Hello! I’m Val Laird, spending time with you today from my little bit of paradise in
My dilemma started when I was asked by a magazine editor to rework a design I had submitted for publication. The request was that it be made using a beautiful range of fabric called “Garden Party” by Blackbird designs for Moda. I fell in love with the range and decided to buy at least a set of 40 Fat Quarters. Then I thought further and realized I wouldn’t have any long width-of-fabric strips, so purchased a Jelly Roll as well:
Fan Heart and Charm quilt
I had a bit of braiding left over, so “waste not, want not” – into a bag they went:
Sweet Harmony Bag
And still there was a lot of fabric left! I decided to rework my most popular pattern – the Garden Dreams Calendar. The Jelly Roll strips started to diminish as I made all the Prairie Points and the borders for the little mini-quilts:
Garden Dreams Calendar
A blogging friend designed a lovely bag with all the proceeds from the sale of the pattern going to mission work in the
. What better fabric to use to make the bag for DD? Philippines
There was enough of those Jelly Roll bits and pieces left to cut a border for a cushion. The centre featured some of the lovely roses in a Broderie Perse technique:
Persian Rose Cushion
Christmas loomed, so a Drawer Sachet was quick to whip up for a gift:
Still had some of those fat quarters left. A quick patchwork table runner would be useful:
Charmed Life Table runner
Now what about those Jelly Roll ends? A couple of Fun and Fruity mug rugs were a delight to make:
Now the Fat Quarters were looking decidedly thin! There was enough fabric left to cut a set of 30 charm squares for a giveaway I was hosting:
There was still a bit left on those Fat Quarters, but most of the gorgeous fabric was gone by now. I was left with the colours that weren’t my favourites – yellow, brown and white backgrounds. We needed a new Breakfast Cloth, but would I be happy with it in those colours? Put it together and see – yes, there were enough pink roses on the fabrics to keep me happy:
With a clear conscience, I sorted the bits and pieces that were left into colours, and put them in the “itty bitty” scrap boxes, happy that I had used all that gorgeous fabric, with such a variety of projects, without getting to the stage where I never wanted to see the range again. (Of course, I made other projects in different fabrics in between the designs above … and moved house … so there wasn’t much chance of getting bored!)
And to thank you for taking the time to read right to the end of this post, I am having
a GIVEAWAY - in fact, three giveaways!
Yes, there will be three winners. The prize will be one of my e-patterns (a pattern that is e-mailed) for each winner.
To enter the giveaway, go to my website pattern pages and see if you can find a pattern that you would like, then leave a comment at the end of this post, and another comment on my blog, telling me which one of my patterns you would like to win. The three winners will receive whatever pattern they choose from my range.
Giveaway closes 12 noon Sunday 15th May, (Aust EST).
Thank you for allowing me to share with you today. I hope this post has inspired you with ways you could manicure your stash of pre-cuts!