Posts Tagged ‘stashbusting’

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.

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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.

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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!

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I didn’t make any positive progress on my pink and purple Flying Geese quilt at all this week.  But, if mistakes are educational, then I have learned a lot!  😉

First, I thought I had the perfect backing for the quilt — a beautiful shade of pink in 100% cotton.    Got it all basted and started the machine quilting.  However, it’s a bed sheet, and now I know why quilting on bed sheets is not such a good idea — the threads are so close together, it’s difficult to quilt through.  Even with a small needle (10 or 11), it still leaves a big hole in the fabric.

I was so unhappy with the results that I unpicked two hours’ worth of free motion quilting and undid the basting.

Then I found another length of regular quilting fabric in my stash that was a good match for the colours, but I didn’t have enough.  There were two others that I thought would make a good pieced backing using the instructions Mary Johnson wrote for HeartStrings, but I didn’t have enough of those, either.   Aaarrrggghhh!

Finally the light dawned on me to cut the quilting fabrics into 10.5 inch squares and piece them together patchwork fashion to make a backing by one of the methods used by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  That will give a good variety of prints and use up even more stash.  I’ll probably start that tomorrow.

Haven’t finished any other projects to count in my totals this week, but I did start working on a UFO for Judy’s February Quiltathon and hope to finish that today.

Totals for Week 7 are:

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

To see how others are doing in their Stashbusting this week, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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We are three days into the New Year, and I am already in the negative column in my Stash Report!  😉

But I haven’t thrown caution to the winds  — I am planning ahead with my purchases.

The red polka dot is going into a Soldier quilt for Alycia’s No Soldier Forgotten project, which will be one of my HeartStrings projects this year.

The turquoise is for my older daughter’s birthday quilt, and the plum, violet and green are all for UFOs that I plan to finish this year.

I have also mail-ordered some other fabrics, but they haven’t arrived yet — the white muslin for the turquoise quilt, and a few other things that I already have specific plans for.   I hope that is “smart buying.”  🙂

My total fabric bought is 2.5 metres, which translates to about 2.75 yards.  I haven’t done any real sewing this week, but I am hoping to make a start on something this afternoon!  Got that design wall to think about for tomorrow!

Week 1 Stash Report

  • Bought Year-to-Date:  2.75 yards
  • Used Year-to-Date:  0

To read about other quilters’ Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog.

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A finish, a finish, I finally have a finish!   🙂

Here is my version of  “Freeze Frame”, a Quilt for an Hour pattern designed by Judy Laquidara.

Freeze Frame Complete

Here’s a better look at some of the fabrics used in the quilt.

Freeze Frame fabrics

I am estimating that I used 7 yards of fabric for this quilt top, calculating from the fabric requirements given in the pattern and counting the fat quarters that I used for the squares.

I loved making this quilt, and I am already thinking of another version in other colours!

My Stash Report totals for Week 45 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  7 yards
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  92.375
  • Net Used:  67.5 yards

To see Stash Reports by other quilters and to find the pattern for “Freeze Frame”, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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I had a little bath mat that was looking kind of sad and threadbare.   I could have thrown it out or given it to the dogs, but I’m on this recycling kick lately, so I decided to make something with it.   It is now a “New and Improved” Bath Mat!

Here’s the mat in its original state, with assorted fabric strips from my scrap bin.


Using the bath mat as a foundation, I started piecing the strips from the centre of the mat and worked out toward the edges, using the “flip and sew” method.

Mat-first strips

And I just kept going, adding more strips…..

Mat-more strips

…until the mat was totally covered.

Mat-strips sewn down

I was sewing through a very thick, looped cotton bath mat, so I used my strongest, most powerful sewing machine, my Janome 6500P.   This is the machine I use for quilting, and I could never say enough good things about it.  It’s a wonderful machine.  🙂


Then I trimmed around the shape of the bath mat…

Mat-trimming around

…and it looked like this.  Nigel the dog was helping me again.  😉

Mat after trimming

I bound the edges with bias tape, and then it was done!  🙂


This project used approximately 1/2 yard of fabric, so my Stash Report for Week 43 is:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  0.5 yard
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  85.375
  • Net Used:  60.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times, to see how others are doing with stashbusting this week.

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My Stashbuster Report for Week 2 is this:

New fabric purchased:   O

Fabric used from stash:   3/4 yard to finish a UFO.

Those are also my totals for Year to Date.

The other project I finished this week was a work in progress quilt started in 2008 (a Christmas gift), and all the fabric for it was purchased at that time.

Tomorrow I am starting a HeartStrings quilt for Quilts of Valor, so I will hopefully have a more impressive fabric usage report for Judy next week!

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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I’ve decided to make my older daughter’s Red and Black quilt larger than the original pattern(note: link updated 30-8-2011)  My version will require a total of 30 blocks, arranged 5 blocks across by 6 blocks down.  I’m not going to put borders on it, only binding, so the finished size should be 80″ x 96″, which I hope will be a nice size for a double bed.  I’m also going to make 4 coordinating pillowcases to match it, using my favourite pillowcase pattern from the QOV project.

So far, I have finished 15 blocks.  The other block pieces are assembled and ready to be sewn together, and I have cut all the pieces for the pillowcases.  I have 14 days to finish Pumpkin’s gift before Christmas, and I am feeling optimistic that I might get it done in time (knock on wood).  😉

Here are some sample layouts.  I haven’t decided yet how I will put all the blocks together, but I couldn’t resist playing around with them this afternoon.

Happy Sewing!




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