Proud Member of FAA (Fabric Addiction Anonymous)

The smell of fresh pressed and starched cotton, The feel of silky smooth fibers weaved together, The perfectly printed patterns.

This is my home away from home. Hi, my name is Emily and I have a fabric addiction I have been clean for 24 hours but I’m not sure how long that will last… (Hi Emily)

Fabric, where the high of making a quilt is just the beginning. I have to restrain myself from buying this or that for my stash. You can never have too much right? Isn’t that the golden rule of quilting. Wait that rule according the Mr. Holice Turnbow is Accurate Cutting (accurate measuring and accurate sewing.)

I have a love affair with good fabric. I remember going to the fabric store as a child and running through rows with my arms outstretched and hiding in the silks and chiffons. Sitting at the pattern table for what seemed like hours (mostly without  complaint) skimming through pattern books with my mom, talking her into all sorts of projects (it wasn’t very hard).

I joke with my husband that his love of books and bookstores is akin to my love of fabrics, quilt shops and craft stores. I can spend hours looking and picking fabrics. Which I think he figured out on a most recent outing with my mom to a local quilt shop. We were there for an hour and a half perusing this small shop for just the right prints and patterns. He walked around for a bit then kept himself busy at the kids table coloring till we were done (with no complaint) He’s a good egg that one and I shall keep him, but I don’t think he’ll be coming along anytime soon and I don’t blame him.

On that trip I made my most recent purchase for a Quilt Along I am having with a group I’m involved in. We are going to be making the Sea Glass quilt that is on the cover of the March/April issue of Quilt-It…Today Magazine. Feel free to follow along as I will be posting tutorials about every 2 weeks on this blog starting April 4th. Here are my fabric and the quilt we will be doing. The fabric above is part of my stash I have saved for another project, The  bottom fabrics is what I’m using for the quilt-along it is mostly if not all Adorn-It Fabrics (which is a local company here in Utah who is getting national attention for there designs in Fabric and scrapbooking…I LOVE THEM!!! PLEASE ADOPT ME!!!!).

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So to all my Fabric addicted sisters we must stand united. Just remember when getting your next fix ask yourself these three questions.

  1. Do you NEED it? ALWAYS
  2. Will you USE it? ALWAYS
  3. Does it make you happy? ALWAYS

Best Stiches & Tinker on ~Emily

 

I’ve got the Fever!!!!

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Well I finally caught it… The Quilting bug… I was starting to wonder when it would hit. My grandmother was a quilter, my mother is a quilter, and now it has hit me hard. Not mention the fact that I’ve found the perfect excuse for my love affair with fabric. I have made a few quilts in the past couple of months and cannot stop myself. I am currently working on a jean quilt and have another quilt waiting in the wings for me. I decided that to start documenting my adventures as a budding quilter and hope to learn and share some of my experiences along the way.

SO SQUARED

So lets begin with a little bit of my history in sewing.

I remember sitting with my mom at a young age about 4 years old watching her sew. My mom is a very industrious and resourceful woman who’s creativity knows no bounds. She made her share of clothes, dresses, and blankets for our large family and others (lets not forget those tiny finicky Barbie clothes).  I remember taking random scraps and a needle and sewing little outfits for my troll dolls by hand. Growing my skills sewing aprons, scrunchies, pillowcases, skirts and anything else I could use my mom’s copious amounts of her fabric stash for. I loved going to the fabric store with her and talk her into helping me make this dress or that shirt. We dreamed and swooned over dress ideas. Made amazing costumes for school plays and stayed up many a night working on projects. I did my first quilt when I was a senior in high school. It was a snowman piece quilt that I would take to school and hand sew on the pieces during down times. It comes out every year at Christmas.

I got my first sewing machine when I was 24. I wore that thing to the ground on a lot of projects. Purses, Gifts, Clothes, and whatever I could dream up. Eventually that machine had seen it’s and day bit the dust so I moved up in November 2013 from my beginner to an intermediate… A brother innovis-40E. I took the free classes that came with my machine and learned so many new things. I jumped back into quilting with both feet and have not wanted to get out of the water since.

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I have started to really embrace the art and creativity of quilting. The precision I’m still working on, but the look and feel of fabrics, patterns,  and lines coming together is exhilarating for me. I hope you enjoy this journey with me and if I can help or inspire one person I consider it a win.

Tinker On ~Emily