Monday, June 1, 2015

Under the Influence of Fabric

When I started quilting, in earnest, about 10 years ago, I bought fabric with abandon. I went to quilt shows and on shop hops and bought things that I liked, just because I liked them. Now most of these were fat quarters, so the cost was fairly low. Somehow, I never did find a use for all these fat quarters.

This piece is called "Under the Influence of Fabric". I still like it, but I can obviously bought it with no plan in mind. There is a whole metre, untouched since I bought it.

I am teaching a workshop on "Open Wide Zippered Bags" this Friday. I need to get some samples done, so today, I was pulling out fabric. I went to that collection of fat quarters, and other impulse buys and choose a few for bags.

Dogs, cats, threads, koalas, geckos, and some orientals, all purchased because I liked them. I still do, but I think it is time they became useful.

I actually would have bought more of this one, but they only had a fat quarter left.
Dogs and Cats Doing Yoga! The big brown dog is doing a "downward dog".  The cat, of course, is doing the "corpse pose".  This needs to come out of the drawer, and make somebody smile.

Currently, I am on a fabric diet.  I look at the fabric I already have, and only buy what I need to fill in the gaps.

I worked on a project on retreat, using my stash, entirely. Here is a sneak peak.

I also have a whole lot of gorgeous batiks, and they go together.


  1. What fun fabrics......"Under the Influence" is an eye-popper, isn't it! You are right, batiks always seem to go together, don't they?

  2. Batiks, my favourites by a country mile or further, and no matter what colour, shade or pattern, they all seem to be so easy to find a companion. Love your compass quarter.

  3. Buy what you love is the right way to go IMHO!! Love the yoga dogs and cats!!!

  4. Animals doing yoga? When my hubby do yoga, our cat join him. She gets worried when he does downward dog. She starts to lick his face.

  5. I know what you mean. I spent over a year buying only the necessary solids and batting. It felt good to use up the "less loved" bits of fabric. Wish I had the yoga dogs too!

  6. Wow, yoga dogs! In another life, I think I'd like to be a fabric designer.

    Can't wait to see more of the project from your retreat!