I decluttered my sewing studio this weekend... well, mostly I cleaned out all my old scrapbooking supplies (thank you, Ebay!) to make room for more fabric ; ) And of course every time I picked up something I hadn't touched in years - dozens of rubber stamps, gorgeous die cut papers, adorable embellishments - I thought of the *perfect* project I could just... who am I kidding? I could just not have enough time to make like I haven't all these years! Hopefully everything will make its new owners very happy and having fewer extras around will allow me to be more focused on my main goal: quilting. I've been reading Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin, and not only gleaning a lot of great tips and direction for getting my business more truly underway, but also reminding myself daily that I need to focus, focus, and focus some more on what I want to and should be doing that fits my business goals and not what I maybe-someday-if-I-just-had-a-little-more-free-time-and-an-au-pair-and-three-extra-hands. So out with the old and in with the new!
My other little task this weekend was picking my five fat quarters for a Brown Bag Swap with my quilt guild pals since I have to turn it in tomorrow. I have tons of fat quarters, but do you think I could pick five? Nope. Sure I could make neat little sets, but some of every one I tried had been previously designated in my mind for one idea or another, so instead, I hit up Sew Portland this morning to grab a set that could be designated specifically for the swap. The store has sort of a small mishmash as far as fabric goes; they have a nice but narrow selection of everything. They're the closest store to me, though, and since it was bad enough I was going out to buy more fabric when I really shouldn't have, I at least figured I'd try to save on gas! In the end, I picked six instead of five because I loved them all together and couldn't pick which one to skip. I'll be getting it back as a project made for me by some other randomly chosen guild member, so unfortunately I have no idea what they'll be used for exactly, and that makes it so much harder to decide. Please, help me choose! Which one would you drop from the set above?? Leave me a comment and let me know : )
Lastly, here's my weekly Pile O' Fabric Stash Share. I'm enjoying setting up these sets each week because thanks to Alyssa, I'm now building a nice little library of color palettes to browse when I need inspiration!
(l-r) unknown, unknown, Sketch by Timeless Treasures, Fresh by Deb Strain, Living Elements Collection by Art Gallery Fabrics, Glimma by Lotta Jansden