The High Cost of Free Fabric

Seems like forever since I’ve added enough fabric to warrant a stash report, but at long last, a shopping day!

It started with the six free fat eighths provided by Riley Blake for this year’s MQG challenge (Creative Rockstar line). In the past,a requirement has been to add print fabrics only from the same line as the freebies and any solids.  This year the solids had to be Riley Blake cotton confetti.

Well, I don’t label my solids,so whenever a brand is required, I must shop. And shop I did.

Riley Blake additions

And of course some additional of the prints. The four small prints are the same as some in my six free pieces; the multicolored triangle print is for the backing. The varying shades of solid have two functions. I like using near shades/tints. And I couldn’t be sure what I saw on my monitor really matched what I had in my hand.

I did try to shop at my local quilt shops. But luckily I phoned before traveling, and none carried the challenge fabrics or the cotton confetti solids. I suppose they can’t keep up with all the challenges that are out there. I might have bought more variety in prints, but limited myself because the shop had a one-yard minimum cut. Otherwise I might have bought the two gray variations–I’d had an idea for using them. But they were not essential.

The plan I have so far involves improv. I’ve been wanting to try Score #9, Get Your Curve On, from Sherri Lynn Wood‘s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters. This seemed a good chance to begin. So no sketch this time. I have nothing planned except which colors will go in which rows, which is background, and an overall size (either 45 x 45 or 40 x 60, whichever works with what I get).

This quilt is due April 30 so I can dawdle a tiny bit.

I’ll be linking with Molli Sparkles’ Sunday Stash Report someday (Molli is on vacation). Here is the button so you can see past posts.

The button isn’t working today–it was back when I posted. Here is another link.


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9 responses to “The High Cost of Free Fabric

  1. I saw that challenge and thought about doing it. But then sanity came to the forefront and I figured I had enough on my plate w/o doing it. lol

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you make.

  2. dezertsuz

    What fun, Claire! I look forward to seeing your curves and the use of these fabrics. I know it will be great, because you are creative, but I’ll love seeing the process of what you do.

  3. I really love the triangles fabric! The variety of scale in the patterns is going to make the finished result very interesting.

  4. I have had too much going on lately to consider any challenges, but I look forward to seeing yours 🙃

  5. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  6. I wasn’t enamored of the challenge fabric, free or not, and as you said then having to buy a certain line of matching prints or solids that I would have to pay to get shipped to Canada…so no. Besides, I have enough projects on the go to keep me busy for the next year or so.

  7. Not to scare you but April 30th will be here before you know it 🙂

  8. As usual you captured my experience exactly, when I did the Cotton Couture challenge. I think I spent nearly 50 bucks on “companion” fabrics. I must confess I really don’t like working with them at all (too much like a batiste, although easy to do FMQ). Of course, it didn’t get into QuiltCon. I think I gave away my scraps just to get them out of the sewing room. It will be interesting to watch what you create with these!

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