Until last week, I loved to collect them just because I feel often overwhelmed by the choices of fabric. At times, buying something from pre-cut fabric ranges can help.
A charm pack is a marvelous way of buying a whole range of fabrics–not only do I know that they will all coordinate because they come from the same manufacturer (and the same range from that manufacturer)
–it also gives me a chance to look at all the fabrics within that range.
My quilting fabric stash grew equally as much/fast as that’s in my fiber/yarn stash.
I like to pre-wash fabrics in the kitchen sink, spin dry in the washer, and hang dry everything–all by hand. Over the weekend, I’ve come to realize–through preparing for a quilt-long–not only it is way too time-consuming to get them prepped, reorganized,
many charms were stretched out of shape;
Plus, I really don’t like a bunch of 5″ squares taking up limited drying-rack space or flying around.
The key deciding factor: these charm packs and fat-quarters are killing the pocketbook. I’d be better off and save by going to fabric shop and buying half yards from sale table or half yard of something I really like. Jellyrolls cost me $12 to $20 a pop. When laying out this way, it makes me realize I could have picked several half yards or quarter yards. Hmmm. Now, I must try not to buy pre-cuts. Can I resist such temptation??
For the Kaffe Fassett Gypsy quilt, I am using Fabric Central charm packs–Adeline, Aerie, Seaglass, and Neutral Mediterranean. Each charm pack is made of thirty squares, ten different designs, all 5″ square. All raw edges are pinked so there’s no fraying to worry about. I love that about these charms. I have forty designs to work with. The squares are sort of graded from light to dark so I’ll need to split the charm packs–20 dark and 20 light.
My spring-clean fever has extended to the blog as I just spent the last few hours simplifying labels/categories…de-cluttering, very liberating 😀
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!