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Quilting, Not Hoarding

Here’s what I’ve been doing in my quilting room:

These purple squares have been lying around ever since I made my very first quilt, a very, very long time ago,  and after watching about 20 episodes in a row of  TV shows about hoarding, in which many hoarders come to very bad ends, I’ve realized that these purple squares (and a lot of other stuff) HAVE. TO. GO.

So I’m making these squares into a purple quilt. Never mind that hoarders always have grand plans for all the stuff they have piled all over everything. My plans are really going to happen! They are happening right now!

Not that I’m worried about being a hoarder. (No! Of course I’m not a hoarder!) But I do have more fabric than I can fit in my sewing room in any organized fashion. And since my sewing room used to be a pretty spacious two-car garage, that is a somewhat sobering thought. So I’m making a super-extra-double-serious commitment to using up my fabric without buying anything new until I don’t have any piles left. Unless I see something I really HAVE to have.

I’m also making this braid quilt in the same “use it up” mood. I have carefully edited this photo to crop out all the various piles of different things that are heaped on or behind my sewing table. Because if you can’t see them in the photo, they don’t exist.

 

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  • mary March 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Whenever I retire, maybe I could do a ‘quilting week with Christine’. Life isn’t all traveling fantasies, after all………And/or maybe MY garage could become a sewing room……and maybe there is a good kind of hoarding, a skill I also nurture. I am at this moment on a ban for going to the fabric store. Too much has outgrown the big plastic containers at this moment, but it all has such potential!!!!!!

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  • Christine March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Let’s do both — quilt in my garage/workroom, and turn your garage into a workroom, then quilt there. We could also swap some of our fabric so you have some new stuff and I have some new stuff, but nobody bought anything. When we visit at Easter, I definitely want to look at your stash.

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  • Terry Shidal April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I happened upon a couple of your articles when I was looking for quilt patterns online. My granddaughter just messaged me to ask if I could make her a quilt. She lives in cold country, (sorry, can’t think of the state) and I’m in Southern California. I was going to make my usual log cabin, quilt in a day method, but decided I should do something in a warmer fabric, possibly corderoy. I looked at your nine-patch pattern and your split rail, loved both.

    I also love your style of writing. I have worked full-time most of my life so I’ve got lots of UFO’s in a variety of crafts. Unfortunately, I don’t have a craft room right now so my sewing machine is set up on a folding table in the living room. I have been working on cornice boards for “a while” much to my brother’s dismay. He would be happier if the house was kept in order.

    If you have any thoughts on a simple but warm quilt I would welcome your thoughts. The warmest and ugliest quilt I ever had I bought at a flea market in Ohio when I lived with my aunt for 3 months and about froze my bottom off. It was made out of double knit. Looked like fabric from the 60’s or early 70’s but it was crazy warm and crazy heavy!

    Just remembered, my granddaughter lives in Oklahoma.

    I hope to hear from you.

    Terry

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  • Christine April 26, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Terry,

    Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog.

    My main advice about making a really warm quilt is to use polarfleece fabric instead of regular quilt batting and backing. 200-weight Polartec brand fleece is extremely soft, warm, machine washable, and comes in all kinds of colors. If you can get the genuine Polartec brand (available online), that’s the best, because it is much higher quality and more durable than the cheap fleece available at Joann Fabrics or other big-box stores. Here’s an article I wrote on my quilting blog about backing your quilts with fleece.

    Your favorite Log Cabin quilt pattern would work just fine with fleece backing. The trickiest thing about quilting with fleece is that the fabric stretches very easily. It’s also rather thick to do very detailed quilting, but I’m not a good enough machine quilter to worry about that. Once you get used to the stretchiness, you may become a fleece convert like me. I wouldn’t try to use a heavy fabric like corduroy for the quilt top — just the regular quilter’s cottons with a warmer backing.

    I’d love to know more about what you decide to make for your granddaughter.

    Christine

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