Before I start today’s post I want to say we had tons of comments on my post about my long arm. I had a few follow questions and I’m putting together the answers for them and will be posting that on Monday afternoon. That will give you a little time to get more questions in if you have them…and it’s been a busy week here and I haven’t gotten time to get some pictures snapped to go with the post…so you have until noonish on Sunday to get your questions in.
Now for today’s post:
You all have often heard me say that I’m collecting fabrics for this or that quilt. I love doing this. Sure, I could go to the fabric store and pretty much buy whatever I needed for a quilt…but I don’t. Why? For me collecting builds the anticipation of making the quilt.
I do it for another reason too. I helps me to remember that I will be provided for. Yes..I can go out and do it myself but, I have also learned that people like to help and the God likes to provide.
Here’s an example:
Cheryl Reagan sent me a box of scraps a long time ago. At the time, I needed a baby quilt for my granddaughter Lucy. As I looked through the scraps I realized there were lots of Kaffe prints there. Oh I’d love them but never bought any as I decided I’d want a whole quilt of them not just a few pieces.
I ended up making this quilt for Lucy.
It’s a simple disappearing nine patch with a spot cut for her name and a mouse. Her nickname is “Mouse”.
I got so I loved the fabrics even more after working with them. Well then
I found this Kaffe fabric at Goodwill back in the summer of 2018 and that was the start of collecting vs going out and buying.
These were in a bag with other scraps for $5. It was an awesome scrap bag. That’s when I started telling all of you that I was collecting. I didn’t know what quilt I was going to make…just a quilt with primarily Kaffe fabrics.
Then these came in the mail. One might think these wouldn’t be very useful…
But they are perfect. I love them. I ended up cutting them up and started long term plans to eventually make a Wild & Goosey quilt, it’s paper pieced, with the tiniest scraps.
Along the way while thrifting, I’ve found some Kaffe fabrics here and there.
These came from Barbara and I was in SHOCK!! YAHOO. My collection was growing.
Then Connie gifted me these….
…and a scrap bag.
I’m determined that someday, I’m making a quilt from these…and then with the tiniest scraps, I’ll make the Wild and Goosey quilt. Waiting for the fabrics and hunting for them, makes it all so much fun for me. When they come in the mail, seriously, I do a HUGE happy dance. With every tiny scrap that comes, I anticipate the “someday quilt” more and more. By the time I get the pieces to make it, and the design in my head….I’m going to be bursting with excitement to make these quilts. I’m purposely not buying fabric at the store for the project. I will admit I just finished the Wild Child quilt that had a Kaffe fabric for the border and I did put the leftovers in the collection bucket. Other than that, and possible more border leftovers, I’m not buying any Kaffe fabrics for the quilt. Silly to some I know, but I love it.
In fact, I love it so much that I’ve started collecting for other projects.
I have a collection for Kaffe Stripes:
Long ago I made this quilt…
I saved the scraps. Then I’ve periodically found more at the thrift store.
I have this quilt in mind for them…
I’ve loved this quilt for years. I might have already made it if it hadn’t been for the applique centers. I’m getting braver about that though. I figure by the time I get the fabric collected, I’ll be brave enough to do the applique.
So what other fabrics am I collecting….
Orange shirts to make Mary’s version of Oregon or Bust. It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt. Read about Mary’s quilt HERE.
I’m making this with men’s shirts. I have enough blues. I’m guessing I’m getting close to enough oranges too but haven’t officially counted. If I don’t want much variety, I might be okay but you know me, I love variety.
I have this big pile of blues and yellows..I have something designed for these. I’m holding out on starting as I could use a few more yellow shirts.
I really want to make this quilt. Before I liked it and wanted to make it but the bug to REALLY make it has hit. I think it would look great in my living room.
Originally I read the pattern and saw this was for a small lap quilt. Then I decided I have to make about quadruple the blocks to get enough for a big quilt…well now that I want it for a lap quilt in the living room, I’m starting to think I might have enough shirts. For this I am using only STRIPED shirts in black and white…maybe gray too. Finding stripes and NOT PLAIDS has been a challenge.
I started collecting calicos after I found some at the thrift store one day. I’ve continued to find them and you all have sent them to me too. I’m not sure what I’m going to make with them yet. Time will tell…for now, I’m simply collecting. Something will come to me.
I started collecting grays when Bonnie Hunter said she was making a quilt with them.
I knew I had no grays and never bought them so I made a plan to collect them. I figured by the time she published her book with the quilt in it I might have enough grays. Well the book came out and I saw the quilt.
Here is Bonnie Hunter’s Silver Lining quilt.
Then I saw the quilt….for me I thought no. I want to make the gray part blue. So I quit collecting. Then I got my living furniture which is gray. I’m back to making this in gray again and it will be a living room quilt. I don’t have a lot but I get closer and closer to having enough every time I find a piece.
The last collection…I just started. I can see that some of my other collections are coming to a close, so why not start a new one.
When Bonnie Hunter’s book String Frenzy came out I looked the patterns over picking which ones I’d like to make…this one, Emerald City was on the list.
I really liked it but I’m not a green girl. I figured I’d make it in red. I am a red girl. I love all things red. Besides I didn’t have much green fabric so I’d make it a different color as I didn’t care for green.
A blog reader must have been going through their stash as all of these were sent to me in one package.
I started to put them in the box to donate…and then thought, no. I’ll make Emerald City in green. I’d just collect and wait.
I do like doing something different now and then and for me, making a green quilt is something different. I don’t know that I ever have.
Seriously, collecting fabric for quilt is like anything else someone might collect, thimbles, Featherweights, pincushions, dishes….When you’re collecting, you always looking for “the thing”. There’s excitement to the hunt. Friends contact you as they too are part of your hunt if you tell them what you’re looking for. I think it makes looking and hunting more fun than ever when you’re slowly collecting rather then just buying everything you need…especially in scrap quilts.
I know people that collect food themed fabric or “abc” fabric or fabrics good for eye spy quilts. I think going on a shop hop is especially conducive to collecting fabric. It also gives you and “out” to not buy things. I know how easy it is to go from store to store and want to buy something from everyone. If you go with the intent of “collecting food themed fabric” (or whatever you’re collecting) you can say, “Oh I loved your store but I’m on a mission, I’ll collecting food themed fabrics”. It gives you an out to not buy…or only collect a fat quarter or two.
The best part of collecting, I think, is the savoring the anticipation of making the quilt. It sure is that way for me. I’d love to hear the types of fabric all of you are collecting…please share in the comment box. I can’t wait to read them. Who knows? It might inspire me to start a new collection.