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Working Offsite Today!

Hello Again, Friends!

Today, I'm working at my local coffee shop.  I'm drinking a delicious Samoa Mocha (Chocolate, caramel and coconut and listening to some tunes off of my phone.  I like to mix it up every now and again and get out of my studio, it especially helps with writing.  I can get stuck in a rut when I'm home all of the time.  So this week we have again been busy with new things!

I hope you saw our announcement on Tuesday for our new products!  If not, check it out now, we'll wait...  Ok, you're back!  I KNOW!  Super cool, right?!  Stay tuned if you like that, coming soon we have something even MORE exciting coming out...

So with all of this designing, have I had any time to do anything else?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  The answer is, well, not really!  *wink* But I was able to squeeze in a little bit of sewing time, making prototypes for a business card holder and I made some binding for my Aunt's Christmas quilt (still no pictures, never know who's reading!).  So if you read my fabric stash report from last week, you know that means I've taken a little bit of fabric out with none coming in, (even though I have been coveting).  The numbers look like this:

Fabric in this week:  0
Fabric out this week:  0.723
Net Fabric this week:  -0.723
Net Fabric 2017:  -27.966

I know that last week I promised a post about how I calculate the yardage, but I am actually going to save that for next week.  This week I want to talk quickly about why I am tracking like this.  I mentioned briefly last week that it was one of my yearly goals to use more fabric than I bought.  Seems counter-intuitive to many of my quilter friends, because, jeez, your stash is your pallet, right?  Well, yes it is.  However, I want my pallet to be the MOST current colors (get the metaphor?), so I don't want to keep fabric laying around for years on end before I use it.  The second reason is that I don't have a huge sewing space right now, so I want it to be filled with a great space for sewing on, cutting on, ironing on, and keeping me busy and focused, not looking at my fabric (Or worse, trying to find a specific fabric!), so I try to keep it small, for that reason.

I want to get fabric that I want to cut THE DAY IT COMES IN!  I want to be that excited about what I buy.  So I have been buying a LOT of Cotton + Steel this year (and no, no one is paying me to say that).  And that does not sit on the shelf (you may have noticed that there was none in the picture last week.  When I got a big box in, I cut up and used almost every single little piece over the summer, I made 5 quilt tops!

The other shipment of C+S that I got in, I have used for 2 quilts already, and have 2 more in the plans.  So, see?  I don't want to buy a bunch of fabric that I'm meh over and get into my studio and not want to use, just because it was "on sale."  Make sense?

Ok, so that's probably enough of my ramblings for this week.  Next week, I promise I will have the post on figuring yardage.  And as always, until next time:


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