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    Love the bike material. I had some of that but don't remember how I used it.

    Sad to say, Boxers were not involved with the "smart gene". And they stay puppies till close to 2 years old. The larger the breed the longer they take to mature. I am on my 2nd Great Dane. He has no idea he is 6 years old, but luckily he is very well behaved. He was a rescue and has anxiety issues, so is on Prozac, which has made an amazing difference in him.

    Well, the day at the sew-in at the LQS was good, but I fell off the wagon, skinned my knees, and severely damaged my wallet. But everything I bought was from the $5 a yard bin. Two are bolts of 12 yds and 10 yards, will be perfect backing for the current project, and may just make 2 of the same pattern. I also got several 1 yd to 1 1/2 yd pieces to add to the Civil War fabric for a soon-to-be quilt. All-in-all, all the fabric was planned out carefully, and will be used in the near future.

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    OK.....darling quilt project for you and your granddaughter to work on. I love the pattern and colors.... So fun...

    Lindajane....awesome tote. The bike fabrics is very cool...

    I only have 8 more blocks to PP for my vintage quilt. PP takes sooooooo long to do..at least for me it does. I'm even PP the blocks that I chose for fillers that I would normally machine piece just so the whole thing is PP. I saved the cutting (there is so much) to try doing something with them.
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    Here's my working diagram of the "purple quilt" (just to clarify, this shows 4 blocks). There will be 6x7 full blocks so 42 different purples. Right now the plan is for an additional set of half blocks all around the outer edges using the same dark purple fabric to provide a border. Ideally, I would have enough of a single white fabric to use with those, but I don't think I have a big enough piece -- but should find out today! I really like how there is exactly the same amount/shape of the background as there is the color part and how the pieces tesselate together.
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    Oh, I really like that, Ice. I love purple, but don't have much purple in my stash. Actually, I guess that's not true. I have 2 bolts of at least 6 yds each of purples that I got for backing one time. But so far they have not been the right shade of purple to be used.

    Well, I've been running around doing errands all morning, so maybe now I can get downstairs and do some sewing. I haven't felt exactly full of energy the last couple days so I need to change that and get busy doing something constructive.

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    That looks like it’s going to be a beautiful quilt Iceblossom!
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    Pretty, Ice!!! I like it!
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    Yes, IceB...looks more complex than it actually is...waiting to see it finished!
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    Thanks for the positive comments on the purple project. With my declining vision I look for "simple but effective" patterns and need fairly high contrast in my fabrics and designs. I'll be making the pointy pieces by drawing a diagonal on the corner of the rectangle and sewing through it, not going to stress myself cutting the points and trying to properly piece them.

    I got the whites cut, I'm hoping I have one other large piece I held out for the borders. Otherwise I have plenty of assorted whites to do the borders with them. While I was at my Mom's I sorted out my purples and I seem to have plenty, have 22 of the 42 cut but it was time to pack up and leave. And I still have to sew the Not Quite Y2K border units I pinned at small group, then layout the border sections -- shouldn't be too hard since they are 80% unique squares but the way I work I just can't let go and let things happened, lol, I've already done so much of that in this project -- letting go is hard to do!

    You might notice I am absent from the UFO group. I have way too many unquilted tops, and honestly I have no time-line on when either the Not Quite Y2K or the Purple quilt will be quilted, but I consider a completed top as a completed project -- just not quite a quilt. I need to find someone who likes to quilt as much as I like to piece, and together we could go places.

    I did go to three thrift stores, and I bought no fabric for me. I have a box of flannel pieces I will be sending out and found a couple nice pieces to throw in there, they were each about 2+ yards for $1.99, it's amazing how much stuff I can put in one of those flat rate boxes... I did, however, buy a smaller rolling suitcase to take on these overnights to my mom's (she's aging and lives about 90 minutes away, I'm going out there once a week to help add some structure to her week and to do chores, be company, etc.) for $8.00 at St Vincents, it's a Laurel Burch cat design fabric Also found a wonderful little 1970-ish mixmaster mixer (judging by the harvest gold color) complete with dough hooks and instruction book for $12 but it was 25% off. I don't have mixer and the little hand mixer I bought back in about 1982 for $14 has seen it's better days...

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    Iceblossom, you have been pretty busy!

    I love thrift shopping. Your Laurel Burch suitcase makes me green with envy!

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    Last night I finished the last of the 5 baby quilts I started a couple of weeks ago. I did the steps for all of them at one time... Cut all the fabric, then made the blocks, then did all the tops, sandwiched all ... you got the idea ... and finally put the last hand- stitch in the last one's binding.. It feels great to be able to say, "I finished 5 quilts today!"

    Today, I found four little piles of scraps of fabric with the same design ( little rows of "baby" in small print in white) in four different colors (red, yellow, blue and green). I'm planning to add some white also. Everything comes from stash as usual. I think I'll try to get 4 more quilts done this way, using the same fabric in different patterns.

    I wish I could show you pictures, but I don't have a fancy camera, or a fancy phone... and probably couldn't be able to figure it out anyway.

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    Way to go, Silly Susan!
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    I'm still working at cutting the purples. I had a couple of pieces of fabric that were regrettably just too small to use. A couple more that I could have gotten what I needed, but made cutting mistakes -- at least one of those pieces was plenty big to start with but even if I seamed a piece I was still one piece short. And so far two of the blocks do have a unit that was pieced from scraps. But the process has been good for me.

    I've been in the process of reducing my stash for the last few years. First I got rid of all my non-quilting and craft stuff. Then it's been using and reducing the stash. I know some serious fabric hoarders, and I know some people who just have a lot of fabric, much more than me, but prior to my reduction I was in the running for the "she with the most fabric wins" -- some of you probably would think the amount of fabric I still have is huge. When my eye condition was finally diagnosed, I had a look around and realized that no, not even I could use up the amount of fabric I have. So far I've cleared out about 10 large plastic garbage bags worth of stuff to various people and organizations. Lots of people willing to take "usable" amounts of fabric.

    I have a nice friend on the board who takes my cutting scraps and crumbs. The way I quilt, I have lots of scraps and crumbs... I keep a flat rate postage box by my cutting area and put in stuff until it gets full. I had finally accepted that I didn't even want to keep the little bits, but I feel so much better sending those 2x4" or whatever chunks to someone who wants them instead of throwing them away.

    In the last couple of months (since I've been on the board and while I was lurking in last year's thread), I've come to realize that while yes, I do need a wide range of fabrics to do scrappy style, I don't need a lot of yardage of those fabrics. Sure, you need some larger pieces for particular projects, but typically I don't use more than 1-4 pieces of any given fabric, or maybe like with the purple quilt, one block made of each fabric. I've decided that for ease of storage and use that what I really want are 6.5" strips, down to a 6.5" square. After that, the pieces go in the crumb box. While I will happily and often fussy cut, I hate ragged ends or holes in fabric, so those areas get trimmed and into the crumb box. Badly cut tapering ends, those too go into the box, is pretty amazing sometimes how fast the box fills up.

    So it's been nice working with these fabrics. Using up the little bits, and letting the rest of them go, all the while my remaining fabrics get refolded and better sorted/organized as well as reduced. And it's fun just to play with the box of fabric

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    While patting myself on the back for almost get a scrappy top finished this week, I have jumped off that wagon twice. First for "# not be to disclosed" spools of thread ($7 for the large Aurifil at QIAD- white only on a daily special) and then while getting Kona online for a bee challenge some 108" wide backing and another piece landed in the cart. So back to the scrappy and then to piece some backing for it. Still cutting fabric scraps for leader/ender projects, filling the trimmings bag for the dog bed lady, sewing batting pieces together and putting together giveaway fabric & patterns for upcoming sew days.

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    Great price on thread AUQuilter! Sounds like you have plans for it all.
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    How are y'all doing on the Moratorium wagon? We're more than half way thru March. I have glue on my britches so I can't fall out! And, I can start seeing some dents in the stash! I was able to empty two big tubs of fabric from the floor! That's good news, but I have about 10 more, several totes full, 6 shelves stacked tightly and 6 big boxes full! I used up a closet full of batting and I think I'll run out of the fluffy stuff soon. I may have make just the quilt tops and crib sheets for a while... or I may have to ****buy**** some batting!

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    Wow, Susan....that is amazing that you've used so much of your stash....yet you have so much more...lol!! You are doing great! I have a roll,of batting but I'm not cutting into it until I use up the scrap batting. I have used one shopping bag full already...just 2 more to go..
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    Ok, so I'm glad you all are doing well on not buying more fabric. I however am still buying fabric like a desperate person needing a drink or fix. Bought 24 yards in January. And only 10 yards in February. It's March and I've bought 14 yards. I need all that fabric. Have absolutely no plans to get rid of any of it, even the little scraps. Have 2 more yards in a cart that I will look at again.

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    Oh, Sewingitalltogether! What are we to do?! Maybe, like we did last year to some people, we could start putting some of those penalties on you... like 10 push-ups for every yard you buy!! We've tried to be nice and grab you and pull you back on the wagon, but So Many Yards!! Oh my....! Maybe it's time for a little tough love!
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    I slipped on the banana peel again. I ordered 2 layer cakes to replace ones that I just used up. I like keeping Miniature Gatherings on hand to use for backgrounds, so I ordered another one of those and also Miniature Floral Gatherings. I just made a bunch of HSTs for a pinwheel quilt and nearly used up the tiny blenders.

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    Oh Oh..hope you can all stay strong.
    I've been working in stash. I have a couple of cow quilts going..the first I had bought fabrics for last summer..so it's relatively new stash. The second is from old stash so feel good about working on that.

    Meanwhile on the kid front, I had 10 yo GD sew on some squares as practice sewing before she works on her pillowcases. She isn't very experienced and pairing up these is giving her more confidence. The 13 yo has all quilt pieces cut and has started on a leader/ender project to boost her confidence. E's l/e project was prompted by some 3 1/2" horse themed squares I had a while ago from scraps. She ran out of squares so I dug out the rest of the larger chunks of fabrics and am now cutting a small tub into sized pieces. Not what I planned to do, but this will help get some fabrics used up because I now have usable plans for these stash fabrics. Off I go....
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    I am so tickled to see the updates on your grandkids quilting adventures!

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    Love the purple "star", IceBlossom.
    Remember I told you about buying 7+ yards of a fabric I use a lot for backings? Well, I've used 3.5 yards on a quilt I just quilted. So half gone. So far this month I've used 17 from stash. Some of the pics are on the Virtual Quilting thread Post 94: https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...t303593-4.html.

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    I did succumb to allure of thrift store buys this past week, got several yards in scraps (various sizes) of a really sweet Daisy Kingdom Easter fabric in those not quite pastel Easter egg colors. I know just what I will do with it, it's large scale and I will make simple snowball blocks and then tie in those not-quiet pastels for the corners of the blocks and alternating 9-patches in the same fabrics.. The other piece is about 1.5 yards of a lovely tan back ground with feathers that was one of the Northcott Quilt for a Cure line. Both were $1.99 each.

    Other than that I'm plugging along, hubby being home sick has adjusted some of what I planned to do. Even though we've all had our flu shots in my small group (hubby didn't get shot, got flu instead -- funny how that works) one of the ladies is going in for a procedure next week and I am going to keep any germs I may have lurking on me away from her. Hubby hopes to go back to work on Wednesday, I'm figuring he should still stay home. Still planning on going out to my Mom's today and checking out those thrift stores normally so far away from me No guarantees, I am in a retail therapy sort of mood. I can just hope there isn't anything to tempt me.

    One of the stacks of stash I've been looking at is my civil war fabrics. I have probably 3 quilts worth of fabric in there -- I've think I've decided on one quilt, and am getting more committed to a second one. I've decided what I'm going to do with my excess 2.5" squares -- giving them away is still an option! But I have a plan at least for the ones I cut before I decided to use my Y2K squares.

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    I'm having a fabulous fabric moratorium this month. I went to Joann's yesterday, browsed the fabric, found nothing I needed, and walked out with only the buttons I needed. Then I went to Hobby Lobby, did the same, and only bought the basting spray I needed. That is all I have purchased this month for quilting.

    Yarn is a whole different story, lol.

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    Well done, JJ!!!

    I purchased 2 FQ's I needed to make a wall hanging for the board swap. You know...when an idea sticks in your head and the perfect fabric is visualized..nothing else will do... Lol..
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