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June 17, 2012

Using up the stash!

Well it feels like we’ve had the wettest, coldest and darkest June ever in the UK!  While I am disappointed that we can’t be out in the sun, having bbqs and enjoying the new grass in the garden, it does mean that I don’t mind staying in making.  My current aim: use up some of the stash!

This is my dresser. I got it in a much more orange pine state from a charity shop. I painted it white (many layers!) and changed the handles to make a cute place to keep my sewing stuff. In addition to the fat quarters you can see, the bottom cupboard is also full of fabric and other bits including ribbon, buttons and cotton.  My mission is to use some of it up.

I know from reading other people’s blogs that I’m not alone in accumulating significant amounts of fabric, and reassured when I see that other people have way more than I do.  I have a habit of buying things without a purpose, just because I like it and buying more than I need for projects and never getting round to using up the left overs.  So my aim is to make things that start to use up all of the bits and pieces that I have.

A top tip that I picked up from somewhere is to cut scraps of fabric into squares ready to use for patchwork rather than leaving them stashed away as scraps.  This makes it easy to create something like these patchwork cushions, particularly if your fabrics coordinate.

Left overs from this quilt

Left overs from a few projects

(the backs)

I also conquered the zip and made these little zip pouches using 5″x5″ squares (same size as in the cushions), bits of ribbon, and some calico that I had left over.  These were a bit fiddly but worked out ok.

And I made another baby blanket, again using 5″x5″ squares.  I love the colour combination on this one. I used some satin bias binding for the edges which makes it nice and tactile and fleece on the back for comfort.

Fabric purchased from the Festival of Quilts 2011 (must use these up before going again in August!)

Still plenty of material to go.  I’m going to struggle more with the bits that don’t seem to match anything.  I’m thinking maybe a scrappy quilt with lots of different colours.

August 15, 2011

Festival of Quilts 2011

Last weekend was the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC.  I’ve been to the festival the last three years, the last two with my friend Ayla and we’ve had a great day out.  The quilts on display are amazing; each one a work of art that must have taken goodness knows how many hours.  Here is a selection of some that caught my eye:


Miniature snippets of Liberty make up a miniature quilt


Great colour in this sunflower quilt


A knitted quilt


This quilt was made up of hundreds of tiny hexagons of different black and white fabrics!

Of course the other amazing thing about the festival is the shopping! Hundreds of stalls selling beautiful fabrics, yarns, threads and all sorts of other materials.  It’s like being in a sweet shop!

An array of fibres


Lots of fat quarters to choose from


This was really the focus of our visit; to stock up on materials that you just can’t get locally.  There are some good fabric shops in Cardiff but they tend to focus on dress and soft furnishing fabrics so aren’t great for quilting and craft fabrics.

Here is what I came home with:

A bright selection of fabrics which I plan to make into a baby blanket or two


Some blues which will be a gift for a friend


And a selection of green/blue/greys for my next quilt project


I’m very happy with my purchases; now I just need need to use them!

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