I was going to do a Sunday Stash post featuring a bit of new fabric that arrived this week, but when I took my photos after work today (that was Saturday, 4:30 PM, though now it’s Sunday), it was already too dark for decent shots. I mean, honestly. 4:30 in the “afternoon” and it’s already basically dusk. This part of winter I just want to sleep all day and night.
Anyway, I somehow managed to light this stack of books I hauled out of the closet in just such a way that even without the flash, they actually have readable titles:
Too many books? I sometimes think so – I barely, if ever, use them! I think I’ve made the most use out of the least interesting books in this pile, ie. the ones devoted to presenting a range of individual quilt blocks, rather than patterns for full quilts or other sewn items. It was buying one of these books, having high hopes about it, and then not much liking it at all that persuaded me to start taking craft books out of the library first, then buying it only if I really loved it. (Not that I’ve totally kept up with that, but I’m getting there.)
Out of all that stack of books, I think most of the ones I’ve used are down in this bottom section of books. I have used: Modern Blocks, Patchwork, Please!, Forty Bright & Bold Paper-Pieced Blocks, and Quilter’s Mix and Match Blocks. The orange one without a title is Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps Five Magical Projects (never used) and there’s a very narrow pamphlet in there which is a pattern I’ll never make called Tango Tiles. The appliqué book is one of a few I’ve bought on the subject in an attempt to teach myself to do hand appliqué, but I never wind up liking the projects enough to actually try any of them out. Crewel Twists has a project that I actually have all the “ingredients” to make – it’s a crewel embroidery piece done with beads and it’s silk fabric and it’s gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous and I’m terrified of ruining it. I haven’t looked at Colorful, Casual & Comfy Quilts in a long time, but it’s got a New York Beauty quilt on the front cover that I love and would like someday to recreate (or just to use the colours of and have something equally beautiful but in a less fussy pattern, maybe).
If you’re wondering about Flowers of the Bible I DON’T EVEN KNOW. My mom bought me that book years ago and I’ve never gotten rid of it but it’s all appliqué blocks which feature plants that were mentioned in the bible. Quilting the Savoury Garden is another odd-ball book that I don’t really know where I got it from – probably my mom again. Mostly appliqué, just one large project that can be broken up into a variety of smaller patterns for other uses. (So if you ever want to appliqué asparagus for something… I’ve got a pattern!) Of the rest of these, I’ve only used Cosy Modern Quilts, though I haven’t finished the project in question. I still love City Quilts and plan to make one of the quilts from it – I’ve got all the fabric even!
Of these I’ve used both of the crewel books, though in relatively minor ways. I’ve also made something from Simple Sewing for Baby, though it was probably just bibs or something like that. You can barely see it, but Cherri House’s newest book Urban Views is in the pile there too – I was surprised by how little of a splash it made in the corners of blogland that I frequent, considering how massively popular her first book was. Up top is Sunday Morning Quilts, which I finally broke down and bought because I do like quite a lot of the projects in it and kept taking it out of the library (not that I’ve made anything, but I’ve borrowed it three times… that must be a sign of something).
Finally, loose patterns. I just bought two more (which are en route from California) and it got me thinking about just how many unused patterns I’ve already got. Time to start using them or time to stop buying them, you know? I’ve used Modern Rose Garden and Posh Tot, though both are currently tops that I’ve never quilted. (I did finish the first Posh Tot that I made, you can see it here.) Most of these I’d still like to make “someday” but someday is an impossibly long way off. And this doesn’t even take into account the great big pile of downloaded quilt patterns, block patterns, and assorted sewn item patterns I’ve got in my computer. I do worry a tiny bit about having my computer crash and losing them all – how much would that suck?
Anyway, that’s today’s Sunday Stash. What kind of books and patterns do you have in your stash? Do you actually use them or do they just take up sewing room space and make you feel guilty about buying things you never use? Are you interested in hearing about any of these books or patterns? Michelle at Factotum of Arts has recently started a series where she intended to review the books she’s got and to make projects from them and do giveaways. She’s made me want to dip more deeply into my book stash and start using it,… but then I just get thinking about how I really need to just retire already if I’m going to do that. (Okay, okay, so I’m only 33 and don’t actually have enough savings to last out the current decade, never mind the rest of my potential life. Are there any sugar daddies out there looking for a single 33 year old definitely not trophy wife material gal who spends a lot of time thinking and talking about sewing but less time actually doing it? ;D)