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Stash Report (here we goooo…….)

New years resolution number 102 – use up some of this fabric!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who of us doesn’t say this….EVERY YEAR!! Hehehe….

Last year I joined in mid-year, and in my perfectionism was conflicted.  The conflict?  Well, I use my stash for more that quilting, and, on a good day….it even brings me a little $$. ๐Ÿ™‚   I think I’m past that though.  Quilters are some of the nicest people I know, and even if my purposes are a little different than yours…I’m praying you will just take me as I am.

This is some of my stash….

I’ve got the flatfolds…
And sometimes I get busy(did I say “sometimes” Lol!) and things get messy….and uhmmmmm stay that way…hence, have you EVER seen a full picture of my sewing room.  Nope, and you probably won’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰
And there are containers…that look like this after a mad search.  When I’ve been whispering under my breath, saying, “It’s in here, I know it’s here, where can it be….” Sound familiar?

And then  there are the bolts…yes, bolts.  Some of them are near full.  Oh, my.  Well…I got a “deal.”  How could I resist?

There’s more, but I’ll spare you.  Yes, I know you’re grateful. Lol….. 

On to the Stash Report…..

Used this Week: 0
Used YTD: 0
Added this Week: 0
Added YTD: 0
Net used 2011: 0

Can’t get any closer to the starting line than that!  Let’s Goooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

See you next week!

Brown Baggin’ It….(almost done;) )

Here we go…..one…more…time.   Hate to tell you, but it won’t be the last.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  The back of my Brown Bag quilt is done!  But……I don’t have a picture of it, completed.  I will show you what I do have pictures of. ๐Ÿ™‚

I saved this as blue and green make neutral. ๐Ÿ˜‰  See I found some black with leaves(the pic refused to upload :-/ ), and saved it as “closebutno”, you understand. So to make my back the size it needed to be, I simply added this allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way around.  It’s not too bad, if I do say  so myself.

 This is what  it looked like before I added the “blueandgreenmakeneutral.” 

 And….if it’s not lying perfectly flat, *ahem-clears throat*, it must be because my youngest, decided it was a great spot to take a rest. ๐Ÿ˜‰  She would be the reason I HAVE to use a cutting table.  Like her momma, she loves fabric, in fact, it must call to her, as it does me, because if a piece is spread out or put down, she is gonna be on it! :0)  Her name is Ella, and she is my cuddle buddy, nap partner and co-fabric hound.  Hehehe

My First Quilt

I started quilting in the summer of 1999, the quilting bug bit me good.  At that time I was VERY into rubberstamping.  I have a dear sister friend, Ms. Sarah Kate, who at the time was interested in my hobby.  So, one afternoon, she and her two littles, at the time, came on over and we set to stamping!  It was fun on overdrive.  When it was time for her to go home and get supper started, she invited me over for a quilting lesson the next week.  Well, I thought I’d never be able to figure it out, but we’d had such a good time that afternoon, what could it hurt?  Hehehe…. little did I know!!!  Seriously, stop and laugh here!  The next week I took my two littles, at the time(the one in the oven, too ๐Ÿ˜‰  ), and headed on over not knowing what to expect.  I was in wonder at her quilts, and at that time she was even selling to a gallery in Chicago.  HOW would I ever learn to DO that?  Weirdest thing happened…she pulled out a piece of paper.  Then she told me I was going to sew the fabric to the paper, and that would make a quilt block? Really?  I had seen my grandmothers and great-grandmothers quilt, and that was NOT how they did it.  But since I knew nothing, and it looked like she did, I decided to trust her. ๐Ÿ™‚  Ever so glad I did.

Paper piecing was a perfect way for a young mom to learn to quilt.  It required no math, even though I thoroughly enjoy that aspect of the process now, when your about brain dead from pregnancy and preschoolers, it’s kind of nice to just enjoy the creative process, without too much critical thinking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

She kindly sent me home with patterns and fabric.  Sarah Kate, have I ever said, “Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.”? 

Well, it wasn’t long(read *within the next two days) before I was out buying fabric, and I haven’t stopped yet!  Hehehehe…..

And, so, within a couple of weeks, I had made my first quilt… and it is entirely paper pieced, borders included. Lol  This quilt has been loved, washed, dried, thrown up on and I don’t even want to know what else…  So, the colors are a little faded, and my color choices certainly have changed, but here it is…

And the girl I made it for “then”…

And “now”….

My sweet Bonnie Love!  Who just happened to turn 13 last week.  Oh, how time goes by…
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