Monday, 4 February 2013

Fabric Frustrations

Over the last few days I have finally cut into the delicious Petite Odile fabrics by French General.

Here is my progress so far;

I have designed this quilt myself, with the idea being a feature panel in the middle surrounded by a series of concentric stars.

As you can see from the first photo, I bought a series of fat quarters for this project.  It's what I tend to do, and then I'll purchase a metre or more of my favourite print for the backing fabric and some more for the binding.  But this time I have a problem.  

I really like the red alphabet print and I want to use it in the next 'star'.  However, I am fast running out of this print and I know I will never have enough for all those HSTs that I will need to go around the edge of this quilt :-(  So I have just had to order in some more.  Which is frustrating because I have to wait a couple of days for it to arrive...just when I am in the creative flow...don't you hate it when that happens!

But I guess that is one of the drawbacks of coming up with your own design.  Particularly if with like this quilt, it's a kind of design-as-you-go type thing.  I hadn't realised just how much I was going to love the alphabet print, and it really works well against the more muted tones of the other fabrics. 

I am looking forward to reporting on progress on this one soon.

And I shall be hand quilting it too with pearle cotton.  I can't wait to settle down with a good film and get started!

Sarah x


  1. Oh that happens to me all the time - having to order in and it's so frustrating! Good luck with your design - you are going to have a lovely quilt there, and it's always fun working with our favourite fabrics:-)

  2. I have exactly the same problem with buying fq's, I end up falling in love with one print and have to buy more to make it a bigger feature. I'm glad i'm not the only one who desings their quilts as they go, just winging it! : ). Linking up from Plum and June. Ange

  3. That is why I hate fat quarters. I think I must be the only person in the world who doesn't like them, because the LQS ladies look at me funny if I say that, but there's just never enough. I'd always rather have too much than not enough. But that's also why I have more fabric than I know what o do with :-)

  4. This is a beautiful design! Love that you will be hand quilting it.

  5. Oh I know what you mean. I hate when I run out of fabric - and it really does stop the creative flow. Or I buy way too much and then don't know what to do with the extra. I really love the block and yes, the red is super cute. This is going to be an adorable quilt.

  6. Love it Sarah, and would you believe I'm making a quilt right now in the very same fabrics! Looking forward to seeing how this one develops :)

  7. What a lovely stack of fabric. Glad to see your progress. Keep us posted!


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