From My Stash

I have been “trying” to be good and use up my stash. Here are a couple of projects that I completed this week using what I had – meaning I didn’t buy anything special to complete the project – the fabric was already in my sewing room long before the idea came to me.



This is a friendship braid that I made using the tutorial from Missouri Quilt Co. using the binding tool for a template. That was fun and fast. Though I used more than 70 different fabrics in the quilt, it only used a 2.5″ x wof strip of each fabric. I will quilt it and send it in for next year’s ALS quilts.

Here are a couple of pillowcases I made for my neighbor’s daughters. One is three and the other is 13, I am sure you can figure which one is for which girl. This was for a “thank you” for watching my kids so I could go to the last Tuesday bee my friend JoAnne was able to attend.

it was quite nice to use up some stash, though not as much as I had hoped!

Can You Keep a Secret?

I alluded the other day when I worked on my tsunami tops I would tell you about my secret way to get a lot of different fabrics easily.

They are all new lines… sometimes so new, that they are just available in the stores.

I buy the 12 lb scrap boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop.  This is a side view of my 4th box.  I buy one box a month.  They come in a large size flat rate box.


They are regularly $65 (I think, they are out of stock right now) plus $10 shipping.  I took the time with this box (and all boxes vary so don’t expect to see the exact same things as in mine) to measure each piece and it came out to approximately 33 yards of fabric.  The smallest piece was 4” x WOF and the largest was 2 yards (which is very rare to get a piece that large!).  Most pieces were between 9” & 18” x WOF.   There were a few pieces that were FQ-ish size and a few pieces that were about 10”10”.  Again, this varies per box and you NEVER know what you get until you open it.

As I said earlier – this is my fourth box.  One box I got had a ton of cream/white solids.  One box had a whole bunch of the cupcakery line.  Most of the cuts were cotton in this box but there were a few pieces of batik. 

I love opening each box because it is a surprise.  Plus, I get to see other lines that I may not look twice at and then decide to buy more of it.  There is one piece that I got a FQ size of it and really want to order more, but yardage isn’t available yet…

But you have to promise me you won’t buy them out so that I can continue ordering a box a month.

I’ve done my part…

to stimulate the economy and support the post office.

Since I haven’t been sewing, I have been buying… and boy have I been buying!

A king-sized batting for a specific quilt.  Though I have a roll of batting, it is queen sized.  So I had to order a king-sized batting.CIMG0453

A new sewline pencil with refill leads in other colors.CIMG0460

Block three for the Designer Mystery from Fat Quarter Shop


A book, the other two I ordered were not released yet.  There was a sale to buy two and get one for $1.99 – this was the book I got.


Some Lanyard parts


For a project:

Two bias tape makers:


Some interfacingCIMG0454

Some 1.5 yard cuts of batiks from Fat Quarter ShopCIMG0465

For these two projects:



Some 1-yard cuts from Thousands of Bolts:




Some threads from Superior – mostly bottom line, a couple of spools of king tut


And lastly, I got this cute package in the mail – when I turned it over there were these cute owl stikers:


Inside was this:


Thanks Holly!!


I guess the moral is, don’t leave my sewing stuff in the garage for a week… my pocketbook can’t take it… lol!

HQG – June Potluck

Monday was my guild’s annual potluck dinner.  In addition to that, there is always an auction of donated unwanted items from member’s sewing rooms.


Here were my spoils from the evening.  I spent maybe about $20.



A kit to make a small wallhanging.


A set of fabric – the floral is 1 yard and the other two are about 1/4 yard pieces.


These are almost half yard cuts


These are 1-yard cuts of a nice decor weight fabric.


Another thing that happens is the installation of new officers for the following guild year.  I was installed as the guilds Vice president and Membership Chair.

Here my friend Susan and I (she was installed as President)


susan and kim


I also got a few things in the mail this week:



A new book



My Aunt Kathy sent me these – they were my grandma’s.  I lost ONE of mine – a very commonly used size in all the BOM’s I work on.  She sent me the whole set.  Thank you Aunt Kathy!

At It Again

Yes.  I did it.  I started another project.

I got my Frosted Windowpanes quilt kit in the mail yesterday and couldn’t even pause long enough to take a picture of the kit before I broke into it.  I told myself I was just going to look at the pattern to see how difficult it was.  I would just look at all the different fabrics to make sure they were all there.  Then I would just sort them into colors instead of being mixed up.

Yea.  Ok.

At 5pm I was cutting into it.  By 8 pm (and had to pause to cook dinner and eat) –  I have 40 3″ 9-patch blocks.