Making the Pledge

I really fell off the stashbusting wagon by the end of last year. I don’t recall that I made any formal pledge to not buy more fabric; maybe that’s why I didn’t make it. I’d like to blame something other than myself and either my lack of self-control or my ability to talk myself into anything fabric-related, but I’d only be doing it to make myself feel better. It wasn’t the discount’s fault. It was only doing what it was supposed to do (get people to buy fabric)… I’m the responsible one who can not eat the chocolate and not …

A Most Epic Quilt Project

Ok, that’s a bit grandiose of a title. But wow, this project got big! This is the quilt top for last March for Sew.Quilt.Give. March was my month to request block contributions. I asked for square-in-square blocks in a range of sizes with the vague idea that I could float them on point in a spacious background. I’d this quilt from Canton Village Quiltworks in mind, with a touch of this one and this one. Next time, I really need to bust out the graph paper and turn those vague ideas into something concrete. I started off putting a creamy …

Not Stashbusting

I’ve been very bad. Stashbusting takes two forms: First, sew up what you have. Second, don’t buy more fabric. Not only have I not participated in or paid attention to the Stashbusting Sew Along since June, I haven’t sewn much since then either. Nothing much has happened with this pile of fabric. I’ve got a skirt cut out and the darts pinned… and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. So, no points for me. Also, I’ve added all this to the fabric pile: On the left, that’s a blue chambray for me for a shirtdress, two shirts for Ian and …

One Crazy Pillow

When Caitlyn was younger and invited to birthday parties, shopping for a gift was pretty straightforward. I’d set a budget, we’d talk a little about a theme and then go to the book store. She didn’t always choose a book for her friends but Barnes & Noble does have a ever changing collection of activity books and small toys; it was a system that kept things fairly simple and contained. No popping indecisively in and out of stores, minimal distraction from other items that maybe weren’t right for the birthday person but just perfect for Caitlyn. Not to say that …

Bee Blocks

I’ve been a bit of a slacker about getting my blocks for Sew.Quilt.Give. posted. So, three months worth, all at once! In September, we did “slabs”, a term I’ve never encountered before for a large, single color block. Our inspiration/example quilt came from Dining Room Empire. This block is 21 inches square… trust me, that’s big. But I don’t think I have any red bits left in the scrap basket! Next up, we made Xs and Os (or Kansas Dugout, depending), with a white background and “boy” colors. I don’t know if these are boy colors, exactly, but it’s not …

A Great Big Red Block

This block is 21 inches square. That’s big! For Sew.Quilt.Give. last month, we were asked to make one block following these instructions from Dining Room Empire. If I ever do something like this block again, I’ll do the math ahead of time and make a 4-patch out of it. Twenty-one inches is almost bigger than my cutting mat – this block may not be properly squared up as a result. Everyone was supposed to make their block one color, out of lots of scraps. We’ll see if my red selections turn out to be more saturated than everyone elses. If …