Stash Report


I started working on a project.  I planned on telling you about it tomorrow.  Usually on Mondays I do a “what I’m working on” post.  Today, I have to “put the cart before the horse”.

I had to buy border fabric and I had to buy backing fabric.  This project has a deadline and I’m a little behind.


I ended up picking this.  It will make a great border and I didn’t have time to shop for both fabric separately so this is going to be both the border and backing fabric.  It will work and actually even look pretty good so I’m going with it.

My deadline is March 5th at 8am that I have to have it finished.  It’s do-able but I need to keep trucking along with the project.

I found the fabric at Material Magic yesterday.  You might remember that I did a shop tour of the shop. You can find it here.  As the gal was checking me out she said that they got this fabric in thinking it would be great for Quilts of Valor.  I think they are right. It would.

It’s actually a backing fabric that’s 108″.  Perfect.  That’s going to speed up my finishing even more…no piecing a backing for this project…YAHOO!!  I’m off.  I want to get as much done on this as I can today.

To see other stash use or acquisitions, check out Patchwork Times.

Shop Tour: Material Magic


Last week I told you that I am so lucky to have two nice quilt shops in the neighboring town.  Rarely can anyone boast that.  Even more amazing, the two shops are kiddy-corner across the street from each other.  This makes it wonderful and easy if I’m searching a perfect fabric.

Each of the shops have qualities and characteristics that make each their own special store.  Customer service is something they are both good at and I think that’s what keeps them both in business.

This is Material Magic on Main Street in New Hampton, Iowa.  The shop is run by three sisters.  All of them appreciate the farm life so lots of their store features farm related things…that’s one of the reasons I enjoy their shop.


They feature lots of panels.  They do a great job with them too.  I love the one on the left that has a cut a panel…so cute.


There is lots and lots of bolts of fabric to choose from.  Wanting to make a black and white quilt?  They have what you need!


Here’s a fun New Holland tractor panel….There are a couple New Holland tractors at the farm where Hubby works.


Growing up, my Dad was a Allis Chalmers tractor man.  There were a couple tractors on the panel that my Dad owned.  If he was alive, I’d have likely made him something with the panel.


As I said, each of the quilt shops in New Hampton have different features.  Need felt?  They have it at Material Magic.


Need embroidery floss?  They have that too.


The ladies also do long arm quilting for customers.  They do a nice job.  Long ago, I had two quilts done there….back before I had my own machine.


Remember that bargello that Hubby loved that I have no desire to make?  They have it here too.


The gals make lots of super cute finished projects.  So, if you need a gift, they have something….it’s all reasonably priced too!  These Valentines ones are so cute.


They have lots of sewing supplies.  Need to repair a zipper?  They have what you need.


But…my very favorite thing in all of the store is this section….. [Read more...]

Stash Report


As one of my childcare moms were coming into the door she said, “The UPS guy has a package for you and he can hardly carry it.”  After she left I thought I’d go check out the box.  Hmm….It looked like it was a 45″ batting box.  It was huge.

I didn’t think I ordered anything.  I didn’t think Hubby did.  Hmm.

I went to the garage and struggled to get the package in the door.  OH MY!  It was HUGE.  I opened it.  WOW.

Fabric, fabric, fabric, yarn and trims.  Holy scraptastical!!!!


One was a bag of yarn.  That went to Kayla.

One bag was lace and trim.  Look at all that trim! [Read more...]

UFO Progress


I didn’t have a lot of time to work on UFOs this week.  In fact, I didn’t think I would have any progress at all and then I said – Nope.  The goal this year is some forward progress every single week even if it’s only a little bit of progress..and a little bit is what I had.

Last week I had put the final stitches into my Texas Braid quilt to make it into a top.  This week…being I didn’t have much time, I opted to do something that I could do quickly so I pulled strips for the center nine patch blocks of Talkin’ Turkey.


The original quilt has a 5 x 6 layout.  I think I’ll be going for a 6 x 6 layout so that means more blocks….no surprise that I’d make it bigger…right?

Originally the squares for the center blocks were suppose to be 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″.  Well I had plenty of fabric in my 2 1/2″ bin so I opted to use those pieces.  I’m just sewing them with a smaller seam allowance.  I’m sure it will work as long as I am conscientious about the seams I sew.

I’m hoping that by next week I’ll have the nine patches done.  I only need 36 that’s an obtainable goal.  Certainly I wish I would get further along but alas…I have new projects in the way.  In the next year at this point I already know I need three wedding quilts, a graduation quilt and two baby quilts.  It looks to be a busy year…that’s for sure.  I’m sure there will be more than just these to do too.

You can find me back here next week sharing my progress.