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Irishrose2 07-20-2021 08:59 AM

I really like the pattern of your blue/gold quilt, iceb. I just used my batik that was the color of sand. All I have left are scraps.

Iceblossom 07-21-2021 10:48 AM

Am continuing to put Aunt Debbie Bleeds Blue together. Am very happy with my frog fabric for the next project... will have to take some pix.

I am 99 percent certain I did indeed send out that nice big piece of sand I had in one of the last boxes of fabric I sent out. It happens. I don't even regret it -- just hope it gets used in its new home. I looked at my remaining options and though I could (in a different pattern) have enough using the various bits of sand I have, it needed to be consistent for this project. So I looked at my usual first stop of eQuilter, and then found some I liked at Fields, a small family chain in Michigan (where my hubby is from) and where I kept finding specific fabrics, Including, of course, some of these for Aunt Debbie's. The rest did come from https://www.collegefabricstore.com/ I was pleased with their service and prices were comparable to fabric stores.

So just after I ordered the 1.5 yards and only the 1.5 yards, I found a piece in my stash that will work even though it's not sand... oh well, the sand will come just as I finish this current top. What I ordered may or may not go well with the frogs, but it can join the other sand fabrics. The other fabrics for the top, including an "olfa green" solid and other accent fabric come out of stash. It will be fast and fun -- and bright! Eyes will be wanting something different but haven't thought that far ahead yet.

Irishrose2 07-22-2021 07:53 PM

Oh, I love Fields. When my daughter lived downstate, she was close to the big one. I paid $40 a yard for $80 a yard fabric for one daughter's wedding dress. My kind of sale. More recently, I found beautiful batiks on the clearance table for $5 a yard. Their clearance is not neatly arranged, but the prices are good. And, yes, I used the batiks - they didn't go into stash.

WMUTeach 07-23-2021 03:53 AM


Originally Posted by Irishrose2 (Post 8497772)
Oh, I love Fields. When my daughter lived downstate, she was close to the big one. I paid $40 a yard for $80 a yard fabric for one daughter's wedding dress. My kind of sale. More recently, I found beautiful batiks on the clearance table for $5 a yard. Their clearance is not neatly arranged, but the prices are good. And, yes, I used the batiks - they didn't go into stash.


Field's is having a sale NOW! They usually have a summer tent sale but it is all inside this year at each of their locations.

Iceblossom 07-23-2021 04:52 AM

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Isn't it funny our connections to Fields? Here I am in Seattle ordering from what used to be the Hubby's home town... I'm hoping for the package of "sand"/beach comes today or tomorrow and that it works...

I posted pix of Aunt Debbie in the Directional Fabrics thread I had on the main page -- here's a picture of the pieced top, is 90" square.

Then it's the next quilt -- frog beach party! I bought that bolt of "Olfa Green" at the thrift store.

If you get the AQ magazine, pattern is Full Bloom from the July issue, we were passing the magazine around in Tuesday group and it just said that it would be perfect for the froggies... What is light gray in the original will be my sand.



Irishrose2 07-23-2021 09:15 AM

The top is lovely. Lots of blue and gold around here. When I was working, the teacher's lounge was interesting the week U of Michigan (blue and gold) played Michigan State (green and white). The students reflected their parent's views at elementary age.

Iceblossom 07-23-2021 09:30 AM

For you Michiganders, you also know about the rivalry between Ohio State and U Michigan (well of course -- one of the oldest rivalries in college sports...). I chose the sawtooth star here because it most definitely is not an Ohio Star! That would be a hidden insult indeed. There is a block called Michigan that is just a slight variation on the Ohio Star and I decided it was just too close.

It's just a coincidence of proportions and quilt math that the fans connected so nicely with the stars. I actually prefer maybe 5-6 blades to the 8 that is my template, but I really like having that nice hard template for fast and easy cutting.

retiredteacher09 07-23-2021 07:05 PM

Very pretty, Iceblossom. I look forward to your frog quilt.

Iceblossom 07-24-2021 06:41 AM

Whew! I have been shopping my stash hard looking for one particular rosy piece of Moda... finally found it after going through that same stack yet again! I found two other frog appropriate choices but my heart and mind were set on this one. Nice to know it was there, I am convinced that the sand had left the stash, but I'm super happy (so far anyway) with the "beach" I got instead. More fun.

While I had plenty of fabric to begin with, I have added an additional row and made the border wider and will be pushing what I have to the limit. I couldn't cut the border pieces nicely along the length of the fabric, was just a couple of inches short so think the borders will all be cut cross-grain and the directional frogs turned every which way.

While I'm cutting fabric today, I've got the quilting design for Aunt Debbie's quilt brewing in the background, sort of waiting to see what the weather will do. Right now we cool down at night and mornings would be a good time to quilt, but I'm really trying to avoid quilting in 100 degrees if I don't have to -- and I don't have to!

edit: ooo! forgot, in that big lot of thread I won at auction there are perfect colors for both the top (yellow) and bottom (variegated blue) for Aunt Debbie's quilt.

Gemm 07-24-2021 02:03 PM


Originally Posted by Iceblossom (Post 8498001)
Whew! I have been shopping my stash hard looking for one particular rosy piece of Moda... finally found it after going through that same stack yet again! I found two other frog appropriate choices but my heart and mind were set on this one. Nice to know it was there, I am convinced that the sand had left the stash, but I'm super happy (so far anyway) with the "beach" I got instead. More fun.
edit: ooo! forgot, in that big lot of thread I won at auction there are perfect colors for both the top (yellow) and bottom (variegated blue) for Aunt Debbie's quilt.

You have raised two hackles of stash envy in me here... one, that you seem to know precisely what is in your stash (mine has to stay hidden away, so small as it is, I still don't always remember what I've got and end up having to unpack everything whenever I have a project in mind); and two, that you have a thread stash, too! I aspire to that level of awesomeness. Maybe when (if) I grow up. :-D


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