Friday, March 31, 2017
Yards and Yards
An attendee to Sunday's Tea brought a stack of vintage fabric looking for a home. I picked out some of it. A rough measurement after washing it revealed there's over 25 yards of material pictured here. OMG. What am I going to do with this stuff?!?
The amazing thing - my claim barely made a dent in the available stash. There must have been well over 100 yards of fabric in that bag.
I fell in love with the variety of colors. Most of it is lightweight. It feels nice, but I'm not sure how good it will be to mix and match with my other fabric. As I perused the pile at the Tea and thought aloud what I'd make with it, people asked: can I have that when it's done? (We do project show-and-tell, too, and everyone wanted to take A Season of Change home with them.)
I liked the nest fabric, which was requested for a Japanese knot bag like mine. The blue floral and salmon fabric felt heavy enough to make shopping bags (and immediately had dibs claimed). There's just enough to make two bags, but I'll need to either modify the handles or find other fabric for that. The pattern I follow runs the straps go around the whole bag, which is much sturdier than just sewing them to the top.
Many have permanent marks on the fold. The red fabric has holes along the selvedges. The large piece of blue has fading/discoloration in random spots. It may be hard to avoid because I only notice it in good strong light.
Bags first, then I plan to do some kind of strip quilt blocks with the pastel solids. I have a black and white quilt in the planning stage, which I'm hoping to use the monochrome flower buds, even though it's lightweight. The fabric with the little blue birds and green hearts is closest to "normal" weight and also in the best condition. That's going in my stash. The red fabric I'm at a loss of how to use it. I picked it simply because I love the border print. I need to use that somehow.
All this won't fit in my fabric drawer, so it's a sudden change in plans. Projects for these before I can move on to my regularly scheduled stuff!