Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fall Harvesting Weekend

Friday gatherings
Saturday gatherings

More, more more!

It all started Wednesday, with a sales paper my Maw-Maw saved for me. (For those of you not from the South, Maw-Maw would be Grandmother.) She gets the newspaper everyday and saves me all the coupons. Thanks Maw-Maw! This sales paper was for a local fabric store with great deals and 40% off coupons. I perused the sales paper making a mental list of things I would check out once at the store, the sale starts Friday.

As I do with any trip to the fabric store, especially when a sale is on, I set myself a budget. This is more of  a self control measure than anything, otherwise I'd probably have to bring a trailer to haul all my newly purchased goodies home. I also like the challenge of working within a budget, it's kind of like a game for me, I see how many combinations I can come up with that fit the budget and then pick the one I like most and bring it home. My husband thinks I'm nuts! He says just buy it all, but I can't change the rules of my game. I like the self-imposed restrictions, as sick as that my seem to some, I believe it is part of my creative process.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

UFO Sighting

UFO pile up

Unfinished objects may be bigger than they appear

While I searched for photos to post I spotted a UFO, or a bunch of them depending on how you look at it. In the quilting world a UFO is any UnFinished Object. It seems to be a normally occurring event for most quilters. I made these blocks back in 2005, I was in the mood to make some blocks on afternoon, grabbed a few fabrics that went together and started making strip sets. As you can see I had way more red and blue fabric than I did white. With the left over blue and red strip sets I made the nine patch blocks. Yes, this is one of those times I made blocks with no vision of a finished quilt. After I finished sewing I ended up with eight blue cornered nine patches, eight red cornered nine patches, and thirty six red, white, and blue bar blocks, each with a six inch finish size. I put the blocks away and went on with life.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Make a Nine Patch Disappear

Squaring up a block

It's so hip to be square!

My current quilt in progress (QIP) is based on the block design called disappearing nine patch. It is a nine patch block cut through the center vertically and horizontally to form a completely new set of four blocks. To follow is the process I went through to get this quilt started. I say on this quilt because sometimes I make blocks just to make them with no end result in mind, but that's another story.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Stash Building

Some of my stash

Stash away, stash away, stash away all... All the fabric that I can!

I began building my stash long before I started my first quilt. I love fabric! When I began shopping for fabric I had no idea about the quilts it would be used to make. I just knew one day I'd use it in one.

Fabric can get a bit pricey and usually when quilting you go shopping for fabric knowing the design, pattern, size of and amount of fabric you will need already figured out. Not me! Like I've said, I live dangerously in the world of quilting; I don't follow all the rules, I don't like to follow patterns. I buy fat quarters by the armful! I save up all year and I can't wait for the local quilt shop's annual fat quarter frenzy! Yes, I know I can buy fat quarters anytime but I like working within a budget, the not knowing what's going to be available when I get there, the vision of all the bundles laid out before me like a field of fabric just waiting for the good ones to be harvested by me! I shop the remnant bin at the local fabric and craft stores! Nothing has to match, I just buy what I like. I like the challenge of not knowing how the fabric will be used.