Sunday, February 20, 2011
I'm sharing my weekly stash report today, along with some really helpful tips! It's always fun to receive fabric you weren't expecting...and this fat quarter bundle of Buttercup made my day! It's not so good for the stash totals, though--these fat quarters add up to 10 yards!
I also added 1 3/4 yards of Kate Spain's Central Park to my stash...I love this fabric! I'm working on my third quilt with it right now and will definitely be making at least one more!
And I needed one more yard of Make Life for a backing--I've sewn the back together and will get this off to be quilted...should help my stash totals out in a couple of weeks when I get this finished!
I don't have any big finishes to share this week, but I did get my Amy Butler Dresdens sewn together (sorry for the sneak peeks, I'll share the whole project when it's finished).
And I did get Joanna's block for the FatQuarterShop 2010 Designer Mystery Block of the Month sewn--love these Christmas lanterns! So my stash totals are 12 3/4 yards in and none used! This brings me to 66 7/8 in for the year with only 47 3/8 used--19 1/2 added total! I'm not too worried, though, because I have several quilts almost at the finish stage, so in the next couple of weeks there should be a big reversal in these numbers.
Okay...now for the tips. First, I finally made these block boards shared by Carrie Nelson. I first saw them when I took a class from my friend Lori last year; however, for some reason I didn't make them until now. Sometimes I have to see things more than once before they sink in! What an amazing help they've been already. I will probably make at least a couple more--and the 15-inch size Carrie suggests in her post are perfect! I love being able to fit 4 smaller blocks on one board.
Now...for tip #2. Another example of me not catching on "early in the game!" The little tool pictured above is the "Mini Fit to be Geese" ruler by OpenGateQuilts. I've owned it for awhile...at least a year I think. It came highly recommended by Carrie; she mentions it in her patterns, and she's blogged about it. And she swears by it, so I bought it. But buying something and using it are two different things.
You see, I was skeptical. I like flying geese, and mine usually turn out well regardless of the method I use. So I was a little skeptical about a ruler that required me to sew the geese with triangles after I'd been using methods with rectangles and squares that worked just fine! Anyway, fast-forward to this weekend. I decided to give the ruler a chance. Can I just say this is a "quilt-life" changing tool?! Completely amazing! Your geese are a little big to begin with, then you trim them down.
I made over 100 in just a couple of hours. They. Are. All. Perfect! I wanted to make more flying geese because it was just so fun to have them turn out this way. I'm seriously thinking of looking for a pattern with the most flying geese I can find just so I can make more! Okay...so that's it for today! Thanks so much for stopping by!