They just look so lovely all stacked together and come in neat bundles so you can buy a whole bunch really easy but I'm starting to discover there is just not enough fabric in them! 18" x 22" will go quite a ways towards making a block or a long way for appliqueing shapes but when it comes to Medallion quilts (which use a shocking amount of fabric!) my fat quarter stash just couldn't stretch to a border!
I had picked a blue flower print as the frame to get me from border 1 to border 2 for the Modern Quilt Guild of Ireland Medallion-a-long. I needed a 3.5" strip all the way around my chequerboard border to grow my quilt for border 2. If my strip had been a teeny bit skinnier, I might have gotten away with it but no joy. Melanie at Catbird Quilts does say you can have a different print top and bottom versus sides but I struggled with finding any in my small low volume stash that would work that way for this project.
So off to the quilt shop I went on Saturday and bought the polka dot in 1/2 yard above. The lovely lady in the Limerick quilt shop spent 1/2 hour with me pulling every white small scale print we could find (at this stage I was contemplating a plain white frame) when eventually we found this one and I like it. Different to what I first had in mind but still perfect for the project. Isn't it funny how amongst hundreds of bolts only 1 will do?
So complaining about having to go fabric shopping(!) to Serena at Sew Giving, she mentioned she now buys 30cm by width of fabric which is I guess about a 1/3 yard. I'm seriously considering going on a FQ diet and taking up 1/3 to 1/2 yard bundles instead. What do you guys buy for stash?
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