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Monday, July 31, 2017

It's still Monday: weekly update (a new project!) and stash report

Usually I write my weekly update post just after breakfast on Monday morning. Not so today. I am taking the AARP Driver Safety Course which is eight hours over two days, 10-2 today and tomorrow. It's held at the library so I could return books and check out new ones. (And today there were quilt books on the sale rack that I snapped up--8 for $5.)

I finished 50 Care Bags and sent them to the Care Bags Foundation in Iowa. They used 25 yards of fabric. I hope to make 50 more by the end of the year.

With those out of the house and crossed off my list, I cast about for a new project.  "String Quilt Style" by Mary M. Hogan was one of the quilt books I got at the ALA conference.  I've begun the cover quilt.  The secret to the circle blocks?  Coffee filter foundations!  I used a stash of polka-dot strips and cut more from my plentiful polka-dot stash. The filters, and thus the circle blocks, are 8".  I made 42.



I decided I wanted to maintain the polka-dot theme by using a white-on-black polka dot print. My stash has black-on-white dots but not low-volume white-on-black. Buttons and Bolts had a Christmas in July sale this weekend. I found the perfect fabric -- and a lot more. Hey, it was all on sale!








I got four appliqued Sunday evening.






Estate Sale bargain






My stash also grew with an estate sale purchase -- 11-1/2 yards for $10.  The estate was for the now-deceased former owner of the premier bridal shop in Waukegan. There was a commercial Singer and three 201s.  I admired them but was not tempted to buy them.

The stash report:
Fabric in, January-June: 140-1/4, $249.69
Fabric in, July: 63-1/2, $278.30
Total fabric in, YTD:  203-3/4, $827.99 (avg. $4.06/yard)
Fabric out, January-June: 247-58/
Fabric out, July: 83-5/8
Total fabric out, YTD: 336-1/4
         (given away: 24; sold 20-1/8)
Net: -132.5 used

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8 comments:

  1. What a fun idea! And a great way to use up those strings. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  2. Very fun additions to the stash, good price too. The string circles are bright and fun. Happy stitching this week.

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  3. I have not made string quilts yet but love your dotty ones! My daughter and her friends call them "polka spots". Nice stash enhancements on the cheap--great!

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  4. Gotta ask -- used or new coffee filters?

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  5. Love those string circles! What fun! Congratulations on 50 Care Bags. That's quite an achievement!

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  6. Oh Nann, I would not have been able to resist the 201s! I have that horse print in my stash I think. Love polka dots. How big are those circles? Will you machine applique the to blocks?

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  7. Do you remove the filter before applique?

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