Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Naughty Girl. . .

First you need to know that I'm sitting in my hotel room at Road 2 California, a huge quilt show in Southern California. I'm here for 3 days, 2 of which are all-day classes with Darlene Zimmerman and Joan Wolfren. For those of you who've not been to this particular show, I call it a mini-Houston. Fabulous quilts from all over the world and over 100 vendors--oh, and the sunshine--in the 70s. Yeah. . .

So for this stashbusting report, please don't judge me. You know how it is when you're facing all that yummy fabric all those fun patterns and beautiful quilts. But wait--my husband actually told me he'd like to have a Civil War quilt. (This is the guy who asked me, like 5 years ago, "How many quilts does a person need, Sweetie?") Guess what? I don't have a single piece of Civil War fabric in my stash! What's that mean???? Say it with me, ladies and gentlemen. . . I GET TO BUY MORE FABRIC!!!!

So here are the stats for this week:
    Yardage purchased this week: 10.75 yards
    Yardage purchased year to date: 15 yards
    Yardage used this week: 3 yards (for the classes I took)
    Yardage used year to date: 23
    Net used 2011: 8
    . . . .and I was doing so well. . .

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Productive Week!

These 2 projects are on my design wall at the moment. On the left, the beginning of a mosaic-type wall-hanging I'm working on for my quilt guild's challenge, the theme being the same as our quilt show: "Blooming Fun". I'll show you the rest of it the end of next month when I complete it.

The other is the first block in Anne Sutton's free 2011 BOM. She's the creative genius behind Bunny Hill Designs and if you click this, you too can get her free monthly patterns for "Henreitta Whiskers", her adorable squirrel quilt.

I also finished a quilt, made huge progress on Judy's UFO Challenge #6 and have pinned and am ready to quilt the quilt I made in a mystery class last weekend! Woo-Hoo! I'll show them all in a future blog post. (Don't want to be a show-off!)

Stash Busting Time!

    This week I managed to put backs on 2 quilts so used 8.5 yards of fabric from my stash! Backs are great stashbusters, aren't they? There was a time when, every time I'd run across a $4 or $5 per yard sale rack, If buy 5-8 yards of some not-so-beautiful fabric, but nonetheless, in "my colors" to use on the back of some future quilt. When I remodeled my sewing room last year, I found I had 41 of these bulky wads stacked on my precious shelves!! E-gads, what was I 'saving' them for? They are going to be used nicely this year because of Judy's UFO challenge and also the UFO challenge I have going at my quilt guild. YAY!
So, my stash report is as follows:
    Yardage purchased this week: 0
    Yardage purchased year to date: 4.25
    Yardage used this week: 8.5
    Yardage used year to date: 20
    Net used 2011: 15.75