The last time I blogged about this pattern it was to tell you that I was eager to get started on it but that I was searching for the perfect green fabric for the flower stems.
I found the perfect green and here are the fabrics I have selected to make this pattern, from left to right, Battle Hymn by Barbara Brackman for Moda, Darker Battle Hymn by Barbara Brackman for Moda, the red is Lately Arrived from London by Barbara Brackman for Moda, the background fabric is a Moda Solid and the green is by Timeless Treasures and is called Spring.
Once I had the perfect green to go with the rest of the fabrics I just knew this would be my next project. I got out the pattern to study and rewrite in Thelma-ese, something I always do before I actually start a project, but was disappointed to find out that the handles on the basket and the stems of the flower are appliquéd. Now I probably should have figured out that those round basket handles were appliquéd before I opened the pattern, but I just didn't really give it any thought. I thought for sure the stems would be pieced, I don't think I've ever run across a Bonnie Blue/Red Crinoline pattern that had any appliqued pieces. Which brings up this question, are we allowed to open up a pattern in a shop and read it before we buy it? I never do because I thought it would look like I was trying to figure out how to make the pattern without buying it. Had I read this pattern in the shop I don't think I would have bought it. And now I have all this fabric to make this quilt. I'm going to see if I can find a pieced Carolina Lilly basket block, I have Jenny Beyer's book of pattern blocks that probably has something I can use. And I'm guessing those round basket handles are just going to be forgotten! I really thought once I had that green I would be going to town on that project, but not quite yet.
I'm STILL organizing my fabric, from the notes I've been getting it seems like the majority of us have Spring Cleaning Fever. When I started my fabric reorg I didn't really have a plan, but now that I'm well into it I have refined the process and it's going smoother and faster.
First off, I added more bins, I went from 4 to 8. There's no way I'm going to be keeping 8 bins worth of fabric, each bin holds over 250 fat quarters, I won't do the math, but you get the point, that's a lot of fabric. But having bins that are more empty than full makes adding new fat quarters easier. I'll be combining some of the bins once I'm done.
I was spending at least an hour during the day, when the light was the best, cutting, folding and storing the fabric. I think I mentioned earlier that I'm basically going to a fat quarter system, cutting yardage that won't be used for a border or sashing into fat quarters to add to the fat quarters I already have.
I'm now taking the yardage that I cut into fat quarters and folding them at night, while I watch TV. I don't need good light for folding.
I then stack the newly folded fat quarters by the bins, so that when I do have good light I can just sort the fabric into the bins by color. I'm not sure if it's really going faster, or if it just seems like it's going faster, but I feel like I've really made significant progress this week. I'm almost done cutting the yardage into fat quarters.
And while we're speaking of fabric, playing with all my fabric has made me think about why I have the colors and prints I do, and brings to light the colors that I don't have. It's been good for me to think more about my fabric, so maybe that's why I found this little helpful hint from Lissa at Moda Lissa, so interesting. She was talking about solids and said if you want to make a quilt solely from solids, but are not sure how to select your solid colors, pick a print fabric you like with several colors, pick solids that are in that fabric, then don't use the print fabric, just use the solids. I thought that was very clever. She does a better job of explaining the whole thing, read it here if you missed it.
The Fat Quarter Shop has sold all the Thelma Bundles, thank you so much! You have no idea how worried I was that I would pick a bundle of fabric that no one would be interested in buying. If you didn't buy your bundle yet, there is one left, and it's free, click here to enter the giveaway at the Jolly Jabber. You have until March 19th.
Nothing much going on at my house this weekend, I'll be watching basketball, sorting fabric and sewing, sounds pretty perfect really! Hope you have a pretty perfect weekend too!