I don't know what it is about quilter's but they become obsessed with fabric. Well lots of us do! I think it would be an excellent thesis to discover whether quilter's are obsessive BEFORE they start to quilt or after.
My first experience with fabric collecting happened shortly after I started to quilt in late 1998. Guess what was around the corner? Yep - that would be the millennium and YES - there was fabric printed specifically for that event. I remember there were exchanges, quilts with 2,000 squares or 2,000 pieces. I would search out this millennium fabric - I had to have EVERY one that was printed. I remember seeing one in a magazine that was advertised in a store in GB (yes Great Britain). I believe I did call the shop and order some.
And what did I do with that fabric? NOTHING! Ooops - I lied. I have used it for the backing of one small quilt. The rest remains in the basket. I just had a peek - too funny. I'll share that with you tomorrow.
So it shouldn't surprise you that I have a collection of bicycle fabric. While the millennium stuff was for a very specific time frame, bicycles will go on and on as a theme. And I'm trying - I'm really trying to not buy as much, but when I do see one that I don't have? well - I have to buy it, even if it's a FQ.
|Laundry basket of bicycle fabric|
Have I made anything out of this basket of fabric? Hmmmm - not specifically. I do have a bicycle quilt, but I think I bought it as a kit so it doesn't count.
A friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS last year - I want to say in the October time frame. My reaction was total disbelief - he is an avid cyclist, bike mechanic and all around great guy. Due to his rapidly deteriorating condition, all that changed in a very short period of time. My second reaction - I have to make a quilt! Now you all know that I'm not good at getting things done on time, but this quilt needed to be done ASAP.
I went through the basket of fabric and sorted out the most appropriate ones. I wanted ones with all over bicycles - not those with a bike as part of the design. I started by cutting a 7 inch strip of each.
|Seven inch strips of all over bicycle fabrics|
Next up was to cut a 7" square from each strip. I only needed one square from each.
|Pile of squares (actually this is the leftovers after the quilt was pieced)|
|Cut into fifteen 7-inch squares|
I think I got it cut before I went to Quilt Market in October. Then at the retreat in November I got it sewn together. Quilted (with a bicycle pantograph), bound (by machine) and a label in December. I was about to send it when he indicated that he was away for Christmas.
|The bicycle quilt|
He received the quilt this week and sent me a beautiful note. It isn't a fancy quilt - it's dead simple. But this is one of the reasons I love themed fabric. They make great quilts. Now here's the problem if you haven't figured it out already. I better get to know a LOT of people who ride bikes because there is enough fabric in that fabric to make a "few" more quilts. And I can't wait until they get sick.
So this one is going in my finished book. I'm pretty excited about that.
Have a super day!