Pretty soon we’ll be packing up our belongings and moving to a new house, as we launch into the adventure of inter-generational living with my parents. It’s exciting to be sure! But then there’s all that sifting, sorting, and packing to be done! Do we really need six kitchen bowls? 7 sets of dishes? 10 bath towel sets? I’m not making this up, folks!
And then there’s all my fabric. I’m not nearly as bad a “fabricaholic” as some I’ve seen! But I do have my fair share of lovely piles. I take them out regularly, re-sort them, and admire their colors and patterns (which probably sounds really weird if you don’t quilt, but don’t judge, ‘cause you probably collect something too!). Then I remind myself that I don’t really need to make another shopping expedition to my favorite fabric store. In fact, I actually have quite a bit of fabric that I haven’t looked at for a long time. Maybe I just need to beef up my supply of yellows and greens.. .
The antidote, of course, is to make more quilts with the fabric I already have. So that’s what I set out to do. Most of my fabrics are nicely sorted by colors, in baskets and fabric boxes I created a few years ago. (Heather at the Sewing Loft has great instructions here.) But I have a few containers that store a very topsy-turvy assortment of leftover scraps from previous quilts I made. Plus, I have a few “failed” quilt attempts—blocks I pieced that just never saw the light of day.
When I first started my quilting business, I went just a teensy bit crazy over Tula Pink fabrics. They’re just so whimsical! I bought a lot of the Slow and Steady line, with all the crazy rabbit/turtle fabrics. I DID eventually make some quilts, but let’s just say I had, ahem, a lot left over. There they sit, in the bottom of my “failed” container, all those vibrantly-colored, brilliantly-designed fabrics. Beautiful, but guilt-inducing. Why did I spend money on new fabric when I could use up what I already have?! It doesn’t help when my accountant (aka my husband) hands me spreadsheets detailing my monthly business income vs. expenditures.
So in keeping with the moving house/sorting stuff momentum, I know that if I ever want to buy more fabric with a clear conscience, I have to start making quilts with these “failed” fabrics. I took that great Tula Pink fabric and made a pretty cute lap quilt. Then I sewed up the left-over Allison Harris “Dixie” fabric into a lovely little quilt too. And then I got on a roll, and made a couple of darling patchwork pillows with a wildly-random assortment of leftover scraps, which I’m very pleased with! (Allison at Woodberry Way has a great tutorial.) So yay! I think the month of July was actually in the black on those darn spreadsheets!
Happy quilting, and let me know what you’ve done with your “failed” projects!