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.

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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

 

 

 

 

Back to Quilting

Quilting is finally getting done! It feels good to get back at the longarm machine. I really needed to take that week or so off though. I think everyone sometimes needs to step back from things, regroup, and seriously think about why they are doing something. The opportunity I mentioned in my last post really made me think about that. I haven’t heard whether anything has come of it or not, but either way I have a much clearer idea of what I want my life to look like.

It’s funny how life goes, I had a lull in my quilting business and this opportunity came up so I decided to look into it. Nothing ventured nothing gained type of thing. The very next day after a meeting I had, I got called asking if I had time to quilt a quilt! Wow OK yes. The day after that another client called asking the same thing and then the third day this happened yet again!

So now I have several quilts waiting to be quilted. I guess the universe was trying to tell me to just slow down and stop worrying, things will turn out the way they are supposed to and it is all good. Patience my friend. New businesses take time to grow.

What the lull I had also taught me though is if I intend to continue down this path I also need to diversify so I will be putting some thought into what I want that to look like.

There is a mantra that I started using about 3 years ago, I sometimes forget to apply it though. I think it’s time to pull that one out again and pin it to my wall.

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Meanwhile I finished one client quilt and need to get back to work now quilting the others.

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This is Over the Pond an older pattern from Quiltmaker magazine. My client did it scrappy and it turned out well. It was just quilted with a very simple “water” design as we didn’t want anything to interfere with the pictures. I used Superior Threads So Fine 50 in a soft green that blended well with all the different colours going on. I think it was a good choice of design as you just get some nice texture without overpowering the cute frogs, bees and butterflies pieced into the top.

 

 

 

 

 

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Stepping up to Challenges

So this week I took part in a challenge by my business coach Morna McEver Golletz. Morna created a Facebook page Creative Passion to Profit and then she posted one challenge question a day for 5 days to the group. The challenge was to post your answer to the group and then read the others posts and comment on them to start a conversation.

The questions were all designed to get us thinking about our business and to also start stepping out of our comfort zones. For me it was literally to actually put my story out there and to comment (oh horrors) on other peoples comments. It was a great experience and I am so glad I stepped up to the challenge.

Usually I am a lurker on these types of sites. This comes back to the old record that has played in my head for years, I am not good enough. Why would anyone want to hear from me. What I discovered in actually stepping up to the challenge is that we are basically all the same. Oh sure our stories may differ, how we came to be on this journey, what kind of art we create etc, however the underlying core, the heart of the matter is what counts and in that we are very much all alike, well at least in that group.

When you start to read other people’s stories you quickly discover that they too are often struggling with the same fears as you, even the bigger names I recognized and some of the artists whose blogs I had been following (without commenting) for the past few years.

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This past week was a real eye opener for me and I am so glad I decided to accept the challenge and actually do the assignments. It has been an interesting week as I have also had other doors open and opportunities present themselves. Not sure if those doors are going to lead anywhere as yet but I have decided to accept that challenge as well.

So here’s to moving forward, growing and moving out of comfort zones!

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Changing of the Seasons

It’s close to the first day of Fall or Autumn and the weather here in Victoria BC has defiantly turned Fall like. It feels like it was early this year but then again maybe not.Summer and Fall are my two favourite seasons. I love summer because of the warm weather, the temperature has to really rise way up there before you hear me complaining it’s too hot unlike the vast amount of the people who live in Victoria who start complaining if the temp hits 23 (73) which I find barely comfortable.

I love Fall because to me it means new beginnings. Now I know that should be spring but I guess I associate Fall with new clothes, new shoes, new books and pencils and of course the new school year hence new beginnings. How many of you out there remember waiting for the first day of school with both excitement and dread? Finally being able to get out that new dress and shoes purchased a few weeks back and being allowed to finally wear them. I do. I can still remember my very first day attending Victoria High School for the very fist time. I was one of a few Grade 10 students that were admitted into the school at that time and I didn’t know a soul. Talk about terrified and excited all at the same time! It turns out I did know someone though. I knew her through church and we reconnected on that first day of school and we became fast friends. I haven’t seen her for awhile but we are still Facebook friends even after all these years.

Now that summer is over and the children are back to school it’s time to turn our attention to…. Christmas Craft Fairs!

OK maybe not for everyone but for my partner and I it is. Well, one for sure being held at the end of October. I will have more details as the time gets closer however because of this any spare time I have has been spent planning out what items I am going to make to sell and then start to make them.

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Here are some Inspirational journal covers I have made. I have a lot more to go and of
course I still have to get the papers together and bind the journals which is one of today’s tasks.

quilting-projects-3To bind the edges of the journal covers I have been using extra-wide double fold bias tape and up to yesterday I have just been getting it from Fabricland when they have it on sale. Well yesterday I used  some Wright’s purchased through a mail order company and I couldn’t believe the difference.

The cover on the bottom has the Fabricland no name bias tape and the one on the top has the Wright’s. The one on the bottom has wrinkles (they do eventually disappear but it is most disconcerting when sewing the tape on) and the Wright’s doesn’t! The Wright’s sews like a dream and I was able to sew it on in half the time it took to wrestle with the no name stuff.

Really who would have thought there was that much difference in bias tape!! I know which type I will be only using from now on!! Oh and by the way, the price was the same! So for all of you out there needing to use bias tape for whatever reason try to avoid the Fabricland no name stuff! You’ll be happy you did.

The other project I have been working on is this years church raffle quilt.

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I am still sewing the binding on, the quilt is a good double bed size which is a lot bigger than I had anticipated. I will give more details on this quilt once it is completely finished and is ready to be raffled off.

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Out and About

Well I’m finally starting to feel like myself again. I am on my last day of medication. I am still getting tired easily but am on the mend. Needless to say not much quilty has been happening around here. I even took last Friday off and listened to an audio book. I can’t remember the last time I have done that.

One thing I am always amazed at is the synchronicity of events sometimes. Like Monday for instance, I have been working hard towards a goal and am making progress however what with one thing and another I have also been disappointed that the goal isn’t happening faster than I would like. I like to relax watching YouTube videos, some are about entrepreneurship and some are more spiritual in nature. So the other day I opened up YouTube and there in my channel listings was two separate videos on just the subject that I was needing to hear about. The amazing thing is that even though the two videos were different in nature they both had the exact same message and it was the message I really needed to hear that day.

I don’t know why I am surprised at this but it always does surprise me when it happens. I remember taking a double take when I saw the subject line of the videos and saying really, how apropos. It happens enough these days that I really shouldn’t be surprised at all.

I’m curious has this ever happened to anyone else? Maybe it has and you just haven’t been aware of it. Let me know in the comments if you have experienced this.

One thing I did get up to last weekend was to get out for an hour last Sunday as I was getting cabin fever. A knitting store here in Victoria has a Fibre Arts celebration every year and they were having vendors and different demonstrations going on. It was mostly knitting, spinning and weaving but I enjoyed myself even so.

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Sunday was windy and cold, you would never have known we had a heat wave just two days before. It was so windy some of the vendors were sitting holding down their tents.

I wandered around happily and talked to a few of the vendors who were from all over the island, some from the Mainland and even one from Seattle.

I do knit but not on a regular basis however I did purchase some hand-spun wool to make Kevin a warm waterproof cap to wear in winter under his hardhat (he works outside on a log sort).

I love this quote I found, even when you have pains, you do not have to be one.

Rather apropos for me last week.

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