Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fabric Dreams

I've got no business dreaming up new projects. I need to work on my last block of Flight of Fancy. Elizabeth rushed to get the urn done before her vacation and I assured her it would be complete upon her return. Weeeellllll, I just don't see that happening when its after 4 already today and she'll be home tomorrow. I'm pitiful. No excuse.
But still, these old brushed Moda fabrics have been taunting me. If I was you, I'd be thinking I had some kind of amazing stash all managed in the most organized style. Sadly, you'd be mistaken. I have a good sized stash but it really does pale in comparison to others. But these fat quarters have been at the end of a plastic box in the den closet calling me.
Back when I first started working at a quilt store, more than 10 years ago, we used to make up a kit for a simple flannel quilt. It was small throw size, and contained 6 inch squares and some 3.25 inch squares for 4 patches, all in a nice little bag. You just made your random 4 patches, laid out the flannels in a pleasing manner and sewed them up. It was one of those easily made quilts and easily kitted as well. I made several of them, including a couple for Bret and Frankie. They're soft and very snuggly. So when I saw this pile again I thought gee, I wish I had a nice piece of floral that would mix in well so I could freshen the pile up a bit. And figured while shopping I'd look for something. And then I had the occasion to go through one of my boxes for something. I don't even remember what it was but hey, check it out. A nice floral that goes perfectly with this pile of wonderful fabric.
Of course I didn't find a pile of time to go with them, but it did get me in the mood to figure out how many squares to cut. And you know, avoid doing what I should be doing.


Blogger Barbie Jo said...

Everybody needs some dreaming time. Love the floral with your stash!!!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Mar said...

Oh Pam, I'm droolin over that combo! Can't wait to see what you do with it.xo

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Lynne in Hawaii said...

It is just amazing how just the right fabric magically appears when you least expect it! And in your stash! Great combo!

7:18 PM  
Blogger MichelleB said...

That color combination is fabulous! And isn't amazing what we can come up with when we're supposed to be doing something else.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

What a pretty combo! Very fresh and summery. I vote you get right on that!

4:30 AM  
Blogger yellowfarmhouse said...

Love those colors and that floral is a great addition to the plaids and checks. Would look great at my house, LOL.


4:54 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

What a wonderful find. You can't even imagine the mish-mosh of fabric that makes up my stash. It's everywhere.

I love the floral in combination with the other fabrics. Just perfect. Anyway, you need a break from the Flights of looks like it take way too much concentration. It's too hot to concentrate!

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

6:55 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Doncha just love shopping in your own stash! Love this combination! Can't wait for you to find that pile of time, so we can see it all put together.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Serendipity is what they call what happened to you. That sweet little floral is perfect. If I were you, I would be spending the next couple of days pouring over my library of quilting books and patterns for some inspiration of what to do with all that bounty!

8:06 AM  
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9:31 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hmmm so its your birthday! And you didn't tell us!!! I'm glad to see someone gave you away. Happy Birthday Pam. I hope it is a lovely one and you have a fun fun day.

Love those plaids with that floral. Darling colors.

Can't wait to hear what you are doing for your birthday.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

Your pile of inspiration is always stacked high! I hate it when you do this to me... now I want some of that too! Love, love, love the floral you picked to go with the plaids. You ARE the fabric whisperer.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Happy Zombie said...

Waaaaaaa? It's you birthday?! Why do I not know this??? And why is this big event not in my iCal???

Happy youknowwhatin' Birthday!

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that combination. I bought some similar fabrics at on the web when they had a sale gong on.

10:53 AM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

That floral was just what those beautiul checks and stripes needed. That is going to be one beautiful little quilt. :)

11:26 AM  
Blogger Minick & Simpson said...

Are you surprised that I LOVE these fabrics?!?! They make me smile just looking at them. Can't wait to see the results


12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know ALL about doing something fun when I should be doing something else - but sweetie - you inspired me! I love the addition of the floral print - how perfect!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Mary's Cottage Quilts said...

I love those plaids!!! They just call to me!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Mary's Cottage Quilts said...

I just heard a rumor.... Is it really your birthday?? If so then here's a big Happy Birthday comming your way!!

Are you going to Long Beach??? I am but not as a vendor!

3:29 PM  
Blogger Red Geranium Cottage said...

Ooohhhh those are gonna be great together. Love those colors.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Heidi Ann said...

Hi Pam, I just sat down to read a few favorite blogs this evening, including yours. I so know what you mean about thinking anything & everything sounds like more fun than what you are supposed to be doing! I am a horrible procrastinator!!! However, I simple LOVE the assortment of those charming blue & red "checks & plaids"!!! So classic, fresh & pretty!...and the floral is perfect!! I am so looking forward to seeing your finished project!...Enjoy your Friday!...Heidi Xo

9:24 PM  
Blogger jona said...

That floral print is just perfect with those plaids!! I can't wait to see it.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

wow, happy birthday!

I am thinking if you found that fabric in a box in the closet, maybe there is a pile of time in a box under your bed? in the linen closet? yah, I know, I can't find my pile o' time, either.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Paganelli said...

love, love love the floral with the check mix!!! Jennifer

3:43 AM  
Blogger from little acorns said...

I think there's a rule somewhere that inspiration comes. . . when there's other things to do! ( . . . at least that's how it works for me!) I love the plaids - but I love them more with the little floral print!
. . . and hey! ! ! Happy Day & week - Birthday Girl!
xo, Bren

4:47 PM  
Blogger julieQ said...

Those are so pretty together! Can't wait to see your project...

6:45 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Happy birthday, Pam. I hope you get to do something wild and fun.

I love the the fabric and the idea for this quilt. Is there a chance that you might share just how many of each size square you like to cut for this quilt? Thanks, either way.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Simply This That and the Other... said...

I remember those! I had some. What did I do with them? The floral is perfect! And I hear ya on time!!! I have so many ideas for quilts brewing in my head, and projects piled all over "the room". But here I sit on the compooter! LOL. I have to catch up on all my fav blogs, or I'll miss it all! ;o) LOL. Happy Weekend!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Love that stash! I have the same floral...hmmm...gotta find me some plaids to go with it!


9:32 PM  

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