Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sack o' Scraps

Right now, you might be questioning my sanity.  I know I'm questioning my resolve, self-control and self-discipline.
This is a large sack o' scraps.
This is a large sack o' scraps so tightly compacted, a vacuum has almost been created.

I went to a LQS Monday and for $12.95 you get to root through their scrap bin and take home as many scraps as can be fit in a baggie and still be closed.
Yes.  Those are reds in there too.
We're trying to get better acquainted.

Also found were these lovelies.  Same Kaffe Fassett and Patricia Bravo and I'm ashamed to say I didn't happen to catch the names of the other two.  I'm trying to bring gray into my color palette too.

"Have you seen the little piggies...?"
Picked these up for a splash of sunshine.
They are now playing nicely with some Lecien Flower Sugar and waiting for inspiration to hit.

Some yellow and gold to help me pretend it's sunny outside on a gray, wintry day.

Another LQS is new to me.  The French Seam apparently opened up about seven months ago and it's taken me all this time to find it?  The IMQG is having their January meeting there and I found out about the store from our blog.  Sweet!

While I was there, I spied their clearance basket.  Um...yeah.  These are all generous cuts with bitty, bitty prices.  I think the most I paid was for the bottom one.  Thank you.

Now...I just need to go buy more time.  Can you do that?  Kinda like carbon credits?  You know, time credits.  I'd like just an extra two hous, totally free, non crammed with everyone else's business but my own, sit and sew for longer than five minutes at a time, actually accomplish something...time.

I know it's out there somewhere.  Where does your time come from?  Do you squeeze it in between work and home, home and home, school and home?  Steal it while your children are napping?  Hubby already hit the hay?  Lunch break?  Weekends?
I just need more of it for me!


A book (I think the first of many, sorry honey hubs!) came Monday while I was out  shopping  making sure my child has life enriching experiences paging at the State House. I'm thinking a lot about colors. Color wheels. Combinations. Likes. Dislikes. Loves. You need a color scheme for fabric and I'm gathering ideas.
I'm sketching.  For the first time in a long time, I'm seriously sketching.
And I'm loving it!
And I have a partner in crime now.
Thank you for all the encouragement!  I'd like to be able to share as much of this experience with you.

I pulled these together a while ago and snapped them to remember the combinations that appealed to me. 
There's a lot of advice out there on choosing colors for your wardrobe, home, and quilts.
Lots to learn.

Here is a mosaic I've made of fabrics in a goldish/yellowish color from Hawthorne Threads.  They have a handy little little color grid you can use.  From their website: 
If you are looking for a particular color, this grid is an excellent way to narrow your search. Simply click on the color of your choice to see all of the prints from our shop featuring that shade.
You will then be able to further modify your your search by looking for prints that have a high or low dominance of that color, as well as whether they are very close or only somewhat close to your chosen hue.

This tool is particularly great when trying to mix and match different designers and collections by allowing you to explore different pairing possibilities. You'll be amazed with the different combinations that turn up and we hope you'll find some inspiration for your next project!
Erin McMorris, Patricia Bravo, Darlene Zimmerman, and Michael Miller all together for one project.  How fun would this be to play with!

Hope today treats you kindly!


  1. wow! i sense that there are lots of great projects in your future! there are so many lovely fabrics here today! :)

  2. Looks like you'll be really busy! Love the orange and aqua combination you had picked out.

  3. Thanks for the info. When I finally start a new quilt I've promised myself it will be yellow and gray.
    Love all of your yummy fabric additions!

  4. I look forward to seeing your process and direction! Pretty fabric selections!

  5. Dee! look at all your beautiful fabric! I too am looking forward to what you are going to sew, especially since you always inspire me so much!

  6. Oh, look at all that gorgeous fabric! Looks like loads of inspiration.


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