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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another Finish (stash report week 15)

QOV top corner.jpg Okay - it's almost finished! Quilty friend Cheri is quilting the QOV for me.  After Dar got so many quilt tops at our last guild meeting for a returning Missouri unit, I took Cheri up on her offer to quilt this one. The QOV group must really be busy getting quilts ready for June.

It took a about a week for me to decide whether to add another border.  It measures 55x73, the minimum width.  However, with several UFOs in my pile that require borders, I'm discovering that borders aren't so much fun! So, this one stops at two borders.

I usually just double the backing fabric and call that my total yardage for a scrappy quilt. In one of her books, Bonnie Hunter determines yardage for scrap quilt tops by taking the backing fabric and multiplying it by 1.5, taking all the seams and such into consideration.  That calculates to 4.5 (1.5) = 6.75 (top) + 4.5 (back) = 11.25 total.  Hhhmm, I like Bonnie's equation! (correction on next post, total is 10.125 yds)

I especially like it since I added more to my stash.  After going to 10 shops last weekend on the shop hop, no one had any of my favorite fabric in the whole wide world, Waikiki (Hoffman 1895 #360), or any Transfer-eze.  So, when I got home an online shop had their 1895's on sale and there was Waikiki for $7/yd - I got 4 yards. I'll look for the Tansfer-eze in Paducah or order it.

slipper pattern.jpg
I picked up this, too.
Yesterday, quilty friend Joyce and I went to a shop that is closing.  She found some solids that she needed.  Then we went to a new shop in our area, Janie Lou, and we both found fabric!

Joyce is fun to shop with because she usually shops for a specific project.  Yesterday she had her pattern with her and needed 12 FQs.  So, if I don't find anything, I can at least help Joyce find some goodies.  If I shopped with a purpose, maybe I wouldn't have so much fabric lying around!

I was shopping for a swap and instead of doing FQs on two of the four fabrics, I did 1/2 yards.  So, I added 2 FQs to my stash on this trip.  I will show you the fats after I mail them out - want to surprise my partner!

fig tree table runner top.jpg Oh - and another near-finish - hopefully later today.

How many times do you buy a cute project at a shop and then get home and get caught up in all the parenting/housework duties and in your current sewing projects?  Happens to me all the time!  Then, those cute little projects get put in a drawer.  Well, I needed a little therapy earlier this week and decided to do the table runner that Cheri gave me on the shop hop.

Just happened to have some Fig Tree scraps that Joyce had given me last year that worked perfectly for the border.  Now to get it quilted and put it on the credenza behind our sofa for spring.

BOM 2013 block 1.jpg
BOM block 1

April is quite the quilty month around my house.  The shop hop was the first weekend, got in some spur-of-the-moment fabric shopping yesterday, this coming weekend is the BOM at the LQS (pity the poor non-quilter who tries to decipher this blog, lol!) where I won a gift certificate on the shop hop, and then the last weekend is the Paducah show.  Whew!!

However, Mother Nature has been working against me this weekend.  I cannot sew/quilt when the birds are singing and the sun is out and there are too many outdoor chores to do.  I may have to take the featherweight out on the patio this afternoon.  Have you ever sewn outdoors?

To the numbers:
Used this week: 11.25 (10.125)
Used YTD: 55.25 (54.125)
Added this week: 4.5
Added YTD: 42.25
Net used YTD: 13 (11.875)

Check out some more stash reports at Judy's Patchwork Times.

Have a great week!


  1. I love to sew outdoors in the warm weather. That way I can do 2 of the things I love at the same time. I even took my sewing machine on a camping trip and set up on the picnic table on the campsite. Pure bliss! lol

  2. So did you take your featherweight out for some fresh air? I've always wanted to, but haven't gotten beyond binding projects. Thanks for sharing the Bonnie Hunter calculation for yardage. I'll certainly use it since I'm a big fan of her designs. Love the background you used for the first project and stopping at two borders looks perfect to me!
    p.s. I'm just like Joyce!

  3. Lots of great stuff! Like that table runner a lot! Is the Cheri you mention Cheri from St Louis? If so, tell her that the yoga gal from the Shipshewana retreat says hi! Hope you have a great week!

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