Thursday, January 2, 2014

Works in Progress 2014

In a last minute grab to take advantage of all the end of year sales both online and at my local quilt shops, I’m ready to take the plunge and declare a fabric fast. Jess of The Elven Garden and Rebecca of Making Rebecca Lynne have teamed up to encourage each other and the rest of the quilting world to stop buying and start sewing. So here goes my list of works in progress.
2012 BOM sampler, Make quilts from the following collections: Briar Rose, Glimma, Architextures, Comma, Simply Color, Sunnyside, Waterfront Park, and Dear Stella Dots.  In my last minute purchasing frenzy I bought solids to coordinate with these lovlies. I also have the fabrics for another Japanese One Yard, and fabrics and a pattern from the premier issue of Quilts and More magazine.
To tame the scraps I’m also joining the Economy block quilt along started by Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics (her Istagram ID is justabitfrayed and Katy from I am a Ginger Monkey (Instagram ID imagingermonkey).
See the hash tag #economyblockalong on Instagram for ideas and inspiration. There are some great variations in fabric selection and placement The economy block is a square within a square within a square block. A simple Google search will find numerous free patterns. You can make them any size you want. I don’t plan to paper piece mine, but here’s a paper piecing pattern and some beautiful inspiration from Wombat Quilts

I’m still pondering what to do with the authentic African blue and yellow batiks, the African damasks,  the Bold over Batiks, the authentic French provincials, and the vintage Lily Pulitzer scraps that belonged to my mother. Oh yes, and that gorgeous piece of silk my husband brought me from Vietnam in 1970.
So here goes:
I pledge to 6 months of fabric fasting between January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014
1) No fabric purchases for 6 months beginning January 1, 2014. 
2) At 6 months reevaluate status and decide whether to keep going for full year.  Evaluation July 1, 2014.
3) Create a UFO list and complete them
4) Exceptions
  • Backing: purchasing a backing to finish a quilt top is permissible.  However, attempting to use fabric in your possession for a backing is preferable. I do love a pieced back.
  • Books and Magazine purchases are allowed as they are not fabric.  Notions acceptable too.
  • Baby quilts for those special people in my life, but as with backing, it is preferable to use what I have.
I have a plan, by June 30, all the fabrics I’m lusting for in the spring 2014 releases will be on sale! Just kidding, perhaps I can live without Zen Chic’s Sphere, and Carolyn’s Botanica, and Kate’s Daydreamin’ and Lotta’s Mormor, and Malka’s From Outside In…


  1. I'm so impressed- a fabric fast! I was going to ask what about books, but then I saw your rules. It's a fun approach and I bet you're going to surprise yourself with what you come up with. Good luck!

  2. Hello fellow fabriholic. Hope you have a good six months. You have some very lovely fabric lines to cut up and sew into something beautiful.

  3. I love the camel and minaret prints! Good luck fasting! And I agree, you're going to come up with some cool stuff!