Saturday morning I was browsing through email, and saw a new picture FROM MY CAROLINA HOME’s blog and she was talking about fabric requirements for another mystery quilt along (From my Carolina Home ) . I am such a follower, I had to save the info, comment and take the survey, then run out to the sewing room over the garage and PULL fabrics!! Yes, all this before I had to be at my card making class at 10 am at the local public library! Got me, hook line and sinker. But, hey, it all came out of the scrap storage system…Yes, every bit…. I will post some pictures once I get it organized a little. Meanwhile…………
I’m sure I have mentioned before those “nationally known” quilters I follow, and have identified them in posts when I have followed one or more of their patterns. Last week we chatted about Bonnie Hunter, and the new “Quiltville Winter Mystery, 2015! Allietare!” ( Quiltville Winter Mystery Quilt details ) In that post, ( Another Mystery Quilt ) I talked about getting my paint chips and pulling fabric. Well, mission accomplished!! Take a look at what I choose to use! (If you click on the photo’s, you will get a nice close up view)
I was at Hancock Fabric and found that lovely fabric under the gold paint chip. It is WINE BOTTLE LABELS!! Going to do Italy, there will be wine! I had purchased on Monday the grey indicated but I wasn’t feeling the warmth of it or the black. So, I made a few adjustments; swapping chocolate brown with a black undertone for the black. When I got to the grey, I knew it “had to go”, and I chose the green. It will substitute fairly well. I had some visions in my head of Tuscany and knew that green was a necessity!. I think the red’s I chose work, except I wanted to go a bit more “merlot” than the top red that matches the card, so will no doubt use the 2nd fabric in the pile of the red. The grey goes into the stash, and maybe that top red too. So, not everything came from the stash on hand, I did do some more “fabric acquisition”. Just what I needed to round out the selections. I am going to let my neutrals be scrappy, but the rest will be constant fabrics. This week will be enough time to get them pre-washed and ironed. First clue is presented on “Black Friday”….a great day to stay home & sew!
Now, about my other “follows”….I am a big fan of Pat Sloan and am excited to be signed up for a 2 day workshop this week. The workshop on Monday is called Wild & Free, where we focus on making the background piece for future applique. The pattern is Mama’s Garden. The advance workshop information was to “fill a laundry basket” with fabrics that you would like to play with to build this background piece. This is where having a stash is handy. I filled 4 rubber maid bins with fabrics! (I am reminded of how heavy fabric can be!). The second day, we will be doing “The Magic of EASY Machine Appliqué”. In this workshop, we were to prepare the background BEFORE the class, which I did this afternoon. Honestly glad that I spent part of Friday and Saturday pulling fabric to take to this class. Check out Pat Sloan’s website and see if you can find these two workshops and what I will be up to ! ( Pat Sloan Workshops ).
I’m sure you don’t remember, but back when I started this blog in 2012, I had taken 2 classes at Serendipity Quilt shop that used Pat Sloan’s books. In those classes we made a lot of projects. Something new every week for 10 or 12 weeks. I have some “works-in-progress” left from those classes 2 or more years ago. I do have 2 official “finishes”; the Cupcakes and the Friendship Star.The “big star” is still a “work in progress”. I had to search for a photo of it. If you notice , the Big Star is on top of 2 other quilts on the design wall, and has one next to it. No wonder I didn’t get anything finished!! My goal this winter is to wrap some of these “WIP’s” up. Get them done and out of the project boxes. Get to the point got stalled during the quilting. Since I started, I have gotten a new machine, and I hope my FMQ has improved somewhat. Hey, these classes were “Beginning Quilting”, so I am giving myself a break! Enjoy these vintage 2012 & 2013 (yikes) projects !
Time to finish this glass of Merlot and call the day finished. Updates later in the week! If you are doing the Quiltville Mystery Quilt or the From My Carolina Home Mystery/Quilt along, what do your fabrics look like???