Category Archives: Sunday Stash

Sunday Stash – Zooming Up

Although I switched from measuring and reporting on Net Used, I haven’t exactly been touting my Total Used yards either since I know I’ve been behind this year compared to previous years. Again, this is a reflection of a shift in what I’m sewing for, so it’s not catastrophic or anything dire, but it does make the spreadsheet look sad. For example:

My 2017 total used yardage has been below the minimum for every single year since 2012. You’ll notice, however, and giant spike at the end there – that reflects this week!  This week I finished a big quilt I’ve been working on for about a year, plus a smaller quilt that is a pattern sample for our July release at The Stitch TV Show.

  • Used this week:  27.5 yard
    • 22 yd for giant quilt
    • 1 yd for storage bag
    • 4.5 for Emilio pattern sample
  • Total Used Year to Date: 135 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (16% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Barely

Well, as expected I didn’t finish much this week due to the quilt show; by all the accounts the show went great and we’re all still recovering!  I’ve been stitching where I can, but only squeaked out a zipper pouch for an upcoming swap in the finished column.  This should be a big week coming up, though, so I’ll take the calm before the storm!

I asked my daughter to sketch out the character to me, and used that drawing to thread sketch the outline, and then colored it in with Inktense pencils, which I then set with aloe gel and heat set with the iron.

  • Used this week:  0.5 yard
      0.5 yd for zip pouch
  • Total Used Year to Date: 107.5 yards
  • Added this week: 1 yard
    • 1 yd background fabric for stash.
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (20% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Switchover

Oh, this week was glorious. All three basted quilts from last week’s progress post got quilt and bounded, so there’s 14 yds in the used column. One of those is for donation, maybe two or even all three since the jury is still out. For now, though, good progress in the spreadsheet.

As I talked about in my podcast this week, I’m switching focus to total used going forward; the state of my stash is such that I need to purchase fabric to make the sorts of quilts I want to.  I’ll still track stash adds, but the net won’t be my focus since I’m focused on making quilts and not necessarily on decreasing my stash. If I end up with a bloated stash, I’ll focus back on net used again!

In addition to finishing three quilts is also finishing two more tops – one a pattern sample you’ll see if a few months, and another a donation quilt – and also, finally, finally, cue the angels, I stitched down the applique on Dresden Garden and added the first border. I even started on the second border! It is 3″ nine-patches set on point, and I got 14 of the 36 blocks needed for that border. For the record, I seem to have stalled on it in October of 2013, so my one UFO is actually moving again, even if I calculated needing 860 2″ squares for the final border. That plan might change, though!

And not to be left out, it was also Saturday Sampler pick up for both the one continuing program and two new ones. I did sign up for both new programs since one is red, white, and blue fabrics and I figured I could make a Quilt of Valor out of the blocks since I’ll be going to the pick-up sessions anyway. You can see those over on Instagram – Great Grunge, Be My Neighbor, and Quilt for All Seasons.

  • Used this week:  14 yards
  • Total Used Year to Date: 107 yards
  • Added this week: 7 yard
    • 7 yd for new shop sample
  • YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (20% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Fruitful

Lots of progress this week, although it may not be reflected in the numbers below. It was a tough week at work again, and also the last week of school, but I made both of those work for me by channeling productivity in the sewing room to distract myself.

For small projects, I wrapped up some of the outstanding items for the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild Boutique for the upcoming quilt show (only 10 days to go!) and used some binding stash for that. I also whipped up a couple of Diva Wallets – one for me and one for Lynn to replace the one that was stolen a few weeks ago.


The floral coasters on the finish list were small gifts for the “remembrance walk” that the 5th graders do on the last day of school; mostly because the school suggests flowers be given to all the teachers the kids had while at the school, but I am bad at gardening.

My FQ baskets were my latest attempt to wrangle my fabric stash in my messy sewing room; the pattern came from a Bernina tutorial.  Of course Jett needed to try them out.

I’m really looking forward to finishing up some quilts this week; I’ve got three basted and ready to quilt, and two more in the pile-up after that.  One of those is quite large, however, and needs some longarm time work on it. The other one uses some of that gorgeous Paloma fabric from Ink & Arrow I mentioned in the WIP Wednesday post!

  • Used this week:  5 yards
    • 0.75 yd for binding for Boutique items
    • 1 yd for Diva wallets
    • 3 yd for FQ baskets
    • 0.25 yd for floral coasters
  • Used Year to Date: 93 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • 0 yd for borders
  • Net Used YTD: 20 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 17.75 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – A Thousand Paper Cuts

Well, this week I’m net zero but did finish what feels like a hundred small projects.  Offset that with fabric I purchased for the border of the big project I’ve been working on, and Bob’s your uncle, net zero.

I made two FQ pop-up bins and two Sew Sweetness Kismet Trinket Boxes (only one shown below; the other is on Instagram). Lots of fussy bits, but worth it! I really hated the container my Wonder Clips came in, so the small round Kismet Trinket Box works perfect as a much cuter replacement.


I also finished my mini for the Fandoms in Florals swap on Instagram.  No finished pics until my partner gets it, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. You can see a close-up of some of the quilting here.

I’ve also taken over the Boutique area for our guild quilt show, so I spent some time sorting and pricing items.  In doing that, I’ve discovered some half-finished items that lacked binding, so I pulled from my stash to complete those items.  I’ll probably finish the rest in the coming week as I need an escape from the last-week-of-school madness!

  • Used this week:  4.5 yards
    • 1.5 yd for tuffet
    • 0.75 yd for pop up bins
    • 0.5 yd for Kismet trinket boxes
    • 0.75 yd for swap mini
    • 1 yd for various binding
  • Used Year to Date: 88 yards
  • Added this week: 4.5 yard
    • 4.5 yd for borders
  • Net Used YTD: 15 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 17 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – Giving Away or Giving Up

It’s been another one of those weeks with a lot of stitching but not a lot of finished!  I did pull fabric out my stash to put in a raffle basket for the upcoming East Cobb Quilters’ Guild quilt show, however, since Lynn and I are donating one as The Stitch TV Show.

My kids also picked out a FQ bundle for me for Mother’s Day, so I’m dutifully logging that below.  I should get this big honking quilt top and back done this week, and then quilt a donation quilt this week. With the end of the school year looming, I don’t expect to get a lot done during the week, although I will finish my tuffet from my class on Wednesday!

  • Used this week:  6 yards
    • 6 yd given away
  • Used Year to Date: 83.5 yards
  • Added this week: 1.25 yard
    • 5 FQs for Mother’s Day
  • Net Used YTD: 15 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (19% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – Zippo

Well, technically an unproductive week per the numbers, but I just put the final stitches on ALL the blocks for the big projects I’m working on right now. Whew.  It’ll be ready for assembly this week, although this week is bananas with baseball practice, art class, and my own tuffet class on Wednesday!

I did also finish the Saturday Sampler blocks for this month so I’m ready to finish the layout for the Summertime Blues quilt and get it assembled. The Great Grunge block below shows my mistake (whoops), which I did subsequently fix!


  • Used this week:  0 yards
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used Year to Date: 77.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Huzzah!
  • Net Used YTD: 10.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (21% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – Mildly Backwards

This week I finished up a couple bag projects: a new class sample/actual functional purse for me to use and a project tote for going to quilting classes. I offset that stash progress with the purchase of some background fabric, however; oh well!

For my purse, it was time to make a new purse after the wear on my old one got a bit unbearable. You can see details on this post from The Stitch, but in general we’ve learned that purses made out of quilting cotton that are used daily last about 20-24 months before extensive wear sets in.  The class I taught at Red Hen Fabrics on Saturday for the Candice Bag pattern was small, but mighty.  I’m pleased to say that all the students finished their purses, which is honestly a first! The one I made to carry myself is the Tula Pink Acacia fabric with raccoons in the back left.

I also finished my Amethyst Bag, which is a Sew Sweetness pattern. I’d been eyeing it since Sara released it, mostly because I specifically wanted something I could hooked onto the handle of my sewing machine tote.  That addition and some adjustments to the elastic tool spacing are the only changes I made; the rest of the pattern went together easily enough, although there is the usually amount of tugging when it comes to birthing the bag right-side out!

  • Used this week:  5.5 yards
    • 3.5 yd for the Candice Bag
    • 2 yd for the Amethyst Bag
  • Used Year to Date: 77.5 yards
  • Added this week: 10 yard
    • 10 yd of light gray solid for stash
  • Net Used YTD: 10.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (21% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – Onward

Two projects wrapped up this week as the wheels of progress continue to turn! I managed to wrap up two of the three pillow covers I’m working on (the other involves handpiecing), a donation quilt, and a totebag of sorts.

Here was my starting point for the bag fabric; I did sub in a lime green houndstooth, a black polka dot, and a darker teal for three of these to bring a better value range to the assortment.  I think it will make a good project bag to tote around, but is a bit too open to be a replacement purse.

  • Used this week:  9.25 yards
    • 5 yd for baseball donation quilt
    • 3.25 yd for the Maxwell Bag
    • 1 yd for two pillow covers
  • Used Year to Date: 72 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 14.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (23% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

Sunday Stash – It’s Getting Ugly

This was another slow usage week as I focused on getting well from the mega-cold I caught on vacation. I managed to eek out 2 small projects, both of which made use of the “ugly” snowman fabric that Lynn showed on episode 215 of The Stitch TV Show. They’ll both be going to good homes shortly!


  • Used this week:  2.75 yards
    • 1.25 yd for snowman tablerunner
    • 1.5 yd for the snowman tree skirt
  • Used Year to Date: 62.75 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 5.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (18% of total used)


You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!