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March 17, 2019
stash report March 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

My Christmas cactus is blooming. With the weird winter we have had, I am not surprised it is confused. What does surprise me is that the blooms look almost pink, and they are supposed to be red. hmmm


Craftsy sent a coupon to me for an additional amount off, and I found 2 fat quarter bundles I thought were great.


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard cozies
Fabric Used year to Date: 73.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 9.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 95.5 yards
net fabric: 22 yards bought more than used ...

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March 10, 2019
stash report March 10, 2019 from Making A Lather

I had a flannel day at goodwill. Most of these pieces are at least 5 yards. They will make great backs. I am even wondering if the bottom piece would work as the back for my double wedding ring quilt. They are washed and dried and folded.


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1.5 yards cozies
Fabric Used year to Date: 72.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 15 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 86  yards
net fabric: 13.5 yards bought more than used

I have made great progress on either the bottom or the top of ...

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March 3, 2019
stash report March 3, 2019 from Making A Lather


Stages of grief of a fabricholic

1. denial - sure I have a lot of fabric, but not that much and I need everything for projects I plan on doing. I just need a better organization system and spend a little more time focused on my projects. And I will just focus on finishing and then everything will be sunshine and happy sewing.

2.  anger - I can't find anything, it's a mess. Why can't I keep up and finish everything. It's not fair that quilter's keep enticing me with new inspiration. finishing takes longer than cutting ...

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February 24, 2019
stash report February 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

My hubby brought this flower to me yesterday, in the dead of winter. What a welcome surprise. He had brought one of our planters in from the deck and has it wintering over in our basement under a grow light. The marigold has made it so far.


It was time to do something with this stack of fabric from goodwill. I really like the 2 solid pieces on the left. They are grunge fabrics from before there were grunge fabrics. I am guessing the 80s.
I decided I would weigh it to get the yardage, and there was 5 pounds ...

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February 8, 2019
My Swoon Quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

The last UFO

It’s starting to be really embarassing to say when a UFO (unfinished-quilt) started. I know many of you have more than 10 unfinished quilts or projects, but this is just not how I work. And it gets very frustrating for me to keep unfinished stuff. But it happens all the time, I just keep them in low number. In 2018 it actually was one. Yes, one. And it was my Swoon quilt, which I have been dragging it from town to town since 2013. 

But since 2018 was practically a hand-quilting year for me, (I also ...

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February 5, 2019
Valentine Stitchery from Prairie Moon Quilts

I felt the urge to make a new Valentine’s project this year, and I wanted to do something with embroidery.

I thought about designing something completely new, but I’m still in love with my “Be Mine” Valentine appliqué wall quilt pattern, so I decided to use it to make a little stitchery mini quilt.

Here’s the original appliquéd wall quilt, which measures 20″ x 20″.

For my stitchery version, I reduced the size of the appliqué pattern, and embroidered it. It fits into an 8″ square. Then I used a couple pieces from my stash to add ...

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January 30, 2019
January Hand Stitching from Prairie Moon Quilts

Because our weather has been so horrific this January, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my cozy chair of an evening, and sometimes my fingers are too cold to wield a sewing needle, so I’ve been doing a LOT of knitting.

Knitting and crochet projects count towards my . . .

Handwork is handwork, and it will all eventually lead to finished items, I hope!

In my usual style, I have several knitting projects going all at once — just not as many knitting UFOs as I have quilting UFOs, altho, if I’m not careful, it could easily get ...

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January 6, 2019
stash report January 6, 2019 from Making A Lather

Ok.... not a good start to a fabric diet, but walmart had their Christmas fat quarters for 24 cents. I didn't count them until I came home. I bought 38. sigh.... The bigger Christmas piece was also 24 cents at the rescue mission. It was the only fabric I have ever seen there.
I knew instantly that I wanted to put 2 different fat quarters into the string piecing for Good fortune mystery quilt.



I am ok with the price per fat quarter, but 38 fat quarters = 9.5 yards. Really? they don't look like that much. 

Last ...

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January 4, 2019
365 Days of Hand Stitching in 2019 from Prairie Moon Quilts

Last year I attempted to do 365 Days of Hand Stitching. You can read about it HERE.

If you click the button in the sidebar, you can visit the posts where I talk about some of the handwork projects I worked on throughout the year, if you’re interested in seeing any of them.

So last year, I managed to do hand stitching on 166 out of 365 days (that’s 45%, if you’re interested in statistics). In those 166 days, I made or completed 38 projects, so I’m pretty proud of that — but . . . I think I can ...

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December 30, 2018
stash report December 30, 2018 from Making A Lather

I found a purple bundle at the thrift store. I can always use purple. It is one of the colors that I just don't have many in my stash.


 I would be foolish to think that I would be able to avoid purchases all year.  I am just not sure what would be a reasonable goal. I really like fabric and especially scraps. To me, scraps are little presents of surprises. My friend and I were talking at Friday group - she says she will limit her purchases to just what she needs for finishing a project - and then her ...

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December 17, 2018
stash report December 16, 2018 from Making A Lather

I have a small collection of batik fabrics with plans to make a quilt with them....someday.
I found these at a guild sale. I am usually drawn to the brighter colors, but will need these neutral colors in whatever I make for contrast and background.




stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1/4 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/2 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 2 1/2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 240 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 537 3/4 yards used more than purchased. 

I ...

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December 9, 2018
stash report December 9, 2018 from Making A Lather

More goodwill finds. I had been interested in this when it was a new "thing", but I thought the paintstiks were too expensive. I found them at goodwill and maybe get a chance to experiment with them before I forget I have them.  haha


I also found these packages of open gate template and pattern. Monique Dillard spoke to our guild one year and I really enjoyed her quilt trunk show. So I was glad to add these to my templates I may never use collection.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
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December 2, 2018
stash report December 2, 2018 from Making A Lather

I really like this fabric I found thrifting, but I'm not sure how to use it.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 238 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 540 yards used more than purchased. 

I didn't get anything done on this corner this week. I have been under the weather hmmmm why does that phrase, that I have used all my life, mean not well?  
I am feeling ...

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November 25, 2018
stash report November 25, 2018 from Making A Lather


I have added another bag from the quilt guild garage sale. I like the puzzles as much as the actual fabric.


I don't think the fabric was part of the pattern. It isn't flannel, but the colors were scrumptious.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 235 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 543 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min every day this week -  orca ...

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November 18, 2018
stash report November 18, 2018 from Making A Lather

I found this fun little project bag while thrifting this week. They are hand stitched and really interesting fabrics. Somebody spent a bit of time working on this. There is only one finished flower, but many hexagons cut. How dear of someone to share this. I just realized that I hadn't even measured the size. It is bigger than 1 inch but not 2 inches.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date ...

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November 11, 2018
Stash report November 11, 2018 from Making A Lather


Lest we forget.

I picked up several scrap bags during quilt show season. This is one that I enjoyed because of the vintage pieces.


I think it would be great if calicoes came back into fashion. They are just a bundle of color and small enough to not be too busy like larger florals.


I really like neutral fabrics and I'm always excited to add more variety to my scraps.


Shirt plaids that I don't have to cut a shirt to get.



stash report

Fabric Used this Week 5 yards -mrs holder hexagon
Fabric Used or gone from ...

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November 8, 2018
Summertime Sampler Applique from Prairie Moon Quilts

For those of you participating in the Summertime Sampler Block-of-the-Month through Sew Sweet Quilt Shop, along with this month’s block, I’m giving you some of my appliqué hints and tricks, to help you with the appliqué portions of the traditional version of the quilt.

If you’d like to learn directly from me in person, I’m teaching a class at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop this Saturday, November 10th, so while you’re there to pick up your block, you can just stick around and work on the appliqué all afternoon with me!

The class fee is $20 ...

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November 4, 2018
stash report November 4, 2018 from Making A Lather

My favorite part of our guild quilt show ( besides the great quilts) was the garage sale hosted by the guild members.
I found this assortment of  Moda fabrics that I really liked.
There were 52 pinwheel blocks, 2 1/2 inch strips, and 10 yards of the light fabric, that I am guessing was the backing for whatever quilt these pieces were meant to be.


 I found these matching pieces in another bag


And these parts in other bags.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 773 1/4 yards ...

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October 28, 2018
stash report October, 28, 2018 from Making A Lather

I found this cute little bundle in the guild garage sale.




Most of the pieces were in pieces or scrap size, but there was 2 fat quarters, so I am counting it as a yard. I can never have too many neutrals.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 773 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Added Year to Date: 213 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 559 1/2 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min every day ...

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October 5, 2018
Hide ‘n’ Seek Tea Towel from Prairie Moon Quilts

Six years ago, I was part of a fall blog hop along with a lot of other designers, and we each presented a block as part of the hop.

My block was an appliqué block with a pumpkin and a kitty and a mouse, and I really had a lot of fun designing and making it. I called it Hide ‘n’ Seek.

You can still see the original post about the block and get the free pattern for it HERE. It makes a darling pillow or mini quilt.

This year, I decided it would be super cute to use the ...

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