Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stash Report & Rainbow Scrapiness!

I have been pretty busy the past few days getting ready to go on retreat at Red Rooster again – woohoo!!!  I’m really excited to go in the spring/summertime.  I’ve always gone in January or October, and it will be interesting to experience Alabama at this lovely time of year.  I’m also excited to see what kinds of eye candy Jennifer and Jim put up in May.  It is always as much fun looking at all their decorations as it is sewing & quilting!  Don’t worry, I’ll take lots of pictures :*) 

I finally managed to spend a little time sewing on my yellow scraps this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at SoScrappy.

I had a super fun time digging into my scrap bins to find just the right yellows and oranges to make this sweet sunflower for a small table topper for my Mom. 

I gave her the table frame for her birthday, and this quilt is her mother’s day gift.  Mom reads my blog, so she will see it here before I can get it to her.  So, Mom, I hope you like Sonshine =^..^=

I designed this quilt especially for my Mom, with the bright happy sunflower and the words “You are my Sonshine” quilted in at the bottom because they have a very special meaning to her.

When my mom was little, her life was not very stable, and she was alone a lot of the time.  Not a lot of hugs or love were handed out at her house.  But she had a favorite aunt who would pull her up into her lap in the old rocking chair and cuddle her every chance she got, and then she would sing softly to her, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine….”  My mom remembers those times with her aunt as bright spots in her otherwise stark childhood.  Today, as a Christian, mom spells it Sonshine for her beloved Jesus, so I spelled it that way on her quilt too. 

For that little finish, I used about half a yard all told.  I did buy more fabric this week.  I really needed to add more aqua, gold and rose colors to my stash in order to begin putting Eldon together. 

Although I’m not entirely unhappy with my numbers, I’m glad that I don’t have a lot of things coming up that I need to buy fabric to complete.  (Good thing there are no more quilt shops between here and Red Rooster anymore! LOL)  Hopefully I now have almost enough to begin putting together Eldon.  I also have to purchase one final piece before I can start on my niece Raney’s quilt.  And I need to purchase the backing for Moonglow.  I’m planning to take care of that during an upcoming trip to Whittles in late June.  After that, I’m thinking I can work on UFO’s and scrap quilts for a while until I get my “Used” numbers a little closer to my “Added” numbers. =^..^=

So here are the final numbers for this week:

Used this week:      .50 yards
Used YTD 2012:      74.00 yards
Added this week:   4.00 yards
Added YTD 2012:   99.50 yards
Net Used for 2012: -25.50 yards

Head on over to PatchworkTimes to see how others are doing with their stashes.  And don’t forget to see what everyone has been working on for their Rainbow Scrap Challenge too!  I am always amazed at what we can accomplish with even the smallest scraps of color!!!

Hugs & Blessings!

Also linking up with Such a Sew and Sew for May Stitches in Time:


  1. What a wonderful gift with so much meaning and love!

  2. Your Sunflower quilt is pretty and very meaningful. Your mother will love, I'm sure. I was my mom's "little sunshine" because I was born in the sunflower state.

    Lucky you to be going to another retreat too! I'm so jealous! Have a great time and take lots of pics.:)

  3. Your Sunflower is beautiful! What a lovely, meaningful gift :D

  4. My heart breaks when I think of all the children growing up in situations like your Mom's--and worse. I'm glad she had those bright spots with her aunt. That is a beautiful little quilt, Teresa. So thoughtful of you.
    Another retreat? Lucky woman!

  5. Beautiful tabletopper, love the colors and the reason for making it.

  6. Beautiful quilt! I'm sure your Mum loves it!

  7. I just love this little wall hanging. So cheery and the story behind it is wonderful. I hope your Mom smiles every time she she's it!

  8. What a beautiful, lovely piece!! I know your mom will love it. You know, you could always take a detour through Huntsville on your way up and/or back from retreat and I'd take you to two or three quilt shops, if that would help! :)

  9. What a lovely gift you made for your mother.

  10. Beautiful work! What a wonderful gift - thank you for sharing!

  11. What a beautiful Sonshine quilt, I'm sure your mom loved it! I still need to get my yellow scrappy done!

  12. OMGosh! What a daughter! I LOVE THIS! It brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy! Thank you! Thank you! You probably don't need to make too many more of these for me cuz I will probably be using this one a lot! I love you, my sweet girl! And thanks to all of you ladies out there who encourage her and expressed kind thoughts as well! Blessings to all!

  13. I love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Your fabrics all work together so beautifully and you did an amazing job. I love the special story about the spelling of sonshine. I hope your mom loved it as much as I did, because it is amazing! Congrats on a really great finish and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

  14. As a new follower, I just had to say I love this quilt for your mom - so bright and cheery. And I love the way you are tracking your fabric usage. I just don't know how my fabric purchases add up so fast, and how slow I am at sewing them up. You have so many nice scraps in this quilt, and I love the way you've frayed the center.


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