on Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.  No.  Maybe for Boxing Day Sew In?
    4. Make blocks for Kat’s November block drive.  Yes, I mailed those off to her.  

     

    December Goals

    1. Revamp fireplace screen cover.
    2. Work on Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.
    3. Make donation pillow cases.
    4. Make December blocks for Kat (?)
    5. Pull scraps for Charlotte’s new mystery quilt.


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    Sunday Stash Report: 11/20/16

    In the past two weeks I haven’t finished anything, and I have added four yards of fabric.  No worries, it will come out in the end.

    2016-11-17-12-24-25I have been making lots of progress on quilting Christmas Stars.  I only have two borders left to quilt.  I’d say I would finish it this week, but I’ll be traveling most of the week to visit my husband’s family.

    For those of you not traveling, don’t forget to join in the Black Friday Sew In on Twitter and Facebook (#BFSI).  I’ll be hanging around, just not sewing.

    2016-11-19-13-40-35The “new” fabric came from my late mother’s  stash.  She donated the bulk of it a couple years ago, but my sister and I were cleaning out the closet in her studio and the drawers in her sewing table.  We got about halfway through.  There were lots of old patterns exchanged with her internet friends from the very early days when quilters first connected in chat rooms.  There was hunted-and-gathered fabric for a couple of quilts, and some experimental UFOs.  Drawings my son had made for her weren’t too far from a bag of scraps from the dress she wore to my wedding and her sketches for the whole-cloth baby quilt she hand-quilted for him.  We found a few misplaced family heirloom quilts, and put them where they belonged.  Other than the fabric, I only brought home a small box of tools, needles, and supplies, and a Maple Leaf top to finish for donation.  It was poignant and exhausting, and an interesting way to grieve her loss and share family stories with my sister.
    This week:  + 4 yards,  – 0 yards
    This year: + 108.25 yards,  – 133 yards
    Net destashed in 2016:  24.75 yards

    Enjoy this busy week and being with family.

    I’m linking up with Sunday Stash at Patchwork Times.


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    WIP Wednesday: Christmas Stars


    Yesterday I finished taking apart the inner border blocks to add the red and white striped flanges.  Today I sewed the last of the chunks together for the top, and I pieced the borders.  Bad photo, but the light goes away early these days.

    I still have to cut corner blocks, and then I can sew on the borders.

    It felt good to keep busy sewing today.


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    Sunday Stash Report: 11/6/16


    I only had a couple of small finishes this week, but I didn’t buy any new fabric, so it’s good.

    I made these six 12.5″ blocks for Kat’s November block drive.  These are quick and easy to make, and I could have made more, but I ran out of white/cream scraps. Still, they used about a yard of scraps.


    This cat mat for Krissi used about 2.25 yards, almost all the scraps from the Lavender Baby Quilt.  I had fun playing around with free motion quilting on it.  I’m pleased with the paw prints down the center.

    Krissi took a serious liking to that baby quilt, was on it constantly, and took it personally when I made her stay off long enough for me to quilt it.  I tend to think that fabric is fabric to a cat, and there’s certainly enough lying around the studio, even on the sunny cutting table.  


    Instead, after I put the baby quilt away, this is where I found Krissi, day after day.  Followed by long, accusing looks at me.


    So I made her the mat, and now this is where I find her every time I go up there. (That is her happy face.)

    This week:  + 0 yards,  – 3.25 yards
    This year: + 104.25 yards,  – 133 yards
    Net destashed in 2016:  28.75 yards

    Are you keeping you stash and your cats happy?

    I’m linking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times.