Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Stash Report, Week 12 - Happy Birthday to Me!

It arrived!  My big box (actually 2) arrived from Ozark Fabrics!  34 yards of goodness, purchased for between $4 - $8 US a yard over the last six months.  Even with the exchange rate and shipping, I averaged a price of $7/m!  Even those most of it was paid for in 2013, I'm counting it in my 2014 total spent.
Jason Yenter - Shangri-La:
Riley Blake - Chevrons & Houndstooth, along with novelty prints and Stitch prints:
I might have to start packaging bundles of the novelty prints and selling them off. I have a collection of about 200 or so prints, and I'll never make enough I-spy quilts to use them all.
Added this Week: 30.6 metres

 Added Year to Date: 62.1 metres
Destashed this Week: 0.5 metres

 Destashed year to Date: 22.55 metres

 Added for 2014: 39.55 metres

Total spent  YTD $284.20 = $4.58/metre
Only one finish in the last three weeks, a small doll quilt for Zoey using the leftovers from my modern rail fence:
I backed it with minkee and didn't use any batting, and practiced some free-motion quilted loops:
I'm going to use this technique again!
Now I'm building a quilt for my great-nephew for his 7th birthday in May!
I'm using Cut to Pieces tutorial, but I've changed it up a little.  I'm using 2" squares to make 27" blocks, so I only have to make 6 instead of 12.  I'm also not using her technique of a fusible grid, instead I am just pinning all the seams like crazy!  Only 5 more to go!
And have hope, my friends and family back east, Spring is on its way.  We have signs of it here on the West Coast.
Every day I am reminded once again why I live here.  The best thing of all is that my kids choose to stay here as well, in fact buying homes on the same block that I live. 
There also advantages to living north of the 49th parallel - now that the spring solstice has passed, it is light enough to go for walks to the park in the evenings with the kids, their friends and the grandkids!
  Have a wonderful week, folks, and I hope you will see signs of spring soon as well.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunday Stash Report, Week #9 - and it begins!

March is my birthday month, and all bets are off this month that I won't buy fabric!  Yesterday, I made a stop at Hamels after I met with the "Modern Coffee Clutch" girls (a new sub-group of the FV Modern Quilt Guild I belong to).  I needed some solids for a Super Mario quilt I'm making for my nephew's 7th birthday, and of course that meant rummaging through the 99c bin.

This amount to 1 1/2 metres added.
Then I realized I forgot to add my guild challenge fabric to my totals last week(another 1 1/2 metres):
Plus I also purchased my first metre of linen:
Here I've put the challenge fabric together with last fall's challenge and it coordinates beautifully - now I have to come up with a plan! I'm thinking a bag with lots of pockets.
That meant I better get some yardage out to balance it:
(You have to pardon the lighting, we have a dull, snowy day again  today)
In less than 3 hours, I came up with a plan for scraps and knocked out a top!  I amazed myself and think this will make a great go-to pattern for all those babies coming this year (I know of 5 expected so far this year, all of which will need quilts).
The top started with about 2 metres of scraps (plus a few strips cut from stash) with a metre of white, and I made a modified rail fence.  So simple, but so cute (and modern, I think).
I'm going to add it to this stack of tops ready to baste - once the roads are clear, I'm heading up to my best friend's - she has a perfect big space that is great for spray-basting!
Added this Week: 4 metres

 Added Year to Date: 31.5 metres
Destashed this Week: 3 metres

 Destashed year to Date: 22.05 metres

 Added for 2014: 9.45 metres

Total spent  YTD $70 = $2.22 cents/metre
I've gotten word that my box of fabric from Hillbilly Tonya is on its way and its more than I expected.  Good thing it's my birthday month!