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Tuesday, 17 February 2009 19:32

Do you name your quilts or quilted projects?  I think this is one of most fun parts of making a quilt.  I give a title or name to everything I make, it just makes it more real to me.  A little more compulsive behavior you say?  Maybe!

The picture shown here is a quilt I made several years ago, and it's a class I've taught.  Even though it is a Fall quilt I wanted to use this one as an example as to how I name my quilts and quilted projects.  This quilt is called "Fall Whimsy"  and it goes in a full store display that has like colorings and similar fabrics across the many projects that are in that particular display.  When I make a store display, I try to pull fabrics that not only go well together for the theme I am planning, but I try to make sure that I have at least one to two yards of each of those fabrics, so I can use as many of the fabrics in every project in the display.  While I am in store display "mode" for any particular theme I jot down words that come to mind when I think of that theme.  This helps me come up with the titles and names for all of the projects.  It's just a FUN way to bring the whole project together and it puts a memory to the quilt so it will easily become a small part of THE QUILTED STORY!


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Tuesday, 17 February 2009 13:59

I would have never guessed in a million years that I would love Purple as much as I do now.  I purchase purple fabrics alot and my stash can prove it!  It's clear where the obsession comes from.  My daughter attends a college where the colors are purple and orange, my son graduated from the same college.  For the past 10 years my fabric stash has become overflowing with both purple and orange.  One might think those two colors are really not all that attractive when you think of them in a quilt...but let's step outside the box here for a moment and see what comes of it!  Here's the latest in the Purple Quilt...once again that wonderful plastic container has shown up to fulfill it's duties!


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Monday, 16 February 2009 23:08

The Teal container has been cleaned out and I filled it up with my next new project...PURPLE!  It is amazing to me just how many different purples I really had in my stash, or should I say "scary" how many I actually had!  I started pulling from the purple section and couldn't believe how high the stack got!  I guess you could say I have a "few" fabrics...he he!

Have you ever made a purple quilt?  Come on, step outside your box and pull out those purple fabrics you know you have lurking in your stash, just waiting to be used up!



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Monday, 16 February 2009 22:42

FINALLY!  The Teal Quilt top is finished...I just love it!  The white fabric I used for the background is the only constant in the quilt.  It's a beautiful tone on tone (white on white).  I find that when you use a tone on tone fabric like this one you add the depth you really need to make your quilt POP!  Try it, instead of a solid color white or cream and see the play you get in your quilt.  Make sure you take a moment to click on the picture to make it larger so you can see the second border, it's a really beautiful floral print.

Well, this means this container has been cleared and a new one is starting so check back to see what I am working on next...Can you say PURPLE?  


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Monday, 09 February 2009 22:06

My Studio is not the largest room you will ever enter in your life, but it has all of the essentials.  In all honesty, it is just a large bedroom but I have found that if  I call it a "Studio" it automatically sounds like a huge room with an over abundance of space.  A girl can dream, can't she?  It's because I don't have an over excessive room that I am totally compulsive about the organization of my space!  Ok, it does have a "little" bit to do with the fact that I am a NEAT FREAK!  My sisters are all getting a really good chuckle right about now.  Stop laughing Michelle and Lisa.  Remember, Mom said you have to love me, no matter what.  Embrace my compulsive behavior!

I quickly found that as my stash grew and I required more shelve space I needed to make some kind of "curtain" like cover to keep all that beautiful fabric from becoming sun faded.  My husband custom built everything in my studio, including my one of a kind design easel, so naturally I asked him to make some kind of rod that he could attach to the shelving and I could make a curtain for it that would be easily pulled to one side or the other for a complete view of my whole stash.  In this picture you can see the black metal rod he fabricated and the blue "cheater fabric" curtain pulled to the left side.  It has been a great solution for my storage delimna.  I actually have two of these shelves full of fabric...what a shocker, I know.

My fabric stash reminds me of my comedian like son Michael who thinks he is a funny dude.  When he was younger and lived at home and we went anywhere in the car and just so happened to pass by a fabric store, he would scream out..."Ahhh!...I can smell the calicos!  The kids sense of humor is a test to my sanity in many ways!  Now, years later, he still uses that phrase when fabric is involved.  Funny isn't he?

So, how do you store your stash?

This question is obviously NOT for my sisters...because they don't even know what a stash is!


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