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April 10th, 2016 - The Stash

Just a quick post. I know it’s been awhile but I just seem to be busy all the time. Mostly babysitting the little munchkin. I thought I’d do a stash update here in the quilting basement.

Fabric used since the last time: 12.91 yds
Fabric used YTD: 53.03 yds
Fabric added since the last time and YTD: 37.04 yds
Net fabric busted: 15.99 yds

I’m still in the good. I have plans to make a few more quilts. Most of the ones that I’ve finished lately has been all accounted for or it was someone else’s fabric.

See you all later!

January 29th, 2016 - The Stash

So I said I wasn’t going to buy any more fabric. Right! That didn’t last very long. But (there’s always a but) it was on sale and it’s not really for the stash. I received a 50% off coupon in my email from Fabricland, which is the only fabric store here in Windsor ON besides a quilt shop. How pathetic is that! In fact, it’s the only non-quilt shop within an hour drive. So with coupon in hand I went in to buy some cozy flannel for backings for comfort quilts. One coupon entitled you to 50% off, one cut of fabric. I wasn’t sure if I could use multiple coupons so I thought I would wait and ask before I got the fabric cut. That store sometimes has some really crappy fabric but this time I was in luck. I bought some nice quilt quality flannel in a marble tan. I went back the next day and bought a grey and black check that would really cute on the back of a pink quilt and got 50% off again. I then thought I had enough flannel to do a few quilts but I was talking to my friend and she said it wasn’t often that you could get such a coupon. So I went back again the last day of the sale and bought more flannel, a really nice marble yellow. I guess I was lucky I only printed 3 coupons off that email or I would have acquired even more fabric.

I received a gift certificate from my son for the local quilt shop. I was going to use it to only get gadgets or fabric for comfort quilts. But then I thought it was a gift for me so I should buy something I want. So what did I do? I went to the shop and bought some greys to do the Moda Sampler Block Shuffle. It’s not Moda fabric but I’m hoping it will look awesome. Once I get a few blocks made, I’ll be posting a picture.

On that note here are my numbers for the last month.

Fabric used since the last time: 40.12 yds mostly backings for comfort quilts

Fabric used YTD: 40.12 yds

Fabric added YTD: 35.79 yds

Net fabric busted: 4.33 yds

It’s amazing, I’m still in the good!

January 3rd, 2016 - It’s A New Year

Here we are in a new year. Once again, I’ll see if I can keep track of fabric used and fabric purchased. Since starting a stash report in 2009, I’m amazed at how my fabric purchases have added up. In 7 years of posting, I’ve used 1273.95 yards of fabric, purchased 1486.305 yards of fabric with my stash accumulating 212.355 yards of fabric. Plus the 6.5 yards I received as a gift for Christmas or my birthday (just days apart). So that stash total should be 218.855 yards.

Right now, all I want to do is start some new projects but I’ve got mending to do for my son. I already hemmed 2 pairs of pants, labelled my grandson’s clothes for daycare and now I just need to mend some pants. Once I get that done, I’m starting something new. Oh but I need to make a t-shirt sample quilt for a class I’ve been asked to teach. And then I can start something new, I hope.

My youngest son bought me a $100-gift card for the local quilt shop and I have a loyalty card for $25- for the same shop. Fabric is calling me. I do need a few non-quilty items so I hoping to use them to buy said items and leave the fabric there. Obviously, I’ve purchased enough fabric there and with the Canadian dollar tanking, fabric prices have really gone up. The last fabric I bought there was 17.87/meter plus tax (13%). Can you believe that? Usually I buy a lot of fabric in the States but with the dollar the way it is, that’s not even profitable for me. I guess I better start using up this gigantic stash until the dollar gets better. Besides I have no money anyway. We finally finished our kitchen after 3 years of not having one. Well a really small one and now it’s still smallish but loads of counter space and still empty cupboards.

Until next week. Toodles!


September 24th, 2015 - My Etsy Shop

I’ve added a few new items to my Etsy shop, TheQuiltingJunkie. Ever day I will be adding an item or two for your shopping pleasure. The prices may seem a little high for US shoppers but they are all in Canadian dollars. Translate that to  33% less (depending on the current rate) on the US dollar. Happy shopping!

September 19th, 2015 - The Stash

I guess I’ve been absent for a while.  Well, here I am, back from who knows where. Have you ever been there? I seem to have been stuck there for a long time. But I have accomplished a thing or two while I was there. Besides buying fabric, I’ve made some comfort quilts, worked on some hand stitching and made 6 pillowcases.

Oh yeah, and I opened an Etsy store. I need to sell a few quilts. You can see it here TheQuiltingJunkie. It’s just a few quilts for now but I have more to add as I get organized.

And in the stash department, I keep adding fabric. A few bits and pieces that I liked but mostly bolts of white and black that were on sale and I “needed”. Right! I also bought some Tim Holtz fabric that I’m going to try to Modge Podge on a featherweight case that’s in rough shape.

Now for those dreaded numbers.

Fabric used since the last time and year to date: 137.32 yds

Fabric added since the last time and year to date: 167.76 yds

Net fabric busted: -30.44 yds

One day I’ll get that down to a zero.


May 17th, 2015 - The Stash

Being retired isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. I never seem to find the time to keep my blog updated and make regular posts. I read all the blogs I follow but don’t post on my own. All I seem to do is get more ideas about quilts and it becomes mind boggling. Oh there are so many quilts I want to make and one day I’ll get them all done. At least in my head!

As I posted before, I used my friend, Betty’s longarm to get some quilt tops quilted. I managed to get most of them bound. One more to go and the unpicking is still on going on the one I didn’t like. Betty went away again and I did get one of my quilts done and one my sister had made for Mother’s Day for my mom. The binding pile is only at 2 so that’s doable. The “to be quilted” pile keeps on growing. I really need to get busy here.

Now for the dreaded accounting of fabric accumulation!

Fabric used since the last time: 21.63 yds

Fabric used year to date: 86.04 yds

Fabric accumulated since the last  report: 14.04 yds

Fabric accumulated year to date: 115.29 yds

Net fabric busted: -29.25 yds

I don’t know how much quilting I’ll get done in the coming months as yard work and home renovations are in order. The guy who is supposed to be building the kitchen cupboards is supposed to be here any day now. He said 2 weeks 2 weeks ago. If he’s not here or hasn’t called by the end of May, I’m getting somebody else. Two and a half years waiting for cupboards and it’s beginning to wear on me. But floors need to be refinished before the cupboards go in and that’s a real messy job. All that dust. I’d rather quilt!

Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful weather.

March 29th, 2015 -

I’m back and boy have I been busy!  Between taking care of my mother and my brother, I barely had any time to quilt. My friend went away and I took care of her cat too. But there was a plus side to all of this. I managed to get 9 quilts quilted on her long-arm and now it’s time to get the binding on them.  And, once again, I can’t seem to get the photo off my phone into icloud. Whenever I take a picture for reference for something I’m looking for while shopping, it shows up on my icloud instantly and I can never seem to get rid of it. But when you want a photo to show up, it never does. The joys of computers. I should just use my big camera and get it over with. Anyway, here is my stash numbers.

Fabric used this report: 38.93 yds

Fabric used YTD: 64.41 yds

Fabric added YTD: 101.25 yds

Net fabric busted: -36.84 yds

Most of the fabric purchased is for backings. Some was for finishing a BOM that I’m doing this year. I can’t believe that I actually signed up for 2 BOM’s. What am I, nuts? Like I don’t have enough projects on the go already. Oh well, nothing like adding a few more to the mix to keeps things interesting. Anyway, there’s a few more quilts to be quilted that I just didn’t have time for. One I started but didn’t like how it was coming out, so I took it off the frame and now have to unpick all the quilting on it. I guess I’ll have to  practice more on my friend’s long-arm to get the results I’m looking for. She told me she’s going away again in May. Hmmm……… I guess I’ll be quilting a few more then.

Have a great week and let’s hope the weather becomes more spring-like!

February 15th, 2015 - The Stash

Let’s try this again. I already did a post on my iPad and tried to post it but it seems to have disappeared. Oh well, that thing is crazy and I’m ready to just get rid of it. It’s getting pretty old and I think it needs an attitude adjustment, more like the trash. Anyway here’s what’s happening here.

I’ve made a few quilts but don’t have pictures to show. I bought a few yards of fabric and don’t have pictures to show either. I lent my camera to my son and I can’t seem to get the pictures off my phone. I think I need to go take a course in uploading pictures from your phone and resizing them to fit on your blog.  Anyway here are my numbers.

Fabric used since the last post: 17.24 yds

Fabric used YTD: 25.48 yds

Fabric added YTD: 23.69 yds

Net fabric busted: 1.79 yds

I’m still in the good but I have some flannel coming just not sure of the exact yardage. It was a 40% off sale at Hearts to Holly in Charlevoix MI. I had my sister take a picture of all the flannel and I picked the one that I thought would be the most usable to my needs. I’ll get that when I go to the retreat up there at the end of the month. And that will be loads of fun. I can’t wait!

See you all next week and happy sewing.

January 16th, 2015 - Finish #2

Here it is, finish #2 for the new year. I cut it out in April 2010 and I can’t believe it’s been sitting around for almost 4 years. I kind of want to start checking how old some of my other projects are but I kind of don’t want to know either.

Any way, it’s the Grids and Grommets bag from Indigo Junction. I don’t think I would make it again, not because it’s a bad pattern or anything like that. It’s just that bags aren’t my thing.
Now to go dig up another oldie but goodie!

January 4th, 2015 - The Stash

Well, here starts a new year of stash busting. At  least that’s what I’m trying to do. And of course, being accountable to myself  for any fabric that’s purchased. Last year I didn’t do so well in that department but there’s always a chance  to do better this year. I’ve actually finished a quilt and have started on 2 others. One is a comfort quilt and the other is strips from a strip exchange to make Hidden Spools from Bonnie Hunter. Funny how other quilters measure and sew 2″ strips. Lots of easing and stretching going on but that’s the beauty of an exchange.

Now for some numbers

Fabric used this week and YTD: 8.24 yds

Fabric added YTD: 0 yds

Net fabric busted: 8.24 yds

I hope to have a few finishes this week. The Quilters Three is having a sewing day on Tuesday but we are not using my fabric but a couple of kits one of the ladies picked up from Connecting Threads.

Let’s see how others are doing over at Judy’s. Have a great week!