Sunday, September 2, 2012

Slow Stitching & Stash Enhancement

It's a beautiful new Sunday, and you know what that means....  a wonderful day to reflect on our many blessings and spend some sweet time with the Lord =^..^=  Today I am especially grateful for the rain we are getting here in Nashville - boy did we need it!!!

For me, Sunday also means a lot of sports on TV which I love!  Today on the agenda is the Golf Playoffs and maybe some preseason football.  One of the things I love about Sundays & sports is that I usually get a lot of relaxing hand work done :*)  

Here is my progress on the 8th block for Promises & Borders BOM.  Jenny  just released the latest block pattern today, so I am now officially 2 blocks behind :*)  There is only one more block to be released - it's unbelievable how quickly time has flown this year!

Please go by and visit Kathy at Kathy's Quilts to see her gorgeous Slow Stitching finish!!!  And you can link up to show us the slow hand work you been doing also =^..^=

Yesterday was a great day for Stash Enhancement!!!  I was invited to join a couple of great friends on a day trip to Franklin & we had so much fun!!!  It had been quite a while since I was able to visit some of the quilt shops there, so I jumped at the chance to go :*)

In my last post I shared my dilemma about what to start for my September NewFO (you can read about it HERE).   So I’ve made a decision…. ****Drum Roll***     I’m going to do BOTH!!!  Well, at least I’m going to start both LOL!!! Yep, I can’t help it – they’re both calling my name =^..^=  And of course, the objective of the NewFO Challenge is just that you START a project, you don't have to get any further than that.  Just sayin' :*)

Several blog friends are either already working on Hawaiian Sunset or plan to start soon, and it will be great fun doing it together! 

Besides, I have the perfect dark blue on my shelf for the sashing – is that a great omen or what?!? This is a Jenny Beyer fabric.  The blue is a bit more navy than this picture shows.  I will have to fill out some of the other colors, especially the pinks, so I can’t work on it too much right away. But I can start playing with the flying geese and the four patches for the fun of it, right?  They will make great leaders-n-enders!

And then I simply have to start this Butterflies quilt! I’ve been in love with them since I first saw them a few months ago. The patterns are ordered and should arrive later in the week.

I picked up these batiks yesterday for backgrounds and sashing/borders – aren’t they just scrumptious??? YUM!!!  The deep blue fabric on the bottom of the stack is for the sashing & perhaps an outer border.  The others are backgrounds for the various butterflies.  The black & white dot is PERFECT for the Monarch’s wings ....

                                              ............  am I right???

A few readers have questioned whether the Butterflies are applique or panels. They are applique! The designer is Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns. You should click on her name and check out her site sometime – oh my does she have some amazing patterns!!! I plan to do these using Beth Ferrier’s Hand Applique by Machine technique. She came to the Music City Guild a few years ago and taught us this technique, and this project will give me the perfect opportunity to practice it. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of that with you as I work them.

As for the Stash Report – I have a HUGE amount of fabric to count in my “Used” column from all the destashing I did this past week - YOOHOO!!!  You can read more about that process HERE. I was frankly shocked when I added it all up and saw the totals…... Wow! So here’s my report for this week:

Stash Enhancement Report - September 2, 2012 

Used/Destashed this week: 93.00 yards
Used/Destashed YTD 2012: 195.75 yards
Stashed this week: 12.50 yards
Stashed YTD 2012: 192.00 yards
Net Used for 2012: 3.75 yards

Woohoo - finally in the black!  And even though I did not sew up all that fabric, I did accomplish a much needed reorganization of my stash to make it more workable for me and the projects I want to focus on in the future.  I'm a happy camper!!!  Have you done any stash enhancing or destashing? Share it with us by linking up with Patchwork Times!

Happy Labor Day holiday everyone! Stay safe & keep a lookout for flying geese :*)

Also linking up with the following really fun blogs! ......

Sew Happy Geek

Fresh Poppy Design

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hugs & Blessings,


  1. Beautiful projects you are starting! I'm finishing a crocheted baby blanket and should finish it today. I'm looking forward to starting back with fabrics this week!
    Have a wonderful Lord's Day!

  2. You and I are on the same page. I de-stashed and re-stashed this past week. And, I finished cutting the pieces major for my next project.

    I love, love, love your batiks. Captured their beauty quite well in your photo. Great job!

    That butterfly quilt will be something to behold! Can't wait to see it when it's finished.

  3. Those batiks are just delicious, and the dots -- too perfect. I can see why you need to start on the butterflies. As for the Sunset -- yea! I am so happy you are going to sew along. Quilting is more fun with friends.

  4. Beautiful fabrics for your butterflies - will enjoy watching these progress.

  5. Excellent "choice" LOL! Can't wait to see it get going!

  6. WOW. I was waiting patiently to see how many yards you destashed when I saw your big piles after your cleaning. Try not to think about how much $$ that was -- at least it's not at today's current prices.

    I think your butterflies are so lucky to be wearing all that beautiful batik. That should be an amazing quilt. The polka dot IS perfect.

    I'm enjoying the day and doing what I love -- quilting and playing in my sewing room. Hope to finish a top.

  7. That was a lot of movement in and out of the stash this week...lots of energy exchanged!
    Love the new purchases and am so glad to hear you are starting two new quilts...great choice!
    Thanks for linking up to the slow stitching linky!

  8. Those butterflies in batiks are going to be GORGEOUS!!! Love, love 'em! I can hardly believe there's only one more month of the Promises & Borders stitchery -- it'll be kinda sad! Your stash numbers are just fabulous -- great work, sweet friend! Have you been hit with any of this wild weather we've gotten this afternoon/evening? We had no internet for most of the afternoon! Grrrrr!!! :)

  9. Hawaiian Sunset is gorgeous, and those butterflies!! No wonder you have to make it. :D This is the first time I'd seen this particular Promises and Borders block. It's a really good one. :D

  10. These new projects are going to be great!! WTG!!!


  11. Wow what a post. I love the new hand work you are starting. I love the new batik fabrics. Good to hear about your newfo projects.

  12. Both? You are ambitious! Good for you ; )

  13. I can't believe you are starting both! You are one ambitious woman! But they are both beautiful and I can understand that you don't want to start just one.
    I am smitten by the batiks for the butterfly project. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt!

  14. wow, those look like some pretty ambitious projects! I love the butterflies. Great fabrics to do them with for sure!

  15. Regarding the butterfly block and your bundle of yummy fabrics - yes you are right, Yes, Yes, Yes!

  16. Wow...all yours projects are wonderful. I especially like your butterfly.

  17. Love your new quilt choices but I am not an applique person. Love that Hawaiin Sunset quilt. I may need to check it out!

  18. Yep you're right, those fabrics are wonderful for that butterfly quilt. I can't wait to see how that one progresses.

  19. Teresa,

    You do the loveliest work! Oh, that butterfly quilt - I just swooned.

    I am actually getting ready to start an alphabet applique quilt to help me start praying for my little one going to school next year. I am determined to make time for that as I haven't made a quilt that is designated for her.

  20. Lovely work displayed in this post! Oh, your new fabrics are yummy!

  21. What great projects and love, love, love your fabrics for the butterflies! What a neat pattern! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion at the River Linky Party Tuesday

  22. Oh, I love love love that Hawaiian Sunset quilt - I've got to check out the pattern! And yes, the polka dots will be perfect for that Monarch. Congrats on the huge destash - i left you a comment on the destash post! Whoop whoop!!

  23. Wonderful butterflies Teresa! And you appliqued them on that's a HUGE plus in my book! :) I was hopping over through Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP? Here's yours from me: WHOOP WHOOP!!! Great job!


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