Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Cascade of Color

Touching base today to let you know that I am still behind the sewing machine.  More blocks have been made, and I may even have started piecing the blocks into a quilt top ...







I have been in fabric heaven piecing these blocks! The patchwork blocks you see here are made using many of my all time favorite designer fabrics, some salvaged from the scrap bin, others cut from stash.

Meanwhile a huge pile of fabric needs returned to stash.  Do you return fabric to stash as you go?  Or like me in a creative frenzy, allow that pile of fabric to turn into a fabric mountain ready to collapse?

Rita

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  1. Oh Rita, my entire sewing room is a fabric mountain pile waiting to avalanche on top of me. When inspiration and time to craft collide, there is no time to tidy or fold fabric.
    I love these blocks. I'm just now finishing a simple tumbler quilt with so many of my faves. They should be out for us to use and enjoy in the finished quilt!

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  2. love the rainbow of colors :-)
    I return scraps to the bin periodically throughout a project, never (usually) letting the pile get too out-of-control... although a mountain of fabric sounds heavenly :-)

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  3. I have a fabric mountain. I go through it whenever it does collapse, because the sewing machine is unusable when the mountain slides.

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  4. very beautiful and inspiring blocks! Thanks for sharing :)
    I usually will have my projects out till I finish or put them in zip lock bags so I have some space to sew. I wish I have a separate sewing space from my bedroom.

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  5. I only have out the fabrics I need and return scraps/cut pieces as I cut.

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  6. Just digging out from under the Christmas pile, wondering if I should cut for a scrap project, or refile by color (or use one of my kids to refile=more sewing time).

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  7. Love the fabrics you chose! How do you get the images onto your site? Are you scanning those in or cropping pictures?? Just curious.

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  8. Fabric Mountain!! My husband recently walked into my sewing room and asked "Did a fabric bomb go off in here?" Yes honey it did.

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  9. Fabric frenzy for sure....along with the rehearsing fabrics that sit quietly as we talk to each other and decide what we're going to do together!

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  10. Oh Yum!!!!! I try to tidy as I go depending on how I am going .....sometimes more successful than others!

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  11. My whole apartment is buried under piles of fabric and crafting materials! I'm desperate to turn the little side room into a crafting area but I can't afford to pick up the furniture I want just yet (I've already designed the whole set-up). Oh for some more storage...

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  12. I absolutely love these blocks. What a fantastic idea!

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  13. I have a couple (ha ha) copy paper boxes with scraps. They just pile up until full, then the lid goes on and into the closet it goes. Sometimes I dig in and look for a scrap or too. I'm saving them for a (?) quilt when I retire.

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  14. I'm one of those who is pretty bad about getting it all out, cutting pieces and then having to tame that mountain of fabrics when I'm done! But it is soothing work, so I don't really mind.

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  15. I love those blocks and my mountain of fabric is still growing. Guess it will be time to tidy up soon...

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  16. Beautiful as usual, Rita! I always love reading your posts. I create a "mountain" too - I don't clean up anything until I'm done with a particular stage of the quilting process!

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  17. I'm in that "creative frenzy" group. At least until I finish a project. Then I HAVE to tidy up a bit before I can start the next one. Otherwise the chaos would drive me crazy! Love your new blocks!

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  18. I'm the collapsing mountain kind of gal! lol

    I have a question for you.....I've admired all of your quilts for so long now, and they are so beautiful. I am currently working on my first 'modern' style quilt, and am a little stumped on the batting I should use. I usually use 100% cotton, because I love that crinkled, puckered look of an antique quilt. But this 'modern' quilt is for a very stylish, modern, designer type house, and I want to keep it looking sleek and new.....like your quilts! So what kind of batting do you use in these? Or have they never been washed to get crinkled?

    Thanks in advance.....and thanks for all the great inspiration you give us! :o)

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  19. Wow, Busy busy. Great blocks..full of intrigue. What size are your squares Rita?

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  20. Great blocks. I have a bucket of "to be filed" and then when I get a break between projects, I spend a chunk of time sorting and putting them back where they belong. That task is way overdue.

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  21. Great blocks. I have a bucket of "to be filed" and then when I get a break between projects, I spend a chunk of time sorting and putting them back where they belong. That task is way overdue.

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  22. My mountain either piles up on my cutting board or in front of my machine... so it is cleaned up pretty promptly!
    Love these blocks - what size are they?

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  23. Love those blocks Rita. The fabric combos you put together is absolutely genius!

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  24. Oh...now ....lets see..... I've got a fabric mountain, a knitting wool mountain, a paints mountain, a mending mountain...a recipe mountain...family photos mountain........

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  25. Unfortunately here where I live there not be mix like this to buy fabrics.

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  26. Lovely blocks! why I pile pile and pile!, I so need better shelving. Kx

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  27. Just gorgeous blocks Rita, simply delicious!

    My stash is waiting to be unpacked from its boxes - another house move 2 days before Christmas meant all was packed and relocated - 3 moves in 2 years!!

    Hopefully all will be settled soon and ready for some serious stitching - especially since my little darling starts school in 2 weeks time!!!!!!!!!

    bye for now,
    Christine xo

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  28. Gorgeous blocks...as always! I tend to make little mountains of fabric on my sewing table. Then, I put them away little by little when I am finished with a project. Have a super day!

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  29. I put it back in with my stash but I am learning that may not be the best idea. Sometimes I see something in there that I want to use only to pull it out and learn there's not enough!

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  30. Oh, I love your blocks. I would be in heaven right along with you if I was there! As far as stash is concerned, I just keep adding to it! I have no willpower.....

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  31. haha, fabric mountain! Your blocks are stunning!

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  32. It is going to be a gorgeous quilt! It take me a while to put the fabric back, usually until a house guest arrives and I need to clean up.

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  33. Mine always pile up into a fabric mountain. Your blocks are soooo beautiful!

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  34. Great blocks Rita, i can hardly wait to see the finished quilt.

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  35. I just love these blocks - they're so fresh and pretty! I'm digging into my stash this morning!!

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