Eat your peas and carrots

…and peaches, and bananas, and blueberries…and…. I’m calling this one my Hungry Quilt, for now anyway. It was made from my stack of Kyle’s Marketplace (RJR Fabrics) fat quarters that my Mom bought me as a gift a few years ago.

I finished this top in November at my guild retreat, but I never showed it to you! It’s made from Sarah Fielke’s Strawberry Fields pattern in the first Material Obsession book. When I saw this pattern, I knew it was perfect for showcasing these great, realistic, fruit and veggie prints that I couldn’t bear to cut up into small pieces.

I’m backing it with with a large piece of cherry themed fabric and some red and green fruit and veggie prints from the front, since I failed to buy a big enough piece of backing fabric. Again.

I love this quilt. It has to be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see it quilted! The border is fun, I used part of the stripe from the Very Hungry Caterpillar line to fussy cut a fun border. I almost didn’t have enough of this, either, which is why the polka dot cornerstones got added!

This also makes me think of Spring and Summer, and let me tell you, I have never been so anxious to see Spring as I am this year!


Stash Stats

SHARING MY STASH….along with Sew, Mama, Sew

I’ve recently done some de-stashing in my etsy shop, and donated some pieces to a local sewing program. It’s a “cleaning” and “de-cluttering” phase I am going through as well as a desire to liquidate some assets.

I have a much smaller stash than my local quilting buddies, it was smaller even before I downsized, but to be honest I am tempted to buy more almost daily when I see a new print on someone’s blog, receive an email from an online fabric shop extolling their latest arrivals and sales…ahh, TEMPTATION.

1. What do you usually sew?

Quilts and handbags. Occasionally clothing for myself, so I have a small stash of apparel fabric in a drawer separate from my quilting stash.

2. When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something
beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?)

Two yards if I think it will be a focus fabric. A fat quarter if I’m feeling particularly frugal.

3. Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need?

More often than not, on impulse. Then I have to go back and buy things I need to make a project out of it!

4. Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it?

I first learned to sew clothing, taught by my mom. So, of course, we pre-washed every piece of fabric that came in the house. Y’know, to pre-shrink it. I started quilting about 10-12 years later, and after another decade, I’m still having a hard time breaking that habit ~ being told that I don’t need to for quilting. I would say I still wash about 90% of my fabric prior to cutting into it.

5. Do you iron it?

Yes. before. during. after. often.

6. How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.)

Dots and stripes in one bin. 30s in one bin. Large florals together. Batiks together. Novelty together. Holiday together. So, I guess that would be by “type” or “genre”. It has been this way for the last three months. Prior to that it was by color. The new way seems to be much more functional for me.

7. Do you have any special folding techniques?

No. It just has to be folded neatly to satisfy my OC tendencies.

8. How do you store your fabric?

Most of it is stored in these wonderful wire mesh baskets from Ikea. They are from their Laundry Room storage area, and work just great. They roll into a large closet I have so the fabric is protected from light and dust.

9. What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash?

Oh Lord, I wish I did have some tips. I’m not sure I know how to do this. Mine is fairly well-rounded, but I think it got that way by chance.

10. When do you say enough is enough?

I’ve decided to limit myself to two of the Ikea wire mesh racks. If it starts to overflow, I need to clean out and donate or sell some of the pieces that don’t “move me” any longer.

11. What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects?

Any scrap quilt block. My newest favorite is this one.

12. Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? Let’s see it!

Well, I love it all, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. My go-to tone-on-tone is the Kaffe Fassett Aboriginal Dots…sadly I think this may be the end of my stash of that… 😦

And I just smile everytime I see this recent addition:

I mean, look at the giant tomato/strawberry pincushion…

And hello?! How sweet is that red zipper? It should be sewing room curtains or something, but right now I’m just admiring it!

from fabulous Alexander Henry, of course…

13. What’s your definition of the perfect stash? (Consider sharing a picture or two of your stash & storage, or direct us to a pic on Flickr!)

I think one that is VERY usable (easy to access, find items, etc.) and that looks gorgeous displayed (which does not count mine as it rolls away into a closet) but one like this…or that one…or, *gasp*, pretty much any of these

Sassy Girls: UFQ #14

There is just something about these retro style sassy little girls and their kittens…I bought two pieces of this fabric, on two different occasions, at two different shops–possibly forgetting I already had a chunk of it. Maybe I knew I already had some and just couldn’t resist having more! Everyone I know keeps having baby boys, so it hasn’t been made into a quilt for a special sassy little girl…although, my niece, Mattie, might be just the perfect recipient…maybe for her sixth birthday this New Year’s.

Technically, it’s not a UFQ, it hasn’t been cut and started yet, still an USP.

These are the other fabrics I have to go with:
The pattern I had intended on is a nine patch variation with these charming gals in big patches in between. Any other ideas? Maybe an apron or non-quilt project?