I am obsessed (not POssessed)


I am obsessed. Well, not obsessed, necessarily, but stewing. Over some fabric. You know that I am working on Chris’s quilt, and it’s slow going. I am paying attention to my work process this time, and as with many things, I am working in fits and starts. I have an idea, run to my design wall and start cutting pieces, moving things around, hunting for more pins, and then sit back and look at it. If I can’t make a decision about it, I walk away, focus on something else for a bit, then come back to it. Sometimes, though, I get sidetracked by that something else. Or obsessed.

ObsessedWhile I have been trying to focus elsewhere, I’ve come back to a pile of fabric I got at Market. I was lucky enough to score some of Samarra Khaja’s new line for Lecien, called Geogram. You may have seen a photo of it on Instagram or Facebook when I first unpacked it. I absolutely love it. The color mix and saturation are wonderful! But here’s my dilemma: I got just a jelly roll and a stack of charm squares: 42 2-1/2″ strips and 30 4-1/2″ squares. I will admit that I often like the challenge of limiting fabrics, but in this case I am stumped.

The strips on the right are “twosies”

I want to do something cool with them but just haven’t decided what. They don’t want to be a traditional pattern, I don’t think, and besides, I would get bored making that. I have carried them around the house, looking at them in odd moments, and finally plopped them on my table. They were lying next to this solid I snagged from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s shop, and I liked that mix very much. (This one, if you’re interested, is called “Grey Day,” and besides the color, has a nice, meaty hand–and it’s $5.00 a yard!)

The wrinkles are my fault
I even resorted to sitting down with EQ7 for a bit yesterday, but didn’t really come up with anything I loved. I’ve scribbled on any available piece of paper, but quickly learned that what’s in my head does not translate. I know I’ll figure it out, but in the meantime, I am playing with lots of ideas.

Today is haircut day and I’m stopping to drop some toys off to Watered Gardens for Christmas, and flying through Target, so I will be looking for inspiration as I’m out and about. You can be assured that I will be thinking about it. That’s what being obsessed is about, right?

Do you ever buy fabric not knowing what you’re going to do with it? Heh. I guess most of us do that at one time or another. Do you obsess over it? How do you solve the dilemma?

  • Wendy Tuma

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled fabric out, played with it, waited for inspiration, got frustrated, and put it away for another day. Heh. I’ve also been known to lose track of conversations, due to pondering (ok, obsessing) over the fabric on my design board or table . . .

    • Lori East

      Exactly! Too many fabrics in my, ahem, collection, have gotten put away and forgotten about. But these are so pretty! 😉