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I’ve been really good with my buying and have sewn mainly from my stash for more than two years now, ever since I found Judy on the Internet and joined the Stash Busting group.

However…in the last couple of weeks, I have been very naughty.  It all started with this fabric, which I just had to get to make a dust cover for my sewing machine that stays out all the time.

And then, I was lucky enough to make the acquaintance of two very nice ladies who were selling fat quarters and half-yard cuts for such good prices that I couldn’t resist, and I got this fabric, too.

Look at all that brown fabric!  I blame Judy for that.  😉  Before we did the Monochromatic challenge for March, I thought I didn’t like brown.  Now I’m infatuated with it!

That’s 14 yards total, so that brings the status of my Stash Report to:

  • Used this week:  0 yards
  • Used this year:  5.5 yards
  • Added this week:  14 yards
  • Added this year:  16.5 yards
  • Net used:  -11 yards

I have been sewing a little bit but haven’t finished anything, as I just started a new job and haven’t got the new routine organised yet.  But soon, soon!  🙂

To see how other quilters are progressing with their Stash Busting, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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My Chocolate brown project for Judy’s Monochromatic Challenge is turning out to be lots of fun, and the blocks are going together very quickly — almost as fast as I could eat real chocolate!  And that’s really fast!  😉

Nigel the quilting dog is helping to plan the layout.  He likes the “design floor” much better than the design wall!  🙂

As with many things in life, this layout isn’t going exactly to plan!  But — I like it better than the original drawing.  Do you think that sometimes a quilt just “tells” you how it wants to be?

The first two rows are attached:

And all the rest of the blocks are made and waiting to be added, row by row.  The little white squares are the tags for the row numbers.

The pretty tulips were a gift from my husband.  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Brown is the colour for March in Judy’s monthly Monochromatic Challenge.

It’s difficult for me to think in shades of brown at this time of year.  When March arrives, I start thinking in pastels and Easter egg colours.  Maybe I could think of this project as the Easter chocolate?!   Hmmm, chocolate bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs…yummy!  That’ll do it — now I’m in the mood for Springtime Brown.  😉

I don’t have much brown in my stash, but what there is might look nice in this arrangement.  I have been thinking of this pattern for a long time, with the horizontal and vertical blocks each having a different number of rails or stripes.  I even drew a sketch of this quilt a couple of weeks ago while waiting for an appointment, so I guess its time has come!

This design is very similar to the green Strip-Stripe quilt I am (still) working on for my husband, except these blocks will be larger — 6.5 inches unfinished.  The four vertical rails will be pieced from 2-inch strips, and the three horizontal rails will be 2.5-inch strips.

Here’s my small collection of browns, which range from tan through rust to dark brown.  I think it will be fun to mix these up and see what happens!  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Here is my project for Judy’s February Monochromatic Challenge — a Violet doll quilt, and it’s already finished!

I’ve just fallen in love with doll quilts!  They are so sweet and quick to make.  I pieced the top on Friday, did the quilting on Saturday afternoon, and hand-sewed the binding down while watching TV on Saturday night.  The quilting motif on the borders is copied from the pocket trim on my winter coat.  Inspiration is everywhere!  🙂

This is a free pattern is called Civil War Doll Quilt, and it was designed by Kathleen Tracy.

It only took about a half-yard to sew this doll quilt, and it’s going to make a little girl and her teddy bear very happy!  🙂

My Stash Report totals  for this week are:

  • Used this week:  .5 yard
  • Used this year:  .5 yard
  • Added this week:  0
  • Added this year:  0

To see how other quilters are progressing with their Stash Reports this week, please visit Judy’s blog Patchwork Times for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a Monochromatic Challenge in 2011, and the colour for January is yellow.

I love yellow.  It represents sunshine and warm smiles and happiness to me, so I was very excited about having a really good reason to make an all-yellow quilt!  When I got my yellow fabrics out,  I knew right away that it had to be a Bargello quilt and that my special “Bee” fabric wanted to be included.

I didn’t have enough diversity in values to make the traditional gradient-colour bargello pattern, and I wanted my bees to look like they were flying around in a flower garden, so I used different prints for my stair-steps — polka dots, swirly patterns, florals — and the bees go up and down and all around.

I have just got to the point where I am arranging my strips to create the design.

Here’s a better look at those bees.  🙂

I was hoping to finish it by the end of the month (today!), but it’s still got a long way to go.  That’s OK, though — I am having lots of fun with this pattern!

Happy Quilting!

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