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Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekly update: back in the studio

I worked on the Baseball Swap this week.
I was the BUPchucker for this year.  (A BUP is a Big Ungainly Package. The chucker is the one who sorts all the bags of squares.)

The Baseball Swap began on the newsgroup Rec.Crafts.Textiles.Quilting in 1999 or so.  We spun off as a YahooGroup a couple of years later. We swap 6.5" squares of quilt fabric according to the results of Major League Baseball games. Each participant can back a National or American League team, or one from each. For each game your team wins, the backer of the losing team owes you a square.  Fortunately one swapper has a spreadsheet to keep track of who owes whom.  There were 16 participants this year, though we've had as many as 40.

I backed the Cubs and the Red Sox so I got a lot of squares this year.  (The box behind the stack has squares from previous years. They come in handy when I need a little of this color or that color.)

Here's my new project. The pattern, "Solidly Built," was in the Fall/Winter Quilt Sampler. I didn't realize until after I'd begun that the featured shop is in Auburn, Maine, where we used to live. (The shop opened after we moved away.)

Here are four sashing possibilities -- batiks in my stash in sufficient quantity.  The magazine uses dark teal.  My husband likes the green on the right.  What's your opinion?

Of course now that I have broken my no-buy resolution for November I could go out an purchase a yard and a half of dark teal batik . . .

Here are the resolution-busting scrap bags purchased at the quilt show.  33 yards of scraps for $15.00.

See what other quiltmakers are up to on these  linkups:
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Oh, Scrap!


  1. Wow, 33 yards for $10 is a resolution buster, I'd say! The new project looks bright and happy. I agree with DH that the green looks promising.

  2. Green is the one color that appears with everything in nature, so I vote for green, too.

  3. Green caught my eye, so it gets my vote. I had to giggle at BUPchucker - sounds like a term that could be used for lots of things. :)

  4. The lime green really brightens up the quilt. That is the one I would choose. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  5. never did get to auburn to check out that shop....marden's was along the way and got sidetracked...nice scrappy tho!

  6. Like the the green but dark might pop colors! Nice job!

  7. Actually I like the multicolor strips as sashing. I can see the point in using all one color but...........

  8. So is the far left green the same as the center green? To me the center green seems to shine with the blocks and strips. I like it. But I've been using lime green frequently or so it seems. I keep running out of it. Fun group re the baseball swap rules. Yea for the Cubs. Hubby lived in Chicago area growing up.

  9. The lime green is good and, if you have it on hand, why not use it? What is wrong with having different color strips like you show? It would keep it scrappy. It's a really fun lineup whatever you do.

  10. What a fun idea for a swap. Lots of gorgeous colors in your quilt. I like the green, but agree that you could go scrappy on that as well.

  11. That swap sounds like so much fun! Love your pretty quilt!!


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