Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stash Report - Week 11 and More

It's after 2:00pm I'm finally posting this weeks stash report.

Here's the report:
Fabric Used This Week: 3.0 yards

Fabric Used to Date: 85.041 yards

Fabric Added This Week: 1.125 yards

Fabric Added to Date: 45.5 yards

Net Fabric Used for 2010: 39.541yards

I had a pretty productive couple of days this past week and I love it. Check out Friday's post about the Twister quilt I made. I was intrigued after seeing Tamera's quilt on Mary's blog (thanks Mary for reminding me that it was Tamera's quilt), and just had to try it. I'm starting to pull fabric for a large version of the quilt and decided to go to the extreme opposite and use Thimbleberries-type fabrics. I'll keep you posted on that progress.

Having read that I made the Twister quilt in less than 5 hours, "knittingbrow" wondered what the next five hours would bring. Well that sounded like a challenge so I got busy. I quick-sewed a reversible purse using two kitchen towels. I love the look of this - so Springy and fun. The pattern is by designer Rebeka Lambert and I found it in the book Pretty Little Purses & Pouches, which Pat Sloan had mentioned on her blog a while back. I'll be on the lookout for cool towels now and can see quite a few of these in my future. I think they'll make great presents.

Yes, I realize that I put 3 pictures of this up, but I couldn't decide which side I like better :-)

I kind of felt like the clock was still ticking so I decided to keep going and went upstairs to retrieve my Pineapple Blossom from the pile of UFOs. This is one of Bonnie Hunter's ( patterns that I started a long time ago. Many of the fabrics were purchased in California when Jack and I made our first trip to South Lake Tahoe with my brother. Jack and I got married in 1999 and we made the trip within a couple of years of that. Now, I could figure out the exact year but what's the point? It was a long time ago! Anyway, I pieced the top about 2 years ago and started quilting it but didn't know how I wanted to finish it. Well, to make a long story short, when I retrieved it Friday afternoon I was going to rip out all of the quilting and start over but decided against it. This was one of those moments when I realized that it's important to begin and finish a project within a close period of time (at least within the the same skill-level time frame). The piecing was fine, but the quilting - oh my!! I'm sure I thought I was pretty good when I started this but boy did I find irregular stitch lengths, puckers, etc. I "threw caution to the wind" and just got busy. After the quilt was bound, I threw it in the washer on warm/hot and then the dryer and hoped that the shrinkage would be somewhat uniform and hide a multitude of errors.

I'm okay with the way it turned out and I'm pretty sure that this isn't the last quilt that will have to be treated this way! I'm kind of afraid to look, but have decided that it'll just build character, right?!?

Check out Judy L.'s Patchwork Times blog and see how other quilters are using up their stash?


SpinningStar said...

The quilt looks great from my seat!


Joanne said...

Thanks, but be sure to NOT look too closely. Even with it's imperfections I do like this quilt.