Stash Report

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Last weekend we went to Minnesota to celebrate my brother Jim and his wife Sandy’s 30th wedding anniversary.

On the way home Kelli and I stopped at JoAnn Fabric’s hoping to get a backing for a quilt I am making as a wedding present.  The JoAnn’s in Mason City is opening a new store soon so the old store was slim pickings.  Everything was on sale though.  I ended up getting 4 yards of the red polka dot for $12….

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That was a good deal.  Can you believe, I restrained and didn’t buy any other fabric.  I’m trying to just buy for projects that I am actively working on.  It’s hard but someone I need to refrain and that seemed like a good plan.  I can buy whatever I want as long as I am actively working on the project.

Can you see that I am getting a little further along on my blocks.  I haven’t been actually working on the project..just as leaders and enders.  I added over 30 blocks this week.  I am just over half way to having all the blocks finished and it doesn’t even seem like I’ve ever sat down and worked on the project….I love that!!

I did have some fabric out this week…  It was all for a quilt for my brother’s anniversary.  Did you see it?  We’re offering a free pattern for it so head on over and check it out if you missed it.  Honestly it’s one of my favorite quick quilts ever!!

So here’s the stash report…

Used this Week:  9 yards

Used year to Date:  23 yards store bought +  90 Moda and gifted fabric + 38 yards of recycled/thrifted fabric…

Friday Finish: Jimmy John and Free Pattern

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We have had lots of wedding and celebrations this year…six weddings is a lot.  I think we are “just at that age”.  Our friends and my siblings all have kids that are the marrying age and several happened to have gotten married this year.  I really like to make a quilt for the weddings we are invited to but all that takes time and money.  Kelli and I were talking about it and she said, “Mom-why don’t you design a few easy quilts that just use a jelly roll?”  Great thinking on her part…right.  In a little over a day I had three designed.  We had a jelly roll here so we quickly started sewing.  We completed the top in a day….

Here it is….  Jimmy John.

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The name “Jimmy John” came as this one was designed for my brother, Jim, and his wife who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Growing up my mom always called him “Jimmy John”….so that’s the name.

The quilt is so easy to sew and the beauty…it uses one jelly roll plus a little yardage…and not even that much of that!!  We do have to warn you though…you need to use every single strip in the jelly roll so cut carefully.

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When I first started playing with the idea on the computer, the design didn’t have the top of the bottom piece on the quilt.  I thought it looked okay.  Then I got the pieces sewn together and it just didn’t seem quite right.  I called Kelli and we chatted.  I told her I thought it needed some type of top and bottom to give the quilt a finished look.  We agreed….Oh the quilt top looked so much better.

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I have to confess I got a few blocks twisted around and needed to rip them out.  I thought that while I was ripping I would go over to Youtube and watch a couple machine quilting videos to see if there was something that caught my eye for this quilt.  There was…..  this!!

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That’s what I ended up with and it was my first time ever doing this design.  I will be doing this many more times…I love it!  I figured some of you might enjoy the video as well so I am adding a link here.

I was so happy when I got it off the machine that I had to send Kelli a picture….this was it.  Boy I love the quick easy quilt…I love the quilting too.

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For anyone wondering this is an OLD Moda fabric line called Tranquility.  I am sure there is no way to get it anymore as the line is likely 5 years old.  We have made many quilts with this line and have liked each and every one…The few fabric scraps of this we have left are going to be retired.  R.I.P. Tranquility we loved you.

I bet you’re looking for the promised free pattern…no fear.  I didn’t forget.  Here’s the link to the printable pattern for Jimmy John.  As always we’d love to see your completed project!!  Feel free to share it with us.

To see other quilt progress and finishes check out  Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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