Sunday Stash #162 – Rediscovering Oval Elements
Wait a minute. What’s going on? I have nothing new to share this week for Sunday Stash. Gasp. Okay, calm down, deep breath, you can do this; just remember what the Lamaze coach was saying to that expecting couple sitting next to you in the Saturday night adult learning class you snuck into last year. Whew. Whew. Whew. Okay, I think I’m better.
Since there were no new fabrics or notions, I decided I should raid the stash to find some missing gems. I re-discovered a couple of Art Gallery Oval Elements and then remembered that they are the main component in a half-square triangle quilt on my Q1 FAL list. Well, hello! So I did an Oval Elements fabric pull to find them all. It was like a search and rescue mission!
This week has got me thinking a lot about Sunday Stash this year. It’s in a transition phase because I know many of you are like me and are overwhelmed with fabric. (This is quantifiably subjective; my overwhelmed could be very different to yours, however the feeling is the same). This year I’d really like to get to use some of the amazing stash additions I have made over the past several years. I mean, did you see all that amazingness from Japan? Seriously! To that end, my first step is to start featuring old but new-again-to-me fabrics from my stash. These Oval Elements (which I believe are now out of print) was the perfect way to begin doing this.
If you don’t have any and happen to see fat quarters of them floating around, you should definitely pick them up. Ironic, since I just spoke about shopping your stash. I only say this because they make wonderful blenders and they come in like every colour! Plus, they are generic enough not to compete with your feature fabrics, but instead add a touch of supporting sophistication. I even think I have more of them than what are in these photos, but I’m going to have to do a bit more digging!
I’m going to start my own little Stash Manifesto for this year, following the lead from A Quarter Inch from the Edge. I’ll talk more about that next week, as I still need to formulate my own guidelines. But I’ll tell you this: I’m not scared about buying less fabric, I’m excited about finally using what I already have! (Note: Less being the operative word!)