After having so much time off over Christmas and New Year I needed to ease myself into 2012 gently - I hadn't used my beloved sewing machine for almost 2 weeks!!
I decided that in order to start the New Year with a fresh brain full of fresh ideas and inspiration a 'tidy up' was in order. My fabric has gone from being stored in only a plastic storage box, eventually spilling into a dining room cupboard (because I use the dining table to sew) and now I'm also using a cupboard in the IKEA unit in the living room (which is now full)! After sewing frantically for the end part of last year my fabrics were beginning to resemble a crumpled mess. So...I pulled them all out of their hiding places and got armed with the iron and ironing board to tackle this little lot -
Eek! All that beautiful fabric doesn't look so appealing in a big mess like this does it?!
So I sorted it into piles - solids, children's prints, bright and funky, pastel and vintage, gingham, heavier weight and so on and so on. Then I spent a good few afternoons ironing and folding, ironing and folding..... until eventually my fabrics started to look appealing again. I stored some in a lovely big wooden box and fitted the rest into the living room cupboard -
The solids and the gingham. Ahhh...tidy fabric = a fresh new start to the sewing of 2012!
I also received some lovely new fabric at Christmas. My sister-in-law is visiting from America so I cheekily placed an order from Fat Quarter Shop and had it shipped to her house in America so she could bring it with her. I now have the fabric for Joshua's quilt! I've chosen to use Ready Set Go! by Ann Kelle.
I also added in a couple of fabrics (the bottom 2) that were also nice and bright and will match the other fabrics. I wanted to go for something that had all the primary colours in it and eventually decided to go with a transport theme. Hopefully this isn't too babyish and will last him for a very long time. I've shown him these fabrics and he loves them and is very happy about getting a 'blanket' of his very own! - He uses my quilt every day, and somehow seems to think that it's 'his'!
I'm not entirely sure what pattern I'll use for Joshua's quilt but I'd like something similar to mine so that it can show off all the lovely things within each piece of fabric.
I didn't just order the fabric for Joshua's quilt, I also got a few nice little pieces for myself -
Lots for me to play with! These aren't necessarily pieces of fabric I have plans for, but at the prices charged in the USA it made sense to fill up my virtual shopping basket!
This week I also ordered a little fabric from Fabric Rehab. I haven't ordered from them before, so was really pleased to receive my fabric a couple of days later.
A cute girly mini bundle and a large piece of fabric from the Sunkissed range by Sweetwater. (It was on sale!)
I also managed to order some sale fabric from Cath Kidston but it seems to be taking an awfully long time to arrive!
I just need to catch up on all the laundry that seems to keep piling up in the basket and then I can get all of my new fabrics washed so I can finally make something with them!!
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