Wednesday, 19 July 2017

confessions of a fabric hoarder


















I sorted through my fabric stash. What can I say? My name is Christina, I am a fabric hoarder.

On Saturday I decided to wash all my quilting fabric so I would be able to use it anytime. I had no idea I had quite that many fat quarters. Honestly, I didn't. They were hiding in boxes. Before the wash, I bundled them up neatly to keep collections together and to minimise entanglement. This was a complete waste of time as you can see in the top photo. I actually had two Ikea bags of tangled up fabric. You have no idea how long it took me to iron those fat quarters. I have never in my life spent such a long time ironing in such a short period of time. I hope I never will again. However, it was worth every minute, the neat piles are very pleasing to my eye and soothing for my soul.

The colours come as a slight surprise. Green is not my favourite colour and yet I seem to have more green fat quarters than fat quarters of any other colour. The reds are underrepresented, which is a surprise. The blues are underrepresented, too. I love to wear dark blues but it appears not to be true for my quilting fabric needs. Generally, there is a preponderance of bright colours, which is me. But I am pleased that my subconscious self made me acquire many pale fat quarters, it makes it easy to play with colour value.

The tangled mess: what first annoyed me turned out to be quite liberating. I had a few entire collections, which I am now unable to pick out from the piles as a whole. I have freed myself of the self imposed need to keep the collections together and can now play with the fabrics as I please.

I am not sure what I am going to make, I have some thinking scheduled into my busy life to come up with a plan. There is enough fabric for at least four large quilts. Did I mention the many dress making remnants that can also be used? There is no particular rush of course, the fabric has been sitting in boxes for a long time and won't go wander off anytime soon. In the meantime, I am going to use all the small scraps I have also collected for a while to make something beautiful. I have been a busy bee cutting these scraps into manageable small strips. I can't wait to show you.

It looks like my clothes sewing season is coming to an end and my quilt making season is coming into full swing... it is a bit early and I still want to sew a cape. The shorts however will have to wait for next year.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. Thanks to you all I now know that butter in jam making prevents excessive foaming. I did wonder why my jam didn't boil over when I made it. Have a great day. xx