Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Letting go...

Back in the mid-1990's I was getting back into quilting so when a found a line of bright almost solids at my local fabric store I bought a yard of each colorway.

Fast forward to 2015...I still have some of that fabric.

It is like the millennium fabric - every time I clean the sewing room I find a some hidden in with other fabrics or projects.

It isn't like I didn't use the bright fabric.

This small project was the first to use these fabrics (which I believe came from Clothworks? If anyone knows please comment!)

It is also the first quilt that I machine quilted...not saying I did a good job but I did machine quilt using only a magazine article for instructions.  (Backing my first machine quilt project in flannel was not a good idea...)

It was also the first time I paper-pieced.

That I did a decent job on.

But really, I have been dragging the little project around from almost 20 years.  I don't see myself using it on a wall (show that stitching...not even sure I should put it on my blog!)

So tonight I am making a bed for my dog Watson.  The last of the fabric is being cut into 2-1/2 inch strips.  The end of an era! (and add that to the 20% of stuff not going back into the sewing room!)


Teresa in Music City said...

Good for you at least using it! I actually put a lot of my early fabrics in a bin, took them to our guild meeting and put them on the Free table! They were nice brights for their time :)

Sherrill said...

I'm in the process of trying to use up, recycle, repurpose (whatever you want to call it) and was JUST using some brights. Read about Diana on Bonnie's blog and volunteered to help her in her project making Scrappy Trips blocks!!

Cathy said...

I made my first quilt 40 years ago. It was for my parents 25th anniversary. Never made a quilt before. Saw a picture of a quilt I liked and took Mom to buy the fabric. 10 yards each of 4 fabrics....lol Needless to say I still have some this fabric left. Hugs

Tonya Ricucci said...

the bottom fabric is definitely a Jinny Beyer for RJR, not sure of the other two. I had (okay have) all those in my stash too. Making a colorful dog bed sounds like a great idea.

Janet O. said...

Watson will appreciate the bed regardless of the color of the contents.
I bound my first FMQ block and hung it over my quilting machine to remind myself that I have come a long way. But it is only a foot square and doesn't take much room.

Taryn said...

I probably gave away some of that same fabric about 10 years ago which was my last big purge. I am puzzled about how to reconfigure/organize my stash. I have lots of bins by color but too many piles of half yards sitting everywhere. Your plan is a good one - build a new sewing room.

Loris said...

Watson will look lovely on those bright colors. The quilt actually looks lovely and it will be loved I'm sure :-)

Judy Dietrich said...

This quilt piece was patiently waiting for a sweet puppy to inherit!! You will be able to get a good use out of it& Watson will think you made it for him. Win, win