Favourite Fabrics Part 2

In the last blog post, I talked about some of my favourite fabrics that I have collected over the years. Now some might say, well are you ever going to use all of the fabrics you have collected? The answer is more than likely, no. The thing is though, you don’t ask a stamp collector if they are going to use the stamps they collect do you?

I have a few more fabrics that I have collected and thought I would share. Some of these I do hope to use at some point, but then the question is what do I do with the quilts I make with them? Do I create a wall hanging to show the fabric off? What about a bed quilt to have the fabric show there? A lap quilt that gets folded away? Not sure at this point.

I have a lot of fabric and most of it I love (ok there is some I shake my head over), I even have some quilt kits I purchased years ago that I now don’t like all that much. Those are easy to know what to do with, I will just make them up and give them away, more than likely to the church so they can raffle them off. Anyway here are the last 4 fabrics that I bought that I still really love.

Favourite Fabrics

I love this poppy fabric it is by Clothworks and was designed by Pamela Mostek. I don’t remember when I purchased this, only that it’s directional and I have about 2 metres of it. Maybe it will end up on a quilt back, although that seems a shame.

 I guess I love poppies because here is another poppy fabric that I purchased. I was on a road trip with my friend and we both purchased this fabric and some coordinating fabric to make a lap sized quilt. This piece is from the Magic of Oz collection by Wilmington Prints. I should mention here that I don’t usually purchase whole lines of fabric, I tend to find that too matchy for me.  Of course, that was at least 3 years ago now and the fabric is still in my stash. At least I kept all the coordinating fabric together. 

I purchased this next fabric just last year. I was working at The Cloth Castle at the time and I kept resisting temptation but finally purchased at 2.5 metres of it. This fabric is Canadian Scene by Gordon Fabrics and was printed for Canada’s 150th birthday last year. I have no idea what I am going to do with it but I guess that is not really the point.

The last of my favourite fabrics I have to share is this one that is a fairly recent purchase although I don’t remember when or where I purchased it. It is Robert Kaufman North American Wildlife. It reminds me of one of my favourite paintings I have a copy of. I have about 2 metres of this fabric as well.

So as mentioned in my last post, I would really like to find out in the comments if you have favourite fabrics that you collect? Do you use the fabric or does it just sit in your stash?

Happy Quilting

 

Favourite Fabrics in My Stash Part 1

Do you have a fabric stash? If so what is the size of it? My fabric stash is quite large, more than I can use in this lifetime that is for sure. Interestingly, when I did garment sewing I never had a stash. I was strictly a project sewer, I only ever bought enough fabric for the project I was working on. The one exception to this rule was when I went to a fabric store down in Newport Beach California, many years ago, now and they had such a wonderful and varied selection of good quality fabric that I would not be able to get at home that I broke down and bought fabric without a project in mind. This was in the days before shopping online wasn’t even a twinkle in someone’s eye so it was either purchase it when you saw it or regret it forever.

Stash Building

When I first started quilting I really thought I would do the same thing, just buy fabric project by project but I soon found that could get quite expensive. Doing it that way was fine for certain projects but you really had to watch the sales. Soon I began ‘collecting’ fabric on sale or if I was in a different city. Before I knew it I had a stash. I do still add to it but not like I did for the first 10 years of my quilting journey.

As mentioned above my stash is now quite large and consists of fabrics that I have collected from the many places I have travelled.  I thought I would share some of my favourite pieces with you. Maybe one day I will actually use them in a quilt.

This butterfly fabric was a very early purchase. In fact, it is probably around 16 years old. It is a Timeless Treasures fabric from a collection called Rain. I still love this fabric. Although I have never used this in a quilt,  I did use it as a colour palette for a quilt.

 This fabric was one of several that I picked up in Thailand about 10 years ago now. You could purchase packages of 1.5 metres of fabric for about $5.00. They were 100% cotton and were intended for making traditional Thai skirts.

This fabric was added to my stash at the same time as the above fabric. It is hand painted batik fabric from Kaula Lauper, Maylsia. The colours are actually much brighter in real life. I have several different pieces I picked up from a shop we visited that did the painting right there.  The next fabric was added about 6 years ago and I still have 5 metres of it. It is a Christmas fabric from Robert Kaufman Holiday flourish II. I thought I would love to do a large stack and whack type quilt with it. Maybe one day I will, meanwhile, I get to take it out and look at it every once in a while.          This sunflower fabric is from Robert Kaufman from a line called Shades of the Season. I don’t remember when I got this but it is one of my favourites. I have used some of this in smaller items but haven’t used it in a quilt as yet.  I just love how cheery and bright the yellow and orange sunflowers are.

I had a few more fabrics that I wanted to share with you, however, I think I will leave them for a different post. At present, I don’t even have any real ideas of what I want to make with these fabrics, just that they are still some of my favourites. So how about you, do you have some favourite fabrics you have sitting in your stash? Let me know in the comments.

Happy Stash Building

 

 

 

 

Client Canada 100 Quilt

Hello Summer! Summer is probably my favourite time of year. Here in Victoria BC, it doesn’t get super hot so most days in the summer are really pleasant. Summer is when things slow down in the quilt studio at least when it comes to client quilts, so that means I might actually get my unfinished quilt tops quilted. Wow, won’t that be something, I only have about 4 or 5 of them sitting around. Of course, 3 are queen sized and I want to quilt them with more than just an allover design so that means they would be on the frame for awhile hence the fact they have been sitting waiting for an opening. My Mom wants one of them for her bed so that is an incentive to get at least one quilted right there.

Canada Quilt 100 Quilt

Isn’t this quilt stunning! This was made by Linda Chase. It was designed by Kat Tucker and was called 150 Canadian Woman in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. Linda did a fabulous job piecing this. I love the scrappiness, even though she just used red and white there is a lot of movement happening here.

I used white Sew Fine 50 thread from Superior Threads and used a maple leaf pantograph for the quilting design. We thought using red thread would be too much and we would have been right. For me, I just wanted the wonderful piecing to shine through which is why the white thinner thread was chosen.

Thank you, Linda, for allowing me to quilt this beauty.

Now to quilt some of my own quilts.

 

A Quilt Finish

Yeah, I finally finished one of my own quilts. The first in, oh, I don’t know maybe a year now. This particular quilt I have been working on for some years now. I think I started cutting it out and collecting the fabric back in 2012. Life happened and it got put away until a few months ago when I finally pulled it back out and decided to finish it.

It is my version of Kaffe Fassett’s Bordered Diamonds design. Most of the fabrics in this are Kaffe Fassett but not all. It was a really good exercise in using colour. It really made one think outside the box and look at colour and design in a whole new light.

I pondered how to quilt it as I didn’t want to take away from all that is happening in the design itself. I also didn’t want to use a variegated or monofilament thread so my choices seemed to be limited. I finally decided to just quilt it with a large stipple. I know, I know, how boring right? The poor lowly stipple design, but seriously, sometimes any other quilting design would simply overpower the quilt itself and I felt this was one of those occasions.

The next issue was what to do about thread colour? There appeared to be every colour of the rainbow in this quilt. It was a client of mine that gave me the idea. I had the quilt up on the design wall and we were debating what to do about binding when she mentioned the lime green throughout the quilt. I suddenly remembered reading somewhere about lime green thread blending  with lots of things and I just so happened to have a spool so thought I would check it out.

Lo and behold it worked great! The lime green blended with all of the colours whereas even a beige ended up being too stark. I used Superior Threads So Fine 50 #534 Ferrari in both the top and bobbin.

For the binding I ended up going with a dark forest green, that just seemed to finish the quilt off nicely.

So now that I finally finished a quilt that had been languishing you would think I would keep it right! Nope, I am taking it tomorrow to offer it to my church so they can raffle it off.

Now to go and see if I can finally finish some of the other projects I have that have been sitting around awhile.

Happy Quilting

What’s Up!

So what is up with me! A lot has changed in the last month and mostly for the better! This post will not be quilting related as such, more just a quick catch up on what has been happening in my life and my studio.

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks back I had taken a full-time job back in December. I won’t mention the name of the company I was working for, however, some people reading this post will know which company I am talking about.

I put in my notice for April 13 as I had intended however I ended up leaving a week before then as the work environment became intolerable. The company brought on a new account and they had known this was going to happen for months before the April 1 date. Did the company prepare for this happening and have trained staff available for the transition? Nope, not at all! In fact the 1 person they did hire (a week before) quit after only 10 days on the job. That’s how bad the situation became. It was almost laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

This was so poorly planned that the only thing management could say was, we’ll get through it! Really!! Yup, you will, without me! If the remaining staff were smart they would have walked as well. I don’t know as I don’t have any contact with anyone there.

So, Kevin and I took a well-earned break and went to the Dominican Republic for 12 days. It was part holiday and part of a seminar regarding a business venture that we are starting together. We have been back for just over a week now and life is starting to get back to normal.

I have several quilts waiting to be quilted both mine and client quilts and also learning all I can re our marketing business we have started. I am so glad to be working for myself again although that said I may have the opportunity to work part-time over the summer months. That is still up in the air. Either way, I love having the freedom to choose when and for how long I work during the day! I certainly don’t miss sitting in my car in traffic for 45 minutes trying to get home at night!

Happy Quilting