I have always loved the multi-colored oval and rectangle print from American Jane, but did you know these come in monochromatic colorways as well? Maybe I should say "came," because I can't seem to find these anywhere! They were part of the "Building Blocks" collection, but there must not have been much of these produced because they are nowhere to be found. Anyone have some they want to trade?
All the blocks are done...
These look way more complicated than they really are. I was inspired by Dioramamama's tutorial for easy curved piecing. Her tutorial was easy to follow, and these blocks came together very easily.
I pieced one giant, long strip from all the orange, yellow, and aqua fabrics that I had in my stash. I then followed the tutorial, using pieces of the long strip for the center of the circle. The only trouble I had was removing the freezer paper, but eventually I realized that I was probably using too much glue.
I can't wait to see this one come together.
A few weeks ago, when my sewing room was actually clean, I took a few pictures of my sewing room. This coincided with Sew Mama Sew's Show Your Stash, so I figured I would post my answers to the questions along with the pictures of my room.
Here is my sewing room (the pics on flickr are annotated):
Here are my stash answers...
What do you usually sew? I almost always sew quilts, but occasionally I will also sew clothing for my daughters.
When you shop for fabric, what size cuts do you usually buy? (i.e. If you see something beautiful, but you don’t have a use for it right away, how much do you buy?) I used to buy a lot of fat quarters, but now the smallest I will buy is 1/2 yard cuts of prints, and 1-2 yards of solids. With fat quarters, I often find that I run out of a favorite print much too quickly.
Do you buy on impulse or do you go out looking for something you need? Both. I build my stash on impulse, then fill in the holes with desperately needed solids, tonal fabrics, or monochromatic prints.
Are you a pre-washer? If you are, do you wash your fabric before you need it, or only when you’re ready to use it? I always pre-wash red prints and solids. I have had solid fabric bleed on me more than once, and it just isn't worth the risk to me. With prints, I think there is a little more leeway, but I still try to prewash.
Do you iron it? Yes. How can people not iron???
How do you sort it? (color, print size, collection, etc.) Color, but also by size. I keep larger cuts of prints in a separate stack. I also separate out non-cotton fabrics, such as linen cotton blends and upholstery weight fabrics.
Do you have any special folding techniques? No, I prefer not to have raw edges sticking out.
How do you store your fabric? On a shelf.
What tips do you have for building up a well-rounded stash? Buy the colors that you aren't drawn too. Keeping my stash sorted by color allows me to instantly know what colors I need. Also, don't buy fabric that you aren't in love with. Because of my impatience I have spent way too much money on fabric from JoAnns that I don't even really like. I wish I had bought quality fabric online, and just waited for it to come in.
When do you say enough is enough? When my paypal is empty :-(
What are some of your favorite stash-busting projects? Scrappy quilts.
Do you have a current favorite print in your stash? I am really obsessed with early Amy Butler right now, especially Belle and Lotus lines.
What’s your definition of the perfect stash? Bigger!!!
Thank you so much for entering! I can't believe how many people entered. Using random.org, the following winners were picked:
Malabrigo: AuntyM, who said she would "Love the Malabrigo"
Liberty: Allison, who said she would love either, but would "extra love" the fabric
Winners, please e-mail me your addresses, so I can get these goodies in the mail.
There is still more yarn for sale, so e-mail me if you are interested! Make me an offer... all prices are negotiable.
kristenunraveled AT gmail.com