In preparation for the annual end-of-summer sale, I would like to share my latest collection: “The Fields.” I have created a little video tour to walk you through all of the amazing quilts, blankets, and home goods I have been able to create with just one bundle of fabric. But before we tour the entire “The Fields” collection preview, a little background on the bundle and its inspiration.
“The Fields” Bundle Inspiration
Back at the beginning of 2022, I pulled together a large, mostly one-yard bundle of a variety of Art Gallery and Windham with a dreamy blend of wildflowers, sketchbooks, and geometric prints. In a soft palette of dusty blue, light coral, cool gray, and cream, the fabrics exuded a sophisticated peacefulness. Learn more about how I curated the bundle here.
The fabrics were intended to create a patchwork minky blanket (PMB) for my daughter, who had significant input into the pattern and color selection, as well as a pattern sample for We Like Sewing Magazine. Well, not only was my daughter thrilled with her PMB, but the pattern also made the cover of We Like Sewing‘s July 2022 issue!
What I Made from “The Fields” Bundle
From those original 12 yards, I made: one twin PMB for my daughter, one 60″ throw for WLS sample, one throw PMB in irregular rectangle patchwork, one X-Mark throw quilt, two Eco Bottle Bags and two sets of mug rugs. And that’s just so far because I still have several short stacks of blocks in my fields bin. With them, I plan to make at least one more PMB, probably in a toddler/baby size. I may have enough to make a patchwork quilted tote bag too, we’ll see. You can check out a walk-through for the entire “The Fields” collection in this short video I made yesterday.
Moving Forward with Collections
In the future, I would love to work more with the collection approach. Basically, I would choose a group of fabrics for the season or a specific project, but then continue to work through the entire bundle to create everything I can until I use it up. Not only will this keep my fabric buying budget in check for the year, I think it will lead to a more cohesive look in my shop offerings, as well as be less wasteful.
Honestly, I’d also love to get scraps out of my bins instead of putting new leftover fabrics in them. I found that with the collection approach here, I was thinking about what I could also pull out from my stash that coordinated with “The Fields” bundle to extend and mix it up for the different projects. That approach was much less overwhelming to hit up my stash and actually use it than trying to pull an entire project out of those bins or off those shelves.
I’m curious if you often work with one collection all the way through, or do you pull new fabrics and buy new each time you start a new project? Let me know in the comments below.
Don’t forget, the annual end-of-summer sale will be running September 12-24, 2022, and will feature a lot of the new projects made from “The Fields” collection. Pop over and grab some of your favorite wildflower-inspired goodies for your home or holiday gifting while they last because soon I’ll be on to a new collection!
As always, thank you so much for supporting my small business and creativity! Janice
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