Monday, May 13, 2013

Katie - MIA

I was asked by a friend this weekend if I found myself hoarding fabrics. 
I had a hard time not laughing at the question. 
One of my largest hoard jobs has been Katie Jump Rope line by Denyse Schmidt.
I expect it is because I started quilting soon after it came out and the frenzy regarding
Flea Market Fancy had already started and it was impossible to find. 
After my first quilt with Katie made over 3 years ago (above) I found I loved the soft texture and kept promising myself I was going to make myself a quilt with it.  I started 'collecting' it, trading on line for it when available until I had all prints in the line with the exception of the elusive green basket weave.  I did pride myself on not giving in to the urge to pay an extraordinary amount for the green, and allowed myself that I could do without that particular print, as long as I had the rest of the line.
Days, Months, Years pass....  I use the prints I have lots of here and there in projects, particularly the orange and turquoise, but I have lots so it was ok, when I got ready to use the whole line I had plenty.
Fast forward to this past week, I decided I needed a kick in the quilting pants and signed up for the Craftsy quilting class done by Camille Roskelley and after much thought decided to use the Katie Jump Rope for the first project, Piece of Cake 3. (note: both Piece of Cake 3 and Swoon patterns are included in the class, so if you are thinking of buying either, consider getting into the class instead)
I started cutting into my stash madly, deciding to make a queen size requiring the 36 blocks, 54 10x10 inch blocks.  Having found a couple other charm square patterns I thought I would make next I cut 4 squares of those prints I had yardage of  and 2 of those I had FQ of so that I had the rough equivalent of 4 layer cakes.  I started counting and was coming up short.. the line had 36 prints, I was missing the green basket weave, so I should have 35... but I only had 33. 
Research found that I had used up all of my orange bandanna and orange stripe...  (it was perfect in the OSU quilt I made for a graduation gift last spring) I only had a couple spare tumblers left.
Lucky for me I found both available for a fair price on etsy and I hope to have FQ's by end of the week.  So, lesson learned, if collecting a line, do not use ANY of it until you have your primary project done.  I don't often use a full line of fabric for a quilt, but when I do, I want it all, so let the hoarding continue.
Is there a line you hoard? 


  1. I hoard "Piece of Cake's" SERENDIPITY line. I've had it for a few years. I don't think I have every piece, but I have the ones I really love. I've made a table runner, napkins and coasters from it, but I haven't really made a dent in it. I don't know if I'll ever use it. I just WANT it! Haha

  2. I am right there with you I adore Katie. If you get a chance check out My Katie Quilt.