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Fabric Stash + Basting

Over on IG (instagram) this week, I owned up to my fabric stash and my fabric addiction. It actually was a really good exercise for me. My husband and I always had an agreement that I could buy fabric just so long as it fitted in my sewing room…..well then my shelf broke and that is where this all starts ­čÖé

So, my guest room landed up being the temporary storage room when my shelf broke (fall off the wall). Finally, this weekend I decided it was time to organize the fabric that had landed up there and move it onto comic book boards. Folding underway….

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After around 3 1/2 sets of boards (each containing 100 boards) folding was complete. In this lot I have cotton and steel yardage (all of the prints), Katarina Roccella – Indelible, all of Alison Glass’ lines, Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, both of Francis Newcombe’s lines, Heather Ross….and more.

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So, that was my overflow room. I decided I would own this totally and also shared the fabric actually in my sewing room. The first side of my project table contains my basic stash….all prints organized by color [Blues | Teals/aquas | greens |reds/pinks |oranges |blacks/grays | multi-color | browns/yellows |Purples/low-volumes].

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The second side has been organized by designer and has my solid stash (which is mostly Kona). IMG_2395

Lastly, this is the messy part of my current storage that does need reorganizing (underway and hope to complete before the weekend). Down on the floor on the left, it starts with a bin/pail for all pre-cuts. On the book-case contains Project bins, Aurifil thread boxes, Linens/ Japanese prints, my fabric line from Spoonflower | more project bins,  quilting books |Flannel, Corduroy, Minky and Batting etc. On the far right side on the floor I have two more bins, 1 contains all the kid prints, the other fabrics that I use for bee blocks. IMG_2396

My goal for showing this is threefold;

  • is to really admit what I have,
  • and then take the steps to use and reduce the stash,
  • reorganize and move my overflow stash back into my sewing room.

From a project standpoint…..I finally got around to basting two of my quilting projects. I was at Spoonflower, last night, and got enough space to baste this one. Yay, onto quilting.

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Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).

This way, That way….testing

I decided to give my This way, That way quilt design a go today. I have to say I love the block. I still need to work on the dimensions, so that the measurements are not 5/8 or 7/8 etc. Personally, I prefer to work in 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4…don’t you??

After finishing the first block and liking how it looked (coming up), I decided to pull my blue stash out and come up with 38 more blues to finish out this quilt. Yes, I have all these in my stash. In the photo each two groupings, a dark and light blue, will represent a block.

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Below are a few photos, on the process I took to make the first block…trying out the design to see if I could get it to work, you never know right ­čśë

  1. I cut all the pieces. Some of the pieces for the center I made longer to account for error.ThisWayThatWayBlock1_FabricCut
  2. Laid out the center of the block ready for sewing.ThisWayThatWay_Center_Layout
  3. Decided to try and just sew each half with no guidance. I might change the center of the block to be a paper-piece pattern, or at least add some steps for measuring and lining up the cross.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Center_unfinished
  4. Center is complete, laid out border 1.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Border1_unfinished
  5. Border 1 complete, laid out border 2.ThisWayThatWayBlock_Border2_unfinished
  6. Block is complete and will be a 14″ block (14.5″ x 14.5″ for seam allowance).ThisWayThatWay_Block_Border2_Finish

If you remember the design (you can find here), I have an alternate block that switches the dark and light blues around and border is white instead of grey. Here are the two finished color ways of the block.

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I am liking it so far, 1/2 a row finished ­čÖé only 5 1/2┬ámore to go. If you are interested in testing the block or the quilt pattern out for me, once I have the pattern, written up let me know.

The fabric used for these two blocks are:

Block 1:
Light Blue: Architextures – Blue Print in Blue,┬áCarolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Dark Blue:┬áMaritime Modern – Maritime Moby Blue, Marin Sutton and Riley Blake Designs
Outer border: Ash Grey Kona

Block 2:
Light Blue: Technicolor – Braid in Navy by Emily Herrick, Michael Miller Fabric
Dark Blue: Architextures – Scribble Notes Navy,┬áCarolyn Friedlander, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Outer border: Kona White

Linking up to “A year of lovely finishes” and “Sunday Stash”.

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Sunday Stash {11.08.2013}

So I gave you a peek into how I store my stash on Thursday. I have to say my buying has changed of late. I was buying mostly fat quarter bundles but lately I have been buying individual yardage as I don’t like whole collections. Today’s selection I purchased from Hawthorne Threads.

Ashbury Heights by Doohikey DesignsStash_AshburyHieghts

Wash Day by The Henley StudioStash_WashDay

 

I am linking up with Finding Fifth, Sunday Stash.