Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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900 Squares

As I was going through the stash I pulled out all the smaller scraps and placed them in a separate tote. I had seen a quilt in a recent magazine that I wanted to make and it required 760 neutral 2 1/2 inch square pieces. All these neutral scraps were going to go to use and I couldn’t be happier. The top took me a few days to complete and its now ready for quilting. I’m not too sure how I will quilt it as of yet. scissors

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2014 National Quilt in Public Day




Happy National Quilt in Public Day! We spent the afternoon with the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild sewing in the sun. We all had such a great time and visited with quite a few people who were interested in what we were doing…maybe we’ll get a couple of new members…

Thanks to everyone in the Guild that helped make the event such a success!

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Living in Los Angeles has many perks.  We constantly have shows and exhibits I always plan on seeing.  Then life gets in the way and before I know it the show has closed or the exhibit has moved on.  This last weekend I put my words into action and visited The California Science Center.  With advertising all over town about the Pompeii exhibit it was hard to forget I really wanted to see it.  The exhibit was awesome and I had a great time.  I even managed to get in some quilting inspiration.  After Pompeii we headed over to see the Endeavor…Wow, that thing is big.  What an awesome weekend!


No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Aside from cotton, one of my other guilty pleasures is peanut butter.  These are incredible…bet you can’t eat just one.


Reeses Peanut Butter No-Bake Bars
1 cup salted butter (melted)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (11 oz) bag milk chocolate chips


  • Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour peanut butter mixture into a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1-2 minutes. Stir chocolate and pour over the peanut butter mixture. Spread chocolate with a spatula. To even out chocolate, tap pan on the counter.
  • Refrigerate bars for one hour. Cut while bars are still cool.



Red, White and Blue

This month’s challenge with the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild is a red, white and blue challenge.  Since I love English Paper Piecing I thought it would be fun to make a mini for this challenge.  The quilt is supposed to reflect the modern asthetic so I decided to use solids.  I really don’t think there is anything ‘modern’ about this quilt….but I like it.  I’m a little old school in the theory that anything hand pieced should be hand quilted.  It is due tonight and the hand quilting is yet to be completed.  I’m still stitching away and the end is in sight.Image

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To Stash or NOT To Stash

I’ve been building my stash now for the past 16 years. This last weekend added another 28 yards to the hoard. Yesterday I was trying to figure out where the latest purchases were going to find a home. I cleaned and reorganized for 8 hours yesterday and worked on it another 4 today. I’m in need of an intervention. The room looks better than it did but OMG….I need to slow down. Although some of this last weekends purchases are for current projects. My promise to myself is that I will not buy any fabric(batting and notions excluded) during the month on June. I will keep everyone posted and let’s see if I can do it.