Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Quilting Fabric Storage Ideas

One of my favourite parts of being a quilter is the fabric collecting!
For a few years, when I still lived in British Columbia, my stash building was quite extensive, with parcels arriving regularly.
And at some point, major re-organizing was required, so I could get easy access to all of my fabrics, after I moved to Nova Scotia to live off-grid in a forest.
This house is pretty small, and the only other storage is the garage.

I re-discovered the Fabric Collecting & Storage Ideas page on my site yesterday, where I wrote about my organizing process, including moving the collection over to clear plastic boxes.

Side Note: After 8 years of my fabrics living in these plastic boxes, in the garage, through all the winters, I'm happy to tell you my fabrics are still lovely and fresh!

Plus my kitties have loved using them in the house to climb up and sleep on with baby blankets placed on top of the stacks for extra cushioning.
[This picture is from a few years ago - when I lived on the Bay of Fundy for one winter, and brought some of my collection with me.]
Of course it occasionally happens that I have to wait for their nap to be over, so I can dig into the bucket on the bottom of the stack. :)

And some fun extras...

I also include these printable blank labels for you to request, for your own fabric organizing.

And there's a Printable Fat Quarter Star how-to for you to request, too. 

My Fabric Collecting & Storage Ideas page was added to my site as part of the Fabric Party I held online in 2011, when my site Victoriana Quilt Designs had it's 10th Anniversary.

Jacquard Free Quilt Pattern
Made with fabrics from many different companies, I offered this Jacquard quilt pattern, which is still available online here.

Happy Fabric Organizing!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Star Gazing

Celestial Wonderings Quilt
I pushed myself to stay up a little later, last night, so I could watch the Perseid Meteor Shower.
It wasn't too hard, as the sunset was beautiful, with an orange sliver of a moon right behind, to start the sky watching.
It was a lovely evening, and the summer breeze was wonderfully refreshing.

It didn't take too long before I had already seen a half dozen shooting stars, streak across the sky. I didn't even think of trying to take a picture - never knowing where the next flash would appear.
Plus that would take away from the ooohing and aaawing, and just plain enjoyment.
The view in the dark sky here can be so amazing, even glimpsing the Milky Way, so I try to make sure I enjoy this natural fireworks display each year, when it comes around.

This morning I woke up thinking about how lovely yesterday evening was, and after realizing I had no pictures to share with you, I remembered my Celestial Wonderings quilt pattern.
This design was the 2005 Member's Series quilt.
It's a wonderful design that uses an all-over celestial print fabric as the background.
The stars are hand pieced and appliqued on the background.
A fun 'while you wait' project!

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Happy Star Gazing!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Introducing my Happy Hour Quilt Pattern

I designed this Happy Hour quilt for some friends that enjoy their cocktails!
I've made it as a table runner, so they can use it on
the table they keep their 'bar' items on.
If you add a sleeve on the back, it could also be made into a wall hanging.
I had so much fun choosing the colours of the glasses!

Get your copy of this Happy Hour quilt pattern here.

[Free to Members, of course - Click the Membership tab above for complete details!]

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Emails and Emails and Parcel, Oh My!

I don't go to town often.
And in often I mean, perhaps every few weeks, if it's possible.
Yesterday was that day, to pick up a parcel and get some much needed groceries!
I thought the parcel was going to be my quilt fabric labels.
[You can read about my new product coming soon, here.]

But it turned out to be the Kai Scissors, that are part of the 'Great Grand Prize' for my 2018 Online Quilters Meet & Greet, coming September 4th.
[You can read more about that event here.]

I had to open the box to peak at this set, and was thrilled (for the winner) that all 3 pairs of scissors come with 'covers' to secure the points...and the embroidery pair even comes hanging from a rope, that allows you to nicely hang it around the neck - 'sew' handy!

Because of the town trip, taking me away from home yesterday, the stormy afternoon away from the computer on Thursday and all that is going on at Victoriana Quilt Designs, I have a whole bunch of emails to get to today!

There are, of course, the many Online Quilters Meet & Greet emails - lots of back and forth with my special guests, right now, as I get the special page prepared.

Plus there are a whole bunch of emails from those who are wanting to upgrade their Victoriana Quilt Designs Membership to the non-expiring version.
Did you read about that news yet? Learn more here.

And then later, I will need a little needle and thread action! :)

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mother Nature Made Me...

As I've mention before, I prefer to shut my off-grid system down, when there's thunderstorms yesterday afternoon I had to stay away from my computer and all of that work, and instead did some handwork.
Smiling :)

I've been working on a gift for the smallest man in my life, who has a Birthday coming up.

I made some good progress.
I'll share what this patch is for, and another gift for my other little man, in a future post, after they've been gifted.

I love creating for my grandsons!

I'm nicely refreshed for a busy day ahead...

Happy Stitching!

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