Tuesday, September 9, 2014

the beginnings of a new quilt and I bought some fabric!

quilt in progress

When I was working on this EPP hexie rosette I got the idea for this quilt. I started the rosette with no particular plan, I thought maybe it might become a pillow cover similar to the one I made for a swap last year. More and more, however, I thought that it would be perfect as a feature in a little quilt for V.! As Kirsty pointed out in the comments on my last post, I'm really drawn to these colours and this quilt includes many of my top-of-the-list very favourite fabrics. Also, several fabrics have been bought while I was pregnant and/or I've made something for V. from them before. So, it's just meant to be. My idea is to surround the hexie-square with simple patchwork squares. This will probably slow going (as are most my projects right now ...), but I don't really mind. And I've got no hurry, since V. already has Kirsty's beautiful quilt! I cut some of the squares one naptime, others the next and even already pieced some rows. Let's see where it goes!

About the fabric buying, well, I hadn't bought any fabric for a year, so I'm quite excited about this. Also, I love seeing what kind of fabric purchases other people make, so I thought I'd show you what I chose.


Firstly, I got Denyse Schmidt's Hadley in FQs. I love the blue colourway, the mustard yellow and browns, and the nostalgic seventies vibe. Also, I like the orange in this line, which is not very typical for me. I've been looking at her book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration a lot these past months and love the retro feel of it, so I thought if I really liked her next collection, I'd get some of it.

Hadley favourites

These are my favourite prints from the collection and the ones I was first drawn to. (No surprises there ... ;-)).


And these are the ones I really like now that I've seen them in person. Don't you think that that check would be a great idea for a quilt layout?

carolyn friedlander

Secondly, I got some Carolyn Friedlander prints. I was tempted to get a Botanics FQ bundle, but I stayed strong and only got my absolute favourites in half yards, as well as this crosshatch (I don't have a lot of black and white fabric, so this is a great addition to my stash).


Then I got these woodgrains, because I love the print and I love the colours. Also, I thought they'd be quite useful.


These last ones were more "just because". I really like that shade of purple and the prints are lovely (plus, they were on sale ...) The flag print is so pretty, cheerful and it reminds me of Frida Kahlo, so I bought it. And I'm glad I did, I really love it.

Well, those are my purchases after the big fabric diet ... What did I learn? The truth is, I could have gone on without buying any more fabric for a while, since I've got enough to keep myself sewing for another year ... or five ... On the other hand, it's a nice boost of inspiration to get some new supplies every once in a while. When I decided not to buy any fabric for a while, I started writing down the fabric lines and prints that I really liked instead of buying them. Not all of them were a priority anymore when I made the order after some time had passed. It also motivated me to pick up and finish some WIPs and to cut into some extra special fabrics instead of just letting them linger and take up space in my stash. Also, I took part in my first fabric swap. I noticed what my stash really needs in my personal opinion (more chocolate brown !?! and blenders) and that the fabrics that stayed on my wish list the longest were the more understated and classic prints. I guess most of this is just common sense, but there were some things I noticed about my sewing process and fabric choices that were inspiring and motivating to me.

How about you? Do you have any fabric-buying wisdom to share? :-)


Franziska said...

Hier geht ea auch nur langsam oder gar nicht mehr voran. Meine letzten Einkäufe sind ungefähr ein halbes Jahr her. Geht einfach nicht. Ich hätte gerne so einige Stoffe, aber es geht einfach nicht. Lg

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Yay! A new quilt and fabric shopping - two of my favourite topics! I think a new quilt is a fantastic idea. After all, she needs two so that when one is in the wash... And to have a quilt in your signature colours will be special, it kind of marks the era, if you know what I mean. When you look back on it in 10 yrs time you'll smile and think 'oh, remember when I was crazy about those colours' (or maybe you'll say, wow, I'm still crazy about those colours :)
Fabric shopping...boy I need to stop that. I have a good sized stash and I am out of room in the shelves I have dedicated to it. I'm trying hard not to buy but when I do it tends to be basics or things that act as basics. I like the tone on tone colours or low volume. I'm really liking orange at the moment too, like you, which I've never been a fan of before. And I even like the salmon/coral type of pink that is popular now, when I'm not a fan of pink. I have been buying a fair bit of the widescreen Botanics fabrics (108") because I'm too lazy to piece backs - I have two queen quilts in my head (well, one is almost finished) and I will use the wide screens for them whenever I finally finish!
I really like your idea of writing a wish list and then sitting on it a bit to see if you really do still want them later. I can get a bit carried away when the sales are on and I have to remind myself that even if it's cheap, if I don't need it, I shouldn't be buying it.