New year, new thread. In this thread we account for and keep track of our hobby stashes. What comes in (with a lot of creative rationalization for my part), what is used, and how to organize it. Actually a lot of the thread is just sharing our projects and talking about what we are working on.
Come join us and share your stashes, your goals, your projects, your successes. Iím assuming there will be no failures in the new year. Iíve had several yearsí worth of those in the last couple of months, enough to go around for everyone. So hereís to a bright new beginning - a whole new year before us to see what we can do with our stashes!
12-31-2018, 11:37 AM
My goals for the stash this year are to keep needlework additions to the minimum. I say this every year and it hasn’t worked yet, but this year will be different. It will! It will! Also since I now have a place to donate scarves, as many as I can make, I want to work on those all year and reduce my yarn stash. I really want to use up all the variegated I’ve collected over the years, so that is my first yarn goal. I have everything but my Red Heart in the attic. I’m going through that last night and today and keeping some of each color out. The rest of it will join the other yarn in the attic. It don’t need it all down here taking up valuable shelf space.
I’ve moved the cross stitch stash and WIPs out of prime storage which is now given over to fabric and embellishments. Those of you from the 2018 thread know my goal this year is to work through a lot of fabric and embellishment techniques. Looking through the library I collected over the past months I have way more than a yea’s worth to learn.
January will be for the last bits of unfinished stash organization, making a lot of pieced blocks to work with through the year, and playing around with seam embellishments. I have a printed foundation for a prairie braid, at least I think I remember that’s what it’s called, that will be perfect for that. I also have a set of 5” charms that I think will work for it.
That’s plenty to start with.
12-31-2018, 03:28 PM
I plan to keep tweaking my sewing and work table space. It's all working way beyond expectations, so I don't anticipate any big changes, but one never knows. There's always room for improvements as new ideas occur.
I also plan to keep working through the fabric stash I have had for too many years.
Husby still plans to retire in the spring. One of the big projects we intend to tackle right away is getting the ceiling and insulation in the garage. We bought most of the materials for that years ago, and it has all been sitting there in our way ever since. Hopefully, it won't take too long. We also want to finish sorting and organizing in the garage, and get started on building up our garden and greenhouse area. We already have lots of materials for that project, too.
Today I started sewing a couch quilt to surprise Husby with. It's going very well. I just have one more border to put on and then binding. I won't work on it tomorrow since Husby will be home, but I should be able to finish it later this week. Here's the front. It will get another gray border.Attachment 48149
Here's the back. Attachment 48151I love that I had these fleece remnants to coordinate with the wolf panels. Unfortunately I don't have quite enough, but I have another remnant to coordinate. I will make it work, and that will be 3 big chunks of stuff out of my sewing closet.
That looks great SD. It’s fine to plan for spring projects but DH will probably just want to sit in a recliner and admire his quilt.
The last (I think) of the lace and trim came today, as well as the beetle wings. They are gorgeous and larger than I expected, though the size was given in the posting. They are highly iridescent green, blue, and coppery gold. I bought the drilled ones so they should be easy to use. I’ll have to come up with a special project for them. A few days ago another cool thing arrived - the shed skin of a baby snake, a king snake if I remember. That’s going to need a special project too. I’m toying with the idea of turning it into the Loch Ness monster, but I’ll have to see how flexible it is. At any rate, I think that’s for the post doc project - lol. The sea urchin spines have been shipped and that will complete my collection of “bio embellishments.” I’m going to have so much fun this year!
12-31-2018, 04:27 PM
he is going to love it! my plans continued from last year is 3 fold ... 1. organize all my girl guide group crafts stuff, 2. the kids craft stuff downstairs and donate what is not needed or wanted anymore. go though my other craft items that are downstairs..shelving/storage got moved so needs a good dusting and sort. declutter.
also products to finish. and a couple of gifts to make. finished a small blanket for xmas present for kids cousin so I can give it too her. but will say if you want it bigger give it back and i will make it larger like I planned. cus she is a teen.
lusting after the new woolease yarn but have so much now that I am out of storage room for yarn..and can't say that I don't have lots!
12-31-2018, 04:34 PM
LOL! I guess I shouldn't mention the star quilt I finished in the last month or so. I cut and pieced the star at least 20 years ago. Attachment 48155
12-31-2018, 04:56 PM
LOL, Martha, so true. Organizing and storage is an ongoing project here. If I could use up stuff faster it would help. At least I can still see the floor.
SD that wolf quilt looks great. Wonderful that you're able to pull it all together from your stash.
DC, looking forward to what you do with the beetle wings. :)
My goals remain the same: use stash, stop buying random stuff. I was bad about that in 2017 and 2018. New purchases for thread, batting, tools and notions allowed as needed. Other purchases only if it helps immediately finish a project (ie yardage for backing.) Priority this year is a new queen size quilt, I already have the fabric for the top. Not going to worry about the back until I get there. I want to continue to make charity quilts for local organizations, especially the veteran's program. Other than that, we'll see where the year takes me.
12-31-2018, 05:18 PM
Wolf quilt is looking great...hubby is going to like that a lot.
I must say the sherpa throw I finished (from an old mattress pad) is SO WARM. It's like having an electric blanket on top of me. That was such a lucky find.
I'll quilt at least 1 of the 2 old "inherited" full-size quilt tops. I picked the "pretty" (relative) one first.
I still have a lot of fashion/clothing fabric to use.
I'll work on the Singer 760 later in the year to get it running so SOMEONE can use it, even if it's not me.
12-31-2018, 06:24 PM
I need to buy less random stuff, too.
The wolf fleece came from a garage sale. The owner had an entire single garage full of huge tubs full of fleece remnants and was selling them by the ridiculously low priced big bag. She had a business making fleece jackets to sell but was retiring, downsizing, and leaving the area, so she was highly motivated to get rid of stuff.
The gray borders are some weird fabric. I can't recall where I even got that, but I'm sure it was cheap. The weird part is it was only 1.5 yards, but it's 98 inches wide. It worked out nicely for the wolves though. The other border is another piece I don't recall buying, but it was someone's leftover yardage. I still have quite a bit left of both pieces.
My mom gave me the wolf panels.
The 9 patch blocks are all scraps.
I doubt I will have $5 in the entire wolf project.
Waaa! My new templates may be delayed "due to weather or natural causes." My stuff was in Grand Rapids at 9 AM so apparently something happened between here and there. Hope no one got hurt. I was looking forward to cutting some stuff out tomorrow. The notice did say my stuff might arrive late, but I'm not holding my breath.
I hope all the drunks make it home safely tonight. We are under a winter weather warning tonight with falling temps and bad wind chills. Good night to be home in front of the fire.
Happy new year, everyone!
01-01-2019, 07:50 AM
Here's a great article on organizing and managing scraps for scrap quilting. https://pin.it/fahc2s6zht42ob
I like the idea the author suggests, to look for patterns based on available scraps instead of picking a pattern and then searching for the fabrics. I hope never to get to the level of stuff this person has, but will probably incorporate some of her ideas. I've already started cutting 2.5" squares as I generate scraps. Six stacks of those fit perfectly into one of my favorite storage containers, a cut down cat litter jug. It seems like a ton of things can be made with 2.5 squares.
01-01-2019, 09:57 AM
I liked the article. The first quilt I ever made was with tiny squares and I said never again. I don’t like sewing that much - lol. Count on me to start with something totally intimidating.
I would love to start my fabric art year with something grand but I’m going to try to be more disciplined and remind myself often that every concert pianist began with hours of tedious scales. When I look at all that I need to learn to do what I really want to, I’m inclined to ask “how old will I be before I master that?” The answer of course is just as old as I would be if I didn’t. So the first set of scales will be embroidery stitches and seams. Scales to be sure but a necessary beginning. At least I can also play with some of the great threads I have that I also need to learn how best to use.
Meanwhile I finished up a scarf last night that’s been going on too long at the rate of s few rows now and then. It was the slower pattern. Then to jump start the enthusiasm again I did almost a whole scarf with just plain dc. I’m going to churn out bunches of those. The kids won’t realize how lazy and plain Jane are. Anyway, fancy patterns get lost in most variegated yarns. With the ones with more subtle contrasts I might put a shell -like row up the center.
01-01-2019, 11:04 AM
I agree about the little squares being tedious, and I DO like to sew! But that's why I'm going to start by clotheslining all my squares in pairs. Then, when I feel like it, I will sew them together into 4 patch squares. Then 6 patch rectangles. After I accumulate some more different fabrics, then I can put the last 3 squares on. By doing it in stages, it probably won't be as annoying. I found out how much I hated doing it all at once when I just did the 10 blocks for the wolves, which is why I didn't do the last 2 once I discovered I needed them. I think my frustration with that process comes from my manufacturing experience. I hated laying all the blocks out, too. Maybe I'm doing it all wrong and overthinking. I do like the results though.
01-01-2019, 11:45 AM
I sewed the green velour pants, going to do hems by hand. Found enough hem tape in stash. Old sewing machine did not act perfectly, but better. I forgot I also cut out a skirt from left over dark blue velour. So I'll work on that next I guess. I finished using 2 spools of thread Sunday & today.
01-01-2019, 11:51 AM
I should be more active in this ( by actually posting instead of just reading, haha) I will probably pop in from time to time. I sew for others ( as well as for myself) and teach piano so going in 2 different directions all the time. I am probably not going to make specific goals. I have cut down on adding to my stash a lot though. ( and that link you shared Spirit Deer, I have been following Bonnie Hunter for several years and try to make her quilts.) I have started implementing her cutting style and do find it easier to just go to the precuts for many of the quilt blocks she shares. but first up for me is a wedding dress alteration and make a bolero jacket to go with it for a wedding the first part of March. ( plus practice the piano to get wedding music ready for same wedding as I am also playing for it too) anyway. I hope to hop on more than I have in the past.
01-01-2019, 11:57 AM
That's what I've been doing with my scraps, too. The cut pieces somehow take up less room than a pile of fabric, with very little waste. I like Bonnie Hunter's quilts. She has a scrappy style similar to mine, and a lot of her quilts appeal to me. In fact, the patches & pinwheels I am going to start this year is one of her projects.
01-01-2019, 01:11 PM
I related to what the article said about having the fabric cut and ready to go. That would make getting started so much easier and more appealing.
I also agree with what she said about using up ugly fabric in a quilt. Stuff does get lost in the crowd, and it becomes more about color tone than print design.
CH, what type of die cutter do you have? Is it very big? Do you think it's worthwhile for occassional use? I'm assuming it will cut a 2.5 square. How many layers can you cut at once? You know I love power tools.
It looks like my templates should arrive Friday or before. Since they're only 50 miles from here now, I think they will come tomorrow evening. It's probably for the best. I should be able to finish the wolves tomorrow without getting distracted. I could be cutting triangles for the 9 patch while I wait, too.
I love it, of course. It takes a lot of strain off my hands from using scissors and the rotary cutter. I can just put the fabric through and know it is the right size instead of messing with rulers and squares on the cutting mat. Mine is roughly the same size and weight of a newer plastic cased sewing machine, not that I ever carry it around. Opened up it takes up ~18x32" of table space.
I have the 8" die set, which includes the 2.5" square. The die cuts 4 at a time, and you can layer up to 6 pieces of quilt weight cotton, though they recommend 4 because the fabric will start to slide. There are other sets, from 6" to 12" and they have different sized dies. The 6" set cuts a 2" square, for example, and the 12" will cut 3.5" squares. You do not have to buy the bundled sets if all you want is the square die, but it can be a cost savings over getting them individually. I got the $100 strip die "free" with my bundle.
Most of the dies are 6.5x6.5, but some are 6.5x12" or larger. I believe the 10 and 12" sets have 8" dies. All the 6.5" dies work on all the machines but if you get into the larger ones, like my strip cutter which is 12" wide you can't use it on the baby "Go Me!" machine. That was a factor in choosing the size I got.
I would say if it hurts your hands to cut, then try the machine. If you are going to cut a lot of one shape, try the machine. If you are not going to be making a lot of quilts it may not be a wise investment. I have heard of libraries and quilt guilds renting them out, that might be an option for you. Or finding a used machine, then buying a new die. Like anything, the dies wear out, though after a year of hard use mine are still ok. Price it out and see if you think it is worth it. It's certainly made quilting a lot more fun for me.
01-01-2019, 03:54 PM
Thanks, CH. Good info. I will look into it. I thought about how much it might get used. Husby is showing interest in making things, so that might be a factor. Not sure if he will follow through or not, but I never thought he'd learn to cross stitch and still love it 30 years later either. He's been hovering around the work table every time I'm messing with quilt stuff, so I think he's genuinely interested for now. Hard to say if he would like it once he tries it. How much we would use it would depend on both of us using it and what sizes and shapes we could make, I think. Husby can stay focused on the same type of projects for years, but I get bored and move from one thing to another in cycles.
I cut a stack of triangles for the 9 patch. I will probably work on the latch hook for a while, and that will be about all I get done for crafts today. Tomorrow I go back to eating right, exercising, and generally being more productive. And finishing the wolves. I really want that out of my hair. I've had an idea how to piece the 2 pieces of fleece for the backing so they look like maybe I pieced them on purpose, but can't work on it while Husby is home.
01-01-2019, 04:45 PM
I also like Bonnie Hunters precut idea. Years ago when I was visiting my sister in Alaska we took a weekend class with Bonnie Hunter - had a blast!! I like her scrappy quilts and how she uses the strings on paper foundation. That helped me to use a bunch of fabric that would have ended up in the trash otherwise.
I really need to get back into quilting and I thought I might now that we have a house but my daughter and her family are going to move in with us sometime after the first of the year....There goes my sewing room :-(
01-01-2019, 05:20 PM
Oh, LL, sorry you are losing your sewing room. Do any of your local shops have sewing days? A couple of stores here will let you bring your machine and use the big tables in the classroom and just hang out all day.
SD, if quilting is something you like, and you have the stash for, then the machine might be motivational for you. You know I got really excited when I got mine last year. Cutting time went from hours to minutes. You know how it is when you are doing your DFG stuff and it is all pre- cut and you can just sew.
They make a Value Die that has two sizes of squares and a pair of triangles. At first I was going to get just that because it could be used for a variety of designs. That might be good to start with.
01-01-2019, 05:40 PM
CH - Great idea! I just looked and there is a quilting store 20 miles away. Might have to investigate if they do long arm quilting. I made a quilt top for my daughter years ago and have never finished it into a quilt.
01-01-2019, 06:53 PM
I doubt there is anyone here who would rent a cutter. Good thought though. I might ask around. Not sure when our craft group starts again.
I like some of the string quilts I've seen. I've been tempted to save my little skinny scraps but haven't taken the plunge yet. I have several more regular quilts to make first, and if I start collecting supplies beyond those, I have to find space. I might be able to, but have to do that first. I cannot go back to the chaotic mess I used to have in my sewing room. Getting things done in there is infinitely easier now and I'm not going back. But I think I could empty a pail or 2 to get started.
Did I just talk myself into digging through my trash yet again? :sigh:
01-01-2019, 07:07 PM
I have pain sometimes in my wrists, caused by wrestling all those moosehide mukluks years ago. I've managed to avoid surgery for 25 years, but lots of sewing still aggravates them, as does stuff like using certain tools like drills, if I'm not careful. Cutting shield parts hurts, mostly because of having to hold the scissor at odd angles to get around the curves. Most of the time I don't have a problem, but it got painful working with the Lone Star as it got bigger and heavier and harder to deal with.
CH, I thought your cutter was electric, for some reason.
We had a die cutter in the basement when I worked in the boot factory. When that thing stamped out leather parts, we could feel the vibrations in the second floor sewing room. We could hear it, too, even with multiple industrial machines running. It was a huge beast. So was the guy who ran it.
01-01-2019, 09:06 PM
If I really get into the fabric art in a serious way - this year will tell how that goes - the dream machine I have read about for that is a felting machine. It lets you attach multiple layers of fabric without sewing them. I doubt I will ever get to that point, but it’s sounds interesting. I have only found one and it was around $280. It’s not on the wishlist for a long, long time, if ever.
The other day I didn’t see a pothole and hit it hard. I thought that might have taken out a tire. It did. When I drove out to get the mail yesterday the low tire light came on. Bummer. I have an appointment Thursday afternoon so I have to get to get it fixed tomorrow. Tomorrow it is going to be pouring and we were just given a parish wide flood warning through Friday. It’s supposed to start raining soon. Not weather I want to drive in. My neighber will come over tomorrow when I’m ready to leave and air it up. It’s a weird size tire so Its best to take it to the dealer. Actually it’s more likely to be a bent rim than the tire itself. The road has chewed them up before.
Anyway, by the time I get that done and in the miserable weather I’m scrapping the JA trip though I will be very close to it. Getting the walker in and out of the car in pouring rain is a non-starter. I have small pieces of some of the supplies I was going to get so it can wait. If I run out of something I can always work on something else. My birthday is in April so I will just ask for everyone to chip in on a JA gift card. By then I may know better what I need and I can get it all at once. I have to say though that the long planned supply run to JA would be more fun than messing with a tire. But so it goes.
01-02-2019, 04:15 AM
I am soooooo impressed!
01-02-2019, 04:23 AM
I've been without a sewing machine for several years, and finally got one again. I'm probably not going to quilt, although I admire quilts. But I do have some pieced fabric placemats that my MIL made many years ago, and thought that might be interesting to make into a throw or quilt of some kind. So....... anyway......I don't have a fabric stash. But I do have a paper stash. I do a lot of crafting with paper, and golly gee....... that stuff can accumulate!!!!!!! I've organized it by size, somewhat by color family or pattern, but I really need to just knuckle down and work with it on some projects.
01-02-2019, 07:13 AM
looks like there are a lot of Bonnie Hunter fans. I try to get her mystery quilt before it gets taken off her blog and so am collecting those patterns. too many I want to do. I managed to sit at my machine for about an hour yesterday stitching away on some string blocks. ( can't work on the wedding dress until the bride to be comes on Friday to try it on) I think my big thing to get done today though is to find my table and also get my kitchen caught up on dishes and find my counters. haha! ( I also try to get 10,000 + steps in a day too. so I beter get stepping and washing and clearing)
01-02-2019, 07:35 AM
My goals are to get my yarn stash down to 3 from 4 banker boxes (I make hats and scarves for the warming shelter). Also to finish the wall quilt I am supposed to be making for a friend. And to be able to honestly call myself a quilter again instead of a fabric hoarder. And cut up some more scraps for the charm square packs I sell online.
01-02-2019, 08:29 AM
I made a skirt with some plaid fabric. It was wool or wool-ish. I am not sure of the actual fabric content. I am making a bear out if the same fabric.
I have a few more pieces I can use to make some simple skirts. I think I can get three more done.
My plan is to use up one of my three boxes of fabric then fill it up again. I would like to work more with fabrics like felt, flannel and maybe minky. And those take up a bunch of space.
The shutdown is not showing any signs of ending soon. We have some money saved up, but I suspect many of my coworkers do not. The mood in the office when we finally go back will be pretty bad for a while.
I am going to try minimizing checking news stories. Some will offer a tiny bit of hope, only for it to be crushed in the next story.
I am glad right now to be frugal. I am glad I have lots of craft bits on hand.
01-02-2019, 08:47 AM
Happy New Year, everyone! Sounds like people have been busy.
I spent my vacation either writing or working on the second wool afgan. I didn't send the first one off yet so I may wait until the second is finished to mail it. If nothing else, I can always give my friend a heads-up and bring them up to her as they live about an hour or so away from me.
So, right now I'm on skein #6 and the afgan covers my legs. I finished skein #2 the day I went on vacation and just powered through skeins 3-5, mostly while watching DVD's. I did pick up two more wool skeins but I'm pretty sure I'll need them at this point. If nothing else, I'll make a lapgan for them with the remainders.
I'm hoping to do some stash-busting this year. I did find the skeins for my car WIP during vacation. They were in my car but since that's a mess, I put them in the project bag. I thought I was going to go out to more movies than I did or at least people watch at the mall. Ended up only going to see two movies.
01-02-2019, 10:06 AM
Kathy - I’ve been thinking of you and all the others impacted by the shutdown. I hope it ends soon, for you and everyone. Congress should lose paychecks until it’s resolved, not all the innocent bystanders.
Welcome to all of you who are new(ish) to the thread. We all like to hear of everyone’s projects and progress.
Fortunately the rain started much later than predicted and at present it’s not raining hard yet, so I hope by the time I can head out to town the low stretch of road will still be ok. Coming back I can take the long way around and avoid the section that tends to flood, but I don’t want to add all those extra miles to the tire until it’s fixed.
My living room still looks like a war zone. The extra containers are due from Amazon today but I haven’t checked yet to see if that’s a true story. I hope so because then I can start making some real headway on getting everything put away. I was antsy to leave the gathering by about 2 yesterday, but there was no graceful exit point until about 7:30. By then I was worn down and just crocheted and worked word puzzles for the rest of the night.
I moved more of the yarn into the attic so that also gained me some shelf space. A friend and a couple of neighbors organized my attic yesterday. The guys just throw things anywhere - the women of the group despair. Putting like with like in neat accessible stacks is apparently a totally alien concept to them. My friend organized one of their attics some time ago and the other one is on her list. With luck since they helped with the project they may get the idea - lol. However that may be too much to hope for.
01-02-2019, 02:21 PM
Since I've become a political junkie, I keep up with the news and it doesn't sound good for people to get back to work. I won't say any more about that except I also hope for a breakthrough once House leadership changes hands tomorrow, so they can at least pass the CR and get people back to work. I will say however I'm deeply annoyed with my fellow Americans acting like idiots and going into our national parks to throw trash around and vandalize things. I hope security cameras are up and running so said idiots can be appropriately prosecuted at a later date.
I also had to plow through the mess on the kitchen counters and sinks yesterday, and unclog the slow kitchen drain with some magic crystals from Ace Hardware. It's good to have work space again.
Chester had another seizure today, his third in the last month or so. Poor boy. They don't last long and he's back to normal fairly quickly, but it feels like we're slowly losing him.
I got the wolves done. It turned out okay. Not my favorite project but it's a lot nicer than what he had and gave me some more experience and used up some more stuff. The back side turned out almost as nice as the front. Attachment 48169
I like the front, too. I wish the wolves were bigger but I had them and I'm trying to use up stash. I like the blocks for the colors they add. Attachment 48171
Of course, I couldn't have done it without my reliable snoopervisor who was on the job as soon as I went to work this morning. Attachment 48173
Now the tracking for my new templates says they're in Minneapolis. On Monday they were supposedly only 50 miles away, not 250. I've never seen UPS tracking so messed up. I just hope my stuff shows up eventually. Today would be nice.
I still need to work on angel gowns.
How people can get bored or unable to think of something to do is beyond me.
01-02-2019, 02:55 PM
SD, I had a package start off being sent to a facility about 5-10 miles away then got shipped to Texas (halfway across the country) before returning and being delivered to me a week later.
The blanket looks great.
01-02-2019, 04:08 PM
Well, I have almost all my 10,000 steps in so far for today. got some more string blocks made, ( mindless sewing) and dinner going in the crock pot for tonight. Hope it is enough for a couple of meals. My piano kid for today is sick and not able to come. will probably kick back and get some blanket stitching with yarn on a fleece blanket I am doing for DGS#3. I stitch a blanket stitch around the edge and then crochet an edging around it after to finish it off. looks cute and I have made several. ( 4 for grandchildren so far and 1 for a daughter and one for me) I look for the larger pieces of remnant fleece at Joann's and pick that up. First one I did for a granddaughter and it was actually my daughter's favourite as it was easy and big enough to scoop the baby up if you were just going next door for something etc. My other daughter keeps hers in their vehicle to cover their baby with since you are not to have them wear bulky coats in the carseat anymore for safety sake. It is a mindless activity that I like to do for my kids and grandkids.
01-02-2019, 05:00 PM
I finished the awful block with all the trapezoids. The center seam is off, even though I matched and pinned it. If it annoys me tomorrow I will redo it.
01-02-2019, 06:16 PM
I hate when stuff doesn't match up.
At least my package didn't go to Texas! It arrived today and I already cut big stacks of all the pieces I need for now. I really like the templates. I think they're worth the cost, so I'm glad I bought them. Since they make several sizes, I think I will find quite a few uses for them.
01-02-2019, 06:39 PM
I always have trouble with those trapezoid blocks. I haven't started them yet. got my 10000 steps in. Still haven't got to the blanket stitch yet.
01-02-2019, 08:19 PM
They put the car up and checked all the tires, decreed all to be ok. The service guy said they thought it was just such a hard thwack that it deformed the tire enough momentarily that it lost some air. I’ll see but for now I will trust them. They kindly didn’t charge me, so that was nice.
The weather turned out more benign than predicted and the threatened thunderstorms became just normal rain and not too heavy. When I finished with the car it had slacked off quite a bit so I did go on to JA. I bought fusible interfacing in light and medium weight, tear away stabilizer, and insulbrite, 2 yds each, and packages of two kinds of the double sided fusible web for applique, so I can see which I prefer, since I’ve never used any of it. White thread (I had none), extra black thread, and several shades of gray, light to dark. The thread was half off.
Cotton wasn’t on my list, but I checked clearance fabric and picked up a few. It was 20% off the clearance price and I could also use the senior day 20% off coupon. Since I only bought 1/8 yard of each, it was super cheap. I also bought 1/8 yards of some light neutrals. They were not on sale, but this is the last JA trip for a long time. That’s a category that still pretty thin in the stash so it will be useful. There was one costly cotton purchase. I have been looking for a tree fabric for a long time in store and all over the internet and never found one I liked. As I was on my way to the register I cut down an aisle and spotted one. There were only 2.75 yds of it and I got it all. The 40% off coupon applied to that so I’m satisfied with the deal.
The other thing on my list was some gray and black fancy fabric. I found a fair number. Some were 60% off plus my senior day discount, some may not have been, but only getting 1/8 yd, it won’t break the bank. The only thing I got 1/4 yd of was a dark green lace fabric. There was a bolt on the sale rack and one on an unmarked rack, and some both places that looked the same but may not have been, so it was rather vague what was on sale and what wasn’t. I also got 1/8 yard of a few shiny/sparklies in colors. I kept that on the cheap.
The one who cut almost all of my fabric had a generous hand with the scissors. She couldn’t seem to quite believe that I really only wanted such tiny cuts. So that is the end of the 2018 stash building. (For those of you who weren’t around, this was a long planned trip that I deferred to get the best coupons, so I’m counting it as last year.) If I ever work down to a clear table I’ll get some photos.
I hope I don’t have a black eye when I see the ophthalmologist tomorrow. I was sitting on the walker and pulled out a bolt on the upper rack. It dragged the one next to it down, a nice new full bolt, and that one smacked me edge on across the eye. Fortunately it was the one done first, so it’s had a full month to heal.
Now I’m home and tired. I won’t do much tonight.
01-02-2019, 11:19 PM
Glad your tires checked out all right. Those sound like pretty good deals. Hope you have fun with all of it. I'm going out tomorrow and will see what is left of the holiday sales. I don't need anything, but I can be tempted.