Sunday, January 4, 2015

Still organizing.............

I'm trying to do it right this time, all the way, not just half way done.  The left side of the fruit cellar is done.  You can see that it is a narrow room and 14' long.  This is approximately 6' of it.  I put the batting rolls up on 2 cement blocks that were in there.  My son stopped by and I sent a bunch of stuff home with him that had been stored here.  I still have a little work to do on the right end of the room.


While everything was still out where I could see it I decided to choose some backings to pair with tops.  This is the first one.  I have had that backing fabric for probably 30 years and I think it looks great with that top.
This Jane Sassaman print looks great with the X and+ quilt top.








I'm not positive about this one but I think it will work.








I'm undecided if I should put a floral backing on this one.  I don't want all of my quilts to only be matches for women.  This top could be masculine too so I might keep looking.



I had a regular quilting cotton chosen for the back of this 16 patch but since the top is all batik, I would rather have a batik backing. The 2 darker blues would have to be used together since there isn't enough of either one for the whole back.

This one is navy and white and I think it brightens the quilt.  Also there is enough of it for the whole back.  I think I will use it.

Hopefully I'll actually sew something tonight while I watch TV.

23 comments:

Beth said...

Some days we need to do more than just pet and organize fabric. I am currently working on a hand project... that is on hold while my poor cracked thumbs heal. The bane of very dry skin in the winter months!

magistra said...

Wow, I really like the fabric you had stored and if there was any doubt about why you picked your name (which there wasn't), but if there was, seeing your backing fabríc would totally erase all doubt! Exuberant Color indeed!
Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
Beth

Sewing Junkie said...

Do you hire out. I really need to do some cleaning like you are. The choices you made really look great. We got the two inches of snow so I'm sure it is on it's way to you. Chris

Mary said...

Your storage space is starting to look good. I bet you are relieved to be making such good progress on it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I wish I had a space or cubby hole to put a big roll of batting instead of having to buy by the size - I have contemplated getting a roll and then wrap in plastic and store in Mike's workshop that is actually a storage building as he never seems to work in it and doesn't even have his tools organized - it is weather proof and critter proof - but I hate having to go to another building to get it. Have you found price wise it is really worth it to get the big rolls?

Sylvia Anderson said...

Good morning Wanda...That 30 year old backing fabric is so lovely, and I love the colors! Perfect for the quilt. Definitely agree with you regarding the floral background on the Kaffe and stripe top...way too feminine. Cold and bitter out there today, so I think we'll stay home and I'll do some sewing.

MontyBear said...

exuberant color is definitely a good name for your blog. Even when speaking of "cleaning the basement" you refer to it as the "fruit cellar." That is soooo much more a colorful descriptive than "the basement."

Nancy said...

Great backing fabrics. It's fun to see how you paired the tops up with fabrics you already have.

Needled Mom said...

I can't believe how many large pieces of fabrics you can pull for backings! They look fabulous too.

Hedy Hahn said...

All your backing fabrics are beautiful. I tend to go with rather dull, drab solids. Maybe I will change things after looking at your blog today. I am cleaning out my house too, the weather is perfect for staying inside and making changes and getting rid of things I don't need or want. A looong way to go..

Marie said...

Beautiful fabrics. The quilt that you're considering the floral backing for, to me, is screaming for a red backing of some kind :)

Debbie said...

I love that navy and white fabric! Your fabric stash/selection is always so wonderful to see. I do enjoy getting to visit your old stash like this. It is wonderful!

Sharon M said...

Always a joy and inspiring to read your blog. Love the Japanese fabric, the third down, it think. Did you ever post a photo of the finished top? I have issues matching a pattern with unusual fabric. Looks a though you did a great job.

Janet said...

Wanda, you continue to provide inspiration for me. I hope to get my workspace more organized this year. I am much more interested in creating than organizing, but this tendency results in inefficiencies!
All the best for 2015!

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Sharron Keck said...

My backs are so boring - I love looking at your choices! Do you buy large lengths of fabric (perhaps on sale) specifically for backs? and then store them all together?

Charlotta said...

Wow! Looks like you may be starting the new year by finishing a bunch of quilts! Very exciting!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Simply glorious -- all those amazing colors!!

Thanks for the eye candy (and good luck with the rest of the cleaning out project).

Mystic Quilter said...

Great backings for your quilts and lucky you having that long storage area.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, wow! Isn't it wonderful to have such a grand fabric stash to do your shopping in? I think you've chosen well on all of them. Though, that floral might want to wait for another top, if you want to make it man friendly. ;O

JJM said...

Just had fun reading the above comments.... I can tell who are the 'new followers'. Your lovely 'vintage' fabrics sure are perfect for your quilt tops. Only wish mine were as lovely.

JJM

Maria said...

Your storage space is looking great. only wish i had as much room to just store things. My sewing space isn't much bigger, but i am happy to have it.

sew many lovely backings you have. the y are perfect but I do know what you mean about trying to do a blokey quilt...

jmtdmt53@aol.com said...

How much thread do you think you use in a year?