Sunday, January 8, 2012

What to use...what to use?

I don't know if you can call what I have, fabric-wise, a "stash". It's really not big enough to be a stash, and I can't afford to buy much more fabric right now {note to self: I REALLY need to figure out how to win a few of these giveaways I'm always entering, lol}.
But I do have to figure out what to use for my upcoming projects. For the Free Motion Quilt-Along, I can actually use anything. It doesn't technically have to be something that anyone will see after the fact since it's mostly for practice. Ideally, though, I'd like the 12+ blocks to BE something. No one wants to work and then throw it away.

Because of my small stash (yeah, I'm going to call it that anyway) I have a really hard time cutting into anything. Silly. I have a small amount of scraps that I bought online from Sandi Henderson, and I find myself squeezing every inch out of that rather than cutting into any of the fat quarters I have. I only have about 12 of each color type - purple, blue, aqua, green, yellow, red, pink, orange, and peach...with a few in between shades. I have a couple of browns. Almost no black and white except for some small scraps. A half dozen multi-colors. And zero neutrals/lights/creams/whites/tans.

And what is the first monthly project for the I Have to Say ? A trio of courthouse steps mini quilts, that use a selection of creams/neutrals/whites/tans. Sigh. Usually, I can just figure out a different way to do it, but I really don't like the look of that block without the contrast of the neutrals with the color. So I have to figure out what the heck to use before Tuesday. I might just break down and spend $10 at Hobby Lobby (the only fabric store I can get to in the next 2 days) and get a few just to get past this one project. They really don't seem like fun fabrics to buy, but I'm resolving to pick up a new one every time I order online from now on, to build up my supply.

Okay, so that's two projects that I don't have fabric choice ideas for. Leah Day's FMQ project can be done on anything, so that's okay. And the Bee blocks are no problem. But these others are hard.

Here is my second block for the BeeJeebers Bee - a wonky tree. I still have to embroider the ropes for the swing, but will mail them off to their owner Jamie this week.

See ya later!!

1 comment:

  1. Your tree for BeeJeebers looks great. Can't wait to see what you do for Sunni for the Stash Bee. I'm still sketching mine out.