I had to add a little to my stash this week because I needed some additional fabric for a project I was working on. I needed a light background fabric and fabric for the inner border. I won't say that I'm 100% pleased with what I was able to find, but they 'will work' and I think the end product will be just fine!
Used This Week: 0 yards
Used Year to Date: 0 yards
Added This Week: 2 yards
Added Year to Date: 2 yards
Net Used for 2013: -2 yards
|light and dark golds added|
Added were the whole yard pieces that I have here on my ironing board with the blocks and partial blocks laid out on them. The LQS (if you call local about 10-15 miles away) has a huge store with lots of fabric, but the particular oriental-Kashmir style I was looking for in just the right golds was not there and this is the closest I could get after rejecting six or seven others. The next closest store is yet another few miles further away, and I know they tend to be heavier on other styles of fabric, so didn't head out there. I think I really do like the background fabric, it's in the tone I was looking for. I'm slightly less pleased with the darker gold which will be the inner border, as it should really be either the same or darker than the dark gold squares. What makes it look lighter is the heavy gold paint, which will probably gradually lessen with future washings. Now, in the blocks in the center where the light background is, there are those gold half-square triangles. Well, somehow when I was laying out my fat quarters and choosing which to put where, I missed that they needed to be the same darkness (in this case black and not gold) as the dark squares in the 4-Ps. And while they play well, it changes the look and though they've been cut already, I dug through my stash and found a perfect black with gold scroll filigree, seen in the photo below with the gold blocks.
|black & gold from stash|
What I learned from this project, if you buy a pre-selected grouping of FQs for a specific project, read the directions, and determine if you need additional fabrics of any of those FQs, and/or fabrics for borders, because if you wait several years, you may not find just the right co-ordinating fabrics or the same fabrics as the FQs (should you make a mistake) at that later time. I should have remembered this from another project I worked on where I wanted a rich, dark brown for the binding...I went to several stores and quilt shows and still settled for something 'close' but not really what I'd hoped for, and I didn't want to wait until that color may reappear in fabric shops because it could have been years!
Jump on over to Patchwork Times for other reports of input/output this past week.