Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 28: Some Slow Stitching and a Stash Report

I haven't posted a stash report since week 24.  To be honest, there really hasn't been much to report.  Between work and vacation, stitching has been on the back burner for several weeks.  My embroidery did fit in the suitcase, so it came along for the vacation trip.   It didn't make it out of the suitcase a lot, but it came out a few times.   
  



I managed to finish up the leaf grouping on the left of the butterfly and made a start on the leaf group on the right.  I need to be more diligent about working on this piece if I ever want to see it all finished.  Usually I only work on it when we are on the road and I can't sew.  We only travel a couple of times a year, so if I ever want to get it done, I need to figure out when to work on it at home.  

Moving on to the stash report.  After Drama Teen and I played around in Florida for a week, we said goodbye to DT's friends and flew to Maine to meet up with My Guy for a family vacation.  Compared to Oklahoma, the weather was definitely cool.  DT got a good laugh when one of the waitresses came in from serving some people outside complaining how hot it was.  It was 69 F outside.  All three of us were walking around with jeans and jackets, while the locals were in shorts.    

I didn't really have the opportunity to check out any quilt shops when we were in Florida, but My Guy decided he needed to get on my good side after the 4 mile hike we did the first day we visited Acadia National Park.  (This is the hike he told me was a mile and a half when we started it).  Since it rained the next day and we couldn't hike, he was more than happy to drive me around to the quilt shops near the park.  We stopped at two, Sewing by the Sea in Trenton and Fabricate in Bar Harbor.  My plan was to pick up a few regionally themed fat quarters during this trip and limit the additions to just a couple of yards.   Well that plan pretty much went out the window once we got to Fabricate. 



  
I ended up with 6 fat quarters between both shops, which was fine.  But then I found the coffee cup fabric.  I have a whole set of coffee cup blocks that need to be set and that coffee cup fabric was exactly what I was looking for.  So it's hard to feel too badly about buying that yardage.  But  Fabricate is one of the shops that is really dangerous to those on a fabric diet.  I should have stopped looking once I found the coffee cups, but I turned one more corner and found this.  






















My fabric habit is funded by my job as a research chemist, so there was no way I could just walk away from these two fabrics.  Even My Guy said that I couldn't leave without a bit of each.  

We stopped in Belfast, Maine on our way back to Portland and our flight out.  I wasn't going to stop at any other shops, but DT and My Guy so helpfully pointed out Fiddlehead Artisan Supply.  I was back on plan, selecting only a few fat quarters till DT brought me a bolt of fabric saying she absolutely had to have it.  So much for good intentions. 




I've promised to make three quilts for DT's best friends before high school graduation.  The blue with the arrows is just perfect for one of those friends. I love the chicken fabric and the others will freshen up my fat quarter piles with some fun new things to play with. 

So how bad is the damage?  

Used last week: 0.33 yards
Used in July: 0.33 yards
Used year to date: 16.88 yards
Purchased year to date:  10.25 yards 
Net used: 6.43 yards 

Well it could be worse, at least I'm still in the black. I managed to stay on my fabric diet for 6 months.  That's the longest I've gone without buying fabric in the six years I've been tracking fabric usage.  So it's still a good year for me.    

That's it for me this week.  I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and with Patchwork Times for the weekly stash report. 

19 comments:

  1. That butterfly project is just exquisite!

    Nice to find the perfect coffee cup fabric for your quilt :) And then the chemistry fabrics..so cute!

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  2. What great fabrics you found. I have seen that chemistry fabric before on another blog and I really have to look for it because my son is currently getting his PhD in chemistry and I am sure I could figure out something to make for him. I love the arrow and coffee cup fabrics also.

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  3. Love every fabric you chose, but especially the yellow background fabric in the first set. You have such an eye for choosing pretty fabrics, Kate. I imagine you'll remember where each piece came from when you incorporate it into a quilt. I'm sure it was worth the extra weight in the suitcase. Happy Sewing!

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  4. Yes, it could be worse, but you were very restrained in light of the temptation. Lots of cute additions to your stash. Fat quarters are a good way to get those memento fabrics. Love the lobsters and chemistry pieces!

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  5. What great fabrics! They are sure to be put to good use, and you were on vacation after all. It is hard to make progress on projects only on vacation, but it is still better than no progress at all.

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  6. Sounds like you had a great time! Congratulations for being on the fabric diet as long as you were. The butterfly project is beautiful.

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  7. 10 yards is not bad--showing great restraint, I'd say. Love the fabrics you chose. I got some of the blue and white lobster fabric when I was in Maine earlier this summer. So cute!

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  8. I remember those coffee cup blocks that you were making, and the new fabric will be perfect with them. You got so many wonderful fabrics, and you deserve to enjoy every one of them after so many months without buying any fabric.

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  9. Great fabrics! Love the coffee cups and the science - how different. You will have so much fun with all your new purchases.

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  10. I've been wondering what happened to all those great coffee cups you made! Love the new fabrics and kudos to Your Guy for seeing you needed a fabric remembrance of your vacation. Glad some stitching happened too 😊

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  11. Love all the fabrics. The lighthouse and lobsters are good vacation reminders

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  12. How on earth could ANYONE say NO to beautiful quality fabrics like those? And the fact that they had prints that are part of your field! Looks like you all had a wonderful vacation!

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  13. I think you did very well to keep it down to 10 yards . I would have probably gone nuts. And look at all your fantastic fabric additions. Well worth falling off the wagon!

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  14. I think you showed admirable restraint! Maine sounds lovely, both the weather and the fabrics. I used to do cross stitching on trips too, and it took forever to finish anything.

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  15. Way to go! You picked some great fabrics to break your fast. I'm still holding out... I've got to finish a few more, no matter how tempting sales may be.

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  16. What a great bunch of fabrics you found. It was definitely worth falling off your diet for those beauties. Your Guy is certainly a keeper to help you find such treasures. Looks like your vacation was a big success.

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  17. I love your butterfly - so pretty! You picked up some really great fabrics too.

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  18. Oh what fun fabrics!! Love, Love. It is so nice that you have such wonderful helpers! LOL
    Great stash report.

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  19. I love those chemistry fabrics! I have a degree in chemistry as well but I work as a reference librarian :).

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