Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hitting the Stash Jackpot

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......)


  1. Well, you really made out this week. You should have told everyone that my building up your stash with just neutrals wasn't because I was so boring, but rather that you are going to be working on a neutral challenge. I do have some "colors" in my stash ya know. ;D

  2. the way....have a good time on your retreat, too.

  3. What great fabrics you got at your sale. Nice use of your extra finds for those bright bags to use in your laundry. Can't wait to see you in 2 days. Drive carefully.

  4. What fun surprises! Have fun at your retreat. Looking forward to the pictures.