Stash Bash Recap!

Everyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I spent last weekend at the Stash Bash, which is a quilting and sewing retreat outside of Altanta, GA.  Last year about 30 of us met up thanks to the planning and ingenuity of Chris, but this year we were about twice that in number!  I was excited to see people I had met the year before and to meet some online friends in person.  I even brought, Nisha, one of my oldest friends who is new to sewing and we ended up with Kristi and Angela at the most fun table ever!

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Stash Bash is sponsored and we have some amazing ones.  Between the gift bags we received upon arrival, the goods we won in giveaways and gifts from sweet friends, I did not come home empty handed!

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If I had to pick a favorite sponsor, though, I’d probably have to pick Stash Fabrics since Beth hangs out with us all weekend and brings fabric!  I did hold out til the last day, I swear.

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We also descended on A Scarlet Thread in waves and I managed to do a bit of damage there as well.

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Stash Bash is blissfully unstructured and designed mainly for sewing and socializing, but we did do one optional swap and one optional “class” and I participated in both.  Inspired by the recent Sew South event, we did a Secret Agent Swap where we coordinated two gifts for a secret partner.  I received some great things from Jenn!  I didn’t take a picture of what I gave Elizabeth, but she assures me she liked it!

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We had an opportunity to learn from Kristi how to make the Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.

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I used some of the most recent DS Quilts prints from Joann and I am absolutely thrilled with how mine came out!

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I also found some time to piece my Hello Petal quilt top together.

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I’m really glad I have at least one “finish” that I brought home from the weekend.

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Finally, I started on my scrappy trip along blocks.  I’m in love!

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I brought way too many projects and didn’t finish everything, but it meant I was pre-packed for the HMQG retreat this weekend!  I officially can’t wait for the Stash Bash 2015!!

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WIP Wednesday – March 27, 2013

While I’ve finished several quilts recently, I do feel like no matter how much progress I make, the WIP list never gets below 10!!  Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been actively working on recently.

I’m nearly done (re)quilting my spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt…

Retro Flowers

…I started quilting the Sherbet Pips apple core project…

Pips Apple Core Quilting

…I pieced 11 more of my Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars while I had jury duty…

Flower Sugar Stars

…I made a postage stamp top with leftovers from this quilt

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…and this block is supposed to be the center of the Marcelle Medallion quilt, which can be found in the Liberty Love book by Alexia Abegg, but I am not the biggest fan of medallion quilts.  I decided instead to make a quilt using only this block but, while I absolutely loved the first block I made, I haven’t loved the rest quite as much.

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Should I continue to 16 (my original plan) or stop at 9?

Finally, I have been learning to crochet and I worked on a ripple afghan when I went to Washington this past weekend.

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Hopefully I will finish one of these soon!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Plus Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Leftovers Quilt (top done)
  • Blue and Grey Hippo Quilt
  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 3
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – February 20, 2013

When your husband requests that you make a baby quilt for his friend’s newborn baby and he accompanies that request with a picture of the nursery for inspiration, you have no excuse not to make the quilt right away!

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I immediately pulled the stack above and got a great response on Instagram.  I don’t know why, but I was really inspired to do an equilateral triangle quilt and I’m so glad I did — it was so fast!

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Laying out the triangles was seriously the most time consuming part of this quilt.  I think that took me even longer than the quilting, and I did a lot of quilting!

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Seriously, it was so fast that I also was able to make this quilt top (hello, shameless copy)!

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2011 WIPs:

  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (ready to hand bind)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Plus Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – First Finishes of 2013

Now that my craft room is back in action and I fixed the tension issues on my Juki, I’ve been bitten by the productivity bug.

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I finished the Sock Monkey 9-Patch, started and completed my HMQG Madrona Road challenge quilt, and quilted the pink zig zag quilt!

Pips Apple Core Quilting

I’m so happy about my Juki that I put this quilt under the needle, even though I probably should be working on this…

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2011 WIPs:

  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (ready to hand bind)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 2
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – Back in Black

So apparently I went on vacation and then started a home renovation and totally forgot about my poor little blog.  Well I’m going to attempt to ignore that and just pick up where I left off.  First order of business, a little inventory of where I stand with my WIPs since my last post!

I decided to delete all projects from the list that were completed in 2012 and start over with a new tally for this year.  I completed my second Formation quilt as well as my FMF Irish Chain quilt, but they aren’t on the list below.  I actually finished the spring green and yellow baby quilt, but suffered a tragic batting implosion (more on that later), so I have unpicked the quilting and will attempt to rescue this beauty.

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The sock monkey 9 patch simply needs the binding stitched down.

Sock Monkey Top

This fun quilt needs to be quilted and finished before being sent to my cousin for her to gift to her new god daughter!

Pink and Red Zig Zag

And I did manage to start something new, BUT it’s for an HMQG challenge.  More on that later!

2011 WIPs:

  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilt basted)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch (need to bind)
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (quilt top finished)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 12

WIP Wednesday – Doubling Down

With work picking up, vacation ahead (yay!) and a long list of quilts to make, I’ve had to think of ways to make my sewing time count a bit more. 

One of my friends at the office is having her second boy, and I wanted to make her a quilt using backyard baby fabric and flying geese.  I liked the idea so much, I decided to make twice as many geese and make two complimentary quilts at the same time.  I will be sharing a tutorial (hopefully soon) on my method, but for now, here are some in process shots.

Day Formation…

Night Formation…

I’m really glad I got a head start on this — her baby made a very early appearance this weekend!  Day Formation is all done and ready to gift early next week, while the Night Formation top is done and waiting for the right baby boy.

We also have friends getting married this weekend, and I just had to make something for them.  It’s been a bit hectic, but I got this Irish Chain top together using delicious Flea Market Fancy. 

I cut enough strips to make this top, plus a smaller baby quilt, but that will have to wait until after my vacation!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt
  • Grinch Pillow Cover
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilt basted)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt 
  • Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt
  • Coral and Aqua Baby Quilt
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • A Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon
  • Backyard Baby Day Formation Quilt
  • Backyard Baby Night Formation Quilt (top done!)
  • Flea Market Fancy Irish Chain (quilting!)
  • ???

Still To Do

  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Quilt for P&S
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for R

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 3
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – July 11

After a delightfully productive week, I have finished the Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon…

…finished the blocks for my spring green and yellow retro flowers quilt…

…worked on some additional stars at the beach…

…andI will finish the neutral farfalle quilt at the HMQG sew-in.

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt
  • Grinch Pillow Cover
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (assembling the blocks!)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilt basted)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project – several more stars completed)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt 
  • Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt
  • Coral and Aqua Baby Quilt
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • A Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon
  • ???

Still To Do

  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for P&S
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for R
  • Quilt for L&M

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 2
New projects: 0
WIPs: 9