Last year I made a pledge to myself to use what I have first, then buy new only if I really need something specific. I am pleased that I made quilts I love with fabric from my stash, and hope to continue that trend this year.
But there were some really spectacular pre-Christmas sales, and then the post-Christmas clearance sales....I fear I've fallen off the "no new fabric" bandwagon hard!
Since New Year's, I gained my first paying customer! Yay!! I have been commissioned to create 2 quilts, with a delivery date of mid-March. The problem with shopping my stash for a customer quilt is I don't have enough yardage of many pieces to make a non-scrappy quilt. OK, I probably do, but the fabrics may not be my (or the customer's) first choice!
I really like these fabrics for the Irish Stars quilt! The faux burlap in navy is just gorgeous in person. I really wish I'd taken a better shot of it! I also really love the blue floral print - and thinking back wish I'd ordered extra for myself :) I'm not in love with either the neutral or the gold, but I see how well they coordinate with the others. I also get that I don't have to love each individual fabric - I only have to love how they play together!
This blue quilt is going to be stunning! I'm using fabrics from the Symphony in Blues line at Connecting Threads. I really like the circular medallions - the one with the white background will be the backing. I'm a little worried about such a bold print cause I've never used one before, but it's got all the colours as the top and I think the boldness might help to disguise my quilting!
The next quilt I bought fabric for is an anniversary quilt for my grandparents. This is a collaborative effort between my Mom, aunt and myself. Each of us is building scrappy neutral Dresden plates, then in March, we'll get together for a quilting bee to stitch each plate onto a wine coloured square and assemble with gold sashing in a quilt-as-you-go style. I picked up these fabrics and a beautiful floral backing. I've been slowly stitching the blades together - using them as leaders on other projects.
So I couldn't be buying fabric for other people and not get something for myself!! I picked up these neutrals over 2 or 3 shopping trips. The green toile is my new favourite! I think I've got 3 yards, so there's enough to do something amazing....
I also received a surprise in the mail this week! A package of charm squares, Moda's Crazy for Red designed by Minick & Simpson. I'm sooooo tempted to rip open the pretty paper band and look at all the pieces, but instead I think I should neatly place it in my charms drawer and save the rest of the surprise for later. I won this package by participating in Decembers A Lovely Year of Finishes party. I'm so lucky! I'm not going to make this month's goal though, so good luck to everyone else!
And what good would a spending binge be without a new tool (or two?) Yeah, I bought more gadgets! I've been looking at various styles of cone stands for my portable machines, and when I stopped by my local machine dealer, he had ones with a cast iron base for under $30. I think it shows restraint that I only bought one. I also have been looking at square rulers - I've got 2 projects coming up that have base units of 6.5 inches and I could use my 12.5 one, but....the 6.5 would be so much easier! I really liked the look of a frosted one. I haven't used it yet, but I'll let you know if it's easier to read that the typical clear acrylic ones.
I would like to say I'll keep to my use what I have system, but I know I've already got a list of 3 things I need to buy for current projects - and it just makes sense to check the clearance section before I checkout - right?!?
My latest memory quilt was delivered last weekend, and it's a cute one!
A new applique technique this month really challenged my fabric folding ability!
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!