Saturday, April 10, 2010

what I've been working on...

I am so behind in blogging (along with so many other things, unfortunately!). I have 5 posts in draft form, and what feels like a gazillion projects in process! Here's just a sampling of what I've been working this past week or so...

First of all, I'm happy to report that my stash sale was a huge success! I went from this...

down to this!

I sold about 22 sets (mostly singles, but a couple doubles, and one triple!), which is about 450 FQs, or at least 120 yards of fabric. I'm happy, and my husband is *really* happy!! Thank you so much to everyone who bought a set! And special thanks to Michelle at craftydill and Angie at Dear Spring Green, who took some pretty pictures of their loot and blogged about it - I love that!! I'm excited that this worked out, and actually look forward to rebuilding my stash and doing it all over again! :-)

A side effect of all that stash management was getting my stacks of 6" squares all organized too. I cut squares for all the new prints I'd recently acquired, and sorted them by color (greens, blues/purples, yellows, orange/browns, pinks, and multicolors). Pretty!

I had a private swap of squares to put together (more on that in a later post), and wanted to make sure I had one of each. Can you guess how many are in the stack??

I think it was somewhere around 220! Holy cow!

And speaking of 6" squares... I have also been spending some time working through my novelty stash with my friend Quynh. She wants to make an I-Spy quilt for her sister's kids, so she's trading me her slave labor (ironing and cutting) for a set of squares. It's making me really want to get back on some more Project Linus quilts, but I simply must finish up some of my current projects before I can start anything new. But when I'm ready, it will be so nice to go straight to my now ginormous stash of novelty squares! It's hard to tell from the photo, but this stack is like 8" high!

Finally, I'm making progress on this quilt that I started back in January. Sadly, I recently found out that another friend of mine has had her breast cancer return (again. ug.). I'll be seeing this friend in a couple weeks, so I'm going to try to finish this one up for her, and make a second version for the other friend I originally intended this one for.

The more I work on it, the more I love it. It's so buttery soft and cozy. I hope it brings my friend some comfort and pleasure. And while I'm thinking about it - does anyone have any suggestions for what to write on the label? I can always just wimp out and stick to the facts, but does anyone have any suggestions for a quote or saying? Something kind or comforting or hopeful, or about friendship?


  1. Nice quilt! Sorry to hear about your friends having cancer, that is always terrible!

  2. You just amaze me with your prolific-ness! That quilt is beautiful, and I'm sure your friend will treasure it. How about writing on the label, "Always in my heart - Evelyn" or something like that. She'll have the comfort of the quilt and the comfort of your friendship.

  3. What a busy bee! Nice work on all of it. Yeah, I think it would make my husband happy if I got rid of a bunch of my stash, too. But it ain't happenin' anytime soon. (ha!) Dunno whether you're religious, but the scriptures always have comforting words to me (psalms and proverbs in particular. I'd be happy to look something up for you if you want).

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, but that is so nice of you to make her a quilt!! Congrats on your successful de-stashing effort! That's fun that all your pretty sheets are spread out around the country!

  5. i am never very good at quotes...wish i could help you with that. i am in love with the FQ set you sent. i think i am going to make a snowball quilt with them!!

  6. Hi Evelyn! My first link from another blog! Thanks! :) I am still petting my new fat quarters from you. I should probably cut into them, but I can't do it quite yet!
    I am so sorry about your friend. I thought these two quotes were quite nice:

    Kahlil Gibran
    In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

    A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

    I think she will absolutely adore your quilt, it looks beautiful!

  7. LOVE the quilt! I always include a Bible verse on my labels. Romans 15:13 is a great one. Barb C.

  8. Well done on your stash sale. It's always a good feeling to have a little clear out.

    I've finally gotten around to doing something with the squares I won from you ages excited to be working with those gorgeous vintage sheets.