Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fabric Hoarding and more!

I am sitting in my studio for the first time since last weekend. My big computer is in here. I hardly ever sit in here anymore. The pictures seem so big on the monitor! I really should stay off my laptop in the living room. OR I could move the laptop into the studio. Two computers in the studio? I will have to give that some thought.

Speaking of thinking, I often struggle with feeling guilty for having more fabric than I will ever use in my lifetime. Then I came across this posting from
 (She's talking about fabric stashes)
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"We've all done the "fabric diet".  We've all tried the "not buying for 6 months" etc.  And lots of us have come out and declared: 
"I am a Fabric Addict."
Now if this is you, and you're happy with all this, that's fine with me.  I have no problem with anyone else.  You do what's good for you.  I want to do what's good for me.  And that's what this post is about.  I have a declaration for you.  
I may or may not be a Fabric Addict.  But either way,
You know what?  No bills go unpaid, nobody goes hungry, no overdraft gets touched.  So, thank you, but no thank you, I don't have a problem.  
Its FUN to buy fabric."
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Isn't that a wonderful way of thinking about fabric? I think I will try to think more this way instead of ruining perfectly good fabric by feeling guilty that I have it!

Speaking of fabric,  I played with mine today. I finished up the pumpkin block using reverse appliqué to add the face:
I plan to add a few swirly vines before I actually quilt it.
Here are the first six blocks, all sewn together:
I did find a flag to put on that schoolhouse block. I need to do the flag pole yet. I will probably do those pumpkin vines at the same time.

I took the plunge and am going to do a few courses in thread work with Superior Threads University series. It starts several times per year. This is what came in the first box which is bigger as it has all the starter stuff in it:
I will be working with their Razzle Dazzle thread first.

The box included a special batting, five spools of thread, a DVD, a catalog of all their threads, a three ring binder with 12 clear plastic sleeve/pockets, a selection of machine needles, and the first project. Two of the spools of thread were my 'welcoming gifts'. I started working on the first step today. I will post photos of my progress later.

The dress in this photo is made from sweatshirt material. I am going to try to shorten it to knee length to see if I like that better. If not, I will shorten it more and make it into a longer-than-normal sweatshirt.

I finally got my Thanksgiving table runner done!!! 
It only took me three years!

Here is a photo of my cathedral window quilt:
I dug it out of the special box where I was storing it. It makes me smile every time I look at it! I am going to start to work on it again. I needed a hand sewing project since all my appliqué projects are currently done. 
I am still hand quilting the hexagon quilt too. It is slow going but at least it IS going again! I really want to get these two done before starting any other labor intensive quilts . . . like my own designed appliqué quilt!

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful autumn weekend!
Happy Sewing Y'all!!!


Jackie said...

Great post on fabric hoarding. I've tried to only use fabric in my stash but new, inviting, buy me now fabrics keep coming out. How is one to resist? Besides as you said, bills get paid, etc. Plus what other hobby allows you to bless and give to others?

Archie the wonder dog said...

Wow, your Cathedral Windows quilt is stunning!!