Stash Report And All New Projects

No fabric in this week.

The Bricks top finish used a yard and a half. A lot of the fabrics came off the charity table.

With that top done and set aside for now, I started a bunch of new things. I colored the background of January’s Art Supply Play block using a rubbing plate and silver crayon. I think it looks like frost on a window. I also started embroidering around the heart.

I made a plus block for my guild’s volunteer quilt.  They didn’t want them squared up.

I pulled floss to do the embroidery on the pillowcases I bought last weekend. It doesn’t pay to buy things and set them aside for later. By the time I can get to them I’m not interested anymore.

And I started working on the blocks for the third Stitching To Dye piece.

Forcing myself into the sewing room every day has really paid off. I spent time in there 9 of the last 10 days, from 15 minutes to 2.5 hours. Although I still have my days, my mood has definitely improved.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 8.375 yards

Fabric out: 10.125 yards

Net Fabric USED: 1.75 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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Another March Short List Finish

I finally finished the Bricks top. I just had to sit down and power through the last border.

Now I’m not sure what to do with it.

I originally planned on quilting it, and later changed my mind. Then I went to guild and saw the backlog of tops that needed quilting. There were a lot of them, and no one was taking them.

Now I’m rethinking the quilting. I worked on this top all through mom’s decline and death, and I just don’t want to look at it anymore. I have a couple months until I have guild again. Maybe I’ll have a change of heart over time.

The quilt will ultimately go to Safehouse, a battered women’s shelter, where it will provide comfort to someone in need.

I’m just glad the top is done.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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The Beginnings Of S2D3

Sounds like a science project or a new drug study….

Actually, it’s me pulling fabric for the Stitching To Dye Quilt #3.

In this round I need to use black and white prints, solid black, 100% cotton trims and the baseline neutrals. I will also dye this piece twice with the first dye bath in a primary color.

This is what I’ve pulled and pressed so far.

I’m giving myself more leeway on this one. One of the prints has blue in it, and another is pink and gray. Some of my neutrals are more yellow or green than white or cream. There are some obvious tans here. I cut way back on the white on white fabrics, mostly to keep it all from becoming a hot mess.

I also think I want to plan my fabric placement a bit. My Art Quilt Group suggested that defeats the point of the experiment, but I think not. I could never guess how all the fabrics will take the dye. I just want there to be a design element to this round.

I’ve decided the first dye run will be yellow, unless I change my mind.

I also decided to use my new hatchet ruler to make the blocks, with strip pieced fabric in the center.

I’m going to have fun with this one.

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Stash Report And The Sewing Room

No fabric out this week. I’ll finish a top today for a bust in a future report.

I did add fabric at the thrift store yesterday, mostly because it coordinated with fabric I bought at the thrift last year.

I also added a couple pillowcases to embroider and the floss to do it. The trim is for future Stitching To Dye pieces. It looked 100% cotton, but I’ll know for sure once I dye it.

My experiment to get in the sewing room without any obligation to sew is working well for me. Once I’m in there I always do something and usually for more than the 12 minutes I set on the timer. I hope this makes a big difference in stash usage and project finishes because my guild’s fabric sale is coming up in May. I had a major add at last year’s sale.

I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 8.375 yards

Fabric out: 8.625 yards

Net Fabric USED: .25 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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What If Wednesday, A Day Late

Not much sewing going on around here. I haven’t been motivated to work on current projects. I thought about starting a new project, but haven’t come up with the energy to do that either. I don’t even know if something new would hold my attention.

Rather than hang out in this uncreative place until the feeling moves on, I decided to try something. Anything. The first steps are always the hardest.

What if I force myself to go into the sewing room every night for ten or fifteen minutes? Sewing is not required. I just have to be in there and stay awake. I gave myself permission to stare at the wall or refold my fabric or look at a book. What I do doesn’t matter.

I will put myself in a creative space, knowing that I have a very hard time sitting and doing absolutely nothing. Either my sewing room will become cleaner, or I will sew something. I’m even willing to sew something ugly. Anything goes.

I’m heading into the sewing room right now to see what happens.

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Stash Report And Borders

No fabric in this week. I finished the rug for another 3.75 yards out. If you missed the picture in the last post, here it is again.

Now I’m adding borers to the Safehouse quilt. It’s another project that has taken forever, and I just want it done.

The border fabric came off the charity table. It’s a very long not-so-wide piece, which means the borders are on the straight of grain. I’ve never cut borders like that before. Many pattern instructions say to do it that way, and now I understand why. They are some of the flattest borders I’ve ever sewn. Live and learn.

Look at me in the black for the first time in years! I’m linking to Patchwork Times.

Fabric In: 6.75 yards

Fabric out: 8.625 yards

Net Fabric USED: 1.875 yards

Yarn In: 0

Yarn Out: 2 yards

Net Yarn Used: 2 yards

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A Finish And No Way To Talk About It

I finished the rug this week, which had me doing a serious happy dance.

The next day we got hit by 60-mile an hour winds and a pole went down up the road. We lost cable/internet for the next 24 hours. I am grateful the pole didn’t close our part of the road and even more grateful we didn’t lose power.

I’ve had a lot of questions on the rug and plan to post a tutorial sometime in the near future. It ended up being a hybrid of three different rug patterns. That way I included all the things I liked and left out all the things I didn’t.

I may make another one of these rugs later this year. Once I got past the cutting, I really enjoyed the process.

I’m linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

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