In 2014, I really got back into regular quilting and sewing. Much of my stash at the start of 2014 was pretty outdated and I was seeing so many great projects being made from newer, more colorful, bold, beautiful, modern fabrics! So naturally, I had to have some. I certainly spent some time doing some quality fabric shopping last year, but I also worked really hard to create my sewing space, prewash all my fabrics that I hadn't yet prewashed over the years (read as: a lot of fabric) as well as to get it organized, a la Jeni Baker's suggestions in her awesome "Art of Choosing" blog series.
I'm working my way through some old WIPs, sometimes with less than inspiring fabrics compared to my new stuff. Participating in mini quilt swaps on Instagram and a couple quilting bees has allowed me to start dipping into the new stuff, and I've started making piles of some of my newer fabrics so that once I'm allowed to start some new larger projects, I have a palette ready to go. ;-)
I have found in my shopping this year that I am a blender addict. The majority of my purchases this year have been tone-on-tone or white-on-color fabrics. I participated in the Stash Stack Club for a few months (turquoise, citron/lime, orange) which built up my stash in those areas. You'll see my gaps in the rainbow, namely pinks and true greens. I'd also like a few more reds to choose from.
Lots of blues... but many of those are a decade old (originally collected for a bed quilt I was going to make myself when I was single, and never even started) and slightly less than inspiring. I destashed some to a friend recently, but the blues could use some more work.
Neutrals (I clearly lean to greys over browns/tans):
These are holiday prints (Halloween and Hanukkah) and miscellaneous multicolored prints, including novelty:
Once I got the stash all organized it made it so easy for me to pull fabrics for projects, or potential projects in some cases. Yeah, I just like to play with my pretty fabrics. Here are a few of my current piles. I'm building this first pile for some future quilt project. I'm currently crushing on greens/turquoises/teals.
I have a sorely neglected WIP to make my 2.5 year old a cuddle quilt. These batiks will be the fish on her ocean quilt.
And these cute zebras and elephants will become a baby quilt. Still thinking on a pattern choice for them.
Any fabrics that are over a yard I have stored on my mini bolts (cut up foam poster board from the dollar store).
Three of those are slated to be backings on specific projects in my current to do list. A few others I'm intending to make children's clothing with. My son will probably use the turtle or octopuses for the backing on his quilt.
I'll have to show you my precuts and scraps in another post. All in all my stash is in much better shape than it started the year. The gaps that I'm currently shopping are:
- white on black
- red blenders
- low volume (esp text fabrics)
- non-blenders (stuff with more than one color in it!)
That said, I'm not in particular need of filling those gaps at the moment. I need to knock out some finishes before I start a fun new project. I'll be linking up to #sewmystash2015 on IG led my Leasa as I use some of what you see above throughout the year.
What's in your fabric stash?
Linking up to Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.