My Birthday

Last Friday was my birthday and I decided to buymyself a present. Traditionally,  I generally buy my quilting notions as presents myself.

These have been out a little while, it seems,  but I have not seen them until recently.  I saw a video and fell in love with the pillow case seen here

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I got the following for a birthday present to myself

The 2″ scallop ruler and pusher,
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The 1.5″ prarie point ruler

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IMG_20150415_191256IMG_20150415_191408I can’t wait to use them.  Once I finish the current project  I plan on maing one or two pillowcases.

Safety Pins

Like a lot of quilters, I sandwich my quilts with safety pins.  I have many (over 4000) pins.  I bought them from a dry cleaner supply store, where I was able to buy 10 gross (a gross is 144) of pins that were already open for about $8 plus shipping.  I like my pins to be open because it is a pain to open them, stick them in the fabric, and the close them again. 

After I quilted the six quilts, I put the pins I used back in the container I keep them in and they looked so cool, I had to take a photo of them.

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Six quilts only used up about half of the pins shown. 

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This picture was really cool, I thought.

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And here is my daughter holding up a bunch of pins by just one that linked a whole together (one disadvantage that leaving them open is that they tangle together).

Old & New

When I was organizing my stash, I came across the oldest fabric in my stash.  I remember buying it.  It was my very first piece of yardage that I ever bought as a quilter.

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It is a glittery piece of Christmas fabric.  I remember buying it with my grandmother.  I bought it 11 years ago. I am using it in a project; a table runner and placemats for Christmas (that I started two years ago). 

The newest piece of fabric is actually two pieces bought at the same time.

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It is from Moda’s Grace Line.  It is for borders and binding for my hexagon quilt.

A Drawing:

From now until November 30th, post about your oldest and newest fabric in your stash on your blog and you could win a goodie package from Hawaii including the calendar below:

calI will even do my best to get some of the artists to sign their quilt photos.

Rules:

  1. Post about your oldest and newest fabric in your stash – include photos and what you plan for it.
  2. Put a Link in your blog post to THIS post.
  3. Come back here and post a link your POST about your oldest and newest fabrics in your stash.  If you only post to your blog, you become ineligible for winning.
  4. I will draw a winner on December 1st (or close to it) from eligible Mr. Linky links. 

UPDATED:  Since I realize that not everyone has a small, easy-to-get-to stash like I do, I will accept a post about just your newest piece in your stash.

Now – for the posts:

My Stash

In the attempt to make things a bit neater in my sewing area, I acquired a larger bookcase to put my stash in when my neighbor moved (thanks Rebekah!).

I forgot to take photos of before because this has been a work-in-progress for over a month now.

Here is my “stash” photo:

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The shelf I had there before could only hold two rows of mini-bolts and then a partial shelf that held all the stuff that wouldn’t fit .  I kept my rulers and binding storage on top of the shelf.

This shelf now holds three full rows of mini-bolts. One shelf is a “permanent” shelf, thus the configuration, but it actually works well for me.  I have organized by shelf fabrics instead of going by color. 

The bottom shelf is “free for all fabric” – meaning I don’t have a particular project in mind for those fabrics. I can use these any way without any fear of repercussion that I used it and it is for another project.

The next shelf up is fabrics that go to a particular project – they are grouped by project so that they go to that project – plus, a sticky note is placed on the bolt to indicate the project. I don’t want any accidents to happen; that way I don’t have to go searching to replace it.

The next shelf up is my rulers in my nifty ruler rack that my (ex) neighbor made for me.  My 12.5” ruler didn’t really fit easily so that I could pull it out without it possibly breaking, so I tucked it in on the side with my rotating mat.

The second-from the top shelf holds my fabric that won’t fit on the mini-bolts because it is too short.It also holds my non-cotton fabric that I want to use to make something for my daughter sometime soon.  My binding containers are also there.

The top shelf is where my backing fabrics are stored.  These are fabrics that are designated backings for particular quilts.  I also have my neutrals and solids up there as well. 

On the top in the plastic bags  – the white is my PFD fabric; I don’t want to unwrap it just yet because I don’t really have the space to hold 15 yards of fabric in the shelf and I don’t want to confuse it with another white solid.  The teal/blue is a fat quarter bundle that I bought recently that I haven’t unpacked and put away.

This is the majority of my stash.  I do have two small drawers that hold a few fat quarters, jelly rolls, honey buns, and charm squares. 

New Books

C&T Publishing had an end of the summer sale on their website a few weeks ago and many of their books were marked from $2-$5 each. I ordered 6 books and with shipping it came to just under $30.  So I paid $5 a book for each of the books below:

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The books below were from Crafter’s Choice.  I have been a member for a while and  sometimes the selection isn’t always wonderful for Quilting books (they do have quite a few, but not always in my tastes) they do have good deals.  I had a Buy one get one free offer and then the remaining in the order was half off publisher’s price. 

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I also had pre-ordered the new Schnibbles book and it arrived this week too:

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Lots of new books to add to my inventory and some new projects to drool over.