Fabric Acquired: 21.5 yards
Fabric Used: 22 yards
Net Fabric Acquired : (.5) yards ( yeah used more than acquired!)
Year To Date Report
Fabric Acquired: 64.75 yards
Fabric Used: 64.875 yards
Net Fabric Acquired: 1/8 yards
OH MY GOODNESS! I hadn't realized I was actually in the use it up phase. Although 1/8th yard is nothing to write home about it does mean I haven't succumbed to buying more than using. Now if I can make it through Christmas with no new fabric -- that would be great. (Hum, how to politely ask my kids not to buy fabric for me this year...) I've acquired and used about 20 yards less than last year. My big splurge was buying the fabric at the guild's auction. Duh -- never thought I could give fabric to be auctioned and I would be in better shape. Live and learn.
I worked really hard to finish a small baby quilt after Thanksgiving just so I had a better chance at keeping the fabric under control. It is rainy here this morning so no pictures of the finished quilt. But here it is on Ruthie.
Batting: Warm and White, preshrunk. Thread: Robison-Anton white cotton thread top and bottom. Free motion stippling. This took about an hour and a half to quilt once it was loaded. The results are much more pleasing to me than a panto where my curves look funky and flat. Why do I spend any time at all doing pantos? Except before the move I was quilting enough and I had gotten pretty good on the pantos. Now, most are looking pretty pathetic.
One of the things I've finished is reorganizing my fat quarters. I keep most of them in 4 open baskets/boxes. For years I've just been folding and stashing them away paying no attention to color. Look how great they look now that they are color coordinated. Not all of these are fat quarters. I have a few pieces that are bigger and many that are smaller. If I need to make a single block or get a color for an applique this is my go to collection. Open, easy to see and now organized. (of course, this doesn't include the 20 fq's I pulled for a quilt and now am not going to use or the new ones I bought a few weeks ago...) I did this after I straightened out my 2" strips drawer that had become unusable it was so jumbled. Amazing how much more can be put in a neat space than a messed up space! (note to self -- time to use some 2" strips...)
Today's question -- What do you do with smaller scraps before you cut them up and organize them? I've recently finished 3 quilts big and small. I have a pile of cuttings from after trimming them. Right now the pile is spread out on the cutting table and a group is stashed in a shelf on top of my print fabrics. I'm thinking of putting a basket under the cutting table so I can throw these scraps in until I want to deal with them. How do you keep up with this?
Today's Plan -- finish the backing on the table runner and maybe start the quilting. This has been on the burners (both back and front) most of the fall. Now to get it done. Part of the problem is I've changed what I like and don't like about the colors I've been pulling for it. Enough is enough. Let's get it finished!