Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A View of my Stash

Quite often I get comments from readers that seem to believe I have a huge fabric stash.  I did a bit of organizing today so I thought I would share a few pictures of the fabric I have in my stash.  My fabric is stored in a walk-in closet so I can have it out and not worry about sun damage.


 Here are all of the prints that I have in my yardage stash.  These are pieces that are bigger than a fat quarter but less than 2 yards.  I try and keep it organized by colors - hot, cool, multi/browns and low volume/blacks



 And then there is my Kaffe Fassett stash.  All of this is probably 5-15 years old.  (Yes, there are some of the really in-demand OOP pieces in there.)  Most of the cuts are one to three yards.

I don't pull from this stash much and often contemplate destashing some of it but it is just so nice to pet!  I think I will always be a fan of his prints.




I also have a stash of solids.
(Sorry - I didn't refold these today)

On the top are Grunge and Quilter's Linen

Kona Solids and Boundless Solids are all stuffed in the center.


And on the bottom are Peppered Cotton, Essex Linens and other woven fabrics.

Not pictured are my bolts of Kona - I buy bolts for colors like white, snow, navy, lipstick, chocolate, black and others I use a lot.

Also not pictured are my backings.  They are stored in a dresser and hard to capture.  But I keep all of my cuts that are larger than a couple yards in one place so I don't have to dig through my entire fabric stash when I finish a quilt top. 
I keep those sorted by colors too and always try and buy them on sale.

Now some of you may ask - but where are your scraps?  That will have to wait for another post. (It is still organized like I shared here.)  A scrap for me is anything fat quarter and smaller.  They are stored on the other side of the closet and a gigantic mess right now.

So I am curious....Is this what you expected my fabric stash would look like?
I usually feel like I have a lot of fabric too.  But then I compare it to my local friends and I think I need to go shopping!  (You know who you are...I hear you laughing)

Have a good week!



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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Oh Scrap! : Last of the Blues

It was so nice to see so many quilters link up their scrappy projects last week.  I think it was the most ever!  There have been lots of new blogs and even some Instagram posts in the last few weeks.  I really enjoy all the inspiration!


Soon we will be moving onto a new Rainbow Scrap Challenge color, so I thought I would spend Saturday afternoon sewing up another blue Burgoyne Surround block.



That brings my total finished block count up to seven.  It has been dark and rainy here in Oregon so you can't really see the colors well.  But I am really happy with how it is looking.  I was going to stop at nine blocks but I am afraid the quilt will be too small.  I thought I was almost finished but now it looks like I am only halfway done!



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Friday, January 26, 2018

A Rainbow of Strings

Last year, for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I made string blocks.  Some months I made a few and other months I made more than enough for an entire quilt with some left over.  The width of the strings in each color bin, helped determine the size blocks I made so some months I made 6" and others I made giant 12" blocks. 

All of the blocks I didn't make quilts out of, went into a project box.




Recently I put those blocks to use and made this fun quilt.  I needed a few more blue blocks so it was perfect timing to finish it this month.



I kinda lucked out that the orange and yellow blocks were the same 10.5" size.  I had just enough to make the center of the quilt (In fact, I think I had just two leftover orange blocks).  It is hard to see but I used a striped fabric as an inner border to bring the center out to a size that would work for the next round of6.5" blocks.  They are pink in this photo.  I did have to make a few more this month to have enough for my layout plan.  I had a bunch of leftover blocks made from 30"s prints that I have been holding onto for years (also 6.5") so I used them to colorwash this round....


because my plan was to incorporate the purple blocks I had in this round too.  You can see the darker ones in the opposing cornier.  I really like how it looks and it used up all the blocks I had in these two colors.  I added another striped inner border - same fabric collection but this one was in turquoises and pinks.


The outside border was made by cutting some green and turquoise 12.5" blocks I had in half.  This works great but you have to remember to orient the block correctly so they slant the way you want them.  Cutting these blocks created some fun rectangles that finished off the quilt.  To blend the blocks, I made a few more in fabrics in both blue and green shades.  I think the quilts is about 75" square.


The great thing about rainbow quilts is pretty much anything can go on the back.  I have been trying to use some of my older stash so I found a couple yard piece that was the perfect length.  It is the dark paint spatter fabric on the outer edge.  I sliced it up the middle and used the colorful floral for the center of the backing.

I really was surprised at how well it went together and how wonderful it turned out! 
All from leftovers....

Happy Friday!




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If you love flannel on the backs of your quilts, I see Connecting Threads has moved some of their flannels to their sale section.  In fact, they have moved over a number of fabrics.  This is one of the places I pick up fabrics for my backings
I like to have 4 yard cuts on hand in a rainbow of colors.



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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Oh Scrap! : The Four Patch


Lately, each time I wander into my sewing room, I have been wanting some mindless, simple sewing that I can do for just a few minutes.  I really didn't want a project that I had to pull stacks of fabric and/or even stand at my cutting table.  So I pulled my box of 2.5" squares and decided to start sewing some 4 patches.



I started with scraps in blue and turquoise.  I found pairs of prints and solids that looked nice together and soon I had a few stacks I could start playing with.  As you can see from the creases, many of the solids are leftover binding bits.




I have no idea what these little bits will become.  I kind of like this color wash effect but maybe once I get a rainbow of colors, I might do something different.  It is going to take a lot of blocks to have enough for a quilt.  So I will just start collecting these in one of my newly emptied project boxes and worry about the layout once it is filled.

Hmmm...I was supposed to be finishing projects - not starting new ones!

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  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 





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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Sewing up the Old Stash

    Today I have another finished quilt to share made from my older stash.  I used up all of the leftover scraps from a bunch of brown and blue fabric so now it is gone - gone - gone!  WooHoo!!



    I couldn't take any outdoor photos because it has been raining so much there is water standing everywhere.  So you get to see this finished quilt draped over my longarm frame.



    I used my favorite "hashtag" inner border in a chocolate brown solid.  The great thing about this method is you can use any width of inner border and it doesn't require any math to figure the outside border.  (Sorry the photo looks so odd - the quilt edge was partially laying on the floor)



    There really are a lot of different fabrics in this one.  It feels so good to get these "unloved" older fabrics into a quilt that can now be used.



    On the back I did end up using a single fabric from my stash.  I thought I could scrape out a pieced backing from old leftovers, but it was just getting too complicated.  This crazy yardage worked perfectly!

    Now it is time to dig through my project boxes and see what else I can move forward and finish.
    I started 2018 with 16 UFOs and hope to finish the year closer to 10.
    (I am laughing as I write that..........)

    But it could happen!




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    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Did you Know?

    Craftsy is a great place to go for video classes on a variety of crafts - not just quilting.  Over the years, I have purchased numerous classes on quilting, piecing, photography, and even garden design.  I love that I can constantly refer back to them and just watch certain sections just to refresh my memory.



    But recently I discovered that Craftsy Unlimited is now being offered.  It is a membership (either paid monthly or annually) that gives you access to over 1300+ classes. 


    So not only can you learn some new quilting skills, but you can view unlimited cooking, photography and knitting classes - just to name a few - as long as your membership is active.  There are so many classes to choose from, you could find new inspiration every day.

    If you would like to view a bit more information about the program, you can click here.





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