Time for Stashbusters check in! Have you had a good month of sewing in August? I did pretty good this month with my Quilted Jacket project and two small quilts.
For Fabric In, I did well, only coming home with three fat quarters from a guild game. But I also donated three fat quarters to the same game, so it was a wash. With one of the FQs, I made a potholder as was requested for our holiday party, and turned it in at the area meeting yesterday. I made a second one from the leftovers from this one. This project did double duty, as I did a process post for the MadamSew blog that will publish this month. They have some new rulers that are fabulous, but not in the shop yet.
When I did the quilting on Mother Goose, I had a nice wide back on the longarm, and I put another Project Linus quilt on right up close.
This allows me to quilt across both, so I get the ending half row done on the Mother Goose and the beginning half row on the red Project Linus at the same time. This is my Fascination pantograph, and the thread was the same for both quilts, Glide in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin.
Taking them off, I check the stitching to be sure it is good, then cut them apart and trim the batting/backing. I used the leftover backing to make binding for both.
For Fabric Out, my Mother Goose Quilt will count out as 4-1/2 yards for top, backing and binding. It left the house for its new home shortly after it was done.
The Project Linus quilt will count out as 2 yards for fabrics, backing and binding, as these blocks were sent to me by readers. I delivered it yesterday to the area meeting.
My Quilted Jacket Project yielded a lot of fabric out! Between the jacket itself, the purse, accessories and hat, I am counting 6 yards out! This includes the jacket pieced top, back and sleeves, lining fabric and binding, and all the accessories from the leftovers. All I have left are a couple of fat quarters from that bundle that weren’t used. So there is a possibility for more coordinating accessories later, maybe a tote bag? We’ll see.
This month, Sulky wants to help us get started on our projects for Halloween! They will send this wonderful Halloween Haunt thread set of quality 50-wt quilting thread to the winner of this month’s drawing. To enter, just post a comment on your progress this month using the format below. Post your totals by 5 pm on Sunday to be eligible for this month’s drawing. Be sure to check out Sulky’s site for great sales on threads and stabilizers. – Sulky Threads and More!
One more time, I thought I’d tell you how I figure yardage out on scrappy projects. I count a yard of fabric as 1440 square inches (40 inches wide x 36 inches in length), and apply that number to the square inches of the finished quilt. So if I have a finish of 60×72, that equals 4320 square inches, divide by 1440 and I get 3, so I count out 3 yards. It is a rough estimate but good enough for this.
So, here are my totals
August Fabric IN = 3/4 yard
August Fabric OUT = -13-1/2 yards
August Total = -12-3/4 yards out
Year to Date = -26 yards out
If you need to go back to the previous Stashbuster post to find your YTD totals in the comments, click on August Stashbusters. Congratulations to Niki who won last month’s drawing!
One more note, there will not be a Stashbuster check-in next month due to Autumn Jubilee. We will pick up again in November, so keep a piece of paper handy to jot down your totals as you go for the next two months.
Share your progress, good or not so good, with your fabric totals to be entered into this month’s drawing, and the grand prize drawing at the end of the Stashbuster year in January. How did you do this month?
Now until Saturday 9/3, C&T Publishing will be having an Autumn Book Sale! Customers can enjoy 30% off books in our Autumn category, no code necessary!! Hurry, sale ends tomorrow.