Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tracking Fabric, February Bee Block, and a Giveaway!

***Giveaway closed.***

I decided to start tracking my fabric this year, so as of December 26 (the start of my fiscal fabric year), I've been keeping a spreadsheet of all the fabric that comes in and out. It's only February 7, and I've already stashed over 17 yards of fabric! I've used 7 yards and will have a lot more once I finish a couple quilt tops that are pretty much done. I just can't believe that my fabric purchases over the last month and a half have added up to 17 yards!

Tracking Fabric

It's been a good exercise for me to start seeing how much fabric I'm buying, the money I'm spending on that fabric as well as on shipping, and seeing how productive I'm being by pushing fabric out. You can tell I'm a dork because I get excited to update my spreadsheet whenever a new package arrives.

Until today, the only thing I've been able to do with fabric for the last week or two has been tracking it with some occasional petting here and there. I started my new work schedule, which allows me to be home by 12:30 three days a week. After a few chores (I gotta earn my play time, right?), I made this block for Emily.

February Block for Emily

Emily wanted us to make these offset square/rectangle blocks using Joel Dewberry's Heirloom line. She gave us free reign to put anything we want inside the framed rectangle. I opted for rectangular string blocks. I used Kona Sage for the X and border and I really love how this block turned out.

Now for the giveaway. I've changed my plans for my Figgy Pudding Christmas quilt and want to give one of you the Swoon pattern I bought.

Getting ready to make my Figgy Pudding Swoon quilt

If you'd like to win this pattern, simply leave a comment. The giveaway will be open until Saturday afternoon/evening MST, February 11 and then I'll draw the winner. Good luck!

25 comments:

Tabatha said...

I don't want to track my fabric purchases, it's too scary! i received FOUR bundles this week and it's only Tuesday. Okay, one of those was a ruler but still...

Please include me in your giveaway, I love that pattern!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

wow! 17 yards! LOVE that block you did...very pretty! I don't buy fabric as much as I would like and when I do I have such a hard time cutting it lol

Tiffany said...

I've been looking to purchase this pattern, but never seem to rationalize spending the money on myself! Would love to win it :D

A.J. Dub. said...

17 yards! How fun! I love your block. I don't think I have seen a string bock like that before. It looks awesome!

Laura Beech said...

I don't know if I could be as brave as you and track my fabric! But I did a quick check of the projects I have bought fabric for(all from Christmas) money and I have projects to last for the next couple of years!!

Has that stopped me from looking for more? No sir!!! Don't know what I'm going to do with myself-why not Swoon!!

felicity said...

The yards add up quickly, don't they? I love that you nerd out on the spreadsheet, though. :)

Jenelle said...

Your Heirloom block is so gorgeous! I would love to learn how to make one, especially with the itty bitty strings you used. :)

Moneik said...

Wow, I love how well you're doing tracking your fabric purchases. I've bought a lot so far this year too. I know I bought 6 yards, plus 25 fat quarters just last week, so that's about 14 yards. I'd love to win the Swoon pattern. I've wanted to make it for myself, since most of what I sew is for others.

Megan said...

I'm sad that I haven't bought any fabric this year, but we are saving up for our new baby coming soon. Thanks for the giveaway, I've been admiring that pattern for months.

KristyLou said...

Good idea to track your fabric! It adds up quickly. I would love to win that pattern!!

Tricia said...

I tried tracking my fabric purchases...that's was a big FAIL! Good luck :)

I'd love to win the swoon pattern. Everytime I'm shopping online for fabric it ends up in my shopping cart but I have yet to buy it.

The Thompsons said...

I'm impressed with your keeping track of your stash. It's a very responsible thing to do. I keep thinking I need to do that.....
(your block is adorable)

Anonymous said...

I have had that pattern book marked for almost a year now! Love visiting your blog. Joellehaston(at)shaw(dot)ca

gill said...

It seems like everyone is making this quilt!! I really should finish what I'm doing first but it wouldn't do any harm to have the pattern ready would it????

Anonymous said...

17 yards. All in a good cause though. julie.mckay@xtra.co.nz

Anita said...

I've been admiring the swoon blocks all over the internet...I would love to win the pattern! Thank you for offering it to us. =)

Your block is lovely....and I think it's good to keep account...I need to do that more often. =)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Brooke! I would love to win this pattern. I have seen some gorgeous Swoon blocks. They are aptly named. LOL.
I have already broken my new year resolution to not buy any more fabric for a while! :)

jack said...

I am trying so hard to stay away from fabric shops!! It is SOOOOOO hard!! I keep looking at the Swoon pattern. Thanks fro the chance!!

tusen said...

I love the block you've made.
And I'm more and more tempted by Swoon so thank you so much for the giveaway.

Jenny said...

thanks for a chance...i really love the swoon quilts ive seen around. 17 yards seems reasonable to me...which is a very bad thing!! im staying on budget so far this year though...so there is a start!

webmailaddress2 said...

I love the swoon pattern. It would be cool to win it!

robin said...

Love the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Lotti said...

Great block, love that pattern, thanks for the giveaway

Katy said...

I find that the less I look at fabric sale emails, the less I buy. But it's so much less fun that way! Thanks for the chance to win.

Gwen said...

Oh my, I would LOVE to win that pattern-- I've been swooning over it ever since I first saw it!! Thank you for the giveaway!! Wish I could be more organized with my fabric! Maybe one day! :-)

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