For months I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging for myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love my shop and my job but I have been working too hard and neglecting myself personally. It’s hard being a small business owner and still taking some time for yourself. I got into this business for one reason. I love to quilt. I wanted better access to all the modern quilting fabric I wanted to buy for myself and more money to buy it. Long story short, I now own a fabric shop and have an amazing stash. It’s just that though, a stash. Fabric that sits on shelves surrounding me in my office while I do business-y things all day long.
Well, not anymore. I’m publicly claiming that in 2013 I will use my stash. Lord knows I won’t be able to use all of it but gosh darnnit, I’m going to sew and I’m going to use it. Let me be clear though, I am NOT on a fabric diet. I disapprove of Fabric Diets for several reasons:
- I own a fabric store and I need people to buy fabric so I can pay my mortgage.
- Sometimes you need other fabrics to match what you already have so you can use them.
- Sometimes you find fabrics that you want but will go out of print and you won’t want to miss out.
At least for me, limiting myself to never buy fabric squashes my inspiration to create. So, I have beefed up my Pinterest boards and I am ready to create!
I’m not going to get into the exciting world of HOW to set goals in this post, I feel it will deserve several posts over the month, I’m going to show off my first project to finish up this new year:
I started this bad boy a few months ago after seeing the amazing quilt on Pinterest by Patch Andi (click that link and see it!) and Googled and found an amazing tutorial on how to make this quilt here:
Megan over at Lucy and Norman started making one and put it on her Instagram and that was all the inspiration I needed to get mine back out and get it done! The blocks go together pretty quickly and it’s a great way to use up some of the bigger scraps that I have (most of mine are bigger scraps). I have a ton of work to catch up on today but hopefully I can get a chance to sew later tonight! I watched some Netflix TV (Gossip Girl, don’t judge!) and cut up a lot more strips and I am just itching to sew them.
We started a Flickr Group for everyone to post their own Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilts. I love to see how quickly they are all getting done and how each one is different. I’m already planning #2. Make sure to pop over to Rita’s blog over at Red Pepper Quilts, she is finished with hers and it’s amazing (as usual). Katy over at I’m a Ginger Monkey will have hers to show off soon. I just can’t keep up with these ladies! They are incredible!
Hopefully, you are all inspired to get out your own scraps and make a Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt. I’m going to do up some math and cut strips ahead of time for another so I will post it for you all tomorrow. Make sure to follow me on Instagram – justabitfrayed and use the #scrappytripalong hashtag to link up your photos on IG!