Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sunday Stash #2


SUNDAY STASH GREETINGS EVERYONE - Well, most of you know me so well by now...

Enough to know that I am such a perfectionist in all aspects of my life. I rework and rework things until they are perfect. I tend to make sure everything is symmetrical. It just about drives me nuts at times. Not to mention politely annoy my DW. Selecting which fabrics to buy is no exception. I tend to order entire lines of fabric to satisfy my OCD. I have such a hard time matching up fabrics at times that adding an entire line helps relieve my "stress" of matching prints up. I can take two fabrics from two separate lines, put them side by side, and to most folks they would match based on color or theme. I would eventually find some way to undo it by pointing out that those fabrics don't really match because one doesn't have the right shade of blue or the stripes are too thick. And it all breaks down from there. Thus leading to my twisted conclusion, if a fabric designer says that all the prints in their current line coordinate, they do. They are OK for me to put together even though some are paisley and some are polk-a-dots. In my brain they are labeled SAFE to use together. See, I told you I'm nuts. Maybe someone can come up with a clinical term for that someday!

That's why I tend to purchase fabric in FQs. I could never afford to buy yards of an entire line. I'll sometimes buy half yards If I really can't live without them. Anyway, I think that's what attracts me to Joel Dewberry fabrics so much. His recent line Deer Valley has what, about 15 or 16 different prints in each colorway? Yeah! More options for me to select fabrics and make my quilts less boring!

Remember that post a week or so ago about buying the azure and persimmon colorways of Deer Valley? I wrote that I didn't like the tarragon colorway at first glance...

Well, last Wednesday my OCD kicked in again...

I realized that my collection of Deer Valley wasn't complete without this third colorway. I had to have it just so I would feel complete. Just so I had the WHOLE collection.

Oh my gosh... I'm sooo bad! It's maddness I tell you.

The tarragon colorway of Joel Dewberry's Deer Valley is my recent stash addition.

17 comments:

  1. Hi Ryan, I've been following your blog for a while now but today I have to tell you that I know exactly how you feel. I look at people with envy that can pick up two pieces of fabric and stitch them, knowing instinctively that they will go together. No hesitation, no regrets just do it!!
    I buy kits so that I won't have that problem AND I also buy whole lines for the same reason. Aahh well, that's the way it is!
    Happy matching, lizzie

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  2. Ryan, you write beautifully, are interesting & have a great sense of humor. Have fun lining them up ... TTFN ~Marydon

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  3. I am new to your blog...only have known about you for two days now. But I have the same issue. Which may be what kept me from quilting until I was 31. (whoowee...a whole year for me now and I didn't even realize it). I found the Moda charm packs and away I went. I don't know if things go together so I would just buy a charm pack which gave me one square of each, and the designer says they go together, so they must, and I would sash it with a plain fabric in my favorite of the colors and there you go. I have expanded a little now, I love jelly rolls. But still basically the same. After using their sets for awhile, I now sometimes branch out and put some things together, like my black white and red quilt...but I would rather they coordinated it for me. Oh, and by the way, love to finally "know" a guy quilter. I have seen some on tv...but great to finally read a blog. Please keep up the great work.

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  4. I think that most of us feel the same way. It is nice to have the fabrics in groups these days as it makes it so easy for all of us.

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  5. LOL. There's nothing wrong with sticking with fabric lines, but if you're feeling brave and not too OCD, try just adding one or two other fabrics to the line. Sometimes lines are great, but quilts made up from a fabric line exclusively often look a little flat and lifeless (to me). Just take baby steps. OR -- just keep doing what works for you. :)

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  6. A lot of people go for save. Selecting the right fabric and colors is a natural talent and not a gift to everyone. Sometimes it's better to use designer lines. It's less origanal but sometimes much better look. Just do what you feel right. And enjoy your quilts.

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  7. I can understand your reasoning.......but it makes me wonder if you find the quilts of others less than satisfactory if they don't use fabrics all from the same set of fabrics by a designer?? OR...do you find the colors other folks choose usually to be just fine??

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  8. I envy you i see quilts with colours i like but either i can't find those colours (well here in the UK we are fabric & quilting shop poor plus expensive what is here) or i want to do a project & it takes me longer to pick out fabrics from my stash than it does to do the project also trying to find a project pattern be it for placemats or quilts you think i had the weight of the nation resting on the decision lol so your lucky that you can see colours & range/collections that go well can you send me some of that knowledge lol
    Hugs Janice

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  9. There is nothing wrong with you that a little more fabric won't cure. If I could afford to buy the whole line of fabric from a designer, I would. I love fabric, The look, the feel and the smell of new fabric is intoxicating to me. Take pleasure from your obsession and keep doing what you do best.

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  10. I have been following your blog for about a week now. I find it interesting the way you write and the way you put your color schemes together. Maybe we can just help you out and say all colors go together and then you wouldn't mind so much? lol

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  11. I like buying kits, but sometimes I will just go to a line where all the fabrics coordinate.
    Loved the post!
    Micki

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  12. I am just a fly by nighter.....but I love the stash and know you must have an awesome stash just from what you said.

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  13. Love your blog. You have great style. I posted your giveaway on blog http://www.acraftymoment.blogspot.com

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  14. I started quilting by having to chose my own fabrics (20 in my first quilt alone) but must say i really love jelly rolls & chamrn packs etc. But I still will often use a different fabric in the border or for sashing. For instance I am making a Sparkling gemstones quilt in Fresh by Deb Strain and am using black homespun as the sashing.

    I also like to buy Fq's as its a niceway to get lots of fabric. if I truly love int I will buy a metre (I'm from Australia).

    I too love your writing and seeing quilting through a mans eyes.

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  15. Hey there! just found your blog! Love that stash! Are you an engineer or a mathematician? They seem to like order too! I am in upstate too but really upstate of you!

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  16. I love those lot and I am a glutton for anything with a green tinge. But at times I just dont seem to be able to match anything either and your idea is so good...just buy the whole range and taking two out will surely match. No mistakes then :) LOve it..and Happy Birthday for the 14th..hope you had a wonderful day and hope that you have many more :)

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  17. Love your new stash! I like to mix and match fabric, so I tend to purchase single pieces that interest me. But, I do have a rubbermaid container slowly filling up with collections. How could I not! :)

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