I Have Stash!!!

Can you believe it – I’m jumping up and down because I have fabric that I don’t need!


Well, I’m sure I’ll use it.

But that’s what I said when I bought all of this yarn:

yarnAnd I think I’ve mentioned before, this is only half of it.  Maybe more than half.

I’ve always made a distinction between yarn stash and fabric stash.

Yarn I buy in person.  Fabric I buy online.

It’s all about immediacy.

I worked at a yarn store and got a 30% discount.  Of course I bought what landed in my hot little hands at the store.  And, if I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool or Rhinebeck – I had to buy yarn right?  These were opportunities that weren’t going to come around again, right?  And, buying yarn was tactile.  I never got the whole buying yarn online thing – the only thing I remember getting online was the Socks that Rock monthly sock club – and you know what? I didn’t like it.  It wasn’t the yarn I would have picked had I met the yarn in person.

Now, fabric – my only option right now is to order online.  And the only fabric I’ve ordered online is fabric I needed to complete a project.  I just couldn’t see myself ordering a yard of this here, a stack of fat quarters there for well, some day.  Buying stash, for me, had been, I see it now, I feel it now, I have to have it now.

Until now.

Because there was a sale.

And I’m a sucker for a sale – Craftsy had a 60 percent off sale.  Who cares I have to wait a few days for it to come in the mail – it’s coming! And this is what I got – with no plan in mind – just because I saw it, and it was there.

Just because it’s now stash where the was no stash!

First, 20 fat quarters of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom – $19.99 –

dewberrystashNext, a Free Spirit bundle that Craftsy called “Garden”-

gardenstashAnd, the stashiest of stash – the box!  A box of 50 miscellaneous fat quarters from Free Spirit.  This is the second time they’ve put this box on sale for $50, and the first time I hemmed and hawed about it (because I didn’t need it), and when I finally went to put it in my cart, it was sold out.  This time – I was quick:


So, I went from nothing to something in one delivery from the postman.  And, it’s not exactly true that I don’t have any plans for my new stash – I do have those BOM’s coming up next year, and I did buy Stitched in Color’s Handstitched, and her Modern Medallion is probably next up on the wheel – I may even start it while Penny Sampler is still under construction – since I’ll be able to do the handsewing/embroidery in front of the t.v.

Speaking of Penny Sampler – I’ve made more progress! And, here’s the problem with having a design floor instead of a design wall:



And, she always manages to plop herself done on the newest blocks.  Here, she’s sitting on my penny patch blocks.

So, I finished the village:

villageAnd the forrest:


And my penny patch blocks:

pennypatchblocksI’m pretty proud of myself with these Penny Patch blocks – my seams came together nicely, they’re all the right size 1/4 inch, I didn’t have to fudge any cutting.  When I put the village block together, I had some problems – problems that were easily diagnosed when I made these Penny Patch blocks – my 1/4 inch seam was really really generous – and that’s why everything was coming out a bit small.  Same thing with the forrest.  And somewhere on the road from the village to the forrest I decided that I was going to stop making it work, and start making it better – which kind of moved me to my word of the year – I’ll share that later.  But, I’m now committed to really trying to get my blocks right, unpicking seams when I have to, and strive for something closer to perfect.  Not perfect, but good.  Really good.

So, I put the project on hold after Sunday to make sure I had the right tools to help me along.  I have three more applique blocks to do – and I’m going to try to get the points right. So, I ordered freezer paper, and it came with my fabric stash – so I’ll work on those blocks this weekend.  Then, the precise piecing part of the class requires a 2 1/2 inch square ruler for squaring up the half square triangle blocks.  I’m not going to fudge – I’m going to use the right ruler, and that should be here sometime next week.

And that’s my progress this week!


That tangerine fabric may become the hanging diamonds block – I’m not sure.  I had originally thought grey – but the grey I ordered isn’t the right grey – too dark.  I think it works, but I’m going to leave it sitting there, until it grows on me, or it doesn’t.  And, if it doesn’t, I’ll have another think about it.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday – check out everyone’s progress!







  1. Whitney December 19, 2013

    As a new quilter, I have also been focusing on accuracy lately. My 1/4’inch seam has always left something to be desired, but I’m working on it. Your blocks look great! I love your fabric choices.

  2. Caroline December 19, 2013

    I’ve been hmmm-ing over that mystery box all day, I saw your post and finally decided on the yes vote, went to Craftsy and the price is up to 79.99 – ahhh!

  3. Daisy December 22, 2013

    The tangerine is perfect (in my opinion)! I like it much better than I imagine the gray would look. And your sampler blocks look great. I had a lot of trial and error with my seams, but once you get it working, it’s so worth all the unpicking. I’ve been tempted to buy that mystery box, but my stash is “healthy” enough at he moment; I need to be selective now, but if it gets smaller in the future, it’s good to know those boxes are a good deal! Great post!


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