The background fabric for The Project of Doom!
One of the weaknesses I’ve acquired over the last couple of years is for vintage flour sacking. Part of the reason for this new found love has a lot to do with inheriting quilt tops and blocks from my grandmother. Grannie’s 9-Patch is a work-in-progress, currently on my machine being quilted. Grannie’s Trunk Quilt was finished earlier this year and returned to my mom, who now lives with my dad in her mother’s, my grandmother’s, house.
I’ve been acquiring more flour sacking in bits and pieces and I think I will eventually create a sampler quilt using these fabrics. It’s something I’ve had on my mind to do for quite some time and I can’t think of a more appropriate fabric choice!
When I first started paper piecing and had very little stash, an amazing woman named Clare gave me a huge box of scrap fabrics. They were the kind of things many quilters would throw away as being too small to be useful.
It was a real gift to me.
A great deal of my first Harry Potter quilt was made out of fabrics from Clare’s generosity…
The long and the short of this Fabric Friday? Never underestimate the gift of scraps! I share them whenever I can, and gladly accept them from friends that would like to clean theirs out. And, of course, I always have my Treasure Chest to dive into whenever I need a tiny piece of just the right fabric!
I don’t usually buy large prints, and I didn’t buy this one, it was a gift from my fabulous friend, Cat. I used most of it to make a pillowcase for my space loving Mr. G. The rest I used to make… ahhhh, you’ll just have to wait and see!!
For Fabric Friday this week, I want to talk about one of my favorite kinds of fabrics… Scraps! Scraps come in all shapes and sizes. They are they leftovers, consider tossable by many that sew, scraps are my preferred palate for many projects, including paper piecing and a fun technique I’ve been enjoying lately passed on my by friend Osie and the book, It’s A Wrap.
Purple scraps became a gorgeous tote that I made for my best friend, Jewells’, birthday.
Many of these fabrics were purples used in the quilt I made for a previous birthday gift for Jewells.
Another type of scrap I’ve become increasingly fond of is selvage. Selvage has been turned into all kinds of things and there’s a whole blog dedicated to it! I saved mine up, with the help of my quilty friends, and made a bowl.
So, for Fabric Friday, rethink your scraps…there is treasure lurking in there, if only you’re willing to look for it!
See photos from the It’s A Wrap class I taught this week!
This fabric Friday comes with a bit of a story. During my Hot Dog Pillowcase kick earlier this year, my darling hubby jokingly commented that’d he’d love a set of ninja pillowcases. Not long after that, Honey Bee got the Ninja Kanji fabric in from Alexander Henry. Fate intercedes? Oh, yes, I do think so!
So, darling hubby gets his set of ninja pillowcases and he loves them. Adores them, is more like… He hasn’t had them a week when he comments how awesome the fabric would be for his favorite kimono. I started making kimonos for The Big Guy way back in 1996. He’s just shy of six and a half feet tall and finding a robe that fit him comfortably was impossible. I had a kimono jacket pattern that I liked and ended up using that basic idea and tailoring it to his height. I’ve probably made one of these every three or four years since.
Soooo….the next time I was at work, I bought the rest of the bolt. It took about 6 1/2 yards of fabric.
Don’t let the serious look on his face fool you. He loves the kimono, he just doesn’t love the idea of being on my blog! And, ignore the mess. I’ve been cleaning out closets and dressers and have a pile donation stuff going in the only (formerly!) clear spot in our bedroom. Can you spot Sunbonnet Sue in the picture? (Hint: she’s not with the junk!)
I did document the kimono making process and I *might* make a tutorial. If you twist my arm and/or bribe me with chocolate. Maybe!
This fabric reminds me of childhood and summer dresses. I only have a couple of pieces of it, and it’s allotted to be made into a Linus quilt. I hope to have the cutting done for that by the end of the weekend.
Tomorrow, I’ll be at Honey Bee Quilt Store for Linus Work Day. Stop by, bring your machine and make a quilt top! Fabric is provided.
There is still room in my UFPP (Unfinished Paper Piecing) Class, also at Honey Bee, on Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30. UFPP is for anyone that needs a little help with their paper piecing or would just like to stitch with other paper piecing lovers! Please note this is not a beginning class. If you’d like to register, please call 512.257.1269 or drop by the store, just to make sure your’e on the list!
Honey Bee Quilt Store
9308 Anderson Mill Rd #300
Austin, TX 78729
Patterns for my classes offered at Honey Bee can now be purchased both in-store or through their online store!