Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Collecting stories of your fabric friends

Hello everyone!

Do you have some fabric in your stash that has been there a looooonnnnnnnggg time???
Well, I do, too.

I am in the process of bidding farewell to some old fabric friends ... I have been on a 'tear' of making string blocks... out of scraps and small pieces, much of it from fabric that I have had for a while... but today I realized just how long...


This quilt was on my bed yesterday - an early quilt of mine, in the Bear's Paw pattern... made in 1990, and much used and loved since then...


Notice the plaid fabric in the bear's paw:


Now, fast forward - oh, a mere TWENTY YEARS !!!!
and there it is again - in this not-yet-trimmed string block!
Just think - that scrap has been waiting for twenty years to get turned into something lovely and useful... and there are some other old friends in there, too - that green is the end of a big piece I bought, and has been my 'go to ' green for a million applique leaves and stems... and now it is gone... and the lovely bright red - why that was a kids quilt, of course - all bright and cheerful..
And now it will be part of a charity string quilt, through the local guild's Community Quilts program, and I hope someone will love it...
SO WHAT'S THE OLDEST THING IN YOUR STASH???? LEAVE A MESSAGE, AND 'DO TELL'...
WHAT IS IT, HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT, WHAT WAS IT ORIGINALLY FOR - AND WHAT WILL IT BE ONE DAY???
Happy Quilting,
Kate

3 comments:

ABamaMom said...

The oldest thing in my stash came from someone else...my husband's aunt and since I am the only one who sews I got it (and lots more)after her death. But the piece I'm talking about is blue calico and a pattern circa 1976. How do I know? It was for a colonial style dress for the Bi-Centenial-1776-1976 and since I graduated in '76 that makes the fabric at least 30ish years old! Wow...! BTW...love this post!...and sorry for the long comment!

Barb said...

What a great idea...I was thinking of how to get rid of some of my stash...gotta get busy.

Cheri said...

I think the fabric scraps scraps get bored sitting in my stash bins and do things that multiply them. I know it wasn't that full last time I stuck something in there. LOL

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