June 7, 2012

Fabric Leftovers


One of my favorite parts of quilting is getting to purchase the fabric.  When I step into a quilt shop I might not even have a specific project in mind but a fabric will call my name and I just need to bring it home.  I love the look and feel of brand new fabric on the bolt.  When I buy fabrics for a specific project I have a tendency to over buy.  I would much rather have too much, than to come up short in the end.  When I am working from my own designs there is also a possibility that I will change the design later, or even encounter a mathematical error that was over looked.  Therefore, I always buy a little extra.  Personally, I love having those bits of extra fabric!  I fell in love with the fabric for one project, so why not share the love and put it in more projects! This beautiful group of flannels is what I had left over from a flannel quilt that I worked on at home over the winter. 

One of my favorite parts of quilting is getting to purchase the fabric.  When I step into a quilt shop I might not even have a specific project in mind but a fabric will call my name and I just need to bring it home.  I love the look and feel of brand new fabric on the bolt.  When I buy fabrics for a specific project I have a tendency to over buy.  I would much rather have too much, than to come up short in the end.  When I am working from my own designs there is also a possibility that I will change the design later, or even encounter a mathematical error that was over looked.  Therefore, I always buy a little extra.  Personally, I love having those bits of extra fabric!  I fell in love with the fabric for one project, so why not share the love and put it in more projects! This beautiful group of flannels is what I had left over from a flannel quilt that I worked on at home over the winter. 

The pillowcases turned out great, even with non-traditional proportions.  The fact is that I don’t let the amounts of material I have on hand bother me when it comes to scrap projects.  Quilting is forgiving and there is no reason not to think outside the box when faced with different amounts than usual for a project.  Now that I have those pillowcases finished, I feel bad that it’s matching quilt top is still on my shelves of projects to be quilted.

This pile of projects just keeps getting bigger and more intimidating as I go.  I love piecing the top, but moving queen sized quilts through my little machine gets a bit daunting sometimes.  I’ve done plenty of quilts that way and they can turn out great, but I’m quite the procrastinator when it comes to this part of the process.  Tackling that shelf will have to wait for another day and another blog. 

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