|Seersucker plaids and stripes for shorts and capris, batik gauze|
for tops and solids that went into the stash.
|Garment fabrics plus some quilt fabrics, on the right. The|
snowflake fabric on top will back Christmas items.
|Coordinates, plus two extras,|
for star sampler.
|A little of everything|
|Backings, backings, they even included the bolts.|
Which brings me to another thought about when and why I buy fabric. When I have the chance to buy good fabric at a good price, I buy a lot. And then I shop from my stash. I didn't do this when I was making clothing. I started making my own clothes in ninth grade. For many years I'd buy fabric which I had a general idea what I'd do with it, make things and buy more. I didn't always get to the project - I remember a beautiful piece of winter-white wool I bought planning to make a coat. I never got around to it and don't know what happened to that fabric - it may still be in a container in storage!
|More backings. the red floral at|
bottom will back the star sampler.
But during that time, I had easy access to good fabric shops. I loved Cloth World (which later transformed into JoAnn's) and later Piece Goods Shop.
But by the time I began quilting, in 2000, I lived in a fabric desert. The only fabric with 20 miles was a Wal-Mart - with a fairly decent fabric department at that time. Drive 30 miles in the other direction and there was another Wal-Mart, a very small independent shop, and a medium sized fabric store which closed soon after I discovered it. For a quilting store or even JoAnn's, I had to drive 90 to 100 miles each way.
So I got into the habit of shopping when traveling and visiting Mary Jo's, quilt shops, fabric stores, and shopping from my stash. That works well for what I do.
|Some Christmas fabrics. I don't "do"|
flannel, but loved the trees.
Early in the fall, I made another big purchase from Connecting Threads, then a small splurge at the local quilt shop, including some great sewing theme fabric. Then Black Friday and Saturday hit, and I did some damage at JoAnn's. The bulk of the fabric I bought there was for backings for quilts. I am up to close to 20 quilt tops to quilt, including the vintage tops I bought in 2014. I now have enough backings for all the finished tops, and a few in progress. And if anything is left over, I still have a big pile of vintage quilt blocks from last year's find, and even bigger pile of blocks from exchanges.
|A little of this, a little of that. Some backings, some neutrals|
for stash and some just because.
So I am set to sew! I'm working on a plan for the new year for all the things I want to do, but that's a topic for another post.
|And scraps! Someone brought this wonderful bag of scraps|
for the giveaway table at guild. I'm already making plans.