October 24, 2009

My memory fails me!

Snowball Yesterday I embarked upon Part Two of my sewing room clean-out.  The previous round consisted of tidying the easily-accessible piles, but when I read about Allyson and Nicole's challenge to make this snowball quilt, I decided I needed to go deep in the recesses of my sewing room closet to find the boxes of fabric sorted by color so I could decide what color to make my snowball quilt.

I knew that I wouldn't have enough reds, but I've always loved blue and knew that my biggest box was full of blue fabrics.  Of course, it was the furthest in and on the very bottom of a pile of other boxes.  While on my way there, I sorted through each color box, pulling out fabrics that no longer appealed to me.  Yes, I was right - woefully short on reds.  Not surprisingly, judging by my blog header, I have a very large stash of orange fabrics.  But I wanted, not another orange quilt, but something different.

I have some lovely purples, but most of those have already been cut for a scrappy purple and cream quilt that I have not yet started.

IMG_0248 Digging deeper, I finally reached my tub of blue fabrics, finding some treasures along the way that I know have lived with me since I started quilting and collecting fabric in 1993.  I opened the box of blues, and after culling out the prints that I no longer loved, here - voila - is my "huge" stash of blue fabrics.   Oh my.   For somebody who subscribes to Carrie Nelson's More-Is-Better Theory of Scrap Quilts, this will never give me the ultra scrappy look I want.  Good thing I work at a quilt store.   I think I need to go shopping!


  1. I,m sure that if I were to put all my stash into piles by color my biggest color pile would be blue. But I also have a large variety of beiges because I can not stand plain boring backgrounds any more. I will be watching to see what your quilt turns out to look like.

  2. Maybe you need to return the culled blue fabrics for the quilt top. Sometimes fabrics you may not love at the moment are just what a scrap quilt needs.

  3. Hey, I have that dark blue snowflake print in the lower left hand corner. I *almost* thought of doing mine in blues. I have ten times more blue than any other color in my stash, and yet I use it the least. But I'm stuck on the red. Must do red. But I'll be glad to share some blues with you if you want some.

  4. I've joined this challenge too! I have lots of reds and creams to use up and this will be so quick and easy!

  5. Blue will be beautiful! I haven't decided on a color for mine yet. I had better get busy!

  6. Wow - I have a lot more blue scraps if you're ever in need, Lisa! What a great collection - and a fun quilt this is going to be!