Fabric Obesity Crisis

July 31, 2012 § 5 Comments

First a little housekeeping

First of all let me say I’m planning to take a small blogging break while I reorder my blog and my quilting priorities. If you want to be kept informed then please sign up for email notifications or the RSS feed and you’ll get the next blog post right in your Inbox or Blog Reader.

The Fabric Obesity Crisis

What is it? Well I think if you walk into your sewing room you’ll be able to identify it, especially if you’ve been quilting for 10 or more years. We quilters are like magpies. We see something bright and pretty and we want it.  That’s not a problem in itself but the next step is – we buy it, we stash it and we don’t use it.

I’ve only been quilting for a few years so my stash is tame by comparison with many. But lately I’ve been reading about several people who’ve had to go through a friend’s stash and deal with it (i.e. get rid of it) for her family when that person has passed away. Fabric, it would seem is a bit like food, we see it, we want it, we consume it and then we have store it – not on the hips, it’s true, but store it nevertheless.

So what’s the solution?

Exercise. Just like exercise works off stored food, quilting exercise uses up stored fabric. I’m really committed to reducing this excess and using my stash – smallish as it is – before buying any more fabric. I started the year with the idea of a fabric fast  and I fell off the wagon a couple of times with various excuses. Now, I’m serious. Making this Traveller’s Blanket from used linen clothing made me realise how little I needed to buy new fabric and how I don’t want to hoard any more. I’m planning some quilts to use up my stash and if you want to join me in the Fabric Slimming Quilt-along then please do. I’ll leave you with some photos of where I’m up to with the Traveller’s Blanket.

God Willing I’ll be back in alittle while with details of my plan and how you can join in.  Till then why don’t you arrange your stash to see exactly what you’ve got in there. I’ll bet you find fabric you’d completely forgotten about.

Take care.

Farrah has landed!

July 17, 2012 § 4 Comments

Farrah the Travelling Stash arrived at my place this morning. There were several duplicates (in fact 10 of the 50 FQs were duplicates) but I didn’t mind as I like stripes so I took two of the sets of duplicates and put only one duplicate in what I sent back so there’d be a bit more variety.

I took a few photos so you could see her and see if you would have chosen what I did.

Farrah as she arrived

What I took

I took stripes and spots and a couple of animal prints for a baby quilt I’m planning.

What I put in

I put in a mixture of neutrals, 1930s, Japanese, Riley Blake and pale blues.

Farrah, ready to leave

I wonder whose next on the list? No I’m not teasing. I’m waiting to be sent the address myself so I can send her on her way.

Sometimes wrong is so right

July 14, 2012 § 6 Comments

I took this photo of the wrong side of the Humanity quilt top when I was pressing it because I really liked the texture and patterns the seams made – sort of spiky frills. What do you think?

A Transformation

July 13, 2012 § 4 Comments

Do you remember this pile of used linens and cotton?

Well now it looks like this:

That top dark area is not black, like it looks here, but dark brown.

This was supposed to be for my Traveller’s Blanket but I don’t want to add more fabric to it. I like it as it is so I’m not sure where I’m going from here.

Frustration and Farrah

July 7, 2012 § 7 Comments

I tried so hard to bring you a post with lovely photos of Farrah the Travelling FQ stash. She has now visited three members of the list. The problems arose with this blog template. It really doesn’t play nicely with photos. It takes no notice of any instructions you give it with regards to alignment, size etc. In the end I got so frustrated that I gave up. Hopefully when the stash arrives here I’ll have better luck!

Losing my blogging mojo

I’ve sort of lost my blogging mojo recently. This template is difficult to use and I feel that a blog post without a photo is like coffee without sugar, but then maybe you like coffee without sugar. I’ve bought lots of interesting books recently but I just haven’y got around to photographing them. I also wrote a book review on Elizabeth Hartman’s new book but the publishers wouldn’t let me use photos of the pages that I had refereed to in the review so I’m not going to bother publishing it and I’m certainly not interested in writing a second review. It’s a bit rich I think as I actually ask permission. I know lots of other people don’t, they just photograph the pages they want to show which falls under the “acceptable use” guidelines for a review. However, it’s their loss.

Hand quilting

I have been hand quilting my In A Spin quilt but progress photos of that aren’t that interesting, so I don’t really have anything to show you but I didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten you all as you’ve supported me so wonderfully throughout the evolution of this blog.

Till next time… keep sewing. 🙂


A Traveller’s Blanket

July 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve signed up for Dijanne Cevaal’s Traveller’s Blanket Online Workshop. I won’t be doing it exactly as she does – did you really expect me to? I’m terrible at following patterns and directions. Instead of dyeing some kadi cloth I’m going to be using all these linens, cottons, hemp and silk fabrics and ribbons that I’ve collected. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to approach it but I’ve got a couple of ideas. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Thanks for all your good wishes. I think I’m on the mend though I have to keep indoors for the next week which is a bit sad as my husband has the week off work and we were hoping to go out and about a bit. Never mind, good health is priceless. 🙂

The Humanity Quilt Top is finished

July 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

Hi everybody! I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately but I’m not very well and I haven’t felt like doing much of anything except handsewing. That being said this state of affairs has enabled me to finish the Humanity quilt top. I almost changed the layout a few times but I ended up with this, which is almost, but not quite, the same as I had on the design wall.


Making Progress

June 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

So far I’ve sewn 4.5 rows of the 10 rows of this quilt and I sewn four of those rows into two pairs. Does that make sense? I’m sewing them all into two row lots and then I’ll sew them together. I haven’t yet decided if want to make this into a quilt or a coverlet. That is, will it have batting or just be two pieces of fabric? I like the idea of it being really drapey.

The Humanity Quilt is on the Design Wall

June 24, 2012 § 9 Comments

Well I managed to press each of the blocks nicely – long task! Now they’re all on the design wall. I took a photo for you. The blanks spaces will have plain white squares. When I’ve sewn them all together I’ll take some close-ups for you.

Can you guess what this is?

June 22, 2012 § 5 Comments

It’s the last of the 70 odd pointy blocks I’ve been hand-piecing for my new quilt. I’ve decided to call it “Humanity” because no block is exactly like another and the whole is more than sum of its parts. If there are two the same colour they are mirror images of one another and they will be facing different ways.

Here is the pile of finished blocks and now I just have to cut some blank white squares and sew them all together. If I manage to get it up on the design wall I’ll take a photo before I start sewing. Wish me luck!


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