My stash has been growing and it was time to start sewing from the stash instead of helping the economy by buying new fabric. I love supporting the economy but I’m running out of storage room.
So I went rumaging around in my stash until I saw some fabric that I had found at the thrift store and previously used part of as a backing for another quilt.There was about 3/4 or so of yard left and it cried “do something with me”! I forgot to take a picture of it before I cut it but here is a picture afterwards.
I followed the link on the selvedge of the fabric. It redirected me to a site that let me know that the domain was for sale for $1,795. So I went to the archive.com and found that the website had been active between 2011 and 2014. I did find a link on the northcott website to the designers but no mention of the collection. So the fabric is about 10 years old – I would have guessed it was older.
Enough dilly dallying. I went to pull fabrics that worked with the print and initially found the following in my stash.
Close but not quite right. I kept searching and ended up with this after a few more failed auditions.
Better! Now I had my material I was able to start designing. I worked out that I had anough of the focus fabric to cut 35 5.5″ blocks. So I started with that.With their size being 5″ after sewing I decided to cut strips of the cordinating fabrics 2″ wide to frame the focus blocks – leaving me with an 8″ finished block.
Then came even more fun! I only had enough of the coral/pink fabric to frame 9 bocks. I knew I’d have plenty of the brown, green and blue fabrics but I needed to come up with a design that would work with only 9 blocks in pink. Ah, the fun of making what you have work!
Out came my markers and some paper and I drew up two possibilities.
The first one didn’t work but the second one did! Here is a picture:
Now to decide on borders. I think the outside border will be brown but what colour to make the inside border. Time to go check out the stash as I want to be sewing from the stash rather than buying new fabric. Especially because I hit the thrift store today and got quite a few yards of 1st quality quilting fabric for much less than retail. With fabric retailing for around $20 a meter here in Canada I am always happy to find a deal. So much for reducing the stash, LOL.