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A Stash Is More Than Fabric: Photos

I recently wrote about my current fabric stash. In truth, every quilter’s stash includes more than fabric. We have equipment and gadgets and notions. We have patterns and books and thread. There are rolls or packages or garbage bags of batting — sometimes all three! We store, on every possible surface, UFOs (unfinished objects) and WIPs (works in process), and projects we can’t even categorize. And we have photos. Oh, my, the photos!

If you’ve seen my studio pix, you know I like my space pretty neat. I put things back when I’m done with them; I vacuum and wipe surfaces between projects. My biggest mess has been with my quilt photos. Oh, sure, that mess didn’t take up countertops or my cutting table. It didn’t spill out of drawers or off shelves. But it did include hundreds of photos taken over 13 years, which lived on two computers, three flash drives, and at least three internet-y “cloud” spaces. They were in folders of a wide range of names, nested one in another until I had no idea what I had. There were duplicates of duplicates, same photos in different sizes, and same photos but cropped and adjusted or not. But now duplicates have been deleted, best sizes and adjustments chosen, and filing names consistently applied. The quilts I’ve made are filed by year, except the donation quilts. Those are in a folder called “Donation quilts.” It’s still a work in process, and it’s not necessarily a perfect system, but it certainly is better than before.

As I sorted, I found pictures of quilts I’d forgotten. For instance, here is the top of one made as a donation through my guild, probably about ten years ago. I’d seen accounts of quilts just made from 2.5″ strips. They likely were jelly roll “race” quilts. I didn’t want to make that style with the width-of-fabric strips. Instead I joined short segments of purples and created 12″ finish blocks. I like the way the segments join into each other in unexpected places, blurring the edges of the blocks. This idea is worth trying again.


(And remember the cool thing is I can FIND this photo again if I want to!)

Here’s one from 2011. My friend Lisa and I were band parents together, and volunteering together was always more fun. We tease each other about the messes we used to get into together: I call her “Lucy” and she calls me “Ethel.” When I found some fabric with Lucy’s famous chocolate drops, I had to use it for Lucy/Lisa’s quilt.



And in 2013, I made the first special quilt I intended to keep, rather than give away. I call it “My Medallion.”


While I still have a few more items to sort, and I need to create a good back-up, I can find what I want, when I want it. I LOVE having this photo mess cleaned up. And that itself is good incentive to never let the mess accumulate again.

How do you sort and store your quilt photos? Let us know in comments.

Busy July

I am good at many things, but I am not good at multi-tasking. For instance, I can make or I can blog. Doing both at the same time seems beyond my capabilities much of the time. In July, I was busy making but not blogging about it.

Early in the month I showed you my list. At the end of June I had four projects in process, and my goal was to finish them all before my guild meeting on July 11. By July 1, one of them was done. By July 11, three of them were done. Since then I’ve finished the fourth.

The only one I managed to blog about since finishing was my guild challenge project, Iowa In My Mind.


Iowa In My Mind. Approx 31.5″ x 20″. July 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

I still might blog about how the other three were finished, but life moves on and perhaps I will, too.

More Precious Than Diamonds

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More Precious Than Diamonds. 86″ x 90″. June 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

Find more about Diamonds here and here and here. And here.

Moonlight Waltz


Moonlight Waltz. 90″ x 90″. July 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

Find out more about Moonlight Waltz here and here and here.



Untied. 41″ x 47″. Hand-quilted. July 2016. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

Find out more about Untied here and here.


Round Robin

Since July 11 I finished my small group round robin for another member. It was our last border pass, so my border presumably was the last border for her project. I also received my own in return. On Friday I quilted it. Sorry — no pix yet. I plan to donate it for my guild’s silent auction at our next quilt show.

Delectable Mountains

I love playing with triangles, and frankly I don’t do it nearly often enough. This month I chose to play with Delectable Mountains blocks created with half-square triangles. I do plan to blog about this but it might be a few days. Saturday I quilted this. I need to lengthen my binding by a few inches before attaching, but I hope it will be done this week.

Delectable Mtns on frame

Stacked Coins

I made the back, loaded, and quilted some stacked coins today (Sunday.) I made this mostly with scraps from the Diamonds quilt. With the angled cuts, scraps were icky shapes and I didn’t feel like putting them in my scrap drawer. So I cut strips from every piece I could. With adding a bit from my scrap drawer and a bit more from stash, I had plenty to create my strips. I LOVE strip quilts, so this was fun to make. Again, another blog post to come.

Stacked Coins on frame

The first half of my year was rather slow, so I guess I’m making up for it now.

Gallery Updates

Yesterday Jim asked me how many medallion quilts I’ve made. Since mid-2013, most of my quilts have been medallions. I made several more before that, as well, and I’ve been in a handful of round robins. I don’t have an exact count, but the total is somewhere north of three dozen. Sometimes I surprise myself. 🙂

With that, I decided it was time to update my galleries. In particular, I created a gallery combining the non-medallions of 2012-2014. (I like strip quilts, too, as you’ll see if you look.) In addition, I added this year’s medallions to the medallions gallery. If you’re interested, you’re very welcome to take a look.

And I’m indulging myself by showing this quilt again. It will long be a favorite, I think.

Garden Party. 62" x 68". Center panel by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning Fabrics. Finished March 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

Garden Party. 62″ x 68″. Center panel by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning Fabrics. Finished March 2015. Photo by Jim Ruebush.

The Lost Gallery

A couple of days ago I made a comment to my new friend Doreen at Treadlemusic. My comment was about a graduation quilt she made for her grandson last year. It was a medallion quilt with a panel center and a hunting theme, perfectly suited to the young man. This post shows the finished quilt and the lucky graduate!

In my comment to her, I shared a link to the graduation quilt I made for my son in 2012. Except, I didn’t! The link didn’t work, and with Doreen’s patience and help, I was able to figure out why. The gallery I had built for Some Old Favorites was still in preview status in WordPress. I hadn’t actually published it. As the author, I could see it. But you couldn’t!

Well, now… TA-DA!! Here is the gallery and here is the quilt.

Graduation quilt for Son. About 81″x81″. The background fabric is the same as used in FFDIL’s quilt.

Today is the first anniversary of the blog Jim and I share, Our View From Iowa. I hadn’t started Catbird Quilt Studio yet, and occasionally I published quilting posts there. One of them was this post on the graduation quilt. It includes photos and some about my process, both for design and construction.

I found the lost gallery. I hope you will enjoy seeing some of my old favorites.

Think Spring!

Think yellow for daffodils!

This is a twin bed quilt Jim’s grandmother pieced, begun in the 1950s. The background fabric is a lovely pale lemony yellow.

Closeup of the great fabrics.

Inspired by Jim’s quilt, this is one of my early efforts.

Sparkle, made as part of my Medallion Sew-Along.