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S…Monday Stash Report: 2/26/18

Yesterday got away from me, between a birthday celebration and the Closing Ceremonies, but it’s been two weeks since I had anything to report, so I wanted to check in.

No fabric was purchased this week, and I had a big finish with the Quilt of Valor.

This week: + 0 yards, – 10.5 yards

This year: + 33.75 yards, – 44.50 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 10.75 yards

That’s starting to look a little more into the black!

We don’t count thread purchases, do we?

And I made 96 of these cuties, all trimmed to perfect 2″ squares, for Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.

Keep using your stash!


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Sunday Stash Report: 2/11/18

I bought no fabric this week! That’s an improvement. And I finished this Scrappy Stars quilt. Back into the black! Just barely.

This week: + 0 yards, – 8.75 yards

This year: + 33.75 yards, – 34.00 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: .25 yards

Not much, but I’ll take it.

And I bought my studio this very cute tote, as I continue to declutter, dust, etc., a little at a time.

Go sew that stash!

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Sunday Stash Report: 1/28/18

This week I finished this baby quilt.

And I bought five yards of fabric.

This week: + 5 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 24.75 yards, – 21.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 3 yards

I’ve wanted to make a houndstooth check quilt for a long time. I used this tutorial by Jenny at Missouri Star. It was very easy, but watch the pieced blocks. They’re all bias, so they’re very stretchy. When I sewed them to the plain blocks, I used pins, and sewed with the plain blocks on top to ease in any fullness. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. It in my Etsy shop.

I hope you’re getting some sewing time!


Sunday Stash Report: 1/21/18

Terrible weather during the past week, so lots of sewing got done!  And no new fabric. Yet.

2018-01-18 09.34.11This baby quilt was inspired by some of the fabric I got on sale after Christmas.  The two fabrics are not related, but I thought they belonged together.

2018-01-18 09.34.50Find this in my Etsy shop.

2018-01-21 14.44.52This quilt looks familiar, but I just finished it as a custom order.  This makes # 12 of my elephant/Star Wars baby quilts using this design.

So that’s seven yards used this week.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 7 yards

This year:  + 19.75 yards,  – 18.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  1.5 yards


Almost breaking even!  Good luck on your destashing!


Sunday Stash Report: 1/14/18

My finishes this week were eighteen of these lovelies for Kat’s Jan/Feb block drive.  Still loads of time if you want to lighten your string bin(s)!  I’m always amazed by how much better they look when they’re trimmed up.  They’ve been packaged, addressed, and are in the riding-around-in-my-car stage of reaching Kat.

And, no new fabric was purchased.

 This week:  + 0 yards,  – 4 yards

This year:  + 19.75 yards,  – 11.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  8.5 yards

I’ll get there!  The other sewing I did was the first clue to Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.  Again, still time to join us in this mystery quilt.

Good luck using your stash!

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Sunday Stash Report: 1/7/18

First Stash Report!  And, as usual, I hit the fabric sales, so my numbers will be upside down for awhile, but that’s okay.  I’m aiming to use 50 net yards from my stash this year, but there’s plenty of time for that.  I needed fabric for backs, as well as other things.

 This week:  + 19.75 yards,  – 7.25 yards

This year:  + 19.75 yards,  – 7.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  12.5 yards

Good luck, whether you’re paring or adding!


2017: The Goals

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Time to take stock of my goals for the year.

2017 Goals

1.Sandy’s (Quilting for the Rest of Us) word this year is “Balance”.  I have the opposite problem from many of you, in that I have plenty of time to sew and don’t always take advantage of it.  My life has definitely gotten in the way of sewing this year. There are lots of reasons, but a lot of it boils down to distraction and/or laziness.  I developed bad habits of sitting around while my knees were recuperating and I need to replace them (the habits!  Already replaced the knees!).

I’m making an appointment with myself to sew every day from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.  If I start earlier, fine, especially in warm weather.   If I go back to it later, fine.  If I tweak the time, fine.  I just want a target and to know that I can put the housework, etc., aside and go quilt.

-This was partially successful.  The times didn’t always work, but I did get into the studio more.  As my walking stamina improves, my schedule continues to evolve, but I am sewing more.

2014-06-07 19.50.572. This year I want to finish my largest UFO, the Slow Quilt.  I have some ideas about cutting it down or otherwise changing it to improve it.  Finishing it will free up a lot of physical and mental space, and take some fabric out of the stash.

-No, I didn’t finish this.  Because of this goal, I did take it out, do a lot of thinking about it, and made a little progress.  So, it will go back on the goal list for 2018.

Urbana-20130414-007863.  Continue to work on the way I store things in my studio.  My personal quilts are hard to reach and take up space I could use for other things.  The fabric needs to be refolded and organized.  And going through it will make sure I see it all again.

Yes!  I revisited and refolded a lot of my stash (although some of it is messed up again).  I cleaned out a cabinet, hung up some small quilts, and stored others out of the light in that cabinet that is hard to access behind my ironing board.

4. Work on those art quilts again!

No.  Nothing happened here.  Maybe it was this crazy year, but I just didn’t feel moved to create anything this way.  I made three mystery quilts and many donation blocks where others made all the decisions and all I had to do was sew patches together.  It seemed to be what I needed this year.  Another one to revisit in 2018.

5.  I’m going to take another fifty yards out of my stash this year!  (Four hundred yards in the past five years!)

Yes!  So that’s a net reduction of 450 yards from my stash since I started tracking.  And there’s still so much there!  No, I am seeing it turn over and contain more fabrics that are to my current taste.  To that end, you’ll see me continue to purchase new fabric as I use the old.  This year those last eight donation pillowcases put my over the top.

This week:  +  0 yards,  – 8 yards

This year:  + 109.25 yards,  – 165.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2017:  56.50 yards


December Goals:

  1. Cut scraps for Charlotte Hawke’s mystery quilt, Stars Over Fawn Lake (begins in January).  Yes!  Waiting happily in their basket.
  2. Make blocks for Kat’s Nov./Dec. block drive for Covered in LoveYes!  I made a dozen.
  3. Make donation pillowcases for Case for SmilesYes, I made eight.
  4. Make nautical baby quilt.  Yes!  Here.


So, a pretty successful year, but room to improve for 2018.  I’ll be back soon with my new goals.  In the meantime, I’m going to use this quiet day to sew!  Hope you can, too!