Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sewing and Stashing

Whether you’re joining me from Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s Quilts or from Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles, I have something for you today.

First, a recap of what I’ve been up to the past month or so. As my regular readers know (and may be sick of hearing about!), I’ve been taking the Curves Class at Stitched in Color. It’s been seriously satisfying to conquer my fear of all things curvy. In some ways, my past experiences sewing bags prepared me for curves in quilts, and my curve-piecing skills are coming along nicely (with the help of my seam ripper). To date, I’ve finished four class assignments:

Clockwise from top left: clam shell journal cover, drunkard's path potholder,
orange peel pillow, and Oh Christmas Tree mini

As far as my stash scene goes, dear Sunday Stash readers, I’ve been living a lie. I had convinced myself that I was a smart fabric buyer, that I buy sensible yardage to stash and that other fabric purchases are for specific projects. The truth is, I cannot resist quality quilting cotton at good prices, especially when that quilting cotton comes from one of my favorite designers.

Exhibit A: a jellyroll of Denyse Schmidt’s Florence line, bought on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop. I confess: I bought this jellyroll for a guild swap, but I liked it so much that I kept it for myself and bought something different for the swap. (The shame!) Although this jellyroll is on the small side, it contains both colorways for the line: blue and orange.

Exhibit B: my picks from Purl Soho’s sale on Florence. I have zero idea what I will do with the jellyroll or the coordinating yardage, but I knew I needed to keep my options open—which means I bought yardage from both colorways:

I’m not ready to use this fabric yet. (It took me years to make a serious dent in my full set of fat quarters from Denyse’s Hope Valley line.) If the perfect project were to present itself or were recommended by a savvy reader, though, I’d consider getting my rotary blade ready to go. : )

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  1. Dude, I think you're totally a smart fabric buyer. You liked it, and you bought it. Sounds smart to me! :)

  2. Snigger, I love fabric confessions! The amount of jelly rolls and charm packs I've bought for someone else that have never left my stash...

  3. Love the clamshells, great rich colours. I've yet to have a go at them.

  4. Nice jelly roll. I also like the clamshells.

  5. You seem to really be coming along with your curves sewing!!

    Sometimes we need to spoil ourselves so keeping fabric all to yourself for no reason is just one of those "makes yourself happy" things :D

  6. I only owned Florence in the orange color way, but that blue and green plaid is just begging for a springtime-inspired project!

  7. Your curve projects are lovely, and you have selected some wonderful fabrics. I really love those plaid fabrics- I can't wait to see them in action!

  8. I have a FQ bundle of Florence and have yet to figure out what to make with it! I have been messing with curves this past week and love them. Your projects are beautiful!!

  9. Mmmmm! I bought my first ever jelly roll not too long ago and was really excited when I saw "9 Patch Posie" on the Moda Bake Shop...don't know if that is your style or not...I think it will be fun :)

  10. Oh I know that pain. I picked up a jelly roll of Basic Grey Grunge for a giveaway day and when I placed it too dangerously close to my stash it was absorbed in and I had to order a new one to ship as the prize! I've been doing more stash sewing though and I did cut into that keeper. It's wonderful to see your favorite fabric in something instead of in the pile.


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