Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! The Annual Reckoning and projects in the works

A never-used postcard from my collection. On the back: Whitney Made / Worcester, Mass. / Made in USA.
Learn about George C. Whitney in this article and this one .

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!

I know that my 30's stash would make thousands of small bow ties. I don't want that many. I will come up with a larger block that uses more fabric.

I'm making progress on guild challenge.

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
Monday Making
Oh, Scrap!


Kat Scribner said...

How do you manage to NOT pay any $10. - $12.00 yard fabrics and stay SO SEW PRODUCTIVE ??? That would be a great lesson for some of us.

cbott said...

Twenty years of tracking! Happy anniversary!!

Lori said...

Stay warm Nann!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Happy New Year Nann! Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap! Can't wait to see what you make in 2018.

Shasta Matova said...

Wow you manage to get super prices for your fabric! And you used more than you bought this year. Congrats on both achievements.

Bonnie said...

That is an amazing accounting of your fabric over the years. I'm not sure I want to have that much fabric around my house! I'd run out of places to put it. I'll be figuring my accounting out fairly soon. I know I've acquired more than I used in 2017 -- I went wild a few times. Most notable wildness was during JoAnn's Black Friday sale. I bought Christmas fabrics to make pillowcases with next year. I think I better get going on the hunk of Easter fabric I bought in the fall for the same purpose!

Donna Endresen said...

Great Job!
That is what I need to do, but have to get a handle on the tubs, organization first! Getting more UFO's finished will help. I resolve not to buy much fabric this year, as I am now (SABLE!)

Donna E.
Kasilof, AK

Unknown said...

wow, you are amaze! and not sure why hubby name as me, but oh well. thank you Nann. Cleo