January 22nd, 2013
|janestarz||12:04 pm - Half-inch hexagons|
[[ Mods, I hope this is okay, if not please let me know and I'll remove the post. ]]
Hello fellow quilters! Recently I signed up for a quilting class in my home town, hoping to make some new friends. Now that that particular mission is accomplished, I found out that machine piecing feels too much like factory work and hand-sewing is my thing. I've gotten completely hooked on English paper piecing, more specifically: wrapping tiny ½ inch paper hexagons with a tiny bit of fabric and sewing everything together by hand. Of course, my daily commute is only enabling me in this addiction...and so is my mother.
My nearby quilt store sells "scrap bags" with small pieces of fabric that are just perfect for my project. They feature mostly a mix of reproduction fabrics and antique-looking fabrics, so nothing very modern in print or colour. The scrap bag contains a certain amount of fabric as a minimum (I believe minimally a fat quarter size) and costs € 6.-
My first scrap bag had 16 different fabrics in it, and I've by now bought two more. It got me thinking about this community. Surely there are people holding on to small scraps of fabric for 'that one time it might come in handy'.
I was thinking that perhaps if people were willing to get rid of some of their scraps, we might make it a trade. I'm mostly looking for brown fabrics, with a dash of red, cream or off-white.
If I got my math right, I'll need more than 3000 hexagons to finish my quilt. Most of this will be the solid colour I'm using as a border, but I'm looking for other fabrics for the flowers.
So I don't know if this is appropriate or not (mods, please let me know if I'm crossing a line here!), but I was hoping to get into contact with people who have some scraps they want to get rid of in their spring cleaning. I'm also willing to trade, sending you a similar amount of fabric in exchange for fabric scrap pieces. If you send me a few scraps measuring together a fat quarter, I will send you a fat quarter in return if you want!
From a scrap of fabric 4 by 5 inches I can make one hexagon flower, but I realise this is large enough for other blocks too.
I just hope to get a ton of different fabrics for this quilt, because that would be so cool. Collaborative effort through the community!
One thing I should mention is that I'm in the Netherlands and shipping could be a little costly.
Drop me a line in a comment and we can discuss details :-)
Current Location: the Netherlands
As the mod, I can say that of course you can post this here! I have some brown fabrics I never hugely liked, which would probably look fine in smaller pieces, and besides it's more that they look odd with the rest of my stash. How do you feel about receiving FQs, and what's the postage to and from the UK like for you?
Thank you, it's great to know this is allowed!
FQs are awesome, (maybe a little large, but I'll see!) and I can send you FQs in return. You could check out Dotty's website
to see if there's anything that catches your fancy, or you could let me choose something for you in a certain colour scheme.
Depending on the weight, P&P to the UK runs up to € 9,- for 2kg flat rate envelopes and from 2 kgs upwards it will be a parcel, but I'll be more than happy to send you a similar amount of fabric in the colour of your choice. Edited at 2013-01-22 11:45 am (UTC)
Probably not worth it if the P&P is that much, then. But good luck finding scraps! Threadbias is a nice forum, you could try asking there.
I just remembered a set of freebies I got a while ago. I never liked them, they're old-fashioned fabrics and I don't use that sort of thing, but they look like most of them would fit your plan very well. They're all about 9" x 9" or just over, which would be enough for four (?) flowers, but then it sounds like you're going to be working on a scale where it won't hurt if you have a few flowers in each colour.
Sending me stuff in return - what sort of things do you have in your stash? Dotty's website is exactly the sort of fabric I don't use, I'm afraid! I know some cheap-but-good online fabric shops in the UK, would that be easier?
|Date:||January 22nd, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)|| |
Fortunately, FQ-amounts of fabric are lightweight, and if someone is sending multiple fabrics, they could be cut into oblongs suitable to JUST fit into an envelope.
UN-fortunately, the vast bulk of my stash is in a storage cube since the hubby and I have moved in with his 88-yr-old mom, and I haven't got the cube organized-yet to-where I can get at those containers easily. I've been giving serious consideration to springing for another [our third] storage cube so I *can* get-at my fabrics, and whenever that comes to pass I'll have a note to myself to check-in with you.
|Date:||January 22nd, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC)|| |
P.S. I'm in Mississippi in the United States.
If I'm handsewing 3000 hexagons together I doubt I'll be done by next year, so there's no rush.
You can't do any sewing? All of your stash is packed away? Such torture!
|Date:||January 22nd, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)|| |
I can sew; I've got a project at home now, in fact. But I've only got space in our bedroom to set out what I need for one project at a time.
That is one great way to get rid of some of those UFO's I have lying around. I have to limit myself to two projects per craft or I'd never get anything done. But I'd go mad if I couldn't do something with my hands!
Hi janestarz! I'm doing the same as you - half-inch hexagons - but I'm aiming to get each hexagon cut from a different material. I've joined a local quilters group and the women there have been incredibly kind about handing me the scraps left over after they have done their "proper" patchwork! If there's a group near you it might be worth joining - and the camaraderie is great too.
Good luck with your quilt, and perhaps we can swap scraps some time (I'm in the UK). I love the antique-looking fabrics, so browny-creamy-reds are right up my street.
Don't miss out on the Curious Quilter's charm swap, will you. Check out http://thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/postage-stamp-quilt-swaps-fun-will-continue/
Thanks for the link, but I'm just starting out as a quilter and I haven't even got fifteen different fabrics at home, never mind cutting a hundred charm squares! (Disclaimer: this only applies for quilting fabrics. I am a seamstress and have a ton of fabrics lying around that aren't suitable for quilting!)
My next workshop is Thursday, I'll be sure to ask the other ladies if they've got scraps I might use. Ideally, the 4 by 5 inch (10 by 12 cm) square is for a whole flower, because the single hexagon I use for the hearts are easy enough to come by. And a 4 by 5 inch square is more than enough for a (part of) a block for most patterns... but it never hurts to ask.
The store I frequent cuts fabric strips, I could buy 10 cm strips from several fabrics, use them for two flowers per fabric, and save the rest for swapping later. Hmmm *ponders the possibilities*
How about we share address data so we can swap later on? I'd be more than happy to send some your way!
Sure, let's do that! I wish there were a shop near me which would cut 10cm strips *sigh*
The Curious Quilter's charm swap includes the arrangement for experienced quilters to send out charms to newbies, without expecting any fabric in return. It's just 25 charms, I think, but very nice to have. I sent some out in the last swap, feeling terrifically bountiful and chuffed to bits that in my very short time quilting I had collected enough fabric (mostly by friends giving it to me) to pass some on to other people :)
Wow, every hexagon a different fabric will be quite a feat! It sounds super cool, though. I keep a lot of very small scraps for machine-pieced crazy quilting, but if you're still looking for fabrics I'd be happy to send some over. :)
As I said below, I have some old-fashioned calico prints - I think they're 70s reproductions of older fabrics, but some of them were from my Granny, so I really have no idea. If you're interested, drop me a line. :)
Oh, yes please! "Very small scraps" sounds right up my street :)
I have old-fashioned calico prints in browns and creams, along with some reds, and a lot of brown-on white. Does this sound interesting? I would be happy to send along some pieces. Fabric is light and flat, so shipping shouldn't be too costly. (I live in California, USA.)
|Date:||January 23rd, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)|| |
where in CA do you live? I live in LA and maybe we could put together one package from CA and save on shipping costs. I have some lots of brown with black dots and some brown with a white and darker brown geometric pattern. I'm sure I have others but I'm just going form memory. Oooo i think I also have some brown batik.
I live near SF, so I don't know how much sense it would make to combine shipping. :(
My scrap bags had three kinds of polka dots, but so far that's the only geometric pattern I have. If you would like to send some to me I'll pm you my address. Please tell me what colours you would like in return!
That would be awesome! I'll pm you my address and please let me know what colours you prefer! I'll send you something nice in return.
I'm new to quilting, but I think I have just enough fabric to be able to send you some brown scraps! I'll poke around and leave a more detailed comment when I know what I have. (I need to try hexies!)
That would be lovely. I will send you a pm with my address. :-)
|Date:||January 23rd, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)|| |
hello! I have some brown fabric that came as part of a 'surprise' set I ordered ages ago, and I don't really use brown fabric a lot, so could send you some scrappy stuff. I'm in the UK so postage won't be too horrendous.
I'll send you a PM shortly. Don't forget to tell me what colour(s) you would like in return!
this colorway is beautiful. i'm working on this pattern with 30's.
i have some of the fabrics in this photo. thinking i might start a quilt with this colorscheme. probably not 1" hexes though. :)
I think this is not everyone's cup of tea, but browns can work beautifully in a quilt. Go for it!
Hi there, and welcome!
I'm happy to send you some fabrics. Let me know your address?
A PM is underway, and I just made another post with an update on my quilt on this community and my own blog.