Shopping my Stash for a Mystery Quilt

In less than a month I will be at the next Patchwork in the Peaks!

Patchwork in the Peaks is a bi-annual quilt retreat, run by my wonderful friend, Ms E. In April and October each year, a group of lovely ladies gather in Morzine in the French Alps to quilt their hearts out for four days. I’ve gone to every retreat since the start, I’ve made some fantastic friends, and it’s a wonderful way to spend a long weekend. You can read all about October’s retreat here.

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Quilting with a view!

(Incidentally, it seems that 2 spots have opened up on the upcoming retreat – if you’re at all interested, I’d hurry up and snap one of them up before someone else does, seeing as they were all taken within a week of registration opening back in December – click here to find out more…)

But I digress…

As always, we’ll all be working on the same project during the retreat, and this time around it’s going to be a Mystery Quilt.  I’m really excited to see how it’s all going to turn out, but it’s also rather daunting to choose fabric when you have no idea what you’re making. Oh, and when you’re on a Fabric Fast and so have to use what you already have rather than jump in and use the lovely Fat Quarter Shop discount for Peaks participants…

So what to do?

Back in February, I read this post from Isisjem, and it really struck a chord. Isisjem is also on a Fabric Fast, and she writes about approaching her stash as if it were a fabric store, with the idea that anything can be used for any project, rather than seeing it as a precious hoard of beautiful fabric to be saved for something special. I’m totally guilty of doing this with certain Too-Beautiful-To-Cut-Into fabrics (you know the kind..), but if I’m brutally honest, this means they’ll likely never get used because a) I have so much fabric already and b) I already have so many projects and ideas in the pipeline.

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So I have decided that as of now, any fabric in my stash should be fair game, and I have spent this morning ‘shopping’ for the Peaks Mystery Project – a throw sized quilt which will finish at 58″ x 74 1/2″.

Obviously, I need to start with the focus fabric. All I know is that it should ideally be a large scale print, and I will need 1 1/8 yards of it. This already takes a whole load of my stash out of the running, as I have a lot of fabric cuts of 1 yard or less. And so, after a hard morning’s work, I have narrowed down my choice to one of 11 different fabrics, all large-scale prints

Well, it’s a start, right?!

 

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Amy Butler – Love – Cypress Paisley

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P&B Textiles – Florentine

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Michael Miller – Eiffel Tower

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Holly Holderman – Jolie Jardin

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Philip Jacobs – Trumpet Flower

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Gift from the wonderful Ms JJ

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Robert Kaufmann – Tuscan Wildflower

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Kaffe Fassett – Dancing Leaves

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Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics

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Hoffman International – Indulgence

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Philip Jacobs – Coleus

 As you can see, I have a wide variety of colours and styles of fabric in my stash! Some of them have been in there for several years, waiting for the right project. Is this that project? Who knows!

I think I know which one I want to use, but I’m going to sleep on it for a few days before making a final decision.

And anyway, I’m interested – which one do you like best????

Linking up today with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday – because, hey, pulling fabric for a new quilt counts as a work in progress…

3 responses

  1. Eiffel Tower or Jolie Jardin (complete with odd French grammar!), I say. Then some white sashing and a mix of solids and toning smaller patterns? But surely it also depends what other fabrics you have enough of. I sort of cobbled together larger pieces, including FQs (and it looks fab, though I am so totally not allowed to show you!). Great sand picture top right! xx

  2. Looking forward to seeing what these all turn into! I vote for the Paisley for this project though 🙂

  3. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting | Reply

    Oh, they’re all beautiful!! They will all work without issue, each creating an entirely different feel. BTW, you can totally bribe me with any amount of Florentine as my personal favourite. 😉

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