This month (like several of the previous challenges) was a struggle but this time for a different reason. Cheryl and I went back and forth a couple of times on Instagram about it and I summed it up this way: “I understand the challenge, I just don’t have any fabric that works.”
After scoping out the sale table at the fabric store I found a few possibilities that worked and Cheryl encouraged me to get this one.
I am glad I chose this one as the crisp lines of the stripes made it easy to match. And it has two different possible stripes (the yellow at centre or the white at centre). Trying both gave me four different blocks.
These blocks have the yellow centred.
And these have the white centred.
For fun I collaged a picture of the four blocks to see what more would look like. Part of my brain thought “oh don’t start another quilt!” but I ignored that part. Sunday morning I cut blocks and today I have this:
This will be a 44″ square baby quilt/floor mat. I need a backing still. And then I need to quilt this one too.
This is the fastest quilt top I’ve ever made: bought fabric Friday, finished top Monday!
I’m still going to play with the other false starts I had for this challenge. One of them sparked an idea I’m excited about.
Next up is fabric for the belated 5th birthday dress for W. I totally guessed on amounts but I’m sure there’s enough for a sundress at least. The solid is Kona pansy.
Then we strayed away from “necessary for an in-process project” into “I like this lots”.
Back into necessary fabric territory is this high-vis netting. Husband wants me to modify his fabric-and-reflective cycling vest into a mesh-and-reflective cycling vest. It’s 72″ wide. I predict I will have leftovers for years.
I took yesterday off from the #crosscutquiltalong. On Wednesday, after we had sewed the blocks into a 9 patch, we had to cut it into 16 smaller blocks. I had no problem doing that (some people were reluctant to do this) but I shot myself in the foot with trying to be clever. So then I had to fix my mistake which was frustrating and grumpy-making so yesterday I said fuck it and we went to the beach.
Happiness is hanging out somewhere pretty with enough food for kids.
Today was payday so I skipped down to the fabric store and bought me some stripes for the mighty lucky challenge. I’ve got just a couple of days before the next challenge is posted.
This is the fabric Cheryl suggested from my short list and I think I’ll be glad of this choice. The stripes are nice and clear and hopefully easy to match. I love the photo bomb too.
I had the fabric, it’s a stripe. Good enough I thought! But I knew that really the colour difference was not enough. Or non-existant really. And Cheryl commented that the print is quite subtle too. Moral: free fabric is sometimes not appropriate.
On the weekend I went through every single piece of fabric I own. In the house, under the bed, the garage stash. I had three pieces that were possible. One was less than a fat 1/8th, one was again too subtle. But the third piece, said Goldilocks, was just right! I thought HARD about what block to make to best showcase the scale of the print.
I give you…
I only noticed the mistakes when uploading the picture. Dammit.
But I had a kind friend who took my kids for an hour tonight and I went to check out the sale table at my LQS (which is actually an everything-but-upholstery fabric store).
A – too pale and fiddly
B – a bold choice!
C -ugly as sin but could be really fun
D – fun but limited options
E – ditto too fiddly, lots of options though
F – Brandon Mably, you choose weird colours.
There is a 1/2 metre minimum so I can’t get them all. I think I’ll probably go for C. Maybe some B too. At least I made it through SEVEN WHOLE months of Mighty Lucky and birthday charm swap without buying any fabric for any of them. Yay me.
It’s kind of a long story, and the details aren’t really mine to tell but I can tell you that instead of the 1.5m I wanted of this fabric I was given the bolt. It feels weird to be complaining about free fabric but wow, that’s a lot of fabric. A LOT of fabric.
I’m estimating there are approximately 12m here so you will be seeing this fabric in future projects. I will also sell some if anyone is interested. Anyone? Bueller?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, it’s halfway through July so I thought it high time to start my mighty lucky challenge. Cheryl Arkison is in charge this time around and her topic is “One Fabric, One Quilt.” It’s all about using striped or directional prints, or large scale prints. And since I had an epic tonne of a stripe hanging around…
My first two blocks.
Since it’s new fabric in my stash I might as well link up with Molli Sparkles!