Stash Build – April ’14

The One With The Intrepid Thread

I know it’s May but this Stash Build took place in April so I’m going with that. On vacation last week, I was able to make a jaunt out to The Intrepid Thread in Milpitas. I grew up in that area so knew that I should be able to get there during my visit.

I will say that it was a trip not wasted! Look at this haul!

Everyone was so nice and helpful. I took one of my besties and her 5yr old daughter, well they took me. Both are non-sewers but that didn’t stop them from acquiring some fabric of their own. My niece picked out this lovely piece as her inspiration fabric and she did not let it go for hours. So sweet!

She grabbed some bright greens and cerise colors to go with it. She coordinated the colors herself. I was so proud! Her momma picked up a few pieces as well. I told them both to send the fabric to me and I would make something if they could not get something made themselves.

Now to my haul – I seemed to be drawn to greens, blues, and teals that day. Go figure. I picked up this Sphere fat quarter bundle.

This bundle has those greens and turquoises that I fell in love with that day.

I got some random half-yard cuts that include fabrics from these lines – Barcelona, Fun and Games, Littlest (that’s the texty one) and Tule.

Here’s 2 from a different place on the color wheel.

Architextures Crosshatch in Tangerine and Matilda – Flowers in Mocha

Then I grabbed a few random fat quarters.

Don’t you just love those butterflies!
I currently have no plans for this stash but I believe my brain does since all those teals and blues coordinate pretty well.

We all loved our visit to The Intrepid Thread and I can’t wait to get back. There’s something about being in a shop and seeing, touching, and stroking the fabric that you just can’t get online. We had a ball and started those creative juices flowing. It’s going to be great seeing what develops with what we bought.

Stash Build – March ’14

I’m still not sewing much but I have been building my stash a little bit in preparation for some new projects. I picked up a bundle of Mellow Yellow to use for the upcoming Triangle Quilt Along being held over at The Sassy Quilter. I decided on yellow, grey, white, and black. I pulled a couple of fabrics from my stash but did not have a full spectrum of what I wanted to use. I think this bundle filled it out nicely.


I picked up that bee fabric from Busy Bee Quilting. Simply adorable! It’s Honey Bee from What’s the Buzz by Kanvas Studios.

I grabbed these So Sophie by Riley Blake charm packs and yardage from #thegreatfabricdestash at a great deal. I will find a great project or 3 for these. There were 6 charm packs in the group.

After my last Modern Quilt Gulld meeting we all headed to a local quilt store and I bought these beauties.

There’s some Wrens and Friends by Moda, Urban Patch is the green trees, some Riley Blake fillers, Zippee by Connecting Threads, and others without the names on them. I have no plans for these now but I know that they will find a home in a great quilt later on.
Besides the bees this is my favorite acquisition!

Shuffle by Riley Blake. I saw it being used in a few blocks lately and just needed to have it. The yellow and grey will be added to the triangle quilt, which doesn’t start for a few weeks yet. But, I’m ready.

Another finish!!

I’ve got another finish!! I’m excited to have finished the Christmas Quilt for my step-sister’s family. They moved into a new apartment this year and I thought a new whole-family Christmas quilt would be a great addition to their holiday decorations.

I decided to do a quilting pattern that I like to call Meandering Overlapping Squares. My free-motion technique is still on training wheels and I can almost do a straight line and kind of make it look straight. So, squares it is. I am bored with Stitch-in-a-Ditch and didn’t want just plain, normal squares.


For the back, I added a small inset strip of the leftover squares within the backing fabric, which is has the perfect matching colors of the Santa’s Workshop layer cakes that were used for the front.

The pattern for the top is Secret Garden by Amy Gibson. It’s available as a workshop through Craftsy.

October 1 Deadline – Check


(I wonder what would happen if I pulled that tail…)

Yay!! I completed the Costume Party quilt by my October 1st deadline. Mom is decorating today so a little ‘show and tell’ at the office and then to Mom’s house it goes.


I have 3 more quilts to finish this fall. One more month until the deadline for the next one but only 1 1/2 months for the other two.

I have to complete the Santa’s Workshop quilt to send to my step-sister for her new apartment. Then I have the Bloom, Bloom, Pow quilt from Freshly Pieced to sandwich, quilt, and bind.


And I have Cat’s Meow which has been hanging in my sewing room for 2 years while I attempt to learn free-motion quilting. It was going to be my first one using that technique but either me or my machine just doesn’t want to play that game so straight line quilting it will be. I about 1/4 done on the quilting for that one. My oldest friend picked out the fabric last time she was in town to visit. She’s going to love it once I get it finished and sent out.


Okay, I have lots of sandwiching and quilting to do even though I really want to start on my Simply Style Charm square project…..

Weekend Roundup


Well, it’s still Halloween in July around here. I found a really cool black fabric to use for the sashing material and cut up my strips. It’s a Robert Kaufman print and I really love it. I think it goes great with the Costume Clubhouse fabric.

Now, time to do the layout. It took a lot of thought to make sure to cut the prints properly and to sew them in the right direction. The Topiary Tiles pattern did not use the directional fabric that I chose for this design. And it used precut squares instead of the fat quarters that I used. I had to do a few reinterpretations of the pattern directions to get them cut the same. I ended up doing 20 big squares instead of 24. So, first I cut my focal fabric (20 7″ squares) and then I cut the rest of it.

From each supporting fabric I cut:
20 11 1/2 x 2 1/2″ strips
20 3″ squares
20 2 1/2 x 7″ strips
20 2 1/2 x 3″ rectangles
40 3 x 7″ strips

I mixed up my supporting fabric and used some of the same patterns on multiples blocks. I cut the 2 1/2 and 3″ WOF strips first and then cut down from there to get all the pieces I needed.

I love the way it turned out. I had a little help while trying the layout on my bedroom floor and then a little wrestling match ensued between my two kitty helpers. It’s good to take a break for a little entertainment from time to time. After the match the layout ended up like this:

I found this adorable spider fabric that I will be using for the border.


And I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the end. I think it looks good so far.