Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15, 2013 - Stash Report

I unofficially joined Pieces by Polly's Half Hexies Quilt-Along.

I had a bunch of red, white and black fabrics that I thought were perfect for this project. I never dreamed that I would make any type of Hexie quilt as I knew I wouldn't attempt "Y" seams. But these 1/2 hexies seemed so doable. And they were! I love this quilt. I didn't want to cut off the pointy bits, and after watching many you tube videos, decided to purchase a bias binding ruler.

My first attempt at bias binding and binding pointy bits was a success. I did really good at the peaks, but the valleys could use some more practice. The quilt is abt 97x103.

Using Lori Holt's Half Hexie template made cutting out my pieces really easy and fast.

I made extra 1/2 hexies so I would have a good variety to choose from, enough to make this quilt.
I am adding this baby quilt into my gifting pile. Perfect for a baby girl.

I used this fabric for the backing.
It was already pieced and was big enough to use for both quilts.

Not sure why the name "charity" quilts bothers me. If we, my family, were in need of a quilt, for whatever reason, I certainly wouldn't want to be considered a "charity" case. Pretty sure not many people would. I took to calling them donation quilts, sounded much better and then Lori gave me the great idea of calling my donation quilts "HUG" quilts. She sews "hugs" into all of her quilts. All quilts that I make and give to someone else, friend or stranger, will be called a "HUG" quilt. Love the new name!

Bought YTD - 47 yards (paid for 41 yards in 2012 - it arrived in 2013 so I counted it for this year) actually only added 6 yards this year)
****Used - 344.30 yards
Total YTD - 297.30

Hard to believe 2014 is almost here. I have been thinking about what I would like to accomplish this coming year with quilting...

1 - finish one UFO each month - includes quilting and binding
2 - not to buy too much fabric, I am running low on blenders
3 - donate two "HUG"quilts each month - QOV and RMH 
4 - use some of my strings to make a couple of quilts
5 - finish each new quilt that gets started, no more UFOs
6 - make 5-6 quilts to have on hand for gifting - baby to large lap sizes

****344 yards = 1376 fat quarters ( it is easier for me  to visualize fat quarters) . 1376 fat quarters take up a lot of space and I do not have any empty spaces on my shelves. That would equal all my fabric on my spinner. My fat quarter spinner is overflowing. I told Bill I needed another one, his reply was to make more quilts! Guess I better get busy!

Linking with Michelle and Judy..........


Kate said...

Congrats on the sucessful stash busting! What a great year.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great numbers for the year! I can only hope to use that much. I don't have that much in my stash but I'd really like to use it. I love red and white (and in the case black too) quilts! It is beautiful! I think may steal the "hugs" quilts too.

Libby in TN said...

Our guild had the same mindset about "charity." So we call ours "comfort" quilts. But I like "hugs," too!

Beth in MN said...

Awesome numbers. Wish I could say the same. I absolutely love the "hugs" quilt name. I also do not like calling quilts "charity quilts." The hexie quilt is great. Wish I would have known about some of the neat shortcuts for making quilts like the hexie or octagon quilts that we have now days. Always did things the hard way "back in the good ol' days." LOL

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Congrats on your stash numbers! Love the hexie quilts.

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful hexie quilt. And such a nice name for those quilts-shared-with-strangers.

Jackie said...

What a perfect way to mix up the black, red and white leftover fabrics. Great quilt.

Marly said...

Theses are beautiful fabrics which go together beautifully, and the binding just completes the picture. What a good idea to make half hexies in rows and join them as you go. I must remember the name; I agree "hug" is much warmer and less condescending than "charity".

Jasmine said...

Such a beautiful quilt. One of these half hexagon/hexagon quilts is on my bucket list.

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I remember this QAL. It was fun!! Mine went to project linus...but want to make another it was fun! Thanks for rejuvinating this post at Tuesday ARchives!!