Since I rely mainly on the web for any group projects like quilt alongs and BOMs, sampler quilts are a common project. I've learned over the last few years that a set of fat quarters, coupled with a few yards of fabrics from the same line are easy picks for those projects (a fact that has also affected my buying habits). Sometimes you have to supplement with a few odds and ends from the stash. That's the challenge. For example, for Barbara Brackman's new BOW, Grandmother's Choice, I decided to use a fat quarter bundle that I bought a few years ago. But it's mainly purple and creme. I wanted to add some greens which had to come from the stash. This is what I ended up with after shopping the stash.
What looks like dark brown/black in the photo is actually a really dark purple. The floral prints are Decadent Victorian by April Cornell for Moda (probably came out sometime between 2008 and 2010). I'm not sure I'm using the pink, but it might make a nice accent, so it got added to the pile. I found a number of lighter greens that worked, but only 2 fat quarters of darker greens. I really wanted a darker green that I could carry through the blocks and the borders. For that I needed yardage, not just 2 fat quarters. I really didn't want to buy anything (I'm on a fabric diet till the end of the year). That need resulted in an afternoon of sorting through the unwashed new fabric (of which there are 3 big bins in my sewing room). The effort paid off, there was the perfect green lurking in the bottom of one bin.
So it got washed over the weekend and added to the pile for the upcoming quilt along. This is the 15 Minute Challenge Post, so why did I spend most of the post talking about fabric selection? Because that's pretty much all I did this last week.
The only real sewing happened on Sunday. Monday found me back in the stash closet looking for sashing fabric for the Layer Cake Quilt Along Project that is this month's UFO. But that's a story for another post.
How are your projects coming along?
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