Sometimes I go through periods when I buy fabric. Sometimes it is a lot of fabric. I blame the designers. They make pretty fabric. And then those fabrics go out of print. So it makes me worry. What if…I come up with an idea for the world’s most amazing pattern? Don’t I need to have all of the fabrics just to make sure I have that exact one that will make my pattern into the world’s most amazing quilt? So, I have to buy those wonderful fabrics until…shopping guilt. Well, maybe it’s not so much shopping guilt as wondering where the heck all that fabric came from that’s overflowing every surface in my sewing “studio” and I just bought two new plastic tubs and they’re full and…geez, where am I going to put all this stuff? (An aside…are you noticing how close the words “guilt” and “quilt” are? Those two words do not belong together.)
Anyway…when it all gets a little too frantic, I look to the past for a reality check. Above is an old top I bought that just makes me smile. This is one quilter who did not take it all too seriously and just “made it work.” Of course, she never finished the top into a quilt, but that’s a guilt trip for another post.
Do you love poison green (I do)? Well, throw it in there with that rust paisley. Was this supposed to be a brown quilt? It is! Except maybe for that poison green corner. Oops! Make the brown alternate squares all the same to tone it down. Or not. Just keep those setting square fabrics out of the 9-patches. Or not.
Did I say the alternate squares were brown? Well, maybe no one will notice a little electric blue if I put those plaid pieces on the bias. Flashy! Whoops, the stripes didn’t exactly line up either. Was this deliberate? Do you think she cared?