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Hooray!  I have finished several things just in time to count them for the end-of-the year report!

We had the annual Christmas fair at school, and I made bags again — this time in several sizes.  The small gift bags were the best sellers, especially the ones sized to hold DVDs and CDs.

I also made the usual grocery-shopping sized bags in bright fabrics.    Here is my table in the corner of the school hall.  A coat rack makes a great display for hanging bags!

I made this green String Quilt top for a friend and have already pieced the backing.  Now it just needs quilting and binding.

And best of all, I finished the purple and green Puss in the Corner quilt in time to give it as a gift on Christmas Eve.   It has gone to our older daughter’s long-time boyfriend, who admired the colours when I first started working on it, many months ago.   He was really pleased to have it.  🙂

The full-length picture turned out a bit dark, but here’s one during the quilting that shows the true colours better:

I quilted this project using a Continuous Curve motif designed by Carla Barrett.  Then I went back and stitched a quarter inch inside the edge of each large centre patch.  The backing was pieced using large left-over pieces of green and purple fabrics.

All that activity brings me back into positive numbers!  Here are my totals:

Bought this report:  0
Total fabric in this year:  54 yards
Used this report:  32 yards
Total used this year:  76 yards
Total (net):  22 yards

Thank you, Judy Laquidara, for hosting the Stash Report.  I would like to continue participating in 2011 and hope to be more regular in my reporting.  🙂

Happy New Year, everyone, and Happy Quilting!

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I haven’t been sewing very much lately, but our oldest daughter has some new projects on her design wall!  She went shopping in my fabric stash this week, and look what she took home!

Hooray!  She took 3.5 yards of that grey corduroy my friend gave me last Spring, plus some other goodies — about 7 yards total.

In the meantime, I bought some new fabric.  I got these three Hawaiian prints on eBay.  They are 100% cotton and measure 60 inches wide by 72 inches long, just the right size for backings for lap quilts.  Maybe.  I think the dark red and the taupe/black will be nice for men’s quilts, but the turquoise might just turn into a summer dress for me next year!  😉

Here are my totals for the year so far.   It’s two steps forward and one step back.  I’m afraid there’s not much progress towards positive numbers in the Total Used column!

Bought this week:  6 yards
Total fabric in this year (bought and gift):  60 yards
Used this week:  7 yards
Used year-to-date:  44 yards
Total (net):  -16 yards

To see how others are progressing with their Stashbusting, please visit Judy, who hosts the Stash Report on her blog.

Happy Quilting!

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My Sunflowers quilt top is finished — right on deadline for my own little Quiltathon to join in with Judy Laquidara’s big Quiltathon.

I was able to make the quilt top larger by adding four borders, and it’s now 50 inches square.

The yellow print below is going to be the binding and backing, the blue fabric is what I used for the wide border, and the small pieces are what I used for the pieced border.  I sewed the little bits together in Chinese Coin fashion, and then trimmed them to get four equal width strips to go all the way around.

My Stash Report totals for this week are:

Bought this week:  0
Total fabric in this year (bought and gift): 54 yards
Used this week:  2.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  37 yards
Total (net):  -17 yards

To see how other quilters are getting along with their Stash Busting this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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What bliss!  I’ve been sewing every single day this week!  I have now finished 58 patriotic blocks, and I made a second recycled bath mat.  I also did some mending, cut out a pair of pyjamas for my little girl and started basting a lap quilt that’s been waiting in my stack of UFO tops.

My Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks have also seen the light of day this week.  There are many more flowers than I remembered!

When I was playing with all the little flowers yesterday, I fell in love with this project all over again.  It really would be nice to finish it into something useful and/or decorative instead of smushing it back into that shoebox for another 14 years.  😉

I’ve been having difficulty doing hand sewing lately because of arthritis in my thumb, but I despair at abandoning this project, so I’ve come up with a plan!   If I work on it for 15 minutes at a time just a few days a week, I could probably make fairly good progress over the course of a year.  I’ll put this at the top of my Goals List for 2011.

For my Stash Report, here is some new fabric from America.  I bought this set of 7 hand-dyed fat quarters from my Internet friend Vicki.  Aren’t the colours pretty?

Here are my totals:

Bought this week:  1.75
Bought year-to-date:  24 yards
Gift fabric received:  30 yards
Total fabric in:  54 yards
Used this week:  .75 yards
Used year-to-date:  34.5 yards
Total (net):  -19.50

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how other quilters are getting along with their stashbusting this week.

Happy Quilting!

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I need to finish some projects so I can get positive numbers.   Maths with negative numbers really confuses my brain! 😉

This week I bought fabric.  I was planning to buy fabric on holiday in June, but the sweet little quilt shop in our holiday town had closed down.  And you know that quilting money was just burning a hole in my pocket!   😉

This is what I got by mail order…

…my very first Jelly Roll ever (I’ve already separated the strips into groups), and some red, white and purple solids to replace stash I’ve used, with a blue tone-on-tone print for borders.

Here are my totals:

  • Bought this week:  6.25
  • Bought year-to-date:  22.25 yards
  • Gift fabric received:  30 yards
  • Total fabric in:  52.25 yards
  • Used this week:  0 yards
  • Used year-to-date:  33.75 yards
  • Total (net):  -18.50

While I was playing with my new fabric yesterday, my dear husband went for a walk in the countryside near our house.  When he returned, he brought me a bouquet of wildflowers.  I think they are Red Clover.  They look so pretty, I put them in the sewing room for inspiration!

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how other quilters are progressing with their Stash Busting this week.

Happy Quilting!

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Hooray, I’ve finished my pink and green top, and I have something positive to contribute to today’s Stash Reports.   This was taken early this morning, and it’s a beautiful day in Yorkshire!

Finished size is 54 x 72 inches.  It’s the HeartStrings pattern, starting with 10-inch muslin squares for backing and then trimming the squares to 9.5 inches after piecing the strings.

Here are my totals for the year:

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
Gift fabric received:  30 yards
Total fabric in:  46 yards
Used this week:  7 yards
Used year-to-date:  33.75 yards
Total used (net):  -12.25

To see how others are progressing with their Stash Reports this week, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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This week, my step-daughter came over for dinner and told me about a quilt she has started making.  It’s her first large project, and I am really excited for her! This is the young woman who received the turquoise quilt for her birthday in March.

She prefers hand-sewing to using a sewing machine, so she is making a Grandmother’s Flower Garden by the English paper piecing method.  She found free hexagon templates and illustrated instructions at Cia’s Palette.

She wants to use all-plaid focus fabrics and asked me where she could find some.  We talked about recycling clothing, and then she chose 9 fat quarters out of my stash to take home with her.  That’s quick and easy stash-busting!  😉

I decided to keep the grey corduroy gift fabric in my Stash Report totals, as I’ve thought of a project for my personal use, as well as making donation gifts.   If I count gift fabric received, then surely I can count gift fabric given?  If so, that’s 2.25 yards out this week!  Here are my totals:

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric in year-to-date:  46 yards
Fabric out this week:  2.25 yards
Fabric out year-to-date:  26.75 yards
Used (net):  -19.25 yards

To see how other quilters are getting along with their stash busting this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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After we left our children at school the other day, my friend Jeanette asked if I could come around to her car because she had some sewing stuff in the boot (trunk) for me.

It was 30 metres of grey corduroy!  Some of it has been cut, but most of it is still on this huge (and heavy!) roll.  She had started recovering her living room sofa but got frustrated along the way and decided to just buy a new sofa and be done with it.  I don’t blame her — that’s a very hard job.

It’s lovely fabric, very good quality but too thin for clothing — so what in the world can I do with it?  Our living room is mostly jade green, so grey corduroy won’t work for us.  I’d really like to use the fabric for some kind of charity/donation project.

I thought about making reusable grocery/shopping bags for the next school fair and decorating them with brightly coloured twin-needle machine embroidery — but that’s my only idea so far.  Even Nigel the Quilting Dog is drawing a blank on this problem!  😉

And my biggest dilemma of the day — do I have to count this fabric in my stash report?  Yes, I suppose to be really “legal”, I should count it.  And then when I sew it up, I’ll get to count it as a big finish.

I have been sewing a lot this weekend but haven’t finished anything yet.  I’ve been using two of my favourite vintage Singer machines — that’s Nancy, the 185K, on the left, and Gloria, the 404G, on the right (and the corduroy in the middle!).  😉

Here are my figures for the week:

Bought this week:  0
Received as a gift:  33 yards (30 metres)
Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
Used this week:  0
Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
Used (net):  -24.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their stashbusting this week, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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We had a lovely holiday with our family, lots of beautiful sunny weather and fun activities.  Since we were in the area, I went to The Quilt Room, which is a lovely quilt shop in Dorking, Surrey, and bought some fabrics to continue with my purple-orange-green UFO.  I had got to the point where I couldn’t proceed any further because I didn’t have any more of these colours in my stash.

This is the original project, which was on my Design Wall a few months ago.

I bought 4.5 metres of these fabrics, which is about 5 yards.  I also bought a fat quarter of another fabric, but I used that to make cushion ties for my father-in-law’s conservatory chairs.

So, my totals for the week are:

  • Bought this week:  5.25 yards
  • Bought year-to-date:  16 yards
  • Used this week:  .25 yards
  • Used year-to-date:  24.5 yards
  • Used (net):  8.5 yards

To see how others are getting along with their Stashbusting, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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This week, I made this pieced backing from 10.5-inch squares for one of the quilts I am currently working on.

The quilt is for someone who loves gardening, so I used an assortment of floral fabrics to represent a flower garden.

My totals for Week 13 are:

Bought this week:  0 yard
Bought year-to-date:  10.75 yards
Used this week:  5.5 yards
Used year-to-date:  24.25 yards
Used (net):  13.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s  blog to see how other quilters are progressing with their Stashbusting this week!

Happy Quilting!

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