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I want to finish this quilt this year.  The pattern is called Bears in the Farmhouse, and it was designed by Judy Laquidara.  A group of us made this pattern as part of a Quilt Along several years ago, and I found it again last week while looking for something else.  The top is complete, just needs batting, backing, quilting and binding.

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This week I have been trimming string blocks for my daughter Amber’s new quilt. This may take some time!  I’ve made 96 blocks, 12 each of 8 colours.  They are 9.5 inches square after trimming, to finish at 9 inches.

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Katy is looking at them.

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I think she likes them.   🙂

Amber wants a large quilt for her bed, and I’m trying to figure out how many blocks to use and how they will be arranged.

My inspiration for this quilt came from this cute table runner designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson at Me and My Sister Designs.

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Happy Quilting!!

Dianne xx

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In 2016, I’m going to try sewing totally from my stash of fabrics.  Just for fun, to see if I can actually do it for a whole year.  And maybe use it all up!  My teenager is doing a Textiles course in high school, and she is going to help me use as much fabric as possible.

Last summer I trimmed a lot of scraps and smaller pieces into strips and started making these blocks in colour families.  They are quick and fun, and I love the cheerful colours.

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Happy New Year, and I’ll see you again soon!

Dianne xx

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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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I just finished quilting the “Freeze Frame” quilt that some of us made with Judy Laquidara as part of her “Quilt for an Hour” project in 2009.

I practised and practised my free motion meandering on my domestic sewing machine until it looked right to me, and then I just jumped in and did it.  It was very scary!  I kept thinking — what if I ruin this quilt top?  It’s one of my favourites, and it’s a gift for my father-in-law.

Here’s one of my practice samples with scrap muslin and batting:

And here is the quilting on the quilt top.

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It was a lot more difficult to manoeuvre a large project than my small practice samples, and I can see some places where I made errors and some of my stitching lines are not smooth and flowing.  However, I’m mostly happy with it, and truly amazed and relieved that I could do this.  🙂

Here is a photo of the whole quilt top.  It measures 63 x 81 inches.  The sewing machine just visible in the background is my Janome 6500P, which is what I used for the quilting.   The sofa underneath the quilt is one of my most valuable quilting tools — it’s like a giant extension table!  😉

The back is pieced from my stash — two pieces of dark green and one green floral.

Now I just have to trim the quilt edges and bind it.

I already counted the fabric for the top in a long-ago stash report, but I can count the backing and binding this week.  The binding is already cut, pieced and ready to sew on.

I also bought some new fabric this week — a roll of 2.5 inch strips in pink and blue batiks put together by a local fabric store.  I saw a jelly roll pattern recently that will be nice in these colours.

My Stash Report totals are:

  • Used this week:  5 yards
  • Used this year:  5.5 yards
  • Added this week:  2.5 yards
  • Added this year:  2.5 yards
  • Net used:  3 yards

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

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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I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions.  It seems like a good way to set myself up for failure, and I’ve already been down that road paved with good intentions too many times!

However, this year I noticed that several quilt bloggers that I follow have resolved to finish one UFO per month.  That sounds so nice and like something I should do, too.  After all, I am supposed to be in the business of finishing UFOs!  😉

Here is my first UFO finish of the year, from my Flying Geese phase of 2003.  I finished it on Saturday evening.

Here is what I started with on Wednesday morning when I pulled this project out of the UFO cupboard.

If I could work so fast this week, why can’t I work that fast every week?

Oh happy day, I get to count a finish in my stats!

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  4.25
Used year-to-date:  10.75
Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing with their Stash Reports this week, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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Someone else has been using my stash this week — and I am so excited about it!

My 8-year-old daughter started making her first quilt yesterday.  I shared with her some of the 5-inch squares that I had cut for the Puss in the Corner blocks.

She started out sewing on her pink Barbie sewing machine.

She has used our Singer 201K several times, and she’s really too advanced for a toy machine, so I switched her over to my big Janome.

She did so well on that one that I turned her loose with the Jem Gold, and off she went!

She also learned to use the iron yesterday to press her blocks.

She was so sensible and careful — no burns and no accidents!  I am very proud of my little quilter!

I also did a bit of sewing yesterday on pillowcases, and between us, we used 3.5 yards of fabric.  Think how fast we’ll go through that stash if we are both working on it!  🙂

Bought this week:  0
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3.5
Used year-to-date:  6.5
Used (net):  -3.25

To see other Stash Reports today, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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