Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Slashing my Stash

Good Morning,

Sometimes I get so inspired reading all my quilty blogs. I read a few other blogs too, one is a cooking blog and another is a photography blog but today I was reading from the blue chair blog. Kati (the blog author) is talking about her "Slash your Stash" projects and it got me to thinking about my stash. In the back of my mind when I start to think about going fabric shopping, and lately it has been on my mind a lot, then I think, can I get one more quilt out of my stash first?

In all of this thinking I realized that my weekender quilt was made totally from my stash, and the quilt that I started working on a few days ago (you can find the pattern here ) is totally all stash material!! YAY!!

I want to try and get more out of the stash that I have which potentially is at least 3 or 4 more quilts before I purchase any more fabric.

I have been going through my stash a lot lately because of this new quilt and realized I have quite a bit of christmas fabric so I would like to make a christmas tree skirt and I really like this pattern. I think I have enough material to make at least 2 if not 3 skirts.

With all of that being said, my new goal for the rest of this year is to see how long I can go without making any new fabric purchases. I would like to finish up the many projects I have going. Any new projects I want to make will have to come from my stash.

Here is a list of current projects:
1. put the binding on the Weekender quilt  - Done
2. finish quilting baby quilt that is on the long arm and then bind it. - Done
3. quilt and bind nieces star quilt
4. quilt and bind step daughters quilt
5, quilt and bind blue and white quilt
6. piece and quilt applique (Moda pattern) flower quilt for daughter
7. finish piecing and quilt 3 applique wall hangings
            a. flowers with pinwheel border
            b. fall - pumpkin with leaves
            c. flower pot with fiber art stablizer
8. Finish paper piecing Radiant BOM and quilt it
9. Finish paper piecing Points of Pride and quilt it
10. Finish piecing green and white top and quilt it.

Whew, I will stop there. It looks more like a Finish up Friday kind of year than a Slash your Stash. :)

Those are just the projects I need/want to get done. That doesn't even count the ones floating through my head. Does anyone remember the sewing brick wall I hit earlier this year??  I do! Here is a big THANK YOU to my fellow bloggers out there in blogland. Sometimes just reading about quilters and their quilty projects can really inspire this often uninspired quilter.

Where is this post going?? Not really sure. I started with Slashing my Stash and ended with thanking those bloggers out there that keep me and you inspired to keep doing what we love to do.

I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Weedender Quilt

Good Morning,

I finished quilting the Weekender quilt and now I have the baby quilt loaded and ready to go.

 I have been working on the quilting pattern that I want to do on it.
It is a swirly, flower/feather that I saw on piece and quilt's website. I will have to look and see it I can find the picture of what I am trying to do and post it on here.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope your day is blessed.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Good Morning,

What an unusual, title right?
Daily I read the blogs that I subscribe to and they are all different. Some show pictures of what they are working on ( most do). Some show tutorials of what they have created or a different way to do a certain technique, and some just talk (write) with no pictures at all.

I have been analyzing/thinking a lot about my blog and what I really want to do with it. Obviously I don't piece quilts fast enough to get them posted on a regular weekly basis and that was the main purpose of putting this blog together was to show completed quilts.

Many times I take pictures of things I am working on with the intention of posting about them and then time slips away and I am onto another project without ever getting it posted.

 I have been working on various projects but today I am posting that sometimes I just feel like I don't do enough with my blog. To me it looks like I don't get anything made when I haven't posted about it and I feel I have let you, my readers down.

I have made a list of projects I have accomplished over the last few months just to refresh you and me.

In May I made those 5 rice bags for Mother's day gifts. (There are only 4 pictured, I use mine all the time).
  In June I made body pillow covers and small pillow covers with family names on them.
  In July I pieced the weekender quilt and will finish quilting it tonight.

              ( I pieced a baby quilt that will go on the quilt frame when I finish the weekender.) 

I showed my grand-daughter how to thread her mothers sewing machine and practiced stitching straight lines with her.
 We made a pillow using the sting pattern I showed in an earlier post. I am using this same pattern to make a quilt top out of my string scraps.

Sometimes I post about my family but I mostly post about the quilts or projects I am working on.
I think I put to much pressure on myself to be like other bloggers (those who post 2 or 3 times a week) but I am not them.
I am me plodding along in this life of quilting, family, trials and triumphs, occasionally putting it all out there but more often, not.
Thank you to those of you who continue to take the time to read my posts and thank you to those who take the time to post a comment.

I hope your week is off to a good start.
Thanks for stopping by.

God Bless,

Ps, I forgot to add - put the binding on my daughters baby quilt that she made for her son.

Happy Stitching.