"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Saturday, March 7, 2009


I have been "evaluating" my stash over the past few days, wondering why it is that I just don't seem to like using it! And then, it hit me: I like to start with small pieces (fat quarters, etc). Most of my stash is in 1 or 2 yard cuts. I don't like working with those larger cuts, so they end up sitting while I go out and buy fat quarters!

So, I'm cutting! Years of experience making fat quarters in the quilt shops I have worked in are coming to the fore!

If it's a collection, or ones I've grouped together (like these), I am keeping one group of the fat quarters together, and then the other half will be sorted into color ways in my fat quarter drawers. And I'll still have plenty left over for sashings, borders, etc...

These are my "Cider Mill Road" fabrics from Nancy Halvorsen. They're next up for the fat quarter cutting machine (i.e. me)! It's a nasty, dreary, rainy day today... perfect for staying home and playing with fabric.


  1. I love that Cider Mill Road collection!

  2. Great colours on your fabrics. Have fun making ....... of them. Have a great day

  3. Hey, Jenie -
    Having fat Quarters of ALL the stash seems like a lot of work, but a lot of help too -having them all in one place I mean. Guess I need to organize my "fats" right after these two projects and before the next one comes down the pike (or not!). I should have more time now that the pot studio is no more - at least until I find another place to fire. More time for organizing and quilting!

  4. So you have worked in quilts shops. That explains all the different fabrics I have seen on your blog. I have to admit to being a fat quarter junkie - only because I like so many fabrics and want them all! Luckily, my fabric shop has a great selection at $1.50 and $3.00.

    Happy Stitching...Ann :)

  5. That is a great idea! I feel the same way about cutting into larger pieces. I am always looking for the fat quarters or buying more. I might have to cut up my fabric too!