Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rainbows and Scraps

Oh my word!  Has it really been that long since my last post?  Sometimes time just gets away from me.  I am going to blame the foggy brain I have had lately.  I am just having a heck of a time staying organized.

Let's see, what have I been up to?  Mostly I have been working on my Scrappy Picnic Plaid quilt for the Quilter's Planner Sewalong on Instagram.  #qp2016sewalong.  It has been a lot of fun sorting through my scraps and seeing it all come together.  I am just loving the rainbows of fabric.  I certainly see many more rainbow quilts in my future.

I have realized one thing though, I have quite a few fabrics in my stash and scrap bin that I am just about sick of.  I bought a billion yards of a few pieces when I first started quilting and I can't seem to use the last of the fabric.  I have probably ten fabrics that seem never-ending.  I swear they grow when I am not looking.  Of course they are in this quilt along with every other scrap quilt I have made.

Thinking about these fabrics that I no longer love has made me want to sort through all of my shelves and bins and re-organize.  Re-press and fold all of my fabric and sort it differently.  It is a mess right now.  I considered sharing a photo, but it is downright embarrassing.  I will take those not-ideal fabrics and either put them in one of the bins or put them on a shelf by themselves and use them for backs to get rid of them.

I have 2 very distinct fabric "tastes" from my past that are obvious when viewing my stash.  The first phase I went through when I started quilting was my bright/but pastel phase.  Those fabrics that are perfect for a 6-year old girl.  I have tons of them with flowers and hearts and swirls and all things girly.  In purples and pinks and minty greens.  They just don't really go with anything else.  And part of the problem is that I don't know too many young girls anymore.

The second phase I went through I like to call not-quite-neutral.  I have an entire shelf of fabrics that are light browns, tans, and greys that don't ever seem to go with anything else.  They all have a little pop of color or have just a slight tint of yellow or green that makes them stand out from basic off-white.  I have no idea what I was thinking.  Don't get me wrong, they are all beautiful fabrics on their own, but they just don't get along with others.

I am still plugging away at all of the little things I want to have done before the holidays.  I won't be travelling or having guests over Thanksgiving, so I am going to sew and cook all weekend long!  It is going to be fantastic.

I have shared most of these photos on Instagram, but they are so pretty I decided to share them again.  You can follow me on Instagram HERE.

Happy Quilting!
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