Monday, April 30, 2012

Slash the Stash--April Edition








It's been a bit quiet around the blog the past week or two.  I almost didn't get Slash the Stash up for April.  Life gets busy, hectic, and hard sometimes.  My grandmother passed away Thursday, and I've been dealing with lots of mixed emotions.  We have multiple family events planned for the week, so it will be quiet around here for another week or so.

Despite the lack of posting, I have done a fair bit of sewing.  I have learned when I'm dealing with stress and difficult things I tend to do two things--sew and eat.  Probably not the best coping skills, but both tend to be enjoyable when other things aren't.

Although I didn't finish any stash busting projects this month I started several.  Three of which were off-shoots from the quilts I made my cousin.  I originally tried to incorporate other pieced blocks with my designs for her quilts.  After auditioning these various blocks, I realized it wasn't working.  For some reason, instead of just making one block, I cut fabric from my stash for 10-18 blocks for each different design.  You will be seeing these made into baby quilts in the near future since they are all cut and ready to sew.

First up I cut 18 blocks for the Retro Flowers quilt from The Sometimes Crafter.  I love how these blocks come out, but they are not my favorite to sew.  It's a bit tricky getting everything to line up just right.

When the Retro Flowers weren't working, I tried this block.  I cut out 10 blocks for this design, and will be adding at least two more.  I love how the blocks work together to create a great secondary design.

Finally when that didn't work, I tried granny squares.  I was thinking of doing these as a design on the back but changed my mind.   I only have one sewn up for now, but have at least 12 cut and ready to sew.

I also made great progress on my scrappy improv quilt back for my color quilt.  I have loved this project.  It's been so fun to put together.  Improv piecing is such a great change of pace from the precision required in other projects I have going on.  This pieced section is about 55" x 55".  Almost all of these fabrics were pulled from my scrap boxes.  I thought this project would make such a great dent in each box.  It didn't.  In fact, I can hardly tell that I sewed anything from my scraps.  Those boxes are still just as full as ever.  It might be time to destash some scraps. I'll be sashing this in Kona white then basting and quilting this monster soon.  One of my goals for May is to finish this quilt.

Now it's your turn!  What did you make from your stash this month?!

20 comments:

  1. sorry things aren't all peachy over there--my condolences on the passing of your grandmother- It's a hard time for sure when you lose someone you love.

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  2. Oh Kati, I am so sorry - I went through the exact same thing not that long ago and know how you must be feeling xxx

    Sewing and eating are the best way to go. Thank you for hosting xxx

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  3. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I totally understand the eating & sewing as comfort! Blessings.....

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I think your coping mechanisms sound just fine!

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  5. So sorry for your loss. I think I would cope about the same. It's always nice to create something beautiful when you're under so much stress.

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  6. My condolences on the passing of your grandmother. I have the same coping pattern expect the ratio for me is 70% eat 30% sew.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your grandmother Kati. Im with you on the sewing and eating under stress. That color quilt is going to be stunning, I don't know how I'd choose which side I liked more! I know what you mean about barely scratching the surface of your scraps, its like they just never disappear!

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  8. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother (((((HUGS))))) to you all

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  9. So sorry to hear about your granny Kati - my granny passed away this week last year and so she is very much in my thoughts. Sending you very best wishes.

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  10. I love the pink/green/white star block! Colors are wonderful but I agree that the blocks really "work" together. Do you a tut for the construction of this star block or know where I can find instructions?

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  11. Sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad you will be able to be with family. Take care.

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  12. I tend to eat, too, when something happens like you experienced.
    My scraps are growing, too, but mine are surely not as beautiful as yours. I'd love to play with someone else's sraps.
    I made a pillow from my stash. You can see it here: klick

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  13. I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother...family members are so precious! Best wishes and many happy memories to you and yours.

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  14. I'm so sorry to read about your grandmother! Sewing has given me SO much comfort this year and I hope it does the same for you during this sad time!

    I love your projects, especially that scrappy improv quilt wip = AMAZING!!

    Take care! M

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother...so hard! :( You are not alone girl when the going gets tough...I go straight the machine and the pantry!

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  16. Kati, I'm so sorry about your grandmother. Losing a grandparent is like losing a chunk of your past and the link to so many memories.

    ((hugs))

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  17. I am so sorry to hear, I still miss my grandmother. Sewing is a good way to centre and focus and just be peaceful and sometimes it is nice to just be working on things even if they are not finished. Your blocks are all so beautiful.

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  18. Isn't it amazing the size of quilt you can get out of hardly any scraps? I cut out tons of blocks for a twin granny square quilt and it seems like it didn't make a dent at all! I guess I should just always have an ongoing scrap quilt. Hope I see you saturday - I've been missing everyone!

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  19. You do beautiful work. Sorry about your grandmother, I am dealing with the end days of my own mother. Sometimes sewing doesn't fix it....

    glen

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  20. I'm wondering if there will be also a slash the stash for may? ;)

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