Let’s sip tea and get comfy
This morning I’m drinking cinnamon tea (my favorite) and one I’ve talked about many times. There is sweet clove in this tea, and kinda in the middle for body. If you are new to tea drinking, this one is a good way to get addicted. I don’t go long without a cup of it.
This morning I’ve gone deep, deep inside my drawer and pulled out my Denyse Schmidt fabrics, particularly I’ve pulled out Hope Valley.
Today’s fabric picks
I did not get any new fabrics in last week. In fact, I had a massive amount of fabric going out the door. I rearranged my sewing room and cleaned up my fabric drawers. I did a destash on IG last week and moved 100 lbs of fabric to people mostly all over the US. If you were someone who purchased fabric from me, thank you! Most of this fabric had been sitting unused and unloved and I’m happy to find them all a new loving home. All that was leftover from the destash was donated to charity quilt makers.
While cleaning though, I did run across some hidden gems.
Isn’t that the way it goes? If you purchase lots of fabric or if you have a pretty big stash, you forget what you have.
This fabric I did not forget I had. I knew it was tucked away apart from all the rest of my fabric stash. It’s special, you see. So special in fact that I’ve hidden it from myself.
It was back in 2011 that I purchased this fabric. That’s when it first came out and that’s how long I’ve been hoarding it. Does that make me silly? What is it about certain collections that make us act like we’ve never seen/touched/used fabric before? It’s just fabric like all the other fabrics I’ve bought, yet this bundle needs to be kept hidden.
Am I worried about another quilter taking it from me? No.
Am I worried about not being able to buy it again? While this is actually true for some of the prints in my picture above, it’s not true for all of them. Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt is still available here.
Product SpotlightIf you are joining me over at the Bari J Quilt Along post today you know it’s all about fussy cutting. This fussy cut ruler set is from Fons & Porter and appears to me the best price for the most different size rulers. Maybe this is something you don’t have, but need? Purchase here. I have a You Tube video where I demonstrate how to fussy cut here.
So what is it then? Here is what it is in my own head: I love this fabric collection. It’s one of the first fabric collections I every purchased. I find the colors to be breathtaking. I like the vintage look to this fabric. I’m worried about there not being anymore of this fabric even though I’ve already shown you that you can still buy it. I’m also incredibly worried about not getting it into the most perfect quilt.
I think many of us can say that about some fabric collection that we have in our stash. I don’t want to waste it.
I like to tell myself that I’m pretty good at breaking up a collection from it’s bundle, spreading it into my stash by color and using it like it’s no big deal. I do this quite a bit and I know I can do it. It’s those bundles that you don’t break up that you have a hard time using, not the single fabric in your stash. Or this is how it is for me (probably best to make a note about your own fabric tendencies).
So now I have two things happening with my Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt: I have the fact that I’ve left it in a bundle which makes it not quite as easy to use (for me) and I’ve kept it so long that I’ve grown emotionally attached to it.
I think that is the real issue here. If I use it, then I don’t have it to pull from my drawer, pet, sigh lovingly at, and then tuck away once more like the hoarder I truly am.
Reader, I’m going to use it. Six years is a very long time to have something so pretty hidden away. I’m going to use it. I’m going to use it in a quilt for myself that way I can still pet it and do the sigh lovingly thing. I’ll put this quilt on my bed and be happy everyday when I go in and see it there. IT WILL NOT GO BACK INTO THAT DRAWER.
Now that I’ve put this out into the world, I simply have to do it. Otherwise, I’m just that girl who says things and never follows through. It will be cut up within just a few days. Just you wait and see.
Support a small shop
Visit Stash Fabrics here. Prepare for eye candy fabrics! Prepare to oogle and squeal. I could sit and look at the pretty pics in their shop all day. This LV bundle in particular makes me super happy! And look they have some Denyse Schmidt fabric bundles very similar to the coloring of my Hope Valley.
What quilt am I going to use it for? My new quilt pattern, of course. Here’s a preview of what my sweet testers have been busy with.
Hoping to release this late this month. I’ve been stalled by my own doings.
Winner is Sherri M. Sherri, please contact me with your details on my contact page. Congrats!
I don’t normally do many giveaways on my blog, but it’s Christmastime and I’m so very grateful for you showing up here this year to read my little ramblings and being so encouraging and supportive. I have a little side scrap bundle of my Hope Valley collection. 25+ pieces of it to be not so exact and they all measure roughly 9″ square. One winner will be chosen randomly. To be eligible you must: leave a comment below be signed up for my monthly newsletter (also can do below) repost any of my images above on IG and tag me, be a follower of mine on IG and leave a comment on today’s post there (the pic of the fabric above) in my feed as well.
Winner will be announced on Friday, December 8, 2017. You are responsible for finding out if you won which I will announce in an edit of this post and on IG. Contact me with your address within 48 hours. Open internationally.