Sunday, July 10, 2016

First Sunday Stash Post

Welcome to my Sunday Stash post. This is about 3-4 weeks overdo. My wife TishNWonderland has been an enabler when it comes to stash building for me. It started pretty quickly once I decided to make the second quilt from  Sandra of MMMQuilts mmmquilts - blue skies & sunny days

The one on the right is the one that was my second it was inspired by my first one on the left.  I call the left one Dreamsicle. So, I was shopping for the fabric, and the first thing I saw at Classic Quilt Shop (Clarksburg, WV) when I walked through the doors is Moda Fabrics Bee Creative designs.  They had a quilt already made and I fell in love with the yellow/gray motif. As I made my purchases for dreamscicle, Tish stated she saw charm packs of the Bee Creative and I told her that I saw them.  She said it is is your first stash purchase and joyfully threw them up on the cutting table. I unfortunately did not take a picture (apparently) of the charm packs as I can not find them to post.  (Stash #1)

I had shortly there after made the decision to make my third quilt. This time it was also what I felt was a simple enough design called Looking Glass Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. I was off to buy more fabric for this one from the same shop in Clarksburg.


Quickly turned into this

So the above didn't make it into went straight into production and I will do a blog post on this one when the professional quilting is done.  It is for my mom and is my first official full size (twin) quilt. So here is a sample of my stash that I got when I picked the above fabric out.
 More Moda Bee Creative

I couldn't pass this up I got one fat quarter of each available bolt of fabric (all in the line) for just over $50.  It felt like a steal so I asked if I could buy, and my enabler smirked and quickly fed the beast. (Stash #2)

My Birthday was around this time....being 41 now....not having any idea that I would ever be a teacher/instructor was kind of a shock/surprise to me when I entered my current profession. Fast forward 5 years and now here I am quilting. Something I really had never even considered or every thought I would be doing...Enter (Stash #3). This was a surprise.  I have always liked civil war quilts (designs and colors)....I have what one might consider a fetish with history as a whole. Stash #3 Sturbridge Village is a move to my civil war quilt.  I have not yet picked a design. I apparently made a comment about loving the colors and designs and Tish didn't forget. Being my dealer, she gleefully added #3 to my stash.

Fast forward a week or two and I received an email from Hancocks of Paducah of a flash sale on Moda Grunge fabric (Stash #4).  I looked and it and it's bold colors.....I was sold...I love bold, bright, and vibrant colors....I had to have I ordered 4 charm packs as well as some "stash" for Tish. I can't remember the final price on the flash sale weather it was 4.99 or 5.99 per pack.

I also wanted to add to my Civil War pallet so I ordered a total of 5 half yard cuts of Sturbridge Village. (I don't know if one would consider it another stash or not...I won't count it as additional, but if you were counting we would be technically on #5). Unfortunately one of the colors I ordered was on back order (Sigh).

Last weekend, I went to visit my mother in Ohio and we visited a small quilt shop called Jacob's Ladder Quilt Shop. For those that don't use Facebook here is another link Jacob's Ladder . I got a really nice pen that she was giving away. She indicated that she had just opened at the beginning of they year. She has a Gammil Long Arm and a small selection of fabric. My wife added to her stash there.

As Tish and I prepared for two quilt alongs, Yvonne's Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along and Cheryl's
Meadow Mystery Quilt We needed fabric of course. I have ordered my Meadow Mystery Fabric from Missouri Quilt Company . It has not come in (Stash #5) so that is a blog for another day...Got one heck of a deal on the fabric and I love the colors I chose. However, Cheryl has some GREAT fabric kits that are offered and I am gonna give a shout out to Cotton + Steel for their vibrant colors. Check them Out!!!!!

Back to Yvonne's...  (Stash #6)  

So, I have been drawing blocks/pattern designs and I was dying to try one out. I got some bright colors and started a "rough draft" of the design here at the house. But, I quickly fell in love with the design and decided to get enough fabric to make 4 different designs I "engineered" and  put them together with sashing. The blocks are 20"x20" so they out to be wonderful. We went and dropped off my mother's quilt in Morgantown, WV at Country Roads Quilt Shop and in the process picking up more Civil War fat excellent selection of "reproduction" civil war style fabrics. The one in the middle is of the original purchase Tish got me for my B-Day. The others are new so I would still assimilate them with Stash #3 (however, if we were doing each as a separate stash/purchase we would be on #7 or #8...I'm starting to loose track.)

On our way back from Morgantown, we stopped in Fairmont, WV at another one of our favorite "little shops". SewChic was a stop in hopes of finding alot of Moda Grunge to make my patterns i spoke of just above. Unfortunately they did not have the very vibrant colors...Only a few. I needed Red, Yellow, Blue, and Orange. So, I settled for Moda Marbled in the colors.  Both Tish and I were concerned with the vibrancy of orange, but to keep with the "theme" of the colors I went ahead.

Last but not Least!

 When we went to Clarksburg and I got my fabric for Yvonne's quilt along I also picked up a set of the Snip Ease on the way back...yes we stopped a second time. I love these scissors. They have curved blade that works well when piecing and actually work decently with seam ripping ( I am getting good at this part).  I also picked up a SeamFix seam ripper. If you have not used one of these...YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!!! It is a must have although I wish I had got the small one that the cap fits on the end, this one does not.  And last but not least. Princess Caroline of the Fuzzy Butts got some "stash" of her own. Tish decided she needed some snuggle/play buddies...of which they are neither.

Sorry this was so long..But my stash has compound quite frantically and dramatically.  I assume this certifies me officially as a quilter....whoda thunk it???!!!

Today/This evening I am linking up with Sunday Stash.


  1. I have to say I've been pretty excited to see your purchases. I love what you are planning to do with the snowflake shimmer. It's going to look amazing. And the grunge charms...I want entire bolts of them! And you have become quite the little seam ripper. I'm beginning to think you just like using your new toy :p

  2. You are just getting started, and it is fun to see what is speaking to you and how you are starting out your "stash". I really love the fabrics you showed that you picked for the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along, and it will be exciting to see it come together!

  3. Tonga Treats Timeless Treasures, that was what caught my eye the first time through your words, then I saw Moda, and Grunge, and then that word that kept popping up all the way through " STASH" and I know you are in this forever.Tish, can you manage to keep up with the Engineer? Super quilt for your Mum , a lucky lady, and Shimmer Quilt along, this will be so good to watch.

  4. Every quilter needs a good stash. You are well on your way to having a great stash with those additions.

  5. You are definitely qualified to be a quilter with a stash like that! know those are favorites of mine. Enjoy!

  6. You have made me very jealous. How interesting to see that your tastes range from bold brights to subdued Civil War tones. Look up Barbara Brackman for some patterns. You're amazing me with your FMQ (someone sent me a video) and now you're designing blocks! (Wait, that phenomenon has been going on for the past year I seem to recall)...

  7. Stash building takes serious effort and dedication. I'm glad to see that you have stepped up to the plate. I love mode marbles and have been using them for way too many years. Wish I had a couple of yards of each color. Yours look terrific together.

  8. Yes, I would certainly say you are well on your way to a fully-fledged quilter and stasher! Welcome to the best place on earth! ;-)

  9. Hi Dave: I missed this post somehow. Great adventures in Stash building. I like how you refer to Tish as your dealer. Love the looking glass quilt. It's wonderful to see you enjoying yourself so much and I'm glad you are quilting along with Yvonne and Cheryl as well.

  10. Ah, a seam ripper will be your best friend. It is mine. What I want to know is, are you going to share stash or have two individual stash cupboards? I'm sure Tish has already warned you how addictive it is! The history of civil war quilts is fascinating isn't it? We did a civil war trip in the spring, fascinating.