#destash and a Fabric Fast

So last night was the very crazy Instagram UK fabric de-stash party.

For those who don’t know this where lots of sewing enthusiasts and fabric hoarders have a clear out and sell what they don’t want via Instagram.

There were some fabulous things up for grabs and the excitement was immense.

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Yes, I went a little crazy and today feels a bit like ‘the morning after the night before’;  As the paypal invoices roll into my in-box I’m struggling to remember what I bought…and no, I didn’t even sell anything to fund this shopping spree!

So lying in bed last night feeling a tad guilty, I decided that I really do have enough fabric to last me the rest of the year, or at least the next 6 months, so I’m going to sign myself up to Fabriholics Anonymous, a group of self confessed fabric buyers and hoarders.  I’m committing to 6 months from today, so here are my goals and my commitment.

GOALS:

– To use the fabric I already have.
– Finish projects I’ve started without distraction by shifting to other new beautiful fabric.
– Stop buying fabric.
– Save the money I would have spent
FABRIC FAST RULES:
1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014.   (20th January for me!)
2) At 6 months re-evaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.
3) Create a UFO list and complete them!
4) Exceptions
  • Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable.
  • Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.
  • Swap Mama Fabric: if hosting a swap you are permitted to by fabric to execute swap duties, but you may not join a swap simply for the sake of being able to buy fabric!
  • Quilts for Publication: if you are making a quilt for a publication and need certain fabric to execute it correctly then that is a major exception – who can blame you?There you go, I think it will be great. I have tons of lovely fabric and I’m really excited about using it!

Hoo hoo!

Some good friends of ours recently had their second baby and of course I jumped at the chance to sew them something. After a bit of head scratching I decided on something decorative. I’d seen some lovely ideas for embroidery hoops in this months Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
With my new found skill of paper piecing I opted to make this cute little owl which I found the pattern for on craftsy.

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He was a little fiddly in places (especially those feet!) and certainly stretched my skills! Getting the back tidy involved lots of double sided tape, not really my cup of tea but I persisted! I re-sized the pattern a bit smaller but needn’t have as he fitted fine. Leaving it bigger would have made it easier!
I was totally thrilled with him and really wanted to keep him. I’d love to make more. I think they’d make great Christmas gifts.

Quilt Planning

Since my last post I’ve had my birthday and now I am the ripe old age of 40!! I had a lovely day and was thoroughly spoilt!
I seem to have started the new year with loads of quilt plans. One of them involving all these low volume charms which I got in a swap at the end of last year.

20140111-155934.jpg Over joyed at the prospect of minimal cutting (you know how I love cutting!) i set straight to work turning them into these blocks.

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I made two extra blocks from my own scraps so now I have 9. Not enough for a quit in its own right but the start of one.

I recently had the luck on winning a Kate Spain Sunnyside jelly roll in a giveaway. A lot of the strips will make perfect low volume sashing. So I’m plotting and planning what to do…pencil paper stylie. This is the first quilt I’ve planned with out proper instructions. I hope it all works!