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    Battle Axe, take care. You don't want Nurse Rachet to move in with you!! We're here pulling for your recovery. Soon you'll have both feet under you and there will be no stopping you! Just relax in that recliner, tackle those bindings, watch some TV. You'll be running around like crazy in just a little while.

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    Hang in there BattleAxe. As bad as it may be to be housebound, follow the directions and don't make the time any longer than it has to be.

    So here's a picture of the current state of the Wonky Brights, basically now I just have one seam for each 2-row set, then sew the rows together. I'm still not planning out what blocks go together, I just put my stuff in two piles, yes I will twirl around the blocks a bit but typically I just go with what comes up with what. I'll be doing that on the final row seam and then the rows themselves. I do have my Caroline block, the planned 9-patch in the bottom corner but other than that, all bets are off!
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    A fun funky quilt, IceB..

    Oh it must be frustrating BAxe...do you mean quilts like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceblossom View Post
    That's right Susie, I saw that in another thread -- I think both our grands are due right about the same time even? My first and probably only is expected first week of September -- which coincides with my birthday. The year I was born it was Labor Day... always found that fitting (Labor Day is first Monday of September so the date moves around). My grandbaby will be a boy. I was sort of hoping for a girl but if someone has to dress like a fairy princess it can always be me.

    My dear son and DiL just came by yesterday and I showed her my secret baby quilts (I made them but never mentioned them, no pressure from me!). I've been wanting to be a grandma for so long, I swear it's worse than any urges I had to have my son She just loved the Monkey Quilt. It has Monkey fabrics and a terribly complicated pantograph monkeys eating bananas quilting design which is completely and totally lost in both the back and front fabrics. Oh well.. I still love that project and it was always intended for my own grandbaby. She wasn't as thrilled with the Under the Sea one, that's ok, I've loved doing it (not quite done yet, still stitching on the binding). She did select one of my donation quilts for a friend of her's whose favorite character is Peppa Pig, I called it "Pig Pen" because it has a large blocks of pig fabric. I made it because it is Year of the Pig and because it was a happy project.

    I'll have to take some pictures after hubby is up and out of bed. That's my picture taking platform, I have rolls of heavy craft paper that make a nice work surface and quickly roll up or down and out of the way.

    Iceblossom
    - our granddaughter is due on Sept 18. So you get to be a Grandma before me
    I am excited she's a girl as I have 3 sons but honestly, I would have been thrilled to have a grandson. They want 2 kids so maybe I will. Then again, maybe not haha!
    My other son wants kids but not my oldest. His pets are his kids.
    I look forward to seeing your quilts. I just finished a quilt for the baby but it's not quilted yet. This one will be machine quilted but in the future I want to make her one and hand quilt it. That's how I started with this obsession and I still love doing it.

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    Grandchildren are just the best. I have 3 of each, but mine are all grown now, youngest is 14. And they all have quilts I have made for them.
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    This week I have been just kind of floating along, not feeling very motivated. I have put some new ideas in the "box" in my head for future projects. A friend of mine does a lot of charity work gifting to foster kids, and various shelters. I help her out by making pillowcases that are used as gift bags for the foster kids. And this year I am going to use a bunch of scraps or FQs to make fabric boxes she can fill with various goodies, soap, toothbrushes, knitted washcloths, etc. I figure it is a good way to use up batting scraps and fabric scraps. And I can quilt them using the fancy stitches on my new Babylock Aria. I got it last Black Friday, so it is not totally new, but the newest machine in my corral. I admire you ladies who can just grab any old scrap and turn it into a work of art. It is a struggle for me to go scrappy. I guess I was an apparel sewer for too many years, plus my mother sits on my shoulder and tells me when fabrics don't match or the colors aren't compatible. I love her sitting there but don't always like her opinions.

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    Everyone is using their stash in very creative ways, & I congratulate you. I havent sewn in a movie th, at least. The friend I gave my batik quilt to has come home for end-of-life care, & I've spent a lot of time with her. This weekend I'm at the Texas coast with girlfriends who ride. Most of us rode in, but it was a very hot trip. Only about 300 miles but almost 10 hours due to getting overheated & spending an hour cooling down at a gas stop. Construction also impeded our progress. Now we're all relaxing & enjoying the beach, a short walk away.

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    Conchalea...may your quilt continue to comfort your friend as she enters this new reality.
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    Thank you, Ok. My friend rallied yesterday but had a relapse today. I fear the end is near & I'll miss her dearly. We rode together many times & covered many miles.

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    Fabric can wait, your friends can't. Talk to your friends who are there, and feel the winds on you for the one who is home.

    <big hugs>

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    I have been using my stash but also have started some new projects that needed fabric. Also, I have a hard time after working so hard on top to just use large scraps on the back. I found backing fabric at Joanns and will use that for my most recent quilt.

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    However, I have not bought new fabric because I like it. It has to have a distinct purpose and that I don’t have something that can work. I have been using stash yardage for backings on smaller quilts. I will piece some backings if it will be coordinated.

    I am hoping to start working on donation quilts for the kids that graduate and are leaving the foster care system. I will make mostly scrappy bright quilts with one coordinate.

    You are all inspiring me to use what I have.

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    Oh what a great idea, Darcys...

    My two grands are sewing. One has used 4 yards of stash making pillowcases. The other is working on a small quilt all from my stash. We need to get a backing for the quilt, so going to LQS for some tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcyshannon View Post
    However, I have not bought new fabric because I like it. It has to have a distinct purpose and that I don’t have something that can work. I have been using stash yardage for backings on smaller quilts. I will piece some backings if it will be coordinated.

    I am hoping to start working on donation quilts for the kids that graduate and are leaving the foster care system. I will make mostly scrappy bright quilts with one coordinate.

    You are all inspiring me to use what I have.
    It is so great that you have used so much stash that you've run out of enough to back your quilts!

    Your making quilts for the kids leaving foster care is a wonderful project. Your gift to each will be a reminder that someone is thinking of him/her as they face the future. It must be a scary time for them. God bless you.. and them!

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    Last seam of the Wonky Bright top is done, however there is not enough of the fabric I am using on the back for the front borders and at 56x80 it needs some borders to get to twin sized. Pulled out another fabric I had in reserve to take to Tuesday group for their opinions, it goes fine with the top, not so great with the back but if I use a plain black binding it will work and it happens that I have plain black binding already made...

    I'll check my stash, I think have another piece big enough I think will work but I'm pretty sure I mailed that one out... so it goes! Improvisation and grooving with the moving is what this project is about.

    Last week I did buy one piece of fabric at the thrift store, I need to measure it -- I think it may be metric measurement and not vintage, but it's definitely narrower than 44/45".

    On the other side of the equation, last week I mailed out the box of trimmings to the crumb quilter (large flat rate box). I also sent out a collector's request (half a medium box), found a new (appreciative) home for some creepy clown fabric that I got in a thrift store bundle I have already admitted to, and sent two more large flat rate boxes to another quilter I met here on the boards (she accepts the flannel that I get in bundles). That included a huge piece (6 yds or so...) of a fun flannel I got at the thrift store and the pink fabrics I had picked up/given to me before we found out my grandbaby will be a boy.

    Today at group I am still doing the hand sewing of the binding of what I call the "Under the Sea" quilt. And then it's time to figure out what I'm going to do next...
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    Iceblossom, I love the "moving with the grooving" phrase!

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    Hello!! So....on my journey to my new home, I stopped at a couple of LQS Utah and purchased some fabrics for my next project plus...some orange blender for the Gypsy Wife quilt pattern I am kitting up. I do not have hardly any orange in stash...so..exceptions for me... I am now in my new city so I am likely going to visit a few shops here but I use restraint...*palm up..taking oath**
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    But you have to get out and get acquainted. Hope you find fellow quilters in your new community!
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    This week, I finally got all the extra fabric off the LA. Got a large lap quilt quilted and put on another. My mind was wandering and over the clamps it tried to sew. Couldn't find the tool to change the needle, DH found it so tomorrow, back to the LA. Feels good to get back to the quilting. Must have 20 quilts all lined up, backing, binking all ready.

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    Teen how exciting! And you really should get to know your new LQSs. Petthefabric that sounds like fun. I completed one quilt that needs binding (binding fabric from stash) and have two more ready to sandwich. All backing from stash and two tops made from stash.

    Was so excited by the quilt show here last week. I couldn't wait till it came and then when it was here I was ill and couldn't attend anyway. Not the way I would like to stay on our moratorium at all! Plus missing all the beautiful quilts.
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    A prayer quilt top and back finished with only part of the back being purchased - the rest from my own stash and the inherited stash from my sister in law. It's at the church so others can put the ties in. I'll get a picture when it comes back for binding.

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    Good news and off the wagon news. Good news I’m starting a new QAL = all from stash, about 6 yards. Off the wagon news - I bought 6 1/2 yard pieces for $20.00 and a few small appliqué kits = scenic type. I went to our regional quilt show this weekend and bought a few notion items. Good news, I received fabric from a guild member who didn’t want fabric. One piece was 24 yards, so it was split between 2 of us. I plan to use it as backing fabric. Back on the wagon I go.

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    The thrift stores have been kind and haven't tempted me with any fabric lately. I am remaining resolute about no new fabric. I did, however, get a couple of very nice tops on tag day so super cheap, $2.99 for a perfect condition Liz Claiborne since it was on tag day. The $4.99 top I paid full price is also very nice, and again perfect never-worn condition.

    Quilting-wise had a bit of a stumble last week, went to go to small group and my car didn't start! No big deal, just battery. Waited a bit to see if the lady who lives down the street was going past or maybe the group would see my email progress reports. Ended up walking there, just a bit over half a mile and mostly flat so no big deal. Had my baby quilt top to sew the binding down. Left the wonky bright box + border in the car and it has stayed there all week. Spent a week of no quilting! Lots of computer games and cooking and tv instead.

    Today I put together the backing for the purple quilt. I've had it pre-cut and prewashed and waiting for a couple of weeks now. I don't know what I did wrong, but the two "halves" were like 6" off from each other. There was a third piece a little longer than wide (but smaller than the "halves") that I had to piece together to have enough room. It isn't going to be ample especially with my mistake, but there is a good 3-4" on each of the narrow sides, and 6+ top and bottom and came from stash, one of my wild and crazy large scale backs. I was worried for a bit that it was going to be too small and I'd have to do another purple quilt to use it up.

    Next I'm going to piece the back for the Wonky Bright quilt. That will help determine how big a border I can put on it. I'll have the ladies look at the border piece tomorrow. I still don't like it with the back, but I found a nice piece of black and white flowers with just a touch of highlighter green that makes a happy binding that works with both fabrics. Maybe also pull a couple other options for the border since I did sort of have plans for the piece I'm probably going to use.

    Tomorrow will be the last bit of hand sewing the binding of the Under the Sea baby quilt top. I still haven't committed to what project next... but I'll have to have something portable in time for next Tuesday.
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    I am so proud of myself! I was drawn to buy some newer pieces that would just go into my stash since I am doing some scrappy quilts right now so I didn't buy it! I withdrew right in the middle of ordering online! I have a couple quilts that I am working on right now. I still have 2 baby quilts to finish the bindings on and the scrappy quilt laying right next to me as I type. it is going to be hard to do, not buying any new fabrics but I am continuing to put my best foot forward. This forum is definitely helping me to achieve this goal.

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    Everyone is doing great. I kinda slipped off the wagon again, that darn Bluprint and their big sales. I got some fabrics that ended up being $3.50 a yard, can't pass that up. And it goes with stuff in my stash, so it will get used soon. Right now I am working on some scrappy blocks that were left from a previous project. I counted the 4 patches and there were 311, yes, 311. Don't know how I over-made so many, but they are now getting used. I found a layer cake in my stash of the same collection, Eliza's Indigo, and some yardage of the neutrals I had used, so I made up a bunch of Indian Hatchets, better known as snowballed 4 1/2" squares to alternate with the 4 patches. I have 10 rows sewn together, have 8 or 10 more to do, depending on how many blocks I have at the end. I started in the center and am working out, sort of chevron looking. I may have to buy some yardage for the backing, since this is all blue/brown/natural, and I don't think I have enough of the large print I used for the previous quilt. If there is enough it will have to be pieced because I found several pieces of it in the stash. Anyway I will be glad to be done with this one, laying out and sewing the blocks is very tedious. The next quilt will be a pattern called Jamaican Stars, using strips from 2 batik JRs, and some neutral almost white batik for the background, and a very dark brown batik for the little squares. The backing is already purchased from the $5 bin so the quilt is planned around the backing. The JRs have been in the stash way too long. Anyway, the stash is slowly getting busted, as long as I stay home and don't go shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliasb View Post
    I am so proud of myself! I was drawn to buy some newer pieces that would just go into my stash since I am doing some scrappy quilts right now so I didn't buy it! I withdrew right in the middle of ordering online! I have a couple quilts that I am working on right now. I still have 2 baby quilts to finish the bindings on and the scrappy quilt laying right next to me as I type. it is going to be hard to do, not buying any new fabrics but I am continuing to put my best foot forward. This forum is definitely helping me to achieve this goal.
    Good for you! You are doing such a great job... using your stash for so many projects.

    Yes, it is difficult to pass by all that wonderful fabric, but you are achieving a goal of reducing your stash. And, yes, the folks here are so nice to encourage us to get control of our run-amuck ton of stash. Thanks, guys. After two years of avoiding buying any new fabric, and quilting like a crazy lady, I see some dents in the bins, tubs, stacks, etc.. Yeah!!

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