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?!?
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.