Victim of Christa Quilts Fabric Destash

Wondering where I have been? Other than sulking in my sewing room corner as I am unable to make it to QuiltCon this year and watching everyone’s fun and anticipating posts and some of them already arriving, it has me definitely feeling slightly blue! Next year is 100% guaranteed for me (thank goodness they have it locked in already) and I am literally already counting down the days! Other than that, I have unfortunately been working on things behind the scenes. I can’t show you just yet, which makes it difficult for updates but it does leave for lots of updating in about a month or so! I have been busy though, I swear! If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen the below picture… but I would want to see it more, too!

I have confessed before and I am confessing again. My name is Megan, and I, am a #fabric junky. I have used it almost daily for the past 3 years and when I am not able to get my hands on it within 24 hours I suffer from brain lapse, cold sweats and hand tremors. I can’t stop thinking about it every second… I swear if I don’t get it for a steal I will miss out forever. My hands carry the track marks of late nights with the sharp blade. I am a fabric junky and hope to one day come clean and #sewmystash but; when you have such fabulous ladies like @christaquilts and her awesome destash (@cqdestash )… it was right in front of me and I could not resist. I went a bit crazy and could have done more damage (still might hehe). Now off to enjoy my fabric high! I have lots to share! Haha Please excuse my mess.

Speaking of Instagram, it is the death of me when it comes to fabric destashes. (sigh) Oh well… the more I can make, right? Not so much, I think I have almost but given up on the #sewmystash2015 because I have too much stash to sew for the remainder of the year! Anyhow, the amazing @christaquilts has a fabric destash account @cqdestash and she recently did a new destash. Hello fabric cravings!!! I might have overdosed but I am slowly recovering from the delivery of my purchases with her destash that came last night! It was a pleasure seeing 3 boxes at my front door when I pulled up! I swear, that feeling of having fabric mail at your door, the excitement, the anticipation, the urge to use it immediately… it never subsides with each package. Anyone been doing this for longer than 5 years still experience that ‘fabric high’? I believe I  we are not alone in this!

Look at all of this! This isn’t even the top stack of fabric that had yardage cuts. All of these pieces range from 1-ish yard (give or take) all the way down to a fat quarter… most are at least 1/2 yard! If I told you how much I got all of this for, you’d wonder why you didn’t snag it up! I won’t brag here! But if you ask, I might just tell you! hehe. Last week I shared an updated post of how I organize my fabric with fabric bolts. I did the same thing with this fabric, or at least started on it last night. I love making my own fabric bolts… it never gets old putting the fabric up and seeing it displayed. I sometimes feel like I am in my own fabric store.

I got right away to cutting self made fabric bolts into 12” x 10” for the yardage cuts and used the extra for some of the larger but yet still small fabric cuts (anything 3/4 yard and under). I then also cut bolts in the size of 10” x 7” for the panel pieces I purchased. These were large panels and I do cut these typically smaller on other panel pieces, all depending on the size of the panel. I also generally keep them separate from all other fabric as I normally have a specific purpose/idea for each panel and don’t want it confused with any fabric yardage with the rest of my stash. I keep these and other specific type fabrics that I don’t have a lot of in my closet for now.

Top:
Fleece and panels
Knits and Flannels
Middle and Bottom:
Vintage sheets and Wide back
Husband clothes to cut into a quilt
I probably need to move my husband old teenage clothes out from the closet so that I have to see it all of the time, I have been promising to make a quick out of him clothes for almost 2 years now, ever since I made his mom a tshirt quilt out of his clothes for her birthday one year. It was nothing too intricate in design, just simple squares… but it was what it was made out of that made it so great. 
See… I just can’t ever seem to get bored or tired of seeing fabric on a ‘bolt’. It’s so pretty. Also, that top fabric, with the green modern design on it? The moment I unfolded it to bolt it, I instantly knew what I was going to use it on. It almost seemed too perfect… I am thinking it would be great to go with the Foothills Mystery Quilt top I just got done piecing together last week… what do you guys think? Need a better visual? I can always take a better picture of it… but I really do thin it is the perfect green and design to match the very green and pink top! I would love thoughts and opinions!
I told you I was at least doing something and not being totally lazy! I am linking up and showing my stuff off with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off, too!
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Fine Tuning Tips & Tutorials: Making Your Own Fabric Bolts

Hey everyone! Quick update today, I am joining the fun Linky Party with Stephanie and Michelle over at Late Night Quilter! The Linky Party is to bring together Tips and Tutorials, old, new, revamped, updated and every which way between! I hope you decide to hop on over and join in… grab an old Blog Post of any tutorial that you believe would be helpful and useful to many others!

For my participation, I have updated a prior post from MAY 13, 2014 – Fabric Bolts – Making Your Own. If you’re like me and like to visually see your fabric for consistent inspiration and well, just because you like to look at it and think it’s pretty (either excuse wins it for me!) and like them on fabric bolts and haven’t figured out how to go about doing that or the store bolts are too large for your space or the fabric pieces you have, this post is for you! It’s totally affordable for anyone and everyone’s budget! Plus, you have all of the material already, all you have to do is go buy PROJECT BOARD! Just go check my tutorial out already.

UPDATED:

This is where it all started and my bolts, before the sewing room makeover
After the sewing room makeover; doesn’t the fabric look scrumptious all bolted up?

The above picture shows two blue striped fabric boxes; however this now holds all of my 8” x 10” Color Inspiration Club 1/2 yard cut bolts. I love them!

Now there are plenty of ways to store your fabric and everyone likes to do it differently, this is only just how I personally like to display and store my fabric. Don’t get me wrong, I have some in my closet that is stacked! That tends to be more of my flannels, fleece, sheets, etc. but for the real fabric, I love for it to be surrounding me!

I am linking up and showing my stuff off to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday w/ Late Night Quilter, be sure to stop by and show your stuff off, too!

Color Inspiration Club #1

February? Weren’t we just trying to stay up until midnight so that we could welcome the New Year? It hardly seems that one month has gone by us already. Whether or not it feels like it, it has. With the New Year, brought the very first bundle from the Pink Castle Fabrics Color Inspiration Club for 2015.

Lavender Hills

Top to Bottom:
Notting Hill
Purple Haze
Opera Mauve
Denim
Martini Olive
Linen White
Blue Skies
Kona Coffee
Peridot

My top 3 for January 2015 are, Peridot (green in color, my favorite, no way!), Indigo and Purple Haze. The Indigo is really to die for and I see myself purchasing additional yardage in my near future. I joined the Color Inspiration Club in September 2014 and have been so happy every month that I continue to be a part of it. The variety of color you get continues to allow my creativity to see something in a different color way or with a completely different color than I would have or originally intended to do. It has definitely forced me to see creativity in solids rather than thinking mostly print. I did take a picture of the final month December for 2014; however I forgot to get the names for each one before placing them to be filed with all of the other solids within the club. Scrumptious, right!? Another good set of colors to match the December winter theme (even though we haven’t had much of a winter here this year yet).

And here they are, all of the colors together for what I receive each month. It is missing a nice stack of them for when I pulled them to use on my (as of now) ‘No Title’ quilt, but with even those missing it has created a nice stack of solids! As I said when I first expressed my opinion(s) of the club and why I joined, I highly recommend to anyone who wants to keep a consistent changing color way of solids or just because you want them! Has anyone given this a try yet or joined any other monthly clubs? If so, please let me know what they are as I am beginning to think this may be my way of stopping to spend so much on fabric elsewhere when I can get a small slice of lots of fabrics through clubs and spend much less.

Got something to show off? I am linking up to Sunday Stash w/ Molli Sparkles, be sure to share your stuff off, too!

Quilting/Sewing Room Complete: Alternate Oasis

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The quilting/sewing room that I spoke about a bit ago after my family left and have failed to stay out of this room that I haven’t focused on anything else. So here it is! The ocean is my natural Oasis; however it’s been 2 years since I have seen it. All I can say, is this is my new found Oasis away from my home base Oasis… and it isn’t so bad.

We shopped at Ikea like it was the only place to go! And really… for a one stop shop place; it was! (insert smiley face here) I can’t really show enough gratitude towards my Dad, Mom and little sister for making this all happen, too! They really have gone above and beyond! My sister has most credit towards the design or decorating, she loves doing it and she is pretty good at it. Her and I differ on simplicity but I 90% of the time I love her ideas.

First view from the door

We purchased four (4) kitchen cabinets from Ikea that sit back-to-back to one another. We had originally not purchased the feet and ended up going back and they had varying sizes from 4”, 6” and 8”. I went with the 4” and was a little scared it still wouldn’t be high enough, but it really added just the right enough height for the cutting table. My dad… he hand screwed each and every one of these 16 legs which required 4 screws each = 64 hand screws. The only bad part about the legs is that there are no pre-drilled holes since they are cabinets and more times than not, are used for upper cabinetry and you wouldn’t want to see those. My dad said it was too terrible, but being that I live alone… I didn’t have all the tools that he could have utilized to at least make his marking points and put a small hole in to help with the pre-drilling end. He did great anyway! Thanks dad!

*Key Note: When purchasing the cabinets, they do NOT come with shelves. You must purchase separately. When we went back for the legs we also purchased the shelves as we were not aware of that nor were we made aware of it.

The “front side” (a.k.a. the shelves you see when you first walk in) I am using with bins for all sorts of scraps and/or finished tops that need to be quilted, etc. The other side, I have a few more bins but also utilizing it for current projects that I am working on as I will work on various ones at one time and this helps allow me to quickly put them underneath and off of the cutting table to allow for the space.

We purchased 2 of these Ikea Bookshelves to go beside one of the windows so that the desk can sit in the middle. My desk isn’t anything special, a simple one from WalMart I got about a year ago that was originally made into my “vanity” in my bedroom. It ended up being the perfect size for in front of the window. All credit for decorating the bookshelves goes to my sister Melissa. I gave her the items, she went at it.

Using the bottom shelves for any large bolts I have (which isn’t many) but it allows for growth. Shopping anyone?

I had several of those boxes that I had purchased at Michaels years ago as they were on sale for $2.00 a piece. One of my favorites is the Octopus. I had also purchased this green trunk when visiting during the Holidays last year with my in-laws at a local store of theirs. It is almost like their local Wal-Mart. (Beloit, KS… look it up, it is in the middle of NOWHERE)

I love both of these pieces. (Left) Last year my sister got me the coffee mug (I don’t drink coffee) merely for the pleasure of what it states, “I’m sorry you’re old. That’s all.” It is all about the on-going tease of calling me “Grandma Megan” and my ultimate closing date of welcoming my life into the 30’s in December. I have only been talking about it for 4 years! ha! None the less, I love it and it makes me smile and giggle every time I see it. (Right) While at Ikea for the second time, my sister grabbed the green frame ($0.99) and while I loved it (green, hello!) I didn’t know what she intended it for and she says, “Put fabric in the center… duh!!!” (All I could do was smile and acknowledge her great idea without words – insert DOH face here) I decided to go with one of my TOP favorite Liberty of London fabric pieces and my oh my I LOVE it!

Again, a favorite. My oldest niece (we are only 8 years apart… see, told you, older siblings!) Ashlee got me this for my Birthday a few years back and every time I look at it, it makes me feel TOADALLY AWESOME. I tend to use the word “totally” a lot when I speak in excitement. I find it funny. It is what my husband calls, “Megan Lingo”.

Here they both are, along with lots of other pretties.

In one back corner of the room sits my basket of extra batting along with extra storage for all of those random odds and ends you use… and my wall hanging that I can easily switch out as we used a curtain rod with the clips

Directly to the left when coming into the room is my board that is normally filled with all of the current projects and their deadlines date; however my sister decorated it otherwise for the current time. I have some shelves underneath for random items as well such as my business cards, coffee cup filled with kisses for the dry erase markers. Below I have another little set up that is intended for shoes; however I use it for project kits that I have not yet gotten to and the drawers contain product directions/warranty’s and things of that sort. I also have my iron and ironing board that hang on the closet door. Simple and quick to remove when in need!

 

The left corner  is my sewing desk which was purchased at Target YEARS ago (when I still lived back in California… I would say 10 years) and my sister and I have the same one actually. I love it and it is perfect for sewing. Because it is a computer desk naturally, I use the drawer for all of my sewing feet, empty bobbins, hand thread and all that good stuff for the sewing machine. It is also the place for the peg board and all random items used for cutting, bonding, snipping, measuring and then some! To the right is my thread so that it is always, “right beside me”. I will be getting a new sewing chair from Ikea, as it is just perfect and fits me. My sister keeps telling me it is a must. I’ll show that off once I get it!

Small storage underneath the desk as there is no other place for it at the time being. That is ok though, it kind of works. It holds my scrap pieces that have been cut to size and are in bags or containers. 

I love that I can walk around my entire cutting table. It has become sew much easier to cut, and the space that is allowed with the size of the table top is just dreamy! We purchased the table top from Ikea as well and used Industrial Strength Velcro, so not only can I remove it if need be, it is sturdy as can be as if you nailed it down! In the bottom left corner where the trash hangs on the side was my sisters random idea again at the end of the 2nd Ikea trip. We all (My mom, dad and me) looked at her weirdly as to how this would suffice for a great trash in this room and she said just trust her… so we did. I am glad we did. It’s perfectly hung on the side so that I can easily sweep my trimmings and any trash right into it from the table. She even lined it with some fabric that was used for her pillow and dog bed I made for her.

 

One of my favorite spots in the room… the Project Center. The place where I keep the directions and/or fabric for each project I am currently working on or has a deadline within 60 days. I love it, it even has it’s own sign! My sister tied it so neatly with a pretty little picture hanging wire bow!

I inherited the old wooden magazine rack from my father-in-law’s mother. I love it as it is in great shape and I now utilize it for all my quilt and sewing magazines.

 

Last, but certainly not least is the design wall. I want to re-do the design wall since it has been taken down and re-done so many times that it has lost the firmness. It isn’t that expensive to do so I am sure I will make that a weekend project soon. It needs to be reshaped also due to the new space.

Now, I have spoken plenty of my sister and her last minute items on the 2nd trip to Ikea; however I have one that I couldn’t pass up. I had to run back while my parents were in line and grab something we had forgotten. Well, while doing so, something caught my eye. I had to snatch them up immediately. These two beauties were calling out to me for decoration in the room and inspiration. They now hang above the other window in the room.

So there you have it and there we are! In all of it’s glory! I have been so busy sewing in here it has been unreal. It was completely what I needed to re-jump me and allow the creative mind to just run with it. I don’t feel like I am stopping myself sew much anymore as I am and I feel more and more coming. I will be the first to say, that I officially say that this room is Sew Stitching Cute!!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday!

Fabric Bolts – Making Your Own

*Updated 2/10/2015*

Ok, as some of you may have read in my prior post of Fabric – A kind gesture by a quilting stranger; I expressed my fortune of meeting a lady and came into quite a bundle of fabric to let my creative mind go wild.

Who else swoons every time you walk into a room or store with the fabric all neatly displayed with fabric bolts? I know I do! Again, I am really trying to free up my new found space and make it all complete so that I don’t still find myself sewing at the coffee table in the living room. I had too much fabric and had no idea what to do with it or how to store it. I knew I did not want it put in a drawer where I cannot see it or be inspired by it and I also did not want it stacked; however stacking seemed to be the best way to go for the moment.

Once again I searched online for good ideas on fabric bolts, even looking at prices for actual wholesale fabric bolts. There were and are some pretty creative ways you can make bolts for fabric. I didn’t think the comic book inserts were the right choice for my OCD of organization; I felt too much fabric hung off the sides and i personally like having a little bit of bolt showing on the top and bottom. I had finally read somewhere for bargainers, to go to the dollar store and use their project board and cut to size. Next thing I knew, the light bulb went off in my head, keys were in my hand and my feet were walking to the car. Well, ok it didn’t quite happen that way nor did I get them as quick as that. That is how quick my mind was thinking though.

Materials:
Project Board
Rotary Cutter  
Ruler
Cutting Matt
Pins
Fabric

*Update: When I am at the fabric store (Joanns, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and they have empty fabric bolts (they generally do), I do ask them if I can take them as they are typically more than happy for you to (they throw them away usually otherwise, I asked). I use these for ones where I do buy more than 5 yards of fabric, it allows me to have the large bolts available! I even snag the ‘rolls’ for the heavier weight fabric or vinyl that they hang, and I use that for my vinyl and other prints I get from there to help it stay secure and not get the ‘fold’ that you naturally would with such a large and long cut.

I did end up going to the dollar store and bought a total of 15 project boards. I forgot about them having black ones now, and most of my furniture is black; so I thought it would work perfect. You can cut these a variety of ways and it all depends on your need. You could even cut them in half and have large ones, but I don’t recommend that as they are not as sturdy for holding that large amount of fabric and they would bend easily on the edges.

*Update: These are more appropriate for fabric yardage anywhere from 1/2 yard to 4-5 yards, I really wouldn’t do more than that.

*Update: For updated pictures of the fabric bolts and how they are displayed in my sewing ‘space’, then be sure to stop by and see these posts:

*Notice the larger bolts?*
*UPDATE: See how I have the larger bolts? I do have more now since I revamped the space. I store all of the extras in a closet until I use them! 

You can cut them almost however you’d like – I cut mine in the following for what I needed and still have full ones left over for my ever growing fabric stash:

(4) Four – 10” x 12”
(2) Two – 10” x 10”
-or-
(6) Six – 10” x 10”
-or-
(6) Six – 8” x 10”

I did also make a few 5” x 10” for some of those smaller pieces that I still didn’t think were small enough to go in a pile for scraps.

*UPDATE: I use the 8” x 10” for my 1/2 yard cuts from the Color Inspiration Club by Pink Castle Fabrics. I love how you can make these any size that accommodates your own space!

*Sidetrack: For the future and any bolts of fabric I make for large quantities, I would buy project board from somewhere else such as Wal-Mart, Target, etc. It is much sturdier and would hold larger amounts of fabric while also lasting. It is slightly more expensive by $2/per board, but worth the longevity in the end as well as your own creation.

*Update: I have been using the same ones from the dollar store since and they have held up very well, I have also purchased more from the dollar store and they are doing great. Now that I get the larger bolts from the fabric stores themselves, I will continue only using the dollar store ones for pricing and they have held up longer and more than expected! Win win!

*Update: I don’t have any pictures; however it is pretty easily explained as to how you would go about wrapping the fabric around the bolt.
– Basically fold your fabric in the best manner to where it is long and ‘skinny’ so-to-speak, you want to make sure your newly cut ‘fabric bolt’ hangs off at least 1/4” on each side but more is ok too.
– Lay it flat on the table or wherever you are wrapping your bolts and place a bolt near the edge of the fabric, leaving about 2-3 inches of the fabric available.
– Wrap the 2-3 inches of fabric over the bolt and hold the fabric and bolt in place, while at the same time begin to ‘wrap’ the fabric around, holding the fabric taunt (not tight) while wrapping so that it is secure but not stretching or straining the fabric or the make-shift fabric bolt.
– Once you reach the end, politely fold the end of the fabric inward and lay it flat against the wrapped fabric, grab a pin and pin the fabric in place so it doesn’t unfold!

I continued to swoon over how good the fabric looks on bolts

I wrapped the fabric on the bolts as I made them, I wanted to ensure I was cutting the sizes I needed for the fabric I had. I do highly recommend this, unless you know all of the fabric you currently want to do is the same size cut. Again, step back and bask in the glory of what you have created and how great it looks! I have absolutely LOVED the way you can make these in any dimension you ultimately want or need. Bargain and convenience, what a steal!

This is the majority of the fabric I had received, I love the way the colors and designs pop out when displayed in bolts. I am excited I have discovered the use for project board re-purposing (Megan Lingo)

I believe that the look, the feel and satisfaction of creating your own fabric bolts is Sew Stitching Cute!