I shared this photo on fb, the inevitable question, “what are you going to do with the fabric?” cropped up. I ask that question myself of quilters and of myself. “I don’t know” is a perfectly acceptable answer. As is, “I’m adding to my fabric stash” and “Who the heck knows, I just need it right now and I’m bringing it home.” There are other answers that work, “This is a ‘gift’ for a friend.” or “I’m making pajama bottoms for my nephew.”
My answer with these, “I’m collecting them” I love solid colors. I’ve had a love affair with them for a mighty long time. One of the first quilts I made for our home is all solids. I love the quilt, it’s the quilt I made for my Sweetie. It’s just perfectly flawed with tears in the fabric, mixed up quilting and a lot of love!
I’ve been considering remaking this quilt for a few years now. So while I’ve been collecting these with no purpose in mind I now know what I’m doing…remaking this quilt. I’m still in need of a boatload of black. And I’m thinking about what I’d change: the white may or may not stay. And the quilting will be different: the butternut or pumpkin seed will go on the “double Irish Chain” blocks. I’ll figure out what happens in the solid blocks later on. I don’t have a time line for this but I’ll take you on the remake journey with me.
One thing I share about this quilt is the “Great Rotary Cutting Incident of 1995.” If you need to hear that tale I’ll leave out most of the details. Because sometimes less is more.