Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Batik Bonanza?

The growing mound of batik fabric in my office (which belongs in my studio) finally caused me to take a hard look at my "fabric acquisition" habits.
I can't say it wasn't a pretty picture...

....but on the other hand, it was an awful lot of fabric. As in Webster's fouth definition: "exceedingly great".

Sometimes the way to deal with a problem is to figure out how big it actually is, such as "a few drinks" or "a few pounds" really meaning "an awful lot"!

I got all the pieces, which range in size from fat quarters to a couple yards, and divided them by color. That in itself was an interesting project, because I really don't know what color some of them are, even with making a stack called Multi-colored.

It turns out I have a huge collection of greens. I didn't want to count them, or weigh I just layered them along my ironing board so you could take a peek, too!

Let me put it this way: it took two ironing boards full to get all these photos!
And these are just the green ones.
And not even all of them, as I had already pulled several for my newest quilt.

This is my plan for dealing with this so-called "problem": I am going to use batiks to make all the upcoming samples I need.
That's going to be at least three quilts! Two of them are Mystery Quilts, so you'll have to wait until April and August to see those. Sorry about that.

But wait...there's more:

And even more:

Are you disgusted yet?
No, I didn't think so. I'm not either. Not really.

So it all went back into the laundry basket it came from. It's friends (Orange, Teal, Purple, Yellow, Blue, Brown and Multi-color) are all still sitting on my futon.

They'll have to wait until I get back from my trip to the Martin Co. Quilters tomorrow and Friday. I'll be sharing that over-flowing scrap basket again (oh! oh! I am detecting a continuing theme in terms of fabric & me!) in an evening lecture. The next day is an all-day class of "Quirky Bits". I'll try and get a few photos to let you in on all the fun!

I know all that batik fabric will be waiting for me when I get home.
Meanwhile, I need to stop thinking about all the wonderful quilt shops there are just off I-95 during my four-hour drive!


meggie said...

Oooh Yum!!
Those greens are glorious.
My motto is, "Too much is never enough!"

Pat said...

Lately, for some strange reason, I have been drawn to green fabrics, too! Is it a virus? Something in the water, maybe? Or is it that green just looks so cool? LOL Couple of greens I purchase recently were "retro" from the 50's. Have no idea what I am going to do with them -- I just liked them! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the ones whose color you couldn't decide on, even with a multi-color pile!


Sunnie said...

As always, the Mysterious Ms. E brings up a fine point.
I have taken a few photos and will get to that very topic in the next couple days.