Looking Through The Stash Store

Morning Glory, Murrieta Stars – Flannel, Wool Eggs

Yes I have my own fabric store right here at home.  The good thing about having a stash of any size is that you can look through your shelves and containers first before you look on line and order something (no fabric store near me).   I decided to start looking for the right beige fabric to use for the background of Morning Glory the new applique quilt I’m going to make.  I didn’t want to have to order if I didn’t need to and I think after dragging out a lot of beige colors to look at I found the right one.  – a four yard piece of a light print batik.  I had a lot out that I was looking at!

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This is the one I chose – the print is light enough to add interest but not detract from the applique.

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I have a Xmas basket that I decided to put the wool eggs in– one is done the rest aren’t and I will work on the embroidery now and then and maybe have them done before I put all the holiday decorations away after the New Year.There is room for more if I get back to it at some point.

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Murrieta Stars from Thursday night – not much change – just moving down the row – the only way you can see the difference is to look at what color stars was done the day before!

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Thank you Vicki from Colorways for the Xmas card that you sent me – I have it nestled under the tree with the one that I got from you last year – aren’t these cute and unique – I am amazed at how well these fabric postcards come through the mail with no envelope to protect them  Thank you for thinking of me and I will truly try to meet up with you the next time I go see my sister as you are only about 50 miles away I believe – I don’t know when that will be but it will be on the schedule!

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I can’t believe how fast Christmas is approaching – it well be here before you know – baking cookies today

Craftsy classes on last course sale of the year!

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14 comments… add one
  • Deb Dec 16, 2017

    That little basket is perfect for the eggs!
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    • Karen Dec 16, 2017

      I thought so too – I all of a sudden remembered it in the closet and thought it would work.

  • Wendy Dec 16, 2017

    You got a card from Vicki — lucky you! She is so talented. I enjoy reading her blog. I have learned to pick up neutrals when I am out shopping and see a good deal. It seems I never have enough on hand when I want to make a project! You are making good progress on your star quilt. I love the yellow/gold background.
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    • Karen Dec 16, 2017

      I need more print neutrals – I have a bit of white but running low on the beige colors. Vicki and I have been blogging friends for going on 8 years I bet.

  • Vicki W Dec 16, 2017

    Glad you like the cards! Don’t forget that we are also related! At least that’s what your husband said.

    • Karen Dec 16, 2017

      that’s right – I had actually forgotten – what is the connection I have forgotten – a family name please and I will remind him he has forgotten!

  • maxine lesline Dec 16, 2017

    Guess I missed your post today.. I read it every day. Those eggs make an interesting holiday focus.. I have a small collection of pin cushions on view in a wooden bowl.. just seeing them makes me smile…. a little focus of color and hand work … as your eggs are.

    • Karen Dec 16, 2017

      don’t know if I will do any more eggs they are ok, but I might stick to just quilting!

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 16, 2017

    Your eggs are so pretty in that basket, I really like them. My, you do have quite a stash there, isn’t it nice? I didn’t think I had the book that Morning Glory is in, but yesterday I found it by accident when I was looking for fabric for the Hertfordshire quilt, lol! Since I have this book, I just might do Morning Glory with you, only I might fuse the designs and do a hand blanket stitch around each design. I’m not sure I could needle turn such little pieces. Murrieta Stars is moving along, it’ll get done. Have fun baking cookies today.

    • Karen Dec 16, 2017

      nice to have you follow along on the quilts Dottie, you will need to send me photos of your work! I am not sure if I will do needle turn or try machine applique – I will do a practice square first with the machine applique stitch – I think it is the blanket stitch also

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 16, 2017

    That light print batik is beautiful, and looks perfect for your applique quilt background! I’ve discovered that I really like to use tone on tone batik prints for low volume backgrounds in quilts. Love the basket you put the eggs in, too! Such great color in both.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      I have come to realize too that I like light print neutrals for backgrounds instead of plain solids

  • Clara Dec 18, 2017

    I’m excited to see how your batik background works for your beautiful project. Someone told me that batiks are harder to hand-sew because the weave is more dense than regular quilting cotton. I’ve wanted to use batiks for quilt bindings as well as applique and have shied away from them. I piece quilt blocks with batiks—but have not used them for handwork. So I will be happily learning from you and possible losing my hesitancy with batiks.

    • Karen Dec 19, 2017

      batik’s are a little harder to hand sew but I love them for applique because they do not fray. Up until about 10 years or so ago I used to hand piece almost all of my quilts – for this quilt the applique pieces will be regular cotton fabric but the background batik. I don’t know how I will feel about it but I have always mixed fabric before and didn’t mind it. I am thinking I might try machine applique but I doubt I will be good enough so will probably be needle turning like I always do.
      For my red/cream Dear Jane quilt that I made some years ago I used two batiks for it – and I hand pieced the whole quilt, hand quilted it and put the binding on by hand also – some might think I’m crazy but I love batiks and use them as I do any other

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