Friday ramblings…

Well hello! I know I promised something quilty by the end of the week, but to be honest, I haven’t gotten too far on any of my quilting projects. I drew quilting lines on one, and I have another that needs basting. Morgan has taken over the job for me (I’m staying away from the spray adhesive these days). I’m hoping to make that a permanent change – I think he’s better at it than I am (and to be honest, I love not having to do that step!)

I also pulled out (once again!) these old munki munki blocks. You might recall that I had grand plans to turn this into a queen sized quilt, but I think I’m going to just accept that that’s not going to happen! Instead I’m going to sew what I have into a smaller quilt – I think it will end up being about 40″ square. Better than nothing, right?

Last night I sewed up a stack of these smaller washcloths, using what I had left of the Michael Miller organic terry cloth. I love this tiny size (about 6″ square), and of course, I love using up smaller scraps! I don’t know exactly what they’ll be for, but I’m sure I’ll find a use!

For those who were wondering, I did find more of this great terry cloth at Purl Soho (though it seems to be sold out again), and also at Alewives (they’re also currently having an online 20% off storewide sale, in case you’re interested! Prices will be adjusted after you place your order.)

Other things I’ve noticed online this week:

  • Melanie, of Above All Fabric, has been posting great lists of gift giving ideas. I definitely need ideas, and I’m adding a few of these to my list.
  • Do you need a gift for a crafty friend? The 2011 Whip Up calendar is now available! I’m really happy to have one of my photos included – thanks Kathreen!
  • While browsing for fabric, I noticed that Aunt Bea’s Fabric has some interesting new japanese prints. I love these color basics by Lecien. I have a discount coupon for you too — Bea is offering you 10% off your first order with discount code FITF.
  • I’m still working on destashing some fabric. Unfortunately it’s slow going! If you’re interested though, keep an eye on the shop. (I’ve also been trying to update Facebook when I have new listings).

And lastly, please help me welcome a new sponsor, the Fabric Quarter Quilt Shop! Wendy has lots and lots of wonderful fabrics, and offers free shipping on orders over $100. She also has a lot of precut bundles and kits, including this new Funky Peppermint Table Runner by Penny of Sewtakeahike (and if you order this kit before 11/21 and use the code funky15, you’ll save 15%!).

(photo courtesy of Sewtakeahike)

Enjoy the weekend, and be sure to check back next week, as I’ll have a fun fabric giveaway for you from a new online shop!

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16 Responses to Friday ramblings…

  1. 1
    aseemlylife says:

    Really nice quilt, I’ve been destashing too. I have been ironing and color coding years of left overs. I’ve wondered what on earth i should do with it all. So much fabric and I just can’t toss it out. Have a nice weekend

  2. 2
    Linda says:

    I hope you have lots of babies amongst your family & friends who would love the washcloths for Baby’s Bathtime! They are so pretty.

  3. 3
    Pat Sloan says:

    Done is good!! I’d take 40″ of those blocks.. they are fabulous! love the red/aqua too…

  4. 4
    sequink says:

    If you decide to cloth diaper, those little cloths would be great for wipes. I made a load out of flannel and terry so that both sides were über functional (if you know what I mean)!!

  5. 5
    niki says:

    the runner is *sew* cute. I’ll hop on over there now.
    love your ongoing projects!

  6. 6
    Jessica says:

    Thanks for the links to the terry cloth sites! I’m always looking for good resources.

  7. 7
    Sarah C. says:

    Gosh – pair those 16 blocks with 16 blocks of solids, and you’ve got an 80″ square quilt! But whatever you do with them, they are gorgeous!! And I love the little washcloths….

  8. 8
    ellesquare says:

    i know _exactly what you’ll use those wee washcloths for. google “pee pee teepee” so I don’t have to go through the horror of explaining.

    good luck :)

  9. 9
    Emily S says:

    Loving the Munki munki! I’m incredibly jealous of your stash!

  10. 10
    Annalia says:

    What adorable washclothes! Keep those for your baby! – they’ll be great for baby baths. I keep a basket of washclothes under the bathroom sink when I have a little one…and otherwise I rarely use them at all.

    I’m glad your getting to outsource your basting. I’ve been outsourcing my “unsewing” (I’m re-doing a quilt for a friend) to my 11-year-old. Of course, I have to bribe her with stuffed animals – totally worth it!

  11. 11
    texheks says:

    I love that orange fabric with the elephants. What is it?

  12. 12
    AlewivesGirl says:

    Hi Ashley!

    Thanks so much for linking to us!

    We sold out of the organic terry cloth earlier today, but we have 2 more bolts on their way, so it will be back in stock soon.

    Love the washcloths and your Munki Munki blocks, by the way!

    Happy stitching!

    XO,

    Rhea at Alewives

  13. 13
    Jenna says:

    Although I don’t know if I’d want to use that pretty fabric for this purpose, those little washcloths are perfect for cloth diaper wipes. We use a combo of disposable and cloth and I’m very happy with them. I just made mine out of some old receiving blankets that someone handed down to us. They could also be good for just keeping in the diaper bag for messy hands or faces. Speaking of diaper bags, I have to recommend Petunia Pickle Bottom. Best diaper bag ever!

  14. 14

    Ya for washcloths! They are endlessly useful and get grimy all too fast. Yours will be fun to use.

  15. 15
    Kathy says:

    I am putting the binding on my MunkiMunki quilt as we speak. Everybody loves those little prints!

  16. 16
    Lori says:

    I know this is a random question but could you and/or Morgan do a tutorial on basting for machine quilting? Or lead me in the right direction?

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