Two weeks ago I gave away 12 bags of fabric.
I’ve been collecting fabric for 10 years and in that time my sewing interests have shifted and shifted again. In 2005 I didn’t have any fabric at all. Hearing that I was beginning to learn to sew, my mother-in-law gave me a pile of fabric she’d had in her basement to get me started. After some initial experiments, I started collecting wool for toys, then quilting cottons and linens for birds, then fleece for toys. Boxes began to accumulate.
I sew upstairs in a corner of our bedroom, but in November I’ll be moving my “studio” downstairs to front room of our house. We are putting French doors up and making some shelving and, for the first time, I will have a room that’s all my own.
In preparation I went through my entire stash and gave most of it away, only keeping what I love and what I use now. Somehow, this purge led me to think about creating a patchwork elephant.
Until now I’d never bought a jelly roll. They’re so pretty, but it was hard to justify with all that fabric sitting around. Now that I have less, I bought one and cut it into 2.5″ squares to make patchwork.
I’m working on a second elephant, this time in bright Kona solids. Jelly rolls make it so easy. Everything coordinates and all you have to do is cut the strips into squares.
The pattern for this elephant will be available soon. Friday is my goal. And I’m collaborating with a lovely online fabric shop to offer pattern customers a discount on a jelly roll (or two) to go with it. Yes! So get ready. Patchwork elephants are seriously fun.