Spring?

Today & tomorrow will be in the 70’s but Wednesday will only get to 39 with snow showers in the morning?!?!?!?  The red winged black birds have made their appearance and the robin population has grown exponentially so I really do think spring is coming.  Hey, that and turtles are making their appearance on my design wall.  Hop over to Judy’s DWM post for some more eye candy.

DWM 3-10-14 This is a sad picture but this is a baby quilt I’m making for our DD to give to her friend.  DD picked the colors and we had to have turtles since her friend is a turtle lover.  I see now that I have three of the monkey wrench blocks turned the wrong way round.  Good thing to notice before sewing them together 🙂 

When I snagged my newest featherweight, I also got this old quilt.  It’s well loved and you can hardly see the crown of thorns pattern but I LOVE the cheddar sashing.  For $6 it was a steal and will look lovely folded on a shelf. 

Crown of ThornsAs I’m preparing my stash report, I’m going to illustrate reason #127 for having a varied and abundant fabric stash.  Someone might put out a call for help finding just a little bit of a specific fabric to complete something.  Check out Jo’s call for help post here.  Now, not only did I recognize the fabric as a Jo Morton print, I knew I had some and a hexie sized piece is on it’s way to Jo 🙂

Jo for JoNow for a closer inspection of the recent stash acquisitions…..the red on the right isn’t true to the actual color but that’s a Jo Morton print too.   And check out the those first three on the left…..don’t they go together?

Sale Fabrics

But best of all is this large, graphic Christmas print.  I think it will be fabulous for a holiday quilt backing although they only had 5 1/4 yards to send me.   All of these were on sale except the Jo Morton 🙂

Xmas Quilt BackingI did use a bit of fabric for the hanging sleeve on the Vicksburg quilt so it can hang pretty in Paducah 😉

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Stash Report:

  •  Fabric in: 14.25 yards
  • Fabric out: 0.5 yards  
  • YTD Fabric in:  58.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 39 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 19.5 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

 

Paducah Bound

Wow, wow, wow!  I received an email congratulating me…..on my quilt, Vicksburg, being accepted in the AQS show in Paducah.  Wow, wow, wow!!!!  My first time entering the Paducah show and I could not be happier that I’m in 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Vicksburg LI know Darlene is looking down from heaven and celebrating with me……thanks for the encouragement!!

Just Back from the Quilter – Vicksburg!

I just received my Vicksburg quilt back from Terri Kanyuck, who did an outstanding job quilting it.  This was a free BOM from Dawn Hesse of Linen Closet Quilts.  Dawn’s finished quilt can be seen here and here.  I only used fabric from my stash, as Dawn encouraged and I’m so happy with the results.

Really, Terri’s quilting is wonderful and really makes this quilt sing! Check out these close ups.

I couldn’t be happier.  I think I’ll try my hand at blocking this top, something I’ve not done before, as I’m toying with the idea of entering it in a quilt show.

Hey, it’s Design Wall Monday and here’ what’s on my wall.  Quite a bit has happened in the sewing arena since I last posted 🙂

More Grandmother’s Choice and First Saturday blocks.  More on those later 🙂

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Stash Report for 2012 –

  • Fabric in:  3.5 yards
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 150.75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 79.25 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 71.5 yards – quite a bit more than my goal of 25 yards but then there really isn’t a penalty for overdoing it 😉  And really, who turns down the opportunity to purchase out-of-print Ami Simms fabric??

And you certainly don’t say no to Christmas gifts of fabrics!

As for 2013, well, there’s been a few thrifted shirts acquired but at $0.79/lb, that’s not being bad, just THRIFTY!

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Stash Report for 2013

  • Fabric in:  16 yard
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in:  yards
  • YTD Fabric out:  yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 16 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

It’s a Flimsy!

I finished the Vicksburg top and since it won’t fit on my design wall, here it is on my cutting table.  Woo Hoo!!  And it’s Design Wall Monday so click over to Judy’s post to see what other quilters are up to 🙂

I still think I’ll applique some ovals where the swags meet but they look better than I had anticipated they would.  I started this quilt in Sept 2009.  It was a free BOM from Dawn Hesse of Linen Closet Quilts.  Dawn posted the final directions in July 2010.  Good to finally finish the Vicksburg top 🙂  It measures ~69″ x 69″ and lays flat 😉  It used 6 yds of fabric but in reality it used more like 7 because I cut the setting triangles incorrectly the first time.

I’ve continued cutting up shirts……

and sewing red string blocks. 

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  8 yards
  • Fabric out: 7 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 14 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 7 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 7 yards

Happy Quilting, Cherie   

Vicksburg is Coming Together!

After discovering the setting triangles for my Vicksburg quilt were cut wrong and thinking it would be hard to find some fabric to replace them with, it turns out it wasn’t bad at all 🙂  Here’s my design wall with half of Vicksburg sewn together.  Woo hoo!!!!   Turns out I had purchased another piece of the Moda Apple Cider print I ended up using for the borders so I had enough to use for the setting triangles.  I’ve made this applique quilt completely from stash fabric 🙂  

While sewing the Vicksburg top together, I managed to get all the red string blocks started leader/ender style.  They are looking good 🙂

We went to the Quilted Fox First Saturday and I used my 30% off all Fox Tails to purchase some fun pieces to add to my stash.

Additions to my stash include the shirts I’ve cut up.  These are women’s shirts and pajama bottoms so there aren’t as many good sized pieces as you’d get from men’s shirts, but I love the variety 🙂

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  6 yards
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 6 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 0 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 6 yards

Happy Quilting, Cherie