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rryder 01-20-2021 05:42 AM

Bluebell- welcome to the thread. As others have mentioned, everyone is welcome. It’s a great place to get support for using stash and buying more mindfully. We are always happy to give folks a hand back up onto the wagon when they fall off!


Julienm1 01-20-2021 07:06 AM

Making NEW fab today. Decided to use up scraps and hopefully have enough to make a 40 x 50 quilt. Found the pattern on this link and thought ...great pattern for mindless sewing. Sewing table is covered with strips, ironing board strips ready for pressing, and IN A CONTAINER, strips ready for cutting.
I realize I remember sewing with some of this fabric and brings a smile to my face which makes DH nervous...wondering what I'm planning now...https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images...es/biggrin.png

oksewglad 01-20-2021 07:36 AM

Originally Posted by Blue Bell (Post 8454195)
Thank you for letting me stay in the group. I have a huge stash so I really shouldn't even buy a thread of fabric. Last year, I set a goal of making 10 to 12 quilts for charity. I used the patterns for 3 one yard quilts, easy and quick. I made 12 quilts and have several fabrics picked out to make more this year. I should make a goal of one quilt a week. That would would really make a dent in my stash.

Wow..good for you with such admirable goals and completions! E, I have been working 3 days a week for the past 9 months and that has cut into sewing time here. Last week dropped down to 2 days as in winter we have less traffic at the shop. Sewglad to have you join us; again welcomehttps://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/smile.png

Going to work on some more 6" blocks today. Sun is shining, but cold here.

WMUTeach 01-20-2021 02:52 PM

Ups and Downs of 2020
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My first finish for 2021. I started it in 2020, it is really a UFO, but I finished it yesterday and top, back and binding was from my stash!! (I did not count in last year's numbers. It wasn't finished.) I named it "Ups and Downs of 2020". https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/boy.gif

rryder 01-21-2021 05:49 AM

Cool finish and great that it’s all from stash!

I need to put the top and bottom borders on my Debbie Brown color block quilt and then it will be ready for sandwiching! Although I did the color blocks all in blues, my Blue scrap drawer is still fairly full. Trying to decide what colors to do for next month’s color block. I’ve got lots of black scraps and I’ve always wanted to do a black and red quilt, but not sure Until I see her reveal for Feb. if I want to do those. Was originally thinking red blocks on black background, but I also think a red and black checkerboard for the blocks would be neat... then again, I’ve got more yellow scraps than anything else, with blues now running a close second... not to mention tons of fat quarters that I’ve been hoarding... I could do a rainbow themed series of blocks...it’s a lot of fun pondering the possibilities represented in my scrap drawers.


ckcowl 01-21-2021 08:58 AM

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I managed to get the 2020 temperature quilt all put together- completely from stash and scraps, it turned out Huge! Much larger than I expected- guess my (TBI) still effects my math processing. Oh well, my daughter is going to Love it. It is 104Ē square.
I will have to purchase backing for it, I donít think I have anything large enough for it. Bumber

i also used scraps & stash fabric for my National Quilt Museum January 2021 BOM challenge block. This year we are doing a QAYG project ( quilt as you go) itís going to be fun I think.
I used up 9 yards of stash fabric and scrap batting getting 7 baby/ kid quilts quilted and bound. Iím starting the new year getting things done

rryder 01-21-2021 11:02 AM

Wow Ck! You're on a roll. Congratulations on using so much stash. My 2017 temp quilt will also be quite large, if I ever get the borders and key put on it. I think that's the nature of the beast, unless you do them the way some of the first ones I saw were done- those were not quite so large. Some of the first ones I saw did high temp for each week instead of each day.


petthefabric 01-21-2021 12:40 PM

power's been out since Mon PM due to wind damage to lines. Cutting doesn't take electricity with daylight. So cut out two projects. Comfort quilts: 48 x 72".

retiredteacher09 01-21-2021 04:55 PM

Rob: You made great progress on your Color Block quilt top assembly.

ckcowl: Great finishes!

petthefabric: Oh yuck to no electricity. I hope your generator is keeping up.

Conchalea 01-21-2021 06:18 PM

CK, your industrious quilting is amazing! You are really powering through your quilts & stash.
I finished my Ripple quilt yesterday. The blocks have a light area that to me look like Li, the chemical symbol for Lithium. (You cant take the need out of me) So I call it the Lithium quilt. Each block is a bright color, 33 of the 35 from the same jelly roll, all from my stash. I added sashing because some of the block colors clashed next to others. The sashing & back were also from stash. All in all I figure 8.85 yards out of my closet & my friend's closet. We had a great time working on it.

Rff1010 01-21-2021 07:00 PM

Originally Posted by Conchalea (Post 8454610)
The blocks have a light area that to me look like Li, the chemical symbol for Lithium. (You cant take the need out of me) So I call it the Lithium quilt.

Viva le Science!

Conchalea 01-21-2021 07:52 PM

Thanks Rff1010. That was supposed to say Nerd, not need. My phone changes random words.

Teen 01-21-2021 07:54 PM

Ckcowl....I love your temperature quilt. Doing it in FG is a great idea. Your other projects look great! Way to go...

I’ve been cutting scraps up for a couple of projects the last couple of years and I think I’m ready to start on one of them. Going to strategize this weekend and sort to see what I’ve got... I’m ready for the next quilt project so I thought I hit some scraps for a bit and see where it takes me before I grab a kitted up project box.

oksewglad 01-21-2021 08:18 PM

Wow, look at those finishes, ckcowl! I especially like the second quilt...very dramatic.

While sewing on my six inch stars, I'm sewing leaders and enders of 2.5 squares of kids fabrics making 16 in a square. A 4 x 4 setting with 2" sashing will make a 40 x 40 baby quilt. One can always add more blocks to the length and another border for a bigger quilt. Will see how many squares I can get made and then decide.

petthefabric 01-21-2021 10:11 PM

PG&E says Saturday PM midnight, power will be restored. A tank of gas lasts about 12 hours. DH will fill again tomorrow before going to work. Reading is good for only so long. Go 3 quilts cut out.

froggyinNewMexco 01-22-2021 08:00 PM

I'm all in. Only have to make backs to use up stockpiled stash. Or is that redundant?

petthefabric 01-22-2021 08:43 PM

Backs use a lot of fabric quickly.

retiredteacher09 01-22-2021 08:52 PM

Conchalea: You are both going through the stash. 👍

oksewglad: Itís amazing how fast the squares go together as leaders and enders.

petthefabric: Thatís good news that it should be on soon.

Welcome, froggyinNewMexco.

Patg 01-23-2021 04:34 AM

I haven't purchased any fabric for years because all of my fabric is from estate sales and I have a huge stash. All I need to buy is thread now and then. And I haven't been to an estate sale for a year to add to my stash. I made lots of quilts for Project Linus last year and a few for baby gifts, can't seem to reduce my stash much!
Much of my fabric is vintage and I use it to complete the vintage quilt blocks I bought at sales or to do english paper piecing and other hand piecing.

oksewglad 01-23-2021 07:20 AM

Welcome Patg to the moratorium. Please share what you make! I see you are a newbie to the QB as well..welcome and enjoy the many threads available.

SusieQOH 01-23-2021 08:00 AM

I'm joining! I spent 8 days cleaning my sewing room starting on New Year's Day. I donated 5 bags of stuff, threw out a ton, and sold a bunch of precuts I didn't want.
The only thing I bought so far is some Belle & Boo fabric to make a quilt for my granddaughter. It is the sweetest fabric- made in the UK. I found a US seller on Etsy. I'm going to fussy cut the little characters.
But other than that I'm not buying!!!!!!!

Irishrose2 01-23-2021 12:00 PM

Welcome, Suzie. I bought a yard of fabric today. Northcutt marbled or brushstrokes are a staple for me. I was down to three inches of my hot pink, so I picked up a yard. Hobby Lobby sells it for $9.99 - I used a 40% off coupon, so I was out the door for $6. Some of it may go o the back of my Merry Mayhem quilt, so it will be used, not stored.

Teen 01-23-2021 01:25 PM

I’m in a mess of trouble. A quilt shop just opened on Main st. In my small community. The good news is that I don’t have to travel outside the valley( 10 mins away) the bad news is....the inconvenience kept me from visiting shops outside the valley. Lol... So, I stopped to check it out yesterday...it’s a cool shop and is catering to all types of crafts. A separate section for painting, quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting etc. not much yet for quilting but they have shelves set up so I can see the inventory will be vast. She was kind enough to ask me what types of fabrics I prefer and designers etc. crap! I didn’t buy anything...yet...

Julienm1 01-23-2021 01:27 PM

Pat if you are worried about OVER shopping...leave your purse in the trunk of your car!

petthefabric 01-23-2021 05:20 PM

Hi all. We have power!! Now I can sew what I've been cutting out and get back to the LA.

retiredteacher09 01-23-2021 06:49 PM

Welcome, Patg and SusieQOH.

Irishrose2: I will need to check out the Northcott marbles and brushstrokes.

Teen: Have fun checking in on the progress of the new quilt store. 🙂

petthefabric: Wahoo to electricity!

rryder 01-24-2021 05:36 AM

Teen, if the new quilt shop is close enough, maybe you can just think of it as the annex where you store your stash...


Julienm1 01-24-2021 05:43 AM

Good idea, Rob!!!

Irishrose2 01-24-2021 09:07 AM

Connie, the pink is from the Earth Series. The marble looking ones are Stonehenge. I used the Artisan line with a touch of gold in a quilt, too. Such silky fabric!

retiredteacher09 01-24-2021 06:23 PM

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Irishrose2: Thanks. I looked them up and they are pretty.

I finished my top for the Color Blocks monthly pattern by Debby Brown quilts. I made a backing for it too. I usually donate almost all of my tops to my church group because that’s where most of the fabric comes from anyway. However, this one is calling out to me because of it’s brightness. 🤷‍♀️ I will eventually decide if it stays or goes.

70” by 80” for the top plus the 80” by 88” backing = around 8.5 yards. Wahoo. Plus all of the small scraps that weren’t saved after I took as many 2.5” squares as I could from the fabric.

Picture is sideways on my iPad. Oops.

rryder 01-25-2021 03:34 AM

Great finish, Connie! Are you going to do the spiral quilting on it? I’m still trying to decide how I want to quilt mine...


oksewglad 01-25-2021 06:54 AM

Looks great, Connie, and a great use of stash! And it's okay to keep a quilt for yourself.

I have gotten over 40 squares of the six inch star blocks. Meanwhile I have several 2 1/2" strip sets 2 yards long and about 10 "I Spy" blocks. No yardage harmed in any of this. I think (?) my 2.5 bins look emptier!

juliasb 01-25-2021 08:25 AM

I know my buying patterns and this moratorium helped me a great deal. By the middle of January I use to buy at least $100 worth of fabric. Last year I made it through with only a couple of necessary purchases. Only one of those ended up not being used for anything. So this year I will report in just as often to stay on track. So far we are coming up on the end of January and I have not even looked at a Joann add or online at my favorite fabric stores. I consider this a big win for me since the sales this time of the year are the best! Heck I even made it through Black Friday. So I am patting myself on the back that I am sewing away all from my stash. Wishing everyone else the best.

Rff1010 01-25-2021 11:06 AM

So I went a little crazy* Dec\Jan because "I'm supporting my LQS!" But I'm looking at my collection* and I have plenty of fabric and just need to sew what I have.

I did just buy some Kona Snow- but it's a basic - can use with anything- item and actually makes the rest of the collection more useful.

*Crazy and Collection are subjective terms and apply to your own comfort zone. I have X space to store fabric and am pushing the limits... therefore too much.

Anne P 01-25-2021 11:44 AM

Hi, Connie, Could you give me more information about Debbie Brown's quiltalong? I have drawers of 2" and 2.5" squares and I really want to use them for charity quilts. I'm currently working with the 2" squares, but have a project for home. I'd love to share ideas with others who are doing the same. Thanks.
Anne P

Conchalea 01-25-2021 12:26 PM

Lithium quilt
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Here is my Lithium quilt, made with a jelly roll & a sheet for a back. The pattern is Ripple, but the blocks look like Li, which to a chemistry teacher says lithium.

retiredteacher09 01-25-2021 08:32 PM

Rob: Thanks and no I'm not going to try the spiral quilting. At this time, it just doesn't interest me although I may try it on something smaller some day because it is very pretty.. I have the quilt top and back sitting by the church quilter's box for now. I need to get brave and try to do some basic quilting like lines. It doesn't need to be much because the church group can tie it also. First I need to get the quilt done for my grandson's first birthday on February 2nd.

oksewglad: Thanks! I decided I would finish the UFO that was meant for my bed in the first place. Blocks were made in 2015 and 2016. I have plenty yellow and pink squares/fabric along with the sashing and border fabric to make another similar quilt for me if I choose. Great job attacking those 2.5" bins!

juliasb: Keep up the great work of using up your stash.

Rff1010: I was thinking I need to support my LQS again but I first need to decide if I have the correct colors to finish a baby quilt for my grandson or I may just buy some thread to quilt it. Crazy and collection are definitely subjective. lol!

Anne P: DebbyBrownquilts.com. Then go to Color Blocks. You need to sign up but it is free. She sends some emails to keep us updated with information she gives during the month.

Conchalea: I love your Lithium quilt!

WMUTeach 01-26-2021 03:16 AM

Originally Posted by Anne P (Post 8455431)
Hi, Connie, Could you give me more information about Debbie Brown's quiltalong? I have drawers of 2" and 2.5" squares and I really want to use them for charity quilts. I'm currently working with the 2" squares, but have a project for home. I'd love to share ideas with others who are doing the same. Thanks.
Anne P

Do a google of Debbie Brown. Her color block quilt along will pop up! Or follow this link. It is free and so many folks are participating. .https://debbybrownquilts.teachable.c...s-color-blocks

jmoore 01-26-2021 05:16 AM

Connie, great job on your Color Block project. I only have about 15 of them done.

Conchalea, nice job on your Ripple quilt and solid colors.

Teen, I am lucky to have two LQS near me...good luck with your discipline. LOL

SusieQOH 01-26-2021 06:55 AM

I may have already mentioned this but for 8 days I cleaned out my sewing room starting New Year's Day. I got rid of so much stuff that it now looks fantastic and I know what I have and where things are. So........ I've been deleting every email I get from places I like to shop. And the cherry on top? I'm picking up every day after I'm done. Yay me!! https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images...es/biggrin.png ( I'm a good girl, I am! ) Eliza Doolittle haha

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