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Sunday Stash Report: 9/16/18

A big finish this week, so the numbers look good!

This week: + 0 yards, – 10.5 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 97.5 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 34 yards

It’s been hot here, but as soon as it cools off I hope to get to work one of the Christmas panel quilts.

Hope you’re staying safe from the weather, and finding time to use your stash.



Friday Finish: So Many Stars

2018-09-13 15.58.14“Summer Stars on Fawn Lake”, the mystery quilt designed by Charlotte Hawkes, is finally finished!  We started cutting for this last November, began piecing it in the new year, and finished up assembling the top in May.

2018-09-13 15.58.26I made the smaller version (3″ stars!) that finished at 79 x 88″ with the borders.  This is the first one of these where I used a dark background.  I had a lot of dark batik scraps from a space quilt I made a long time ago.  I bought a little more to make enough, and the “feathery” batik for the borders and backing.  The rest was scraps, especially bright, multi-color and juvenile scraps.

2018-09-13 15.58.37This is quilted with black Bottom Line on the bottom, and black and purple Bottom Line and purple Art Studio Colors on the top.  The effect is pretty subtle, but it can be seen up close.  I needed a thread that would blend well with the dark batik, but not be too dark on the bright fabrics.  So purple was my neutral.

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Can’t wait to see what Charlotte has up her sleeve for next year!

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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WIP Wednesday: Quilting Summer Stars

The holiday weekend wasn’t quite the Sew-in that I had imagined. Among other things, a wire in our well pump broke and we were without water for two days.

Of course, my sewing machine still worked, so I did some sewing, but not as much as I had hoped. This is Superior’s Art Studio thread in a nice purple.

So I continued it into yesterday and got some detail quilting done, and today I made this binding.

I hope you’re making lots of progress on your projects!


Goals, or Where Did Summer Go?

After I wrote my June goals it became clear that I wasn’t going to get anything done on a specific timetable.  The weather heated up, the garden came on, my son came and went and came back again, vacation…  I sort of gave up and went with the flow.  I sewed whatever caught my eye, usually baby quilts, and for weeks at a time I didn’t sew at all.


June Goals:

  1. Add borders to Summer Stars at Fawn LakeYes, finally.
  2. Quilt and bind Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.  Nope.
  3. Make Heart baby quilt.  (low volume)  Yes.  Here.
  4. Make Anchor baby quilt.  (low volume)  Yes.  Here.

And three more baby quilts and a batch of donation blocks.  It was the whole summer.


September starts out much the same, but I’m ready to get some order back in my life so I have written a few modest goals.  We’ll see.


September Goals:

  1. Quilt and bind Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.
  2. Piece top for Christmas quilt from truck and tractor panels.
  3. Quilt and bind Christmas quilt.


I do know I’m more productive when I have plans.  Summer Stars at Fawn Lake is spray basted and ready to begin quilting tomorrow.

Anyone like to join me in a Labor Day Sew-In?  I’m mostly on Twitter, but I’ll pop over to the Twilters facebook group from time to time.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my Fawn Lake backing fabric.

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/26/18

2018-08-26 17.17.44This week I used 3.75 yards of fabric on this baby quilt, an I didn’t buy any fabric.


This week: + 0 yards, – 3.75 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 87 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  23.5 yards


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Use that stash!

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WIP Wednesday: Framing Animals

This week I’m working with another one of the panels. This one is flannel with various forest animals on it. I decided to frame them at an angle to add interest. This would be easier if they were squares, but they’re not. They finish at 15″ × 18″. (The block is symmetrical. My studio is too small for me to get directly in front of it.)

Alternating blocks will be framed in orange. This isn’t the final layout.

Hope you’re making progress this week!

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/19/18

Wow, Sunday again already!

This week I bought 6.5 yards of fabric, the White and Snow Kona, and the Christmas print. Because I don’t have enough Christmas fabric. Hmmm.

And I used 1.75 yards to make nine donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love.

This week: + 6.5 yards, – 1.75 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 83.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 19.75 yards

I know, I’m going backwards in usage, but I know I’ll reverse that soon. I’m feeling all that Christmas fabric!

Keep using your stash!