This subject will have as many opinions as the number of people reading the post. We all have different interests and different pocketbooks determining what we buy and how much we buy.
If you have known Country Threads over the years you know we sew with a very scrappy style. Most quilts have a controlled scrap look and when we first started writing patterns for this type of quilt, we would list shades of red, for example, such as poppy, crimson, red orange, dark pink, maroon, blood red – everything on either side of red. Every red and white quilt I’ve ever made has a wide assortment of shades of red. This quilt is above my couch – look at it with the thought of shades of red.
Look at the cover of Beyond The Battlefield- I see red, blue, tan and every shade of those colors but no green, yellow, purple, black, orange.
Here’s Best of All from the same book.
This quilt has a much broader range of colors brought together with dark brown sashing.
Beyond The Battlefield is available for $31 including postage. No, I have not decided what I’m going to make first. Have to finish my Bullseye first.
Now how much to buy? When we had the quilt shop open, we had thousands and thousands of bolts and new fabric came in nearly every day. Our employees cut us each a half yard of every single bolt so we’d know what was on the floor and so we would use the fabrics in our patterns. When an employee made a model for the shop, we of course wanted them to use fabric we were selling.
We could never use yardage over the half yard in a new pattern because everything was kitted up. Now – think about this – bolts of fabric come right around 15 yards per bolt. If we used 2 yards in the project, one full yard had been cut in two half yard pieces, leaving us 12 yds. minus any fat quarters that were cut for the shop. If the pattern called for two yards per kit/project, we would be able to sell 5 kits. Making a bigger quilt and only letting it work it’s magic for 5 kits just isn’t worth it. Too much time invested in the quilt with virtually no payback.
Here’s an example of a kit backfiring. This quilt is in the new book – called Stitching A Life. It requires 1-1/3 yd. of the feature fabric which was beautiful – a Japanese fabric that we loved.
We couldn’t get more yardage and even though we tried to substitute a fabric, nobody wanted to buy the kit unless the feature fabric was the same as the model. It died a painful death but the pattern was wonderful. Nobody could see past that Japanese fabric to choose something else.
So Connie and I have extensive fabric collections but in half yard increments only. Every time I need a backing, I either have to piece it or buy new. Half yards have come to suit us fine but our style reflects our half yard collections. I have bought very little fabric since we closed but I am going to take pictures of what we have since several of you mentioned how much fabric I had. You ain’t see nuthin yet!
Tomorrow I will talk about inspiration for color.
These two are waiting for me to go do chores – I’m ready now!