Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Getting organized

Sometime each winter, usually right around New Years, I  get ambitious about cleaning out and getting organized. In this years’ round of organizing, I ended up with an extra clear  shoe-organizer thing-y.

organizing fabric scraps

I decided to put it back to use, to hold my small scraps. They’d been in plastic bins, roughly color-sorted, but having them laid out like a rainbow there, is definitely encouraging me to use them more.

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I did some fabric sorting and organizing recently — And found a bunch of fabric that I’ve got more than I really need.

modern designer quilting cotton fabrics - destash etsy shop

It’s the excess I get from buying yardage, with 1/2 yard or yard minimums. I’m keeping some of each of these fabrics, but putting the extra fat quarters in my shop. Some is already listed, some is coming over the next couple of days as I have time.

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Art Deco Inspirations…

Just because I haven’t had time to sew much lately, doesn’t mean I haven’t had time for fabric shopping…

Has anyone else noticed a group of new art-deco inspired fabrics?

I love art deco motif’s, so I’m quickly acquiring a pile of them in both warm and cool colors.

I haven’t decided what I’m doing with them yet, fussy cut somehow, I think, to show off the flourishes. Any ideas?

ETA – The fabrics are from Perch, by Alice Kennedy (on the left here – I think it’s my favorite of them all), and two from Filigree, by Art Gallery Fabrics (the whole collection has an Art Deco feel). The yellow is “Garden Tile” from Clothworks.

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I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’ve been thinking about solids alot lately. My “Daydreaming” quilt – inspired by City Quilts –  still needs to be quilted – but I’ve been doodling more solids quilt ideas on envelop backs and the like. And, then, look what landed in my mail box for my Fresh Modern Bee II – some gorgeous colors and some black and white dots.

folded solid cottons and black and white polka dot fabrics for fresh modern bee II

And, did you know there’s a group on flickr that’s all solid quilts ? Here are a few inspiring examples:

mosaic of modern quilts with solid fabric

(Click through to flickr for the links to individual photos)

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Getting Ahead of Myself

I have four active projects as I type, not to mention my monthly bee blocks, that all really need my attention.

folded fabric stack - gray, green and lavender

This is not one of those projects – I don’t need another project, but I went and pulled this stack of fabric from my stash anyways.

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I’ve been shopping lately….

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric - neutrals and reds

And, the donation blocks to go with them…

stack of folded quilting cotton fabric with blue donation block

stack of folded modern designer quilting cotton in neurals and reds with donation block for Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block

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I’m planning a gift quilt for a family birthday in September.  I love making things for people I love, but gift quilts are often the hardest to plan, since the recipients often have a more traditional style than I do, and I want the gift to reflect their tastes and mesh with their home.

fabric for quilt - heather bailey nicey jane pink roses, gingham, soft green kona solid and coordinating stripe

Nicey Jane’s vintage feel, though, should bridge the gap. I’m planning a simple quilt with fussy cut roses framed by the green kona and pink tiny-gingham, with the stripes for the backing. I think we’ll both be happy with the result.

How do you reconcile your style with those of recipients?

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