When it came time to select a project for my Passion 48 challenge, I had two goals that were really important to me. First, I wanted to challenge myself to use mostly fabrics from my stash. Second, I wanted to select a quilt that would help me perfect quarter inch seams. Oh, and one more thing…I had to love this pattern since I would be spending one hour a week working on it for the entirety of 2013!
The pattern I finally decided on was Fabric Fusion by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio that was featured in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting (see original quilt below). What intrigues me most about this quilt is the wide the eclectic combination of floral, traditional and modern prints that somehow work seamlessly together. I also love the clean lines and use of the skinny white sashing.
As a somewhat beginner/intermediate quilter, my fabric collection is not very eclectic (yet!). However, my stash did manage to surprise me! Ask anyone that knows me fairly well, and they will tell you that my favorite color palette is a combination of aqua, turquoise, and green. What I found when I started sorting through my stash was a large collection of prints in shades of pink, purple and eggplant. Has your fabric stash ever surprised you when you actually stand back and look at it?
I decided to start with one of my favorite prints from Tula Pink’s “Parisville” fabric line to help with my fabric selection. This print uses a red/pink and eggplant background, but I used the center dots in the eye drop shape to pull more colors from. Notice how I still managed to include some turquoise and green?! So far, the only fabric I will need to purchase will be the white sashing.
I can’t wait to start playing around with the placement of color and scale, but first will be lots of cutting, chain piecing and practicing my quarter inch seams. More on that to come!
We’ve updated our Sewing Lab here at American Patchwork & Quilting®–and we’re beyond excited about the new look. Our first refresh came in the form of Koala Cabinets. If you want to see what we picked out, check out this video.
Our latest update has helped us get a handle on our vast Fabric Library—where we store the most current lines of fabric sent to our offices by a variety of companies.
We use these fabrics to create color options, for photography when we’re pulling together a Color Inspiration article, and to stitch samples when we’re doing step-by-step how-to photos.
We have two Ikea Expedit shelf units that have 25 openings each.
Before, they were filled with baskets Ikea sells to fit the openings. Good looking, but not too functional, as fabric can get heavy and the bins weren’t really designed for that.
So, we were thrilled to find a new locker-style basket being introduced as part of the Better Homes and Gardens® collection at WalMart. (Note: Better Homes and Gardens magazine is the flagship title of Meredith Corporation, which also publishes American Patchwork & Quilting magazine).
And our favorite part is the area on each end where you can write with chalk.
In the Sewing Lab, we use this area to identify the fabric company whose contents are inside the basket.
But we see plenty of applications for all of us to use them in our home sewing spaces—and identify bins by project, color of contents, or fabric collections.
Reasonably priced, these affordable baskets come with snap-on canvas liners that are easily removed for laundering.
Best of all, they’re sturdy and we’ve found that one can hold more than 300 uniformly-folded fat quarters—and still be able to slide into the shelf opening. Now that’s a great storage solution for your stash!
So, if you’re looking to update your sewing space with a look that’s fresh, clean and right on trend, check out these canvas-lined wire storage baskets from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at WalMart. You should find them in stores and online at walmart.com by early June, 2013. I think you’ll love them!
Executive Editor, American Patchwork & Quilting