May 6th, 2018 - The Stash and Time To Sew

Well, here I am, back again. I guess I’m just not a regular blogging kind of person. I read blogs daily but I’m not really into posting daily or even weekly.

So my stash has taken a major hit. I went to a quilt shop with my sister looking for a particular fabric and ended up buying some plain white batik and a raspberry Toscana from Northcott. And then the wallet making bug hit me. I just love the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmaline Bags. I ordered the pattern a while ago and then was on the search for the hardware at various quilt shops. I had some cork that I bought at Bittersweet in Pinconning MI and Delphine’s in Gaylord MI.  I ended up ordering the hardware right from Emmaline Bags. And then there’s the stabilizers needed. I can’t believe how much money Fabricland here in Windsor wants for that stuff. Actually I can’t believe how much they charge for all their stuff. It’s like a Joann store in the States but much more expensive. More expensive than a quilt shop too! I bought a little bit of stabilizer then went to Joann and bought 2 bolts of it for a fraction of the price. Lucky I live in a border town and it takes about 40 minutes to get to a Joann store. Here are my numbers for the last 3 weeks.

Fabric used these weeks: 5.91 yds

Fabric used YTD: 86 yds

Fabric added these weeks: 15.2 yds

Fabric added YTD: 91.11 yds

Net fabric busted: –5.11 yds

I signed up to create a block for a Canadian Quilt Along. It’s due mid-May and even though I already have the block designed, I needed to get it into EQ7. I don’t know how to use the program at all but I did a crash course, design as you go. Lots of cursing involved! Anyway, it’s done, saved to a PDF and ready to be emailed to the host. I don’t think this software is user friendly and I don’t know how all these people even figure it out. I usually just use a piece of paper, draw it out, add sashing, add borders and then assemble. I’m pretty good at figuring out sizes and such, even remembering the seam allowance when adding borders. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Now I’d like to learn how to add a pieced border in EQ7 as I’ve seen a few really intricate ones.

As for my 15 Minutes to Sew, let’s say I sew a lot. I average at least 22 hours per week.  Sometimes I’m not actually sewing but like last week, working on EQ7 or helping other people sew at my house. I don’t count reading blogs or computer time even though my computer is in my sewing room.

April 15-21: 16 hours

April 22-28: 18 hours

April 29-May 5: 27 hours

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew and  Donna at qiultpaintcreate for the Stash Report. Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather. I think spring is finally here!

2 Responses to “The Stash and Time To Sew”

  1. Donna Says:

    I agree that we are spoiled in the US with how inexpensive sewing supplies are at the big box stores. Glad you found what you needed.

  2. Kate Says:

    Hopefully all that came into the stash will go right back out. Congrats on all the stitching time. As far as EQ, you just have to play with it and use the help menus. They do help you figure out how to use the key features. Happy stitching this week.

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