Stash Report And Underestimating

No fabric added this week.

I made progress on the rug and used up all the strips I previously cut. That only got me half way through. To not confuse myself, I’m counting out what I already used.

rug-half-doneI cut a bunch more strips yesterday and had to raid my scraps to do it. I don’t have a lot of yellow fabric, or maybe I don’t have a lot of yellow fabric that isn’t tucked away in project boxes. Regardless, I way underestimated how much fabric the rug would use.

rug-stripsSome seriously old fabric is leaving the stash, which is a good thing.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 4.875 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 1.875 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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Getting There

I FINALLY finished the main body of the Bricks quilt.

bricks-centerIt feels like I’ve been working on it forever. It needs borders, but that can wait until another day.

This quilt will go to Safehouse, a battered women’s shelter. I’d like to have it done for the next guild meeting in three weeks. It always feels good to turn in a quilt and get it out of the house.

I’m definitely ready for some smaller projects after this quilt and the rug.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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What If Wednesday: Art Supply Play Con’t

In my last WIW post, I described how I decided to go with a simple shape and a calendar quilt theme for an Art Supply Play series. Each block will include the colors and objects typical of the season in my area of the country, expressed using a simple shape.

The simple shape for this year is a heart.

I decided the blocks could be any size, square or rectangular, as long as the sides finished to an even number of inches (4, 6, 8, etc.). I have no other rules beyond that.

Here is the January block.

jan-17-heartI used a sea sponge to apply the blue and then stenciled snowflakes in pewter. The snowflake shapes disappeared into the blue, but I still like the effect. It just wasn’t the best idea ever. I used freezer paper for the heart stencil.

The colors remind me of the icy cold of Ohio winters.

I meant to get back to it and do something with the background, but life got in the way.

It felt good to play with the fabric paints again. I really miss it when I don’t.

I know what I want to do for February, but it might get pushed into March. I’m running out of month.

Working on one idea automatically generates more ideas. It will be interesting to see where this project takes me.

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Stash Report And Adjusting

No fabric in or out this week.

After a long, slow decline, my mother passed away last weekend. Most of the week was spent on services and their planning. Even though she didn’t live with us, I took care of many things for her for several years. She was an everyday part of our family and will be missed.

I worked on the crochet rug because I needed to keep it mindless this week. I finally got the knack of it, and it’s going faster. Crocheting with fabric strips is a lot different from crocheting with yarn.

rug-in-processI cut up almost four yards of fabric into one-inch strips and won’t have enough for a small rug. It will be a nice bust once I finish it.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 1.125 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 5.625 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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What If Wednesday: Art Supply Play

It’s been a while….
In January I decided to change The Short List Creative Play category to Art Supply Play. I wanted to use up some of my art supply stash, especially those things that have a shelf life.
The hard thing about such a general topic is getting started. The more I thought about it, the more I thought some guidelines or limits might help me decide what to make each month.
The first thing I did was brainstorm in my idea journal. In no time, I had a page and a half of ideas.
I started with a list of themes that related to my word of the year. That led me to the four elements and colors associated with them. From there I had ideas to use that theme and those colors in modified traditional blocks.
After that I listed all the art supplies or techniques I wanted to try.
Next came a list of topics that lend themselves to working in series. The idea of making one block a month followed. I did consider that I might want to use multiple techniques on one block, which means that one block would cover multiple months. I also looked at making a whole cloth quilt by adding to the design each month.
At this point I stopped, realizing I had enough ideas for the next five years. There are a lot of good ideas in that list, but sometimes a girl has to make a choice.
I decided to go with a simple shape and a calendar quilt theme. Each block will include the colors and objects typical of the season in my area of the country, expressed using the simple shape.
In order to keep the length of this post manageable, I’ll reveal the first block and describe the technique in my next post.

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Stash Report And A Fabric Ball

No fabric in or out last week. I stayed away from all the sales.

I did make a little progress on the rug. I cut all the strips and started connecting them. I still have a handful of strips to connect, but there is enough done to start making the rug. I’ll sew the rest of the strips into their own little fabric ball and add it when I get to the end of this one.

fabric-yarn-ballThe week was mostly a blur of family commitments. I’m surprised I accomplished as much as I did.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 1.125 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 5.625 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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Stash Report And Enough Already

No fabric in or out this week.

I’m still assembling the Safehouse top and prepping to cut fabric strips for the crochet rug. It was surprisingly easy to come up with several yards of fabric I wanted to use up, even limiting the choices to two colors.

rug-fabricI also did some rearranging in the sewing room yesterday. One of my fabric shelves was in the way and not really working for me, so I moved it into the dining room where it does a great job of storing my son’s work supplies (he does subcontract work from home). That left me with piles of fabric with no place to live.

The short-term solution was to pile it on the bed with everything else that doesn’t have a home. Not ideal, but I can live with it for now.

This exercise reinforced the need to stop buying fabric. No Superbowl sales for me today, even though it’s hard to pass up batiks at $6/yard. I feel an overwhelming desire to sew from my stash instead. If my lack of new purchases stifles my creativity I’ll rethink it, but I honestly believe the opposite is true. I think limits can jumpstart creativity by forcing new ways of thinking.

Time will tell on this one.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 1.125 yards

Net Fabric ADDED: 5.625 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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