Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stocking Up

I always have mixed emotions when I finish a spool of thread. Bummer it's gone and Wow! I've done a lot of sewing. I know it's silly but I take the spool and toot a little song of celebrations through it before I toss it in the garbage. I have similar feeling when I finish a cut of fabric. Though this is harder to tell. Since I don't throw away any piece of fabric unless it is less than an 1" big.  
 I do however know when I'm running low on a solid. I use a lot of solids for backgrounds
 I like to use colors rather than white or cream.
Gray is my favorite background.

 I use them for sashing.
 I give the eye and easy place to rest among all my scraps.
Sometimes I use them for a whole quilt.
 Do you use a lot of solids? Do you buy in bulk or just what you need when you need it? Would love to hear your methods.

14 comments:

  1. Since 90% of my fabric is thrifted, I rarely have solids. Guess the quilters tend to use those up, so I have to buy them retail. I just buy on a project by project basis.
    I too love the gray backgrounds but gray either solid or print hardly ever comes through on thrift. I am slowly but surely adding to my grays so I can do a bear paw quilt with gray borders and sashing.

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  2. I do buy solids by the yard. I don't use them very often though, except for aqua and all shades of gray.

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  3. I do have a lot of solids that I buy by the bolt but I use a lot of whites/cream - I did have a bolt of aqua at one time but it is almost all gone now and folded on the shelf

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  4. I have only a few solids - purchased 1/2 yard to 1 yard at a time for specific needs.

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  5. Every Dec/jan I stock up on solids - either bolts or big yardage, during the holiday sales. I use a lot of black, white, gray, olive green, aqua, and dark red...

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  6. I do have some solids, most at 1/2 yard pieces, destined for a coupla of solids quilts.

    I am loving Moda Grunge or some of the Stonehenge fabrics for my backgrounds. They add a whole other depth to quilts. I may start buying these by the bolts.

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  7. I don't use a lot of solids so mine are mostly FQs. I know what you mean about finishing a spool of thread.

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  8. I don't use many solids, but recently I made my first quilt with them (plus some scraps), and I love it. When it's quilted I'll post it on my blog.

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  9. I use next to no solids but I should. They make a quilt top look so crisp and show off the quilting so well. Using solids did not make it into my 2017 goals but maybe next year.
    http://dianeloves2quilt.blogspot.com/2017/01/2017-quilting-goals.html

    This year I am trying to reduce not expand. But I do have in my stash the Aviatrix Medallion Quilt kit put of Kona cottons and perhaps I will sneak that into 2017 as one of my kit completions this year. (or at least a start on it.)

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  10. I've had such a hard time with solids, but I'm trying to branch out and use them more. Sounds like you have a fun system with your thread.:)

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  11. I do not use solids a lot. I am planning to make a quilt using only solids. But I like how you use solids as background. Greetings

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  12. No solids in my stash . . . And I mostly try to sew from my stash! I tend to use WoW for backgrounds, or if scrap quilting, very low volume scraps. But like Kleine Vingers above, I like the way you use your solids. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com

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  13. I do use quite a few solids and always have white, off white, beige, various grays, black and aqua on hand.

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  14. i love working with solids...have mostly given up on black...too dark for hand quilting for these eyes...but keep a fairly good stash of all other solid colors on hand....

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