Ravelry's Quilting Group has a 2015 challenge I'm NOT joining. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the idea of using up stash. I love even more the idea of spending less money on more stash. But I don't think I could go a year without buying more fabric. Heck, I'm not sure I can go a month without buying more fabric!
And good thing, too, because just this side of the new year, I found the Stonehenge Earth Rhythms fabric collection I'd been lusting over ever since seeing it in a quilting magazine last year. It seriously reminds me of The Wave and other great rock formations I've photographed over the years. The fabric was on clearance. I have no idea yet what I'm going to make with it, but I'm SO happy to add it to my stash! It will become something beautiful one day. I promise!
I couldn't resist when I found what must have been the last gradient jelly roll anywhere, and of course, on clearance. I had no clue what I'd do with it when I bought it, but I couldn't pass up the incredible price. Once the collection arrived in the mail, I considered another jelly roll jumper...
...but there aren't enough of the strips I like best. And of course, I can't get more now! I'm considering adding strips I cut myself of white or black or perhaps even an all-around blue. Or maybe shimmery silver gray (which I would have to buy)... I set the strips I'd like to use in a dress out on turquoise fabric I already have to get a feel for how that would look, but didn't like how the turquoise robbed attention from the other colors. White looks really good and doesn't detract, but white in a dress for me is not such a good idea. Black looks great, too, but I'm not sure I want to go that route. But see? I did try to fill in the gaps with fabric I already own.
When I bought the jelly roll, I also found the last two yards of gradient turquoise. This fabric wasn't on sale, but it's turquoise. Might as well be a big, neon sign saying, "Buy me!" I took a chance it might be enough fabric for a jumper and bought it, too. I love jumpers because I can wear them with T-shirts in summer and turtlenecks in autumn, winter and spring.
The turquoise jewel is just a few inches shy of the pattern I wanted to make, but I remembered another jumper pattern I haven't used in quite a while: "Hill Country Jumper" by Mary Wolz. This pattern doesn't require as much fabric as my go-to jumper pattern, so maybe it might work!
I bribed myself I could make the jumper after I finish the applique stage of my special project quilt. I finished the applique stage of the quilt top after 36 hours of tedious stitching.
Time to make a new jumper!!!
I've never made the Hill Country Jumper with bird houses as shown on the pattern, but I made it many, many years ago with lizards...
...and another one with snowflake photos I printed on fabric myself.
So of course, I have to have ANOTHER applique jumper... this time with crocheted snowflakes!!! How could I resist appliqueing a few more snowflakes so I can stylishly wear them next time it snows... TODAY! (We're supposed to get 22 inches tomorrow!!!)
That was fun! I'm so glad I bought that bolt end fabric! Now I can get serious about quilting the special project. Unless I find more temptations...
I recently found a collection of Bali Crackers in Valentine hues on deep discount. I don't typically buy pre-cuts; I'd rather buy the whole yard and have the remnants for my patchwork quilts. But I've made my share of breast cancer awareness quilts, and I've got a few more on the burner, and pink is always a welcome addition to my collection. It will get used.
Not only did this luscious collection include pinks, but it has more shades of purple than I've ever owned in my life, and I cannot wait to dive into my busting-at-the-seams purple collection now! Bonus, bonus, bonus! I'm definitely going to have to get my hands on one of these collections in blue...
See, there I go again. I can't stop. And as long as I purchase wisely, which I think I do, I don't mind. I think this song was even written specifically about me!!!
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.