Just Because

by Nicole

Whenever I get new fabric, I deliberate about what to do with it for a while before cutting into it. These little bundles are no different.

First, I picked up a set of three fat quarters as part of a design challenge my guild is hosting.

fabric_TMQG challenge
The challenge is called, “Life in the City,” and the challenge is to use the three fabrics and any other fabrics to portray some aspect of city life. And it doesn’t have to be a quilt! I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I have until October to come up with something.

The other fabrics were just because Wondrous Woven Fabrics is having a going-out-of-business sale. It’s sad to see a fabric shop close, but it is nice to get discounted fabric.

I picked a bundle of Honey Child by Jennifer Paganelli. I love these big bright prints. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, but I’m thinking something simple to showcase the fabric.

fabric_honey child

And then I ordered a cute bundle of Spring Street by Carolyn Gavin.

fabric_spring street

Like Honey Child, I’m not sure what I’ll make with this bundle.  Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever buy fabric just because, with no plan in mind? Or do you only buy when you know exactly what you’ll do with them?

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Heidi Staples July 14, 2012 - 1:32 am

I often buy without a plan in mind. Beautiful fabric is beautiful fabric — I know I'll find a good use for it!

Beth July 14, 2012 - 1:36 am

Like Heidi, I rarely buy fabric for a specific project.

Samantha July 14, 2012 - 1:48 am

Usually I don't have a plan in mind. I just get what I like then come up with a plan and get things to coordinate later. Occassionally I know what I want to make with things. I just got a Jelly Roll of Fa la la la la that I knew I would make Granny Squares out of and the same with the Bukhara that I recently bought, I knew it was destined for summery Granny Squares also.

Annie July 14, 2012 - 1:54 am

I mostly buy fabric because I like it and want it in my stash. I rarely shop with a specific project in mind. I buy the fabric then decide what to make with it…like you are doing. 🙂

Emily July 14, 2012 - 2:11 am

I'm the opposite. I usually buy with a specific quilt in mind, but then find I wish I had more than what I bought to do other things with too.

doodlebugmom July 14, 2012 - 2:20 am

I usually have something in mind. But it doesn't always end up as I planned it.

Lori July 14, 2012 - 2:47 am

Thanks for the heads up about the closing online store! I just popped over and bought some fabric! It's sad to see a company go out of business but it's nice to take advantage of great prices!

Megan July 14, 2012 - 2:52 am

No plan ever! This sometimes leads to frustration – like not having enough of something when I finally decide what to do! I love that top little bundle, I saw it in a shop here recently but have resisted buying any…so far…

Gra July 14, 2012 - 2:55 am

Plan….what´s that??!! I like it. I buy it! (Sometimes I shouldn´t…but who can resist?)LOL
You got beautiful fabrics by the way.

Debbie July 14, 2012 - 5:27 am

I do both – buying for a project and 'just because'…love the challenge fabric you're working with!

Katy Cameron July 14, 2012 - 9:20 am

I tend to buy for general ideas, like a pile for a few bags that can be mixed and matched, and, rarely, just because I know I really want it and I'm afraid it'll sell out before I think up a reason (Echo for instance!)

Leslie July 14, 2012 - 1:35 pm

i almost always buy without a plan…just because i love fabric. that is the reason i began quilting in the first place, i was obsessed with the pretty fabrics. i love the second bundle you have . those rain drops are cool

Francine July 14, 2012 - 3:03 pm

I usually buy fabric just because I like it and then end up needing to buy something to finish a project. I have so so so so much fabric now!

Cherie July 14, 2012 - 9:02 pm

I only have a plan for some of the fabrics I buy otherwise I get it to boost my stash and can think about what to make later =D

Robin Haupt July 14, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Not only do I not have a plan ahead of time, I'm finding that I now buy more of the fabric than I used to! I figure that when a plan comes to mind, I want to have enough. Makes for a great stash builder!

thisyearsdozen July 14, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Stopping here today just cost me $125!! Thanks for the tip on Wondrous going out of business. I got some great deals.

Beautiful fabrics you are working with.


CitricSugar July 15, 2012 - 5:02 am

More and more, it seems I buy fabric without a plan but that's probably because I sew more than ever. I'm probably half and half but I do have a problem with cutting into fabric that I hold too precious. I haven't touched any of my Lizzie House from two years ago….

That city challenge sounds interesting – and the fabrics are perfect!

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