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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 is one of my favourite-ever fabrics.  It’s called Matters of the Heart by Kaye England for SSI, and I only have a tiny bit left.

I’m still making Puss in the Corner blocks for donation quilts, so I decided to use this pretty green and purple print as a theme for one of the sets.

It’s very bright and wild — even “loud”, although a young person might really like it.  I could break up the colour riot with plain setting squares…

…but I’m not sure about using such large pieces of white-on-white fabric.  That could be very difficult to keep clean!

I love Design Wall Monday.  Always a puzzle to solve, and it’s so much fun!

Check out Judy’s blog to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today!

Happy Quilting!

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When I was searching my stash for novelty fabrics last month to make grocery bags and pillowcases, I came across this happy little Heart print.  I’ve had this a while…take a peek at the date on the selvedge edge!  😉

Fabric companies don’t put dates on selvedges anymore, do they?

Anyway…I almost cut this fabric, but something made me put the rotary cutter down and set this print aside.  Perhaps it was a subconscious nudge, the faint and flickering memory of these little Heart blocks, which were packed away in a plastic storage box under the bed.  There are 128 of them, sewn into 32 four-patch blocks.

Sweet Nigel dog is helping me again.   🙂

For some reason, I have never thought about pairing these blocks with this fabric.   Probably because they were stored in separate boxes in different rooms.  If there is anything I really need to do in 2010, it’s to get my fabric stash in a centralised location so I can see everything at once!

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

Happy Quilting!

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I wanted something bright and cheerful to work on today, so I have cut these turquoise scraps into shapes to make blocks.

This is the Stashbuster pattern (note: link updated 30-8-11) from Buttonberry that I used to make my older daughter’s Christmas gift quilt last year — with one variation.  My scraps were mostly smaller pieces, so this time I have cut the shapes half-size, so the blocks will finish at 8 inches square instead of 16 inches.

To see what other quilters have on their design walls today, please visit Judy’s blog,  Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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Several people have written to me with kind words and interest in the “Harvest Festival” quilt top that I made and donated to Quilts of Valor-UK, so I thought I would explain the history of that top and provide some links for similar patterns.

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I actually started this top about seven or eight years ago.  When the QOV-UK lady said she was coming to my area sooner than expected, I had to get something ready for her very quickly, so I pulled this quilt top out of my UFO cupboard.

Most of the focus fabric came from a Benartex charm pack from many years ago and included country-style prints of apples and some plaids in various colourways.  I also used some stash fabric that complemented the mix — some orange to represent pumpkins, purple for aubergines (eggplants), and a variety of greens.

The blocks were paper-pieced, and they came from the original version of the Foundation Factory software.  The pattern is “Corn and Beans No. 3,” and the blocks were 4 inches square.  I needed a block that only used a small quantity of focus fabric because the charms were only 5 inches square.  That’s why this is such a brilliant pattern for using up scraps.  The background fabric is an assortment of cream-on-cream scraps from stash.

When I had lots of blocks made up, I just moved them around until I found a pleasing arrangement.  The borders are plain strips, and the colours are supposed to represent green cornfields and “amber waves of  grain.”

I have found some patterns on the Internet to share with you:

Dawn Duperault has a similar paper-pieced block called Hen and Chickens that you can print out.

Marcia Hohn at The Quilter’s Cache has a nice pattern for a larger Corn and Beans block, and the outer corner elements are the same as the block I used.  Her pattern is done by traditional piecing with some nifty cutting shortcuts, and her instructions and illustrations are clear and easy to follow.

Easy Quilting has a lovely pattern here which uses traditional templates, and Sally Schneider has a similar pattern called “Mary’s Triangles” that she teaches in classes.

I miss that quilt now that it’s gone.  Maybe it’s time to make another one!

Happy Sewing!  🙂

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I’ve had a “Martha Stewart” moment.  😉  My little daughter is having some friends over after school on Friday for a Christmas party.  For the party bags, I decided to do a bit more stashbusting and make a mini Christmas stocking for each child.

I made a paper pattern based on a stocking-shaped tree ornament and enlarged it (with pencil and ruler) to the size I needed.  It had to be big enough to hold the party favours — a small set of coloured pencils, a Christmas cracker, and a chocolate Santa’s Elf.

The design is very simple and basic.  It’s unlined, without batting, and I improvised a cuff from regular cotton fabric instead of fleece (because I didn’t have any fleece and didn’t want to buy anything extra).  The hangers are bits of ribbon left over from making doll clothes.  Finished dimensions are approximately 10 inches tall by 7 inches wide, and I used assorted prints from my Christmas fabric stash.

They have turned out really cute (if I may say so myself).  My daughter is very pleased, and she has already claimed my test model as the stocking she wants for herself.

A nice side benefit from this project is that I have enough scraps left over to make a cheerful Christmas-themed scrappy quilt.   But…that’s for next year!

Happy Sewing!  🙂

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