there, THAT got your attention, right?
Quilter’s and crafter’s sins I now realize I’m guilty of:
Not cutting across the width of the fabric (WOF). Silly me, I thought it made sense that if you have half a yard of fabric and you need a strip that’s 8″ by 2″ you would cut parallel to the selvedge, leaving 40″ of fabric wide by 18″ long.
2010 was the year in which I had the light bulb moment and realized it just doesn’t work like that. I needed WOF for trading at our Guild’s retreat, and I needed WOF in significant quantities to make pillowcases for the million pillowcase challenge.
Several times I pored through my entire stash only to realize what I had been doing all those years, it finally caught up to me! This led to a change in my evil ways, a gargantuan stash busting project, and (surprise!) fabric shopping for half-metre and bigger cuts. Although for 2011 one of my watchwords is use what you have.
Have also resolved to be more attentive to thread. Valdani is my favourite, and I do use what I have! Actually had to buy a second spool of Gem Symphony when Andrea Hamilton was quilting my Shattered Angles quilt. I look on Valdani as chocolate minus the calories.
Cindy Scraba is another amazing Island lady. Her knowledge of threads is astounding. Trivia: Egyptian cotton is in the process of being protected legally, just like champagne in France. It is so superior and they need to protect it.
Cindy sells Superior thread and I’ve started tracking in the catalogue what I have in the different lines. The catalogue is great because it tells you which thread to use in every situation.
At the Guild retreat, I won a sample set of Wonderfil threads.
And I still have threads from my grandmother’s store that go back to the forties — on wooden spools with names for the colours. They live in a case designed and built by my grandfather. I use them for basting and minor embellishments. After all this time I don’t trust them for anything that has to stay together. But back then thread colours had names, not numbers, like Apple Green, Mauve, Primrose.