Sew Grammo Blog

Busting My Stash

While I’m not joining the 2018 RTW Fasters at Goodbye Valentino, I am going to do my best to use up all my quilt fabrics this year.  I know I don’t have the biggest stash.  Believe me, I’ve seen some who have rooms full of unused fabric that rival a quilt store’s stock.  But then, I’ve heard of people who only buy what they need for a given project and don’t have a stash at all.  I’ve got to say, I’m a little weary of that.

 

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Fabric Patterning Techniques

Or, Why Are Your Hands That Funny Color?

 

2017 was the year I to used wax resist to pattern fabric.  A technique I learned from Malka Dubrawsky on Craftsy.

While it was a giant mess, and I learned not to throw the waxy water down the drain; it was a lot of fun looking for things to stamp on the fabric.

There were triangles and rectangles made from cardboard.  Coffee cans with the ends cut off.  I even used cookie cutters.  The most popular was the paint brush dragged from end to end of the fabric to make lines.  Potatoes, carrots and celery also made good stamps.

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Finishing Your Quilt Is A Good Thing

UFOs, FFOs, WIPs, WTH?

I’ve spent the last month upcycling a wedding dress from 1974 into a dress that the bride would want to wear.  It was quite a challenge, but among other things, I learned how to join lace using the applique method.   I was pretty much immersed in satin and lace, thinking about nothing else.

The dress went home to a very happy bride and I could breathe again.  There was a kind of let down when all was said and done but I woke up the next morning feeling free with a sudden urge to turn my UFO’s (unfinished objects) into FFO”s (finally finished objects).

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It IS Easy Being Green - Stashbusting Makes Great Quilts

I grew up with a mother who lived through The Great Depression which, I’m sure, fostered her frugalness. Nothing was ever wasted. Even the cooking blunders had to be eaten.

Her family made a few pennies donating their cast-off clothing to the rag man. When rag men disappeared, old clothes were passed on to relatives or donated to thrift store like Goodwill.

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UA Crimson Tide T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Rules

I like rules as much as the next person. They’re good for things like driving, keeping the peace, and of course, for sewing.

When I made my first quilt, I didn’t know the rules. I didn’t own a ruler or a rotary cutter. I had scissors but without a pattern, I couldn’t cut a straight line. After that quilt was done, let’s just say that it was time to turn to other sewing.

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