Possibilities Day

All the fabric is in play today! Don’t have a project in mind, so it’s a day of looking at what’s on the shelves to see what inspires.

I wanted to start with this…I really, really did. Black, white, any of the colors within it are all possibilities.

And I’d dearly love to use up this collection.

I love all of these…not all together, of course.

And this piece of batik jumped out, wanting to be The One.

At least these are yard pieces, not fat quarters, so they are possibilities.

These are 1/2 yards, but I think I could come up with something to use both in the same piece.

A couple of larger pieces that would be good background to the right feature fabric.

Some fabrics that I had grouped together on the shelf don’t actually go that well together!

And some fabrics are either too much of a feature to blend with others, or not enough of a feature and get too blendy! Though I love each and every one of these!

And some fabrics that you haven’t used in years that you just want to be done with!

Haven’t come up with the next project, but I sure enjoyed looking through the treasures on the shelves!

 

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Enough turquoise!

At least for a while. It didn’t take long to finish up the second turqoise quilt. The picture looks an awfully lot like the first one, doesn’t it?

It would be wrong if it didn’t! My fears were true, though, and I had miscounted and miscut. I had plenty of blocks, but they were all angled in the same direction! Eleven blocks left that I really can’t use…they can sit in the scrap box for a while.

The only real difference between the two quilts is that I used the mis-matched half blocks that I had cut also. It’s not immediately noticeable, but like twins, it makes it easy to tell them apart!

I saw a ton of ideas for more quilts during the retreat this weekend. Some were even ridiculously simple and easy and fast. I should only consider those for stashbusting, but I love Drunkard’s Path variations. I think I want to do one.

Improv curves or template curves? There is a new BIG cutting ruler out there that I might consider, but improv is my thing. What to do, what to do, what to do……………..oooo, and then I get to pick fabric! Fun times ahead for sure!

Back to stashbusting!

The blocks for the first turquoise quilt were almost all on the design wall and it was ready to be sewn. Didn’t take long at all to get it all done.

The second one is going to be just as easy, because I am not going to play around with block placement. This works and I like it! However, my stacks of blocks don’t seem equal.

There are definitely more in one stack than in the other. I fear that I may have miscounted and miscut, but I’m out of time right now to find out. I may be forced to play around with the layout, but there will be no panic! I have lots of turquoise and a few mismatched half blocks that could be used. There are no more of any of the prints already used, but IF I need to make any more blocks, I am confident that I can find something compatible. It’s a scrap buster!!!

Don’t know when I’ll get back to it, but it won’t take long to finish when I do.

New Stashbuster

Waiting on fabric to be washed and dried before I can quilt Deb’s text quilt, so I got fabric out to start the next one.

This is a 6′–or it might be 7′–table and I’ve laid out a few fabrics that go together!

And there were actually some fabrics that I pulled off the shelf that did not get along with these. I knew that I had a lot of turquoise related fabric, but this really floored me. And, you know, if I don’t get it out and use it, my shelves will never, ever be realistically stocked!

I have a simple pattern in mind, not improv, so I should be able to cut pieces and sew with no re-measuring or trimming. Fast, fast, fast……………………………………and then I cut.

Stacks and stacks of squares. There is no way that this will only be one quilt! Maybe matching twin quilts. But it will be whatever it takes to use up this fabric!

And I think I’m going to do something very unusual for me…get organized! Before I cut the squares, I’m going to stack and cut in pairs. I know already that there are more print squares than the solids. My norm is to just go for it and make adjustments as I need them. I’m using hand dyes and I’ve cut up all I have in this color family. Shall I dye up a bunch of yardage and figure on even more leftovers? Or shall I match up what I have and dye only what I need to finish? Common sense says the latter…looking at my shelves and seeing still more fabric that can go with a nice turquoise……..well, I guess I’ll dye up a bunch!

And as long as I’m dyeing, I can dye up a back for the text quilt. I’ll tell ya, I’m a fabric snob. I had a piece of wide width backing to use, from an estate sale, but it’s just not the highest quality so I won’t use it on a quilt for my daughter. It will be fine for wall hangings but it’s not what I want for a quilt that could get used every day. So everything is on hold for a little dye day, and this is a babysitting week for our grandson’s spring break. Guess I’ll have to slow my roll a bit!!!

I’ll say it again….so, so much fabric! I’m so happy to be using it.

And there is so much more………….

Assembly started!

Only had a few minutes to sew today, but I got started on the assembly of Deb’s quilt. I made a long section for a bit of variety and that is what the assembly will revolve about.

In the whole scheme of things, it’s off center to the right and a bit more than halfway down, so  I’m sticking with my typical asymmetrical ways! Hope to get lots more done tomorrow!

 

Improv is slow.

I’ll say it again. Improv is slow. It is also unique and often very easy. You are making free-form fabric and there is quite a bit of stitching, cutting, re-shaping and trimming. For me, it’s a process that I love.

Working with smaller pieces of fabric can force some creativity and this quilt is really using up all the leftover pieces of text fabric.

The most efficient use seemed to be making small blocks and I spent a lot of time working on those.

And the trimming…………..boooooring, but necessary when you decide that your design shape will be a block!

It was a bit easier to do it while watching a movie!

I started to place blocks back on the wall, thinking in terms of design now, rather than making more components.

Haven’t had time to make much progress there, but I have an idea floating in the back of my brain. I will be working toward that idea and will keep you posted, of course!

Improv is slow, though, so there may be gaps! Happy time, for sure!

Quilt for my girl!

The next big use up the stash project is calling. That pile of black and whites isn’t getting any smaller…and I have a few more on the shelves. These are just the fat quarters. There is yardage!

I’m also being tempted by a bunch of turquoise prints

…because I have more of these colors than any other, except maybe orange! But, nooooooo….there is something that has a much higher priority!

My daughter is a big fan of fonts and text and I have long planned on making her a quilt with text fabric. I collected a fairly good number of text fabrics and had good intentions. Well, we know what road is paved with good intentions! I used some of the fabrics on a challenge piece because I had so many. Then I made a quilt with them and it didn’t turn out as I wanted and it ended up as a quilt on hubby’s chair. Then I used some  for a class I took and another bit for another challenge and now, this is all I have left and my daughter still doesn’t have a text quilt!!!!

Looking at the black and white with the little bits of reds I had been using with them did not inspire me at all. I hoped Deb would have a strong preference and showed her these blue fabrics.

And some green fabrics.

Hmmmm–I love those greens so I went ahead and made the decision for both of us! And after I made a couple of plain blocks, I finally figured out how I want to make this quilt.

Primarily little strips like this with green. The green will be spread out more than this, but I’m making the parts with green first. And I remembered as I was doing improv cutting and sewing that this is a sloooooow process! Nothing quick like the strip piecing of that last big quilt. However, it’s the only way to get the result I want, so slow stitching it is!

Yes, I am currently in use up the stash mode, but I can’t get so caught up in it that I forget the more important reasons for quilts. Family always comes first and making a quilt that will make my daughter happy will be so much fun for me.

And I think it’s free ice cream day at DQ so I’ll be sure to make time for that, too! Priorities, after all!