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)

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Sunday Stash - Baggier

This week I was working on smaller projects to finish up for the “Community Service Parade” at guild meeting Thursday night.  I managed to finish 5 placements, 1 pillowcase, and 2 quilts to donate since the last month, with a good bit of that done in the previous week.

Beyond the donation projects, I also made a tool organizer called “Tooly” (above). and my sample for the next class I’m teaching at Red Hen Fabrics.  Still confirming details and dates, but it’s the Tudor Bag from Sew Sweetness.  Sample is below, from a new line from Windham Fabrics “Hot Dogs & Cool Cats”!

  • Used this week: 9 yard
    • 0.5 yd for 2 pinwheel placemats
    • 0.5 for 2 Lilac Hill placemats
    • 0.75 yd for Tooly Organizer
    • 4.25 yd for Hipster Kitty
    • 3 yd for Tudor Bag sample
  • Used Year to Date: 241.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 135.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 83 yards (34% of total used)

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Sunday Stash - Baggy

This week I had the pleasure of teaching another bag-making class at Red Hen Fabrics; 7 women learned how to make the Aeroplane Bag from Sew Sweetness, and 4 of them are finished and the other 3 are close to being done.  While I was there I picked up 3 yards of fabric to make a sample for the next class - the Tudor Bag. It’s a little simpler to construct (no curves), so I’m hoping we get a healthy number of signups for that in October.

My kids were spending some time with their grandparents today, so I had some free hours to work on other projects; because I was so productive earlier this week with the Twilter quilt and another donation quilt, I spent some time making…. clothes. Yeesh.  I made two tunic tops and a knit skirt for me, and a cotton skirt for my daughter.  I the remaining fabric from my daughter’s skirt up into bits for a donation quilt in addition to part of a pillowcase, too. All said clothing items are in the washing currently, so no pics yet.

I need to piece the back for this quilt and hopefully get it finished before Thursday evening so I can turn it in for the Community Service round-up at guild that night. Fingers crossed!

  • Used this week: 9.5 yard
    • 1 yd for pillowcase
    • 2.75 yd for strip donation quilt
    • 1 yd for daughter’s skirt
    • 4.75 yd for Twilter Bird in the Air quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 233 yards
  • Added this Week: 3 yard
    • 3 yd for Tudor Bag sample
  • Net Used YTD: 126.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 77.75 yards (33% of total used)

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Smunday Stash - Yeah, Yeah, I’ll Get To It

Oh, Sunday Stash. I love your spreadsheet but hate your obligations sometimes.  I’m blaming the month of May. Here’s where I’m at after finishing two projects last week. Pics of both finishes coming shortly!

  • Used this Week: 6.5 yard
    • 3.25 yd for a second Carry All Caddy
    • 3.25 for the #SummerReadingQAL bookshelf quilt!
  • Used Year to Date: 153.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 62.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 57.75 yards (38% of total used)

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Sunday Stash - Multitudinousness

This weekend I had a whole day and then some of just straight up sewing and progress on various projects. On top of the finish of Lovebirds earlier this week, I’ve got quite the yardage booked in the “out” column.  I did also bring in some fabric; I couldn’t resist a FQ bundle of “Cat Lady” from Cotton & Steel, some of which will be used to make a quilt for the Good Mews auction this year.

One of the finishes was this mini out of my sample Glow Stick block from my class with Cristy Fincher.  I’m still making a bigger version with some different color placements, but could let this one flounder about unused.

I also finally made the “Carry All Caddy” from  Like most of her patterns, it’s not hard sewing until you get to the final binding, and then there’s lots of opportunity for it to get all kinds of jacked up. Mine’s not too bad, I don’t think.

  • Used this Week: 18 yard
    • 8 yd for Lovebirds
    • 0.5 yd for one placemat
    • 0.5 yd for Glow Sticks mini quilt
    • 4.5 yd for Remedial Fishsticks donation quilt
    • 3.25 yd for Catch All Caddy
    • 0.25 yd for new nametag
    • 1 yd for casserole carrier
  • Used Year to Date: 137.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 5 yard
    • 5 yd Cat Lady FQ bundle
  • Net Used YTD: 70.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 46.25 yards (34% of total used)

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Sunday Stash - Scrappeningly

This week, I did a lot of sewing, yet officially logged very little since lots of those projects aren’t finished yet. Allietare top, back, and binding is done and ready to quilt.  Another quilt for a pattern I’m writing is ready for quilting, as is a tablerunner/topper for a pattern Lynn wrote that I tested. Lots of stuff queued up!  I think I can get the tablerunner/toppers and Stray Cat Strut quilted this week.

For actual finishes, I needed to recover my pressing board because it was super gross and weird looking, and could stand up by itself when I peeled the old one off from the starch!  Here’s my new one, which I’m getting used to since the design sometimes shows through what I’m pressing.

I also finished a series of fabric bins - one for my bathroom drawer to corral the ever growing collection of “hair doodles” I need to maintain the massive amount of hair sprouting from my head now.  Another is for my strips for the Scrappy Trips blocks I’ve been trimming up, and a third is a general project bin that fits inside the top of my travel sewing machine tote to make it easier to pack and unpack that for classes and sew-ins.  Original sketch on Instagram, and here’s the finished bins:


  • Used this Week: 2.25 yards
    • 1.5 yd for various fabric bins
    • 0.75 yd for pressing surface cover
  • Used Year to Date: 15.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 7.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 2 yards (13% of total used)

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Sunday Stash - Tables and Totes

This week I finished my Round Robin quilt, aka “Portlandia” after putting a bird on it from a sketch in that show.  I also finished the totebag I was working on during the Stitch In Friday night (replay available on YouTube), and the tablerunner I made as my class sample from the “Give and Take applique” class with Susan Purney Mark.

Morelli kindly offered services as a model for the totebag. Note: I think it will actually hold two cats, but Morelli is about 125% of one cat, so I didn’t want to stress test it too much before donating.

And here is my tablerunner!

  • Used this Week: 7.25 yards
    • 4.25 yd for Portlandia Round Robin quilt
    • 1.25 yd for Good Mews totebag
    • 1.75 yd for Give and Take tablerunner
  • Used year to Date: 210.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 113.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 118.5 yards (56% of total used)

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Sunday Stash - Totes Baggy

This week I managed to finish up a miniquilt and 18 luggage tags for work presents (don’t ask - half of them I had to throw away because of problems with the ink smearing on the printable fabric I used once I got close to the end).

I also made myself a new purse, which I am delighted with.  I use the “Candice Bag” pattern from Lazy Girl Designs.  Rather than just use a plain piece of fabric for the pocket exterior, I spent a little more time and paper pieced a ring of flying geese using this free pattern, scaled down to a 10″ block.

I used the last of the gray fabric from my Lone(ly) Rainbow quilt for the exterior; quite literally, I have a 2″ x 18″ strip of it left. Whew.

There are plenty of interior pockets, too - one is a “fat” pocket to stash my Kindle, and maybe one day an iPad (I have to save my pennies!).  I also added an interior zip pocket for makeup and other “lady things” that I don’t want to be out in plain view if I leave it unzipped. So, a fairly productive week.  Next up I’m tackling a smaller quilt on commission, but I don’t think I’ll finish it before bedtime tonight.

  • Used this Week: 3.5 yards
    • 3.5 yd for various work presents
    • 2.5 for Candice Bag
  • Used year to Date: 148.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 1 yard
    • 1 yd various FQs for a birthday gift
  • Net Used for 2015: 70 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 73 yards (49% of total used)

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WIP Wednesday: I Remembered!

I should probably just quit while I’m ahead since I finally remembered WIP Wednesday on an actual Wednesday. Amazing times, my friends. Of course the week I remember is the week I can’t show what I’m actually working on since it’s a long-term gift for someone I know reads the blog. Alas. Instead, here’s a picture of a recent finish:

After hearing Tanesha talk about, and knowing it was a free pattern at Craftsy, I gave the 1 Hour Basket a shot.  It took me 43 minutes, but bear in mind that I’ve made A LOT of bags and baskets over time.  I saved the most time by fusing my exterior fabrics to the fleece, and then laying them right sides together and cutting the 3″ gusset notches before sewing.  This also enabled me to stay stitch the end of each stitch line, which might otherwise unravel if you sew and then cut the notches. Ditto for the interior - lay them RST, cut the notches, and then sew the pieces.

FYI, the basket itself can hold a 6 pack of Diet Coke, as seen above.  This is a 5th grade teacher gift, and her favorites are Diet Coke and milk chocolate.  I also included a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant.

If you want a slightly more challenging basket pattern, which is not difficult, but a little more involved than the 1 Hour Basket, I recommend Noodlehead’s Divided Basket.

See more WIPs at Lee’s blog!