Last weekend, I washed and ironed a bunch of fat quarters that I have stashed over the last year. This reproduction purple print caught my fancy:
What does it want to become?
Perhaps a the center of a medallion, with pink and grey traditional blocks around it…
Or maybe a Dia de los Muertos tribute… (image from zazzle.com poster)
It has to percolate for a little while longer, but there is a purple floral mini quilt in my near future!
I have an unexpected day off since I spent some time in the emergency room this week with high blood pressure. My EKG was normal, so my regular doctor just wants to monitor things for a while. So, I have DOCTOR’S ORDERS to sew all day (aka de-stress). YAY!
We decided to be wild and crazy this summer and travel to Europe. I have a friend from college who lives in Hungary, so that was our destination. There were some lovely tile roofs in Budapest that are perfect patterns for a future hexagon quilt.
In the little town of Papa, my friend took my to the local fabric store. I left my camera with my husband, but just imagine floor to ceiling bolts of everything, piles cascading onto the cutting table – cottons, vinyl, silk, knits, anything under the sun. The clerk was just as wild – orange hair and black leather pants.
I wanted something that had a “traditional” Hungarian feel, so my friend directed me to these small prints.
I am not sure what to make with them. Friendship stars maybe, with sunflowers, which are a big crop in Hungary.
Another traditional fabric/craft is indigo dyeing. I found this small piece in a gift shop and it might become a pillow.
What fabric souvenirs have you brought home from traveling?
This week’s prize is a set of 100 charm squares (2 1/2″)
I recently participated in a swap and I have some extra sets! The winner will receive two identical sets of 49 squares, plus a couple odd balls to reach the magic number of 100. You can see the sets I cut for the swap pictured above.
I will ship internationally. THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED.
I dug into my stash this week and found some Fossil Ferns Charms (5″ squares). I have a set of 22 charms to give away!
To enter, please leave a comment on this post with ideas for using charm squares. Do you leave them whole or slice them up into smaller bits? I am making scrappy blocks from 2.5″ squares, mini charms I think they are called, so I would take these straight to the cutting table!
Comments have been closed. I will use a random number generator to draw a winner, who will be announced on Monday Oct 13. Good Luck!
Get two or more quilters in the same room, and soon you will witness the Pre-Wash Debate. I am not a purist and I think both sides have some valid points.
Here is a bin of brand new fat quarters:
Some quilters feel that the fabric is easier to cut when it has that fresh-off-the-bolt crispness. With modern technology, we do not have as many of the problems with shrinkage and bleeding as in days past. When I worked in a fabric store, on a slow Saturday afternoon, I would pick out fabric for a new sample and start cutting right away.
Here is a pile of washed and folded fabric:
Some quilters are sensitive to the dyes and chemicals used in processing the fabric, and who knows what has touched the bolt before it gets to you, so I am leaning towards pre-washing everything. Most of my quilting is done with the intention of sending the finished project to charity, or as a block exchange with other quilters. In both cases, the preference is for pre-washed fabrics, so there are no surprises.
Unfortunately, my scrap bin is a mix. Time to find a lingerie bag and throw it in the wash!
My mom owned a quilt store for 4 years. It was so much fun! These are a few bolts that I adopted when the shop closed. One bolt is a green and blue grid that makes a fabulous blender. I had grand plans to make a skirt from the floral print, but I have not made the time to sit down and seriously attempt garment sewing. Maybe next summer vacation?!?!
I am very lucky to have our spare bedroom devoted to my quilting hobby. It is filled with bins of fabric…occasionally I pull out the older bins and toss them in with the newer acquisitions. I have a pile of scraps next to the cutting table – the discards from my Women of the Bible quilt blocks.
I do try to keep things somewhat organized by size and color. I keep yardage in one stack and pieces smaller than a fat quarter in another. And then the drawers…I have a desk and a dresser chock full of fabric. One drawer is small kits and another is I-spy fabric. I can definitely sew from my stash for a good long while!
A friendgave my daughter craft kits for Christmas, and I finally broke down and started the Raccoon assembly process. Kendra’s not quite old enough to sew, although I am going to require that she help with some of the stitching and the stuffing!
This pile is evidence that quilting has driven me crazy. I have a dozen (or more) other projects, and yet I could not resist the temptation of starting a mystery quilt for Quilts of Valor. LeAnn designs great patterns, so check out her website. I haven’t finished clue one yet, but the end of the school year is approaching so maybe this will be a June finish.
The football quilt is a commission project for my neighbor’s son. I have about half the blocks done with the first round of sashing. There will be a second round of sashing sothe red squares are sort of a chain between the blocks. Does anyone know of a good football-themed pantograph?
And some shopping…our guild had a meeting last weekend and the vendors enticed me with sales like “Fat Quarters…Buy 5 and get 1 free!” I’m trying to keep my selections tone on tone since those play well in scrappy designs. I bought full yards of the red, blue and gold in the bottom right – good colors for QOVs. And the purple and green on the top right were part of my raffle winnings! Yep, lucky me, I got the “Lavender Blooms” basket with 5 half yard cuts. Not bad for the cost of the tickets.