I have a small stash of fabrics already from my first quilt that (I’m still working on because I’m stitching it by hand). Since I’ve been researching quilting, and reading tons of great quilting blogs on the subject, I realized that alot of the fabric I bought to start was good for learning, (dollar bin at walmart…yeah) but the consensus is that the better quality cloth you buy, the longer things I make will last. For wall hangings, or other fabric crafts, that fabric is just fine to use. However for quilts, especially ones that are to be used on beds or throws, good cotton fabric should be used. That being said, I found a site that came highly recommended as good quality cotton fabric so I thought I’d start building my stash there.
ConnectingThreads.com had a great sale on their sampler packs of fabric. 50% off great. The charm packs (5 inch squares) ranged from .75 cents to 1 dollar. The 10″ stacks were $3, and I bought one pack of fat eighths for $6. Which is definetly my price range at least to have color and pattern options to start sewing again.
The fabric feels really soft. I also tried the ‘rub’ test and no color came off on my hands so it seems that the dye’s they use are colorfast.
My goal for the fabric is not a quilt. At least not now. I want to start with smaller projects for that quick sense of accomplishment. Fabric keychains, quilted scrappy totes or bags, even pincushions to name a few. This post is picture heavy (26 pictures!) but I felt the need to document each pack of fabric cause I really love them all.
Here are the fabrics I chose. I spread out the packs, the prominent fabrics are my favorites from the packs.
Winter Wonderland Stack
Tone On Tone Charm Pack
Golden Afternoon Charm Pack
Sip of Summer Charm Pack
Hometown Charm Pack
Sugar Coated Charm Packs
Sweet Pea Charm Pack
Sunny Skies Charm Pack
Fresh Quilters Candy Charm Pack
Seaside Charm Pack
Stripes and Plaids Charm Pack
Oasis Charm Pack
Midnight Garden (Charm Pack and Stack)
The midnight garden is my favorite fabric. I gravitate towards muted hues it seems. You’ll notice though I did buy alot of bright colors. I thought I’d get out of my comfort zone a bit when making things to try other color combinations.
Antoinette (Fat Eighths)
Bed & Breakfast (Strips)
Light Charm Pack
Warm Charm Pack
Dark Charm Pack
Below, are all my solid stacks. I was ready to check out when buying the charms, but realized I needed some ‘base’ solid fabrics to balance the patterns. Also for the linings on the small zippered clutches I’m planning to make.
Cool Solid Stack
Muted Solid Stack
Light Solid Stack
Bold Solid Stack
Warm Solid Stack
Dark Solid Stack
Over all, my experience with them was positive. It took them the 5 – 14 days that they said to expect the package. Everything arrived that I ordered so no problems there either.
Next, is figuring out how I want to store my fabrics. I ‘thought’ i’d store them as they are organized by pack. However, I noticed that alot of the packs have the same fabrics in them so I’d want to know if I had 1 or two of the same fabrics if I’m making something that would require more of that type of fabric. So I thought i’d organize them by size, then color and pattern. I’m going to think about it though and tackle this probably in the new year as a resolution 🙂
I of course will post anything as I start making it. I’m in the middle of a quilt right now for a christmas gift so once I finish that I hope to make some other things to sell at this years yard sale. Never can start too early 🙂
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