Feather Bed quilt fabric stack

Without a doubt one of the best parts of making a quilt is choosing the fabric. What’s even better is if you can just ‘shop your stash’ for the fabrics. I didn’t really understand the importance of having a stash as a quilter when I first started out. All these stacks were made from just what I have at home. They represent a range of time and memories and they are all fabrics that I really like. My fabric purchasing strategy is to buy fat quarters of fabrics that I like. If I like it a lot then I’ll get a half metre. If I think a fabric is amazing, I’ll get between 1-3 metres so that I’ll have enough for a large project or for lots of projects and not have to worry about it running out. I’m also always on the lookout for great neutrals (greys! whites, creams) or background type fabrics – when I find those, I’ll usually get between 2-3 metres.

Let’s take a look at these fabrics stacks.

First up is a stack for an Anna Maria Horner Feather Bed Quilt. This quilt has been on my mental list, but last week I saw Lalu’s version and suddenly it’s at the top of the list. I started a test block on Sunday to see what it would look like. Love it! The background fabric is a Lecien Vintage Paper print that I got recently, knowing it would be amazing as a quilt background fabric.

Next is a stack that is mostly Lizzy House Constellations. I wanted to do a quilt that would showcase Constellations. I feel particularly sentimental about this collection. I have lots of wonderful memories of seeing this collection emerge from our visit to Salt Lake City and a year’s worth of Skype dates with Lizzy. I searched around for ages and finally found Sheila’s Oh My Stars! Quilt pattern. I love the layout and I’m looking forward to making this quilt and spending time with these fabrics that I adore so much.

The Hand Pieced Star Sampler class is coming up and these are my choices for the class. I’ve wanted to do a quilt with red for a while and I’ve also got lots of star fabrics that I’ve been collecting. I used the red & navy plaid as my inspiration for these fabric selections.

Superstar Quilt is Johanna’s version of the Lone Star. My idea for this quilt is peach and grey. I wanted to use some of my favourite prints from the new Architextures line. The pieces in this quilt are larger, so it’s the perfect place to showcase fun prints.

The last stack is for the Learning Curves Table Runner class. I’ve picked out fabrics to make two different runners. I plan on getting really good at doing curves!

I started a list in ‘My Crafty List of Things to Do‘ for my ’12 Quilt Tops in 2013’ goal (scroll to the bottom of the page). I’ve got fabric here for four, so I’m off to a good start!

My fabric stash

Oh My Stars! quilt fabric stack

Hand Pieced Star Sampler fabric stack

Superstar quilt fabric stack

Learning Curves Table Runner fabric stack


  1. I also love making stacks. In fact I have a number of them spread around my workroom. They make me happy to look at them, and I feel like even though no actual sewing has occurred, I have started a quilt…..

  2. Your “fabric stacks” are so pretty, it reminds me of putting mood boards together for decorating!

    I’ve just moved from Sydney to San Francisco (big move!) so I’ve had to leave my fabric stacks behind, but I have a lovely yellow and blue theme stack waiting for me to attempt my first quilt as soon as we move back to Australia. They are remnants from the bunting I made for our yellow and blue theme wedding 🙂

    Can’t wait to see your quilt projects!

  3. I love your stacks! Especially the first one – so gorgeous. I too moved from Australia to North America and had to leave my stash behind. It was a really tough thing for me! I can remember where I got each fabric I own. Starting again is really time-consuming and costly. The best part is – I gave away most of my fabric, and now people are giving me some. What a lovely crafty world 🙂

  4. The importance of a healthy stash is not to be underestimated! 🙂

    I like what you have going on with those stacks. Nice.

    I also love to “shop the stash”!!

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