Since I have “met the deadline” for the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild quilt show next week, with 2 quilts labeled, sleeved, tagged and bagged, I needed SOMETHING to do for a couple of days, just for me….for FUN….
I decided I would start and catch up with Pat Sloan’s latest sew-along “Grandma’s Kitchen”. I decided that on Wednesday afternoon, and downloaded the patterns, and started pulling fabrics. I had a plan, a theme, but then I decided I needed more……fabric…….
So; you know how it goes….a Fabric Acquisition Road Trip! Because you can never have too much fabric!
I decided to use my collection of 30’s reproduction fabrics, which was mostly fat quarters and fat eighths, but not enough variety as recommended in the pattern. The 30’s reproduction fabrics remind me of my Grandma Bessie, and the house dresses she would make, the aprons she would wear, and they just make me smile. I pulled some “other” fabrics too that would speak of grandchildren and childhood etc.
There is a local long arm quilter that is pulling up stakes and moving South and she has advertised a big sale at her home. I made plans last week to stop over and see what she had to offer. Everything was going for $4/yard; and she was cutting from the bolt in 1 yard increments. She also had some “off cuts” from long arm projects; wide backings I would guess; as well as selling wide backings, fat quarters etc. All beautiful quilt store quality fabrics. She is trying to lighten the load for the move. She has an internet business and will resume online sales after her move is completed.
So, I kept my eyes open at the sale and found 3 different reproduction prints that I did not have and got 2 yards of each. I picked up a few other things too, including 3 yards of an off white batik with an overprint of gold swirls. I had such a good time the FIRST time I shopped, I left with $1 in my pocket and a HUGE bag of fabric. That was Thursday.
A friend of mine went on Friday, and told me the seller was still putting out “new” fabrics, and so we plotted and planned and made a 2nd trip over to shop. Today, I was in the “market” for MORE 1930’s reproduction fabrics, and green fabrics that would work with the 30’s fabrics. I ended up with 2 more reproduction prints, a fat quarter of green, and a TON of white on white, off white, neutral fabrics of all types.
Between Thursday and today I’ve washed over 30 yards of fabric! I like to prewash before I start a project. I hung most of the fabrics to dry after they spent a few minutes in the clothes dryer. My effort to keep the energy costs down!
After the washing and drying; most of the reproduction prints went out to the sewing room. I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon ironing with spray starch. Went through an entire can if you can imagine that. The 12 or 15 yards I washed today will need ironing as well; but since they are not going into a project immediately, I am going to ruler fold, label with the yardage, and indicate the fabrics are washed. I usually don’t starch stuff that is going to be stored for a long period of time.
Last evening, after the ironing, I cut the fabrics I needed for the first 3 blocks of Grandma’s Kitchen. Today, after my “2nd” road trip for fabric, I got busy and put the blocks together.
Here is block 1 of 25 – The Kitchen Table –
I photographed it in Black & White to see if I hit the mark with the light – medium – darks
I think it works!
Here is block 2 of 25 – Sticky Buns –
Again, I did a black & white, because I thought I might have gone too dark with the medium.
And finally – block 3 of 25 “Keyholder”
I think I made the light-medium-dark thing work, and will do some photos of the fabrics before I cut the next block just to be certain.
Now, I am caught up and the next block won’t come out until Wednesday – next week. If you want to participate, check out Pat Sloan’s website for Grandma’s Kitchen Free pattern for more information. There is still plenty of time to get started, especially if you have a nice stash of fabric and don’t “NEED” to shop (I know “crazy talk”….we need to shop for fabric!) The pattern is released weekly, starting June 28, and will run through Nov 22. Pat said in the intro that there will be 25 blocks and the finish project is “large lap sized”. These three blocks measure up at 12.5″.
Are you doing any sew-alongs? If you do them, how do you manage to “keep up” ??? I hope to stay on track with this project, as it goes along, but I remind myself it is not a race! (Told my hubby I was crazy for starting ANOTHER project when I have so many UFO’s…..tomorrow I will tackle the next round of borders on Talkin’ Turkey!)
Wherever you are, enjoy your projects!
Don’t forget – if you are in the Mid-Atlantic area, plan to visit the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild show –
“Peach Blossom – Quilts in the Orchard” – July 21 – 22, 2017 at: Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE.
Admission: $8 per day; $14 for 2 day pass
Free Parking along with,
Judged Quilt Displays, Challenge Quilts, Lectures, Workshops, Demonstrations
Merchant Mart, Raffle Baskets,
Second Time Around Shop,
Food Service on-site, and
Community Service Projects
Door Prizes too!
Quilt Show Lectures and Workshops Sign-up
Friday, July 21:
11 AM ♦ Terry Kramzar, Lecture and Trunk Show
1 PM ♦ Laurie Simpson Workshop, “Big Stitch Hand Quilting”. Class is $50 and limited to 20 participants.
Saturday, July 22:
11 AM ♦ Laurie Simpson, Lecture and trunk show
“Pieced Quilting in Layers”. 1 PM ♦ Terry Kramzar Workshop, Class is $50 and limited to 25 participants.
To reserve a class (space is limited) contact:Ellie Hatch.
Entry fee for the lectures is $5.00 (at the door)
More show info at https://www.oceanwavesquiltguild.org/quilt-show
When you come, be sure to look for me at the Second Time Around booth!