My first bag! and a swap finish

I’m trying to take advantage of a rare spurt of energy to catch up on all my finished projects from whenever the last time I wrote about any finished projects.

First up is a bag I made. My first bag, actually. All the quilters on IG are making bags, and my mom has been asking for one since I first started sewing several years ago, so I thought  I’d give it a shot. Plus, it was her 50th birthday, and it would have been kinda jerky to not get my mom ANYTHING for her 50th.

I used this free tutorial, and I think it turned out pretty nice. It’s not perfect. The bottom seams didn’t match up because I totally forgot to even check that, but my mom liked it and I can check “making a bag” off my list of things to make for her. Next up is tackling zippered pouches (check back in the next five years to see if I’ve ever gotten around to this).

I was really glad to find a use for some Tula Pink. It’s basically novelty fabric, which I really have no use for. I guess a lot of bags are in my future.

Up next is a swap finish I don’t think I ever posted. It was for the Spring Fling Mini swap way back in April.

My partner said she loved Bonnie and Camille fabrics in any of the Thimble Blossom patterns, so I thought I would rock my April Showers bundle in some adorable granny squares (seriously, Thimble Blossom and B&C fabrics are usually not my thing but I really loved these little granny squares. Granny squares make any fabric totes adorbs). This is what it looked like in the end –

I did matchstick quilting (not a fan) and rounded edges (it’s alright) for the first time on this quilt and I think it turned out nicely. I got a lot of positive feedback on IG, but I was actually really embarrassed when she received it because she had made THE EXACT SAME THING for herself, only she had never posted it on IG. Actually, she had made a full size version, but it was still April Showers in granny squares. She swore she loved it and loved the idea of having a mini of one of her favorite quilts, but I am still not sure if I totally NAILED this swap or bungled it.

It’s not you, it’s me

I’m not in love with Tula anymore. I know, shocking. It really is beautiful fabric. I appreciate the saturation, the fascinating subjects of some of her panel pieces, the creativity, but after about a year of seeing that fabric everywhere and in every thing, I can say with some confidence that it just isn’t my cup of tea. Oh sure, I browsed #thegreatfabricdestash on IG sometimes to catch a good deal, but I realize now that more than anything it was the thrill of the chase, and trying to acquire a highly desired piece of fabric simply because it was hard to find and so many other people wanted it. Thankfully, I set a price point early on and never went over it, so I don’t have any pieces I’ve purchased that I’m really ashamed of the money I spent on it. I am, however, a little ashamed of how much I have spent on bundles (usually just FQ) of entire collections that now I’m just not sure I’ll ever use. “Sure, just destash it”, you say, but that comes with its perils, some of which I have recently discovered. First, destashing is stressful and a big pain the rear. I destashed a lot of what I have so that right now, of my Tula, I only have a FQ or less of each print. I made some money, but I can’t say for sure if it was worth it. Second, and this is what really turned me off of both destashing, and maybe even the fabric itself (bad associations now), people can be nasty. See, you think you’ve done some research into the pricing of particular, HTF OOP fabrics, you list them for that, and instead of people behaving decently and just scrolling along if that price is too high, they comment. They balk, they tag their friends to come and look at your listing. Maybe then someone comes along and undercuts you and alludes to you in their listing, so their followers can go and look at your high priced listing and then go back and say nasty things about you, your motivations for selling at a certain price, and so on. All the while, you thought you had found a fair price point. You had seen the fabric sell for that very same price just that day, with no balking, no nasty talk, just a fair and honest transaction.

Yeah. My feelings were hurt. Yeah, maybe it’s silly to have my feelings hurt, but I really thought it was unnecessarily childish and hurtful. How hard is it to just move on? If it costs too much, you are under no obligation to buy or even comment.

I can’t even bring myself to look at this fabric right now.

So, the goal now is to use up what I have. Difficult, since this hasn’t been my go-to fabric to begin with.I did want to do the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks Sampler with what I have (I know, how original). Maybe later, after some more prints have gone out of print, I can try my hand at selling again and make back what I’ve spent.

Yesterday I broke up most of the collections and put them in my regular bins, sorted by color. I need to use the fabric from those bins more often, and I’ve been feeling pigeonholed by seeing collections all together. Maybe breaking them up will help the creative juices flow, and maybe after a while out of sight, I won’t feel so negatively about the fabric and will actually be able to use them.