Project Thimble

The way I see it if you want the rainbow you have to put up with the rain.
-Dolly Pardon

Project Thimble…writing a book…getting ready for market with book and market deadlines falling at the same time. Pacing myself..staying organized, focused, determined and enjoying the “process”. Ok no problem! Computer problems disaster. No problem! I am woman I am strong. I have cheetos, twizzlers and diet coke in the sewing room.

When I started the design and sewing work on the book it was wonderful that I happened to be going to Paducah. I went with a mission. I was going to buy fabric. I was going to take no hosatages. I called my credit card company and told them I was coming and I didn’t want any nonsense from them, it was a platinum card and I intended to use it. Within 7 minutes of arriving in Paducah we were in Hancocks of Paducah. I left two hours later with $500 bucks worth of fabbies. It was just the BEGINNING. This fabric buying frenzy went on for three days.

My thoughts about buying fabric have changed over the past couple of years. I have always subscribed to the theory that why should one buy a fat quarter when you can buy three yards? If you like a fabric then a 1/4 yard makes no sense. Right? We won’t even go there with the idea of precuts. In short when I buy fabric the smallest amount I buy is a yard. This kinda works because you can do a lot with a yard. It does force you to add an extra wing onto your house to store the fabric.Reinforcing the floors so your fabric room/closet does not fall from the second story of your house into the floor below isn’t a bad idea either. While you are at it put a lock on the closet, evidence of your insanity/addiction might me admissable in a court of law. Don’t let any spouse near that closet!

I bought around 200 yards of fabric in Paducah..it takes a lot of fabric to make all these projects.Are you still there…breathe stand up take a walk and come back to my story…get some coffee and oxygen. 200 yards of fabric isn’t that much.

Here is the big shocker! As the weeks flew by I was sewing, coming up with so many ideas I wanted to include in the book and or market. My brain was in overdrive…I love this process!! I came downstairs one evening Sir Quilt Dude asked how it was going. I said that on a couple of quilts I had run out of fabric and I was going to find some of it on line. Silence, by that time the Visa bill had arrived and been paid. It was a whopper too.

I was somewhere finishing up project 6 or 26 and after several internet shopping experiences…the LIGHT DAWNED! I had a sewing revelation, a big moment. I had wasted my money. Bought too much fabric (ya think!). Stock piling fabric is not a good thing for me. What I need to do is work on the designs and then go find the fabric that works for that particular design with the approximate calculations for each project in mind. While I have used much of what I bought I still have much I have not touched. Maybe those nice folks at Martingale will let me right another book!

Having a large stash is an interesting thing don’t you think?