Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Is it time to dump the stash???

For the past month or so I've had the idea that after I finish the applique on my Auntie Green's Garden quilt I would consider donating my old stash to the "free tables" at the two guilds I belong to.
I think I've mentioned it before....I think I've gone thru' the "fabric change of life"....all of my old favourites are not of interest to me at all anymore. I'm loving newer, fresher looking fabrics. I'm even finding it difficult to get back to my Auntie Green's even though I still love the look of it. 

The quilt still needs a upper and lower border, then comes a final "not so intense" applique border. I guess I could leave off the final border and just find a nice print for a simpler outer border...we'll see. timely is it that at guild yesterday we had Sandy Lindal as our guest speaker! 

Sandy told of her journey as a quilter. Many of her quilts were foundation-pieced onto flannel, which sounds intriguing to me. She had many beautiful quilts that were completely scrappy, which I love!

The cool thing was, that at this time of me wanting to clean out my stash she showed scrappy quilts using old stash that were paired with white and grey fabrics....which basically brought them into a more modern feel. Brilliant!!!

One of her quilts was a spiderweb quilt....wish I had asked to take a picture. This is a quilt I've wanted to do for years. Sandy's was stunning, set with both white and grey in the "kite" background pieces.

You can visit Sandy at her blog, Scrappy Gal Quilt Company.

As I sat with my morning coffee I stitched away at one of my blocks for the Happy Day BOM offered by Sarah Fielke...

I am loving this block. I'm so glad to be part of this online BOM. Each month we get two or three blocks to finish along with a great video tutorial showing some of Sarah's methods, which may be new and different to what one is used to.

I'm not one to be caught up in the hexie craze...but I love how Sarah showed how to do it her way!  There may be hope for me yet!

Sarah will be offering a new BOM starting in the New Year and I recommend it for those of you who enjoy doing BOM's that are also a bit of a mystery.

On a personal note, I am in Week 5 of my Learn to Run class. If you had told me two months ago that I would be out running the streets of Port Dover I would have thought you were bonkers! The surprise is not only am I doing it, but that I'm enjoying it!!! well as the new friends I am making in the class.

Every morning after a class my knees are asking me, "What the heck???", but I just tell them that they are going to be painful if I stay at home and do nothing, so they may as well be painful trying to be a healthier person.

It's still hard for me to believe that at the end of the class in three weeks we will be running a 5K. How surreal!!!

I am linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

I've just been reading Cynthia's post today at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and I think she has the perfect solution to bust my stash!!! Woohoo!


  1. Your applique is just lovely. I wish I could do that as well as you!

  2. Hi Sandra
    Thanks for your comments about my quilting, I also checked out your blog last night as I loved your quilting on the winning quilt. You took the quilt to a whole new level.... beautiful, you give me the courage to try something like that on my appliqué quilt. I will post about the spiderweb quilt soon. Sandy

  3. Love your Auntie Green - I wouldn't get rid of your stash just use it in scrappy quilts - if you cut the pieces small enough you won't remember you do not like them! As far as running goes I admire you trying to get in shape but if your knees hurt all the time you might be doing damage to them - I have heard of a lot of people who really want to get in shape and they take up running because they think it is the thing to do to get in shape and end up hurting themselves and then have to take years to get over injuries - I know several people this happened to- I hope your knees do not do this to you.

  4. I think it's natural to have changing tastes in fabric over the years. When I look back at some of the fabrics that made my heart sing years ago, might get a mere phffff today. In any case, your Garden quilt it simply beautiful! I love the look of the SF applique block in those vibrant fabrics. I have drooled and drooled over her blocks and have been so close joining in, but too many things on my plate have kept me from it. Good luck on your finish!

  5. Your Auntie quilt is lovely, beautiful-I lust after this pattern and think about doing it myself. Your interpretation is just perfect for the mood of the quilt. On I have gotten older and am not using the fabric now, I tend to give it away. I have too many ideas and quilts I want to make in the time remaining to me to worry about stash busting. I prefer to pass the fabric on to someone who wants to use it rather than having it demand my attention. It would be different if I were younger.