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August 15, 2019
A Really Old Quilt from Jan's Quilts


This quilt was made by my Grandmothers' Great Grandmother.  It just came into my possession via a cousin who is downsizing.  She'd listed it on Craig's List and her sister sprang into action and said she should consider giving it to me because I'm a quilter.  A few text messages and emails resulted in the quilt arriving at my house.  I assured both cousins that it would stay in the family.  It needs some TLC but it's really in good shape.


My grandmother was born in 1891.  We don't know which of her great grandmother ...

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July 7, 2019
stash report July 7, 2019 from Making A Lather

I haven't done a stash report in a while. I have been moving and sorting and folding fabric in an attempt to organize my space. I have come to realize I have been blessed with really great fabric. I have received some great scraps from other quilters. However, if I don't stay on top of it, I will be overrun with chaos. But, what a wonderful chaos it is.

These pieces were gifted to me when the quilter was done with her quilt. I think they are lovely together.



I think this vintage doily that I found in ...

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May 6, 2019
stash report May 5, 2019 from Making A Lather

I have been sorting through my studio and finding many - what was I thinking -bags and bins. I don't know why I dropped the ball on some of them. I must have felt deadlines, and delayed decisions in favor of accomplishing what I felt needed done. Something about Spring fever makes it very soothing to slowly sort and cull the important from the mess. I wonder if it's much like our Mother's mothers felt when they would open the cabins doors and windows and shake the winter from their homes. I have found fabric that I didn ...

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April 14, 2019
stash report April 14, 2019 from Making A Lather

We have started birthday season in our family. My hubby's is the 4th, Youngest son is the 6th, Son number 3 is the 18th, and many more in our extended family.

I am looking for mustard, cheddar color fabric. This was supreme cotton from Missouri star quilt company. It is a beautiful color. I have some more ordered, before I choose. And, while I was there, I added a few 'deals" to my cart.


I am looking forward to slow Sunday stitching today. It is a cold and rainy Spring day. After church, I am cuddling up with some ...

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March 31, 2019
stash report March 31, 2019 from Making A Lather

We are caught in a time warp...


Another sale at bluprint, and I had just seen podunk pretties talk about her favorite type of fabric, and I love her quilts, so I bought these.


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 73.5 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 3.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 99 yards
net fabric: 25.5 yards bought more than used

My Christmas snowflake workshop was yesterday, and I was really impressed with the turnout and diligence of the talented quilters who spent their Saturday with me. There ...

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March 24, 2019
Stash report March 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

It's a miracle, but, there was no new fabric making a home here with me last week. I did buy some shirts at the rescue mission for .25 each. But, I walked away from thrift store fabric and giveaways and other peoples's scraps....at least last week. I make no promises.



I am still sorting through the green scraps, and used the shortish strips to make 4 patches in 2 1/2 inch size. I used the 2 1/2 inch die to subcut into twosies.


And then there were more 4 patches for the irish chain quilt ...

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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
Fabric Used or gone from house ...

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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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