Well, seems like I took a little bit of an unexpected blog hiatus! Happy Holidays everyone, and a very happy new year! My blogging hiatus will have to go on just a wee bit longer, but I’m hoping to be back into the full swing of things at the beginning of the year! Tutorials, posts, projects, answering emails (sorry!!), and back to sewing and blogging!
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I wanted to share a great charity event that the leader of my local Modern Quilt Guild is hosting! 100 Quilt For Kids is a quilt drive that is running from September 15-October 15. If you have the time, please consider making a quilt for a child in need and donating it to an organization in or around your area or through a nationwide organization. On top of managing this project, Kate is also hosting a Quilt Along for the quilt drive! Now you can make a snazzy new quilt while following along with cool people, then donate it and treat yourself to an ice cream! And who doesn’t love ice cream!? (…If you don’t love ice cream just don’t tell me!) I will be donating my quilts (I’m hoping to finish three!) to a local organization through my quilt guild, and urge you to check out the details and see if it is a fit for you! (It should fit you, because everything fits you so well! Now that you have had a compliment and feel good, go make a quilt!)
Yesterday night while sitting in the sewing room putting away some new fat quarters, I realized that I have way, way too much random fabric. Way too much. I started picking up novelty print fabric here and there before Little Mister was born in hopes of creating tons of baby quilts. I would find a couple fat quarters from a line, coordinate them with a solid or another print, and then tuck them away in hopes of finding more and creating a theme quilt. Well, that didn’t work out too well. Once tucked away, they became forgotten about, mixed in with other quilts, pulled out and looked at only to exclaim “What was this for?” and used for something else. Last night I found about 20 fat quarters of all sorts of different transportation prints, random robots, book panels, animals, “It’s a boy”, bugs, newborn black and white, and monsters. I pulled all of them, put them on the table, and got to work. If I don’t do this now, I’ll honestly never do it, and they will sit unused until I have an urge to sort fabric again!
It didn’t stop there, I also found my fat quarter set for Far Far Away 2, which I started using in a quilt, found out there was going to be a part 3, stopped working on it and waited. (I also still have my FFA1 but I don’t think it will mix well…)My half yard cuts of FFA3 came in a few weeks ago from Japan, and you know, I had that same feeling….”What if I cut and use them all and there is a part 4!! I should hold off….”! I really have to stop doing this and just CUT! So that is what I did! I cut here and there, pulled fabric, patterns, looked at tutorials on blogs, made a list, sorted said cut fabric into small labeled bins, and made a plan of action to get started working on all the different projects! Putting them into the labeled bins makes it easier for me to see what I have already cut and planned, so if I have a little time here or there I can work on it.
This all brings me to the point that I really need to stop hoarding saving fabric in hopes of finding that “perfect” pattern, or another continuing line, or that I’ll walk into some random quilt shop in Little Town, Nebraska and find a hidden room full of the remaining Mendocino I’ve been looking for. But, nothing ever seems to fit the bill. “Oh, this pattern is great! But…I’m saving my Neptune for something else…” There will always be fabric, always be cute new lines, and always be new and exciting quilt patterns. Does anyone else have this going on in their sewing room as well? This never ending desire to save save save in hopes of, well, quilt perfection?