Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A LIttle Crazed

Fall quilt market countdown is in full crazy mode here.  It's been over a year since I have been able to attend market, what with those pesty surgeries last year and all.  So...I feel a little rusty to be honest.  

There are five new patterns coming, with seven new quilts in various stages of production.  Still working some on the big secret project that kept me busy over the summer, three new fabric lines in the production, and two more floating in my head that need to be in the Marcus office soon.
As if I don't have enough to keep me busy, (not complaining!  I like being busy!!) I am working on four new quilts that will debut sometime next year.  They are SUPER SCRAPPY and require thousands (yes, thousands) of 1" strips.  So....a little here and there, I've been cutting and playing with the pieces to work out the block designs.  (Ideas can sometimes nag at me until I get them worked out.  Does that happen to you, too?)
To know me is to know I am organized to a fault....and it can be a fault, ya know?  I started out with this small bin.  What was I thinking?  That won't hold much!  I need to separate these strips by color, and as I wade through my stash, it will grow and grow.  Must work on these new ideas.  But when?  Hmmm.....maybe I can sleep 30 minutes less, wake up really early and tackle this.  (I'm a morning person.) 

Yeah...sure....sounds good until that alarm goes off!  Any advice for organizing lots of 1 inch strips?

I have a piece of advice for you.....if you LOVE working with small pieces like I do....start cutting lots of 1" strips now.  I highly recommend you starch or size your fabric before cutting!  It makes a world of difference with the control you have in piecing ~ but never more so than with super small pieces. 

Soon...very soon, I will have lots of new stuff to show you.  I can hardly wait, I promise!!  

Be well...and stitch!  

15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness those fabric strips are gorgeous, Pam! Love them!! Whatever you're working on will be fantastic.

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  2. I don't know of any better organizing trays for 1" strips. Maybe you just need lots more of them--or something custom built. How cool would that be?
    You have me very excited about new patterns and fabric lines. But I really should get busy on the many patterns of yours I haven't made, with the baskets of your fabrics I already have!! :)

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  3. My 1" strips live in a small plastic shoe box. The lights and darks are separated and stacked in layers. Jo Morton recommends cutting 1" strips from the lengthwise grain in order to prevent bowing in a quilt top. However, since I starch my fabric, I tend not to do this. We're looking forward to seeing new projects!

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  4. Hope you have a wonderful time at Market and I am looking forward to more posts.

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  5. I've been cutting 1", 1-1/2" plus for ages and just storing in boxes. I didn't know why but I knew I had to.... lol NOW, I know why and can hardly wait for the new patterns. Stay well!!

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  6. Can you tell me where you got you storage box and what brand it is?? Great organizing for sure!!

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  7. I'm anxious to see what goodies you are making.
    Blessings...
    Kristie

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  8. I'm impressed by your use of a tackle box.

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  9. love your strips...fun to look at as is...

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  10. Looks like you will be having fun making something beautiful with all those beautiful strips of fabric. Can't wait to see what comes of them.

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  11. Love your fabrics. It looks like fun. I'll be cutting tomorrow!

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  12. Argh! I just gave away a huge back of 1" strips. Guess I'd better start a new pile. I am anxious to see what you are doing with them.

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  13. I'm obsessed with 1 1/2" squares, those fishing tackle boxes from the sporting goods stores are perfect for storing! In fact, I was at Cabella's yesterday buying more to store my tatting thread in, and the elderly gentleman who works in the fishing department told me that he thinks they sell more of the plastic tackle boxes to women who want them for thread storage than they do to fishermen! :-)

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