Wednesday, September 17, 2008

For the love of fabric...

At the Craft and Quilt fair in Melbourne back in July, I came across a wonderful craft business, Created-By. They have really nice designs, all featuring verses from the bible. My mum and I particularly liked their blue "Love Quilt," so she brought the kit for me as a very early christmas present!

This is my first kit and I must say, it is such a novelty having all the fabric cut to size already for you! I have so far completed Block A (well, apart from sewing it all together,) and am on to Block B.

I really love all the fabrics that were included, and the kit even came with a hanger for the wallhanging once it's finished.

I hope I'm not the only one who buys a fabric that I just love and have to have, when I don't actually have a project in mind for it, nor do I really need it. So I buy this fabric and then it sits in my boxes for months on end, not getting used...well, except for the job of taking up more space. But because I love these fabrics, I want them to be used for something special and wonderful, but I can never think what that special and wonderful thing is. I can't bear the thought of cutting in to them either...what if I make a mistake? What if I settle on some project and cut it out, and then days later I find that perfect project! So these poor beautiful fabrics are destined to keep sitting in my boxes till I eventually find the 'perfect' project.

Yet, meanwhile I use up all my other fabrics that are lovely, but are neither here nor there, for all my everyday projects. So I have come to realise that my beautiful fabrics are just going to waste, sitting in a box where no one can enjoy them. So I am determined to turn over a new leaf *cough* and try to use them in more projects in the future.

I have found though that I tend to buy alot of impractible fabrics....fabrics that just catch my eye, but won't necessarily go with any sort of project. For example, I bought this soft minty green fabric that has cartoon angels in all sorts of colours on it. I have no idea what to do with it! Its beautiful, and great, and I could even picture some funny angel themed quilt with it...but I never get to that actual 'yes, I'm going to use you today,' stage. Then I have alot of 'kiddy' sort of fabrics...I don't even have kids! What am I going to do with them?

I know the quote, "She who dies with the most fabric wins," is great....but I just feel guilty! I feel like I'm wasting money and fabric! I wonder if there is a diagnosis for only consolation is that I'm sure I'm not the only one who buys beautiful, and sometimes (ok...mostly,) unnessesary fabrics....

1 comment:

periwinkle said...

Your kit looks lovely - I like the blues. I have a couple of FQ's that I bought just because I liked them and have no idea what I could ever use them for!!
p.s I popped across from Farmyard Crafts