A never-used postcard from my collection. On the back: Whitney Made / Worcester, Mass. / Made in USA.
I began the Annual Reckoning in January, 1998. I was preparing to pack for the move from Fargo, ND, to Lindenhurst, IL. I realized that my commitment to quiltmaking resulted in an exponential increase in my fabric stash and that I'd better get a handle on it. Recording is now automatic. (Note that I record use when a project gets to the flimsy stage, not WIPs or UFOs.)
In 2017 I sold fabric on Facebook sales sites. I also began to keep track of trimmings by tossing the slivers and dog-ears into plastic bags. When a bag got full I weighed it (1 lb. = 4 yds.). Hey, that's fabric used! I made 13 tote bags, 18 quilts, 3 mug rugs, 50 Care Bags, and 365 Ohio Star blocks for Quilts of Valor.
|Block Heads + Irish Chain|
I'm starting 2018 with projects in the works. There's the Moda Blockheads + Irish Chain that I showed last week. Clues 6, 7, and 8 of On Ringo Lake have been revealed.
I'd like to well and truly bust the 30's stash. To that end, I've begun 3.5" bow ties. For a long time I've tossed strips and squares of white-on-white into a box. I'm using the 2" WOWs for the bow ties. The smaller box on the left holds all the 1.5" pieces. I have a design in mind!
Here's a portion of what' on the design wall. I thought I'd get the blocks assembled New Year's Eve but I was tired! We turned out the lights at 10:30 p.m.
After a good night's sleep I was up in time to catch the sunrise. A cloud bank obscured the horizon. It was -8 (lower with the wind chill) at 7:15. I did not linger!
Linking up with other quiltmakers for Design Wall Monday