Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Category Archives: Pink And Brown

New Month – New Projects

I suppose technically the title of this post would have been more apt for Saturday, but I couldn’t figure out a better title given the various topics of today’s post.

The day started off way earlier than I prefer on any day, but especially on a weekend, but I had a go-live for work. As a result there was plenty of time to quilt today. First up my SILs Frolic. It’s nearly finished – I think there are two more passes before I can take it off the frame. While the machine was running, I pulled out a project box from 2019 and cleaned up the scraps.

I finished the pink and brown top back in the spring of 2009. I also did a small wall hanging a couple of years later. The folded “FQs” are pieces which measure at least 6″ x 20″. I fold them all to 5″ tall by 6″ high to fit into my fabric boxes.  As you can see I also added to my pre-cuts with strips, bricks, blocks, and strings.  The box of fabric from the purple and green log cabin quilt that I recently finished was also dealt with, leaving me 2 empty project boxes. Which I immediately filled up with these fabrics.

I have 3 quilts planned. Atomic Star Burst, Bauble ‘n Beads and Shimmer. The first two will have the blue for background.  I think Shimmer will have a light background, but as it is the 3rd quilt, I’ll worry about it later. Anyway, I started on Atomic Star Burst tonight. I will conquer paper piecing, but that first half starburst needs to be redone. One of the spokes didn’t get fully caught in the seam. So, what do you think? 1/2 a starburst a night? 20 starbursts would work out to 40 days.  No, I am not going to do do another challenge – at least not one so intense.

Easy Breezy – 39

What Ugly Fabric?

A year or so ago my friend S was going through her fabric and found this fabric. It was declared ‘ugly’, so I took it as a challenge to make a quilt featuring it. It is vintage – only 36″ wide.

I started collecting pink and brown FQs with no idea where this quilt would end up. Last fall I found an Windham Fabrics ad which showed a free pattern called Pathways to the Stars. I knew then I had found my pattern. It’s about 3/4 of the way down the page.

The picture is not very good, but I got the borders on earlier this afternoon.


Stash Report Week # 23

I’m happy to report no new purchases this week, and that I actually got some piecing done.

I completely ignored the handquilting I should be doing to do a bit of piecing. A Kansas Spirit block was due to the LQS, so I got it done timely and then came home and made two more. So there’s one left to make.

I quilted Cherry Frolic, so used the backing and binding fabric I purchased last week, and I finally finished cutting the border for my Pink & Brown quilt. I also prepared the binding for the quilt so I move the ‘scraps’ into my stash and out of the project box.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 156.0 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 3.995 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 49.577 yards

Net Stash: +106.423 yards

Stash Report Week #7

This week more fabric came in than went out.

Monday was the Kansas Trouble Stash Society meeting with a whopping 10.75 yards. Tuesday a package arrived from Tammy with red and greens in exchange for the music fabric I sent her a couple of weeks ago. Since I counted the music fabric Out, I’m counting this fabric In. Then Wednesday I added another 2 yards for borders and binding for my Pink & Brown quilt — which still needs borders. I haven’t made it to the basement with the fabric to wash.

In the use department, I finished setting the blocks together for the Pink & Brown quilt, finished ALL of step 1 on OTR and finished making the pinwheels and half-pinwheels from step 2. Most of this is not countable as it had all been chopped up prior to the first of the year. I did have to cut a few more strips for the pinwheels.

What is countable is the 2 Broken Dishes blocks I’ve made to take to the retreat in April and the String blocks I made yesterday to send to Australia.

So.

Fabric Added this Week: 15.25 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 36.75 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 4.125 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 17.33 yards

Net Stash: +19.42 yards

I seem to be going backwards. Got to do something about that.

Changing My Mind

The other day on the way to the Kansas Troubles Stash Society meeting, my friends and I were discussing which projects we were planning to take to the retreat in April. On my list was my Pink & Brown quilt. The blocks have been finished since November, and I had 4 rows sewn together. But why was I delaying completing this top?

It finally hit me. I’m trying to make sure that I finish things — get the quilts bound and labeled — and use stash to offset fabric purchases. This particular quilt is going to the in the top stage for a while — may even hang out in the need borders stage — and I “can’t” count the fabric since the blocks were already made prior to the first of the year.

So, I changed my mind after I got home on Monday. I needed some mindless piecing and putting these blocks into a top filled the bill. Obviously it’s off my list for April, but there are several more where this came from.

Now all I need to do is figure out the borders.


The brown fabric in the chain was a challenge fabric. My friend, S, said it was ugly and I disagreed, so I had to figure out a way to make it work in a quilt. It’s a vintage piece — only 36″ wide and came from her MIL’s estate. Back in the fall I figured out I have enough left to do a narrow border, but I also want a wider outerborder – I simply haven’t figure out what yet. Maybe scrappy from the rest of the fabric?

I’ll keep it hanging for a while to see if inspiration strikes.

Pam