Some sewing friends recently recently introduced me to The Fabric Cave. It combines four of my favourite things: not for profit, supported employment, upcycling and sewing supplies. The look and smell of this place evokes memories of 50 Nana’s sewing rooms. Their stock has all been donated by people culling their stashes – ready to find new lives in the a different sewing room. They even have UFOs ready for some renewed inspiration.
My most recent trip there was with two dear friends – one of them the author behind Misty Cow Designs blog. How lovely it is to go shopping with people who ‘get it’. I arrived with some odds and sods and one of my mother’s UFOs – appliqued squares for a patchwork quilt she started 20 years ago and then went off the idea. She’d held onto it all this time because there was too much work in it to part with – but the prospect of it finding new love somewhere else spurred her into donating.’
My friends and I each spent about $50 and came out with very different supplies for our wide and varied interests.
Among my haul was this stash of vintage coloured patchwork fabrics. I’d found myself looking at all the patchwork scraps and stumbled across a very retro piece; I’ve been wanted to make a modern vintage quilt for some time and here was my start. I immediately found a complimentary piece – and another – and another. All the pieces seemed to jump out at me for re-use. Yes, I was rather excited. Because all the pieces are different sizes, I’ll probably go with some type of random pieced scrappy quilt.
The top left piece was my starting piece of inspiration. And the rest just followed
OK, this one isn’t going to match my modern vintage quilt, but I couldn’t leave it behind. I have no idea what I will do with it because at 25cm, it’s fairly narrow. But I’m sure it will speak to me eventually.
Can’t wait for my next trip there.