Solids For My Stash

I allowed myself some freedom to shop recently when I took a trip to a local quilt shop with a good friend. I went in search of solids or low volume fabrics, especially if I could find a good deal on them.

I did come home with a grey charm pack and two layer cakes by Jen Kingwell, and all at a discounted price. I picked these sets because they felt like great filler sets. Some simple, small polka dots and some neutral colored fabrics.

Recently I shared some tips in a Youtube for beginning quilters. One of the tips was to document the fabric or patterns you are working with so that if you ever lose sight of a project, you have pictures or posts to go back and look at for reference. I noticed on the back of the Moda sets, they list ID numbers for the colors and even some suggestions for cutting the fabric to get the most out of it.

I figured it was good to listen to my own advice and take a picture of it so that I have it documented somewhere in case something gets thrown away or lost over time.

This behind the scenes layer cake is simple and neutral. I look forward to using it with some of my other, more colorful fabrics.

The Just A Speck set is simple and colorful. Lots of variety to play with and match up.

I went out looking with my Cotton and Steel box set in mind. It’s been sitting there for two years and I’d like to play with it but needed something to balance the colors already included in the box.

So far I think these sets will work well with the fabrics in the box as you can see below.

I’m looking forward to trying something new as soon as I wrap up the few quilts I have already started.

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Make It Meaningful Episode #59

It’s a new year and we have a new podcast episode for you!

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We like to set out some craft goals for the new year and together we chatted about some favorites from 2016 and what we plan to accomplish in 2017.

This year, like last year, we participated in the Best Of link up over at Meadow Mist Designs. Our top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts for 2016 is posted and ready for your viewing pleasure. And congrats to Jake for his Vader quilt taking the top honor!

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Our favorites for 2016!

Dori: The Disappearing Pinwheel

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Katie: Christmas Table Runner

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I’m participating with my friend Alida and her Quilt Along: Growing Up QAL 2017. Hopefully I’ll have more success with this quilt along than I did with the Splendid Sampler. Dori and I both have a long list of projects we’d like to  wrap up this year so definitely check back for our progress!

Both of us highly recommend the Netflix documentary The Minimalist. We’ll be looking at our stashes and our craft rooms to see what we can let go of or what we’d like to use. The plan is not to buy anything new and either use, swap, or donate what we have. Our plan is to make what we have meaningful and useful!

We hope your holidays were wonderful that you have a great beginning to a fresh new year!

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