Thursday, May 27, 2010

Basics

It has been a week of stashing basics .... you know, those fabrics that you use often and then without notice they are all gone.  For me basics generally means dots, checks, and stripes, all in vivid colors and often with an element of white.
Simply Sweet by Barbara Jones for QuiltSoup
Purchased at SewDeerlyLoved on Etsy.

Simply Sweet has been around for some time, but somehow escaped my attention when they were in abundance.  More readily available, and from my local patchwork stores, are these checks:


Both the green and the yellow check fabric are from a range called "A Day in the Country", an Australian owned fabric company (purchased at Patchwork House).  The small and larger red checks are good quality lightweight woven fabrics purchased at Patchwork on Central Park.

And then of course there are several solids that are "must haves" in my basics stash.  These are Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids and from left to right they are:

Snow, White, Bone and Pearl Pink - all subtly different, and therefore a little difficult to picture correctly.  All purchased from The Fabric Shack.

What are your basics?

Note to the fabric budget auditor:  these fabrics were not all purchased in just one week! : )

25 comments:

  1. Love your basics Rita!

    I love Leicen strips both the small and wider width.

    Kei dots are nearly always used in my quilts and I can't go past Kona solids...getting quite a selection.

    Linen seems to be a bit of a basic for me too ;)

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  2. I'll be honest and say that fabrics are expensive over here so I use a lot of IKEA sheets and fabrics which may not be of the highest quilting quality but are cheap, in some good colours and work for me!

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  3. My basic must-have is Kona cotton in white, however; all of my projects HAVE to have a solid. I've used green, purple, pink and brown... can't remember the exact shade color names, but they are musthaves. A project needs at least one solid.

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  4. Pin dots are basics for me!

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  5. Beautiful basics Rita, I love the dots too, just purchased 12 yards of differents dots, I think they win for me! xo

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  6. As a quilter basics are a must to keep in your stash and always come up winning in a quilt. Gorgeous finds!

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  7. I just found sew deerly loved too, and I have an order coming today! I've got some of that simply sweet in there too :)

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  8. My basics include tonal dots in lots of bright colors, and lately, any stripe I can find to keep on hand for bindings! We don't have a huge selection of Kona at my local Joann's, but I do usually have several colors on hand as I usually buy too much for whatever project I'm working on! I also try to keep a stash of Warm and Natural batts, as they can be difficult to find if I need one in a hurry!

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  9. Kona cotton solids and Kona premium muslin - yummmmm! Polka dots in all shapes, colors and densities AND - batiks! Loved reading through everyone else's favorite.

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  10. "Note to the fabric budget auditor: these fabrics were not all purchased in just one week! : )"

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Thanks for the laugh - I needed it.

    No real basics for me. I tend to buy small amounts & go real scrappy. lately I have been buying solids of all colors to tame some novelties.

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  11. yes sometimes we have to keep stocking up on our Kona Cotton basic colors. I also love your strips and dots.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  12. I seem to buy Kona by the bolt because I know that I will use it sometime. I am more partial to the white than the bone. I think it is a phase.

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  13. My basics include Kona Snow or Gray in each quilt! Other than that, I'm not too basic :)

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  14. I love the dots. Two of my staples are Moda muslin and lime green tone on tone fabric. I try to use lime green in all my quilts, as I love color, you can never have to much!

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  15. Glad I'm not the only one who has to have muslin on hand at all times. I use it in so many ways, I need to just start buying the bolt. I've never met a dot I didn't like either.

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  16. My basics are tone on tone creams, all shades. And then a bolt of Kona Bone and black. Staples in the quilting room.

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  17. Love that pink and orange dot! I want to make a quilt in pink and orange. I think white is my only basic so far, but I seriously need to stock solids.

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  18. The Fabric Shack! I'll add that to my stores to visit! Thanks for sharing and BTW lovely fabrics.

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  19. Ooh, gorgeous pictures! My staples are definitely dots (I will be sad when I run out of my Kei Honeycombs...) and solids. Right now, I love Coal, Ash, Stone and Snow, and I'm slowly branching out to try and make new colors my new "neutrals". Like Parsley!

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  20. Stripes, dots, and sometimes solids. I do love gingham, I need to get some for my stash.

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  21. Nice choices! I'm starting to collect some Essex cotton/linen blend solids but have yet to use them in a big project...it's still brewing!

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  22. i don't really have basics...i just dig around in my stash until i find something i love. these are all so happy and bright and fun.

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  23. I can't live without my dots!!! They are as basic as they come!

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  24. I find that I like to keep white on white around as well as Kona Navy blue and oh yeah, tons of white and natural muslin. Altogether more fabric than I will probably ever use in my lifetime.

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  25. So how do you decide which of those neutrals is right for your project? Tones in your other fabrics?

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