Making pillowcases is a good way to use up some of your stash, but it's also a good way to find out what's missing from that stash. I haven't had a lot of trouble coming up with a nice piece of fabric to use for the body of a pillowcase, but a lot of times when I pull a matching piece for an accent strip I find out it has a piece cut out of it, (I'm always cutting up good pieces of my stash to use in scrap quilts) or it's a fat-quarter and isn't wide enough.
This week the owner of Fiber Art Work in Huntsville, had all of her quilting fabrics on sale for $5 a yard because she's only going to sell yarn and knitting supplies from now on. I thought it was a good opportunity to stock up on accent fabrics for pillowcases! I had quite a stack of fabrics when I checked out, and when she found out it was all for charity (St. Louis Children's Hospital) she gave me another 20% off.
The next day I got a package in the mail from my friend Faye. She thought that since I mailed her all those homespuns she had to send me something in return. (Silly girl!) Well, I did give her some ideas of what to send, since I knew I couldn't talk her out of it.
I did do a little more than build my stash this week. I found a piece of pre-printed canvas in my cabinets with shopping bags stamped on it. One of them I made into a bag to hang on the back of the laundry room door to keep rags in, and the other one I stitched up for a washable shopping bag.
So, I wasn't that productive this week, but I was busy. Next week I'll be even busier. I'm leaving for a quilting retreat in the morning! WooHoo!!
(By the way, if you are wondering why I asked Faye for neutrals instead of brights, our Clara's Cottage Retreat Challenge for 2013 is "Neutrals with a Kick!" Should be interesting......)
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