With my kids in their 30’s now, there is a baby boom taking place among friends and family, and that makes for lots of fun. This week I wanted to put together another baby gift, and once again I was committed to only shopping from my ‘stash.’ I had a handful of bright orange, pink, blue, and green charm squares—not enough for a topper—and a generous yard of white Kona cotton. Vóila! I almost always bind baby quilts with that satiny blanket binding that babies are so drawn to. Regular readers may recognize the tail ends of the binding from the last four baby quilts I made. The backing is cut from a recycled 1960’s vintage sheet that was in pristine condition. Yep, I am a frugal quilter too, committed to full use and repurposing whenever I can. I think it made a very cheery little quilt!Can you pull a full baby quilt out of your supplies, and make a gift without spending any money? Or do you always find you need to run for more batting, or the right thread? What is your favorite "stash only" project?
Followup note: The Minnesota government shut down has ended, with no one particularly happy about any of the solutions, but glad to be open for business again. Now teachers, doctors, drivers, and bars can renew their licenses, the road construction can get done, and the state parks are back in service. Until you are faced with something like this, it is hard to understand the scope of the problem. May all those in government everywhere take note, and avoid going through what happened here this year!
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