Stash Report – Week of May 6, 2012

I was inspired by Judy over at Patchwork Times to sit down and measure out my stash of fabric. I didn’t really want to face how much fabric I might have shoved under the bed, lol. After all the measuring and adding, I estimate my stash to be around 97 yards!! :omg: And that’s not even including my scraps bin, which has a couple of charm packs and a layer cake in it… :blush:

I’m going to start as of today; I have no idea how much fabric I’ve used so far and I do not want to figure it out!! So here’s my stash report:

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 97 yards
Net Used for 2012: 0 yards

I really need to get rid of some fabric apparently!!

Positively Perfect Quilt: Completed!

The quilt for mu cousin is finished! I used this Positively Perfect quilt pattern and a jelly roll of Cape Ann fabrics, among others, to make it. I tried to get some outdoor pictures of the quilt this time and I also messed around with the contrast and other settings in Photoshop, so maybe this time my pictures are a bit better!

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You can see the quilting really well in this shot. I did a diamond pattern on the pluses and dots, and then lines on the borders.

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The back was pieced together using leftover pieces from the two border fabrics on the front, and leftover pieces from the Jelly roll. I also had one more plus left over somehow, so I used that in the backing, too.

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You can see the binding a bit better on this one. I used all the leftover stripey fabrics from the jelly roll to machine bind my quilt. I love that I can just grab a few strips from my Jelly roll to bind the quilt! Makes things so easy.

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This “made with love” label was on one of the selvage pieces! How nice is that? So I added in my name and date to the label. Forgive the smudging… I want to keep things as anonymous as possible. :blush:

Happy Friday!
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Granny Squares!

Still working on my Positively Perfect Quilt, I actually finished the backer tonight but couldn’t jump into quilting it just yet. I don’t have a big enough space in my home to baste quilts, so I take it to our shop and baste it there. :)

So in the meantime, I got started on ANOTHER quilt that will be a wedding gift! I saved some of the pink jelly roll strips from the Positively Perfect quilt to use on this one. This girl seriously LOVES pink; her wedding this summer is pink-themed. The bridesmaids are even wearing pink dresses! (I should know… I just picked mine up!)

I have been wanting to try out a Granny Square block, it seems like they’ve been popping up ALL over the quilting blogosphere! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. I’m SO glad I did! I am LOVING Granny Squares! They’re so FAST and EASY to make, I got three done in just about an hour and cut out the pieces for a fourth. Here they are on my improvised design wall:

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I seriously need to get some better lighting in this apartment.

It’s going to be really fun coming up with new color combinations with this. I want all of the blocks to have at least SOME pink in them. This one combines some Cape Ann prints (pink) with Michael Miller (yellow):

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Some more Cape Ann with a purple solid I picked up in the remnants bin:

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And these are both Cape Ann:

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So, three blocks down, at least 17 more to go! I hope this one comes together quickly. I want to have it ready for the bridal shower, which is just around the corner.

Have you make Granny Squares yet? What quilting design do you think you would use?

Another Quilt Top Finished

First of all: so sorry I went MIA for the last couple of weeks! My husband came down with pneumonia and we ended up going to the hospital to take care of it. :sad: It was pretty scary at first but the awesome staff there diagnosed and treated him quickly. Within a few days he was feeling much better, thank goodness! I was getting pretty swamped trying to run two businesses by myself. It’s taken me all this time just to get caught up again.

And of course I couldn’t really touch my sewing machine the whole time. Between taking care of him and making sure everything was running smoothly, I had no free time. Yesterday we were able to spend the whole day together just relaxing and not thinking about work AT ALL. It was so nice.

And today I finally had some time to spend on my quilting. I’ve been working on this Positively Perfect quilt I posted about a few weeks ago. The pattern is from the Moda Bakeshop and I used Moda’s Cape Ann by Oliver and S. When I finished all of the plus and dot blocks, I wasn’t sure about my fabric selection… it seemed like there wasn’t enough contrast between the pink blocks and the white background:

And I was afraid it was too pink. I decided to use green and blue fabrics from my stash for the borders to make it a bit more gender neutral, since it’s going to be a wedding gift for a couple getting married next month.

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I guess it’s still pretty girly, though. :blush: The green skinny border I used was left over from this Coffee quilt and the floral border is the second fabric from the right in this post.

Now I just need to piece the back together and quilt it. The pattern writer did straight line quilting vertically and horizontally, but I think I will do a simple diamond pattern. I think it will look nice on this pattern and it should go pretty quickly… which is good, since I need to get this thing in the mail in the next couple of weeks to be in time for the wedding!

Happy quilting everyone, hope you had a nice weekend. :)
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Me and Some Sewing Machines

I completely forgot about this picture my husband took of me while we were in Las Vegas this past December. Judy’s post about her old sewing machines reminded me of it, so I thought I would share. We went to the Cosmopolitan hotel and walked around the shops there, when I saw one of the shops (it might have been Stitched) had a HUGE window display of all these old sewing machines, it was so cool! I absolutely loved it!

And yes, that is an alcoholic beverage in my hand, which may account for my goofy face and pose… :blush: But anyway, they had a TON of sewing machines lined up, from floor to ceiling. It was so cool, a little bit of my quilting hobby found in Sin City. I’d love to get my hands on an old sewing machine like these someday, when I actually have some place to store and display it! Someday!

Happy Thursday everyone :)

WIP: Positively Perfect

What, you think just because I finished one quilt, I should stop and catch my breath! You must be joking ;)

Here is my Jelly Roll all ready to be cut into pieces for this Positively Perfect Quilt

And here they are all cut! I ended up not using the AccuQuilt (even though I have a 2.5″ square die). It was too hard to get the fabric in there perfectly. It was easier to use a rotary cutter… Hopefully I can use the AccuQuilt on my next project. I got it for Christmas and still haven’t had a chance to use it :(

Happy Quilting!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Chasing Chevrons Quilt: Finished!

Another new finish!

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Well, my Chasing Chevrons quilt is finished! It ended up a LOT bigger than I thought it was going to be! I used the measurements for the Twin size, but as you can see… it fits nicely on my queen size bed, the finished size is 90″ x 74″.

I used Kona Coal fabric for the background and part of the binding, and these Michael Miller fabrics I won from Stitched in Color and Marmalade Fabrics this past October. I used five of the six fabrics for the chevrons, and used the black circles on the grey background for the binding. It didn’t contrast enough with the grey to be used as a chevron, but I think it looks great as the binding!

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I quilted in a grid pattern… I figured my FMQ aren’t advanced enough to handle a quilt of this size just yet!

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The backing COMPLETELY does not match the front, but I’m OK with that. I wanted to use this flannel fabric (more on it here) on a quilt for myself and figured now was as good a time as any. I had to fill in with some white flannel at the bottom. Machine bound, I’m so happy I did! It would have taken even longer if I didn’t!

I’m looking forward to cuddling with this guy. :) Happy quilting!
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