Every week I go through the fridge and play “eat it or bin it” with the leftovers in the fridge. If it is worth eating, then eat it, if not, toss it.
I have been doing some destashing in my sewing studio and as I was looking the other day, I wondered…what fabric do I have suitable for sew it or bin it?
Right away, I realized there was a prime candidate. Two jelly rolls bought when I first started quilting seriously when I retired in 2015. Why did I buy them? I was new to quilting and they were on sale. Why haven’t I used them? They are reproduction fabrics and not really my style or color. I even packed them up when I moved two years ago and then unpacked them. Two round tributes to “what was I was thinking?”, a well known impulse buying form of fabric remorse.
I have 3 projects in progress, my maximum number of projects in progress. So what was I doing thinking about that Moda jelly roll? My quilters brain does not always follow the rules. I knew that it was it was time to sew it or toss it!
I decided to do a lap sized jelly roll log cabin, using a single jelly roll. Log cabins are my comfort zone and quickly made. I began by sorting out the darks and lights and the color families in the roll. Jelly roll log cabins tend to be scrappy as there are never the precise number of strips in the color value needed for a precision log cabin. Scrappy is not my usual style, but I pressed on.
Ater constructing the red squares and blue squares, I realized that I had enough strips to construct another set in the deep gold/brown colorway. Hmm. Perhaps an omber effect could be achieved in the block layout using these three colorways. Hmm.
Time to decide on a layout. Log cabins have lots of layout choices.
Time to find a border, and I found a batik in stash with similarly muted colors…blue, green and bit of deep red.
But what happened to the second matching jelly roll? I put it on my local Buy Nothing group and gave it away to a happy neighbor.
Time to get back to my three WIPs (Works in Progress).
Happy quilting! Lennea