Friday, October 14, 2011

What was I thinking?

Happy Friday, everyone!

I was going through my fabric stash the other day and I discovered this really green, green Kona fabric (definitely not the color I ever used). I was puzzled as to why I possible bought it. I usually buy just 1/2 yard of fabric and if I really like it, I buy some more. But, this grass green kona, I found the whole 1 yard of it. Imagine my surprise, and dismay, when I dug through my fabric deeper, I found yet ANOTHER YARD of the thing. I don't think I have 2 yards of any solid fabric in my stash (other than white, of course), how on earth did I end up with 2!!! yards of fabric that I do not like at all!?!?

My first impulse was to put it in a Goodwill pile so I never have to see this fabric again. Then it hit me. I need to learn free motion quilting, so I made myself an ugly green fabric sandwich and gave it a try. This was my first try.
Let's just say I'm not going to do any free motion quilting on a regular quilt for a while and my 2 yards of this ugliness will come in very handy. Any helpful suggestions or websites/ tutorials on free motion quilting?

You know what the funny thing is, though? Once I had this fabric out in the open, I found one more use for it.
I used it to bind a sleeping bag for my son's toy mouse. It actually goes really well with the other patterned fabrics. Maybe it's not as ugly as I thought at first. But I'm still staying away from anything "grass color".

Have a wonderful weekend. Svetlana


  1. Super cute sleeping bag!

    I like A Few Scraps blog for fmq ideas. I've had some questins and the blog's owner, Christina, has always helpfully answered me.

    There's another blog, Stray Stitches, that is inspirational, to. I saw pumpkins on her post today and I am going to give them a shot.

    Which fabric did you like from the Greek Cross quilt? The fox fabrics I bought at Cedar House Fabrics and most of the others are from Sew Deerly Loved on Etsy.

  2. Have you seen Fluffy Sheep Quilting's FMQ Fridays? Its a link-up for anyone who is attempting FMQ. Basically, we are all practicing our FMQ by practicing patterns found at the Free Motion Quilting Project blog. There are excellent videos to watch how a pro does it and it's fun to see how everyone progresses and hear tips and advice from people with more experience.

  3. Now you see, THAT is my favorite kind of green! Anyway, stopped by from Quilter Blogs to enjoy your quilts and textile projects. You make smashing bags, pouches, and purses and your fabrics are so neat. Great blog!
    best from Tunisia,

  4. There are always Christmas trees! I understand though. I once found that I had a bunch of ugly fabric I didn't like.

  5. Leah Day has a bunch of FMQ ideas. Not that I have had the courage to do any of them myself...

  6. Well said, Toni! We're trying to have a practice-a-long over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting. Come join us!

  7. Heh, excellent use for it, and as the others have said, go and play with Cindy at Fluffy Sheep :o)

  8. Thanks a lot, guys. I'm definitely going to give those tutorials a try.

  9. I'm going to echo several other comments. Try out Fluffy Sheep Quilting's FMQ Fridays. It's a blast!


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