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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Last 2012 Stash Report (week 52)

Here it is, the last stash report for this year.  I will be so glad to start with zeroes next week (unless my box from Tonya arrives before then)!  I had high hopes for 2012 being the UFO busting year.  Alas, fate had other plans.  My grandma's passing really took the wind out of my creative sails and settling her affairs took loads of time.

Now I am starting to focus my attention on just getting some tops done that have been sitting around for years. My resolution for 2013 is to empty my projects boxes of old projects, so I can fill them with new ones, of course.  I may have to do some panto "quilting by checkbook" because these UFOs are really draining my chi. I feel behind on everything that I do some days.

To help me bust my stash and use up some fabric, my mom bought me more fabric for Christmas.  LOL - she bought me 15 yards of white muslin!

I started to take a pic of it all washed and piled, not folded yet, on my sewing cabinet but when I snapped it, it seemed quite dull.  

The muslin will help me use up the red & white charms from a swap, polka dot charms from a swap, and possibly tons of scrappy strips and charms.

One thing that I do not stash is neutral background fabric.  There is about 10 yards of my grandma's unbleached muslin that I have used in several projects.  It's so handy to have around.  But, I had no white fabric.

Now I am off to the races, what projects shall I start next?  Oh - see, there I go!  Gotta get a couple tops together first, then I can start a new project.

We traveled before Christmas to Dallas for DH's family get together.  Well, as DH went to get a part for the truck one morning, I went along with him and noticed sign for Plano.  Well, that's where the Fabric Fanatics shop is, the one that carries only batiks!  So, we stopped and I only bought 3 cuts (half yd each).  I could have done some real checkbook damage in that store, let me tell you!!  There were lovely batiks all at less than $10/yd, bolts and bolts of sale fabric at $7.75/yd - batik heaven!
Dec 2012 batiks.jpg

Today is our 18th wedding anniversary and DH did a good thing.  He bought me this:

It's the TrueCut rotary blade sharpener.  And, it works!  I know that because he sharpened about 10 old blades for me yesterday evening (yes, he gave it to me early).  I put it on my amazon wish list after Bonnie Hunter gave it a good review.  It sharpened those Harbor Freight blades but they are thicker than the blades we get from Fiskars and Olfa.  Now, I can just scrap those and take the loss.

My mom got me this one for Christmas.

It's the manual blade sharpener.  Neither DH or I could get it to work.  Guess there's too much of an "idiot" factor involved.  I think you have to find the way to hold the blade just right for 10 rep's on each side of the blade, more if the blade is really dull.  Luckily, she can return it.

My in-laws got me a new book:
I ask for one quilt book each year and you know, I think I've made one quilt.  It's not that I don't want to make quilts from these books.  My queue of projects is just so long! I may have to take a break on the books, too.

Oh yes, my last finish of 2012:
Luna Notte tote.jpg

I completed this before we left for Dallas.  I started it in November 2011 and I truly have no idea what I was thinking.  Look how deep it is!  It's the same pattern, based on the Mill House Inn tote bag, as my spring bag.  I added a zipper and 3 big pockets. I know I wanted it to be big enough to hold gloves and hats and ear muffs.  I just don't remember it being this big!

To the numbers:
Used this week: 1

Used year to date: 32.025
Added this week (purchased/won): 1.5
Added this week (inherited/gifted): 15
Added year to date (purchased/won): 71.131
Added year to date (inherited/gifted): 84
Added year to date total: 155.131
Net used for 2012: -123.106

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Have a Happy New Year! 


  1. You certainly got a lot of quilty stuff for Christmas and your anniversary .

    You did a great service for your grandma, packing up a lifetime of living isn't easy, physically or mentally. You did a good thing there

    Hope 2013 is full of many wonderful quilts..

  2. I see some white muslin in my future as well. I have found so many things I would love to try.

  3. I'm a follower now. Have to see what great quilts you make from the two project boxes you showed. I'm sorry about your Grandma. May your memories of her comfort you. Wow - all those quilty things as presents. Wish my family would get the hint.
    Happy New Year!


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