Saturday, July 2, 2011

Fabric for charm quilt

Yesterday my mom and I (and Abbie, who was a huge help – NOT) went to Joann’s.  My MIL had gotten me a gift card for there for Mother’s Day and I they were having good sales so we went to check it out.
I got 2 quilting pattern books for 40% off each of them.  One is for charm packs and one is for jelly rolls.  (For those unfamiliar with quilting terms, a charm is a 5x5 piece of fabric and a jelly roll is 2 1/2 x 40” strips of fabric, as seen at the bottom of the Jelly Roll Quilts book.)
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This is the pattern I plan on using for the fabric I got,
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and this is the fabric I chose for that quilt.
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Choosing the fabric is half the fun of making a quilt, although it’s not quite as “fun” with a 2 year old who needs a nap in tow.  But I managed to pick it out and I’m excited about it.  I’m not sure when I’ll make this quilt, since I don’t have tons of time to quilt, but I’m glad to have the fabric to take back to Italy with me.  My goal is to get enough fabric to make at least 5-6 quilts and take it back with me since I have to buy fabric online when I’m over there.  Italy has zilch as far as quilting fabric, and the VERY small selection they do have is much more expensive than what you can get in the States.  So even the Italian quilters buy their fabric online from the States.  And online fabric shopping isn’t nearly as fun as buying it in person and being able to hold different fabrics up to each other to compare colors and stuff.
I’ll try to take pictures of the other fabric I’ve bought for various quilts soon.  I’m planning on doing this quilt-along next, and I have the layer cakes for it already, I just need to find binding and backing for it.  I’ll probably wait until I have the quilt top done to do that though so I can just take it to the store with me to compare colors.
I just love fabric and creating stuff with fabric.  I wish I had more time to do it and was better at it, but even though I do it rarely and I’m not very good, it’s fun to try.  And it’s fun to have a stack of quilt tops that I’ve made to look at.

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1 comment:

Alison said...

That sounds great! I got a sewing machine a couple of years ago, and I have had a lot of fun teaching myself to sew small projects. I do wish I knew how to sew a quilt, but it seems like a lot to undertake (plus I already have lots of other craft hobbies I don't make enough time for). I think when Lucy is older I'd like to learn with her. Good Luck!