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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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16 Responses

  1. Hayley says:

    Oval elements are out of print!!? Nooo!! I may have to stock up a little just in case what you are saying is true. Although I am determined to make a great big hole in my stash this year too. Mm mm. Dilemmas.

  2. There are some gorgeous colours of oval elements, nice choice! I like the stash manifesto idea, I can’t ever say I won’t buy fabric – as soon as I do I buy more, I don’t like being told what NOT to do 😉 It’s the rebel in me. That post made sense though and there was wiggle room. I definitely need to use what I have!

  3. Karin says:

    I feel like this is pretty trendy right now and I’m on board. I’ve lined up all my almost-done projects and also all the projects I specifically bought fabric for but never started. My goal is to finish at least two of each in the first half of this year. That said, I am planning on going to customer appreciation days at two different LQS in the next week. My goal mainly is to curb the online fabric shopping – I always end up buying more than I really want/need to get free shipping.

  4. Lori says:

    Oval Elements is one of my favorites and I don’t have any of them. ….sob…. I do love how they look in your HST quilt and cannot wait to see the finish.

  5. I really like these – especially the black and grey ones. They’d make a fantastic backing or binding. Really sharp!

  6. I am excited to hear what you come up with for your own stash manifesto. I’m not to a breaking point where I want / need to develop one, yet, but I am loving all the ideas I’m seeing being created this year. The concept of building in more of a “less” mantra and forgiveness in advance makes it seem so much more palatable (and realistic!) to me.

  7. Hilary says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing your stash manifesto 🙂 I have a 5 yard chuck of the oval elements that I bought to be a backing a couple years ago, but now I’m tempted to use it for something else lol

  8. Kristel says:

    I do love Oval Elements… I’ve got some of quite a few colours kicking around in my stash closet. I hadn’t heard anything about them being out of print, though I have noticed that shops I’ve bought them from don’t seem to be carrying them anymore. (Lots of squared elements, which I love, and the prisma elements, which I also love, but work in a different way because the prints are spread so far apart across the fabric.)

    So here’s a question… when did you switch to a different blog platform? Because a while ago I realized I hadn’t seen any posts from you pop up on my reader in a long time and so I started dropping by weekly on my own (or whenever you mention posts on your IG acct), but finally today I looked on Feedly and it last updated in October! (And of note: when I added you again in feedly, it still lists ~400 readers for the old link and only about ~50 for the new one. So I’m wondering if a bunch of us Feedly readers got unknowingly left behind.)

  9. Beth says:

    I love those ovals. I have a big stash of things that will be new to me when I clean out my craft closet. Can’t wait to get back in there and see what’s waiting for me that I forgot I bought.

  10. I have a few Oval Elements, but didn’t realize they came in all those wonderful colours. Now I want more!! Good luck with your Stash Manifesto.

  11. Marianne says:

    I love these i just used the green ones in a scrap quilt on the weekend, it looks fantastic.

  12. Oval Elements… yum. So many shades of loveliness. I’m sad to say that I have just a few wee pieces in my stash. I am waiting with bated breath to read your Stash Manifesto. Thanks for spreading the love about The Year of The Stash and linking to my blog!

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