Sunday, May 16, 2010

Stash Report - May 16, '10

Fabric in this week:      .75 yd.
Fabric in YTD:     42.25 yds.

Fabric out this week:      .75 yds.
Fabric out YTD:      48.5 yds.

Stash busted:   6.25 yds.

If you would like to see how others are doing check out Judy's blog.
This was a good week as far as finishing a project. Not so much for stash busting. I bought 3/4 yard to bind the Licorice Allsorts. I sewed all the blocks up for my bee's auction quilt and I managed to baste and press 200 circles. So some progress made on several fronts.

I want to tell you about the Licorice Allsorts quilt. It is from a pattern by Lydia Quigley (The Rabbit Factory). I did change the border. When my son was getting married I asked them what they wanted in a quilt. DS said he wanted one like my Chimney Swallows quilt I had given to my parents. That quilt was the hardest quilt I have ever done. (See picture below) I told him that wasn't going to happen. I asked him what he liked about the quilt....the pattern, the colors, the quilting. He liked the colors and the design didn't matter. So black and brights became the theme.
Chimney Swallows quilt
I really didn't have a lot of brights in my fabric collection so I began to buy a few fat quarters here and there. In Oct. '08 DH had a conference in Pittsburgh, PA so I went along but stopped in Hershey where I have a DD going to school. One day while she was in class I took her car and did my own local shop hop. I mapped out a 90 mile route and went for it. I think I hit about six or seven shops.

Now keep in mind this was Oct and the leaves were turning such fabulous colors. I was in and near Amish country. The drive was out amongst farms and through wooded areas. It was absolutely breathtaking. At each of the shops I picked up a good variety of brights and at Sauders I bought 10 yds. of Kona black. It seemed fitting. When I look at this quilt it brings back the memory of my fall color drenched shop hop. I wish I had taken pictures. Oh well.

I had the top pieced by Jan. '09 but then it sat around waiting for me to figure out how to quilt it. I knew because of the colors what ever I did the quilting would not be very visible. I finally did circles around the main blocks with my Circle Lord and some 3/4 circle/loops in the border. The happy couple is glad to get it but since we are headed into summer it won't be used for awhile. Besides, they really don't get it until I take it to quilt guild this week.

If you look really hard you can see the border quilting and a shadow or two of the circles. I knew it wouldn't show very well.

I hope to get the Jelly Girl top put together this week and more circles done. It doesn't sound like much stash busting but ya' gotta do what ya' gotta do. I hope you do well this week.


  1. I think you've had a great week -- that's a lot of work done. The quilting is very subtle but unmistakeable. I like it! :) Take care, Dianne B. in England

  2. The Allsorts is gorgeous! Jane and I found that quilt hanging in a booth at a quilt show a few years back with a black '30s scrappy background and '30s fabrics. I've been trying to collect small pieces of the blacks but they're hard to find in '30s fabrics. I might just go with a solid black. You're inspired me! Love that quilt!

  3. What a beautiful quilt! And sooo many pieces (any idea how many?), wow. And yes, it needs to be shown at a guild before going anywhere. Great job!

  4. WOW - your quilts are incredible! What an inspiration . . . thanks for sharing!

  5. Both quilts are absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Lovely quilt. I love to use black, but hate to quilt it! Quilts using black always are so striking.

  7. ohhhhhhh! I like. But then who wouldn't! glen

  8. This is a stunning quilt and a family legacy! The quilting really enhances the beauty. I think you may want to print out this blog post and put it somewhere in acid-free archive paper. Make a copy for yourself and your son. Have a great week!